Posted: Oct 23, 2013 9:55 PM by Brenda Bassett - MTN News
Updated: Oct 24, 2013 9:07 AM
UPDATE Oct. 24, 2013, 9 a.m.: Tip #5 has been updated, per FWP. Original story was worded incorrectly
MISSOULA - Saturday is the official start to rifle season here in Montana. Fish, Wildlife and Parks says while many hunters follow regulations, there are always some who break the law.
For tens of thousands of Montanan's the fall season is a time to get outdoors and hunt. But, year-after-year FWP game wardens see some problem areas. These common violations are something we really stress in our hunter education classes and something we try to spread the world on as we head into hunting season.
So let's break down the top ten most common hunting mistakes.
1) First, DONT SHOOT FROM THE VEHICLE. It violates ethics and sportsmanship, on top of the fact it's extremely dangerous.
2) Big game hunters must wear at least 400 square inches of hunter orange above the waist and visible from all sides.
3) It's illegal to transfer tags between people. You can't use your friends or your husbands, or wives. You have to use your own.
4) State law makes it illegal for anyone to shoot on, from, or across a road or right away.
5) Big game hunting runs from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Also, make sure to use the sun-rise/sunset tables supplied by FWP, no others.
6) All hunters and anglers must stop at check stations, this is for data collection. Remember it's the law.
7) Hunters must validate their hunting tag. This means completely cutting out the date and month.
8) Drive only on established roads
9) No trespassing!
10) When transporting big game, evidence of the animals sex must remain attached to the carcass, even if the hide is removed.
The violations can result in a fine, loss of privileges to hunt fish and trap in Montana, or even jail time depending on the severity of the offense.
"Our wardens really value having the conversation and trying to understand if it is a mistake or intentional and then when what they decide to do in terms of fines or violations really depend on the individual scenario," said Vivica Crowser, Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.
So keep this in mind when you head out Saturday.