BLM offers tips for area sportsmen


  The BLM Eastern Montana – Dakotas District Office would like to remind hunters taking to the field this season to be mindful of travel and camping restrictions on BLM-administered lands and to respect other public land users and private landowners.

Cross-country vehicle travel on public land is prohibited in order to minimize user conflicts and protect fragile soils, riparian areas, vegetation and wildlife. The BLM and U.S. Forest Service offices may close or open particular routes in their respective districts, from year to year. Hunters are highly encouraged to carry a map and check with administrative offices in Miles City and Ashland to obtain current travel information. 
Reminders: 
Drive only on open, existing roads and trails.
Know where you are at and get permission to cross private land.
Check the rules before you go. State rules and regulations also apply on federal lands.
Camping on undeveloped BLM-administered land is allowed for 16 days maximum at one location; other restrictions apply.
If you “Pack it in, Pack it out.”  All garbage must be removed. This includes hides from game animals.  
Removing or destroying infrastructure, archaeological or historic resources on state and federal land is prohibited.
Wash vehicles before and after traveling roads and trails to avoid spreading noxious weeds.
Be aware of current fire restrictions and follow all state-issued hunting regulations.
“Public access is a shrinking commodity,” said BLM Law Enforcement Ranger Lori Harbaugh from the Miles City office. “Responsible behavior on public and private lands promotes continued access. Respected access is open access.”
Violations may be reported by calling 1-800-TIP-MONT. BLM land access issues can be clarified or reported by calling the BLM Miles City Field Office at 233-2800. 
More information can be found on the web at: http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/prog/recreation.html.  

Published Sept. 29, 2010

Article Type: 
Sports

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