Tips offered for opening weekend

From Bureau of Land Management

  The BLM Miles City Field Office would like to remind antelope hunters headed to the field this opening weekend to respect landowners, wildlife and other recreationists and to be mindful of travel and camping restrictions on BLM-administered lands.

With very few exceptions, cross-country Off-Highway Vehicle use on public land is prohibited in order to minimize user conflicts and protect fragile soils, riparian areas, vegetation and wildlife. 
Also, BLM or U.S. Forest Service offices may close or open particular routes in their respective districts. Hunters are highly encouraged to carry a map and check with local BLM or USFS offices to obtain current travel information. 
Responsible behavior on public and private lands leads to continued access: “Respected Access is Open Access.”
• Stay on existing roads and trails.
• Know where you are at and get permission to cross private land.
• Check the rules before you go. All state rules and regulations apply on federal lands.
• Plan your stay. Camping in one spot on undeveloped BLM-administered land is allowed for 16 days maximum. Other restrictions may also apply.
• Pack it in, Pack it out. All garbage must be removed, including hides from game animals.  
• Removal of historic, archeological or paleontological resources from 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 Montana hunting regulations.
• Watch where you park and check your undercarriage. A number of trucks have burned this year due to accumulated vegetation ignited in the undercarriage. Don’t let this be you.
• Access issues can be clarified or reported by calling the BLM Miles City Field Office at: 233-2800. Violations may also be reported by calling 1-800-826-3023 or 1-800-TIP-MONT.
Additional information regarding OHV use on public lands can be found on the web at:  

Published Oct. 6, 2011

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