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By Scott Eggeman
Wildlife Biologist, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks 

Hunting season forecast and habitat project updates

 

April 30, 2020

GPS collared elk movements from elk captured on the Blackfoot Clearwater WMA during the 2018/19 and 2019/20 winters. Summer elk movement data (darker lines) only exist for elk captured during the first winter (2018/19). All elk captured during the first winter left the WMA during the first summer traveling as far north as Summit Lake and the South Fork of the Flathead River. The legend shows elk identification numbers with associated line colors.

As we grapple with adjusting to a new normal, I find many people seeking outdoor recreational therapy. I expect renewed interest to continue as spring gives way to summer and summer to fall and I can only hope that our lives can continue to take on more normalcy in that time.

For those of you already looking forward to the fall hunting seasons, I will give you an update of what I have learned over the winter and spring. I will also give updates on the Blackfoot Clearwater Wildlife Management Area (BCWMA) elk research project and past and future habitat management projects. If you plan on a...



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