By Jean Pocha

Antler hunting opening day congestion leads to safety concerns, Vehicle staging no longer allowed


February 8, 2024

Jean Pocha

Crowds gather along Highway 83 last year in anticipation of the game range opening after the winter closure.

Roadside safety issues are at the core of upcoming changes to opening day for antler hunting. Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP) will be hosting meetings to discuss possible solutions to the annual opening day congestion at the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area game range.

New this year, antler hunters planning to enter the WMA in a vehicle will not be allowed to stage along Highway 83 and will instead register for a spot in line ahead of opening day.

According to Montana law, a vehicle may not be parked or left standing upon the right-of-way of a public highway for a period...

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