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Montana State Office
Release Date: 09/29/10
Contacts: Jack Conner 406-896-5228    

Hunters Accessing Public Lands Should be Aware of Rules

Hunters accessing BLM-administered lands this season are reminded to drive only on established roads and trails. The BLM and Forest Service prohibit "cross-country" travel in order to reduce soil erosion, reduce the chances of wildfire ignition from hot exhaust systems, and reduce impacts to wildlife habitat and vegetation.

Hunters and recreationists are also reminded to be certain of land ownership. It is unlawful to travel through private property to access public property without the consent of the property owner. Hunters should obey signs and leave gates as they are found. Obtain a map of the area you intend to go, and check in with your local Forest Service or BLM office to obtain current road information. BLM maps are available for a fee at each BLM office, and Forest Service travel maps that indicate which roads and trails are open to motorized use are available for free at all Forest Service offices and on each National Forest’s website.

Violations can be reported by calling the BLM Billings Field Office at 896-5266, or by calling 1-800-TIP-MONT. Further information may also be obtained on the web at

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Montana State Office   5001 Southgate Drive      Billings, MT 59101  

Last updated: 06-28-2012