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Billings Feild Office
Release Date: 09/28/12
Contacts: Jeff Kitchens, 406-896-5235    
  Brad Purdy, 406-896-5258    

BLM Welcomes Hunters at Pompeys Pillar

BILLINGS, Mont. – The Bureau of Land Management’s Billings Field Office welcomes another hunting season on the public lands along the Yellowstone River and directly adjacent to Pompeys Pillar National Monument (PPNM).  To ensure safety for those members of the public visiting the popular BLM monument, minor changes have been made to the hunting rules on BLM-managed lands adjacent to the monument.  Effective immediately, only archery and shotgun use will be allowed on public lands for hunting purposes both east and west of the Interstate 94 and Hwy 312 overpass.

“The BLM recognizes that hunting is a historic and important use in the area and we want to keep it that way,” Jeff Kitchens, Pompeys Pillar National Monument Manager, said.  “But concerns have been raised by both hunters and other visitors to Pompey’s Pillar National Monument.  This decision allows us to continue to keep our public lands adjacent to the monument open to hunting, while providing for the public’s safety.”   These changes stemmed from the input of hunters who used the site in the past as well as from concerns regarding visitor and BLM staff safety.   A complete list of all rules and regulations is available at the PPNM visitor center; BLM Billings Field Office; and the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks office adjacent to Lake Elmo State Park.

Pompeys Pillar contains the signature of Captain William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  Clark’s inscription is the expedition’s only remaining physical evidence visible on its actual route.  An interpretive center at the site recounts Clark’s journey through the Yellowstone Valley in 1806.  More information on the national monument and the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation system can be found at  For the latest BLM news and updates visit us on the web at: and on Facebook 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.

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Last updated: 09-28-2012