A cooperative program between private landowners and FWP, Block Management helps landowners manage hunting activities and provides the public with free hunting access to private land, and sometimes to adjacent or isolated public lands. Block Management addresses fall hunting only-spring bear and turkey hunting access are typically not included in the program.
There is no charge to hunt on block management lands (referred to as Block Management Areas or BMAs). Program funding comes from the sale of various licenses, including the resident and nonresident hunting access enhancement fee, nonresident upland gamebird licenses, nonresident combination deer/elk licenses, and chances sold in the Supertag license lottery. Landowner participation in block management is voluntary. Contracts are negotiated annually in the spring and summer. After enrollment is complete, FWP publishes a Hunter Access Guide, which lists all block management opportunities available to you for the current season. These regional guides are made available August 15, annually. Formally started in 1985 and expanded significantly in 1996, Block Management has provided free public hunting experiences across the state since its inception. Positive working relationships have been formed between landowners, hunters, and resource managers. The future looks promising, but is dependent on you. By following the rules for the BMA, as well as demonstrating courteous, legal and ethical behavior, sportsmen and women can do their part to assure future access to private lands in Montana.
INFORMATION-TWIN BRIDGES #127 DEER/ELK HD 421/423& ANTELOPE HD 440 (REVISED 2011) DATES BMA IS OPEN : Archery & / Rifle Seasons after 1 Sep/ Upland Bird Seasons -through1 Jan **See applicable hunting regulations for specific dates for each Species & Season** Open FRIDAY– TUESDAY Closed WEDNESDAY & THURS DAYHUNTABLE GAME: DEER / ANTELOPE / UPLAND BIRD / * ELK *ARCHERY – Either sex / RIFLE - Antlerless Only
ATTENTION: In an effort to protect grizzly bears and promote public safety, hunters are advised thatthis BMA includes grizzly bear habitat. You are encouraged to carry / use bear spray in case of an encounter. Additional information on proper behavior when hunting in bear country is available from FWP. WHERE & HOW TO GAIN ACCESS: Written permission& reservations required to hunt- Call 791-8250, 9am– 9pm daily, a minimum of 2 days in advance of the period you wish to hunt. Reservations may not be made more than 14 daysin advance,or prior to 22 August
ONCE YOU HAVE A RESERVATION, you must contact Region 4 FWP at (406)454-5862, the following business day, to make arrangements to receive written permission. Written permission issued from the Great Falls office at4600 Giant SpringsRd, Monday– Friday excluding Holidays, 9:00 am –4:30 pm . Permission slips may be mailed to hunters outside of the Great Falls area, or we can make arrangements with a local FWP office to issue your permission slip. If slips are mailed, hunters must ensure they have allowed enough timein advance of theirhuntto complete the mailing –return mailing process. If planning on hunting any of the first three days of the general rifle season, the first day of your reservation must be on the opening day of the general rifle season or afterwards. You may not have a reservation which has a 2nd and/or 3rdday which lapses over in to the beginning of the general rifle season. BMA allows 1 party of 1 – 4 hunters per party, per day. Hunters allowed upto 3 days per reservation.You Must complete reserved hunt before making additional reservations. BMA RULES & RESTRICTIONS: When done hunting, hunters must drop permission slips in drop box at parkingand write harvest informationon back of slips. Reporting harvest information is required. (i.e. success/no success, if successful, what? Etc) No hunting or trespassing around buildings, livestock.No camping No ATVs/ OHVsor horses allowed on BMA. No open flames or ignition sources outside of vehicles. No open latrne pits, bury allhuman waste. Remove all trash-do not bury it. Hunters: Be aware that private landowners & staff have the authority to drive anywhere within BMA but will always attempt to stay away from areas being hunted unless need/situation demands otherwise. STANDARD BLOCK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM RULES: •BMA restrictions do not apply to legally accessible, (via public roads and watercourses, and other legal means of access) public(State or Federal) lands. All hunters must have a state lands recreational permit to hunt state lands including those within BMAs. •In accordance with BMP ARM rule 12.4.205 (k) - On BMA’s that restrict hunter numbers or require reservations, a hunter may notreserve permission on more than one BMA for the same day(s). For aggregate (m ulti cooperators) BMA’s, a hunter, or a party may make reservations with up to three (3) cooperators within that BMA. •Individual or party hunters may not reserve permission to hunt for more than three days, per phone call, per BMA and may not call more than once per day. Individuals from the same hunting party may not each make reservations for consecutive “three-dayblocks” in an attempt to book more then three days for that party. •Hunter(s) who fail to call at least 24 hours in advance to cancel a reservation may be banned from that BMA, or, for aggregateBMA’s, from the property owned by the cooperator with whom they made the reservations. •A cooperator or their designated representative may deny access to an individual “for cause” IAW, ARM rule 12. 4.205 (d). Anexample- intoxication, belligerence or violent behavior, violation of BMA rules, muddy/excessively filthy vehicle, etc. Cooperators may also ask FWP to ban an individual(s) for cause. This will be via a formal letter to the individual(s)from FWP and will specifythe length of the ban, reasons, and complainant. •Violations of any BMA rules and/or State hunting regulations will be prosecuted. Convictions may result in the loss of BlockManagement access privileges in addition to other penalties.FWP PHONE #’s –R4 HQ (406) 454- 5862 E-MAIL (fwpr4bmp@ mt.gov) REPORT VIOLATIONS: 1-800-TIP-MONT