Hunting season is upon the Rocky Mountain Front for another year of thrill and spills. At a much anticipated time of year, hunters hang out their camo and scout areas for desirable game. Early mornings have hunters rising with the sun and staking out water holes, prairies, and forests. Hunting is considered much more than just a hobby or a sport. It’s a way of life. Are you familiar with current laws affecting this wonderful way of life? Allow us to summarize and refresh your knowledge so you can enjoy the hunting season without running into trouble!
In Montana, for example, firearms are considered to be a form of protection. Anyone can legally own or purchase a firearm as there is no registration, license, or permit required. If you are at least 18 years of age and have lived in Montana for at least six months, you also can open carry. A permit is only required in the event of concealed carry. Minors can open carry if they are at least fourteen years old and have parental supervision. Open carry is allowed in parks, roadside areas, forests, and the state’s wildlife management areas. Have you ever been convicted of a felony? Count purchasing or owning a firearm out then. The state of Montana is without a “waiting period,” a period that occurs between purchasing and handing over the firearm. Some states have implemented this law to prevent someone from using a firearm to cause harm based on a highly emotional event. The time allows the government to run a full background check.
In relation to hunting, archery season allows a hunter to hunt with a bow and arrow. Crossbows, however, are considered to be “non-archery” weapons, because you’re not physically drawing them and because they have a gun stock. Drones are becoming more and more popular. Motion cameras and real-time video via drones are not legal to hunt or track game while hunting. Recorded sounds can only be used during predator hunts such as mountain lion hunting. Recorded sounds cannot legally be used when hunting big game such as elk.
Corder and Associates hopes that everyone has the opportunity to get out there and make memories! Good Luck!