Re: Montana Deer and Elk Hunting
I think the main issue here is slob hunters. I've been hunting out West, mainly WY since 1993 and I have to say; as others have said, that there are good and bad apples whether they are resident or nonresident. This fall myself and a few buddies hunted in WY. One area we usually hunt had been over run with lazy hunters who were riding their ATV's all over creation. These hunters/riders were both residents and non-residents and seemed to believe they had discovered the best way to slip up on the deer. Another incident involved a buddy who was sitting beside a tree on a hill and had a resident hunter shoulder his rifle and look at him through his scope to see what he was...my buddy took his orange hat and waved it at him and he lowered his rifle. Then we had an outfitter who thought he basically had full hunting rights to the BLM land that joined the private property he had leased. Land that we had been hunting long before he rode in on his high horse.
And on the issue of public land ie: US Forest Service, BLM, etc.. this is land that belongs to every US citizen. We all have just as much right to hunt as the other guy, regardless the state in which we reside. Part of the Federal Tax dollars we all pay go to such places, therefore we all have a steak in Federal Lands. However, the guy who gets to an area first, deserves to have the respect of other hunters, by them not hunting on top of him. A little respect goes a long way.
One of the biggest problems today is lack of respect and ethics. It's a problem in our society as a whole. I try my best to respect other hunters, landowners, and obey all game laws. And hope I get the same respect in return.
"GOD, GUTS, AND GUNS MADE AMERICA FREE" AND I'M KEEPING ALL THREE!