Commission Approves 44 Licenses for Bison Hunt

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – The state quota for Montana’s next bison hunt will not change from the last one.

Montana wildlife commissioners have approved issuing 44 state licenses for the coming season. They hope that regulators of tribal hunting, which is separate from the state-managed hunt, will establish the same limit.

Wildlife commissioners say it’s possible up to 100 additional state licenses will be issued, depending on the movement of bison out of Yellowstone National Park. The bison hunted in Montana enter the state from the park.

State officials say hunters afield under state and tribal regulation took a total of 166 bison in the 2007 hunt.