8657-HunterJonathanHunting of all legal types are allowed in Wilderness.

All hunting seasons, from bow to black powder to traditional rifle season are legal in nearly all Wilderness areas, including the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

Hunting granddad style.

Hunting in Wilderness means you get to hunt like your grandpa did, via horse- or mule-packing or good old-fashioned hiking. No mechanized means can be used, including game carts. Sorry: no wheels or motors in Wilderness.

However, hunters of all types express the opinion that hunting in Wilderness is one of the best hunting experiences they have had. Don Clark of Libby, Montana, weighs in with his piece in Voices in the Wilderness. He admits that hunting in Wilderness isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.

Wilderness hunting has lots of fans.

Montana Backcountry Hunters and Anglers have endorsed the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness proposal, as have the Bull Lake and Libby Rod and Gun Clubs, Idaho Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Montana Wildlife Federation, the Idaho Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Montana Back Country Horsemen.

Some of Montana’s and Idaho’s most prime habitat for elk, deer, bears, mountain lions, mountain goats and mountain sheep lie in the Wilderness and proposed wilderness, and the hunting is open to all who can legally do so. As allowed for in the Wilderness Act of 1964, fish and game resources in Wilderness, proposed Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas are managed by the fish and game agency of the state within which those areas lie.


Read more stories about hunting (and fishing) in wild country:

Consumed in the Yaak, by Riley Egan

Why I Like Wilderness, by Pete Mickelson

Family and Fall in the South Fork of Ross Creek, by Lance Shevlan

The Golden Trout (and the trouble to get one), by Kelly Palmer