Why Should a Landowner Participate?

 

The core content of One Montana’s Master Hunter Program is “landowner-driven”. This landowner-driven approach is key to the success of our program and a game changer in the hunting access discussion. Montana landowners have observed a range of experiences when allowing public hunters to access their properties for hunting or other recreational activities. These experiences range from high quality personal friendships developed over the years to extremely negative and sometimes unsafe experiences.  In some cases, these negative experiences stem from hunters who may not understand the basic ethics and responsibilities associated with hunting on private property.  MHAP promotes hunting access on private lands and matches certified hunters with private landowners who seek safe, ethical, responsible and competent hunters for whom they provide access to their properties for hunting.

Our Certified Master Hunters understand how their hunting activities and behaviors impact landowners, and what is required to be the kind of hunters whom our landowner partners will want to welcome on their property.

To assist landowners with managing hunters who would like to hunt their properties, we use an online reservation system provided by Huntable.com, and create specific landowner profiles that determine the rules for each property including days and times hunting is allowed, species and sex which may be harvested, and any rules related to weeds, driving, walk in areas, etc. The MHAP staff will also provide hunter management assistance, in addition to the online hunter reservation program.

 

 

How do I Enroll?

If you are a landowner who is interested in learning more, or perhaps enrolling some of your property, please fill out the Landowner Agreement/Ranch Rules form below, or contact Dani Clark at danic@onemontana.org.

This agreement will help us to develop a profile to reflects your specific expectations regarding access and hunt logistics, and “ranch rules”. Ranch rules will be posted on the Huntable.com reservation site where Certified Master Hunters will make reservations to hunt on cooperating properties. All rules will be defined to each landowner’s unique specifications and preferences.

Owner's Name *
Owner's Name
Phone *
Phone
Mobile Phone
Mobile Phone
Ranch Manager's Name
Ranch Manager's Name
Phone *
Phone
Mobile Phone
Mobile Phone
Emergency Contact
Emergency Contact
Emergency Phone
Emergency Phone
Which species can be hunted on this property *
Will you handle the hunting access/reservation process?
Will the landowner control the days available for hunting access per species via the Huntable Reservation System?
Is the ranch divided into hunting zones?
If yes, please also see Supplemental Information, below, and if possible, provide a map illustrating the boundaries.
Access Rules
Certified hunters accessing any of the properties included in the Montana Hunter Advancement program must display a parking permit (provided at the time a hunting/access reservation is made) on the dash of their vehicle and provide their ALS number, telephone number, vehicle make, description and license number when they obtain reservations to hunt a MHAP property. This information will be provided to the landowner and the area FWP warden.
Can ATV's or UTV's be used on designated ranch roads?
If there is vehicle access, please see Supplemental Information, below, and if possible provide a map illustrating the designated roads.
Can horses and mules be used on the ranch property?
Can llamas or pack goats be used on ranch property? (Unless otherwise noted by the landowner certified hunters bringing livestock to the property must use certified weed free hay.)
Are there designated parking areas for hunters?
If yes, please see Supplemental Information, below, and if possible provide a map illustrating the parking areas.
Please see Supplemental Information, below, and if possible provide a map illustrating the parking areas.
Is there a designated area on the property where certified hunters with reservations may camp overnight?
Please see Supplemental Information, below, and if possible different from parking areas, provide a map illustrating designated camping areas.
Is there a fee required for certified hunters to hunt this property?
$
How should this fee be paid?
Would you like help managing hunters with Common Ground staff or volunteers on site?
Are hunters required to check in at the ranch prior to hunting?
Are hunters required to check-out at the ranch after hunting?
Will a ranch orientation be available for prospective certified hunters to attend prior to hunting on the property?
Hunter harvest reports and evaluations will be required after hunting any of the MHAP properties. These reports and evaluations will be provided to the landowner by the MHAP staff. Does the landowner desire to have the MHAP hunters provide harvest information upon check-out at the ranch?
 
 

Supplemental information
Maps, history, conservation practices, directions, photos

We would like to provide our certified hunters who obtain reservations to hunt on your ranch property with a brief ranch history, crops/livestock raised, special conservation practices employed on the property or any other information the landowner/ranch manager would like the hunters to be aware of. Maps that include boundaries, designated roads, parking and camping areas are particularly important. If not readily available, One MT program staff will be happy to help create these documents. If you have them already, please email them to danic@onemontana.org.