Hunting Prohibited in Glacier National Park
Contact: Melissa Wilson, 406 888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Officials at Glacier National Park remind hunters that NO hunting of any kind is permitted within the park. It is the hunters’ responsibility to ensure that they are NOT hunting within park boundaries, even if the boundary is not clearly indicated. Federal Regulations strictly prohibit the killing or removal of any animal, living or dead, from inside the park. Taking and removing any animal parts, including shed antlers, is also prohibited.
Hunters may not pursue, dress out, or transport legally wounded or killed animals that end up within park boundaries unless they are accompanied by a park ranger. Hunters should call park headquarters at 406-888-7800 to report such incidents and to arrange for a ranger escort.
Individuals are also reminded that firearms are NOT permitted anywhere in the park’s backcountry. Firearms brought through Glacier National Park must be unloaded, broken down (temporarily inoperable), cased, and stored out of sight and reach, with ammunition separated from weapons while in the park.
Violators are investigated and aggressively prosecuted and are subject to penalties including fines, restitution, and the forfeiture of vehicles, equipment and personal property associated with the violations.
Park rangers operate random check stations during hunting season to verify compliance with hunting and firearms regulations. Rangers also combine wildlife research monitoring flights with hunting patrols and other plain-clothes surveillance techniques to prevent poaching within the park.
Superintendent Mick Holm stated, “The public is also a valuable tool in protecting the park’s wildlife. Visitors who observe illegal or suspicious hunting activity are encouraged to report it.” Contact park headquarters at 406-888-7800, or after hours, the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office at 758-5610 or 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). Reporting parties do not have to identify themselves and all reports are kept confidential. “Rewards can be paid for information leading to the arrest and / or conviction of individuals who violate Glacier’s hunting restrictions,” Holm stated.
The use of bugles, animal/varmint calls, audio attractants, or any artificial or natural means of attracting wildlife (including antler rattling, bugling, or wolf howling imitations) are also prohibited in the park.
Holm also noted that visitors use trails located near the park’s boundaries and hunters should use caution when hunting near the park’s borders.
Hunters should also be familiar with the following park boundaries:
For further information, please call park headquarters at 406-888-7800.
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Did You Know?
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.