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Wildlife management areas close for season

With the end of hunting season, many of the state’s wildlife management areas close to public access for the winter.

In Region 2, these include the Blackfoot-Clearwater, Calf Creek, Fish Creek, Garrity Mountain, Lost Creek, Mount Jumbo and Nevada Lake WMAs, which feature winter range for grazing and calving elk. All of these reopen to public access on May 15.

In Region 1, closed WMAs include Bull River, Kootenai West, Kootenai Woods Ranch, Mount Silcox, Ray Kuhns and Roundhorn.

Region 3 WMAs affected by the winter range closure include Canyon Creek, Dome Mountain, Fleecer Mountain, Gallatin, Gravelly-Blacktail, Madison-Bear Creek, Madison-Wall Creek, Mount Haggin (although parts remain open to snowmobile travel), and Robb-Ledford.

For a complete listing of WMAs and their access schedules, visit

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