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Group aims to encourage wolf hunting in Montana by giving away gun

HAMILTON, Mont. — A southwestern Montana sportsmen’s group is hoping to encourage wolf hunting in the Bitterroot Valley by holding a drawing for a rifle from among the names of those who successfully bag a wolf in December.

The drawing is an effort to fill quotas set for wolves in two areas where elk populations have been declining, Ravalli County Fish and Wildlife Association President Tony Jones told the Ravalli Republic ( ).

“It’s been a long, hard-fought battle to get a wolf season in this state,” Jones said. “We have a legal quota set by (Fish, Wildlife and Parks), and now our next step is to make sure that we fill it.”

Bitterroot hunters have seen a loss of opportunity to hunt elk, deer and moose over the past five years. The state virtually eliminated elk hunting opportunities in the southern Bitterroot Valley after several years of poor elk calf survival…

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