Disabled Hunt Permits Being Abused in MontanaBy Rocky Thompson on October 21st, 2011
Some consider hunting an important part of our heritage and an effective method of wildlife population control. I’m really in no position to argue with them. And I understand hunting’s appeal. You get to spend days in the outdoors hanging out with friends and carrying a gun around. Most states have permits that allow disabled people to apply for special permits so that they can hunt from a vehicle, something illegal for everyone else. It seems the disabled hunt permit honor system in Montana has fallen under abuse. It’s not that lazy hunters are driving around in the woods gunning down deer from their Buick LeSabres (though a few certainly are), it’s that they’re using the permits to shoot antlerless elk (whose population has dwindled) that aren’t covered by the non-disabled tag. And when you get to that point, it’s tough to argue heritage or population control as an upstanding reason for hunting.