October 13, 2011
Hunting MN Bison In The Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge?
By Chad Love
Will Montana hunters someday get the opportunity to hunt wild, free-ranging bison in Montana's Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge?
From this story in the Billings Gazette:
Jim Posewitz is confident he will see a huntable herd of free-roaming, wild bison somewhere in Montana in his lifetime. "We'll have to hurry, though," he said, smiling. Posewitz is 76. A Montana conservationist, hunter, author and promoter of hunter ethics, Posewitz has lent his voice to the National Wildlife Federation's push to have bison restored to the 1.1-million-acre Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Montana. "What better place, what better species and what better time?" he said.
"...As Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks embarks on a three-year study of the possibility of returning wild bison to the state, the National Wildlife Federation is already pushing for the CMR to be the place. "I've been hunting all of my life, and I can't imagine there would be anything cooler than hunting a bison in the Missouri Breaks," said Kit Fischer of the NWF. "I think this is something that every hunter in Montana has a moral responsibility to support."
The rest of the story is well worth a read. What do you think? Should we do for the bison what we've already done for our other big-game animals?