By Dan Thompson
The Bitterroot National Forest (BNF) concluded their Travel Planning process in 2015. A case can be made that the dominant theme of the Travel Plan alleged that there are wide spread conflicts among forest visitors that needed to be resolved as part of the Travel Planning process. One of the lines of evidence brought forward by the BNF to support their “conflicts” claim were comments submitted during the process by Montana FWP that hunters complain about use of OHVs during hunting season. The exact, complete quotation from FWP’s scoping comments is:
“Each year FWP staff in the Bitterroot gets the chance to talk to several thousand of these hunters at the Darby Check Station. And each year comments about OHV use ranks first or second among complaints, rating right up there with comments about wolves.”
The lack of specific details in FWP’s comments coupled with my own personal hunting experiences got me to wondering about who exactly is complaining about what exactly. So, I launched a little research project to try to figure that out. Specifically, what proportion of elk and deer hunters use an OHV to assist them during the hunt?
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