The Coordinated Elk Hunt was held in cooperation with the Montana FWP during the 2022 general open rifle season. The program's purpose is to provide access to local hunters and those across the state to private agricultural land near the ranch headquarters of Matador Ranch and Cattle.
During the season, MR&C worked with a FWP biologist to reduce and control the overpopulation of elk in the area through controlled hunting access. The elk hunt was an opportunity for young and old hunters to harvest elk and provide meat for their families. In total, 410 elk were harvested, and over 65,000 pounds of meat went into freezers across the state.
The FWP biologist affiliated with the hunt noted that the elk maintained small herd sizes, were more dispersed, and moved more toward their historic grazing areas, which are all positive outcomes. MR&C and FWP are hoping to continue the program for the 2023 season. Interested hunters should check back with the MRC and Montana FWP websites during the late summer for updates.