Elk NetworkCow Island, Montana

Conservation | November 25, 2017

One person can make a big difference in helping open the door for scores of others to better enjoy elk country on our public lands.

That’s exactly what happened in north-central Montana.

Here’s the story. A member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation notified the RMEF about this property after reading in Bugle magazine about a similar project a few years ago some 130 miles southwest of here.

The result is RMEF stepped in and purchased a 93-acre tract and held it until the Bureau of Land Management took over. The transaction improves public access to approximately 6-thousand acres of previously difficult-to-reach public land…and did so just in time for Montana’s 2015 big game hunting season.

Before, hunters, hikers and others had to walk more than two miles just to reach federal and state land.

Now, they merely walk through a small land tract and they’re there.

Located near the Missouri River watershed’s Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, the landscape is primarily grassland with some rugged features associated with the Missouri Breaks region.

It’s home to elk, mule deer, antelope, sage grouse, bighorn sheep and a vast array of other wildlife.

It’s also stands as a testimony to RMEF’s dedicated efforts to open and secure public access to the best of elk country and is another example why Hunting Is Conservation.

Cow Island Trail Project Partners
Bureau of Land Management
RMEF’s Torstenson Family Endowment
The Cinnabar Foundation