House Bill 242, from Rep. Caleb Hinkle, R-Belgrade, establishes a nine-day conventional muzzleloader season for deer and elk starting the second Saturday after the top of Montana’s basic firearm searching season. The invoice limits the hunt to muzzleloaders with iron sights, a minimal of .45 caliber and never having greater than two barrels. Limitations additionally embody conventional firearms comparable to flintlock, percussion cap and matchlock designs fairly than fashionable muzzleloaders with scopes.
The invoice noticed a mixture of assist and opposition, with supporters believing the season will present new searching alternatives in addition to highlighting the historical past of the primitive firearms. Opponents questioned the timing of the hunt together with the idea of writing searching seasons into regulation. Most searching seasons in Montana are handed by means of rules adopted by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Fee.