With many hunters looking back on a successful big game hunting season, it’s a good time to remind hunters about the responsibility to ensure that their wild game is properly cared for and processed.

Under Montana law, it is illegal to waste any part of a game animal that is defined as “suitable for food.” For big game animals, all four quarters above the hock, including loin and backstrap, fall into that category.

Hunters who can’t use the wild game meat can donate it to a neighbor or friend who would appreciate it, or to a local food bank. There are many food distribution programs in Montana eager to accept big game meat.

Anyone with information about the wanton waste of wild game should call FWP’s toll-free TIP-MONT hotline, 1-800-TIP-MONT. Callers who report violations of wildlife, fish or park regulations can remain anonymous and may be eligible for cash rewards.

Logo courtesy Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

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