Block Management Areas (Available August of 2015)

Overlay map with Block Management Areas.

Product Description

Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks typically releases updated BMA maps in August. The 2015 Block Management GPS mapset will be posted as soon as the data is available. You can add this map to your GPS unit when it’s released.

This map will be available as a FREE transparent overlay.

There are two types of Block Management Areas that are depicted in the BMA GPS map…

Red Shading (see image gallery): TYPE 1 – BMAs where hunters administer their own permission. This includes BMAs that use sign-in boxes, and BMAs that do not require hunters to obtain permission. Typically, Type 1 BMAs do not limit hunter numbers or require reservations, although some parking areas have vehicle limits.

Purple Shading (see image gallery): TYPE 2 – BMAs where someone other than the hunter issues permission. This includes BMAs where the landowner or an FWP staff member issues permission. Type II BMAs often require reservations and utilize pasture assignments, hunter number limits, and other hunter management systems.

Please see our FAQ page for information regarding download options and compatible GPS units.


Block Management Area (BMA) boundaries were digitized by FWP for the purpose of producing regional and statewide reference maps at coarse scales (generally coarser than 1:650,000). Depiction of BMA boundaries at scales finer than this can lead to misinterpretation and location inaccuracies. The BMA boundaries are valid only for the current hunting season. BMA boundaries are not static. The boundaries can (and do) change during and throughout each hunting season. It is every hunter?s responsibility to check for boundary updates before hunting on BMA enrolled lands.

Block Management is a hunter management program with access requirements and hunting use rules specific to each BMA. To utilize the program properly, hunters are strongly encouraged to refer to the current regional BMA Access Guides and detailed individual BMA property maps produced by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP). The regional Access Guides summarize current BMA opportunities, general BMA locations, and access information. Individual BMA property maps contain detailed information regarding hunting rules specific to the property including, but not limited to, timing restrictions, internal exclusion zones, weapons restrictions, species restrictions, open roads, trails, map boxes, and sign in boxes. These resources are available through FWP at http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/hunterAccess/blockman/ and through FWP?s Regional offices. Hunters are responsible for following the rules depicted on the official, current FWP BMA maps, as well as any additional rules posted on site or otherwise directed by enrolled landowners.

Additional information for the Block Management program can be found at http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/hunterAccess/blockman/


DOWNLOADS: (check back often as the maps can change frequently)

Compiled Map Image for New Generation Garmin Units: BLOCK MGMT AREAS 9-25-2014 (2015 BMA’s will be released in August)

(Simply download, unzip, and transfer the BMA.IMG file to the “Garmin” folder on your SD card or GPS memory)


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