Hellgate Hunters and Anglers has launched an incredible new mapping site for hunters just in time for this weekend's general rifle season opening, combining the ease of Google map searching with comprehensive information on land ownership, block management areas and hunting district regulations. The organization is calling it the Montana Sportsmen Atlas. It's free, and fully compatible with mobile devices. The site, which went live on Tuesday, had 1,200 visitors in the first 24 hours.
We scoped out the atlas this morning, and damn is it cool. Want to know more about land ownership patterns in hunting district 292, i.e. the southern portion of the lower Blackfoot Valley around Paw's Up? All you have to do is select which type of map—satellite, USGS, etc—you want to view and click the "land ownership" tab. But why are we telling you? Check it out for yourself, and start planning for the general season.