So, how, exactly, is access to these lands gained? That varies with the enrolled parcel of land, or Block Management Area (BMA), you want to hunt. Basically, there are Walk-In Areas (that require no permission from the landowner); Sign-In Areas (that require the hunter to sign in daily at a self-administered roster box and may or may not require advanced permission from the landowner); and Written Permission Areas (that require hunters to obtain written permission from the landowner). To get more information on all this, it's worth noting here that the state's many BMAs are divided among seven regions, each with a local Montana Department of Fish Wildlife & Parks (MDFWP) office overseeing the program for that area. A regional map and listing of offices is available on the MDFWP Web site, or from the department headquarters. Obviously, your first step in taking advantage of this program is to decide which of the seven regions of the state you want to hunt in. That will depend on the game you're hunting, of course, and your assessment of your odds of drawing being drawn for the necessary permit.