BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Montana's Block Management Program has opened up millions of acres of land for hunting access over the years.

Under the program, private landowners agree to open their property to hunters in exchange for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks services and a fee to help cover wear-and-tear or damage to their property.

But a recent state audit turned up some problems with the program. One issue involves landowners receiving a fee to allow hunters access on land that the state has already purchased conservation easements.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle says that supporters of the program worry about the audit's fallow on its financial viability and the FWP budget.

FWP director Jeff Hagener says improvements can be made but he defends the overall program and how it operates.