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FWP to release more pheasants prior to opener Oct. 8

HELENA — Pheasant season opens this Saturday, Oct. 8, and to increase hunters’ opportunity for success, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will release pheasants at four wildlife management areas. The birds will be released in... — Updated 10/6/2022

 
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FWP lists upland game bird forecast

https://fwp.mt.gov This upland game bird forecast was released by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Aug. 30. Destination: NORTHWEST MONTANA Pheasant hunting on the Ninepipe Wildlife Management Area near Ronan and surrounding area... — Updated 10/6/2022

 

Waterfowl, pheasant and antelope hunting seasons opening soon

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks HELENA - Hunting for ducks, coots and geese opens Saturday, Oct. 1. Here are a few reminders: • The aggregate daily bag for dark geese in the... — Updated 9/29/2022

 

Hunters should be aware of avian influenza in wild birds

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks HELENA - Highly pathogenic avian influenza - HPAI - virus was detected in wild birds and domestic poultry in Montana earlier this year. While HPAI... — Updated 9/29/2022

 

Hunters need to know the rules and regulations to hunt in Montana

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks With hunting seasons opening, and some specialty seasons underway, hunters need to remember state rules and regulations.. Montana has some of the longest hunting seasons in the West, healthy herds... — Updated 9/29/2022

 

Guidelines for hunting, fishing, trapping, recreating on Montana state trust land

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks GLASGOW - Many people will likely hunt state trust land at some point during Montana's hunting season. These lands, which can provide great... — Updated 9/22/2022

 

Things to remember while hunting in Montana

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunters must expect to see bears Grizzly bears have the potential to be found anywhere in the western two-thirds of Montana — west of Billings — and their distribution is denser and more... — Updated 9/15/2022

 

R6 FWP urges hunters to check fire status, make safety a priority

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks GLASGOW — With our region of northeast Montana suffering extreme drought with the constant threat of wildfires, hunters and other recreationists taking to the field must be aware of local fire... — Updated 9/8/2022

 

2022 big game hunting forecast

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks HELENA — Are you ready for hunting season? FWP can help. In addition to the following hunting forecast, FWP provides online information about hunting access, including our popular Block Management... — Updated 9/8/2022

 

HHS principal resigns after costume controversy

Havre High School Principal Ed Norman has resigned in the wake of a controversy over the school's handling of an incident in October where a student entered the school in Halloween... — Updated 12/10/2021

 

Applications opening for 2022 Montana Master Hunter Program

From One Montana One Montana's Master Hunter Program is accepting applications Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 for the 2022 program. Class locations include Missoula in March, Helena in April,... — Updated 9/30/2021

 

Cases completed on unlawfully killed bull elk and bull moose in north-central Montana

From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Two Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks law enforcement cases from the fall of 2020 were completed, including an unlawfully killed bull elk in Blaine County, and a bull moose in Phillips County. L... — Updated 9/30/2021

 

Water levels limit Canyon Ferry WMA waterfowl hunting

From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks TOWNSEND — Waterfowl hunting opportunities will be limited on the Canyon Ferry Wildlife Management Area this year during both the youth and general waterfowl seasons due to ongoing extreme... — Updated 9/30/2021

 

24-hour waiting period no longer required after black bear hunting license purchase

From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks HELENA — The 2021 Black Bear Regulations booklets contain language about a requirement for hunters to wait 24 hours after the bear license is issued to hunt bears. This is no longer... — Updated 9/30/2021

 

Youth-only pheasant, waterfowl hunt to open

From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks HELENA — Montana’s young hunters will have the state’s waterfowl and pheasants pretty much to themselves Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25-26. Licensed hunters ages 15 and under may hunt... — Updated 9/16/2021

 

Access: Ask early, don't wait

From Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Montana’s millions of acres of private land offer some excellent hunting opportunities — the only catch is gaining the landowner’s permission to hunt. It is Montana law that hunters... — Updated 9/16/2021

 

Lost River Wildlife Management Area county road closure

By Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 Due to a washout, County Road 145 North in northwestern Hill County that provides vehicle access to the Lost River WMA is closed approximately ¼ mile south of the main parking area. It... — Updated 9/16/2021

 

Be sure before you shoot: 5 tips for archery hunting success

From Fish, Wildlife and Parks Montana’s archery hunting season for deer and elk began Sept. 4, and just like in every other form of hunting, being successful while hunting with a bow requires careful planning and preparation. If... — Updated 9/16/2021

 

Hunters must expect to see bears

From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Grizzly bears have the potential to be found anywhere in the western two-thirds of Montana, west of Billings, and their distribution is denser and more widespread than in previous years. Some... — Updated 9/16/2021

 

2020 big game hunting forecast

By Fish, Wildlife and Parks Are you ready for hunting season? FWP can help. In addition to the following hunting forecast, FWP provides online information about hunting access, including our popular Block Management Program.... — Updated 9/24/2020

 

Reminder in the field this hunting season: Be a good steward of the land

By Fish, Wildlife and Parks Although most hunters respect the land, property, and wildlife they are hunting, many others do not. FWP would like to remind hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts to be good stewards of the land, and... — Updated 9/24/2020

 

Bear spray – carry it, know how to use it

By Fish, Wildlife and Parks The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee recommends the use of bear spray and urges hunters to learn other bear-aware safety measures. Hunters in bear country need to: • stay alert and look for bear... — Updated 9/24/2020

 

2020 Big game hunting seasons

Antelope • 900 Aug. 15–Nov. 8 • Archery Sept. 5–Oct. 9 • General Oct. 10–Nov. 8 Bighorn Sheep • Archery Sept. 5–Sept. 14 • General Sept. 15–Nov. 29 Bison • General Nov. 15–Feb. 15, 2021 Black Bear ... — Updated 9/24/2020

 

Ask first to hunt on private land

By Fish, Wildlife and Park Don't wait until it is too late. Hunters who haven't already asked permission from private landowners to hunt need to do so as soon as possible. Montana law requires hunters to obtain permission for all... — Updated 9/24/2020

 

Get young hunters signed up for apprentice hunting now

From Fish, Wildlife and Parks Since 2015, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has allowed children as young as 10 to hunt with a mentor for two seasons without completing hunter education. The decision of whether the child is ready... — Updated 10/14/2019

 

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