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Public meeting on plan to re-introduce bighorns to Little Belts canceled

Press release A public meeting scheduled for July 22 in Stanford regarding a proposal to reintroduce bighorn sheep to the Little Belt Mountains has been canceled due to concerns about potential exposure to COVID-19. The public is... — Updated 7/21/2020


Glacier releases last group of bull trout into Grace Lake

Press release WEST GLACIER — Glacier National Park, in partnership with Creston National Fish Hatchery, the U.S. Geological Survey, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks and the Glacier National Park Conservancy, released thousands... — Updated 7/16/2020


Yellowstone National Park's Wyoming entrances to open next week

By Johnathan Hettinger Yellowstone National Park will open its Wyoming entrances Monday at noon, Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly announced Wednesday. The park will be limited to day-use only via the Cody and Jackson... — Updated 5/15/2020 Full story


State wildlife management areas opening Friday with distancing protocols

From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Many recreationists look forward to May 15 every year as the opening day of many of Montana’s Wildlife Management Areas that are closed between Dec. 1 and May 15 to minimize disturbance to wi... — Updated 5/15/2020 Full story


FWP seeking input on potential conservation easement for timberland near Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge

Press release Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public input on a potential proposal to acquire a conservation easement on approximately 7,274 acres of productive timberland near Marion in Flathead County.  The... — Updated 4/8/2020 Full story


FWP issues COVID-19 restrictions

Press release Montanans are lucky to have so many opportunities to get outdoors and recreate, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. While Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks encourages recreation outside, also encourages careful pl... — Updated 3/30/2020 Full story


Inspectors find mussels on boat being transported through Montana

Press release The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Dillon watercraft inspection station intercepted a watercraft carrying invasive mussels Monday. The boat owner was traveling north on Interstate 15 en route to British Columbia and... — Updated 3/19/2020


FWP looks to improve customer service with two changes to 2020 licenses

Hunters and anglers can expect a few changes this year when they buy their 2020 licenses starting March 1. The most visible change Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks customers will see is a change to license paper. Starting this year... — Updated 1/16/2020


Great Falls spring hunter education course set

From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks It’s time to sign up for the first hunter education course of 2020 in Great Falls. Online registration is going on now through March 8. Everyone must register online, however there will be a... — Updated 1/15/2020


Pheasant release application deadline is January 15

From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks It’s not too soon to submit an application for the 2020 pheasant release through the state Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program. Landowners interested in releasing pen-reared, ring-necked... — Updated 12/5/2019


Sage Grouse Team meets Thursday

Press release HELENA — The Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team will meet on Thursday from 1-3 p.m. in Room 152 at the Montana State Capitol in Helena. MSGOT will consider policy direction for program staff concerning term lease... — Updated 11/11/2019


Big game hunters need to be bear aware on Front

From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Grizzly bear sign on the Rocky Mountain Front has led to a Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife biologist to remind hunters to be bear aware. “Over this past weekend, we had a large number of... — Updated 11/4/2019


FWP hosting AIS Summit Dec 4-5

From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is hosting the Aquatic Invasive Species Summit Dec. 4 and 5 in Helena. The two-day meeting will bring together AIS partners to discuss the progress made and... — Updated 10/24/2019


FWP collecting comments on draft reservoir plan

Fish Wildlife and Parks is collecting public comment on the draft Upper Missouri River Reservoir Fisheries Management Plan. The management plan guides fisheries management for Canyon Ferry, Hauser, and Holter reservoirs and... — Updated 10/23/2019


Departments urge people to be responsible with warming fires

From Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation MISSOULA — As days become shorter and temperatures drop, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and Bureau of Land Management encourage hunters... — Updated 9/14/2019


New CWD management area set after deer test positive near Libby

From Fish, Wildlife and Parks KALISPELL — Two additional white-tailed deer in the Libby area are suspected to be positive of chronic wasting disease, leading to the creation of a new CWD management zone, along with zones in the... — Updated 9/12/2019


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

From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Although most hunters respect the land, property and wildlife they are hunting, many others do not. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like... — Updated 9/4/2019

 By Pam Burke    Local

Outdoor safety: Helmet safety - Head first

Photos by Colin Thompson and Havre Daily News staff No matter the activity, helmets come with some basic features: The shell, an impact management - foam - liner and a chinstrap or... — Updated 8/12/2019


FWP reminder: SUP users must have life jacket on board

From Fish, Wildlife and Parks Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reminds everyone using stand-up paddleboards — SUPs — that a life jacket is required to be on the board. The use of SUPs has exploded in Montana over the past few... — Updated 7/26/2019


Fishing restrictions lifted at Willow Creek Reservoir

From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks During a conference call Thursday, the Fish and Wildlife Commission lifted all fishing restrictions at Willow Creek Reservoir near Augusta. The department was recently informed that the Bureau... — Updated 7/26/2019


Montana 2019-20 waterfowl and 'webless' migratory bird regulations released

From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Waterfowl and webless migratory bird regulations are complete for the 2019-20 hunting seasons. The regulations are online at http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/regulations/, and hard copies will be... — Updated 7/9/2019


Public comment sought on ARM hunting rule proposals

From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks At its June 19 meeting, the Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed to adopt an administrative rule pertaining to two-way communication while hunting and an administrative rule pertaining to... — Updated 7/9/2019


FWP releases Watercraft Inspection Report

Montana FWP Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has released the 2018 Watercraft Inspection Station Annual Report. Highlights from the report include: FWP and inspection partners... — Updated 2/20/2019

 By George Ferguson    Local

OUTDOORS: Little ice, little fishing

Last winter probably seemed like an ice fisherman's paradise around Havre and all over Montana. Of course, few other people would have chosen to use the word paradise when describin... — Updated 1/17/2019


2018 Southeast Region Hunting Forecast

Montana FWP Are you ready for hunting season? Montana has some of the longest hunting seasons in the West, healthy herds of game and access to millions of acres of public land.... — Updated 9/13/2018


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