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Upper Missouri River paddlefish lottery tag applications due March 29

Press release Paddlefish anglers planning to harvest a fish in the Upper Missouri River, from Fort Peck Dam to Fort Benton, will need to apply for an Upper Missouri River Paddlefish Tag. Applications for this drawing can be made by mail, online at...

 

Open Fields enrollment now open

Press release It’s time for landowners to enroll in the state-sponsored “Open Fields for Game Bird Hunters.” The voluntary program, offered through Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program, is available to privat...

 

Watercraft inspection changes planned for Tiber Reservoir

Press release In an attempt to protect Montana’s waterways, way of life and outdoor economy from the impacts of invasive species, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is changing rules on how visitors use Tiber Reservoir south of Chester. In 2018,...

 

Elk and deer permit applications due March 15

Fish, Wildlife and Parks It’s that time of year again. Does this long winter have you feeling down? Tired of shoveling snow? For those hunters interested in applying for elk or deer permits for the 2018 season a critical deadline is approaching...

 

Winter and wildlife

Fish, Wildlife and Parks While this winter so far has given Montana plenty of snow and cold, the weather in March and April will determine to a large extent the mortality of animals like deer and antelope in north-central Montana. That’s because...

 

FWP puts mandatory trapper education on hold

Fish, Wildlife and Parks Trapper education will not be mandatory for the 2018/2019 trapping season. The decision to not move forward with implementing a new mandatory trapper education program came last week after questions arose about whether the...

 

Grizzly bear management meeting set for Fort Shaw in April

Fish, Wildlife and Parks Prairie grizzly bears and their management by Fish, Wildlife and Parks will be the topic of an April 4 public meeting in Fort Shaw. At the meeting Wesley Sarmento, FWP bear management specialist, will look at how the...

 

Tails and Trails - Johnnie Rabbit

By Bruce Auchly FWP Region 4 Information Officer Whoever loves snow and cold, like we've had this month, please raise your hand. Okay, you in the back. You may lower your hand now. Let's face it. As...

 

Approved 2018 open water fishing contests

Press release Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has approved the open water fishing contests for the 2018 season. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Applications for fishing contests may be...

 

Hunter Education Classes Offered Across Region 6 for Youth and Adults

Press release Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for many areas across Region 6. All hunter education classes are free of charge. Many classes are being held prior to the March 15 application deadline for...

 

Landowners have until March 15 to apply for access tax credit program

Press release Landowners have until March 15 to submit applications to Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks for enrollment in the Unlocking Public Lands Program. Through this program, landowners who agree to allow access for all general recreational...

 

Planning tips for a 2018 Glacier trip

Press release Glacier National Park is preparing for the 2018 season, and visitors should plan ahead to maximize their trip to Glacier.  Visitation The park expects that visitation will remain high. Last year 3.3 million people visited the park, a...

 

No CWD found yet in Sage Creek special hunt north of Chester

From Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunters checked in nine more mule deer at the end of the third weekend of the Sage Creek Special Chronic Wasting Disease Hunt in northern Liberty County, bringing the total number of deer sampled to 94 since the hunt sta...

 

Survey underway to gauge public opinion on fish, wildlife management

From Fish, Wildlife and Parks A survey of Montana residents is currently being conducted by researchers at Colorado State University to better understand public opinions about fish and wildlife management. The survey is part of a national effort...

 

Hunter harvest surveys now underway

From Fish, Wildlife and Parks FWP is currently conducting its annual hunter harvest surveys. These surveys are done by calling hunters who purchased licenses for 2017 and asking them a variety of questions, including whether they were successful and...

 

FWP launches new program to improve wildlife habitat through weed management

From Fish, Wildlife and Parks Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is launching a new program to improve wildlife habitat through noxious weed management on both public and private lands. The Montana Wildlife Habitat Improvement Act was passed by the...

 

Region 6 results of opening weekend of general hunting season

From Fish, Wildlife and Parks Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Havre hunter check station was fairly active over the first weekend of general deer and elk opener, with most big game species seeing an increase in harvest from the past few years....

 

Reminder in the field: Be a good steward of the land

From 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 to remind hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts to be good stewards of the...

 

Future Fisheries Program grant deadline Nov. 30

From Fish, Wildlife and Parks Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has reminded landowners, watershed groups and others that the deadline to apply for this round of Future Fisheries Improvement Program grants is Nov. 30. The goal of FWP’s Future...

 
 By Bruce Auchly    Local    October 20, 2016

What makes the western meadowlark sing

It's mostly silent now outside in the morning. Snow's predicted for the high country with a slow, dreary rain on the prairie. Fall is here. And yet the meadowlark sings. Bird breeding season is long...

 

Elk shoulder hunting season update

Elk shoulder seasons in Montana have gotten off to a quiet but effective start. Wildlife managers in the regions with active shoulder seasons are seeing hunters taking a few elk and being effective at reducing late summer and early fall landowner...

 

Outdoor Briefs

People can donate hunting licences to veterans From FWP A Montana law allows residents and nonresidents to donate their hunting license to a disabled military veteran or disabled active duty service member. The disabled veteran or active armed...

 

Grizzlies spotted in Sweet Grass Hills

After decades of absence, once-native grizzly bears have been spotted in the hills north of Chester. State wildlife officials are asking residents and recreationists of the Sweet Grass Hills to be bea...

 

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