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Turn in poachers - call 1-800-Tip-Mont

By Fish, Wildlife and Park The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks toll-free hotline for reporting wildlife poaching, property damage, and violations of fish and game laws is in operation 24 hours a day. TIP-MONT is the acronym for... — Updated 9/24/2020

 

Youth waterfowl and pheasant weekend approaches

From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Montana’s young hunters and their hunting mentors will have a special treat the weekend of Sept. 26 and 27, when they can take advantage of a statewide youth-only waterfowl and pheasant hunt.... — Updated 9/24/2020

 

2020 big game hunting forecast

By Fish, Wildlife and Park 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 9/17/2020

 

FWP sets urban archery deer hunt in Roundup

By Fish, Wildlife and Park Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has scheduled a special archery-only hunt for property in and around Roundup to reduce the number of mule deer in town. Special tags for the hunt go on sale on a first-com... — Updated 9/17/2020

 

Chronic wasting disease surveillance continues

By Fish, Wildlife and Park Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will continue chronic wasting disease surveillance this year in high-priority areas known as priority surveillance areas in northwest, southwest and eastern Montana.... — Updated 9/17/2020

 

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

By Fish, Wildlife and Park With fire season underway in Montana, hunters should be keenly aware of the regulations in place in the locations they plan to hunt, at least until the weather begins to cool. FWP urges hunters to check... — Updated 9/17/2020

 

Avoid these 10 common hunting mistakes

By Fish, Wildlife and Parks Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens have provided a list of items that hunters need to remember to stay clear of breaking the law. Following is a reminder on 10 common mistakes people need to... — Updated 9/10/2020

 

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 9/10/2020

 

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

By Fish, Wildlife and Parks Montana’s archery hunting season for deer and elk begins Sept. 5, and just like in every other form of hunting, being successful while hunting with a bow requires careful planning and preparation. If y... — Updated 9/10/2020

 

Access: Ask early, don't wait

By 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 obtain landowner pe... — Updated 9/10/2020

 

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 9/10/2020

 

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

 

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