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  • Programs at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Jun 12, 2024

    Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is about 15 miles southeast of Whitehall, along Montana Highway 2. For more information about the park, call 406-287-3541, ext. 9. Friday, June 14 - Songs of the Dawn Priests: Join guest speaker Franco Littlelight who uses storytelling, art, poetry, music, and song to present the history of the Crow Indians. 8 PM at campground amphitheater. Saturday, June 15 - Night Skies at Lewis & Clark Caverns: This popular program is back to highlight the stories of the stars that you can see in the night skies over Lewis &...

  • Programs at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Jun 5, 2024

    Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is about 15 miles southeast of Whitehall, along Montana Highway 2. For more information about the park, call 406-287-3541, ext. 9. Friday, June 7 - Ancient Volcanism in SW Montana: Guest speaker Dr. Jesse Mosolf will discuss the tempo and style of volcanism in southwest Montana, stretching from the Archean to the present, and the tools scientists use to investigate it. 8 PM at the campground amphitheater. Saturday, June 8 - Goodness Snakes Alive! Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park is home to the prairie...

  • Programs at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|May 29, 2024

    Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is about 15 miles southeast of Whitehall, along Montana Highway 2. For more information about the park, call 406-287-3541, ext. 9. Saturday, June 1- Tick Talk: It’s tick season in Montana. Learn about these creatures we love to hate and how to venture forth safely in tick country. The talk will begin at 8 PM at the campground amphitheater. Sunday, June 2 - Stroll to See Our Feathered Friends: Stroll with us through the campground and see how many of our feathered friends you can spot. Binoculars are provided. T...

  • FWP Discovers Non-Native Aquarium Pets in Montana Waters

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|May 29, 2024

    It might seem like a good idea at the time, but dumping an aquarium pet into a lake or river is not good for the pet or the native wildlife. The pet probably won’t survive, and native wildlife won’t know how to compete with the invasive species. Earlier this spring, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks personnel identified two species resulting from aquarium dumps. The first detection was mystery snails at Finley Point in Flathead Lake. Mystery snails are aquarium snails found in many waters in the West, but this is the first mystery snail pop...

  • License Required for Training Bird Dogs Using Birds Not Raised in Captivity

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|May 8, 2024

    Anyone training bird dogs using game birds not raised in captivity needs to hold a bird dog training license, whether on private or public land. If you are training dogs with captive-reared birds, a license is not required. The Fish and Wildlife Commission requires anyone purchasing a bird dog training license intending to train on public land to designate the number of dogs being trained. These licenses can be purchased online through the FWP Online License Service, any FWP regional office, or any licensed provider. The license is $5 for...

  • Let's Go For a Hike!

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|May 1, 2024

    The Becoming an Outdoors Woman program (BOW) invites you to a hike at Glendive's Makoshika State Park on Saturday, May 4, from 10 AM to 3 PM. This guided event is designed for beginning hikers, but all skill levels are welcome. Attendees will listen to a short presentation on how best to prepare for hiking and how to stay safe on the trail. Lunch, snacks, and drinks are included. The event costs $20, and participants must be 18 to register. Enjoy the beautiful vistas and varied trails at the park, get some exercise and fresh air, meet other...

  • Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park Announces Tours for 2024 Season

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Apr 24, 2024

    Staff at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park are pleased to reopen the cave for the 2024 season starting May 1. Tours will be offered from May 1 through Sept. 30. Both first-come-first-served tours and reservable tours will be offered. Visitors are encouraged to check the website frequently as tour options, times, and availability may change throughout the season. Reservable tours are available from May 24 through Labor Day. To make those reservations, call 1-855-922-6768. During the season, the...

  • Trapping Licenses for Resident and Nonresidents Available for Purchase

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Apr 17, 2024

    Nonresident and resident trapping licenses can now be purchased at a Fish, Wildlife & Parks office or online at https://ols.fwp.mt.gov. To purchase a Montana resident trapping license, residents must complete a Montana trapper education course or have purchased a trapping license in at least three prior years (in Montana or another state). Residents must be at least 12 years old to buy a trapping license. Youths 6 to 11 years old must purchase a trapping license. They are exempt from the requirement to take trapper education and are limited to...

  • Montana Trail Stewardship Grant Program Announces 2024 Awards

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Apr 17, 2024

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced today that 36 trail organizations, communities, and various land-managing agencies throughout Montana will receive Montana Trail Stewardship Program (TSP) grant awards for their projects in 2024. Forty TSP applications were received this year from various eligible applicants, including federal and state agencies, towns, cities, counties, recreational clubs, and nonprofit organizations. The TSP awards for this year’s cycle total approximately $2 million in state funds. Grants funds are allocated to the h...

  • Hunters Will See Changes to Antelope, Moose Seasons in Southeast Montana

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Mar 6, 2024

    As hunters prepare for the license year beginning March 1, they should be aware of some regulation changes to antelope licenses in FWP Region 7, as well as a new moose season. Changes to antelope licenses for Region 7: For hunters looking to pursue antelope in FWP's Region 7, either-sex and doe/fawn licenses are no longer valid regionwide. In December, the Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to divide Region 7 into a north and south unit using the Yellowstone River as the boundary for antelope...

  • Landowners have until March 15 to apply for PALA and UPL programs

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Feb 28, 2024

    Landowners have until March 15 to apply for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Unlocking Public Lands (UPL) Program or the Public Access Land Agreement (PALA) Program. These programs are designed to provide recreational public access to state (Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation) or federal (Bureau of Land Management or United States Forest Service) land where no or limited legal public access currently exists. For enrollment in UPL, landowners will receive an income tax...

  • New Hunting, Fishing and Conservation License Year Begins March 1

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Feb 21, 2024

    The new license year opens March 1, which means that is the day you can buy your 2024 hunting, fishing, and conservation licenses and begin applying for permits and special licenses. The deadline to apply for deer and elk permits is April 1. Applications for most species – deer, elk, antelope, deer B licenses, elk B licenses, antelope B licenses, moose, sheep, goat, bison, bear, and turkey – can be made beginning March 1. A new online feature this year is the option for applicants to reapply for the same offerings as last year with just a simpl...

  • FWP Announces Changes to Reservation Process at State Parks

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Feb 21, 2024

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will implement changes this year to the reservation process for state park sites. The changes will create more opportunities for recreationists to enjoy state parks and comply with legislation passed by the 2023 Legislature. Starting this year, visitors will have up to three months prior to their planned arrival date to make campsite and lodging reservations or purchase tour tickets. This is a change from the six-month booking window in the past. Visitors need to be aware that the maximum stay per site changed...

  • FWP Reopens Public Comment Period for Draft Grizzly Bear and Wolf Management Plans

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Feb 21, 2024

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is reopening the public comment period for the 2024 Grizzly Bear Management Plan and Montana Gray Wolf Conservation and Management Plan to ensure Montana counties, Tribes, and state and federal agencies have a chance for input. The new deadline is March 9. The extension will ensure that the Montana statute requiring FWP to notify county commissioners of opportunities to comment on management plans for grizzly bears, wolves, and other large carnivores has been met. It will also allow for additional time for tribal...

  • FWP Seeking Public Comment on Environmental Assessments, Emergency Closures

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Feb 7, 2024

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on several draft environmental assessments (EA) and emergency closures. For more information, including how to submit comments, click on the link provided or visit fwp.mt.gov/public-notices. Manley Choke to Death Private Pond: A private landowner is applying for a Private Fish Pond License and proposes to stock Yellowstone cutthroat trout in an unnamed private pond. The pond is a 0.38 surface-acre pond located in the Crazy Mountains north of Springdale that is fed by a combination of grou...

  • Montana Files Notice of Intent to Sue Over Wolverine Listing

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Jan 31, 2024

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) of its intent to pursue legal action over the recent listing of wolverines as a threatened species. “In Montana, wolverines continue to do well and inhabit much, if not all, of their available habitat,” said Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Chief of Conservation Policy Quentin Kujala. “We work closely with our neighboring states to ensure the continued conservation of these iconic species. Federal protections in this case will only get in the way of good conserva...

  • FWP Announces January 15 is Deadline for Pheasant Release Applications

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Dec 20, 2023

    Applications are being accepted for the 2024 pheasant release program through the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program (UGBEP). As part of the program, pen-raised birds are released in areas suitable for ring-necked pheasants with the intent to enhance wild pheasant populations. Landowners interested in releasing pen-reared pheasants have until January 15 to apply. Projects must comprise at least 100 contiguous acres of land and contain a combination of suitable habitat components, including cover and food, that...

  • Cash Reward Increased to $21K for Information on Wolverine Killed Illegally in Southwestern Montana

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks|Dec 13, 2023

    Several organizations have offered to contribute additional funding to raise the cash reward for information on a wolverine killed illegally northwest of Wisdom in November. Donating organizations include the Animal Defense Fund, Trap Free Montana, Skyline Sportsmen in Butte, the Center for Biological Diversity, and FWP’s TIP-MONT program. The combined reward offered from these organizations is $21,500. Game wardens received a report on Nov. 10 of a wolverine carcass found on U.S. Forest Service Road 7377 near Schultz Saddle and the C...

  • Judge's Order Halts Wolf Trapping and Snaring Season in Most of Montana

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Nov 29, 2023

    Wolf trapping and snaring in Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks administrative regions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, and in Hill, Blaine, and Phillips counties won’t start until Jan. 1 and will run through Feb. 15, according to a federal court injunction issued Tuesday evening. In areas in eastern Montana outside FWP administrative regions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, and Hill, Blaine, and Phillips counties the order does not apply, and the wolf trapping and snaring season will start November 27 and run through March 15 as described in the 2023 wolf regulations. The w...

  • Application Cycles Open for Motorized, Nonmotorized Outdoor Recreation Grants

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Nov 22, 2023

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is accepting applications for more than $500,000 in recreation grants. Applications will be accepted for the Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Program and the Summer Motorized Trail Pass Grant Program. Applications can be submitted through the online system at funding.mt.gov. Application deadline is Feb.1, 2024. Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Program: This is a state-funded grant program. This program provides project funding with the goal of enhancing and maintaining OHV recreational opportunities for the benefit of OHV enthu...

  • Applications Accepted for 2024 Montana Master Hunter Program

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Nov 22, 2023

    The Montana Master Hunter Program (MHP) is accepting applications for the 2024 program. The deadline is Nov. 30. Led by One Montana, the MHP is for hunters who want to continue to improve and hone their skills, build relationships with landowners to aid their wildlife management goals and be an advocate for conservation and wildlife. Classes will be held in Bozeman (March), Missoula (April), and Kalispell (May). To apply or learn more, visit https://www.mtmasterhunter.com/how-to-apply [mtmasterhunter.com]....

  • General Season Reaches Midpoint With Mixed Hunter Success in Southwestern Montana

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Nov 15, 2023

    Montana’s general hunting season has reached the midpoint this week with steady hunter numbers and mixed success rates as recorded at game check stations in southwestern Montana. Wildlife biologists with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks use check stations to collect data on hunter participation and success, as well as the species, sex, and age class of the animals harvested. This supplements data collected through hunter-harvest phone surveys each year. On Nov. 4 and 5, biologists operated four check stations in the region and met with 995 h...

  • Test Meat for CWD Prior to Donation, Commercial Processing

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Oct 11, 2023

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks along with the Montana Department of Health and Human Services are advising hunters to have their deer, elk, and moose tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD). FWP strongly recommends that hunters receive a negative CWD test result before bringing their deer, elk, or moose to a meat processor or donating it to a foodbank. While it is not a requirement, FWP is asking hunters to have a negative CWD test result in hand before bringing their animal to a processor for donation. If the animal tests positive for CWD,...

  • Fishing Closures During Spawning for Sections of Big Hole, Ruby, Beaverhead Rivers

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Oct 4, 2023

    Fishing will close starting Oct. 1 for sections of the Big Hole, Ruby and Beaverhead rivers to protect trout during spawning season. The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted emergency fishing regulations in June in response to struggling fish populations in the three rivers. These restrictions limit fall angling during the brown trout spawning season in some stretches of the rivers. Trout abundances in several areas of the three rivers have steadily declined since 2011 and are at or near historical lows. Meanwhile, fishing pressure in...

  • FWP issues statement on Montana Stream Access Law

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Oct 4, 2023

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has recently received questions on Montana’s Stream Access Law and how it is applied across the state. For landowners and recreationists alike, it’s important to know about the law and understand how it applies to private land and water-based recreation. “The public has a right to enjoy water-based recreation on rivers and streams in Montana below the high-water mark,” said FWP Director Dustin Temple. “The public also has the right to access rivers and streams from the public road right of ways and easements...

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