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Programs at Caverns Begin Memorial Day Weekend

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is kicking off its interpretive program season over Memorial Day weekend. The birds and the bees have returned to the park, and AmeriCorps member Taryn Eveland will present a program titled “The Birds & The Bees...

 

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park Announces June Interpretive Programs

Every Friday, Saturday, and Monday in June, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park will offer interpretive programs that cover the amazing plants, animals, and geology outside of the cave. The park’s Friday Night Speaker Series takes place at the...

 
 By MORGAN E. JACOBSEN    News    May 4, 2022

Lewis & Clark Caverns Announces Tours for 2022

Staff at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park are pleased to reopen the cave for the 2022 season. Tours will be offered until September 30. Visitors are encouraged to visit the state parks website fre...

 

FWP seeks comment on several proposals for June 23 commission meeting

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on proposals for mountain lion quotas and special limited licenses, trumpeter swan reintroductions, new Rainbow Lake fishing regulations, and pheasant releases. The Fish and Wildlife...

 

FWP Fixing Error in Drawing Process for Elk Permits

After deer and elk permits were drawn Thursday, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks uncovered an error in the drawing process affecting less than three percent of applications across the state in 10 hunting districts. This year the Fish and Wildlife...

 

FWP Seeks Comments on Proposed New Fishing Access Site Along Beaverhead River

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff are seeking public comments on a proposed fee-title acquisition of about 3.5 acres of private land west of Dillon to become a new fishing access site along the Beaverhead River. FWP is undertaking the process of...

 

Bowhunter Education Class Scheduled in Helena

Volunteer instructors will host a Bowhunter Education course at the Montana WILD Education Center in Helena this month. The class is scheduled over three days: • April 29, 6 to 9 p.m. • April 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. • May 1, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m....

 

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park Hosting Land Improvement Event

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park will host its largest volunteer event of the year on Saturday, April 9, as part of an early celebration of Earth Day later in the month. The event includes repairing the park’s damaged and winter-worn trails, as...

 

Hunting & Fishing License Year Begins March 1

The 2022 license year opens March 1, which means that is the day you can buy new hunting and fishing licenses and begin applying for permits and special licenses. The deadline to apply for deer and elk permits is April 1. Applications for most specie...

 

Hunter & Bowhunter Education Classes Offered in SW Montana

Hunter and Bowhunter Education classes will be offered in several locations throughout southwest Montana this year. Many of these classes have been scheduled and will soon be open for registration. Hunter and Bowhunter Education classes are taught...

 

Helena Man Sentenced for Poaching Trophy Moose

A Helena man received a lifetime ban from hunting and trapping in Montana as part of his sentence for illegally killing a trophy moose east of Townsend in 2019. Shiloh Berry, 41, was sentenced Friday...

 

FWP Seeks Information on Killed, Abandoned Waterfowl Near Butte

Game wardens with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are seeking information on several waterfowl that were killed and abandoned near Butte. Responding to a tip on Thursday, wardens found five dead Canada geese and one dead mallard drake along Roosevelt...

 

FWP Seeks Comments on Proposed Fish Barrier Near Dillon to Protect Westslope Cutthroat Trout

Fisheries staff at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are seeking comments on a proposal to construct a fish barrier on Reservoir Creek near Dillon. This project would help protect a genetically pure population of westslope cutthroat trout from non-nativ...

 

Man Pleads Guilty After Illegally Killing Bighorn Sheep

A Deer Lodge man pleaded guilty this month to several charges after illegally killing a bighorn sheep in the Highland Mountains. Harold Horine, 45, shot a bighorn sheep ram on Nov. 22 without a license. He did not report the kill to Montana Fish,...

 

Wolf Trapping Open in all Wolf Management Units

Wolf trapping is now open in all Montana Wolf Management Units. After monitoring grizzly bear activity across much of the state, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists have determined the potential risk for trapping conflicts in grizzly bear...

 

Commission passes rule changes on Madison, regulations on stretch of Big Hole

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved two rule changes on Monday concerning recreational and commercial use on the Madison River. In addition, commissioners approved an adjustment to brown trout regulations on a section the Big Hole...

 

FWP Seeking Volunteer Trapper Education Instructors

Every year, a new generation of trappers takes to the mountains and plains of Montana. Those new trappers need training and instruction, not only for safety and ethics, but also on how to truly enjoy the outdoor experience. Montana Fish, Wildlife &...

 

FWP Seeks Information on Elk Dumped in Gallatin Gateway

Game wardens with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are seeking information on two elk that were dumped near Gallatin Gateway Sunday morning. Carcasses from a cow elk and a bull elk with the antlers cut off were found dumped on the south side of Axtell...

 

FWP Proposes New, Limited Elk Season Structure to Commission

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is looking at a handful of new strategies to better manage elk populations and improve quality hunting opportunities on public lands. FWP will propose these strategies to the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission at its...

 

CWD Sample Numbers Up From Previous Years

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff is on pace to collect a record number of chronic wasting disease samples from deer, elk and moose this year. Between July 1 and Nov. 12, FWP staff collected 3,147 CWD samples, of which 1,613 were from the 2021...

 

Hunter Success Varies But Remains Within Long-Term Averages in Southwest Montana

Hunter success in southwest Montana has varied but remains close to long-term averages as the general hunting season reaches the half-way mark. Wildlife biologists with Montana Fish, Wildlife &...

 

FWP Releases Smith River State Park Assessment

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is considering potential updates to the 2009 Smith River State Park and River Corridor Recreation Management Plan. These potential updates are included in a draft environmental assessment (EA), which is available to...

 

CWD-Positive Deer Reported in Baker

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was recently detected in a mule deer buck that was euthanized within Baker city limits in Hunting District 705 by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials on Oct. 27. FWP officials collected the deer after residents...

 

FWP Working With the Department of Livestock Following Detection of Bovine Tuberculosis in Blaine County

In September, bovine tuberculosis (bTB) was discovered in a herd of cattle in northern Blaine County and then later in Phillips County. Bovine TB is a contagious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis and primarily affects cattle. The di...

 

FWP Proposes Repeal of Admin Rules on Madison River

At its Oct. 28 meeting, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed to repeal two administrative rules regarding the recreational use of the Madison River. On Dec. 24, 2020, the commission adopted the Madison River Recreation Management Rules....

 

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