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Kick-off Events Scheduled Around the State for Youth Pheasant, Waterfowl Weekend

The 2022 Youth Pheasant and Waterfowl Weekend is fast approaching, and several kick-off events are scheduled around the state. To get interested hunters and their families prepared for the youth weekend, which is September 24 and 25, these events...

 

Trappers Reminded of Requirement for Online Course, In-Person Field Day

There are only two remaining trapper education field days left this year before trapping season for most species begins on November 1. As a reminder, to purchase a Montana resident trapping license, trappers must complete the Montana Trapper...

 

Madison Buffalo Jump State Park to Host Flying Buffalo Project Event This Saturday

Madison Buffalo Jump State Park will host a free event this month celebrating the history of the site through arts, crafts, and other activities for families. The Flying Buffalo Project event will be Saturday, September 10, from 10 AM to 4 PM near...

 

Future Fisheries Projects Approved

Brown trout and rainbow trout will have increased access to habitat when 12 side channels are reconnected to the Bighorn River below Yellowtail Dam. Livestock can be managed and lake habitat for largemouth bass and yellow perch can be improved when...

 

Wolf Hunting and Furbearer Trapping Regulations Available Online

Wolf and Furbearer Trapping and Hunting Regulations for the 2022-2023 season are now available online. Print versions will be available at FWP offices and other outlets in a few weeks. Hunters and trappers will notice these regulations were combined...

 

FWP to Hold Statewide Zoom Meeting on Revisions to Elk Management Plan

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has been hosting a series of public meetings to gather ideas about local elk management issues and population objectives. On Sept. 26, from 6 to 8 PM, staff will host a question-and-answer session via Zoom. To...

 

FWP to Host Open Houses on Fishing Regulation Proposals

In the coming weeks, anglers will have several opportunities to comment on fishing regulation proposals for the 2023/24 regulation booklet. These proposals were developed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff after working with the public on identi...

 

FWP Seeks Comment on Several Proposals For October 20 Commission Meeting

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on several proposals slated to go to the Fish and Wildlife Commission in October. Under the new commission process, FWP is taking public comment on these proposals now through Sept. 22....

 

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park Presents "Native Americans Today" and More

More exciting events are happening this weekend at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park. A full list of this summer’s events at the Caverns can be found online at fwp.mt.gov/stateparks/lewis-and-clark-caverns. Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park’s...

 

WHIP Grant Apps Period Opens September 1

The annual application period for the Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program (WHIP), a grant funding program administered by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, will open Sept. 1. The purpose of WHIP is to accomplish large-scale restoration of private and...

 

FWP Seeks Comments for Madison River Use

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comments from the public on a set of recommendations for commercial-use and recreation management on the Madison River, one of the most popular fisheries and recreation destinations in the state. Public...

 

Low Flows Trigger Full Fishing Closure on Section of Upper Big Hole

A full fishing closure will go into effect on a section of the upper Big Hole River due to low flows. The closure begins at the river’s confluence with the North Fork of the Big Hole River upstream to Saginaw Bridge. This section will be closed to...

 

Block Management Program Information Now Available

Block Management Area (BMA) Program information for 2022 will be available to hunters beginning Aug. 10. Hunters can request their BMA Access Guide online and can print individual BMA property maps...

 

Biology Presentations and Guided Hikes at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park This August

More exciting events are happening in the coming weeks at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park. A full list of this summer’s events at the Caverns can be found online at fwp.mt.gov/stateparks/lewis-and-clark-caverns. August 5 and 6: Lewis & Clark...

 

High Temps Prompt Additional Hoot Owl Restrictions on Some Rivers in SW Montana

Daily hoot owl fishing restrictions are being implemented for sections of the Gallatin, Beaverhead, Big Hole and Clark Fork rivers to reduce fish stress and mortality during high water temperatures. Hoot owl restrictions prohibit fishing each day...

 

Rules Hearing on Delaying Implementation of Madison River Commercial Use Cap Scheduled for August 2

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a public hearing via telephone to collect comment on an administrative rule change that was proposed by the Fish and Wildlife Commission at its June meeting. The public hearing will be Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. and...

 

Fishing Restriction For Lower Madison River Due to High Temps

A daily fishing restriction is now in place for the lower Madison River to reduce fish stress and mortality during high water temperatures. The hoot-owl fishing restriction, which prohibits fishing each day between 2 p.m. and midnight, applies from...

 

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park Presents Speakers, Guided Hikes and More This Month

More exciting events are happening this month at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park. A full list of this summer's events at the Caverns can be found online at fwp.mt.gov/statepar...

 

FWP Commission Considers Delay of Implementation of Madison River Commercial Use Cap

The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet over Zoom at 6 p.m. on Aug. 2 to consider a proposal to postpone the implementation of a commercial use cap on the Madison River. In 2020, the commission adopted rules regarding the recreational use of the...

 

Shepherd Man Sentenced for Poaching Four Deer

A Shepherd man lost his hunting privileges for 16 years and will pay fines and restitution exceeding $6,000 after pleading guilty to 16 state and federal charges of poaching mule deer and leaving...

 

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park to Host Hiring Event

Have you ever wanted to be a tour guide or work in caves? At Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, you can do both. Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is hosting a hiring event for seasonal tour guide positions on Monday, July 11. Applicants can come to...

 

Bannack State Park hosts Bannack Days in July

Bannack State Park's signature event, Bannack Days, is scheduled for the third weekend in July, with many traditional activities, displays and re-enactments celebrating Montana's first territorial...

 

Sign-up Opens for Elk Hunting Access Agreements Public Hunter List

Elk hunters interested in signing up for an opportunity to hunt cow elk on private lands enrolled in Elk Hunting Access (EHA) agreements can do so today through Aug 1. The resulting EHA public hunter list will be randomized with hunters contacted seq...

 

FWP Seeks Comment on Several Proposals for August 25 Commission Meeting

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on several proposals slated to go to the Fish and Wildlife Commission in August. Under the new commission process, FWP is taking public comment on these proposals now and will present the...

 

Sign-up Opens for Surplus Drawing Licenses & Permits

Hunters interested in signing up for licenses or permits left over from the special license and permit drawing can do so from June 20 through July 20. This new process for the sale of surplus licenses began in 2020 in response to issues in years...

 

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