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Public Comment Deadline For Several Wildlife Proposals

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on several proposals slated to go to the Fish and Wildlife Commission in February. Comment is open through Feb. 3. After public comment, commissioners can offer amendments to the proposals as...

 

Outfitters/Guides Disappointed in Lack of Action to Increase Public Access and Elk Hunting in Hunting District 313

In a Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Commission meeting held on December 20, the Commission chose not to reinstate the full 5-week general rifle season in HD 313. “Today’s inaction to increase public access and elk hunting near Gardiner means...

 

FWP completes 829-acre addition to Mount Haggin WMA

With help from several partners, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks this month completed the purchase of an 829-acre addition to Mount Haggin Wildlife Management Area. The new parcel, known as the Willow Creek addition, is about 4 miles south of...

 

FWP Extends Comment Period on Draft Grizzly Bear Management Plan, Draft EIS

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is extending the public comment deadline on the draft grizzly bear management plan and associated draft environmental impact statement (EIS) to Feb. 4. The purpose of the draft plan and draft EIS is to guide the...

 

Wolf Trapping Opens in Most Occupied Grizzly Bear Habitat

Effective immediately, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is opening wolf trapping season in all areas of occupied grizzly bear habitat across the state, with the exception of deer and elk hunting district (HD) 130 in northwest Montana (See map). In...

 

Candlelight Tours Offered at L&C Caverns State Park

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park will again host holiday candlelight tours of the entire developed cave route. This special event allows visitors to see and enjoy the caverns by the warm, festive glow of candle lanterns. Participants must make a...

 

January 15: Deadline for Pheasant Release Applications

Applications are being accepted for the 2023 pheasant release program through Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program (UGBEP). Guided by statute, pen-raised birds are released in areas suitable for ring-necked pheasants...

 

Court Ruling Reinstates the 2022 Wolf Hunting and Trapping Regulations

Montana’s 2022 wolf regulations passed by the Fish and Wildlife Commission in August will go back in effect immediately after a court ruling in a lawsuit against Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks denied the plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary...

 

General Hunting Season in Southwest Montana Ends with Mixed Hunter Success

Hunter success continued to vary across southwest Montana during the latter half of the general deer and elk hunting season, according to data gathered by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists. The general season lasted from Oct. 22 through Nov....

 

PLPW Advisory Committee to meet December 1

The Private Land/Public Wildlife Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, Dec. 14, via Zoom from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The 13-member advisory committee, appointed by the governor, is charged with reviewing FWP’s access programs and offering...

 

Permit Required to Salvage Vehicle-Killed Deer, Elk, Moose and Antelope

Anyone wanting to salvage a road-killed deer, elk, moose are antelope must obtain a Vehicle-Killed Wildlife Salvage Permit. These are available at no cost and must be obtained within 24 hours of the time a person takes an animal into their possession...

 

Application Cycles Open for Motorized, Non-Motorized Outdoor Recreation Grants

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is accepting applications for more than $1.3 million in recreation grants. Applications will be accepted for the Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Program, the Montana Trail Stewardship Grant Program and the Summer Motorized...

 

Game Wardens Seek Information on Deer Killed Illegally at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

Game wardens with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are seeking information on a deer that was killed illegally at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park. Sometime between the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12, a deer was shot in the...

 

Shooting Range Development Grant Cycle Open

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announces that the application period to apply for a Shooting Range Improvement Grant is now open. Completed applications must be received no later than Feb. 1, 2023. Montana's Shooting Range Grant Program,...

 

CWD Detected for First Time in HD 311 Near Cardwell

Wildlife health staff with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks recently detected chronic wasting disease in a white-tailed deer buck that was harvested by a hunter in hunting district 311. The deer was harvested about 1 mile northeast of Cardwell on the...

 

Hunting Season Hitting Halfway Point in Montana

Montana’s general hunting season is hitting the midway point and the overall harvest is expected to increase with the onset of the deer breeding season in the coming weeks. So far this season, more than 4,500 hunters have appeared at regional game...

 

Announcing the 2023 Montana Master Hunter Program

One Montana’s Master Hunter Program is accepting applications from October 1, 2022 - November 30, 2022, for the 2023 program. Classes will be held in Billings (March), Bozeman (April), and Missoula (May). Each class will consist of two 3-Day...

 

Bird Hunters Should Be Aware of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Wild Bird

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus was detected in wild birds and domestic poultry in Montana earlier this year. While HPAI cases in wild birds did appear to decline over the summer, there are detections of new cases in parts of the...

 

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...

 

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