Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Region 1 will adopt Stage I Fire Restrictions for all FWP Fishing Access Sites, State Parks, and Wildlife Management Areas within the following counties and Fire Zone Areas: Northwest Zone: Lake County within the Flathead Indian Reservation; and Sanders County within the Missoula Restriction Zone (Lolo National Forest).
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a Wolf Trapping Certification class at the Region One FWP Headquarters (490 North Meridian Road in Kalispell) on Saturday, September 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This one-time certification is required for all wolf trappers in Montana. Individuals that have been certified in years past do not need to take the class again. Another wolf trapper certification class will be held at the Fairgrounds in Kalispell on Saturday, December 6.
Online registration is required for all participants. This course, and others scheduled around the state, can be found at fwp.mt.gov under the “Education” tab.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is offering a hike on September 13 near Thompson Falls.
Dillon Erickson recently pled guilty in Flathead County Justice Court to charges stemming from the illegal harvest of multiple whitetail deer in the Whitefish area. Charges included four counts of hunting during a closed season, four counts of waste of a big game animal, and four counts of unlawful possession/transportation. Erickson lost his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for 5 years, including accompaniment of anyone else engaged in those activities. He received fines of $4,820 and must pay restitution to FWP for $2,000. He also received a sentence of six months in jail, but the jail sentence was suspended.
Recently, The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) filed a complaint against the Federal government to challenge the arbitrary closure of, "Trail 38," a high value single-track motorcycle trail in Wyoming. The BRC Legal Program is representing a local AMA District club and local users in the case. "Though the trail mileage is small, the stakes are high," said J.R. Riggins, a plaintiff in the suit and Wyoming dirt bike rider. "The Forest Service apparently thought it could fly under the radar and close this trail without meaningful
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is offering fall hunter education classes in the Helena area beginning Sept.8, at two locations: C.R. Anderson Middle School and East Helena Middle School.
Seven hunter education classes and a field day for adult online students are set for September in Yellowstone County.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are offering a reward for information about a mule deer buck that was killed illegally south of Columbus over the weekend.
Registration is now open for the fall 2014 hunter education course in Bozeman. Online registration is required for the course which begins Sept. 8 at Chief Joseph Middle School.
The Tonto National Forest has announced that the comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Travel Management Project, originally scheduled to end on August 18, 2014, has been extended to September 17, 2014. You can review a copy of the DEIS at public libraries in Globe, Cave Creek, Payson, Young, and select Mesa and Phoenix locations or at the Forest Supervisor's Office or Ranger District Offices. It is also available for download at
The Belgrade hunter class begins August 25 at the Bridge at Belgrade Church and is currently open to online registration with spaces filling up quickly.
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The Private Land/Public Wildlife Council is seeking comment through Sept.12 on draft recommendations regarding access to public and private land and on improving relationships among those who enjoy, participate and make hunting possible in Montana.
The Olympic National Forest is hosting three final open houses asking the public to share the areas and roads they use on the Forest. This information will help the Forest identify a financially sustainable road system that meets diverse access needs, minimizes environmental harm, and is safe and dependable because it is scaled to available resources. The open houses have been held around the Olympic Peninsula throughout this summer, with the final three being held in Shelton, Aberdeen, and Olympia during
Every hunting season some individuals unwittingly or knowingly violate the state’s game laws.
Noxious weeds pose a serious economic and environmental threat to Montana. A "noxious weed" is any plant that state and federal authorities designate as a serious threat to agriculture, wildlife and native plant communities.
State wildlife officials remind landowners, hikers, anglers, OHV riders and others in the outdoors this fall to report wolf sightings to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
Don't wait until it is too late. Hunters who haven't already asked permission from private landowners to hunt need to do so as soon as possible.
State law requires hunters to stop at all game check stations while traveling to and from hunting areas. Failure to stop at a checking station when personnel are on duty is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds hunters that simple, common sense precautions are part of the safe and proper field dressing of big game.