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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.
How to best dispose of a big game carcass after the meat is in the freezer is a question all hunters face. The answer is simple enough but the regulations and reasons behind it are not understood by many hunters and that can lead to violations and fines.
Montana’s deer, elk and antelope regulation book—the hunter’s bible—is available online and at all FWP license providers.
2014 Big Game Hunting Seasons
Everyone who hunts doves, ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, snipe, or coots in Montana must be "HIP" certified. HIP stands for Harvest Information Program.
The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission has adopted final 2014 hunting regulations and season dates for "webless" migratory game birds.
Bear meat, or the meat from any other big game animal, cannot be wasted, or allowed in any way to become unfit for human consumption, unless it is infected with trichinella.
Hunters may purchase a license at all FWP offices, FWP license providers, or online at fwp.mt.gov, under Online Services until Aug. 31. After that date there is a 24-hour wait on the use of bear hunting licenses.
With elk archery season opening Sept. 6, and the backcountry general elk season set to open Sept. 15, elk hunters need to know their bull elk.
Many archery antelope hunters will be afield beginning Aug. 15 with a 900 series license to archery hunt antelope of either sex in any hunting district starting with a 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.
Archery hunters in Montana once again have the opportunity to pursue wolves this fall.
Montana's archery-only hunting season for deer, elk, antelope, wolf, mountain lion and black bear begins Sept. 6. The bighorn sheep archery season begins Sept. 5.