This Thanksgiving, as you're gathered around the table about to give thanks—for good health, for loving friends and family members, for our soldiers overseas—consider adding another blessing: for living in a state so rich in wildlife.
Windy, cold weather over the weekend kept many south central Montana hunter home and limited the success of those who went to the field.
White-tailed deer harvest picked up markedly at the Bonner Check Station in the fourth week of the general big game hunting season, and whitetail harvest remained higher than last year’s pace at the Anaconda and Darby Check Stations in west-central Montana.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a free kids wild turkey program at Montana WILD on Nov. 26.
MILES CITY — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are offering a reward for information about a mule deer buck that was killed illegally, its head removed and body left on Nov. 14 or 15.
The Forest Service is providing the public with an early opportunity to preview the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and draft Record of Decision (DROD) for Phase 1 of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI). The FEIS and DROD for the first analysis area on the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests will be available by November 21, 2014, at the 4FRI website at www.fs.usda.gov/main/4fri/planning In order to allow additional time for public consideration of these extensive documents, online access to
The Court Ruling below stops the United States Fish and Wildlife service from designating critical habitat for Endangered Species. CBU’s Kerry White explains the significance of this: “This recent federal court ruling restricts Congress from designating critical habitat for endangered species on private land under the Commerce Clause. The court has viewed such action as […]
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a Wolf Trapping Certification class at the Fairgrounds Trade Center in Kalispell on Saturday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This one-time certification is required for all wolf trappers in Montana.
Deer harvest in northwest Montana is about the same as last year at the same point in the season, according to check station results around Region One.
At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 17, a total of 11,233 hunters checked 597 white-tailed deer (511 of these were bucks), 108 mule deer, and 38 elk for a 6.6 percent rate of hunters with game. Harvest was similar to last year when 6.2 percent of hunters checked game. Hunter numbers are down slightly as compared to last year.
At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 9, a total of 8,095 hunters checked 428 whitetail deer (342 of these were bucks), 74 mule deer, and 28 elk for a 6.5 percent rate of hunters with game. Harvest was up as compared to last year when 5.2 percent of hunters checked game. The number of whitetail bucks checked is up 26 percent, mule deer numbers are about the same, and elk numbers are down 22 percent as compared to last year’s check station results at the same point in the season. Hunter numbers are down 7 percent.
FWP has completed its investigation of a reported self-defense shooting of a male grizzly bear in the Lower Thompson River area on October 26. The investigation conducted by Game Warden Troy Hinck and Warden Sergeant Jon Obst corroborated the information given by the hunter. No criminal charges are being filed.
At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 2, a total of 5,589 hunters checked 281 white-tailed deer (235 of these were bucks), 54 mule deer, and 19 elk for a 6.3 percent rate of hunters with game. This compares to a 4.7 percent rate of hunters with game last year (see attached table). The counts at the six northwest Montana check stations represent a sampling of the harvest and do not represent the complete number of animals taken.
FWP is investigating a report of a self-defense shooting of a male grizzly bear in the Lower Thompson River area on October 26. The person who shot the grizzly reported the incident to FWP. Because the case is under investigation, no further information can be released at this time.
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Check station data from southwest Montana for the fourth weekend of the general season.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced Friday that Sam Sheppard has been named the new Region 3 Supervisor. Sheppard takes over the role vacated in August by Pat Flowers.
Harvest numbers for deer and elk on the Rocky Mountain Front have picked up with the change in the weather.
Montana's Fish & Wildlife Commission is seeking comment on changes to rules that govern how outfitters are paid by their clients when conducting commercial use on FWP land.
Landowners have until Jan. 15, 2015 to submit an application for 2015 pheasant releases through Montana's Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program.
The hunting of all mountain lions in southcentral Montana hunting district 511, which includes portions of Wheatland, Fergus and Golden Valley counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. This hunting district will re-open for the hunting of all mountain lions for the winter season beginning December 1, 2014.