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.
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.
For the 2016 hunting season, 1,262 landowners have enrolled about 7.3 million acres in Montana’s Block Management Program.
Hunters and their gun dogs have about a month before the upland game bird season begins, so it's a good time to dig into this season's hunting access guide.
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 is available online and at all FWP license providers.
2016 Hunting season dates
Everyone who hunts doves, ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, snipe, or coots in Montana must be “HIP” certified. HIP stands for Harvest Information Program.
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.
During the past five years, nearly one hunter or landowner a day took time to complete an innovative program aimed at promoting responsible hunter behavior and helping encourage good hunter/landowner relationships in Montana.
There's no wait for nonresidents still seeking to buy a license to hunt elk in Montana this fall but the remaining licenses are in short supply compared to the past few years and are expected to sell out.
Montana's millions of acres of private land offer some excellent hunting opportunities—the only catch is gaining the landowner's permission to hunt.
With Montana's upland game bird season opening Sept.1—and the bow hunting season set to open Sept. 3—remember that slow moving, quiet and camouflaged hunters will soon be sharing the landscape with the state's even stealthier bears that may be stalking similar prey.
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee recommends the use of bear spray and urges hunters to learn other bear-aware safety measures.
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks toll-free hotline for reporting wildlife poaching, property damage, and violations of fish and game laws is in operation 24 hours a day.
With fire season underway in Montana and several counties already implementing fire restrictions, hunters should be keenly aware of the regulations in place in the locations they plan to hunt, at least until the weather begins to cool.
The 1,200 volunteers who teach Hunter Education remind all hunters there are four basic rules of gun safety.