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Hunters' most common hunting violations

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 12:24
Every hunting season some individuals unwittingly or knowingly violate the state’s game laws.

Hunters need to be weed aware

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 12:23
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.

Ask first to hunt on private land

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 12:20
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.

Stop at game check stations

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 12:20
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.

Block management information available

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 12:19
For the 2016 hunting season, 1,262 landowners have enrolled about 7.3 million acres in Montana’s Block Management Program.

Dig into this year's upland game bird program access guide

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 12:18
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.

Keep it clean, keep it cool - game handling tips

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 12:17
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds hunters that simple, common sense precautions are part of the safe and proper field dressing of big game.

What to do with your big game carcass

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 12:15
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.

2016 Hunting regulations - keep them handy

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 12:11
Montana’s deer, elk and antelope regulation book is available online and at all FWP license providers.

2016 Big game hunting seasons

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:59
2016 Hunting season dates

Migratory bird hunters need to get HIP

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:58
Everyone who hunts doves, ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, snipe, or coots in Montana must be “HIP” certified. HIP stands for Harvest Information Program.

Black bear season license purchase deadline

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:57
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.

Program shows common ground shared by hunters, landowners

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:56
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.

Nonresident elk hunting licenses still available

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:55
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.

Access: Ask early, don't wait

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:54
Montana's millions of acres of private land offer some excellent hunting opportunities—the only catch is gaining the landowner's permission to hunt.

Hunters must expect to see bears

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:53
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.

Bear spray - carry it, know how to use it

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:51
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee recommends the use of bear spray and urges hunters to learn other bear-aware safety measures.

Turn in poachers - call 1-800-TIP-MONT

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:50
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.

FWP urges hunters to check fire status, make safety a priority

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:49
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.

Four steps for a safe hunt

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:49
The 1,200 volunteers who teach Hunter Education remind all hunters there are four basic rules of gun safety.
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