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Yellowstone River Fish Kill Public Meeting Advisory

Montana FWP - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 13:37
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Park County Fairgrounds in Livingston to address questions about the Yellowstone River fish kill and closure.

Block Management: Behind the Scenes of Region 7's Huge Access Program

Montana FWP - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 08:42
Telephones at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7 headquarters were ringing off the hook Monday morning, with sportsmen and women looking to secure reservations on Block Management Areas. It was the first day people could get contact information for landowners participating in the region’s Block Management Program and line up dates to hunt this fall.

Free Youth Outdoor Skills Event Scheduled Saturday, August 27 at the Glasgow Trap Club

Montana FWP - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 08:13
A free youth outdoor skills event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Glasgow Trap Club. The event is organized and funded by donations and volunteers from the Hi-Line Sportsmen, Ducks Unlimited, The Glasgow Trap Club, D&G Sports and Western, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

FWP Helps with Raptor Rescue

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 14:36
Thanks to a concerned landowner in the Yellowstone Valley, an apparently ailing juvenile red-tailed hawk is at the Montana Raptor Conservation Center in Bozeman for rehabilitation and possibly release into the wild.

Hoot Owl Fishing Restrictions Lifted on Part of Upper Clark Fork

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 09:43
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is lifting “hoot owl” fishing restrictions, effective immediately, on the Upper Clark Fork River from Flint Creek, downstream to Rock Creek.

Black bear hunters must keep the meat

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 09:04
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.

Big game forecast 2016: A look into what hunters can expect around the region

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 09:00
As summer begins to wind down, hunting season in Montana is about to heat up. Taking to the woods with rifle or bow in hand is a hallowed tradition in our state. Secret spots are held sacred -- passed down from father or mother to daughter or son only in whispers or, better yet, the experience of a long day afield. And while we can’t give you any insight into a new secret spot, we can give you a good idea of what animal populations are like across the state, recognizing of course the value of a day spent hunting Montana’s most majestic wildlife is never directed by population estimates alone.

Public Invited to Comment on Fishing Regulation Adjustments

Montana FWP - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 09:58
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking comment on proposed adjustments to the fishing regulations for 2017.

Yellowstone River Closed In Response To Ongoing Fish Kill

Montana FWP - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 09:43
(Bozeman, Mont.)—Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is implementing an immediate closure of all water-based recreation (fishing, wading, floating, tubing, boating, etc.) on the Yellowstone River and its tributaries from Yellowstone National Park’s northern boundary at Gardiner to the Highway 212 bridge in Laurel. This significant action on the part of the Department is in response to the ongoing and unprecedented fish kill on the Yellowstone. This action is necessary to protect the fishery and the economy it sustains. The closure will also help limit the spread of the parasite to adjacent rivers through boats, tubes, waders and other human contact and minimize further mortality in all fish species.

Yellowstone River Closed In Response To Ongoing Fish Kill

Montana FWP - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 09:43
(Bozeman, Mont.)—Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is implementing an immediate closure of all water-based recreation (fishing, wading, floating, tubing, boating, etc.) on the Yellowstone River and its tributaries from Yellowstone National Park’s northern boundary at Gardiner to the Highway 212 bridge in Laurel. This significant action on the part of the Department is in response to the ongoing and unprecedented fish kill on the Yellowstone. This action is necessary to protect the fishery and the economy it sustains. The closure will also help limit the spread of the parasite to adjacent rivers through boats, tubes, waders and other human contact and minimize further mortality in all fish species.

Agencies to treat Soda Butte Creek to restore cutthroat stronghold

Montana FWP - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 10:32
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks – in a cooperative effort with Wyoming and federal biologists – will treat 28 miles of streams northeast of and within Yellowstone National Park next week to remove non-native brook trout and enhance the viability of native Yellowstone cutthroat trout.

Helena to Host "Plan to Hunt" Adult Education Series

Montana FWP - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 10:19
Helena will host a Plan to Hunt workshop series from August through December for adults that are new to hunting or just want to expand their skills and understanding in order to hunt more confidently in Montana. The first workshop is Aug. 25, 6pm, at Montana WILD (2688 Broadwater Ave).

Glendive loses longtime Bowhunter Education instructor

Montana FWP - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 08:32
For more than 20 years, Bowhunter Education Instructor Ty Milne of Glendive shared his love of the outdoors with children and adults, passing on his ethics and passion to more than 350 students.

Hunter Education Classes Scheduled For Some Northwest Montana Communities

Montana FWP - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 08:09
Hunter Education Classes have been scheduled for a number of communities in northwest Montana. All hunter education classes are free of charge.

FWP Confirms Significant Yellowstone River Fish Kill

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 11:34
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks confirmed Friday a large scale fish kill involving mountain whitefish in the Yellowstone River.

Black bear season license purchase deadline

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 09:57
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.

Black bear hunters must keep the meat

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 09:57
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.

Know your bull

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 09:56
With elk archery season opening Sept. 3, and the backcountry general elk season set to open Sept. 15, elk hunters need to know their bull elk. Here is a quick primer:

Wolf hunting basics

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 09:55
Archery hunters will have the opportunity to pursue wolves throughout Montana beginning Sept. 3. The general season will follow Sept. 15. Trapping gets underway Dec. 15.

Antelope 900 series archery season underway

Montana FWP - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 09:54
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.
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