Wildlife Rehabilitation Success Pictures from FWP

These young cougars were rescued after their mother was accidently killed. They are growing and thriving while awaiting zoo placement since it is considered impossible to successfully raise them for release when they are this young.

“Rehabilitation, by definition, means that injured/orphaned animals are able to be successfully released back into the wild. To be successful, these animals must be able to recognize appropriate wild food sources, recognize and avoid natural predators and be able to compete successfully for mates, food and territory.” The preceding words are straight from the Montana […]

Pheasant Release Applications For 2014 Available


It’s not too soon for landowners to submit an application for 2014 pheasant releases through Montana’s Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program. Under Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ pheasant release program, landowners who attempt to establish pheasant populations in suitable habitat can be reimbursed for raising and releasing ring-necked pheasants. Landowners interested in raising and releasing […]

Have a Beer and Buy a Hunting License–Gotta Love Montana!


I recently read something in a hunting forum that made me laugh–at first.  Somebody was asking for information on how they could take their friend to a Montana bar and also pick up hunting licenses while there, per the request of the friend.  It seemed like an odd request, but hey–to each their own.  So, […]

Comment Sought by FWP on Proposed Re-Introduction of Bighorn Sheep


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment for the proposed reintroduction of bighorn sheep to Indian or Wolf Creek in the Madison mountain range. Specifically, FWP proposes to trap up to 50 bighorn sheep – preferably from another Madison range herd in the Quake Lake area – and release […]

Pet Release Workshop Scheduled in Bozeman


Region 3 Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a non-trapper pet release workshop at its headquarters in Bozeman (1400 S. 19th Ave.) on Wednesday, October 2 from 6-7 p.m. The goal of the workshop will be to provide basic information about trapping, tips to avoid traps, and demonstrations on the operation of common traps […]

FWP Seeks Tips on Illegal Introduction of Smallmouth Bass to Seeley Lake


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking tips on the illegal introduction of smallmouth bass to Seeley Lake. FWP received its first reports of smallmouth bass in Seeley Lake from anglers that caught the fish this summer. Smallmouth bass are not native to Montana and can add additional challenges when managing a fishery for […]

FWP Investigating Numerous White-tailed Deer Deaths in West Missoula Valley


Over one hundred dead white-tailed deer have been reported in the west Missoula Valley, state wildlife officials say. FWP is waiting for lab results to determine the cause of death and is asking the public to report observations of dead deer to help in determining the extent of the affected area. FWP first responded to […]

Female Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In Districts 400, 401, 403, 406, 415 & 441


The hunting of female mountain lions in northcentral Montana hunting districts 400, 401, 403, 406, 415, and 441, which includes portions of Toole, Pondera, Liberty, Chouteau, Glacier and Teton counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. The closure notice for the hunt came shortly after Fish, Wildlife & Parks […]


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Fishing restrictions have been lifted on the Dearborn, Smith and Sun rivers in north central Montana, state officials say. The three rivers in Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Region 4 have been on “hoot owl” restrictions since July 27. The restrictions closed fishing on the rivers from 2 p.m. to midnight due to low water flows […]

Hunter Wounds Black Bear, and Bear Injures Hunting Partner


On September 10 FWP Wardens responded to and investigated a report of a wounded black bear that injured a man near Thompson Falls. According to the reporting party an archery hunter was hunting elk in a drainage located off Prospect Creek when the hunter observed a black bear. The hunter was also licensed to hunt […]

Elk, Brucellosis And Cattle In Southwestern Montana


Months after the end of Montana’s 2012 hunting season, nine licensed hunters on a public late-hunt roster were offered the opportunity to harvest elk from private lands in southwestern Montana. Over the course of about three weeks in March, the hunters took eight antlerless elk from the Paradise Valley. The hunt marked the first time […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 9.9.13


Canyon Ferry: Rainbow trout are being caught mid-reservoir to the Dam trolling attractors, tipped with worms, at depths at or below 20 feet. Shoreline anglers are catching some rainbows using worms and/or marshmallows. The walleye bite remains steady throughout the south end and mid-reservoir areas using slow-death rigs or worm harnesses, at varying depths, but […]



The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission recently set waterfowl hunting regulations, including split duck and goose seasons in the Pacific Flyway and a split goose season in the Central Flyway. In the Pacific Flyway, generally the western portion of Montana, season dates are Sept. 28–Jan. 5, 2014 and Jan. 10-14, 2014 for ducks, coots and […]

Fish Kill at Baker Lake


BAKER, Mont.—Anglers and recreationists have reported a large summer fish kill on Baker Lake in southeast Montana. The exact circumstances causing the kill are unknown; however, biologists are certain it is a combination of warm water temperatures and reduced oxygen levels. Mike Backes, FWP Fisheries Manager, affirms that, “Baker Lake will be restocked this fall […]

Antelope Population Sluggish In Region Seven


MILES CITY, Mont.– Recent surveys across Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) Region 7 indicate that antelope populations are recovering but remain well below long-term averages. Wildlife Biologists completed seven population trend surveys across the region and observed 1,855 antelope—21% more than in 2012. Even with a 21% increase, the 2013 trend count was 50% […]

Ask Early – Don’t Wait!


Montana’s millions of acres of private land offer some good hunting opportunities—the only catch is gaining the landowner’s permission to hunt. It is Montana law that hunters obtain landowner permission to hunt on all private land. Here are a few things to keep in mind that will greatly improve results when attempting to secure hunting […]

Prevent Fires While Hunting


Everyone appreciates a safe and fire-free fall hunting experience. The 2013 fall hunting season is a few weeks away and the early archery-hunting season began mid-August. Landowners and land management agencies are concerned about fire danger despite the rains the area has experienced. “Things dry out faster than we think;” commented John Ensign, Region 7 […]

FWP Seeking Comments on Acquiring Property on Big Spring Creek near Lewistown


Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks is seeking comments on a draft environmental assessment regarding purchasing a 20.7-acre property on Big Spring Creek north of Lewistown. The parcel, which runs for about a mile along Big Spring Creek, is located immediately to the south and east of the Carroll Trail Fishing Access Site (FAS), to the […]

Few Fall Turkey Surplus Permits Available


Some over-the-counter surplus licenses for deer B, elk B and fall turkey permits are still available in a few areas. Surplus licenses are those still remaining after Montana’s recent special hunting license or special permit drawing. The left-over licenses or permits are sold on a first-come first-served basis. “B” licenses are for hunting antlerless deer […]

Arnold Named Region 2 Supervisor


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) announces that Randy Arnold will assume its top post in FWP Region 2, headquartered in Missoula. Arnold succeeds Mack Long, who served as Regional Supervisor for 14 years until his retirement in March 2013. “Randy has demonstrated exceptional leadership, supervisory, conflict resolution and communication skills and abilities in his […]

Cause of Dead Carp Remains a Mystery


State fisheries officials remain puzzled as to the cause of hundreds of dead carp found floating in Holter Reservoir over the last month. Most of the carp died around the Fourth of July with only a few additional mortalities observed after the holiday weekend. When the fish were first discovered, tissue samples were collected and […]

REMINDER: TODAY Are Three FWP Open House Meetings to Discuss/Set 2014-2015 Hunting Seasons


Just a reminder that FWP open house meetings to set the 2014-2015 Montana hunting seasons are scheduled for TODAY in the following locations: Aug. 13, 6-9 p.m.: Glasgow—Valley County Courthouse; 501 Court Sq. Aug. 13, 6-9 p.m.: Kalispell—FWP Region 1 HQ; 490 N. Meridian Rd. Aug. 13, 6:30-9 p.m.: Missoula—FWP Region 2 HQ; 3201 Spurgin […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 8.12.13


Canyon Ferry: Fishing continues to be consistent throughout the reservoir. Rainbows are mostly being caught mid-reservoir to the Dam trolling attractors, tipped with worms, at depths around 20 feet. Shoreline anglers are catching fish using worms and/or marshmallows. Walleye are being caught throughout the south end and mid-reservoir areas using a worm harnesses, crank or […]

Ronan-Pablo Fall Hunter Education Class Announced; Online Registration now Open


Online registration is now open for the Ronan/Pablo hunter education course. Register online at fwp.mt.gov; click Hunter Ed Schedule and follow directions to register. See link below: http://fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/hunterEd.html Orientation/Registration for the Ronan-Pablo Fall Hunter Education course will be Friday, August 16th, in Room 116 of the Beaverhead Math & Science building on the Salish Kootenai […]