HUNT ROSTER REGISTRATION BEGINS JUNE 15

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Hunters interested in participating this year in game-damage hunts on private land, possible management seasons, or potential management removals of elk to reduce the risk of brucellosis transmission between elk and livestock can register online with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks beginningJune 15. Additionally, should opportunities emerge to offer antlerless deer B licenses for use […]

Spring Male Turkey Season Just Around the Corner

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Montana’s spring male turkey hunting season begins April 12 this year. Turkey hunters can purchase a turkey license in a general area at FWP offices, license providers or online. The application deadline for western Montana’s spring gobbler season permits has passed. The 2014 spring turkey regulations, with details on turkey hunting in the general area, […]

Promoting and Preserving Wildlife for Future Generations–Together: Captain’s Column (2.19.14)

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Wildlife conservation groups do their best to promote and preserve wildlife for future generations. When two of the groups join together it can result in something special for Missoula area youth. That’s what is going to happen at the end of this month as Montana Wild Sheep Foundation (MTWSF) and Boone and Crocket Club do […]

NEW PERMIT TO HUNT FROM VEHICLE LAW GOES INTO EFFECT MARCH 1

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A revised law aimed at curbing the abuse of a Montana program for disabled hunters will require all permitted hunters to be medically recertified to obtain a valid permit to hunt from a vehicle. The permit allows a disabled person who can’t walk without assistance to hunt from a car, truck or other vehicle. The […]

Attention Wolf Hunters: Please be Aware of Cat Hounds

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On December 1st, mountain lion season opened for hunters who hunt cats with hounds.  Jeramiah Mathis, an avid cat, among other animals, hunter from Hamilton, brought up a great subject, reminding wolf hunters that hounds will, literally, be running all over in the mountains. Wolf hunters should be 100% certain of their targets before pulling […]

Hunters Checkstation Update: Region 1:Deer and Elk Harvest Ahead of Last Year

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Deer harvest in northwest Montana is now ahead of 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 11,811 hunters checked 594 white-tailed deer (528 of these were bucks), 90 mule deer, and […]

Hunters Checkstation Update: Region 5-Hunter Success Mixed as Deer Rut Gets Started

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BILLINGS — Hunters who stopped at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations in south central Montana over the weekend reported signs that the annual deer rut is starting. The number of animals checked at Laurel, Columbus, Big Timber and Lavina generally was better than the same weekend last year. For the first two weeks […]

Hunters Checkstation Update: Region 2-Hunter Harvest on Par with Last Season

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At the midway mark in hunting season in west-central Montana, hunter check station totals show that elk and deer harvest are on par with last season. So far hunters have checked 527 animals, compared to 529 at this point in the 2012 season. Check station tallies show 266 elk harvested, up from 248 last year […]

Hunters Checkstation Update: Region 4-Harvest Continues Below Average

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At the end of the third weekend of Montana’s big game general season on the Rocky Mountain Front, elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer harvest numbers continue to be below the 10-year average, a state wildlife biologist says. The numbers were collected at Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ check station in Augusta. “Elk are only about […]

All Mountain Lion Hunting Closed in Hunting Districts In Regions 1 & 4

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The hunting of all mountain lions in several Montana hunting districts in Region’s 1 and 4 closed on Saturday, November.9, 2013: Closed to hunting of all mountain lions: • HD 130 – which includes portions of Lake and Missoula counties. Closed to hunting of all mountain lions: • HD 400, 401, 403, 406, 415, & […]

Checkstation Update: Region 4–Hunter Numbers Strong, Wildlife Harvest Down

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The number of hunters remains strong on the Rocky Mountain Front but the number of animals taken is mostly below the 10-year average at the close of the second weekend of Montana’s general big game season. The numbers were collected at Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ check station in Augusta, says Brent Lonner, FWP wildlife biologist. […]

Hunting, Hunting, and More Hunting: Captain’s Column

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My expectations were high this past weekend during the opening of deer and elk rifle season, but in the end the results I experienced were probably to be expected. The nice weather, not my effort, last weekend helped keep me elk-less as KC Kloppel from Missoula and Jim Swanson from Sheridan Montana joined me for […]

Dillon, Montana Bowhunter Blocked from Accessing State Land

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According to a post by Aaron Flint, via the Flint Report:  After federal officials placed “no trespassing” signs up at a wildlife refuge in Southeast Montana, a Dillon hunter was personally blocked from accessing state lands. Here is a note from the hunter, Don Copple: Recently, I planned a bow hunt in the Southern reaches […]

Male Mountain Lion Hunting to Close in Certain Districts

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The hunting of all male 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 Friday, October 4, 2013. The above listed hunting districts will also re-open immediately for the taking […]

Youth-Only Deer Hunt Comes Week Early

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Montana’s annual youth-only deer hunt—set for Oct 17-18—will come a week earlier this year. The two-day special season is open to youngsters ages 12 to 15 who’ve passed a hunter safety course. Additionally, 11-year-olds who passed hunter safety may hunt if they’ll be 12 by Jan. 16, 2014. “There’s been some confusion this year due […]

Hunters are Reminded to Get Horses Inspected before Traveling

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The Montana Department of Livestock is reminding hunters that horses are required to have a brand inspection before crossing county lines. According to Montana Code 81-3-211 (2), it is “unlawful to remove or cause to be removed…any livestock…unless the livestock have been inspected for brands by a state stock inspector or deputy state stock inspector […]