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Changes to Surplus License Process for 2020

Courtesy MT FWP To give residents and nonresidents a more equitable opportunity for surplus licenses, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has developed a new system for issuing surplus licenses. Resident and nonresident hunters will be able to sign up...

 

FWP At Work

Courtesy MT FWP Bats play a very important role in our ecosystem, pollinating many important plants, devouring thousands of bugs including mosquitoes, and saving farmers in the U.S. $23 billion...

 

Fungus That Causes White-Nose Syndrome Found In Eastern Montana

Courtesy MT FWP Samples taken from bridges in three eastern Montana counties have tested positive for the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats. The presence of the fungus ...

 

High, swift water conditions create risks for recreationists

Courtesy MT FWP The tragic drowning of a Great Falls man who was swimming in Belt Creek near the Sluice Boxes area last Wednesday is a good reminder for swimmers, boaters, floaters and anglers to use caution in and near the water. Water levels are...

 

Free Personal Use Firewood Gathering Continues in 2020, Permit Now Necessary

Bozeman, MT – June 1, 2020 Personal use firewood cutting across the Custer Gallatin National Forest and National Forests and Grasslands throughout Montana, Idaho, North Dakota and portions of South Dakota will continue for free for the remainder...

 

Broadus Watercraft Inspection Station Now Open

All Watercraft Legally Must Stop Courtesy Liz Riter, NRCS Broadus The Watercraft Inspection Station opened last Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at the Powder River Taxidermy. If you are launching a boat,...

 

Spring Black Bear Season Now Closed In Unit 700

Courtesy MT FWP By order of the Montana Fish &Wildlife Commission, the hunting of all black bears in Bear Management Unit 700 will close one-half hour after sunset on Monday, May 11, 2020. The order halting the hunt came shortly after Fish,...

 

Hunting license drawing results now available

Courtesy Marla Prell, MT FWP Hunters can now check the results of the 2020 moose, bighorn sheep, bison and mountain goat license drawings to see if they were successful. To view drawing results online go to MyFWP and click on “Lookup Draw...

 

FWP offering free online courses for hunter and bowhunter education students

Courtesy Marla Prell, MT FWP The COVID-19 pandemic is changing so many parts of life in Montana this year – hunter and bowhunter education is no different. In response to social distancing requirements and restrictions on group gatherings,...

 

Ranchers Rope Three Grizzly Bear Cubs

Courtesy MT FWP With the help of an area ranching family, three grizzly bears were rescued and taken to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife rehabilitation facility at Montana WILD earlier...

 

Spring Care of Your Lawn

Courtesy PR Extension Office With a shot of moisture and warmer temperatures, people in our community are looking forward to being outside where it is much easier to maintain social distancing practices, get fresh air and some wonderful exercise,...

 

Nonresident Spring Turkey and Black Bear Hunting Suspended

Courtesy MT FWP Following the extension of Montana Gov. Steve Bullock’s directive that out of state travelers must quarantine for 14 days, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks director Martha Williams has suspended nonresident hunting seasons for...

 

Paddlefish season on Yellowstone, Lower Missouri cancelled

Courtesy MT FWP The 2020 paddlefish seasons on the Yellowstone and Lower Missouri rivers (yellow tag) are canceled in response to Gov. Steve Bullock’s extension of the directives for social distancing and non-resident quarantine to help stop the...

 

Tick Alert!

By Mary Rumph, Powder River Extension Agent As I am encouraging people in our community to go outside to breathe fresh air and enjoy the many benefits of exercise, I was quickly reminded that ticks are out and about, as I carefully brushed them off...

 

Hunting regulations available online

Courtesy MT FWP The 2020 Deer, Elk, Antelope, Black Bear, and Moose, Sheep, and Goat hunting regulations are available online. The regulations were finalized by the Fish & Wildlife Commission on Feb. 13. Printed copies will be available at all...

 

License year begins March 1, other changes for 2020

Courtesy MT FWP As the current license year is winding down, hunters and anglers can look for a few immediate changes for the coming year. The new license year starts on March 1, which means that is the day you can buy your 2020 hunting and fishing...

 

Dove deaths attributed to paramyxovirus

Not harmful to pets, but can affect poultry, game birds Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has had reports from citizens about an unusual number of dead Eurasian collared doves in yards and around nei...

 

Landowners have until March 16 to apply for access tax credit program

Courtesy MT FWP Landowners have until March 16 to submit applications to Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks for enrollment in the Unlocking Public Lands Program to be eligible for up to $3,000 in tax credits. The Unlocking Public Lands program is...

 

FWP updates citizen panel on CWD, other topics

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7 staff met with its Citizens Advisory Council on Jan. 15, updating members on agency activities and gathering their input on various topics. Seven of the 10 volunteer members attended the annual winter...

 

FWP looks to improve customer service with two changes to 2020 licenses

Courtesy MT FWP Hunters and anglers can expect a few changes this year when they buy their 2020 licenses starting March 1. The most visible change Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks customers will see is a change to license paper. Starting this year,...

 

Know the difference between swift foxes, coyotes and red foxes

Courtesy MT FWP Do you know the difference between a coyote, a red fox and a swift fox? If you are hunting predators in Southeastern Montana, you need to know, because the swift fox is a species of...

 

16 more deer positive for CWD as bulk of test results back from general season

Courtesy MT FWP The last big batch of test results from animals harvested during the general season and sampled for chronic wasting disease has turned up 16 new positives mostly in areas where the disease is already known to exist. For the first ti...

 

Ice Fishing Season is Beginning, Anglers Encouraged to Practice Safety

Courtesy MT FWP It's that time of year when ice anglers will be heading out to Montana's waters for the ice fishing season. Ice fishing is a great winter activity that the entire family can enjoy. M...

 

Community pond grant money available

Courtesy MT FWP Groups or individuals interested in constructing or improving a community fishing pond have until Feb. 1 to apply for a Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Community Pond Program grant. The objective of the Community Pond Program is...

 

Big game hunting season wraps up in SE MT; fourth CWD positive found in region

Courtesy MT FWP The weekend after Thanksgiving brought more wintry weather for big game season-closing check stations on Sunday, Dec. 1. Hunter numbers were down from last year at two of three stations in Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7, along...

 

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