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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...

 

Public meetings set for proposed hunting regulations for 2020-21

Courtesy MT FWP Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is requesting public review and comment on proposed hunting regulations for 2020-21. In FWP Region 7, public meetings are scheduled in January in Miles City and Glendive to outline both statewide and...

 

Tis the Season of Winter

By Bruce Auchly FWP Region 4 Information Officer Can we all agree that winter is here? We probably could have reached that consensus of opinion after the snowstorms of late September and early October, but at times since the weather has seesawed like...

 

Three deer harvested in Region 7 suspect for CWD

Courtesy MT FWP Samples from three deer harvested in southeast Montana have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. These are the first positive results in the southeastern corner of the...

 

MT records first suspected case of CWD in wild elk

Courtesy MT FWP BILLINGS – Montana recorded its first suspected case of chronic wasting disease in wild elk Monday. The cow elk was harvested by a landowner on private land northeast of Red Lodge earlier this month and samples were extracted...

 

Week 3 check stations see more hunters, game

Courtesy MT FWP It was a very chilly and snowy weekend Nov. 9 and 10, but many hunters still ventured out in southeastern Montana on the closing weekend for antelope season and the third week for de...

 

No invasive mussels found in state waters, boat inspections increase

Courtesy MT FWP Montana’s watercraft inspection stations set another record for boats inspected in 2019. More than 112,00 watercraft have been inspected so far this year, surpassing last year’s number by 3,000 inspections. Inspectors have...

 

Practice Safe Firearm Safety This Hunting Season

Courtesy MT FWP With the big game season opener on October 26, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks would like to stress the importance of being safe this year. Last hunting season, Montana experienced more hunting-related injuries and deaths than the...

 

Region 7 check station traffic, harvest down on cold opening weekend

Courtesy Marla Prell, FWP Region 7 Information Officer Nearly 400 hunters came through three check stations set up around FWP Region 7 on Sunday during the opening weekend of big game season....

 

FWP holds open house to discuss pronghorn study

Last Tuesday, a group of local residents met with Montana FWP Broadus Area Wildlife Biologist Ryan DeVore to discuss a planned study to look at pronghorn antelope in Southeastern Montana. The local... Full story

 

Boat Inspection Stations close for Season, Inspections Still Required

By MT FWP Montana’s watercraft inspection stations are closing for the season, but boaters can still obtain an inspection at FWP regional and area offices. Late-season anglers and hunters utilizing boats for waterfowl or big game hunting need to...

 

FWP to hold Open House in Broadus

On Tuesday, October 22nd at 7 PM, Montana FWP will hold an open house at the Sagebrush Inn, in Broadus, to discuss a pronghorn study, as well as to answer questions about the CWD Management zone. Biologist Ryan DeVore will be on hand to discuss the...

 

Black bear season now closed in bear management unit 700

By 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 Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. To check Montana’s black bear harvest in quota areas, go...

 

Non-resident boaters are required to purchase AIS Prevention Pass

Non-residents planning to bring their watercraft into Montana must now purchase an AIS Prevention Pass (AISPP) before launching on state waters. The AISPP was initiated by the 2019 Montana Legislature to help fund the fight against aquatic invasive...

 

Replace faded licenses and avoid attaching carcass tags directly to meat

By MT FWP If you have not checked your license and carcass tags in a while, please do so well in advance of your hunting trip to ensure they haven’t faded. Hunters and anglers with faded licenses can have them replaced at no cost at their regiona...

 

MT FWP Big Game Forecast

By MT FWP Destination: SOUTHEAST MONTANA – Region 7 Southeast Montana experienced above-average rainfall this summer, which produced abundant forage and cover for wildlife. Good habitat conditions will benefit wildlife populations, but that can...

 

Regulations changes and clarifications to keep in mind for hunting season

By MT FWP Please note that a few language changes and clarifications were included in the 2019 hunting regulations. Those changes include: Archery Equipment (MCA 87-6-401) Addition to legal Hunting Bow wording: • Camera devices attached to bows...

 

FWP to pay for CWD testing statewide

In 2019, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will continue chronic wasting disease surveillance in high-priority areas in parts of northern, western and southern Montana, primarily from...

 

Know the facts about chronic wasting disease in Montana

What you need to know about chronic wasting disease in Montana • CWD is a contagious neurological disease that infects deer, elk and moose. It is always fatal and there is no known cure. • It was first found in Montana in 2017. • It is not...

 

Check your license before you head out into the field

Don’t wait until opening day to discover your license and carcass tags are faded and need to be replaced. Hunters and anglers with licenses that are displaying faded text making them difficult to read can have those licenses replaced at no cost at...

 

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