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Forest Service Christmas Tree Permits Available Online

Bozeman, MT – It’s that time of year when thousands of families make the annual trek into the woods to cut their own Christmas tree. The Forest Service is helping to carry on this tradition and make it even easier by offering a new online option...

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! - A flock of wild local turkeys pose for a photo atop a dead cottonwood tree. (Turkey photo courtesy Ashley Emmons) . . . . . . . . . Meanwhile, in the photo below a mule deer...

 

Forest Service Offers 5th Graders Free Access to National Forests and Grasslands

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service today announced it will expand its Every Kid Outdoors program to offer fourth- and fifth-grade students and family members fee-free access to...

 

Fish and Wildlife Commission to hold public hearing on the use of drones while fishing

Courtesy MT FWP HELENA – The Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a public hearing via a telephonic Zoom platform on Dec. 1, at 10 a.m., to consider a new rule pertaining to banning the use of remote-controlled devices and drones while...

 

Weather slows traffic at Ashland game check station

Courtesy Marla Prell, MT FWP Severe winter weather shut down two out of three big game check stations in southeastern Montana on November 8th, the last day of antelope rifle season. Poor visibility and icy road conditions prompted FWP to cancel bio...

 

Mandatory wolf trapping classes will be offered online

Courtesy MT FWP Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will offer two online wolf trapping certification classes in November. The free online classes are set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Nov. 14 and 21. The classes are identical, and trappers must...

 

Cold opener keeps many hunters at home, but the hardy find some success

Courtesy Marla Prell, MT FWP Montana’s big game hunting season arrived with bitter cold over the weekend of October 24 and 25, likely prompting many hunters to stay home a bit longer. Traffic at big game check stations throughout southeastern...

 

FWP encourages hunters to keep tags in plastic baggies

Courtesy MT FWP To prevent paper licenses and carcass tags from getting wet and unreadable, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks recommends hunters keep these documents in a sealable plastic bag. Hunters are encouraged to keep their licenses and carcass...

 

Hunter check stations, CWD sampling stations ready for general season

Courtesy MT FWP Big game hunter check stations began operation across Montana last weekend, and continue through the general rifle season with a few changes in protocol related to COVID-19 safety. General big game season runs from Oct. 24 through...

 

FWP's 2020 upland gamebird forecast

Courtesy MT FWP Destination: SOUTHEAST MONTANA Well-timed moisture, a mild winter and good residual cover have benefitted upland birds, but hunters should expect them to be a bit more spread out across the landscape. “Habitat conditions across...

 

Reminder for Hunters in 2020 ~ Updates to Evidence of Sex Requirement

Montana’s evidence of sex requirement is as follows: Evidence of Sex (MCA 87-6-406): A person who kills a game animal in this state shall retain evidence of sex of the animal with the carcass until it is processed. The provisions of this section...

 

FWP maintains adjusted reporting requirements for black bear hunters

Courtesy MT FWP Consistent with adjustments made during spring, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will continue with the adjusted harvest reporting requirements for the fall black bear hunting season. The archery-only season starts Sept. 5 in most are...

 

Tiny Biting Insects Identified as Winged Thrips

By PR Extension Office MSU Extension Entomologist Laurie Kerzicnik identified the tiny biting insects as “winged thrips” instead of biting midges aka “no-see-ums”, which explains why they are present in hot, dry conditions, stated Powder...

 

Biting Midges are Present and Biting!

By PR Extension Office Yes – something is biting you! Reports of biting midges, also known as “no-see-ums” are coming into the Powder River Extension Office, according to Extension Agent Mary Rumph. These tiny insects can be a nuisance to...

 

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...

 

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