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Anglers catching limited tiger muskie in Region 7 reminded of state regs

A couple of tiger muskies were reported caught recently in Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7, one at Gartside Dam near Sidney and one at Tongue River Reservoir. These are the only waters in the region that have tiger muskies, so it’s a rare and excit...

 

Try Not to Stress Wildlife at this Time of Year

Courtesy MT FWP Late winter is a difficult time for wildlife. After using fat reserves through most of the winter, along with trying to find what food is available, many animals are at their most vulnerable. In addition, this has been a snowy and...

 

Elk and deer permit applications due March 15

For those hunters interested in applying for elk or deer permits for the 2019 season a critical deadline is approaching, March 15. Fortunately, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks online application process and application packet make it simple to apply....

 

Approved 2019 open water fishing contests

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has approved the open water fishing contests for the 2019 season. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Applications for fishing contests may be approved,...

 

Potential for ice jams and related flooding greatest in February and March

HELENA, Mont. – Damaging floods caused by ice jams are a fact of life along many Montana rivers and streams. The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) would like to remind residents that February and March have the greates...

 

What are Fish Doing These Days?

By Bruce Auchly FWP Region 4 Information Officer Ever wonder on a cold, snowy winter day what fish are doing under the ice? The short answer is: about the same as the rest of the year. They breathe, eat and try to avoid being eaten. There are,...

 

Wolf harvested near Glasgow

Courtesy Montana FWP According to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, a wolf was legally harvested Jan. 7, 2019, by a local hunter near Glasgow in Valley Co. FWP officials have inspected and tagged the animal. This is the first wolf to be harvested in...

 

Ice Fishing Season is Beginning, Anglers Encouraged to Practice Safety

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. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reminds anglers that safety...

 

Nine more deer found suspect for CWD

Montana FWP Test results from CWD surveillance samples taken during the last week of Montana’s general hunting season showed nine more deer to be suspect of chronic wasting disease. South of Billings in Carbon County, two mule deer — a buck and...

 

Hunting season wrap up

Now that the local big game hunting season has been put to bed for the year, we figured a wrap up of the season was in order. From talking to folks around the county, the first phrase on everyone’s lips tended to be something along the lines of...

 

Rutting Mule Deer

Two mule deer bucks, standing beside the road, busily engaged in rutting behavior. One, a typical deer in a state which hunts the rut, the other, a normal buck in a state with no rut hunt. Are you...

 

Bobcat

A bobcat hunkers down, completely still, perhaps thinking he's hidden behind a prairie dog mound. Furbearer season will open on December 1st, so this fellow is perfectly safe, for...

 

Hunting Season nears its end

As hunting season draws to a close this weekend, this mule deer buck says goodbye to hunters as he easily clears a fence. With a little luck and some decent weather, he'll survive another winter...

 

Christmas Tree Permits available on Custer National Forest

(Courtesy USFS) Christmas tree permits are now available for all seven Ranger District offices and numerous vendors across the Custer Gallatin National Forest. Forest Service offices in Bozeman, West Yellowstone, Livingston, Gardiner, Red Lodge,...

 

Hunter success dips at Week 3 check stations in Region 7

Hunter success dipped at check stations in Hysham and Ashland on Sunday, but hunters were still happy and encountering wildlife. “Historically, we see the percent of hunters with deer/elk/antelope to be around 60 percent on the third weekend of...

 

The rut is on

A "maybe next year" buck tries his best to get poached by a road hunter as he obliviously chases does near the road, in the picture above. The Pumpkin Brigade is out in force this fall, but with less...

 

Testing confirms CWD in Liberty and Carbon county deer

Second tests on tissue samples from a white-tailed buck harvested in southern Liberty County and a mule deer doe harvested within the CWD-positive area in Carbon County came back positive for chronic wasting disease. The lab at Colorado State...

 

FWP seeks comments on Mountain Lion Management

Courtesy MT FWP Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is requesting public review and comment on their Mountain Lion Management Strategy. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is committed to maintaining sustainable lion populations in all suitable...

 

Kolka bags trophy elk at age 89

Just a couple of months past his 89th birthday, long time Powder River County rancher Donald Kolka found his big bull elk in the land drained by the Little Pumpkin Creek. Since opening the letter...

 

Black bear closed in bear management unit 700

By order of the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission, the hunting of all black bears in Bear Management Unit 700 closed one-half hour after sunset on Monday, October 29, 2018. To check Montana’s black bear harvest in quota areas, go to Hunting and...

 

Upland Bird Forecast

Friday, August 24, 2018 Upland season starts Sept. 1 with mountain, sage and sharptail grouse along with partridge. Pheasant hunting starts Oct. 6. All seasons end Jan. 1, except sage grouse, which en...

 

MT FWP Big Game Hunting Forecast

The badlands, farmland and rolling prairie of southeast Montana are home to a vast number of animals, including strong populations of mule and white-tailed deer, variable antelope numbers and a growing number of elk. Mule deer in the region...

 

Bat observations more frequent in fall

Fall is a time of year when bat observations are common in Montana. This time of year young bats are attempting to take care of themselves, some bats are beginning long migrations to warmer climates and some bats are grounded by disease or illness....

 

2018 Fort Peck Reservoir chinook salmon stocking and fishing outlook

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reports some exciting news…Chinook salmon are biting at Ft. Peck Reservoir! Casual and hardcore salmon fisherman have been waiting to hear whether salmon will be showing up this year, especially after the slower 201...

 

Mourning dove banding is resuming this year

For the fifth year, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Outlook-area wildlife biologist Ryan Williamson is in full swing of trapping and banding this small game bird. Mourning doves are one of the most widely distributed and abundant birds in North...

 

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