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FWP to continue offering online hunter, bowhunter education classes

In-person classes with field day still an option Courtesy MT FWP During the last year, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offered hunter and bowhunter education classes online due to COVID concerns. Since last spring, more than 17,000 Montanans...

 

Tick Alert

By Mary Rumph, Powder River Extension Agent Ticks are out and about and ready to attach onto warm blooded species, so take precautions to protect yourself from this crawling insect that can be a disease vector. The most common ticks we have in Montan...

 

Spring Black Bear Hunting Season Opens April 15

Courtesy MT FWP The spring black bear hunting season starts April 15. Hunters need to be aware that black bears must be presented for in-person inspection and tagging within 10 days of harvest. The hide and skull must be presented in a condition...

 

Elk brucellosis surveillance operations completed for Ashland area elk herd

Courtesy MT FWP As part of the multi-year Targeted Elk Brucellosis Surveillance Project, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff conducted elk capture operations in the Ashland area southwest of Broadus. All elk tested negative for brucellosis. In the...

 

Fall black bear quota in FWP Region 7 increased to 12

Courtesy MT FWP The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission in its February meeting approved increasing the fall black bear quota in Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Bear Management Unit 700 from eight to 12 bears. Indicators used by FWP biologists to...

 

Hunting and fishing license year begins March 1

Courtesy MT FWP The new license year opens March 1, which means that is the day you can buy your 2021 hunting and fishing licenses and begin applying for permits and special licenses. The deadline to apply for deer and elk permits is April 1....

 

Spring wolf trapping class will be offered online

Courtesy MT FWP Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will offer an online wolf trapping certification class on March 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. The class is required for trappers. To register for the class, please visit the FWP website follow the link “Wolf...

 

Fungus That Causes White-Nose Syndrome Found In Eastern Montana

Public asked to keep a look-out for dead/dying bats this winter HELENA – Samples taken in six eastern Montana counties this past summer have tested positive for the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome (WNS) disease in bats. The presence of the...

 

FWP to launch new website

Courtesy MT FWP Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is launching a new website that will improve customer service, make it easier to use, and to provide a more mobile-friendly experience. The completely re-designed website will have more intuitive...

 

Survey Results: Montanans' views on grizzly bears

Support for grizzly bears’ presence in Montana strong amidst expanding population Courtesy MT FWP HELENA — A new survey of Montanans shows positive attitudes toward grizzly bears and support for the presence of grizzly bears within the state,...

 

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...

 

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