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Please Stop Tagging Walleye

Fish, Wildlife and Parks is again asking the person responsible for putting plastic Zip Ties into the jaws of Missouri River walleye to stop. The illegal practice first came to light a year ago when FWP game wardens found two walleyes with Zip Ties...

 

Great Falls Man Sets New State Record for Blue Sucker

Courtesy MT FWP A Great Falls man hooked into a little-known native Montana fish in mid-April on the Marias River near Loma and set a new state record. On April 19, Jason Karls landed a 13.29-pound blue sucker, breaking the old record set in 2014...

 

Do you have Winterburn on your Evergreens?

By MSU Extension Forestry Specialist Peter Kolb Some years evergreen trees growing in windbreaks or other exposed areas are afflicted with a bad case of spring needle discoloration that ranges from orange to brown or purple. On some trees only the...

 

Deer, Elk Permit Drawing Results Now Available

The wait is over. Hunters can now check the results of the 2019 nonresident combination and elk and deer permit drawing to see if they were successful. To view drawing results online go to MyFWP and click on “Lookup Draw Results, Register for...

 

Montana's special drawing deadlines coming up

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' deadlines to apply for special license drawings is May 1 for bison, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat; and June 1 for the elk B, deer B and antelope license drawings. Resident hunters applying for bison, moose,...

 

Whitetop is Early and Noxious

Courtesy PR Extension One of the most difficult noxious weeds to control in our area is Whitetop, possibly because it comes so early, catching us by surprise! It is a perennial, with creeping rhizomes, extending horizontally and vertically, creating...

 

Bur Buttercup Up and Growing

One of the earliest obnoxious weeds to appear in the spring, as early as the mustards, is a small yellow flowering annual known as bur buttercup, according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. It seems harmless, a small, gray-green tap rooted...

 

NRCS Sets April 19 Deadline for Easement Program

BOZEMAN, Mont., March 20, 2019 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Montana is accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) Wetlands Reserve Easements. While NRCS accepts easement applications on...

 

FWP enrolling new landowners for Block Management

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is enrolling new landowners in Region 7 who are interested in participating in the Block Management Program. Block Management is a cooperative effort between landowners and FWP to help manage public hunting...

 

Spring is for the Young

By Bruce Auchly FWP Region 4 Information Officer Not all creatures have given up on spring ever happening. Some are counting on it. And soon. Great horned owls and Canada geese are sitting on eggs...

 

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...

 

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