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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...

 

How Hot Is It?

Here’s nothing new: It’s been hot recently. How hot? So hot, I saw a dog chasing a cat and they were both walking. So hot I’m being forced to use passive verbs. Okay, for those who suffer from the heat, extreme temperatures are no joke....

 

Dates announced for over-the-counter and surplus license sales

A few important dates remain for hunters looking for license for this upcoming hunting season: On Aug. 6, hunters can buy over-the-counter and surplus B licenses (antlerless) for deer and elk. On Aug. 9, general antelope and antelope B drawing...

 

Warmer water leads to higher mortality of walleye that are caught and released

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wants to remind anglers that as reservoir water temperatures increase, mortality associated with catch and release also increases. A study published in 2011 in The North American Journal of Fisheries Management found...

 

Boaters are supposed to stop at AIS inspection stations every time

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ wardens would like to remind watercraft users that they must stop every time they pass an AIS inspection station, even if they have previously been inspected. For example, if a person goes through an inspection stati...

 

Montana 2018-19 migratory bird regulations released

Montana 2018-19 waterfowl and ‘webless’ migratory bird regulations released Waterfowl and webless migratory bird regulations are already complete for the 2018-19 hunting seasons. With all of the water and ducks across Montana this summer, there...

 

Paddlefish harvest hit 908 in 15 days

The weather has been extremely unpredictable, and so was the 2018 paddlefishing season on the Yellowstone and lower Missouri rivers. According to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7 fisheries manager Mike Backes, it took 15 harvest days to approa...

 

FWP seeking comment on several proposals

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is taking public comment on several items, including furbearer and trapper seasons and quotas, swift fox conservation strategy and the nongame check-off work plan....

 

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