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FWP looks to improve customer service with two changes to 2020 licenses
- Hunters and anglers can expect a few changes this year when they buy their 2020 licenses starting March 1.
FWP season setting public comment extended to Jan. 27, Commission meeting pushed back
- Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public input on hunting season proposals for 2020 and 2021 hunting seasons. Proposals are available for review and comment online.
Know the difference between swift foxes, coyotes and red foxes
- Do you know the difference between a coyote, a red fox and a swift fox?
Hunting Season Proposals Out for Comment, 11 Meetings Set in FWP Region 4
- Fish, Wildlife & Parks has set 11 January meeting dates in Region 4, north central Montana, to discuss the tentative hunting regulations for the 2020 and 2021 hunting seasons.
Hunting Season Proposals Out for Comment; Nine Meetings Planned for West-Central Montana
- Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is seeking public input on hunting season proposals for the 2020-21 seasons through January 22, 2020. Proposals are available for review and comment online, and FWP will hold public meetings throughout the state to provide information and take public input.
FWP sets four south central Montana public meetings on hunting regulations
- Four public meetings are scheduled in south central Montana in January to discuss hunting regulations and seasons for the next two years. During the meetings, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists will accept comments on proposed changes in the regulations for the 2020 and 2021 hunting seasons.
FWP Region 3 announces season setting meeting schedule
- Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has begun its biennial season setting process and is seeking public input on proposed changes to hunting season structures.
Public meetings set for proposed hunting regulations for 2020-21
- Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is requesting public review and comment on proposed hunting regulations for 2020-21. In FWP Region 7, public meetings are scheduled in January in Miles City and Glendive to outline both statewide and regional proposals for people who are interested in attending.
FWP to Host Public Meetings in Northwest Montana to Discuss Proposed Hunting Season Dates, Structure Changes
- Kalispell, MT — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is hosting public meetings across northwest Montana (Region 1) in January to discuss proposed hunting season dates and structure changes.
Big game hunting season wraps up in southeast Montana; fourth CWD positive found in region
- The weekend after Thanksgiving brought more wintry weather for big game season-closing check stations on Sunday, Dec. 1. Hunter numbers were down from last year at two of three stations in Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7, along with success rates.
2019 general hunting season wraps up in southwest Montana
- Montana’s general hunting season ended Sunday evening with lower hunter numbers and varied success rates in southwest Montana during the season’s sixth and final weekend.
Hunter numbers, harvest fall in south central Montana as 2019 season ends
- South central Montana check stations operated by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks saw hunter numbers and their harvest fall – to historic lows in some instances – for the final weekend of the 2019 general big-game season. Those numbers dragged season-long statistics down at all five locations.
Hunting Season Ends with Modest Harvest in Northwest Montana
- Kalispell, MT — The general big game hunting season concluded last weekend across Montana.
Hunting Season Ends with Average Harvest in West-Central Montana
- Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) reported checking 10,225 hunters with 837 harvested game animals at its three long-standing check stations in western Montana from opening day on October 26 until the general big game hunting season ended on Sunday afternoon.
Wind a factor in south central Montana weekend hunter statistics
- Hunter numbers over the past weekend in south central Montana generally were down from the same period a year ago while the harvest numbers were dependent on location
Elk, Mule Deer Numbers Still Below Average at Augusta Check Station
- Heading into the final days of Montana’s big game season, numbers of mule deer and elk taken by hunters on the Rocky Mountain Front near Augusta continue to remain below average, according to a state wildlife biologist.
Northwest Montana Deer Harvest Remains Steady Entering Final Week
- Kalispell, MT — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has checked more than 11,600 hunters in northwest Montana so far this season, and the percentage of hunters with harvested big game is ahead of last year.
West-Central Montana Deer, Elk Harvest Steady Heading into Final Week
- Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) reported checking 8,722 hunters with 215 elk, 422 white-tailed deer, 87 mule deer, three black bears, three bighorn sheep and one moose at its three wildlife check stations in west-central Montana with one week remaining in the general big game hunting season.
Windy and Warm Keeps Elk, Mule Deer Numbers Below Average on Front
- Recent windy and warm weather on the Rocky Mountain Front has kept the numbers of hunters and hunter harvested mule deer and elk below long-term averages.
Third and fourth weekends of general hunt marked by warm weather in southwest Montana
- Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks operated four check stations in Region 3 during the third weekend of the general deer and elk hunt, and three check stations during the fourth weekend. Biologists observed fewer hunters in the field than the same weekends in 2018, as well as reduced harvest.
Wind, mud challenge weekend hunters in south central Montana
- Mild temperatures, but high winds in south central Montana, marked the fourth weekend of the state’s general big-game hunting season. Hunters in all corners of the region reported seeing evidence that the deer rut is in full swing. As a result, hunters were out in fair numbers and the deer harvest was solid.
Hunter Success Picks Up in Northwest Montana
- Kalispell, MT — With two weeks left in Montana’s general hunting season, the percentage of hunters with harvested game is slightly ahead of last year in northwest Montana.
Week 3 check stations see more hunters, game
- It was a very chilly and snowy weekend Nov. 9 and 10, but many hunters still ventured out in southeastern Montana on the closing weekend for antelope season and the third week for deer and elk rifle season.
Hunting Totals Just Ahead of Last Year with Two Weeks Left
- Deer and elk harvest and hunter participation started off slightly ahead of last season in west-central Montana and have stayed that way through the first three weeks of hunting season, according to data from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) hunter check stations. Two weeks remain in the general hunting season, which closes on Sunday, Dec. 1.
Carcass dumping is illegal, unsightly
- FWP received a report this week of a mule deer doe being harvested and then dumped and left to waste in a ditch in the Sidney area.
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