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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Hunting News (RSS)

FWP and City of Missoula Issue Reminder that Hunting is not Allowed on Mount Jumbo City Lands - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the City of Missoula issued a reminder this week that rifle or archery hunting is not allowed on city-owned conservation lands on Mount Jumbo.
Regulation Change Means no Late Elk Shoulder Season for Hunting District 214 - The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission adopted a change last week that will close all elk hunting in Hunting District (HD) 214 at the end of the general season on Sunday, Dec. 1. The change means there will be no late elk “shoulder season” for the district, as originally planned and advertised.
Last Week to Buy Elk B License for Region 2; Secure Private Land Permission First - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) advises hunters that this is the last week to buy the Region 2 Elk B License (002-00) license, and permission to hunt private land should be secured before purchasing.
Montana’s Big Game Hunting Season Opens Oct. 26 - Kalispell, MT — This weekend marks the beginning of the general big game hunting season in Montana.
Boat Inspection Station Close for Season, Inspections Still Required - Montana’s watercraft inspection stations are closing for the season, but boaters can still obtain an inspection at FWP regional and area offices.
Hunters can help prevent spread of AIS - Hunters who use boats to access waterfowl or big game hunting areas can help prevent aquatic invasive species from infesting Montana’s wetlands, rivers, and lakes.
Practice firearm safety this big game season - With the big game season opener on October 26, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks would like to stress the importance of being safe this year.
Weather great for antelope opener, but mud limits travel - The pronghorn antelope harvest measured by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks was lower than last year at two of its three south central Montana check stations over the weekend. Many hunters reported that muddy roads limited their travel.
Black bear season to close in bear management unit 700 - By order of the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission, the hunting of all black bears in Bear Management Unit 700 will close one-half hour after sunset on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019.
Is your young hunter ready to be an apprentice? If so, get them signed up now! - Since 2015, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has allowed children as young as 10 to hunt with a mentor for two seasons without completing Hunter Education. The decision of whether the child is ready to be an Apprentice Hunter is left up to the parents or guardians, but FWP offers some tips that may help them to make that decision, and to make the experience safe and positive.
Bird hunters need to be bear aware - With the Oct. 12 opening of pheasant season, bird hunters around Montana will be beating the brush hoping to flush a rooster or two. These hunters, particularly in the western half of the state, should be prepared for an encounter with a grizzly bear.
Libby CWD Management Update: Oct. 9, 2019 - Kalispell, MT — Here is an update to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ chronic wasting disease response in the Libby area. This update includes the latest information on testing in the Libby CWD Management Zone, as well as reminders about hunting regulations and testing opportunities this fall.
FWP to Hold CWD Public Information Sessions in Conrad, Shelby - Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 4 will have two public information sessions regarding Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in north-central Montana. The meetings will focus on current and future management of CWD in the area.
FWP acquires 160-acre addition to Mt. Haggin WMA - Recreationists now have an additional 160 acres to enjoy when visiting the Mt. Haggin Wildlife Management Area south of Anaconda.
Additional White-tailed Deer Suspected Positive of CWD in Libby Area - Kalispell, MT — An additional white-tailed deer in the Libby area is suspected to be positive for chronic wasting disease.
FWP sets urban archery deer hunt in Roundup - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has scheduled a special archery-only hunt for property in and around Roundup to reduce the number of mule deer in town. Special tags for the hunt go on sale on a first-come first-served basis starting at 5 a.m. Oct. 1, 2019, online or at any license dealer.
FWP concludes field investigation into Sept. 24 grizzly bear attack - Wardens with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks have concluded their field investigation into a surprise grizzly bear encounter that wounded the bear and a hunter Tuesday.
Another hunter survives bear attack in Gravelly Mountains - A man was mauled by a grizzly bear on Sept. 24 while hunting in the western Gravelly Mountains.
Additional White-tailed Deer Suspected Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Libby Area - Kalispell, MT — An additional white-tailed deer in the Libby area is suspected to be positive for chronic wasting disease.
Replace faded licenses and avoid attaching carcass tags directly to meat - If you have not checked your license and carcass tags in a while, please do so well in advance of your hunting trip to ensure they haven’t faded.
FWP to pay for CWD testing statewide - In 2019, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will continue chronic wasting disease surveillance in high-priority areas in parts of northern, western and southern Montana, primarily from hunter-harvested animals.
Youth Deer Only Hunt at Fall Break - A youth hunt for deer limited to youngsters between the ages of 12–15 was approved for October 17-18, 2019.
Youth Waterfowl and Pheasant Weekend approaches - Montana’s young hunters will have a special treat the weekend of September 21 and 22, when they can take advantage of a statewide youth-only waterfowl and pheasant hunt.
Investigation continues into Gravelly Mountains grizzly attacks - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is continuing an investigation following two separate grizzly bear attacks that happened Monday in the western Gravelly Mountains.
3 hunters survive Gravelly Mountains grizzly attacks - Three hunters were injured Monday in two separate grizzly bear attacks on the west side of the Gravelly Mountains.


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