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

General Big Game Season Opens Oct. 21, A Few Key Things To Remember - Deer and elk hunters will take to the field Oct. 21 for the general big game season and they’ll all need to keep in mind a few important pieces of information.
Reminder in the Field this Hunting Season: Be a Good Steward of the Land - Although most hunters respect the land, property, and wildlife they are hunting, many others do not. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to remind hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts to be good stewards of the land, and respect both private and public property. The FWP Region 6 Citizens Advisory Committee, recognizing that this is an ongoing issue, raised the need for more public outreach.
Cole Ponds Fishing Access Site Will Have Weapons Restrictions - Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks are initiating a weapons restriction at Cole Ponds Fishing Access Site (FAS) northwest of Saco, starting this 2017 hunting season.
Hunter numbers up, harvest static for antelope opener in south central Montana - The number of hunters who stopped at Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations in south central Montana during the opening weekend of antelope season was up 6.5 percent from last year. But the antelope harvest remained nearly identical.
Four area youths treated to bird hunt by local Pheasants Forever chapter - Over the weekend of September 23 and 24, several area youths were treated to a Youth Pheasant Hunt by the Miles City Chapter of Pheasants Forever.
TIP-MONT works 24-7 to stop poachers - Montana's outdoor crime-stopper help line, TIP-MONT, has an online option to report poachers and other hunting-season violators.
BEAR AWARE: Hunting seasons underway, general big game season starts Oct. 21 - Antelope rifle season is in full swing, archery season is still underway and the general big game season starts Oct. 21. It’s important for all hunters to practice bear aware behavior.
FWP sets special archery deer hunt at Roundup - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has scheduled a special archery-only hunt for property in and around Roundup in an attempt to reduce the number of mule deer in town.
Most Block Management Areas in Region 7 open again to public hunting - As of Tuesday afternoon, 20 of the 25 Block Management Areas in Region 7 that had closed or restricted access earlier due to fire danger were open to hunters, although some are restricted to walk-in access only.
Restricted Block Management Areas in Region 7 gradually reopening - With recent rains and cooler temperatures, Block Management Areas in Region 7 that closed or restricted access due to fire danger and drought are gradually reopening.
REMINDER: WATER LOW IN POND 3 AT CANYON FERRY Youth only waterfowl hunt this weekend, general waterfowl opens Sept. 30 - (BOZEMAN, Mont.)—Waterfowl hunters intending to hunt on the Canyon Ferry WMA (CFWMA) near Townsend this fall are reminded that water levels in Pond 3 will be quite low due to a management-action water drawdown. As a result, the boat ramp on Pond 3 will not be usable.
Bear spray - carry it, know how to use it - The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee recommends the use of bear spray and urges hunters to learn other bear-aware safety measures.
Hunters must expect to see bears - With hunting seasons underway around Montana, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts must remember they’re sharing the woods with grizzly bears.
Youth only pheasant, waterfowl hunts to open - Montana's young hunters will have the state’s waterfowl and pheasants pretty much to themselves this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24.
Twenty-five Block Management Areas in Region 7 restrict access – for now - With the ongoing drought and fire danger, 25 Block Management Program cooperators in Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7 have restricted or closed access to their land until fire conditions improve.
FWP is Seeking Early Input on Hunting Regulations - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is looking for early public input and ideas for the 2018-2019 Montana hunting regulations.
Eighteen Block Management Areas in Region 7 restrict access – for now - With the ongoing drought and fire danger, 18 Block Management Program cooperators in Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7 have restricted or closed access to their land until fire conditions improve.
Archery hunter attacked by grizzly in Gravelly Mountains - HELENA – An archery hunter survived a grizzly bear attack in the southern Gravelly Mountains Monday morning.
Weyerhaeuser Closes Lands in Western Montana to all Public Access Due to Extreme Forest Fire Danger - COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. (September 5, 2017) – Weyerhaeuser Company today announced effective immediately that all its lands in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Missoula, Sanders and Ravalli counties in western Montana are closed to public access due to the extreme forest fire danger. The closure will remain in effect until further notice.
HUNTERS BE CAREFUL! - People are asking about how the dry conditions and fire danger will affect hunting seasons.
HUNTERS BE CAREFUL! - People are asking about how the dry conditions and fire danger will affect hunting seasons. FWP is not recommending that the Fish and Wildlife Commission close hunting seasons. “Because of widely variable conditions and different types of hunting scenarios across the state, that is a decision rightly left to an individual landowner, a block management cooperator, or a land manager. If a private landowner or a land management agency such as the Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management makes the decision to restrict or postpone hunting or other activity on their property, that is a decision we respect and accept,” said FWP Director Martha Williams.
Hunter, recreationists have several resources for fire and restriction information - As hunters and other recreationists enjoy late summer in Montana, fire safety will be a critical part of a safe trip.
Western Montana Hunters Should Check Fire Restrictions and Closures, Beware of Extreme Conditions - Hunters in western Montana should be aware of local fire restrictions and closures and take safety precautions. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) says hunting seasons will open as planned, but some areas have wildfire-related closures that affect hunter access and travel. Fire danger remains extreme region-wide, so hunters should use extra caution.
Hunter, recreationists have several resources for fire and restriction information - As hunters and other recreationists enjoy late summer in Montana, fire safety will be a critical part of a safe trip.
Corrections to the 2017 trapping regulations - This week, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks issued a correction to the recently released 2017 Montana Furbearers and Trapping Regulations pertaining to future trapper education and future trap modification requirements.


Oregon: Ivory Regulation Bill Scheduled for Hearing - On Wednesday, May 20, at 3:00 p.m., the House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing and work session on Senate Bill 913, the ivory regulation bill, in HR 343. 
Supreme Court Says Convicted Felons Can Sell Their Guns - A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government can't prevent a convicted felon who is barred from possessing firearms from trying to sell his guns after they are confiscated by authorities.
Federal judge halts D.C.’s ‘good reason’ concealed carry requirement - A federal judge on Monday put on hold the District’s requirement that gun owners demonstrate a “good reason” in order to receive a concealed carry permit — saying the licensing scheme deprives citizens of their Second Amendment rights.U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. granted a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought by three gun owners that seeks to overturn the new D.C. firearms law on the grounds that the regulations are so strict that they make it impossible to exercise their right to bear arms.
California: Bill would alter gun restraining orders - The California Assembly has passed a bill by Inland Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, that would allow gun owners to retain ownership of their firearms while they are subject to a gun violence restraining order.
Federal Judge Again Rules Key Part of New D.C. Gun Law Unconstitutional - Ten months after striking down the District’s long-standing ban on carrying firearms in public as unconstitutional, a federal judge Monday ordered the city to halt enforcing a key provision of the new gun-permitting system itadapted in response. As passed by the D.C. Council, the District’s new carry legislation remains among the strictest in the nation, requiring applicants to state good reason to carry a weapon in order to obtain a permit from police, matching laws in Maryland, New Jersey and New York. However, in a 23-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. ruled that condition — known as the “good reason/proper reason” requirement — still “impinges on Plaintiffs’ Second Amendment right to bear arms,” because it fails to target dangerous people or specifically how or where individuals carry weapons.  
Vermont: Session Ends on Positive Note as Suppressor Legislation Clears Legislature - Last Saturday, lawmakers wrapped up the 2015 legislative session in Montpelier.  Gun Sense Vermont launched a historic assault on the Second Amendment this year and came away empty-handed. 
Minnesota: Pro-Gun Legislation Sent to Governor Dayton! Your Action Needed! - Late last night, the Minnesota House and Senate adopted and re-passed Senate File 878 with strong bipartisan support in both chambers.  The Senate passed SF 878 by a 55-9 vote which was swiftly followed by a 116-15 vote in the House of Representatives.
North Carolina: Shooting Range Needs Your Help, Please Attend Meeting Tonight! - This evening, May 18, at 6:30 p.m., the Currituck Shooting Club Inc. will be holding a member and supporter meeting.  Please attend in support of this range.
Firearm industry adds billions to state, federal economies - Pardon the pun, but the firearm industry is really booming.Since 2008, gun sales have climbed steadily. So, too, has the number of firearm-related jobs. According to a recent study commissioned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, today’s firearms industry employs 134,429 people who make more than $5.9 billion in wages and create a direct economic impact of nearly $17.8 billion.
New York: Majority leader 'committed' to gun law fixes, Young says - Sen. Catharine Young defended herself against criticism by some upstate groups that she abandoned her geographic responsibilities by supporting a Long Island Republican this week to become Senate majority leader.Young, an Olean Republican, said Flanagan has “committed” to making changes to the SAFE Act gun control law. “I’m very excited because it’s the first real movement we’ve seen since it was passed,’’ Young said of the 2013 gun law.
Texas: Open carry likely starting final approach to Abbott's desk - Legalizing open carry of handguns in Texas is beginning the final approach to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's desk.
Texas: Police preparing for expected approval of guns being allowed on college campuses - It seems clear that Texas will inevitably join the growing list of states that allowed the licensed concealed carry of handguns on college campuses.With bills in the Texas House and Senate working their way toward Gov. Greg Abbott, who has said he intends to sign such legislation when it reaches his desk, administrators and law enforcement officers in the state are prepared for a potential change. Whether schools like Texas A&M University or the University of Texas will wrangle with lawmakers if a campus carry law is implemented or embrace the change is uncertain, but for law enforcement, by and large, operations will carry on as usual.
Nevada: Campus carry added to another gun bill, clears Assembly panel - A “campus carry” bill that failed to get a hearing in the Senate was resurrected Friday in the Assembly Judiciary Committee in a bit of legislative sleight of hand that keeps the proposal alive, at least for the time being.
House Passes National Defense Bill with Kelly Amendment to Ban Funding for UN Arms Trade Treaty - Today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016, which fully funds the United States Armed Forces and ensures that American troops have all the resources required to successfully defend the homeland and achieve their missions abroad. The legislation once again included an amendment introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) to continue the annual ban on funding by the Department of Defense for the implementation of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The amendment is the strongest version to date, updating the language of Rep. Kelly’s previous amendments that were enacted into law in previous NDAAs.
NRA plans 2016 voter outreach as support for gun rights grows - The National Rifle Association is planning a major voter-outreach program for the 2016 presidential election, buoyed by its success in targeted elections last year and hoping to capitalize on Americans’ growing belief that gun ownership will make them safer as fear of crime rises, its chief lobbyist says. “As people learn more, and take a more serious approach toward their own security and the failure of the criminal justice system, they see these rare but horrific crimes. Whether you support or hate the Second Amendment, everyone wants something done,” Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, told TheWashington Times.

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