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

Pryor buck permit erroneously listed in application packet - BILLINGS – A special buck mule deer hunting permit that has been in place for many years for the Pryor Mountains in eastern Carbon County has been dropped for the 2019 season. The application packet for buck deer and bull elk permits, which arrived at license dealers this week, erroneously lists the permit as available for the coming year.
2019 Deer/Elk/Antelope Regulations available on FWP website - The 2019 Deer/Elk/Antelope Regulations are available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov/hunting/regulations/.
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.
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.
Elk shoulder seasons to end Feb. 15 - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds hunters that elk shoulder seasons end Feb. 15.
FWP Proposing Changes to Deer Hunting Regulations in Two Northwest Montana Districts - Kalispell, MT — Wildlife managers are requesting to change white-tailed deer regulations in two hunting districts in northwest Montana.
Landowners have until March 15 to apply for access tax credit program - Landowners have until March 15 to submit applications to Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks for enrollment in the Unlocking Public Lands Program.
Public Meetings Scheduled to Review Deer Hunting Regulations in Northwest Montana - Kalispell, MT — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is hosting four upcoming public meetings to discuss deer populations and potential future management strategies for hunting seasons in northwest Montana.
Four more deer test positive for CWD bringing total for 2018 to 26 - Test results from the final CWD surveillance samples sent after the close of Montana’s general hunting season showed four more deer along the Hi-Line to be positive for chronic wasting disease.
FWP seeks comment on three wildlife proposals - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public review and comment on the following proposals: 2019 elk shoulder seasons, 2019-2020 Biennial Wildlife Management Area Public Use Rules and 2019 mule deer season changes in some districts in Region 5.
Nine more deer found suspect for CWD: 3 south of Billings, 6 on the Hi-Line - 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.
Seven more deer found suspect for CWD along the Hi-Line - Seven mule deer bucks were found to be suspect of chronic wasting disease in the last week.
Archery management hunts for antlerless mule deer continue in Glendive, Ekalaka - The general hunting season has ended, but management season archery hunts for antlerless mule deer continue in both Glendive and Ekalaka through Feb. 15, 2019. No bucks may be harvested after the close of the general season (Nov. 25, 2018).
Hunter numbers, harvest on par at season-closing check stations - Sunday marked the close of the general hunting season with mild weather, steady hunter and harvest numbers and happy visitors to check stations manned by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
Final weekend of the general season in Region 3 remains slow despite snow - The sixth and final weekend of the general hunting season was slow in most areas of southwest Montana. Alder and Cameron reported the highest number of hunter success overall. Alder had the highest mule deer harvest, Cameron reported the highest elk harvest, and Canyon Ferry had the highest success rate for white-tailed deer.
Wolf hunting to close in wolf management unit 313 - The hunting of all wolves in wolf management unit 313 will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.
Rocky Mountain Front: Mule Deer, Elk Harvest Down, Whitetail Numbers Up - Final numbers from the 2018 general deer and elk season put mule deer and elk taken by hunters on a portion of the Rocky Mountain Front west of Augusta lower than long-term averages, said a state wildlife biologist. Only white-tailed deer numbers were above long-term averages, said Brent Lonner, Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife biologist.
Hunter, harvests numbers mixed for closing weekend in south central Montana - Hunters finished the 2018 general big-game season in good numbers in parts of south central Montana over the past weekend. Biologists at the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Lavina and Big Timber check stations saw more hunters and a larger harvest than last year. But FWP’s Billings and Columbus check stations continued a season-long trend of fewer hunters and fewer animals harvested.
Big Game Hunting Season Ends Slightly Below Average in Northwest Montana - Kalispell, MT — Montana’s general big game hunting season ended Nov. 25, 2018.
Hunting Season Closes on Par with Recent Years in West-Central Montana - Montana’s general big game hunting season closed Sunday, Nov. 25 with deer and elk harvest totals recorded at west-central Montana’s two hunter check stations on par with recent years.
Elk, Mule Deer Number 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.
Mule deer buck tests positive for CWD in Grand Teton National Park - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has been informed by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department that a mule deer buck in Grand Teton National Park has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
Fifth Weekend Saw Fewer Hunters and Low Deer Harvest in Region 3 - The number of hunters getting out into the field was below average in most areas over the fifth weekend of the general hunting season. White-tailed and mule deer harvest was below average throughout southwest Montana, the southern portion of region 3 continues to report higher harvest rates for elk. Hunters are encouraged to head outside for a final push before the season closes on Sunday.
South central Montana hunter numbers down, harvest mixed - The weekend’s weather provided hunters with mixed opportunities in south central Montana over the weekend. Conditions varied from snowy to windy to cold depending on what part of the region a hunter visited. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks saw an overall decline from last year in numbers of hunters who stopped at its check stations and the number of harvested animals they reported.
General Hunting Season Down to Final Week - Kalispell, MT — The big-game hunting season is down to the final days across Montana.


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