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

Hunter, Bowhunter Education classes updated - There are several Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education courses scheduled in communities located in Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7 in coming weeks.
Region 7 FWP enrolling landowners for Block Management - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is enrolling new landowners in Region 7 who are interested in participating in the Block Management Program. Block Management is a cooperative effort between landowners and FWP to help manage public hunting activities and provide equitable public hunting opportunities.
Meeting Set for Mar. 22 to Discuss 2017 Mountain Lion Season - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a public meeting on Wednesday, Mar. 22 to discuss mountain lion management and tentative quotas for the 2017 mountain lion hunting season in Region 3. The meeting will get underway at 7 p.m. at the Headwaters Community Center (223 N. Main St.) in Three Forks.
Online hunter and bowhunter education available to adults - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offers hunter and bowhunter education on the Internet to anyone 18 years and older. Following the online coursework, students must sign up for a scheduled field day. There are field days available throughout Montana every spring and into the fall for Hunter Education and winter through summer for Bowhunter Education.
Hunters' bear ID training required - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds all black bear hunters of the responsibility to avoid mistakenly shooting a grizzly bear during the state's upcoming spring black bear hunt. Montana's spring black bear hunting season begins April 15.
Some late season endings need 2016 hunting and trapping licenses - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds wolf and mountain lion hunters, and some trappers, who still plan to head afield that they need a 2016 hunting or trapping license to close out the seasons that are now in progress.
Spring turkey license application deadline is March 2 - Montana's spring male turkey hunting season begins April 8 this year. The deadline to apply for a Montana spring turkey license in some Montana counties is March 2.
FWP Updates Snow Goose Consumption Advisory - While it would appear safe for humans to consume muscle tissue and organs of these harvested geese, under the circumstances, it is at the discretion of the hunter whether he or she chooses to eat or discard snow geese harvested after the Nov. 28 event.
Fish & Wildlife Commission approves lighted nocks for archery-only season - Montana archery hunters will be allowed to utilize another piece of equipment this fall in their pursuit of game. During its Feb. 10 meeting, the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission approved the use of lighted nocks on arrows during the 2017 archery-only season and in archery equipment-only areas or hunting districts.
Region 7 Block Management Program cooperators recognized - In 2016, more than 45,000 resident and nonresident hunters utilized the Block Management Program in Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7.
Reminder of new bow and arrow license requirements - This year, hunters will be required to purchase a Montana bow and arrow license prior to applying for any archery only permit.
Reminder of new bow and arrow license requirements - This year, hunters will be required to purchase a Montana bow and arrow license as a prerequisite for any archery only permit.
Hunter, Bowhunter Education courses listed - Dates are beginning to pop up for Hunter and Bowhunter Education courses to be offered across Region 7 in the coming months, and some are already accepting students.
Elk and Deer Special Application Drawing Deadline is March 15; Fishing License Expires Feb. 28 - It’s time to start thinking about hunting season again, and getting your new fishing license for the year. Starting Monday, Jan. 23, hunters and anglers can start purchasing licenses for the 2017 year.
Elk and Deer Special Application Drawing Deadline is March 15; Changes in Permit Types for Region One - Hunters are reminded that the deadline for applying for bull and antlerless elk and mule deer buck permits is March 15. The deer and elk permit application packet is available at FWP license providers and online at FWP’s website: The deer and elk permit application packet explains the rules for each hunting district and gives directions for applying. Hunters can apply online, or they may stop in to the FWP Office on North Meridian Road and apply in person.
Big game animals in good shape going into winter - After experiencing several mild winters, Southeastern Montana is in the grips of a more typical winter, with below-freezing temperatures and good snow accumulation.
Elk Management Season to Open in Hunting District 680 and 690 - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has authorized a management season hunt for antlerless elk in portions of Hunting District 680 and 690, starting Saturday, Jan. 14 through Wednesday, Feb. 15. Hunters signed up for the Hunt Roster in those hunting districts may be selected for this opportunity.
Elk Management Meetings Scheduled for Eureka, Libby, Kalispell and Trout Creek - A series of public meetings in Northwest Montana will focus on elk hunting regulations and season setting. Region One Wildlife Program Manager Neil Anderson noted that the meetings are part of an early start to the hunting season setting process.
Block Management staff shares tips with hunters - (MILES CITY) - With the big game season recently concluded, Block Management Program Administrative Assistant Bea Sturtz sits at her desk, busily counting thousands of hunter permission slips.
Region 6 Havre-Area Check Station Results for the 2016 Season - The final results are in at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Havre check station for the 2016 hunting season. The check station was open from Oct. 8 (the open of general antelope) through Nov. 27 (the end of the deer/elk general season). Overall, both hunter numbers and big-game harvest increased from last year, with mule deer numbers being the highest in several years.
General Big Game Season Ends in Region 6, Shoulder Season Starts Soon - This year, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 has a shoulder season that allows antlerless elk hunting from Dec. 15-Dec. 31, with a specific B-license. Elk licenses (general elk or B-licenses) valid during the archery and general seasons are not valid for the shoulder season in Region 6. Hunters must have previously applied for this opportunity during the June 1 license drawing, and received their elk B-license that is only valid during the R6 shoulder season
General season trend of more hunters, more deer continues - Cooler temperatures held off until after Sunday’s close of the general deer and elk season, but the trend of more hunters and more deer coming through Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7 check stations continued through the final weekend.
Deer Harvest Numbers Solid in Northwest Montana as Season Ends - Northwest Montana hunters wrapped up another successful big game season on Sunday. At the six northwest Montana check stations through the end of the season on Sunday, November 27, a total of 17,656 hunters checked 1,494 white-tailed deer ( 1,069 of these were bucks), 146 mule deer, and 72 elk for an 9.7 percent rate of hunters with game. This is slightly higher than the 8.2 percent of hunters with game last year. The number of hunters passing through check stations in northwest Montana was down four percent.
2016 general hunting season ends; shoulder seasons next up in south central Montana - The 2016 big-game general hunting season closed over the weekend much like every other weekend during year – with mild weather that made for comfortable, but challenging, conditions. Temperatures generally were above what is expected for November in south central Montana and most areas – particularly the southern reaches of the region, were just breezy. Statistics gathered at four Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations were a mixed bag with hunter numbers and the number of deer and elk harvested varying widely, depending on the area.
R3 Final Weekend Summary - No Season Extension - The final weekend of the general deer and elk hunting season in southwest Montana saw little change in hunter harvest success. Minimal precipitation throughout the duration of the season made hunting challenging, especially for elk.


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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Hunt the West

2013 Colorado Ranching For Wildlife Elk Hunt - Colorado has a great program called Ranching For Wildlife that allows ranchers greater flexibility in managing the game herds on their properties in exchange for allowing public hunting access to their ranches. For the 2013 season, HTW pro-staffer Paul Vanderspek and I drew late-season cow elk tags for a RFW hunt in northwest Colorado.
My Last Hunt of 2013 - The last day of January was the last day of Colorados Private-Land-Only deer season, which means it was also the last day of my 2013 big game seasons.
My First Tag of 2014 - According to my credit card statement, I now have my first tag of 2014.
San Carlos Apache Reservation Implements Draw for Big Game Tags! - The San Carlos Apache Reservation, which offers extraordinary opportunites for elk, coues deer, and bear, is replacing the current first-come-first-served system for distributing non-resident tags with a draw system for the 2014-2015 seasons.
2014 Arizona Elk and Antelope Regs Available - The 2014 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information regulations booklet has been posted online by the Arizona Game and Fish Department
Time to Get Serious about Planning a Western Bear Hunt - I did a survey of Hunt the West readers a couple years ago, and most of you said one of the key things you're looking for is actionable strategies for planning big game hunts. Well, let's have a serious talk about planning and committing to an awesome western bear hunt. And no messing around -- I'm talking about Spring, 2014.
Minnesota Concludes Wolf Season - Minnesota concluded its second wolf season when the Department of Natural Resources closed the east-central zone on Saturday, Dec. 28. A total of 3,433 licensed hunters and trappers harvested 237 wolves during the early and late seasons. The harvest target was 220 wolves.
DIY Public Land Wyoming Sharptails - The shot rang out. I knew I hit the bird and I watched it fly about 100 yards with the wind before falling. My first thought was “Finally.” Stella marked it really well so I had no doubt she’d return with it – my first sharp tail grouse (and Stella’s too.)
Wyoming 2014 Application Booklets Available - The Wyoming big game application booklets are now available, which always signals the start of each year's application season for me.
Yeah, I'm Not Dead - I've been very, very absent from posting new content to Hunt The West lately. So absent, in fact, that I've gotten a couple emails from subscribers to see if I'm OK. One guy even mentioned that he Googled me to see if he could find an obituary, and I honestly appreciate that people noticed that I had dropped off the radar.
Kansas, Colorado, and Utah Draw Results - More state draws have been completed, and the results are available -- either via the formal channels or through the back door.
Plan Now for Nebraska - Most Nebraska deer tags are sold first-come, first-served in July, but there are a few special hunts you may want to consider now.
Arizona Applications Being Accepted for Deer, Sheep Tags - The Arizona Game and Fish Department has announced that the online application service is now available for Arizona's 2013 hunts for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall buffalo, and pheasant.
Wyoming Bison Draw Results Available - Results for the Wyoming bison draw were available around the morning of May 14.
Wyoming Moose, Sheep, Goat Draw Recap - Wyoming’s version of the lottery was held last week with 733 resident and nonresident hunters hitting the jackpot in the annual drawings for moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat licenses.
Spring Bear Hunting on the San Carlos Apache Reservation - I didn't make it back down to Arizona's San Carlos Apache Reservation for a spring bear hunt this year, but longtime HTW subscriber Stu Mauney and his wife did. I was already kind of kicking myself for not going back this spring, and Stu's great hunt confirmed that instinct.
Colorado Moose, Deer, Bear Draw Results Available - Colorado moose, deer, and bear draw results were available approximately Friday, May 10.
Wyoming Moose, Sheep, Goat Results Available This Morning - Wyoming moose, sheep, and goat results will be available this morning. Officially, they're available at 8am MT. But they should be available a little earlier than that.
Stella's First Hunt Test - From Paul Vanderspek. I entered Stella in her first American Kennel Club (AKC) Hunt Test on Saturday 5/4, at the Junior level. The test was hosted by the Fort Collins Retriever Club. Juniors have to do 2 marked land retrieves, one on a live bird (aka - a flier) and one on a dead bird. 
Wyoming Spring 2013 Turkey Hunt - I've seen turkeys in Wyoming on and off over the years, and there are definitely good populations if you're in the right area. I never hunted turkeys in Wyoming, though, until this spring.

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