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

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.
The Rut is On: White-tailed Deer Harvest Picking Up - Kalispell, MT — The onset of rutting activity for white-tailed deer is already benefiting hunters across northwest Montana.
Hunter Harvest Near Average for Elk, Whitetail Deer Despite Unsettled Weather - Despite weather that’s windy and warm one day, then cold and snowy the next, hunters on the Rocky Mountain Front west of Augusta are taking home elk and white-tailed deer at numbers near or above long-term averages, a state wildlife biologist said.
Deer and Elk Harvest Remains Steady in West-Central Montana - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) reported checking 5,588 hunters with a harvest of 171 elk, 181 white-tailed deer, 48 mule deer, three black bears, three bighorn sheep and one moose at its three permanent check stations in west-central Montana during the first three weekends of the general big game hunting season.
Montana National Guard to Conduct Purple Heart Hunt on Fort Harrison - Helena – The Montana National Guard annually provides the opportunity for up to five Purple Heart recipients to hunt mule deer on the training area of Fort William Henry Harrison in accordance with regulations associated with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Hunting District 388. Being a Purple Heart recipient is the only requirement to be eligible for this program.
Four trophy deer poached, left to waste north of Hardin - BILLINGS – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering a reward for information about four trophy mule deer bucks that were killed illegally and left to waste north of Hardin on Oct. 24.
Week 2 of general deer, elk hunt brings more hunter success in Region 3 - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks operated four check stations in Region 3 during the second weekend of the general deer and elk hunt.
FWP reminds waterfowl hunters to be water wise - Do you hunt waterfowl or hunt in and around lakes, streams, rivers or ponds? Do you use a jon boat, rowboat, duck-boat or a blind near your favorite haunt? If you do, don’t forget to be water wise!
Carbon County deer tests positive for CWD - A mule deer buck harvested during the archery season northeast of Joliet tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease.
Hunter numbers, deer harvest better at most south central Montana check stations - Seasonal temperatures and generally dry skies drove up the number of hunters who took to the field in south central Montana over the weekend. And those who stopped at check stations run by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks mostly were able to harvest more deer than during the same weekend in 2018
Mule Deer, Elk Harvests Ahead of Last Year in Northwest Montana - Kalispell, MT — The second weekend of Montana’s general hunting season saw an uptick in hunters, and the numbers of harvested white-tailed bucks, mule deer and elk are slightly ahead of last year across northwest Montana.
Big Game Hunters Need to be Bear Aware on Front - Grizzly bear sign on the Rocky Mountain Front has led a Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife biologist to remind hunters to be bear aware.
Winter Conditions Help with Elk Harvest on Front - Snow and cold temperatures on the Rocky Mountain Front are helping fewer that average hunters bring in near average numbers of elk to the Fish, Wildlife and Parks check station in Augusta.
Deer and Elk Harvest Ahead of Last Season in West-Central Montana - Deer and elk harvest numbers are up at the end of the first week of the 2019 big game general hunting season, compared with the same time period last year, according to data from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) check stations in west-central Montana.
FWP reminds waterfowl hunters to be water wise - Do you hunt waterfowl or hunt in and around lakes, streams, rivers or ponds? Do you use a jon boat, rowboat, duck-boat or a blind near your favorite haunt? If you do, don’t forget to be water wise!
FWP seeks comments on bovine tuberculosis surveillance plan and White Sulphur Springs urban mule deer management plan - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is requesting public review and comment on the Proposed Montana Bovine Tuberculosis Surveillance Plan and the City of White Sulphur Springs Urban Mule Deer Management Plan. Supporting information on these items can be found on the FWP website under “Opportunity for Public Comment” at fwp.mt.gov/hunting/ or directly by using the links below.
Region 7 check station traffic, harvest down on cold opening weekend - Nearly 400 hunters came through three check stations set up around FWP Region 7 on Saturday during the opening weekend of big game season. Overall, traffic and harvest numbers were down from 2018, but many still managed to harvest something on a very cold, blustery day punctuated by snow.
General deer, elk hunt begins with winter storm, mixed hunter success - Montana’s general hunting season for deer and elk began Saturday, with lower-than-average hunter participation and success in most areas of southwest Montana due to challenging weather and travel conditions.
CWD check stations open in Region 7 this weekend - Last weekend’s opening of general big game season coincided with the opening of Chronic Wasting Disease check stations around the region.
Check stations steady during antelope rifle opener in southeastern MT - Hunters brought 350 antelope through check stations in FWP Region 7 on Oct. 13 during opening weekend for antelope rifle season.
Slightly Below-Average Harvest for Northwest Montana Big Game Opener - Kalispell, MT — Montana renewed a time-honored tradition last weekend with the start of the general big game hunting season.


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