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

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.
Special CWD Hunt Planned for Hunting District 400 - Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 4 is scheduling a special chronic wasting disease hunt south of Chester this fall along the Marias River near the Moffat Bridge. The hunt is designed to determine the prevalence of the disease in the area.
Get familiar with this year’s upland game bird program access guide - Upland bird season kicked off Sept. 1, so it's still a good time to dig into this season's hunting access guide.
Tips for hunters to make the Block Management Program work for them - The 2019 Hunting Access Guide is available, directing hunters to more than 7 million acres of private, state and federal lands enrolled in Montana’s Block Management Program.
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.
Check your license before you head out into the field - Don’t wait until opening day to discover your license and carcass tags are faded and need to be replaced.
2019 upland gamebird forecast - Upland season started Sept. 1 with mountain, sage and sharptail grouse along with partridge. Pheasant hunting starts Oct. 12. All seasons end Jan. 1, except sage grouse, which ends Sept. 30.
2019 big game hunting forecast - Are you ready for hunting season? Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks can help. In addition to the following hunting forecast, FWP provides online information about hunting access, including our popular Block Management Program.
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 Montana's bow hunting, which opened Sept. 7, and upland game bird seasons, which opened Sept. 1, remember that slow moving, quiet or game-calling, scented and camouflaged hunters will soon be sharing the landscape with the state's even stealthier bears that may be stalking similar prey.
2019 Big game hunting seasons - 2019 Big game hunting seasons
Turn in poachers - call 1-800-Tip-Mont - The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks toll-free hotline for reporting wildlife poaching, property damage, and violations of fish and game laws is in operation 24 hours a day.
Four steps for a safe hunt - The 1,200 volunteers who teach Hunter Education remind all hunters there are four basic rules of gun safety.
FWP urges hunters to check fire status, make safety a priority - With fire season underway in Montana, hunters should be keenly aware of the regulations in place in the locations they plan to hunt, at least until the weather begins to cool.
2019/2020 shoulder seasons have started - Shoulder season for elk began Aug. 15 in several hunting districts around Montana.
Access: Ask early, don’t wait - Montana's millions of acres of private land offer some excellent hunting opportunities—the only catch is gaining the landowner's permission to hunt.
Ask first to hunt on private land - Don't wait until it is too late. Hunters who haven't already asked permission from private landowners to hunt need to do so as soon as possible.
Hunter bonus points and nonresident preference points available for purchase - Hunters who did not apply for this year’s special license drawings or who are new to hunting have until Sept. 30 to purchase bonus points to help in future drawings.
Improving Upland Game Bird Habitat and Access - To improve habitat for upland game birds, landowners can apply to enroll in a variety of cost-share programs under the Upland Game Bird Habitat Enhancement Program (UGBHEP) to develop, enhance, and conserve Montana's upland game bird habitats. Part of the agreements for these programs is that the land in the project area remains open to reasonable public hunting. Generally, up to 75% of the cost of the landowner's UGBHEP project can be reimbursed.
Get familiar with this year’s upland game bird program access guide - Upland bird season kicked off Sept. 1, so it's still a good time to dig into this season's hunting access guide.
Tips for hunters to make the Block Management Program work for them - The 2019 Hunting Access Guide is available, directing hunters to more than 5 million acres of private, state and federal lands enrolled in Montana’s Block Management Program. 2019 Block Management Area Access Guides and maps are available on the Block Management page of the FWP website and in FWP regional offices


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