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Montana Bowhunter Education Classroom Courses for 2014 in Great Falls

Two free bowhunter education classroom courses have been scheduled for Great Falls.

The courses will occur in April and May. Registration for both is taking place now online at the Fish, Wildlife and Parks web site. There will also be sign-up times at…

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New Montana Hunt & Fish Licenses; Deer & Elk Permit Applications Available

Montana’s new 2014 hunting and fishing year begins March 1. Licenses are now on sale along with applications for resident and nonresident buck deer and either-sex elk hunting permits.

Resident and nonresident deer and elk permit applications and infor…

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New Montana Hunt & Fish Licenses; Deer & Elk Permit Applications Available

Montana’s new 2014 hunting and fishing year begins March 1. Licenses are now on sale along with applications for resident and nonresident buck deer and either-sex elk hunting permits.

Resident and nonresident deer and elk permit applications and infor…

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Montana Hunting Regulations for Next Two Years Up for Review

Montanans will have extensive opportunities to review and comment on 2014-2015 hunting regulation proposals by going on online now or by attending one of 43 public meetings in January.

Last summer, FWP held seven meetings across the state and received…

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Montana Pheasant Release Applications Due January 15

Landowners have until Jan. 15 to submit an application for 2014 pheasant releases through the Montana’s Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program.

Under Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ pheasant release program, landowners who attempt to establish pheas…

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Montana 2013 Hunter Harvest Surveys Are Underway

Now that hunting season is over, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is calling a sample of 160,000 hunters to gather harvest information on this year’s hunt.

The survey asks randomly selected hunters a series of short questions about their hunting effor…

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Montana’s 2014-2015 Hunting Regulation Proposals Up For Review

Montanans will have a number of opportunities to review and comment on 2014-2015 hunting regulation proposals by going on online now or by attending one of 43 public meetings beginning in January.

Last summer, FWP held seven meetings across the state …

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Montana’s Missoula Bowhunter Education Classes Begin in January

Six bowhunter education classes will be offered in Missoula in 2014, with the first two classes scheduled for January 18 and February 1. Online registration and the complete class schedule can be found at fwp.mt.gov.

Montana also offers online bowhunt…

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Montana Trappers and Pet Owners Should Take Precautions to Avoid Accidental Dog Capture

With furbearer seasons in full swing, and snow creating ideal conditions for trapping furbearers like bobcat and marten, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds pet owners to be mindful that there could be trapping activity in the woods.

“Trappers …

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Montana Hunters Reminded Wasting Wild Game Meat Is Illegal

With many hunters looking back on a successful big game hunting season, it’s a good time to remind hunters about the responsibility to ensure that their wild game is properly cared for and processed.

Under Montana law, it is illegal to waste any part …

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Montana’s Big Game Seasons Won’t Be Extended

Montana’s 2013 general big game hunting seasons ended as planned on Sunday, Dec. 1 and will not be extended, state wildlife officials confirmed today.

“We are not planning any big game season extensions anywhere in the state this year,” said Ken McDon…

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Hunting Season Ends with Deer, Elk Totals on Par with Last Year in Western Montana

The 2013 general hunting season for big game closed quietly in west-central Montana on Sunday evening, with deer harvests through the Anaconda, Bonner and Darby Check Stations nearly equaling those checked in 2011 and 2012, and elk harvests up slightly…

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Montana Wildlife Management Areas Set to Close for the Season

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks would like to remind recreationists that most Region 3 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) – those managed as big game winter range – will  close to all public entry at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1.

In Region 3, th…

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West-Central Montana Deer, Elk Harvest Slightly above Past Two Seasons

Total hunter numbers and animals reported through west-central Montana’s three hunter check stations are slightly higher than the last two seasons at the close of the fourth week.  The general season for big game hunting will close at the end of Tha…

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Additional Montana Havre-Area Game Check Station Findings Reported

Hunter numbers and reported harvests at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 game check station outside Havre are still down when compared to past years.

“Hunter numbers so far this year have only been about 2 percent lower than last year…

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Montana Mountain Lion Hunting to Close in Regions 2 & 5

The hunting of mountain lions in several Montana hunting districts in Region’s 2 and 5 will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013:

Closed to hunting of all mountain lions:

*       HD’s  280, 281, 284, 293 & 298 East…

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Deer, Elk Harvest Picks Up Pace in West-Central Montana

After a slow start, the 2013 hunting season took an upward turn over the weekend with the advantage of tracking snow in most west-central Montana locations.

Hunter trips and elk and white-tailed deer totaled through hunter check stations in Montana Fi…

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Montana Hunter Success Mixed as 2013 Deer Rut Begins

Hunters who stopped at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations in south central Montana over the weekend reported signs that the annual deer rut is starting. The number of animals checked at Laurel, Columbus, Big Timber and Lavina generally was…

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Montana’s Butte Area Pet Release Clinic Offered Next Week

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Montana Trappers Association will host a pet release clinic on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 7-9 p.m. in the US Forest Service conference room at 1820 Meadowlark Lane in Butte.

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Montana 2013 Female Mountain Lion Hunting to Close In Several Region 2, 3 & 4 Hunting Districts

The hunting of female mountain lions will close one-half hour after sunset on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

Close To Female Mountain Lions:

HD 283 & 285 – which include portions of Missoula and Powell Counties.
HD 315 – which include portions of …

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Havre Game Check Station Findings Reported for Montana Deer & Elk Opener

Hunter numbers and harvests were still down over past years during the third weekend of operation at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 game check station outside Havre.

Havre-area Wildlife Biologist Scott Hemmer said there were 91 partie…

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Montana Mountain Lion Hunting to Close in HD’s in Several Regions

The hunting of mountain lions in several Montana hunting districts will close at one-half hour after sunset on date specified below.  The hunting districts are:

Closed To All Mountain Lions:

HD 140 – which includes portions of Flathead County – c…

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South Central Montana 2013 Big Game Harvest Light on Opening Weekend

The opening weekend of the general big game season saw more hunters in south central Montana than the same two days last year, but a smaller percentage of them harvester animals.

Warm, mild weather made for difficult deer and elk hunting. Many hunters…

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Montana Female Mountain Lion Hunting to Close in Districts 318 & 335

The hunting of female mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 318 and 335, in portions of Jefferson and Lewis & Clark counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.

The closure notice for the hunt ca…

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Opening of Big Game Season Slightly Below Average on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front

Hunters hit the Rocky Mountain Front for the opening weekend of Montana’s general big game season and took home slightly fewer elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer this year compared to the past three years.

The numbers were collected at Fish, Wildl…

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Big Game Harvest Down on Bluebird Opening Weekend in West-Central Montana

Montana’s big game rifle season opened Saturday, and although nearly identical numbers of hunters headed to the field in west-central Montana as last year, hunter harvests checked through the Bonner, Darby and Anaconda check stations generally were b…

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Slow Opener for Whitetail Deer in Northwest Montana

Hunters took to the field Saturday and Sunday across northwest Montana for the opening weekend of the general deer and elk season. At the six northwest Montana check stations, a total of 2,900 hunters checked 85 white-tailed deer (66 of these were buck…

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Montana Hunters Must Stop at Check Stations

With the general deer and elk season set to begin Saturday, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is reminding hunters that state law requires they stop at all game check stations while traveling to and from hunting areas. This includes hunters who have n…

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Havre Game Check Station Findings Reported for First Two Weekends

Figures compiled from the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 game check station outside Havre for the weekends of Oct. 12-13 and Oct. 19-20 show reduced hunter numbers overall, but increased harvest of some upland birds and waterfowl.

“Over…

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How to Find a Montana Game Warden

With the fall hunting seasons upon us it’s important to remember how to find a Fish, Wildlife and Parks warden and how to report a game violation.

Montana’s fish, wildlife and parks resources belong to everyone in the state. So when someone poache…

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