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  • Vandalism Occurred At Glasgow Base Ponds Fishing Access Site

    Marc Kloker, For the Courier|Jun 5, 2024

    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 game wardens are seeking any information regarding vandalism that took place at the Glasgow Base Ponds FAS north of Glasgow near Saint Marie. Damage occurred by vandals firing both rifle and/or pistol bullets and shotgun pellets at signs and the on-site latrine, resulting in significant expense to replace and/or fix those items. The damage was first recorded by Warden Wyatt Pickens on May 23. Anyone with possible information about this is encouraged to visit https://myfwp.mt.gov/fwpPub/tipmont to...

  • Home Run Pond Drawdown Proposed To Revive Fishery

    FWP Marc Kloker, For the Courier|Oct 11, 2023

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks fisheries staff are planning to drawdown Home Run Pond in Glasgow to revive the fishery. A Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project is currently out for public comment. Home Run Pond was constructed over 20 years ago, primarily as a kid’s fishing pond. While the City of Glasgow owns the pond and surrounding property of Sullivan Park, the fisheries resources are managed by FWP as a “put-grow-take” rainbow trout fishery with a management goal of achieving high angler catch rates. High-water events in 20...

  • Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to host open house in Glasgow on Sept. 20 on fishing regs proposals

    Marc Kloker|Sep 14, 2022

    GLASGOW – In the coming weeks, anglers will have several opportunities to comment on fishing regulation proposals for the 2023/24 regulation booklet. FWP Region 6 will host a public meeting in Glasgow on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the FWP Headquarters Quonset conference room beginning at 5 p.m. These proposed changes to fishing regulations were developed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff after working with the public on identifying what changes were needed in the current regulations. In all, 42 proposals from across the state will be out f...

  • Stage 1 Fire Restrictions On FWP Properties In Blaine County

    Marc Kloker, For the Courier|Sep 9, 2020

    In response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks fishing access sites and wildlife management areas will be under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Blaine County beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday morning, Sept. 4. The restrictions will be in effect until further notice. This follows Stage 1 restrictions already in place in Valley, Hill and Roosevelt counties. FWP followed the lead of officials in these counties that have adopted Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. These restrictions ban...

  • Region 6 FWP Offices Are Open…With Some Conditions

    Marc Kloker, For the Courier|Mar 18, 2020

    Rest assured, Region 6 Fish, Wildlife and Parks offices are open! However, due to the “social distancing” measures that are being taken, please expect to abide by the following: If you can, please use the internet to buy your licenses and apply for permits…this way there is no social interaction necessary. If you feel ill or have any symptoms, please respect our staff and others by not entering an FWP building. We would be happy to answer any questions over the phone: 406-228-3700 (Glasgow) or 406-265-6177 (Havre). If you do come to the Glasg... Full story

  • Region 6 Hunting Season Proposals For 2020-2021 To Be Discussed At Four Meetings across Northeast Montana

    Marc Kloker, For the Courier|Jan 8, 2020

    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold four public meetings in northeast Montana in January to gather comments on proposed hunting seasons and rules for the next two years. Interested hunters are encouraged to attend these meetings to hear the proposals, ask questions, and make comments. Proposed hunting season changes were tentatively approved by the Fish and Wildlife Commission at their December meeting, which are then put out for public comment. Tentative season proposals include both statewide and local hunting regulations for all big... Full story

  • Public Comment Sought on Tentative Fishing Regulations

    Marc Kloker, For the Courier|Aug 14, 2019

    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 will host two open houses to seek public comment on the proposed changes to the fishing regulations that will go into effect in 2020 and be in place through 2024. Meeting location and dates are: · Glasgow – Tues., August 20, at the Busted Knuckle Brewery (North Room) · Havre – Thurs., August 22, at the Best Western Plus (1425 Highway 2 NW) Both open house meetings will run from 6:30 pm – 8:30pm. In Region Six there are several proposed changes, including: · Ice shelter removal timelines · Clarifyin... Full story

  • Creel Survey Underway

    Marc Kloker, For the Courier|Jun 26, 2019

    Anglers on Fort Peck Reservoir this summer may be asked a few questions about their fishing experience when they come off the water. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is conducting an angling "creel" survey on the state's largest and most popular warm water fishery to monitor catch rates of popular game fish and determine level of satisfaction with the fishery. The data-gathering surveys will be based at marinas and boat ramps around the reservoir. Creel clerks will ask several questions about...

  • "A Swift Night"

    Marc Kloker, For the Courier|Jun 5, 2019

    Come join us for "A Swift Night" – chimney swifts, that is – on Thursday, June 6, at the FWP Region 6 headquarters in Glasgow. During this event, hosted by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Montana Audubon, participants will learn about chimney swifts and how they can help to monitor local populations. Chimney swifts are fascinating birds that can be found in your backyard or, more accurately, a nearby chimney. However, little is known about their distribution in the state. We are loo...

  • Ice Fishing Season is Beginning

    Marc Kloker, For the Courier|Dec 19, 2018

    It’s that time of year when ice anglers will be heading out to Montana's waters for the ice fishing season. Ice fishing is a great winter activity that the entire family can enjoy. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reminds anglers that safety should be the number one concern during a day out on the ice. While the first ice of the year often offers some of the best fishing, it also can be quite variable from location to location and from day to day. Anglers should be familiar with the water body they plan to fish. The safest ice anglers are t...

  • Deer in Blaine County Test Positive for CWD

    Marc Kloker, FWP|Nov 21, 2018

    Test results from three deer harvested in Blaine County have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The deer were harvested within the 2018 priority surveillance area, which includes the northern half of Blaine County. As a result, the northern part of Blaine County – north of U.S. Highway 2 – has been designated a CWD-positive area. A previously existing CWD-positive area includes all of Liberty County. FWP has notified the hunters who submitted the samples. To prevent the spread of CWD to other portions of Montana, the brain and spi... Full story

  • FWP to Host a NE MT Fishing Tour

    Marc Kloker, For the Courier|Aug 1, 2018

    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is organizing a Northeast Montana Fishing Tour for the public. Participants, both young and old, are welcome to come out and enjoy a few hours of fishing and learning. The tour will be held from Aug. 7 - 10, and a full list of the dates, times, locations and directions can be found below. The fishing events are free of charge, and all equipment will be provided by FWP including fishing rods, bait, and tackle, but participants can bring their own equipment as...

  • Mourning Dove Banding Resumes in Outlook

    Marc Kloker, FWP|Jul 25, 2018

    For the fifth year, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Outlook-area wildlife biologist Ryan Williamson is in full swing of trapping and banding the mourning dove. Mourning doves are one of the most widely distributed and abundant birds in North America and are also a popular game bird with hunting seasons established in 40 of the lower 48 states. As part of an effort to estimate population size, harvest rates and regulations, mourning doves are banded throughout the United States including within... Full story

  • Free Fishing for Father's Day Weekend

    Marc Kloker, For the Courier|Jun 13, 2018

    Whether you’re tying on a salmon fly or threading a night crawler onto a hook, during Father’s Day weekend, everyone in Montana can fish for free. “Montana is home to some of the finest fishing anywhere in the world. It’ll be a great chance to get your family outside.” said Director of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena Martha Williams. While the promotion allows anyone to fish without a license on June 16-17, all other fishing rules and regulations are in effect and must be followed. Williams encourages all would-be anglers to be aware o...

  • Bowhunter Education Class Offered

    Marc Kloker - FWP, For the Courier|Apr 11, 2018

    A Montana FWP Bowhunter Education course date has been set for the Glasgow area. There will be a regular youth classroom course starting on Wednesday, May 2, and an adult online “field day” course on Sunday, May 6. Archery hunters must have purchased a Montana bow and arrow license prior to hunting during the archery-only season. To purchase a bow and arrow license an individual must meet one of the following requirements: show completion of a bowhunter education course; show proof of purchase of a previous year’s bow and arrow license from... Full story

  • FWP Offering Incentives

    Marc Kloker - FWP, For the Courier|Apr 11, 2018

    The cold, snowy, and lingering winter we’ve had across the state has many citizens concerned about game birds such as pheasants, grouse, and partridge. Although these species are well adapted to make it through even tough winters, there is something landowners can do to help birds next winter- plant a food plot. Montana FWP has two options to help landowners establish food plots for game birds: standing grain plots and new diverse seed mixes. Standing grain plots: For standing grain plots, FWP will pay landowners $150 per acre to help offset t... Full story

  • Some Region 6 Block Management Areas Open For 2018 Spring Turkey Season

    Marc Kloker - FWP, For The Courier|Apr 11, 2018

    Montana FWP and participating land owners will open some Block Management Areas (BMAs) for spring turkey hunting along the Milk River and one area south of Zortman. Twelve areas will be open for the spring turkey season, beginning April 14, and running through May 20. Most of the properties are located along the Milk River between Hinsdale and Nashua. One additional property is located just south of Zortman in Goslin Flats, which is a portion of the Square Butte BMA. “The BMA spring turkey hunt worked well for both landowners and hunters the l... Full story

  • Paddlefish Anglers Must Apply for Tags

    Marc Kloker, FWP|Mar 21, 2018

    Paddlefish anglers planning to harvest a fish in the Upper Missouri River (From Fort Peck Dam to Fort Benton) will need to apply for an Upper Missouri River Paddlefish Tag. Applications for this drawing can be made by mail, online at fwp.mt.gov, or by stopping by any regional or area FWP offices. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. For 2018, a total of 1000 tags will be available for the drawing. Successful applicants may harvest a fish anytime during the... Full story

  • Hunter Education Classes Offered

    Marc Kloker - FWP, For the Courier|Feb 28, 2018

    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for many areas across Region 6. All hunter education classes are free of charge. Many classes are being held prior to the March 15 application deadline for special permits for deer and elk. Future application deadlines include May 1 for moose, sheep and goat, and June 1 for deer B, elk B and antelope. In the next month, classroom courses (for youth) are being held in Hinsdale (March 5), Glasgow (March 8), Saco (March 12), and Scobey (March 12. All students must registe... Full story

  • FWP Declares Salmon Spawn Effort on Fort Peck Reservoir a Success

    Marc Kloker, FWP - For the Courier|Nov 15, 2017

    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries crews began collecting adult Chinook salmon the first week of October this year in hopes of collecting a large number of eggs. Throughout October, FWP staff collected an estimated 791,000 eggs from nearly 200 female salmon. Although this was down from the record year of 1.4 million in 2016, this was the second most eggs collected since the program began. Successfully hatched eggs will be raised to fingerlings and released back into the reservoir in... Full story

  • More R6 Check-Station Data

    Marc Kloker, FWP - For the Courier|Nov 15, 2017

    MARC KLOKER FOR THE COURIER Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Havre hunter check station has been operating for five weeks so far for the 2017 hunting season. Mule deer harvest has been high compared to previous years, and most big game species and upland birds have been slightly down. Over the five weeks the check station has been open, overall hunter numbers are down seven percent from last year and are six percent below the long-term average. “Muddy, wet weather conditions the first weekend the check station opened may have contributed to... Full story

  • Culprits Identified in Mule Deer Killings

    Marc Kloker, FWP|Oct 25, 2017

    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 game wardens declare that due to good people coming forward with good information, the individuals responsible for the multiple mule deer killed in northern McCone Co. last week have been identified and interviewed. Region 6 wardens would like to thank the public for their phone calls, comments, and Facebook shares, and would also like to thank media outlets for helping to spread the word. Wardens are now working with the McCone Co. attorney, and charges are pending. The case will then go in front of th... Full story

  • Wardens Seeking Information on Massacre in McCone County

    Marc Kloker, For The Courier|Oct 18, 2017

    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are seeking any information regarding multiple mule deer killed in McCone County in the evening hours of Sat., Oct. 14. At least eight deer were found, including one fawn still barely alive, that were shot with a shotgun. The deer were found scattered over two miles near road 528 in northern McCone County, on the north end of the Remuda Twitchell BMA, about 10 miles east of Hwy 24. A local resident reported the dead deer early Sunday morning to the... Full story

  • Free Youth Outdoor Skills Event Scheduled

    Marc Kloker|Oct 4, 2017

    MARC KLOKER FOR THE COURIER A free youth outdoor skills event is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Glasgow Trap Club. The event is organized and funded by donations and volunteers from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Hi-Line Sportsmen, Ducks Unlimited, and the Glasgow Trap Club. Youngsters under age 10 are scheduled from 10-11:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. Parents/guardians need to be on hand to register and sign-in. Youth will be invited to participate in possible... Full story

  • "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" Beginning Kayaking Classes Offered

    Marc Kloker, For the Courier|Aug 16, 2017

    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is sponsoring two beginning kayaking classes on Aug. 26 and 27 at the First Dredge swim beach just north of the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery near Fort Peck. One class will be offered each day (participants will choose their preferred day), and the classes will take place from 1-5 p.m. both days. Participants will learn from experienced instructors about different types of recreational kayaks and equipment, fishing from a... Full story

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