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  • Fort Peck Reservoir Fisheries Management Plan update beginning

    Fish Wildlife and Parks|May 11, 2022

    FORT PECK – The 10-year fisheries management plan for Fort Peck Reservoir will expire in 2022, prompting Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to begin updating the plan for next 10 years. FWP is seeking anglers' assistance with this plan, starting with an online survey. This will be the fourth 10-year management plan for the popular reservoir. Each of these plans have been developed with regional and state-wide public involvement to establish clear management direction for the Fort Peck fishery. T...

  • Hunter education in-person class offered in Glasgow

    FWP, For the Courier|Mar 9, 2022

    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for Glasgow. An in-person classroom course runs March 21-24, and a field day on March 25. All hunter education classes are free of charge. In-person, instructor-led hunter education classroom courses are available to anyone age 10 and older and provides new hunters with a hands-on learning experience that can be particularly beneficial for people who have minimal experience in the field or handling firearms. In-person courses are led by volunteer instructors who are pa...

  • Christmas tree habitat structures being placed at Fort Peck Trout Pond

    FWP, For the Courier|Mar 9, 2022

    Glasgow-area Boy Scout Troop 861 and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks fisheries staff will be placing Christmas tree habitat structures at the Fort Peck Trout Pond in the coming weeks. Bundles of Christmas trees will be placed on the ice where they will remain until melting causes them to fall through and settle to the bottom. The goal of these tree bundles is to improve and increase habitat in the Trout Pond and ultimately improve the fishery. The use of Christmas tree bundles as artificial...

  • FWP Gearing Up for a New Watercraft Inspection Station Season

    FWP|Mar 2, 2022

    HELENA – Several watercraft inspection stations begin operation in early March to check snowbird boat traffic returning from mussel positive areas such as Lake Mead and Havasu. Boat owners coming to Montana must have their vessel inspected for aquatic invasive species at a Montana watercraft inspection station prior to launch. The stations that open in early March include those near Dillon, Anaconda and Ravalli. FWP works closely with partners for station operation and cotracts with the Beaverhead Conservation District for operation of the D...

  • Hunting and fishing license year begins March 1

    FWP|Mar 2, 2022

    The 2022 license year opens March 1, which means that is the day you can buy new hunting and fishing licenses and begin applying for permits and special licenses. The deadline to apply for deer and elk permits is April 1. Applications for most species – deer, elk, antelope, deer B, elk B, antelope B, moose, sheep, goat, bison, bear, turkey – can be made beginning March 1. This spring Fish, Wildlife & Parks will be launching the new MyFWP mobile app that will store and display licenses, permits, and digital carcass tags, known as E-Tags, whi...

  • Fish and Wildlife Commission Approves 2022-23 Hunting Regulations

    FOR THE COURIER|Feb 16, 2022

    HELENA – At its Feb. 4 meeting, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved hunting regulations for the 2022 and 2023 hunting seasons with a significant focus on changes to elk hunting opportunities. All final regulations approved at the meeting will go into effect when the new license year begins on March 1. New regulation booklets for moose, sheep, mountain goat, bison, deer, elk and antelope will be available online this month and in print by mid-March. Hunters should make sure to read through the new regulations before applying for p...

  • Valley Rifle-Pistol Club January Letter and Match Schedules

    Feb 2, 2022

    January 2022 Greetings Fellow Shooters: (1) Dues are still the same as last year, $20.00 for individual or $35.00 for a family. Dues can be paid at the firearms counter at D&G Sports and Western or mailed to VCRPC, P.O. Box 561, Glasgow, MT 59230. The 2022 cards are finished and available at D&G Sports. If you renew at D&G Sports you can pick your card up at that time, if you renew by mail or already paid at D&G for 2022, your card will be mailed to you. (2) Gate combination: The gate combination will be changed around February 1st. Hang onto...

  • Hi-Line Sportsmen Banquet is Feb. 19

    Hi-Line Sportsmen|Jan 19, 2022

    Save the date and plan to attend the 6th annual conservation fundraising dinner hosted by the Hi-Line Sportsmen on Saturday evening, Feb. 19 at Glasgow’s St. Raphael’s Parish Center gymnasium. The “keep-it-local” conservation group will once again offer a wide variety of guns and one-of-a-kind items available to win on raffle or auction. The evening is a celebration of fellowship and our common commitment to improving the wildlife, habitats, and outdoors opportunities across northeastern Montana. It’s also an evening to eat a perfectly...

  • Hi-Line Sportsmen Memorial Scholarship applications available

    Jan 12, 2022

    High school seniors across Valley County are encouraged to check with their guidance counselors for information and applications for the annual Hi-Line Sportsmen Memorial Scholarships. Multiple sizeable scholarships will be awarded at the conservation group’s annual banquet, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 19 at Glasgow’s St. Raphael’s Catholic Church parish center gymnasium The scholarships honor the memory of Barb Marsh and Mark Jackson, both longtime supporters of the community and local youth. To memorialize their commitment to the commu...

  • Rocking a Hunter's Tan

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Jan 5, 2022

    "I just nerded out on the science." Chelsea Dodd, who holds a degree in chemistry, is a self-taught tanner in Glasgow trying to keep a dying art alive. Tanning is a relatively new hobby for the woman who works for the Glasgow Water Department. She has been learning and refining her technique for roughly three years, working primarily on her own hides while occasionally taking on projects for friends. This is how I found her – through mutual friends. Dodd had prepared a taxidermy ear for her n...

  • Holiday Venison Roast

    Dec 22, 2021

    Venison Roast - any cut ½ cup or 1 stick unsalted butter room temperature 5 cloves finely minced garlic 1 tablespoon sea salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon fresh thyme 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes Coconut oil as needed, fresh ground salt and pepper to taste. 1 cup Better than Bouillon Roasted Beef Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Mix butter, pepper, salt, thyme and rosemary. Set aside. Sear roast in coconut oil, salt and pepper over medium-high heat in a cast iron dutch oven. Turn off heat. Add bouillon to...

  • Hi-Line Hunt

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Dec 1, 2021

    Going into the Hi-Line Sportsmen's Hunter Mentoring Program, Andrew McKean asked which type of hunt I'd like to do. My selection was deer as it seemed to me to be a perfect entry level hunt. Then he asked which type of deer I'd like to go for – whitetail or mule – as each came with a different style due to the habits of the animals. Wanting to get as much experience as possible for story purposes, we decided it would be best to try my hand at both to compare and contrast. After my suc...

  • Slow Cooker Venison Roast

    Dec 1, 2021

    Ingredients 3-4 lb venison roast 1 ½ tsp. Salt, divided 1 Tbsp high heat tolerant cooking fat (duck fat, avocado oil, clarified butter/ghee) 1 ½ cups venison stock or beef stock 2 Tbsp. Tomato pasteurization 1 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar 1 ½ tsp. Wochestershire sauce 1 tsp. Dried thyme 1 tsp. Dried parsley 1 tsp. Pepper 5 garlic cloves, minced 1 large yellow onion, cut into large pieces 1 lb. Baby yellow potatoes 4-5 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces 2 Tbsp. Tapioca...

  • Hi-Line Hunt

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Nov 24, 2021

    Living in Valley County, a hub for hunters and outdoor activities, it can be easy to forget that not everyone ventures out with a rifle or shotgun to put food on their own table. I am one of those with extremely limited exposure to the hunting community. So when a press release from Hi-Line Sportsmen crossed our news desk in pre-covid times announcing a new hunter mentoring program geared towards youth, but open to everyone, I thought it would make a fantastic story. I emailed Andrew McKean,...

  • CWD sample numbers up from previous years

    Gwendolyne Honrud|Nov 24, 2021

    Montana FWP HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff is on pace to collect a record number of chronic wasting disease samples from deer, elk and moose this year. Between July 1 and Nov. 12, FWP staff collected 3,147 CWD samples, of which 1,613 were from the 2021 priority sampling areas located in northwestern, northcentral, southwestern and southcentral Montana. This is above last year’s 2,966 collected samples within that same time period. In addition, hunters have submitted 239 samples this year, down from 430 hunter-submitted sam...

  • Zoom open house to discuss hunting regulations changes in Region 6

    Oct 13, 2021

    MONTANA F.W.P. GLASGOW — For years FWP staff have heard Montana’s hunting regulations are too complex. This year we’re taking a new approach with our hunting regulations to make them simpler. We are asking for your help. FWP regional staff are holding virtual meetings across the state. These meetings are held via Zoom and allow the public to hear directly from FWP staff and ask questions about the proposed changes. On Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 5:30-7 p.m., FWP Region 6 will hold a Zoom webinar open house to discuss the proposed changes in the R...

  • Youth only pheasant, waterfowl hunt to open

    Sep 22, 2021

    FOR THE COURIER HELENA – Montana’s young hunters will have the state’s waterfowl and pheasants pretty much to themselves Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25-26. Licensed hunters ages 15 and under may hunt ducks, geese, coots, mergansers and ring-necked pheasants statewide on these two special days set aside for youngsters, but they must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult. While the accompanying adult may not shoot, he or she can assist with setting decoys, calling and retrieving. Prior to the youth hunt opener, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will...

  • Fish and Wildlife Commission adopts regulations for muzzleloader season

    Sep 22, 2021

    FOR THE COURIER HELENA – The Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted regulations for Montana’s first traditional muzzleloader season at its meeting on Aug. 20. House Bill 242 was passed in the 2021 Legislative Session and established a nine-day muzzleloader heritage hunting season for deer and elk that begins on the second Saturday following the end of the regular season. For 2021, the season is Dec. 11 to Dec. 19. To address this new statute, the commission adopted the following regulations, most of which are based on language from the sta...

  • Migratory bird hunters reminded of change to wanton waste of game statute

    Sep 22, 2021

    FOR THE COURIER The 2021 Migratory Bird Regulation booklets contain language on wanton waste of game that is no longer accurate. Because the regulations were printed before the Montana Legislature changed the statute, the information is outdated. The regulation reflecting the new statute reads: “Waste of Game (MCA 87-6-205) Wanton Waste – No person shall kill or cripple any migratory game bird pursuant to this part without making a reasonable effort to retrieve the bird and retain it in his/her actual custody. Under Montana law, it is unl...

  • Fish and Wildlife Commission approves changes to elk should seasons

    Sep 22, 2021

    FOR THE COURIER The Fish and Wildlife Commission approved changes to elk shoulder seasons in several hunting districts at its meeting on Aug. 20. All changes apply to this coming hunting season. However, no early shoulder seasons were added. Elk shoulder season changes made by the commission: a shoulder season in hunting district 314 that applies to LPT 314-00 only and is not valid on public lands; extending shoulder season to Feb. 15, 2022 for HDs 262, 290, 298, 314, 390, 391, 393, 411 east of Montana Highway 238 only, 417, 502, 510, 511,...

  • FWP to auction confiscated antlers, hides and horns

    Sep 22, 2021

    FOR THE COURIER Antlers, horns, hides and skulls that were confiscated by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks enforcement will be auctioned on Sept. 25 at the National Auction House in Billings. Items include 50 big horn sheep skulls, 390-plus-inch bull elk, moose, deer, elk, bear, mountain goats, mountain lions, martins, antelope, bobcats and more. Most of the items come from poaching incidents. Montana statute requires FWP to sell seized items at public auction. This includes all birds, animals, fish, heads, hides, teeth or other parts of any...

  • FWP hires new warden in the Glasgow area

    Sep 15, 2021

    FOR THE COURIER GLASGOW- Hunters and anglers out in the field this fall may see a new friendly face. Wyatt Pickens was recently hired as the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks field warden in Glasgow. Pickens will be covering Valley County and sharing working the Breaks districts (631 and 632), Fort Peck Reservoir, and the Missouri River with Warden John Huberty. Pickens, originally from Colorado, holds a bachelor's degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from MSU-Bozeman, where he was a Warden...

  • Fish and Wildlife Commission Adopts 2021/2022 Wolf Hunting and Trapping Regulations

    Sep 15, 2021

    FOR THE COURIER HELENA – After a public comment period that drew more than 26,000 comments, the Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted several changes to the 2021/2022 wolf hunting and trapping regulations at its meeting on Aug. 20. Changes include eliminating quotas, increasing the number of wolf trapping and hunting licenses allowed for individual hunters, extending wolf trapping seasons and the allowance of snares for trapping wolves. Wolf regulations were adopted as follows: A harvest of 450 wolves shall initiate a commission review with p...

  • AIS Inspectors Encounter Unusual Situation at Wibaux

    Sep 15, 2021

    FOR THE COURIER HELENA – Watercraft inspectors at the Wibaux inspection station intercepted a motorboat entering Montana with mussels attached. The Wibaux inspection station, located on the Montana-North Dakota border on Interstate 94, has intercepted 12 of the 54 mussels boats intercepted so far this year. This boat was unique in how the mussels were attached to the boat. Invasive mussels have byssal threads they use to attach to underwater surfaces. The threads or “hairs” are an adaptation found on invasive zebra and quagga mussels but are n...

  • Fish and Wildlife Commission Seeks Comment on Wildlife Proposals, 2022 Fishing Regulations

    Sep 8, 2021

    FOR THE COURIER HELENA – The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission is seeking public review and comment on several wildlife-related items and the 2022 Montana fishing regulations, all of which were approved for comment during the recent commission meeting. Wildlife proposals include the wild turkey augmentations in north-central Montana, bighorn sheep augmentation on Wildhorse Island, Adaptive Harvest Management Plan for Mule Deer and the 2022 Annual Work Plan for Elk Management in Areas with Brucellosis. More information on the wildlife p...

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