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Zoom open house to discuss hunting regulations changes in Region 6

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 st...

 

Youth only pheasant, waterfowl hunt to open

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...

 

Fish and Wildlife Commission adopts regulations for muzzleloader season

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...

 

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

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 Because the regulations were printed before the Montana Legislature changed the statute, the information is outdated....

 

Fish and Wildlife Commission approves changes to elk should seasons

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...

 

FWP to auction confiscated antlers, hides and horns

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...

 

FWP hires new warden in the Glasgow area

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...

 

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

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...

 

AIS Inspectors Encounter Unusual Situation at Wibaux

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...

 

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

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...

 

Be sure before you shoot: 5 tips for archery hunting success

FOR THE COURIER Montana’s archery hunting season for deer and elk begins Sept. 4, and just like in every other form of hunting, being successful while hunting with a bow requires careful planning and preparation. If you plan to hunt during the arch...

 

Hunters must expect to see bears

FOR THE COURIER Grizzly bears have the potential to be found anywhere in the western two-thirds of Montana (west of Billings), and their distribution is denser and more widespread than in previous years. Some areas with dense concentrations of...

 

Reminder in the Field this Hunting Season:

FOR THE COURIER GLASGOW-Although most hunters respect the land, property, and wildlife they are hunting, others may not. The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 Citizens Advisory Council, recognizing that this is an ongoing issue, raised the...

 

Upland gamebird hunting in northeast Montana could be challenging this year

FOR THE COURIER GLASGOW- Biologists for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are expecting that many areas of the region will be challenging for upland bird hunting this fall. However, some areas with good habitat conditions should have fair bird...

 

2021 Big Game Hunting Forecast

FOR THE COURIER HELENA – Are you ready for hunting season? FWP can help. In addition to the following hunting forecast, FWP provides online information about hunting access, including our popular Block Management Program. Through the program, we...

 

Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting

FOR THE COURIER The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet in person on Aug. 20 at the State Capitol in room 303. Additional seating is available in the balcony. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Public comment via Zoom will be managed with the...

 

Block Management Program Info Available

FOR THE COURIER HELENA – Hunters are now able to obtain the 2021 Block Management Area (BMA) program information. Hunters are encouraged to request their 2021 BMA Access Guide online and download or print individual BMA maps at fwp.mt.gov/BMA....

 

Send FWP your best fishing photo and art

FOR THE COURIER Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announces the annual fishing regulation photo and kids’ art contest. Winners will see their work on the front and back cover of the 2022 fishing regulation booklets. All submitted photos will be...

 

Ice Recreation Season Is Beginning

It’s that time of year when ice anglers and other recreationists will be heading out to Montana’s “hard” waters for the winter season. Everyone needs to be safe around ice, whether ice fishing, ice skating, hunting, snowmobiling, or just...

 

County Health Dept. Issues Guidance During Phase 2

As Montana enters in Phase Two of the Reopening the Big Sky Plan, the Valley County Health Department has released the following guidance for events held in the county for workers, volunteers and attendees. Workers, volunteers, and attendees... Full story

 

FWP: Talking Turkey

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and participating land owners will open some Block Management Areas (BMAs) for spring turkey hunting along the Milk River and also one area south of Zortman. Up to 11 BMAs could be open for the spring turkey season,... Full story

 

Scott Thompson Hired as Region 6 FWP Wildlife Manager

Scott Thompson was recently appointed as the Region 6 Wildlife Manager for Montana of Fish, Wildlife & Parks. He will be based out of Glasgow and replaces Mark Sullivan, who became the Region 6 Supervisor in October of 2015. Thompson, 37, is original...

 

Scholarship for Valley County High School Seniors

All Valley County high school seniors are eligible to apply for a substantial college scholarship that will be awarded in February by the Hi-Line Gobblers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Scholarship winners will be announced at the Hi...

 

FWP Seeks Comments on Proposed Hunting Seasons and Rules

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.The tentative rules and regulations, available for review and comment...

 

FWP Seeking Comment for Draft EA on Sage Grouse Translocation

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) have developed a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed action of translocating up to 40 sage grouse biennially between 2016–2020, from Montana to Alberta,...

 

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