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    Youth only pheasant, waterfowl hunt to open

    Montana's young hunters will have the state’s waterfowl and pheasants pretty much to themselves this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22-23.

    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.

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    2018 Southeast Montana big game forecast

    Are you ready for hunting season? FWP can help.

    In addition to the following hunting forecast, FWP provides online information about hunting access, including Block Management. Through the program, we coordinate with landowners to provide hunting access to more than 7 million acres of private land.

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    2018 upland game bird forecast

    Upland season starts Sept. 1 with mountain, sage and sharptail grouse along with partridge. Pheasant hunting starts Oct. 6. All seasons end Jan. 1, except sage grouse, which ends Sept. 30.

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    Block Management and Upland Game Bird Hunting Access Guides

    Block Management provides hunters with access to private and isolated public land while assisting landowners in managing hunting activities.

    Dig into our upland game bird hunting access guide. Published by FWP's Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program, it includes project maps with boundaries or private land enrolled in the UGBEP

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    Protect Montana Waters from Aquatic Invasive Species

    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will continue to focus on protecting Montana’s waterways, way of life and outdoor economy from the impacts of invasive species.

    Visit to learn what you can do to protect Montana waters from aquatic invasive species.

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