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There are many types of violations that Montana FWP Wardens encounter in their day-to-day activities in addition to the "poaching" and hunting-related categories. The table below shows the number of citations issued for these other types of violations.

Montana's game wardens write an average of 4,500 violation tickets per year. They also issue over one-third that number in written warnings—more than 1,600 a year on average.  A statistic you might not expect to find is the number of verbal warnings provided by wardens.  An average of over 6,200 verbal warnings are given to outdoor enthusiasts every year.  The table below lists these statistics, as well as the number of angler and hunter contacts by our wardens, averaging over 80,300 contacts per year.

Feel free to contact Montana FWP Law Enforcement if you have questions or would like additional information.  Call (406) 444-2452.

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Violation Types
Calendar Years 2000-2009 1
Violation Type 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Boating 1,105 1,290 897 899 614 449 610 628 466 273
Fishing 408 373 252 252 227 265 268 234 192 112
Hunting 935 935 1,018 1,044 1,001 978 1,039 1,040 919 404
Licensing 961 1,073 904 938 909 959 961 733 702 383
Outfitting 38 33 26 23 25 33 64 48 35 6
Recreation 733 751 821 806 749 613 782 611 716 468
1for citations entered in the violation database through June 2010

Total Violation Citations, Warnings, and Angler-Hunter Checks
Calendar Years 2000-2009 1
  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Violation Citations 4,690 5,429 4,591 4,702 4,426 4,018 4,578 4,211 4,027 4,455
Written Warnings 1,388 1,520 1,616 1,640 1,609 1,572 1,616 1,530 1,824 2,102
Verbal Warnings 5,638 6,664 5,838 5,904 4,977 4,754 6,930 6,655 7,306 7,563
Angler-Hunter Checks 92,097 93,733 89,984 77,362 70,148 71,061 69,987 76,816 78,620 84,118
1figures from Warden Monthly Activity Reports for the same period