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Wildlife Habitat Programs

Landowner's Guide To Montana FWP Landowner Programs

With nearly 65 percent of the states land held in private ownership, landowners are central to the work of conserving Montanas wildlife, fish and important habitats. Learn more

Montana Auction License Accounts

The Montana State Legislature has authorized the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission to auction one male sheep, one male Shiras moose, one male mule deer, one male elk, and one mountain goat auction/lottery license each year to provide for the benefit of the species. Rules and procedures to conduct the auction have been adopted by the commission each year and have been expanded to include all five species now available. Learn more

Montana Forest Legacy Program

Montana's Forest Legacy Program is designed to conserve forest lands and to maintain natural and public values by assisting with the purchase of conservation easements or fee-title on private forest lands. Learn more

Sikes Act

The Montana Sikes Act is a habitat enhancement program, created to enhance habitat for those animals which are hunted, fished and trapped on public land. Learn more].

Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program

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The primary goal of all projects funded by the Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program is to preserve and enhance upland game bird populations in Montana. Learn more

Migratory Bird Wetland Program

Montana has a state-based program to provide habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent migratory birds. This is in addition to the federal “duck stamp.” Montana uses state license dollars from migratory bird licenses to protect, conserve, and create high quality wetland habitat to benefit wildlife, especially migratory birds, and the residents and visitors of Montana. Learn more

Wildlife Mitigation Trust

The Wildlife Mitigation Trust was established by the legislature (MCA 87-1-611) and funded in 1988 through an agreement between the State of Montana and Bonneville Power Administration. This agreement established a program to protect, mitigate and enhance wildlife and wildlife habitat affected by the construction of Libby and Hungry Horse Dams in northwestern Montana. Learn more

Federal Migratory Bird Stamp Program

Since 1934, the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, known as the "duck stamp," has generated funds to add more than 5.3 million acres of waterfowl habitat to the National Wildlife Refuge System. About 98 cents of every dollar spend on a duck stamp goes to acquire waterfowl habitat. In Montana, the program has helped conserve important wetland complexes distributed across the state, totaling more than 35,000 acres of conservation easements, waterfowl production areas, and refuge lands.