Hunter/Bowhunter Education Instructors were honored at the annual meeting for northwest Montana instructors Saturday at Flathead Valley Community College. A total of 88 instructors were in attendance, representing a combined teaching experience of about 1,000 years.
(Region 1 - Headlines - 02/27/2006)
How warm was January? Warm enough to wake a grizzly bear from a mid-winter’s nap. Craig Lang, backcountry ranger with the U.S. Forest Service in Choteau, reported seeing a grizzly Jan. 5 near the North Fork of the Sun River in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
(Region 4 - Headlines - 02/21/2006)
Montana's 2005 hunting and fishing licenses expire Feb. 28, and new licenses for 2006 bring the first change in general fees for Montana hunters and anglers in 12 years. The 2005 Montana Legislature approved a resident fee increase that will go into effect March 1. Montana's last general resident fee increase came in 1994. Nonresident fees were last increased in 2003. (Headquarters - Headlines - 02/21/2006)
The hunting of all mountain lions in northcentral Montana hunting districts 411 and 412, in portions of Golden Valley, Fergus, and Judith Basin counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Saturday, February 18, 2006. (Headquarters - Hunting District Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings - 02/17/2006)
By order of the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission, the season for taking bobcats in Trapping District 6 in northeastern Montana will close at midnight on the evening of Monday, February 20, 2006. (Headquarters - Hunting District Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings - 02/17/2006)
Many Montanans begin thinking about upland game birds well before the upland bird season opener. Whether you are interested in increasing bird populations on private land, training hunting dogs, or raising upland game birds for food, your first stop should be Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to obtain a permit. These annual permits are available now and expire on Dec. 31. (Headquarters - Headlines - 02/17/2006)
Last year, about 2,000 Montanans took part in wildlife projects studying the habits of pygmy rabbits, helping conserve cavity-nesting birds, and doing research on bird species dependent upon wetland and riparian habitats. Were they members of a select group? How did they single out these projects? How did they make such a meaningful contribution? The answers are no, they didn't, and easy—by checking the box on their income tax form marked with the eagle symbol. (Headquarters - Headlines - 02/17/2006)
Montana’s TIP-MONT "crimestopper" program is at work year round because wildlife crimes and vandalism occur year round. It is a good idea to keep the TIP-MONT number handy. It is 1-800-TIP-MONT, or 1-800-847-6668. (Headquarters - Headlines - 02/17/2006)