Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks have released tiger muskellunge in Gartside Reservoir. According to Mike Backes, Region 7 fisheries technician, “This release is an experimental stocking to reduce stunted panfish numbers, that may result in an increase in average panfish size. A second goal is to provide a trophy fish opportunity for local anglers. The average sized tiger muskellunge will be 8 inches in length when stocked. We expect to release 750 juvenile tiger muskellunge.” (Region 7 - Fishing - 09/29/2006)
Montana is fortunate to have 75 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) totaling approximately 350,000 acres for wildlife habitat during the critical winter months and for recreational users to enjoy throughout much of the year. With the onset of fall and cooler weather, FWP reminds users of WMAs that firewood cutting for off-site use is prohibited on these lands that are so important for wildlife winter survival. (Headquarters - Headlines - 09/29/2006)
Stage 1 fire restrictions and open burn bans were lifted Wednesday, September 20th effective at 1200 (noon) for the entire Miles City Restrictions Area. The area includes Rosebud, Custer, Powder River, Carter, Fallon, Prairie, Wibaux, Dawson, Richland, Garfield and McCone Counties. This rescission applies to all private, state (State Land and Fish, Wildlife and Parks), tribal and federal lands in these counties.
Be advised that Treasure County is still under Stage 1 fire restrictions though. (Region 7 - Drought & Fire - 09/27/2006)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking public comment on an environmental analysis of rules proposed for managing commercial uses of FWP-managed lands such as wildlife management areas and Montana State Parks. (Headquarters - Headlines - 09/27/2006)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has adopted a Chronic Wasting Disease management plan to help protect Montana's wild deer and elk from infection and to manage the disease should it occur here. CWD, a chronic brain disease in deer and elk that is always fatal, has not yet been found in wild herds in Montana. (Headquarters - Hunting - 09/27/2006)
A game damage hunt for antlerless elk will take place on private land north of Winston, Montana, in Hunting District 380 from Sept. 28 though Oct. 11. The hunt is being conducted in response to crop damage occurring on private land and will be open to four hunters drawn from the FWP Game Damage Hunt Roster. (Region 3 - Headlines - 09/26/2006)