Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet Nov. 8 in Helena to consider recommendations from a citizen working group aimed at lowering the risk of livestock contracting a bacterial disease from elk in southwestern Montana. (Headquarters - Commission - 10/31/2012)
Warm temperatures, a few sprinkles and strong winds combined Saturday and Sunday to keep many hunters at home and limit the wildlife harvest in south central Montana for the second weekend of the state’s annual general big game season. (Region 5 - Hunting - 10/29/2012)
At the six Region One game check stations through the second weekend of the hunting season, a total of 5,377 hunters checked 255 white-tailed deer (221 of these were bucks), 19 mule deer, and 35 elk for a 5.7 percent rate of hunters with game. This compares with a 4.6% rate of hunters with game in 2011. (Region 1 - Hunting - 10/29/2012)
An adult female grizzly bear that was injured in an encounter with a bird hunter was captured near Ferndale and released Wednesday in the Spotted Bear Area.
About two week ago, a bird hunter shot at the female grizzly in what was described as a surprise encounter east of Bigfork. The hunter was unharmed and reported the incident immediately to FWP. The sow grizzly had a cub, and both bears were later found alive by officials.
(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife - 10/26/2012)
MILES CITY- Big Game rifle season opened Saturday, October 20. Check station numbers indicate a decline in harvest across the region; however, hunters report good game observation and opportunity.
(Region 7 - Hunting - 10/26/2012)
The hunting of all mountain lions in north-central Montana hunting districts 418, 420 and 448, which includes portions of Judith Basin, Meagher, Fergus and Cascade counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Saturday, October 27, 2012. (Headquarters - Hunting District Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings - 10/26/2012)
The hunting of all mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting district 311, which includes portions of Madison, Gallatin, Jefferson and Broadwater counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Friday, October 26, 2012. (Headquarters - Hunting District Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings - 10/25/2012)
The hunting of mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 310, 311, 360, 361 and 362, which include portions of Gallatin, Madison, Jefferson and Broadwater counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Friday, October 26, 2012. (Headquarters - Hunting District Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings - 10/25/2012)
"Poaching at its worst.” That’s how Game Warden Jim Smolcynski referred to the case of three moose shot and killed while feeding in a group of aspens in the Antelope Basin area near West Yellowstone this week. (Region 3 - Enforcement - 10/25/2012)