Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Recent News (RSS) http://fwp.mt.gov/news/rss/default.html Most recent 25 news releases en en Future Fisheries Program Grant Deadline - December 1 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0709.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds landowners, watershed groups, and others that this winter's deadline to apply for Future Fisheries Improvement Program grants is Dec. 1. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:53:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0709.html 2014-11-25T18:53:00Z Dead Grizzly Bear Reported in the North Fork of the Flathead Drainage http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2218.html Montana Game Wardens and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Agents are looking for information on a Grizzly Bear that was shot and killed on November 12, 2014, in the Hay/Moran Creek area in the North Fork of the Flathead Drainage. The initial report was made to FWP by hunter in the area. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:27:51 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2218.html 2014-11-25T16:27:51Z Deer Harvest Slightly Ahead of Last Year in Northwest Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2217.html Deer harvest in northwest Montana is slightly ahead of last year at the same point in the season, according to check station results around Region One. At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 23, a total of 14, 194 hunters checked 879 white-tailed deer (766 of these were bucks) as compared to 842 whitetails last year). Also in the count were 124 mule deer, and 43 elk for an overall 7.4 percent rate of hunters with game. Harvest was up slightly as compared to last year when 6.7 percent of hunters checked game. Hunter numbers are down about six percent as compared to last year. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:26:17 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2217.html 2014-11-25T16:26:17Z Montana's Thanksgiving Bounty http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/headlines/nr_4199.html This Thanksgiving, as you're gathered around the table about to give thanks—for good health, for loving friends and family members, for our soldiers overseas—consider adding another blessing: for living in a state so rich in wildlife. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:43:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/headlines/nr_4199.html 2014-11-24T18:43:00Z Windy weather limits hunter numbers, success in south central Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2216.html Windy, cold weather over the weekend kept many south central Montana hunter home and limited the success of those who went to the field. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:45:47 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2216.html 2014-11-24T17:45:47Z White-Tailed Deer Harvest Up In West-Central Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2215.html White-tailed deer harvest picked up markedly at the Bonner Check Station in the fourth week of the general big game hunting season, and whitetail harvest remained higher than last year’s pace at the Anaconda and Darby Check Stations in west-central Montana. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:41:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2215.html 2014-11-24T17:41:00Z Kids Wild Turkey Program At Montana WILD - November 26 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/education/nr_0484.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a free kids wild turkey program at Montana WILD on Nov. 26. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:18:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/education/nr_0484.html 2014-11-21T22:18:00Z Wardens Investigate Headless Deer Case on Tongue River Road http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/enforcement/nr_0212.html MILES CITY — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are offering a reward for information about a mule deer buck that was killed illegally, its head removed and body left on Nov. 14 or 15. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:44:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/enforcement/nr_0212.html Cathy Stewart 2014-11-20T21:44:00Z Online Registration Still Open for Kalispell Wolf Trapper Certification Class Coming up December 6 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/education/nr_0483.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a Wolf Trapping Certification class at the Fairgrounds Trade Center in Kalispell on Saturday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This one-time certification is required for all wolf trappers in Montana. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:15:14 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/education/nr_0483.html 2014-11-19T17:15:14Z Deer and Elk Harvest Similar to Last Year in Northwest Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2214.html Deer harvest in northwest Montana is about the same as last year at the same point in the season, according to check station results around Region One. At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 17, a total of 11,233 hunters checked 597 white-tailed deer (511 of these were bucks), 108 mule deer, and 38 elk for a 6.6 percent rate of hunters with game. Harvest was similar to last year when 6.2 percent of hunters checked game. Hunter numbers are down slightly as compared to last year. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:13:59 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2214.html 2014-11-19T17:13:59Z Whitetail Deer Harvest Steady in Northwest Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2213.html At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 9, a total of 8,095 hunters checked 428 whitetail deer (342 of these were bucks), 74 mule deer, and 28 elk for a 6.5 percent rate of hunters with game. Harvest was up as compared to last year when 5.2 percent of hunters checked game. The number of whitetail bucks checked is up 26 percent, mule deer numbers are about the same, and elk numbers are down 22 percent as compared to last year’s check station results at the same point in the season. Hunter numbers are down 7 percent. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:12:58 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2213.html 2014-11-19T17:12:58Z Investigation into Dead Grizzly Bear in Little Thompson River Area Completed http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/enforcement/nr_0211.html FWP has completed its investigation of a reported self-defense shooting of a male grizzly bear in the Lower Thompson River area on October 26. The investigation conducted by Game Warden Troy Hinck and Warden Sergeant Jon Obst corroborated the information given by the hunter. No criminal charges are being filed. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:11:37 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/enforcement/nr_0211.html 2014-11-19T17:11:37Z Whitetail Deer Harvest Remains Strong in Northwest Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2212.html At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 2, a total of 5,589 hunters checked 281 white-tailed deer (235 of these were bucks), 54 mule deer, and 19 elk for a 6.3 percent rate of hunters with game. This compares to a 4.7 percent rate of hunters with game last year (see attached table). The counts at the six northwest Montana check stations represent a sampling of the harvest and do not represent the complete number of animals taken. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:10:16 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2212.html 2014-11-19T17:10:16Z Dead Grizzly Bear Reported in Thompson River Area http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/enforcement/nr_0210.html FWP is investigating a report of a self-defense shooting of a male grizzly bear in the Lower Thompson River area on October 26. The person who shot the grizzly reported the incident to FWP. Because the case is under investigation, no further information can be released at this time. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:09:09 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/enforcement/nr_0210.html 2014-11-19T17:09:09Z Hunting Numbers for the Fourth Weekend of the Season in R3 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2211.html Check station data from southwest Montana for the fourth weekend of the general season. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:06:29 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2211.html Andrea Jones 2014-11-18T23:06:29Z Sheppard Named New Region 3 Supervisor http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0708.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced Friday that Sam Sheppard has been named the new Region 3 Supervisor. Sheppard takes over the role vacated in August by Pat Flowers. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:12:47 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0708.html Andrea Jones 2014-11-18T21:12:47Z Big Game Harvest Up on Rocky Mountain Front http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2210.html Harvest numbers for deer and elk on the Rocky Mountain Front have picked up with the change in the weather. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:25:08 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2210.html Bruce Auchly 2014-11-18T20:25:08Z Fish & Wildlife Commission Seeks Comment On Outfitter Payment Rules http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0305.html Montana's Fish & Wildlife Commission is seeking comment on changes to rules that govern how outfitters are paid by their clients when conducting commercial use on FWP land. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:16:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0305.html Cathy Stewart 2014-11-18T20:16:00Z Pheasant Release Applications Due January 15 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0707.html Landowners have until Jan. 15, 2015 to submit an application for 2015 pheasant releases through Montana's Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:14:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0707.html Cathy Stewart 2014-11-18T20:14:00Z All Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In HD 511 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_0967.html The hunting of all mountain lions in southcentral Montana hunting district 511, which includes portions of Wheatland, Fergus and Golden Valley counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. This hunting district will re-open for the hunting of all mountain lions for the winter season beginning December 1, 2014. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:44:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_0967.html 2014-11-18T18:44:00Z Wolf Trapping Certification Class Set for Superior http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/education/nr_0482.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will offer a wolf trapping certification class in Superior on Sunday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the 4H Building on the Mineral County Fairgrounds (corner of 5th Avenue East and Pennsylvania). Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:20:40 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/education/nr_0482.html 2014-11-18T18:20:40Z Cold and Snow Keep Deer and Elk Harvest Slow but Steady http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2209.html Cold temperatures and snowfall kept hunter participation and harvest slow but steady in the third week of the general big game hunting season in west-central Montana. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:19:06 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2209.html 2014-11-18T18:19:06Z FWP looking for information on mule deer poached south of Billings http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/enforcement/nr_0209.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are offering a reward for information about a mule deer buck that was killed illegally and left to waste along Hillcrest Road south of Billings on Nov. 12. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:45:22 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/enforcement/nr_0209.html 2014-11-17T17:45:22Z Hunter numbers, harvest strong despite wind and cold http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2208.html The number of hunters and the percentage of sportsmen who harvested animals remained strong over the weekend in south central Montana, despite challenging weather conditions. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:40:49 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2208.html 2014-11-17T16:40:49Z Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In District 123 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_0966.html The hunting of all mountain lions in northwestern Montana Hunting District 123, which includes portions of Sanders County, will close at one-half hour after sunset Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:20:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_0966.html 2014-11-17T15:20:00Z