Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Recent News (RSS) Most recent 25 news releases en en Ronan Fall Hunter Education Class Announced Class for the Ronan Fall Hunter Education course will start Wednesday, September 17th at 6:30 pm, at the Ronan Assembly of God Church. Interested students are required to register online now at A parent or guardian must accompany students under 18 to the first class. Pickup manuals with instructions at Ronan Sports and Western or Westland Seed Starting on Wednesday the 10th through the 13th. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:03:52 GMT 2014-08-29T22:03:52Z ACCESS: Ask early, Don't wait Montana's millions of acres of private land offer some good hunting opportunities—the only catch is gaining the landowner's permission to hunt. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:03:00 GMT 2014-08-29T20:03:00Z Southeastern Montana Antelope Populations Slowly Recovering MILES CITY-- Recent surveys across Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) Region 7 indicate that antelope populations are recovering but remain well below long-term averages. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:59:00 GMT 2014-08-29T19:59:00Z Wardens Investigate Elk Poaching Near Canyon Creek Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wardens are investigating the recent poaching of a bull elk near Canyon Creek northwest of Helena. The animal was discovered about a quarter of a mile off Lincoln Road in an alfalfa field. Apparently, it had been shot and left to waste, with neither antlers nor meat salvaged. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:29:05 GMT Andrea Jones 2014-08-29T15:29:05Z Fire restrictions lifted at Carbon County fishing access sites Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has rescinded restrictions on campfires and smoking at its fishing access sites in Carbon County. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:06:03 GMT 2014-08-28T21:06:03Z Comments Sought on New Helena Valley FAS Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on a draft environmental statement proposing the development of a new fishing access site on Prickly Pear Creek in the Helena Valley. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:33:00 GMT 2014-08-28T20:33:00Z Fishing Restrictions Lifted on Dearborn, Smith and Sun Rivers Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks has lifted fishing restrictions on three central Montana rivers in the wake of recent rains and cooler weather. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:32:00 GMT 2014-08-28T20:32:00Z Fishing Restrictions Lifted on Dearborn, Smith and Sun Rivers Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks has lifted fishing restrictions on three central Montana rivers in the wake of recent rains and cooler weather. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:32:00 GMT 2014-08-28T20:32:00Z Pine Grove Pond Project Will Begin on September 2 FWP will begin a road and path project at Pine Grove Pond FAS on Tuesday September 2nd. The project will improve the access road as well as finish paving the foot path around the pond. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:37:52 GMT 2014-08-28T14:37:52Z Online Registration Open for Some Northwest Montana Hunter Education Classes Online registration is now open for Hunter Education classes across northwest Montana. All registration for Hunter Education Classes in northwest Montana is through the FWP website online. Register online at; click Hunter Ed Schedule and follow directions to register. See link: . All class details will be found online. Here are schedules for communities to date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:49:11 GMT 2014-08-26T14:49:11Z Female Grizzly Bear and Two Cubs Recaptured Along the Flathead River On August 22nd, a six-year old female grizzly bear and her two cubs of the year were captured along the Flathead River, west of Columbia Falls Stage Road. The family group was captured earlier this year on the Flathead Indian Reservation by Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe (CSKT) Biologists. The bears were captured in an attempt to move them away from homes before any conflicts occurred. The family group had been relocated on the east side of Hungry Horse Reservoir. Within several weeks, they swam the reservoir and crossed over the top of the Swan Mountains into the Flathead Valley. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:48:09 GMT 2014-08-26T14:48:09Z Island Lake Fishing Access Site Proposed Development Decision Notice MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for proposed improvements at the Island Lake Fishing Access Site (FAS) located in Lincoln County (T29N, R26W, NW¼ S31), including an improved gravel access road, a designated parking area for 6 to 8 vehicles with trailers, gravel boat ramp, 4 designated campsites, a concrete vault latrine, fencing, fire rings, and informational and directional signs. Camping would be allowed at the FAS, in designated sites only, for a nightly camping fee of $7 as per the FAS Biennial Fee Rule that was adopted by the FWP Commission in 2013. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:46:24 GMT 2014-08-26T14:46:24Z Fire restrictions lifted at Yellowstone County fishing access sites — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has rescinded restrictions on campfires and smoking at its fishing access sites in Yellowstone County. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:26:21 GMT 2014-08-25T20:26:21Z Upland Game Bird and Pheasant Bag Limit for 2014 Most of Montana's upland game bird seasons run Sept. 1-Jan.1, 2015—with the exception of sage-grouse season, which closes Sept. 30. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:22:00 GMT 2014-08-25T15:22:00Z Most Upland Game Bird Hunting Seasons To Open September 1 MILES CITY--Opening day for most of Montana's upland game bird hunting seasons occur on the same day every year—Sept. 1. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:27:00 GMT 2014-08-22T22:27:00Z ANTELOPE 900 SERIES ARCHERY SEASON UNDERWAY MILES CITY--Archery antelope hunters hit the field on Aug. 15 with a 900 series license to archery hunt antelope of either sex in any hunting district starting with a 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:23:00 GMT 2014-08-22T22:23:00Z Fish & Wildlife Commission Conference Call Set For Aug. 26 Montana's Fish & Wildlife Commission will meet via telephone conference call on Aug. 26 to adopt the upcoming seasons' waterfowl hunting regulations. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:37:00 GMT 2014-08-20T18:37:00Z Stage I Fire restrictions in effect Beginning August 7 in portions of Sanders and Lake Counties Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Region 1 will adopt Stage I Fire Restrictions for all FWP Fishing Access Sites, State Parks, and Wildlife Management Areas within the following counties and Fire Zone Areas: Northwest Zone: Lake County within the Flathead Indian Reservation; and Sanders County within the Missoula Restriction Zone (Lolo National Forest). Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:43:49 GMT 2014-08-20T17:43:49Z Registration Open for Kalispell Wolf Trapper Certification Class Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a Wolf Trapping Certification class at the Region One FWP Headquarters (490 North Meridian Road in Kalispell) on Saturday, September 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This one-time certification is required for all wolf trappers in Montana. Individuals that have been certified in years past do not need to take the class again. Another wolf trapper certification class will be held at the Fairgrounds in Kalispell on Saturday, December 6. Online registration is required for all participants. This course, and others scheduled around the state, can be found at under the “Education” tab. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:42:13 GMT 2014-08-20T17:42:13Z BECOMING AN OUTDOORS WOMAN HIKING EVENT Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is offering a hike on September 13 near Thompson Falls. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:39:26 GMT 2014-08-20T17:39:26Z Final Defendant Pleads Guilty in Whitefish Deer Poaching Investigation Dillon Erickson recently pled guilty in Flathead County Justice Court to charges stemming from the illegal harvest of multiple whitetail deer in the Whitefish area. Charges included four counts of hunting during a closed season, four counts of waste of a big game animal, and four counts of unlawful possession/transportation. Erickson lost his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for 5 years, including accompaniment of anyone else engaged in those activities. He received fines of $4,820 and must pay restitution to FWP for $2,000. He also received a sentence of six months in jail, but the jail sentence was suspended. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:37:43 GMT 2014-08-20T17:37:43Z Helena Hunter Education Class Filling Up; Registration Now Open Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is offering fall hunter education classes in the Helena area beginning Sept.8, at two locations: C.R. Anderson Middle School and East Helena Middle School. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:22:00 GMT 2014-08-19T22:22:00Z Seven hunter education classes set in Yellowstone County Seven hunter education classes and a field day for adult online students are set for September in Yellowstone County. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:54:33 GMT 2014-08-19T16:54:33Z FWP looking for information on Stillwater poaching Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are offering a reward for information about a mule deer buck that was killed illegally south of Columbus over the weekend. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:49:16 GMT 2014-08-19T15:49:16Z Bozeman Fall 2014 Hunter Education Class Open for Registration Registration is now open for the fall 2014 hunter education course in Bozeman. Online registration is required for the course which begins Sept. 8 at Chief Joseph Middle School. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:02:49 GMT Andrea Jones 2014-08-18T18:02:49Z