Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Recent News (RSS) Most recent 25 news releases en en Closure lifted in Haskill Basin Area North of Whitefish The temporary closure in Haskill Basin has been lifted on F.H. Stoltze land in section 21 and State Land in Section 16 located west of Haskill Creek Road. This area had been closed subsequent to a bear attack on a man in the area on October 16. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:09:18 GMT 2016-10-25T15:09:18Z Whitetail Harvest up in Northwest Montana Hunters took to the field Saturday and Sunday across northwest Montana for the opening weekend of the general deer and elk season. At the six northwest Montana check stations, a total of 3,361 hunters checked 350 white-tailed deer (159 of these were bucks), 27 mule deer, and 31 elk for a 12.1 percent rate of hunters with big game. This harvest rate was double the rate from last year’s opening weekend. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:59:01 GMT 2016-10-25T14:59:01Z Grizzly Bears Captured and Relocated; Bear Safety Reminders for Hunters Near Lake Blaine: A 5-6 year old, 365 pound, adult male grizzly bear was captured above Lake Blaine on the east side of the Flathead Valley on October 19th. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) had set a trap several days earlier for a much larger grizzly bear that had been damaging fruit trees. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:51:35 GMT 2016-10-25T14:51:35Z FWP Seeking Comments For Pine Grove Pond Fas Proposed Acquisition Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP), Region 1, has written a draft environmental assessment (EA) for the Pine Grove Pond Fishing Access Site Proposed West Acquisition for the purpose of accepting a donation of one long, narrow parcel of land totaling 5.17 acres between the existing parking areas of Pine Grove Pond FAS and the base of the hillside to the west. The purpose of the donation is to provide a buffer to future development of private land west of the FAS and as potential for future additional parking or other uses as needed. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:37:57 GMT 2016-10-25T14:37:57Z Washington Wolf Travels to Central Montana A wolf shot in September while killing sheep near Judith Gap in central Montana spent the previous three months traveling about 700 miles, starting in eastern Washington. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:38:50 GMT Bruce Auchly 2016-10-24T22:38:50Z Hunter numbers up in south central Montana for general big-game opening weekend The number of hunters who took to the field was up from last year and generally better than average for the opening weekend of the big-game rifle season in south central Montana. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:21:30 GMT 2016-10-24T22:21:30Z Region 3 Opening Weekend on Par with Last Few Years Nearly three thousand hunters passed through game check stations in southwest Montana on the opening weekend of the 2016 general deer and elk season. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:31:38 GMT Andrea Jones 2016-10-24T21:31:38Z Opening Weekend Hunting Harvest Totals on Track with Last Year in West-Central Montana Opening weekend of the 2016 general hunting season resulted in an encouraging tally of harvested big game animals through the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) hunter check stations in west-central Montana. The total harvest of 212 animals was identical to the harvest checked on the opening weekend in 2015, and was achieved with 10 percent fewer hunters afield. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:27:32 GMT 2016-10-24T21:27:32Z Comments taken on two proposed fee changes Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is taking public comment on two proposed rule changes: one on commercial use of fishing access sites and wildlife management areas and another that would increase camping fees at fishing access sites. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:14:00 GMT 2016-10-24T19:14:00Z Comments taken on two proposed fee changes Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is taking public comment on two proposed rule changes: one on commercial use of fishing access sites and wildlife management areas and another that would increase camping fees at fishing access sites. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:55:58 GMT 2016-10-24T16:55:58Z Latrines at Blacks Ford FAS to be Replaced The latrines at the popular Blacks Ford Fishing Access Site on the Madison River 23 miles west of Bozeman are scheduled for demolition and replacement the week of Oct. 24. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:34:21 GMT Andrea Jones 2016-10-20T19:34:21Z Shoulder Season Update Elk shoulder seasons in Montana have gotten off to a quiet but effective start. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:51:53 GMT 2016-10-19T16:51:53Z Hunter Participation Up During Antelope Season Biologists report antelope season hunter participation is up in southwest Montana given early data gathered at the Kidd check station south of Dillon on opening weekend and anecdotal reports from around the region. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:06:07 GMT Andrea Jones 2016-10-18T22:06:07Z Youth-only deer hunt comes just before general season opener Montana’s annual youth-only deer hunt is set for Oct. 20-21 this year. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:21:05 GMT 2016-10-18T21:21:05Z Donate a hunting license to disabled veterans armed forces members Montana law allows residents and nonresidents to donate their hunting license to a disabled military veteran or disabled active duty service member. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:19:18 GMT 2016-10-18T21:19:18Z Bear spray - carry it, know how to use it The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee recommends the use of bear spray and urges hunters to learn other bear-aware safety measures. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:17:35 GMT 2016-10-18T21:17:35Z Hunters must expect to see bears With a spate of bear attacks recently in Montana, it is important to remember that slow moving, quiet and camouflaged hunters are sharing the landscape with the state’s even stealthier bears, which may be stalking similar prey. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:16:02 GMT 2016-10-18T21:16:02Z No Action on Cameras at Bear Attack Site North of Whitefish Investigators found that there were no images of bears on the wildlife cameras installed near the bear attack site northeast of Whitefish. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:59:52 GMT 2016-10-18T20:59:52Z Donations sought for 'Hunters against Hunger' game processing Anyone purchasing a Montana hunting license has an opportunity to also make an on-the-spot donation to Hunters Against Hunger, a program benefiting Montanans across the state. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:34:57 GMT 2016-10-18T20:34:57Z Apprentice Hunter Program enters second season Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Apprentice Hunter Program is entering its second season. Under this program, youths 10 to 17 years of age can hunt with an adult mentor for two license seasons without first completing Hunter Education. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:30:41 GMT 2016-10-18T20:30:41Z Game check stations up and running Stopping at game check stations isn’t only the law; it provides a great opportunity for successful and unsuccessful hunters alike to learn something. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:24:32 GMT 2016-10-18T20:24:32Z R3 Citizens Advisory Committee to Meet Wednesday, Oct. 19 Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 3 Citizens’ Advisory Committee will meet in Bozeman on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the FWP Regional Office (1400 S. 19th Ave.) from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:14:00 GMT Andrea Jones 2016-10-18T20:14:00Z Subadult Female Grizzly Captured and Relocated Near Fortine On October 13th,a 370 pound, 3 year old female grizzly bear was captured by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) near the confluence of Fortine and Graves Creek after getting into grain at a private residence. The female had been previously captured in 2014 as a yearling during trapping for a family group up Meadow Creek west of Fortine. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:44:20 GMT 2016-10-18T14:44:20Z Man Attacked by Bear Near Whitefish On Sunday, October 16, a man was attacked by a bear about 3-1/2 miles northeast of Whitefish on F. H. Stoltze land between Wisconsin Avenue and Haskill Basin Road. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:42:29 GMT 2016-10-18T14:42:29Z FWP offers reward for information on antelope illegally dumped in Alkali Creek Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering a reward for information about five antelope that were dumped and illegally left to waste along Alkali Creek Road over the weekend. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:05:30 GMT 2016-10-17T22:05:30Z