Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Recent News (RSS) Most recent 25 news releases en en Spring Aboard: Boaters urged to get educated before boating season The temperature may be cool outside, but boating safety advocates urge boaters to enroll in a boating education course. Spring Aboard – Take A Boating Education Course campaign encourages boaters to get educated prior to the kick-off of the boating season. Many education providers offer discounts or other incentives for students during the week of March 18-24, 2018 to enroll in a boating education course. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:49:10 GMT 2018-03-16T21:49:10Z Upper Missouri River Paddlefish Lottery Tag Applications Due March 29 Paddlefish anglers planning to harvest a fish in the Upper Missouri River (From Fort Peck Dam to Fort Benton) will need to apply for an Upper Missouri River Paddlefish Tag. Applications for this drawing can be made by mail, online at, or by stopping by any regional or area FWP offices. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2018. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:25:28 GMT Marc Kloker 2018-03-16T21:25:28Z Montana WILD Hosts Free Wild Film Thursday The second in the series of free films of the Montana WILD film festival will show next Thurs-day, March 22. The first film will start at 7 p.m. and explores the wild in you, by exploring wild-life, places, culture, and waterways through captivating short films. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:14:23 GMT 2018-03-16T16:14:23Z Open Fields enrollment now open It's time for landowners to enroll in the state-sponsored "Open Fields for Game Bird Hunters." Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:19:54 GMT 2018-03-16T15:19:54Z Watercraft inspection changes planned for Tiber Reservoir Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will continue to focus on protecting Montana’s waterways, way of life and outdoor economy from the impacts of invasive species. This effort will require changes to how visitors use Tiber Reservoir. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:12:18 GMT 2018-03-16T15:12:18Z FWP Proposes to Renew Beartooth WMA Grazing Lease Fish, Wildlife and Parks will propose to renew and expand a grazing lease that includes a portion of the Beartooth Wildlife Management Area, which lies between Great Falls and Helena on the eastside of Holter Lake. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:52:22 GMT Bruce Auchly 2018-03-15T20:52:22Z Meeting Set in Chester to Duscuss 2018 Aquatic Invasive Species Program Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold a meeting March 21 in Chester about the 2017 and 2018 aquatic invasive species program on Tiber Reservoir. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:48:55 GMT Bruce Auchly 2018-03-15T15:48:55Z Space left in Miles City Bowhunter Education class this month There are still 24 seats left in a Bowhunter Education classroom course scheduled for March 28-31 in Miles City. Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:34:00 GMT Marla Prell 2018-03-14T18:34:00Z Park County Men Plead Guilty to Bison Poaching Three Park County men were sentenced Tuesday in Justice Court for the illegal hunting and wasting of three bull bison in the Gardiner area on February 28. Tue, 13 Mar 2018 22:21:17 GMT Andrea Jones 2018-03-13T22:21:17Z Open Fields enrollment now open It's time for landowners to enroll in the state-sponsored "Open Fields for Game Bird Hunters." Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:41:00 GMT 2018-03-13T18:41:00Z Spring Break Programs At Montana Wild - March 28-30 Are you looking for something WILD for the kids to do during Spring Break? Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:38:52 GMT 2018-03-13T15:38:52Z Watercraft Inspection Stations Opening in Northwest Montana Kalispell, MT — The first watercraft inspection stations of 2018 are opening in Ravalli, Blue Bay and Kalispell, and vessels traveling into the Flathead Basin are now required to undergo inspections to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Mon, 12 Mar 2018 21:52:11 GMT 2018-03-12T21:52:11Z FWP Looking to Develop New Fishing Access Site in Dillon Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is proposing the development of a new Fishing Access Site on the Beaverhead River adjacent to the Selway Bridge. For some time, this property on the north side of Dillon has been used by the public to access the river without formal roads or a true boat ramp causing damage to the resource. Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:55:36 GMT Andrea Jones 2018-03-12T16:55:36Z Meeting Set for Mar. 22 to Discuss 2018 Mountain Lion Season Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a public meeting on Thursday, March 22 to discuss mountain lion management and tentative quotas for the 2018 mountain lion hunting season in Region 3. The meeting take place at the United Methodist Church annex in Three Forks (124 2nd Avenue East) beginning at 7 p.m. Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:32:46 GMT Andrea Jones 2018-03-12T15:32:46Z Fish and Wildlife Commission to hold special teleconference meeting March 12 The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a teleconference meeting March 12 at 1 p.m. to discuss concerns with potentially heavy runoff in the Bighorn River this spring from record snowpack and high over-winter lake levels above Yellowtail Dam. Fri, 09 Mar 2018 22:57:23 GMT 2018-03-09T22:57:23Z Winter weather taking toll on waterfowl This winter’s near-record cold and snow apparently is starting to take its toll on waterfowl in south central Montana. Thu, 08 Mar 2018 22:46:08 GMT 2018-03-08T22:46:08Z Meeting Set in Chester to Discuss CWD Hunt Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold a meeting March 14 in Chester to review the results of the recently completed chronic wasting disease hunt and discuss the 2018 deer season. Thu, 08 Mar 2018 16:02:09 GMT Bruce Auchly 2018-03-08T16:02:09Z Hunter, Bowhunter Education Courses Offered Across Northwest Montana Kalispell, MT — Free hunter and bowhunter education classes are available across northwest Montana. Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:13:13 GMT 2018-03-08T00:13:13Z Summer on the Lake: FWP Seeking Hosts for Fishing Access Sites Kalispell, MT — Would you like to spend your summer living on the lake? Wed, 07 Mar 2018 23:27:54 GMT 2018-03-07T23:27:54Z Mountain Lion Hunting to Close in District 315 The hunting of all mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting district 315, which includes portions of Meagher, Park and Sweet Grass counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Wed, 07 Mar 2018 18:55:57 GMT 2018-03-07T18:55:57Z CWD prevalence mostly below threshold for more management The number of deer in southern Carbon County with chronic wasting disease generally is low enough to warrant no substantial immediate changes in management. Tue, 06 Mar 2018 22:43:35 GMT 2018-03-06T22:43:35Z FWP puts mandatory trapper education on hold Trapper education will not be mandatory for the 2018/2019 trapping season. Tue, 06 Mar 2018 21:32:00 GMT 2018-03-06T21:32:00Z FWP puts mandatory trapper education on hold Trapper education will not be mandatory for the 2018/2019 trapping season. Tue, 06 Mar 2018 20:37:28 GMT 2018-03-06T20:37:28Z Winter and Wildlife While this winter so far has given Montana plenty of snow and cold, the weather in March and April will determine to a large extent the mortality of animals like deer and antelope in northcentral Montana. Tue, 06 Mar 2018 17:14:00 GMT 2018-03-06T17:14:00Z Community Pond Projects Approved Approximately $34,000 in funding was approved recently by Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks for four projects to improve family, youth, and ADA angling near Montana communities. The Community Pond Program grants funding once per year. This year’s projects were approved at Piedmont pond (Whitehall), Roosevelt Park pond (Troy), St. Regis fishing pond (St. Regis), and Deep Mill pond (Billings). Tue, 06 Mar 2018 16:08:52 GMT 2018-03-06T16:08:52Z