Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Recent News (RSS) Most recent 25 news releases en en 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 Belgrade Fall 2014 Hunter Education Class Open for Registration The Belgrade hunter class begins August 25 at the Bridge at Belgrade Church and is currently open to online registration with spaces filling up quickly. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:10:01 GMT Andrea Jones 2014-08-18T16:10:01Z Access Council Seeks Comment On Proposals The Private Land/Public Wildlife Council is seeking comment through Sept.12 on draft recommendations regarding access to public and private land and on improving relationships among those who enjoy, participate and make hunting possible in Montana. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:09:00 GMT 2014-08-15T18:09:00Z Hunters' Most Common Hunting Violations Every hunting season some individuals unwittingly or knowingly violate the state’s game laws. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:24:00 GMT 2014-08-15T15:24:00Z Hunters Need To Be Weed - Aware Noxious weeds pose a serious economic and environmental threat to Montana. A "noxious weed" is any plant that state and federal authorities designate as a serious threat to agriculture, wildlife and native plant communities. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:23:00 GMT 2014-08-15T15:23:00Z Hunters Asked To Report Signs Of Wolves State wildlife officials remind landowners, hikers, anglers, OHV riders and others in the outdoors this fall to report wolf sightings to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:22:00 GMT 2014-08-15T15:22:00Z Ask First To Hunt On Private Land Don't wait until it is too late. Hunters who haven't already asked permission from private landowners to hunt need to do so as soon as possible. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:21:00 GMT 2014-08-15T15:21:00Z Stop At Game Check Stations State law requires hunters to stop at all game check stations while traveling to and from hunting areas. Failure to stop at a checking station when personnel are on duty is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:21:00 GMT 2014-08-15T15:21:00Z Keep It Clean - Game Handling Tips Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds hunters that simple, common sense precautions are part of the safe and proper field dressing of big game. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:20:00 GMT 2014-08-15T15:20:00Z What To Do With Your Big Game Carcass How to best dispose of a big game carcass after the meat is in the freezer is a question all hunters face. The answer is simple enough but the regulations and reasons behind it are not understood by many hunters and that can lead to violations and fines. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:19:00 GMT 2014-08-15T15:19:00Z 2014 Hunting Regulations - The Hunter's Bible Montana’s deer, elk and antelope regulation book—the hunter’s bible—is available online and at all FWP license providers. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:15:00 GMT 2014-08-15T15:15:00Z 2014 Big Game Hunting Seasons 2014 Big Game Hunting Seasons Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:14:00 GMT 2014-08-15T15:14:00Z Migratory Bird Hunters Need To Get HIP Everyone who hunts doves, ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, snipe, or coots in Montana must be "HIP" certified. HIP stands for Harvest Information Program. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:13:00 GMT 2014-08-15T15:13:00Z Early Migratory Bird Seasons Set The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission has adopted final 2014 hunting regulations and season dates for "webless" migratory game birds. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:12:00 GMT 2014-08-15T15:12:00Z Black Bear Hunters Must Keep Meat Bear meat, or the meat from any other big game animal, cannot be wasted, or allowed in any way to become unfit for human consumption, unless it is infected with trichinella. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:11:00 GMT 2014-08-15T15:11:00Z