Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Recent News (RSS) http://fwp.mt.gov/news/rss/default.html Most recent 25 news releases en en Bobcat season to close in trapping district 4 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_1127.html By order of the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission, the season for taking bobcats in Trapping District 4 in south central Montana will close at midnight on the evening of Sunday, January 22, 2017. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:17:04 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_1127.html 2017-01-20T18:17:04Z F&W Commission Considers No Wake Rule for Section of Madison http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0372.html Montana’s Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a public hearing to consider restricting motorized boat use of the Madison River to a no wake speed from the North Ennis Lake Bridge to the Madison Dam. The public hearing is set for Feb. 15 at FWP’s regional headquarters in Bozeman (1400 S. 19th Ave.) beginning at 6 p.m. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:23:51 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0372.html Andrea Jones 2017-01-20T17:23:51Z Domestic/Wild Sheep Symposium to be held in Helena, Feb. 9-10 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0898.html The Montana Wool Growers Association, the Montana Wild Sheep Foundation and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are sponsoring a symposium titled “Sheep in Montana – Domestic and Wild: The State of Things and What We Know About Disease.” Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:13:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0898.html 2017-01-19T20:13:00Z Big game animals in good shape going into winter http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2566.html After experiencing several mild winters, Southeastern Montana is in the grips of a more typical winter, with below-freezing temperatures and good snow accumulation. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:48:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2566.html 2017-01-18T23:48:00Z Flying Big Sky's Wildlife at Montana WILD - Jan. 30 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/education/nr_0689.html Are you interested in learning about what FWP’s pilots do, and seeing what they get to see while flying the Big Sky’s wildlife? Chief pilot, Joe Rahn will share pictures, video, interesting facts and stories from his unique career with the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks during an educational program for all ages. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:46:32 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/education/nr_0689.html 2017-01-18T20:46:32Z Hunter/Bowhunter Education Instructor Workshops Held Across Region 6 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/education/nr_0688.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter and Bowhunter education instructors, and folks interested in becoming instructors, are welcome to attend one of several workshops being held around Region 6 in January and February. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:52:28 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/education/nr_0688.html Marc Kloker 2017-01-17T21:52:28Z Montana Tales and Trails: Life in Winter http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/talesAndTrails/nr_0078.html When the temperature reaches far below zero, we often think of the outside as the dead zone. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:03:10 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/talesAndTrails/nr_0078.html 2017-01-17T18:03:10Z Domestic/Wild Sheep Symposium to be held in Helena, Feb. 9-10. http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0897.html The Montana Wool Growers Association, the Montana Wild Sheep Foundation and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are sponsoring a symposium titled “Sheep in Montana – Domestic and Wild: The State of Things and What We Know About Disease.” Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:01:56 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0897.html 2017-01-17T18:01:56Z Male Mountain Lion Hunting Closed In Districts 418, 420 & 448 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_1126.html The hunting of male mountain lions in north-central Montana hunting districts 418, 420 & 448, which includes portions of Judith Basin, Meagher, Fergus and Cascade counties closed to male mountain lion hunting on Monday, January 16, 2017. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:36:32 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_1126.html 2017-01-17T15:36:32Z Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In HD's 680 & 690 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_1125.html The hunting of all mountain lions in the northeastern Montana Hunting Districts 680 and 690, which includes portions of Chouteau, Blaine and Hill counties will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, Jan.17, 2017. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:24:48 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_1125.html 2017-01-17T15:24:48Z Female Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In District 315 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_1124.html The hunting of female 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 Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:23:29 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_1124.html 2017-01-17T15:23:29Z All Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In HD's 313 & 316 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_1123.html The hunting of all mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 313 and 316, including portions of Park, Carbon and Sweet Grass counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:20:40 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_1123.html 2017-01-17T15:20:40Z Mountain Lion Hunting To Close Hunting Districts In Regions 3, 4, & 5 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_1122.html The hunting of mountain lions in several Montana hunting districts in Region's 3, 4 and 5 will close at one-half hour after sunset on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:51:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_1122.html 2017-01-13T18:51:00Z Bobcat Season To Close In Trapping District 2 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_1121.html By order of the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission, the season for trapping and shooting of bobcats in Trapping District 2 in western Montana will close at midnight on the evening of Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:45:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_1121.html 2017-01-13T18:45:00Z Time to Get Your 2017 Bait Fish Seining License http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_1039.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to remind bait collectors that a 2017 Commercial Bait Fish Seining License is required for persons 15 years of age and older to seine for and transport bait fish for commercial purposes in Montana, or for any person who seines for and has in his/her possession more than 24 dozen nongame bait fish. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:39:56 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_1039.html Marc Kloker 2017-01-13T18:39:56Z Elk Management Season to Open in Hunting District 680 and 690 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2565.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has authorized a management season hunt for antlerless elk in portions of Hunting District 680 and 690, starting Saturday, Jan. 14 through Wednesday, Feb. 15. Hunters signed up for the Hunt Roster in those hunting districts may be selected for this opportunity. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:41:03 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2565.html Marc Kloker 2017-01-13T17:41:03Z Capture and Health Testing Conducted on Bighorn Sheep Herd near Eureka http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0896.html FWP Biologists and volunteers from other agencies and the local community captured and released 32 bighorn sheep on the Woods Ranch Wildlife Management Area near Eureka. The captured sheep were a mixture of ewes, lambs, and rams. The operation is designed to obtain health information on the population. The sheep are part of the Galton Range herd that occupies land in the U. S. and Canada; the Canadians refer to this group as the “Kootenay Trench Herd”. These sheep are part of a native herd and believed to be similar genetically to the Ural Tweed population along Lake Koocanusa. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:31:54 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0896.html 2017-01-13T16:31:54Z Recreationists comment on Quiet Waters Initiative http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0370.html Concerned recreationists gathered in three Montana communities Monday night to listen and comment on the Quiet Waters Initiative, a new set of rules for various state waterways proposed by the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:07:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0370.html 2017-01-12T23:07:00Z All Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In District 540 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_1120.html The hunting of all mountain lions in central Montana hunting district 540, which includes portions of Meagher and Wheatland counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Friday, January 13, 2017. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:13:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_1120.html 2017-01-12T19:13:00Z Bozeman Trapper Ed Course Set for Feb. 18 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/education/nr_0687.html A trapper education class is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Regional Headquarters in Bozeman (1400 South 19th Avenue). The class is free of charge and all are welcome to attend. An adult must accompany youth under 12 years of age. Advance registration is required by contacting Brian Stoner at 406-581-8583. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:18:28 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/education/nr_0687.html Andrea Jones 2017-01-11T20:18:28Z Female Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In HD's 680 & 690 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_1119.html The hunting of female mountain lions in the northeastern Montana Hunting Districts 680 and 690, which includes portions of Chouteau, Blaine and Hill counties will close at one-half hour after sunset on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:49:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_1119.html 2017-01-11T18:49:00Z Elk Management Meetings Scheduled for Eureka, Libby, Kalispell and Trout Creek http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2564.html A series of public meetings in Northwest Montana will focus on elk hunting regulations and season setting. Region One Wildlife Program Manager Neil Anderson noted that the meetings are part of an early start to the hunting season setting process. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:00:30 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2564.html 2017-01-11T16:00:30Z Community Pond Grant Money Available http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0895.html Groups or individuals interested in constructing or improving a community fishing pond have until Feb. 1 to apply for a Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for Community Pond Program grant. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:55:32 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0895.html 2017-01-10T20:55:32Z Bobcat season to close in trapping district 3 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_1118.html By order of the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission, the season for taking bobcats in Trapping District 3 in southwestern Montana will close at midnight on the evening of Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:58:55 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_1118.html 2017-01-09T15:58:55Z Public hearing on Quiet Waters Initiative available via videoconference in Miles City http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0369.html A petition, known as the Quiet Waters Initiative, was submitted to the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission this past spring by Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. The petition states that Montana has experienced advanced motorized technology on its waterways, which has potentially opened up waters previously thought to be unusable by motorized water craft. At its regular May meeting, the Commission initiated rulemaking on the petition, stating, in part, that the Commission should consider being proactive instead of reactive to the changes in recreation on Montana’s waterways to avoid conflicts and protect traditional and safe recreational uses. For anyone who is interested in listening to the proceedings or giving public comment, a meeting will be available via videoconference at the Miles City Fish, Wildlife & Parks Headquarters on Monday, Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:44:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0369.html 2017-01-04T17:44:00Z