Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Recent News (RSS) http://fwp.mt.gov/news/rss/default.html Most recent 25 news releases en en Big Hole Trout Monitored for Fungal Infection http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0699.html After reports to Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) early last week of dead brown trout in the Big Hole River with a fungal infection, FWP crews have been closely monitoring the area affected. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:01:39 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0699.html Andrea Jones 2014-10-24T17:01:39Z Fall Reconstruction Complete at Black Bridge FAS http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0304.html Long awaited latrine replacement and additional road work at Black Bridge Fishing Access Site near Glendive has been completed. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:46:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0304.html Cathy Stewart 2014-10-23T18:46:00Z Wardens Looking for Tips on Vandalism Case http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/enforcement/nr_0204.html Officers with FWP and DNRC are asking for help in finding the individuals responsible for $6,000 in damage to State property on the Swan State Forest. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:42:28 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/enforcement/nr_0204.html 2014-10-23T16:42:28Z FWP Makes Decision on Pine Grove Pond FAS Addition http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0872.html Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP), Region 1, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for the Pine Grove Pond Fishing Access Site Proposed South Acquisition for the purpose of acquiring two additional parcels of land totaling 4.26 acres between the Whitefish River and Pine Grove Pond FAS for the purpose of providing additional access to the Whitefish River and providing a buffer between the busy FAS and neighboring private land. The proposed addition would access nearly 750 feet of river shore. The Flathead Land Trust Initiated the project to add the additional acreage to enhance this popular community asset by ensuring the undeveloped land will remain as open space and continue to function as forested riparian habitat Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:40:18 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0872.html 2014-10-23T16:40:18Z Two Men sentenced in deer poaching case http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/enforcement/nr_0203.html Levi Anderson and Hadyn Johnson of Kalispell were both sentenced in Flathead County Justice court recently for poaching 10 whitetail deer in the Farm-to-Market area north of Kalispell in December of 2013. The deer were shot at night, after the general season had ended and left to waste. Levi Anderson pled guilty and was fined $4350, ordered to pay $600 in restitution, and lost his privileges to hunt, fish, and trap in Montana and 44 states in the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact (IWVC) for 10 years. Johnson also pled guilty and was fined $2,100, and ordered to pay $2,100 in restitution, and lost his hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges for 20 years in Montana and all states in the IWVC. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:39:06 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/enforcement/nr_0203.html 2014-10-23T16:39:06Z Wardens Looking for Tips on Deer Poaching Cases http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/enforcement/nr_0202.html Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Game Wardens are seeking information related to illegal killing and wasting of numerous deer along the entire length of Farm to Market Road and west of Kalispell towards Kila. Most of the activity is occurring at night presumably with the aid of artificial light (spotlight). Anyone with information is urged to call 1-800-TIPMONT. You can remain anonymous and anyone with information leading to a conviction may be eligible for a reward. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:38:10 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/enforcement/nr_0202.html 2014-10-23T16:38:10Z FWP SEEKING COMMENTS ON PINE GROVE POND FAS PROPOSED SOUTH ADDITION ACQUISITION http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0871.html Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP), Region 1, has written a draft environmental assessment (EA) for the Pine Grove Pond Fishing Access Site Proposed South Acquisition for the purpose of acquiring two additional parcels of land totaling 4.26 acres between the Whitefish River and Pine Grove Pond FAS for the purpose of providing additional access to the Whitefish River and providing a buffer between the busy FAS and neighboring private land. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:36:35 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0871.html 2014-10-23T16:36:35Z Improvements Underway at Island Lake FAS near Marion http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0870.html Construction activities will begin at Island Lake Fishing Access Site near Marion on October 13thand will continue until November 21st. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:32:28 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0870.html 2014-10-23T16:32:28Z Hunters Against Hunger: Donate Big Game for Hungry Montanans http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2194.html "A Montana law passed during the 2013 state session allows individuals to make a contribution that will help nonprofit groups process donated wild game for free distribution by Montana Food Bank Network to help feed people in need," said Ron Aasheim, spokesman for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:29:16 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2194.html 2014-10-23T16:29:16Z Montanans Win Prestigious Conservation Award For Grayling Restoration http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/headlines/nr_4196.html A group of Montanans who helped lead conservation and restoration projects in the Big Hole River Valley in southwestern Montana were among those who recently won the prestigious Ernest Thompson Seton Award for leadership in promoting the benefits of scientific fish and wildlife management. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:45:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/headlines/nr_4196.html 2014-10-21T21:45:00Z FWP To Host Discussion On Fish And Wildlife Management Contributions http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/headlines/nr_4195.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a day-long meeting in Helena on Oct. 28 to explore common interests in wildlife conservation and management. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:43:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/headlines/nr_4195.html 2014-10-21T21:43:00Z State Lands Enrolled in Block Management Areas http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2193.html Miles City—Region 7 Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to remind hunters to be aware that, in some cases, legally-accessible tracts of State Lands are formally enrolled in a Block Management Area (BMA), with BMA rules and restrictions imposed for resource or hunter management reasons. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:45:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2193.html 2014-10-20T21:45:00Z Spotted Dog WMA's Jake Creek Access Closed this Season http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2192.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) wants hunters to be aware that the Jake Creek access to the Spotted Dog Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be closed to the public this season. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:37:40 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2192.html 2014-10-20T19:37:40Z Donations Provide Free Bear Spray to Some Blackfoot Hunters http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2191.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is working with local partners to get free bear spray and safety tips into the hands of hunters headed to a few Blackfoot Valley hunting spots that have a history of bear encounters. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:36:37 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2191.html 2014-10-20T19:36:37Z Bighorn Sheep Season To Close In HD 501 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_0960.html By order of the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission, hunting district 501 as described in the legal descriptions, 2014 Montana regulations, Moose, Sheep and Goat shall be closed to hunting of ALL bighorn sheep, effective one-half hour after sunset on Monday, October 20, 2014. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:08:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/closures/huntingDistricts/nr_0960.html 2014-10-20T14:08:00Z Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee of IGBC to Meet in Bozeman http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0698.html The Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee (YES) of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) will hold its fall meeting in Bozeman, Montana on October 29, 2014 and invites the public to attend. Often the YES Meetings are spread over two days, but this year the meeting has consolidated to one day. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:07:11 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0698.html Andrea Jones 2014-10-16T21:07:11Z Blackfoot Grizzly Relocated after Killing Cow http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0697.html A Blackfoot Valley grizzly bear was relocated to a remote area in the South Fork of the Flathead this week after killing a young cow near just north of the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:36:10 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0697.html 2014-10-16T20:36:10Z South central Montana antelope hunter numbers up, harvest nearly flat http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2190.html Hunters who took advantage of this year opening weekend of antelope general season in south central Montana had warm, dry, calm conditions Saturday, but had to contend with rain and wind on Sunday. More hunters stopped at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations in south central Montana than during last year’s opening weekend. The harvest was slightly better than last year, but remained slower than the long-term average. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:56:12 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2190.html 2014-10-15T14:56:12Z Some Big Hole Trout Affected by Fungus http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0696.html Anglers report seeing dead brown trout in the Big Hole River near Melrose in southwest Montana. The fish are noted to have a fungal infection known as saprolegnia. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:23:06 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_0696.html Andrea Jones 2014-10-14T22:23:06Z Hunters Against Hunger: Donate Big Game for Hungry Montanans http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2189.html "A Montana law passed during the 2013 state session allows individuals to make a contribution that will help nonprofit groups process donated wild game for free distribution by Montana Food Bank Network to help feed people in need," said Ron Aasheim, spokesman for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena. The law came into effect when Montana State Senator Kendall Van Dyk sponsored SB123 which passed to become 87-1-293 http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/87/1/87-1-293.htm Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:33:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2189.html Cathy Stewart 2014-10-14T20:33:00Z Hunters Against Hunger: Donate Big Game for Hungry Montanans http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/headlines/nr_4194.html "A Montana law passed during the 2013 state session allows individuals to make a contribution that will help nonprofit groups process donated wild game for free distribution by Montana Food Bank Network to help feed people in need," said Ron Aasheim, spokesman for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:25:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/headlines/nr_4194.html 2014-10-10T22:25:00Z Hunters Against Hunger: Donate Big Game for Hungry Montanans http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2188.html "A Montana law passed during the 2013 state session allows individuals to make a contribution that will help nonprofit groups process donated wild game for free distribution by Montana Food Bank Network to help feed people in need," said Ron Aasheim, spokesman for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:25:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2188.html 2014-10-10T22:25:00Z Youth Only Deer Hunt Comes a Week Early - Oct. 16 & 17 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2187.html Montana's annual youth-only deer hunt is set for Oct 16-17. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:04:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2187.html Cathy Stewart 2014-10-10T21:04:00Z Four Steps to a Safe Hunt http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2186.html The 1,200 volunteers who teach Hunter Education remind all hunters there are four basic rules of gun safety. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:02:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2186.html Cathy Stewart 2014-10-10T21:02:00Z Youth-Only Deer Hunt Comes A Week Early-Oct. 16-17 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/headlines/nr_4193.html Montana's annual youth-only deer hunt is set for Oct 16-17. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:01:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/headlines/nr_4193.html 2014-10-10T18:01:00Z