Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Hunting News (RSS) http://fwp.mt.gov/news/rss/hunting/default.html Most recent 25 news releases en en FWP to Host Missoula Meeting to Collect Input on Mountain Lion Quotas http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2231.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking input on mountain lion harvest quotas at a public meeting in Missoula on Saturday, March 7. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Parkside and run until 2:30 p.m. if needed. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:12:36 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2231.html 2015-02-25T22:12:36Z Meeting Set for Mar. 3 to Discuss 2015 Mountain Lion Season http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2230.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a public meeting on Tuesday, March 3 to discuss mountain lion management and tentative quotas for the 2015 mountain lion hunting season in Region 3. The meeting will get underway at 7 p.m. at the Headwaters Community Center (223 N. Main St.) in Three Forks. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:25:46 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2230.html Andrea Jones 2015-02-24T17:25:46Z Hunters' Bear Identification Training Required http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2229.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds all black bear hunters of the responsibility to avoid mistakenly shooting a grizzly bear during the state's upcoming spring black bear hunt. Montana's spring black bear hunting season begins April 15. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:23:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2229.html 2015-02-20T15:23:00Z Elk And Deer Permit Application Due March 16 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2228.html March 16 is the deadline to apply for Montana's 2015 deer and elk hunting permits. An easy-to-use application packet is available from all hunting license providers, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices and online at fwp.mt.gov. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:22:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2228.html 2015-02-20T15:22:00Z Spring Turkey Permit Applications Deadline Is March 5 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2227.html Montana's spring male turkey hunting season begins April 11 this year. The deadline to apply for a Montana spring turkey permit available in some Montana counties is March 5. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:21:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2227.html 2015-02-20T15:21:00Z Some Late Season Endings Need 2014 Hunting And Trapping Licenses http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2226.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds wolf and mountain lion hunters, and some trappers, who still plan to head afield that they need a 2014 hunting or trapping license to close out the seasons that are now in progress. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:07:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2226.html 2015-02-10T15:07:00Z FWP Seeks Comment on Proposed Access Easement on Ranch East of Sula http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2225.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking public review and comment on its proposal to acquire a public hunting access component of a conservation easement on the Lazy J Cross Ranch east of Sula. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 21:06:33 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2225.html 2015-01-09T21:06:33Z Final Havre-Area Check Station Findings for 2014 Tabulated http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2224.html The final results are in at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Havre check station for the 2014 hunting season. Overall, hunter numbers and big-game harvest were down. Fri, 02 Jan 2015 22:23:15 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2224.html Marc Kloker 2015-01-02T22:23:15Z Deer Harvest Slightly Higher than Last Year in Northwest Montana as Season Ends http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2223.html At the six northwest Montana check stations, whitetail deer harvest finished slightly ahead of last year’s totals as the season wrapped up on Sunday. At the six northwest Montana check stations through the end of the season on Sunday, November 30, a total of 16,708 hunters checked 1,138 white-tailed deer ( 988 of these were bucks), 139 mule deer, and 50 elk for a 7.9 percent rate of hunters with game. This is slightly higher than the 7.1 percent of hunters with game last year. The number of hunters in northwest Montana was down nine percent as compared to last year’s total. The counts at the six northwest Montana check stations represent a sampling of the harvest and do not represent the complete number of animals taken. Details of total harvest for each hunting district will be known after telephone hunter surveys are completed this winter. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:19:40 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2223.html 2014-12-11T23:19:40Z 2014 hunter numbers, deer harvest down from average http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2222.html The number of hunters who stopped at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 5 check stations during the 2014 general season was down about 11 percent from the long-term average. The number of deer checked also was lower than average, but the elk harvest remained strong – up 30 percent from average. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 20:14:32 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2222.html 2014-12-02T20:14:32Z Closing weekend hunter numbers down from 2013, harvest higher http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2221.html Cold temperatures and high winds kept many south central Montana hunters at home or near their vehicles for the closing weekend of the five-week 2014 general big-game season. Those who weathered the elements did well, however, as the percentage of hunters who brought animals to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations was better than during the same weekend in 2013. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:55:08 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2221.html 2014-12-02T18:55:08Z Region 3 Weekend 6 Hunting Numbers http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2220.html Hunters venturing out on the final weekend of the general deer and elk season were met with plummeting temperatures and moderate success. In at least one case, a near 60-degree temperature drop was noted on Saturday alone. Another station closed early on Saturday when only 32 hunters came by the typically busy check station by mid-afternoon. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 22:20:32 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2220.html Andrea Jones 2014-12-01T22:20:32Z Whitetail Harvest Up, Mule Deer and Elk on Par at Season End in West-Central Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2219.html The big game hunting season closed on Sunday with elk and mule deer harvest on par with last season, and white-tailed deer harvest solidly higher at all three hunter check stations in west-central Montana. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:33:55 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2219.html 2014-12-01T18:33:55Z Dead Grizzly Bear Reported in the North Fork of the Flathead Drainage http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2218.html Montana Game Wardens and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Agents are looking for information on a Grizzly Bear that was shot and killed on November 12, 2014, in the Hay/Moran Creek area in the North Fork of the Flathead Drainage. The initial report was made to FWP by hunter in the area. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:27:51 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2218.html 2014-11-25T16:27:51Z Deer Harvest Slightly Ahead of Last Year in Northwest Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2217.html Deer harvest in northwest Montana is slightly ahead of last year at the same point in the season, according to check station results around Region One. At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 23, a total of 14, 194 hunters checked 879 white-tailed deer (766 of these were bucks) as compared to 842 whitetails last year). Also in the count were 124 mule deer, and 43 elk for an overall 7.4 percent rate of hunters with game. Harvest was up slightly as compared to last year when 6.7 percent of hunters checked game. Hunter numbers are down about six percent as compared to last year. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:26:17 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2217.html 2014-11-25T16:26:17Z Windy weather limits hunter numbers, success in south central Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2216.html Windy, cold weather over the weekend kept many south central Montana hunter home and limited the success of those who went to the field. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:45:47 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2216.html 2014-11-24T17:45:47Z White-Tailed Deer Harvest Up In West-Central Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2215.html White-tailed deer harvest picked up markedly at the Bonner Check Station in the fourth week of the general big game hunting season, and whitetail harvest remained higher than last year’s pace at the Anaconda and Darby Check Stations in west-central Montana. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:41:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2215.html 2014-11-24T17:41:00Z Deer and Elk Harvest Similar to Last Year in Northwest Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2214.html Deer harvest in northwest Montana is about the same as last year at the same point in the season, according to check station results around Region One. At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 17, a total of 11,233 hunters checked 597 white-tailed deer (511 of these were bucks), 108 mule deer, and 38 elk for a 6.6 percent rate of hunters with game. Harvest was similar to last year when 6.2 percent of hunters checked game. Hunter numbers are down slightly as compared to last year. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:13:59 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2214.html 2014-11-19T17:13:59Z Whitetail Deer Harvest Steady in Northwest Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2213.html At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 9, a total of 8,095 hunters checked 428 whitetail deer (342 of these were bucks), 74 mule deer, and 28 elk for a 6.5 percent rate of hunters with game. Harvest was up as compared to last year when 5.2 percent of hunters checked game. The number of whitetail bucks checked is up 26 percent, mule deer numbers are about the same, and elk numbers are down 22 percent as compared to last year’s check station results at the same point in the season. Hunter numbers are down 7 percent. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:12:58 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2213.html 2014-11-19T17:12:58Z Whitetail Deer Harvest Remains Strong in Northwest Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2212.html At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 2, a total of 5,589 hunters checked 281 white-tailed deer (235 of these were bucks), 54 mule deer, and 19 elk for a 6.3 percent rate of hunters with game. This compares to a 4.7 percent rate of hunters with game last year (see attached table). The counts at the six northwest Montana check stations represent a sampling of the harvest and do not represent the complete number of animals taken. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:10:16 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2212.html 2014-11-19T17:10:16Z Hunting Numbers for the Fourth Weekend of the Season in R3 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2211.html Check station data from southwest Montana for the fourth weekend of the general season. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:06:29 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2211.html Andrea Jones 2014-11-18T23:06:29Z Big Game Harvest Up on Rocky Mountain Front http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2210.html Harvest numbers for deer and elk on the Rocky Mountain Front have picked up with the change in the weather. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:25:08 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2210.html Bruce Auchly 2014-11-18T20:25:08Z Cold and Snow Keep Deer and Elk Harvest Slow but Steady http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2209.html Cold temperatures and snowfall kept hunter participation and harvest slow but steady in the third week of the general big game hunting season in west-central Montana. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:19:06 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2209.html 2014-11-18T18:19:06Z Hunter numbers, harvest strong despite wind and cold http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2208.html The number of hunters and the percentage of sportsmen who harvested animals remained strong over the weekend in south central Montana, despite challenging weather conditions. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:40:49 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2208.html 2014-11-17T16:40:49Z Third Weekend of 2014 Season worth the Effort http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2207.html Miles City — Colder weather in southeast Montana did not seem to limit the number of hunters who went to the field during the third weekend of the 2014 general big game season. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:53:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2207.html 2014-11-12T23:53:00Z