Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Hunting News (RSS) http://fwp.mt.gov/news/rss/hunting/default.html Most recent 25 news releases en en 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 Hunting Numbers for the Third Weekend of the Season in R3 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2206.html In Region 3, hunters were again met by relatively warm conditions for their deer and elk hunts on Saturday. However, rain and wind moved in on Sunday and that reportedly got some animals moving, giving hunters more opportunity for success on Sunday. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:17:11 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2206.html Andrea Jones 2014-11-10T22:17:11Z For Third Weekend: Deer, Elk Harvest Continue Below Average on Front http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2205.html At the end of the third weekend of Montana’s big game general season on the Rocky Mountain Front, elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer harvest numbers continue to be far below the 10-year average, a state wildlife biologist says. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:37:55 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2205.html Bruce Auchly 2014-11-10T19:37:55Z Deer Harvest Stays Steady in Western Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2204.html Deer harvest remained steady and elk harvest slow through the second week of big game hunting season in west-central Montana. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:09:04 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2204.html 2014-11-10T18:09:04Z Hunter Numbers Strong, Wildlife Harvest Down on Rocky Mountain Front http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2202.html The number of hunters remains strong on the Rocky Mountain Front but the number of animals taken remains below the 10-year average at the close of the second weekend of Montana’s general big game season. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:39:36 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2202.html Bruce Auchly 2014-11-05T18:39:36Z Hunting numbers low in south central Montana for second weekend of general season http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2201.html The number of hunters who stopped at south central Montana check stations – and the percentage of hunters with animals – generally were very low during the second weekend of the 2014 general big-game season. Mon, 03 Nov 2014 21:54:02 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2201.html 2014-11-03T21:54:02Z Weather Plays Role in Opening-Weekend Hunting Success in South Central Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2200.html Weather in south central Montana played a big role in the opening day of the 2014 general big game season. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:34:07 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2200.html 2014-10-30T16:34:07Z Hunting Experience Positive in Southeastern Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2199.html MILES CITY--Hunters stopping at various Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations throughout southeastern Montana consistently report having a positive experience and an increase in the number of antelope, deer and elk observed during their hunt compared to last year. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:20:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2199.html 2014-10-28T20:20:00Z Hunters Be Cautious While Hunting Near Marias Pass http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_4111.html A wounded grizzly bear in HD 415 near Marias Pass is cause for hunters to take extra caution while hunting and removing animals from the field. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:20:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_4111.html 2014-10-28T19:20:00Z Hunter Numbers and Harvest Up On Opening Weekend in West-Central Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2198.html Opening weekend of the 2014 general rifle season saw more hunters pass through the three check stations in Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Region 2 than in the 2012 or 2013 openers, with more big game animals harvested than in last season’s opener. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:37:06 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2198.html 2014-10-27T20:37:06Z Solid Opener for Whitetail Deer in Northwest Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2197.html Hunters took to the field Saturday and Sunday across northwest Montana for the opening weekend of the general deer and elk season. At the six northwest Montana check stations, a total of 3,154 hunters checked 150 white-tailed deer (123 of these were bucks), 33 mule deer, and 11 elk for a 6.2 percent rate of hunters with game. This compares with a 4.1 percent rate of hunters with game last year at the check stations. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:50:09 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2197.html 2014-10-27T19:50:09Z Region 3 Opening Weekend Hunting Numbers http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2196.html Montana’s general deer and elk season got underway Saturday with warm conditions greeting most hunters and some seeing their first day hampered by dense fog. On Sunday, hunters met colder conditions and freezing rain and snow at higher elevations. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:24:07 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2196.html Andrea Jones 2014-10-27T18:24:07Z Opening of Big Game Season Below Average on Rocky Mountain Front http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2195.html Hunters hit the Rocky Mountain Front for the opening weekend of Montana’s general big game season and took home fewer elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer this year compared to the past four years. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:47:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2195.html 2014-10-27T17:47:00Z 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 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 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