Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Hunting News (RSS) Most recent 25 news releases en en FOR KIDS ONLY—PHEASANT AND WATERFOWL WEEKEND Montana's young hunters are the focus of a special weekend youth waterfowl and pheasant hunting season Sept. 27–28. Legally licensed hunters age 12 through 15 will be able to hunt ducks, mergansers, geese, coots and ring-necked pheasants statewide on these two days. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:37:00 GMT Cathy Stewart 2014-09-18T18:37:00Z 2014 Deer Hunting Outlook Mule deer numbers have experienced recent declines in many areas of Montana but should be improving with favorable weather and habitat conditions in 2014. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:32:00 GMT 2014-09-18T16:32:00Z 2014 Elk Hunting Outlook With elk populations continuing to be strong across most of Montana these are good times for elk hunters. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:30:00 GMT 2014-09-18T16:30:00Z 2014 Antelope Hunting Outlook Things are looking up for Montana antelope with populations continuing to recover from previous years' winter mortality and reduced recruitment in central and eastern Montana. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:29:00 GMT 2014-09-18T16:29:00Z Hunters, be Prepared for Bears this Fall Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds hunters that bears are very active this time of year, searching out food from late summer berry crops. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:57:31 GMT 2014-09-17T17:57:31Z Glendive Archery Management Hunt Enters Fourth Year Cities and towns across the nation face urban wildlife issues. Deer management is one widespread issue that is difficult and contentious to manage in most locations. The city of Glendive took a proactive approach to deer management, adopting a Deer Management Action Plan, approved by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in 2011. Glendive’s plan utilizes hunting with archery equipment as the primary control tool. Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:11:00 GMT Cathy Stewart 2014-09-04T21:11:00Z Region 7 Deer Population Survey Results: MILES CITY--Deer population surveys across southeastern Montana indicate that deer are rebounding following several years of heavy weather and disease-related losses, according to John Ensign, FWP Region 7 Wildlife Manager. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:58:00 GMT 2014-09-03T13:58:00Z ACCESS: Ask early, Don't wait Montana's millions of acres of private land offer some good hunting opportunities—the only catch is gaining the landowner's permission to hunt. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:03:00 GMT 2014-08-29T20:03:00Z Southeastern Montana Antelope Populations Slowly Recovering MILES CITY-- Recent surveys across Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) Region 7 indicate that antelope populations are recovering but remain well below long-term averages. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:59:00 GMT 2014-08-29T19:59:00Z Upland Game Bird and Pheasant Bag Limit for 2014 Most of Montana's upland game bird seasons run Sept. 1-Jan.1, 2015—with the exception of sage-grouse season, which closes Sept. 30. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:22:00 GMT 2014-08-25T15:22:00Z 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 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 Black Bear Season License Purchase Deadline Hunters may purchase a license at all FWP offices, FWP license providers, or online at, under Online Services until Aug. 31. After that date there is a 24-hour wait on the use of bear hunting licenses. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:10:00 GMT 2014-08-15T15:10:00Z