Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Hunting News (RSS) Most recent 25 news releases en en Hunter success dips at Week 3 check stations in Region 7 Hunter success dipped at check stations in Hysham and Ashland on Sunday, but hunters were still happy and encountering wildlife. Fri, 16 Nov 2018 21:24:00 GMT 2018-11-16T21:24:00Z Deer in Blaine County test positive for CWD Test results from three deer harvested in Blaine County have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:27:40 GMT 2018-11-16T17:27:40Z Colder temperatures and snow improve elk movement and hunter success Variable weather across southwest Montana brought snow to higher elevations. Colder temperatures contributed to higher elk movement and improved tracking. With mild temperatures state-wide until this past weekend, hunters waited for improved conditions to pursue game. Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:33:22 GMT 2018-11-14T16:33:22Z Hunter Success Increasing in Northwest Montana Kalispell, MT — Hunters were more successful last weekend across northwest Montana as the big-game hunting season approaches its final weeks. Tue, 13 Nov 2018 21:34:45 GMT 2018-11-13T21:34:45Z Hunter Harvest Steady Across West-Central Montana Big game harvest in west-central Montana maintained a steady pace through the fourth weekend of the general hunting season, bringing totals in line with average. Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:39:57 GMT 2018-11-13T17:39:57Z Testing confirms chronic wasting disease in deer harvested in Liberty and Carbon counties Second tests on tissue samples from a white-tailed buck harvested in southern Liberty County and a mule deer doe harvested within the CWD-positive area in Carbon County came back positive for chronic wasting disease. The lab at Colorado State University confirmed the tests. Thu, 08 Nov 2018 16:31:52 GMT 2018-11-08T16:31:52Z Deer Season to End in Part of Region 4, CWD Check Stations Reduce Hours Hunters need to be aware that the deer season will soon close in four hunting districts in Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 4. Wed, 07 Nov 2018 17:55:24 GMT Bruce Auchly 2018-11-07T17:55:24Z Elk, Mule Deer Harvest Still Down, Whitetail Harvest Up Slightly on Front Elk and mule deer harvest on the Rocky Mountain Front continues to lag behind long-term averages, probably because of continued mild weather, a state wildlife biologist said. Wed, 07 Nov 2018 17:52:33 GMT Bruce Auchly 2018-11-07T17:52:33Z Elk Harvest Remains Slow Amid Mild Tempuratures, Slow Migration Elk Harvest Remains Slow Amid Mild Temperatures, Slow Migration Wed, 07 Nov 2018 16:03:39 GMT 2018-11-07T16:03:39Z South central Montana check stations see more hunters, lower harvest than in 2017 The number of hunters who stopped at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ check station in south central Montana over the weekend was up sharply from a year ago. But the measured harvest of deer and elk was down. Mon, 05 Nov 2018 23:04:15 GMT 2018-11-05T23:04:15Z Whitetail Deer, Elk Harvests Remain Slow in Northwest Montana Kalispell, MT — Mild weather conditions continue to hamper hunter success across northwest Montana. Mon, 05 Nov 2018 18:26:27 GMT 2018-11-05T18:26:27Z Hunting Season Picks up Pace Across West-Central Montana Hunter activity and harvest picked up in the third weekend of the general big game season in west-central Montana. Mon, 05 Nov 2018 17:16:00 GMT 2018-11-05T17:16:00Z FWP and City of Missoula Issue Reminder that Hunting is not Allowed on Mount Jumbo City Lands Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the City of Missoula issued a reminder this week that rifle or archery hunting is not allowed on city-owned conservation lands on Mount Jumbo. Fri, 02 Nov 2018 20:10:19 GMT 2018-11-02T20:10:19Z CWD samples from regions 4 and 5 come back suspect A white-tailed buck harvested in southern Liberty County was found to be suspect for chronic wasting disease. Thu, 01 Nov 2018 22:28:14 GMT 2018-11-01T22:28:14Z Second weekend sees lower harvest, reminder for hunters to be bear aware Mild temperatures in Southwestern Montana challenged hunters and kept harvest numbers below the long-term average in most areas. Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:48:25 GMT 2018-10-31T14:48:25Z Mild Weather Keeps Hunter Activity and Harvest Down Across Western Montana Continued mild weather contributed to lower than usual hunter activity and harvest through the second weekend of hunting season in western Montana. Tue, 30 Oct 2018 16:19:25 GMT 2018-10-30T16:19:25Z Weather challenges south central Montana hunters for a second weekend Mild weather continued to influence hunter numbers and harvest success for a second weekend in south central Montana. Biologists who staffed five Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations in the region said hunters reported challenging conditions thanks to warm temperatures, sunshine and manageable winds. Mon, 29 Oct 2018 20:34:07 GMT 2018-10-29T20:34:07Z Game Check Stations Track Hunting Season Harvests Kalispell, MT — Big game check station results indicate a slower than average start to hunting season in northwest Montana (Region 1). Mon, 29 Oct 2018 20:22:08 GMT 2018-10-29T20:22:08Z Black bear season to close in bear management unit 700 By order of the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission, the hunting of all black bears in Bear Management Unit 700 will close one-half hour after sunset on Monday, October 29, 2018. Fri, 26 Oct 2018 20:16:00 GMT 2018-10-26T20:16:00Z Partnerships Help Distribute Bear Spray in Upper Clark Fork Some Upper Clark Fork hunters will receive a can of free bear spray this fall, thanks to local partnerships aimed at spreading the word on bear safety and reducing conflicts. Thu, 25 Oct 2018 19:08:27 GMT 2018-10-25T19:08:27Z Opening weekend in Region 3 draws fewer hunters, higher harvest In Region 3, the general deer and elk season opened on Saturday with fewer hunters venturing out over the weekend in the warm, sunny weather. Thu, 25 Oct 2018 17:16:22 GMT 2018-10-25T17:16:22Z Season opener brings balmy weather, but hunters still successful Hunters coming out for Saturday’s big game opener in Southeastern Montana were met with almost balmy conditions, but that didn’t stop them from enjoying the experience and harvesting a fair amount of game. Thu, 25 Oct 2018 14:16:00 GMT Marla Prell 2018-10-25T14:16:00Z Waterfowl hunters can help prevent spread of AIS Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds waterfowl hunters that they can help prevent aquatic invasive species from infesting Montana’s wetlands, rivers and lakes. Tue, 23 Oct 2018 18:25:06 GMT 2018-10-23T18:25:06Z Nice weather limits hunting harvest in season opener in south central Montana Warm temperatures, light winds and plenty of sunshine made for comfortable outdoor activities over the weekend in south central Montana, but they did not do much for hunting success during the general big game opener. Mon, 22 Oct 2018 21:04:15 GMT 2018-10-22T21:04:15Z General Hunting Season Begins Across Montana Kalispell, MT — Hunters took to the field Saturday and Sunday across northwest Montana for the opening weekend of the general deer and elk season. Amid unseasonably warm temperatures, harvest rates were down at four of the five check stations in Region 1. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff checked 2,632 hunters, 150 white-tailed deer, 10 mule deer and 19 elk for a harvest rate of 6.8 percent. Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:56:31 GMT 2018-10-22T18:56:31Z