Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Hunting News (RSS) Most recent 25 news releases en en Online hunter and bowhunter education available to adults Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offers hunter and bowhunter education on the Internet to anyone 18 years and older. Following the online coursework, students must sign up for a scheduled field day. There are field days available throughout Montana every spring and into the fall for Hunter Education and winter through summer for Bowhunter Education. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:18:44 GMT 2017-02-22T15:18:44Z Hunters' bear ID training required 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. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:17:56 GMT 2017-02-22T15:17:56Z Some late season endings need 2016 hunting and trapping licenses Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds wolf and mountain lion hunters, and some trappers, who still plan to head afield that they need a 2016 hunting or trapping license to close out the seasons that are now in progress. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:16:00 GMT 2017-02-22T15:16:00Z Spring turkey license application deadline is March 2 Montana's spring male turkey hunting season begins April 8 this year. The deadline to apply for a Montana spring turkey license in some Montana counties is March 2. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:14:29 GMT 2017-02-22T15:14:29Z FWP Updates Snow Goose Consumption Advisory While it would appear safe for humans to consume muscle tissue and organs of these harvested geese, under the circumstances, it is at the discretion of the hunter whether he or she chooses to eat or discard snow geese harvested after the Nov. 28 event. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:43:29 GMT Andrea Jones 2017-02-21T22:43:29Z Fish & Wildlife Commission approves lighted nocks for archery-only season Montana archery hunters will be allowed to utilize another piece of equipment this fall in their pursuit of game. During its Feb. 10 meeting, the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission approved the use of lighted nocks on arrows during the 2017 archery-only season and in archery equipment-only areas or hunting districts. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:09:00 GMT 2017-02-21T16:09:00Z Region 7 Block Management Program cooperators recognized In 2016, more than 45,000 resident and nonresident hunters utilized the Block Management Program in Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:34:00 GMT 2017-02-14T15:34:00Z Reminder of new bow and arrow license requirements This year, hunters will be required to purchase a Montana bow and arrow license prior to applying for any archery only permit. Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:33:00 GMT 2017-02-08T21:33:00Z Reminder of new bow and arrow license requirements This year, hunters will be required to purchase a Montana bow and arrow license as a prerequisite for any archery only permit. Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:28:52 GMT 2017-02-06T18:28:52Z Hunter, Bowhunter Education courses listed Dates are beginning to pop up for Hunter and Bowhunter Education courses to be offered across Region 7 in the coming months, and some are already accepting students. Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:43:00 GMT 2017-01-27T21:43:00Z Elk and Deer Special Application Drawing Deadline is March 15; Fishing License Expires Feb. 28 It’s time to start thinking about hunting season again, and getting your new fishing license for the year. Starting Monday, Jan. 23, hunters and anglers can start purchasing licenses for the 2017 year. Wed, 25 Jan 2017 21:50:00 GMT Marc Kloker 2017-01-25T21:50:00Z Elk and Deer Special Application Drawing Deadline is March 15; Changes in Permit Types for Region One Hunters are reminded that the deadline for applying for bull and antlerless elk and mule deer buck permits is March 15. The deer and elk permit application packet is available at FWP license providers and online at FWP’s website: The deer and elk permit application packet explains the rules for each hunting district and gives directions for applying. Hunters can apply online, or they may stop in to the FWP Office on North Meridian Road and apply in person. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:42:44 GMT 2017-01-24T15:42:44Z Big game animals in good shape going into winter After experiencing several mild winters, Southeastern Montana is in the grips of a more typical winter, with below-freezing temperatures and good snow accumulation. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:48:00 GMT 2017-01-18T23:48:00Z Elk Management Season to Open in Hunting District 680 and 690 Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has authorized a management season hunt for antlerless elk in portions of Hunting District 680 and 690, starting Saturday, Jan. 14 through Wednesday, Feb. 15. Hunters signed up for the Hunt Roster in those hunting districts may be selected for this opportunity. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:41:03 GMT Marc Kloker 2017-01-13T17:41:03Z Elk Management Meetings Scheduled for Eureka, Libby, Kalispell and Trout Creek A series of public meetings in Northwest Montana will focus on elk hunting regulations and season setting. Region One Wildlife Program Manager Neil Anderson noted that the meetings are part of an early start to the hunting season setting process. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:00:30 GMT 2017-01-11T16:00:30Z Block Management staff shares tips with hunters (MILES CITY) - With the big game season recently concluded, Block Management Program Administrative Assistant Bea Sturtz sits at her desk, busily counting thousands of hunter permission slips. Thu, 22 Dec 2016 19:04:00 GMT 2016-12-22T19:04:00Z Region 6 Havre-Area Check Station Results for the 2016 Season The final results are in at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Havre check station for the 2016 hunting season. The check station was open from Oct. 8 (the open of general antelope) through Nov. 27 (the end of the deer/elk general season). Overall, both hunter numbers and big-game harvest increased from last year, with mule deer numbers being the highest in several years. Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:55:12 GMT Marc Kloker 2016-12-05T15:55:12Z General Big Game Season Ends in Region 6, Shoulder Season Starts Soon This year, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 has a shoulder season that allows antlerless elk hunting from Dec. 15-Dec. 31, with a specific B-license. Elk licenses (general elk or B-licenses) valid during the archery and general seasons are not valid for the shoulder season in Region 6. Hunters must have previously applied for this opportunity during the June 1 license drawing, and received their elk B-license that is only valid during the R6 shoulder season Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:30:14 GMT Marc Kloker 2016-12-05T15:30:14Z General season trend of more hunters, more deer continues Cooler temperatures held off until after Sunday’s close of the general deer and elk season, but the trend of more hunters and more deer coming through Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7 check stations continued through the final weekend. Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:16:00 GMT 2016-11-30T23:16:00Z Deer Harvest Numbers Solid in Northwest Montana as Season Ends Northwest Montana hunters wrapped up another successful big game season on Sunday. At the six northwest Montana check stations through the end of the season on Sunday, November 27, a total of 17,656 hunters checked 1,494 white-tailed deer ( 1,069 of these were bucks), 146 mule deer, and 72 elk for an 9.7 percent rate of hunters with game. This is slightly higher than the 8.2 percent of hunters with game last year. The number of hunters passing through check stations in northwest Montana was down four percent. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:04:52 GMT 2016-11-29T16:04:52Z 2016 general hunting season ends; shoulder seasons next up in south central Montana The 2016 big-game general hunting season closed over the weekend much like every other weekend during year – with mild weather that made for comfortable, but challenging, conditions. Temperatures generally were above what is expected for November in south central Montana and most areas – particularly the southern reaches of the region, were just breezy. Statistics gathered at four Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations were a mixed bag with hunter numbers and the number of deer and elk harvested varying widely, depending on the area. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:47:56 GMT 2016-11-28T23:47:56Z R3 Final Weekend Summary - No Season Extension The final weekend of the general deer and elk hunting season in southwest Montana saw little change in hunter harvest success. Minimal precipitation throughout the duration of the season made hunting challenging, especially for elk. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:55:00 GMT Andrea Jones 2016-11-28T19:55:00Z Elk Shoulder Season Heads Into Second Winter With the Nov. 27 end of the general big game season, many hunters are turning their focus to the elk shoulder season. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:02:06 GMT Bruce Auchly 2016-11-22T20:02:06Z R3- Weekend 5 Check Station Data Hunter success rates fell below average during the fifth weekend of the general deer and elk season in southwest Montana. While temperatures have dropped somewhat over the past week, biologists report that with the lack of significant precipitation, big game hunting continues to be challenging. In particular, elk remain at higher elevations, not yet moving to winter range. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:10:24 GMT Andrea Jones 2016-11-21T23:10:24Z Evolving weather doesn’t change south central Montana hunter numbers, game harvest BILLINGS — Fresh snow on the Beartooth Front and balmy conditions elsewhere in south central Montana over the weekend did little to change hunter effort or the number of animals harvested during the 2016 general big-game hunting season. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:23:22 GMT 2016-11-21T21:23:22Z