Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Hunting News (RSS) Most recent 25 news releases en en Is your young hunter ready to be an apprentice? If so, get them signed up now! Since 2015, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has allowed children as young as 10 to hunt with a mentor for two seasons without completing Hunter Education. The decision of whether the child is ready to be an Apprentice Hunter is left up to the parents or guardians, but FWP offers some tips that may help them to make that decision, and to make the experience safe and positive. Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:39:36 GMT 2019-10-15T14:39:36Z Bird hunters need to be bear aware With the Oct. 12 opening of pheasant season, bird hunters around Montana will be beating the brush hoping to flush a rooster or two. These hunters, particularly in the western half of the state, should be prepared for an encounter with a grizzly bear. Thu, 10 Oct 2019 21:53:23 GMT 2019-10-10T21:53:23Z Libby CWD Management Update: Oct. 9, 2019 Kalispell, MT — Here is an update to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ chronic wasting disease response in the Libby area. This update includes the latest information on testing in the Libby CWD Management Zone, as well as reminders about hunting regulations and testing opportunities this fall. Wed, 09 Oct 2019 20:00:39 GMT 2019-10-09T20:00:39Z FWP to Hold CWD Public Information Sessions in Conrad, Shelby Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 4 will have two public information sessions regarding Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in north-central Montana. The meetings will focus on current and future management of CWD in the area. Fri, 04 Oct 2019 20:09:13 GMT Bruce Auchly 2019-10-04T20:09:13Z FWP acquires 160-acre addition to Mt. Haggin WMA Recreationists now have an additional 160 acres to enjoy when visiting the Mt. Haggin Wildlife Management Area south of Anaconda. Wed, 02 Oct 2019 20:45:23 GMT 2019-10-02T20:45:23Z Additional White-tailed Deer Suspected Positive of CWD in Libby Area Kalispell, MT — An additional white-tailed deer in the Libby area is suspected to be positive for chronic wasting disease. Tue, 01 Oct 2019 16:47:07 GMT 2019-10-01T16:47:07Z FWP sets urban archery deer hunt in Roundup Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has scheduled a special archery-only hunt for property in and around Roundup to reduce the number of mule deer in town. Special tags for the hunt go on sale on a first-come first-served basis starting at 5 a.m. Oct. 1, 2019, online or at any license dealer. Thu, 26 Sep 2019 21:28:30 GMT 2019-09-26T21:28:30Z FWP concludes field investigation into Sept. 24 grizzly bear attack Wardens with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks have concluded their field investigation into a surprise grizzly bear encounter that wounded the bear and a hunter Tuesday. Thu, 26 Sep 2019 18:07:32 GMT 2019-09-26T18:07:32Z Another hunter survives bear attack in Gravelly Mountains A man was mauled by a grizzly bear on Sept. 24 while hunting in the western Gravelly Mountains. Wed, 25 Sep 2019 18:37:07 GMT 2019-09-25T18:37:07Z Additional White-tailed Deer Suspected Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Libby Area Kalispell, MT — An additional white-tailed deer in the Libby area is suspected to be positive for chronic wasting disease. Mon, 23 Sep 2019 20:35:49 GMT 2019-09-23T20:35:49Z Replace faded licenses and avoid attaching carcass tags directly to meat If you have not checked your license and carcass tags in a while, please do so well in advance of your hunting trip to ensure they haven’t faded. Mon, 23 Sep 2019 14:24:00 GMT 2019-09-23T14:24:00Z FWP to pay for CWD testing statewide In 2019, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will continue chronic wasting disease surveillance in high-priority areas in parts of northern, western and southern Montana, primarily from hunter-harvested animals. Fri, 20 Sep 2019 15:55:00 GMT 2019-09-20T15:55:00Z Youth Deer Only Hunt at Fall Break A youth hunt for deer limited to youngsters between the ages of 12–15 was approved for October 17-18, 2019. Thu, 19 Sep 2019 15:08:00 GMT 2019-09-19T15:08:00Z Youth Waterfowl and Pheasant Weekend approaches Montana’s young hunters will have a special treat the weekend of September 21 and 22, when they can take advantage of a statewide youth-only waterfowl and pheasant hunt. Thu, 19 Sep 2019 15:07:00 GMT 2019-09-19T15:07:00Z Investigation continues into Gravelly Mountains grizzly attacks Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is continuing an investigation following two separate grizzly bear attacks that happened Monday in the western Gravelly Mountains. Wed, 18 Sep 2019 20:24:42 GMT 2019-09-18T20:24:42Z 3 hunters survive Gravelly Mountains grizzly attacks Three hunters were injured Monday in two separate grizzly bear attacks on the west side of the Gravelly Mountains. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 16:18:53 GMT 2019-09-17T16:18:53Z Special CWD Hunt Planned for Hunting District 400 Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 4 is scheduling a special chronic wasting disease hunt south of Chester this fall along the Marias River near the Moffat Bridge. The hunt is designed to determine the prevalence of the disease in the area. Fri, 13 Sep 2019 19:13:26 GMT Bruce Auchly 2019-09-13T19:13:26Z Get familiar with this year’s upland game bird program access guide Upland bird season kicked off Sept. 1, so it's still a good time to dig into this season's hunting access guide. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 20:41:00 GMT 2019-09-12T20:41:00Z Tips for hunters to make the Block Management Program work for them The 2019 Hunting Access Guide is available, directing hunters to more than 7 million acres of private, state and federal lands enrolled in Montana’s Block Management Program. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 20:40:00 GMT 2019-09-12T20:40:00Z Reminder in the field this hunting season: be a good steward of the land Although most hunters respect the land, property, and wildlife they are hunting, many others do not. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to remind hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts to be good stewards of the land, and respect both private and public property. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 20:39:00 GMT 2019-09-12T20:39:00Z Check your license before you head out into the field Don’t wait until opening day to discover your license and carcass tags are faded and need to be replaced. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 20:37:00 GMT 2019-09-12T20:37:00Z 2019 upland gamebird forecast Upland season started Sept. 1 with mountain, sage and sharptail grouse along with partridge. Pheasant hunting starts Oct. 12. All seasons end Jan. 1, except sage grouse, which ends Sept. 30. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 20:34:00 GMT 2019-09-12T20:34:00Z 2019 big game hunting forecast Are you ready for hunting season? Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks can help. In addition to the following hunting forecast, FWP provides online information about hunting access, including our popular Block Management Program. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 20:33:00 GMT 2019-09-12T20:33:00Z Bear spray – carry it, know how to use it The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee recommends the use of bear spray and urges hunters to learn other bear-aware safety measures. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 18:49:28 GMT 2019-09-12T18:49:28Z Hunters must expect to see bears With Montana's bow hunting, which opened Sept. 7, and upland game bird seasons, which opened Sept. 1, remember that slow moving, quiet or game-calling, scented and camouflaged hunters will soon be sharing the landscape with the state's even stealthier bears that may be stalking similar prey. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 18:48:23 GMT 2019-09-12T18:48:23Z