Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Hunting News (RSS) Most recent 25 news releases en en 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 Elk, Mule Deer Totals Below Average on Rocky Mountain Front Heading into the final days of Montana’s big game general season, harvest numbers for elk and mule deer remain below the 10-year average on the Rocky Mountain Front, while white-tailed deer numbers are above the long-term average. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:03:12 GMT Bruce Auchly 2016-11-21T21:03:12Z Hunter Mauled by Female Grizzly on Rocky Mountain Front A 55-year old elk hunter was mauled Sunday morning by a female grizzly after surprising her and her two cubs on the Rocky Mountain Front. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:01:19 GMT Bruce Auchly 2016-11-21T21:01:19Z Deer Harvest Ahead of Last Year in Northwest Montana Deer harvest in northwest Montana is slightly ahead of last year at the same point in the season, according to check station results around Region One. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:57:03 GMT 2016-11-21T20:57:03Z White-tailed Deer Harvest Up in West-Central Montana Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is reporting an above-average harvest of white-tailed deer so far this season in west-central Montana, while the mule deer tally is on par, and elk hunting remains slow but steady without the help of substantial snow and colder temperatures to bump success rates. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:46:46 GMT 2016-11-21T18:46:46Z Know your license or permit code and regulations Though Montana’s big game general season is more than halfway complete, some of the hunting license types can still be confusing. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:17:00 GMT 2016-11-17T22:17:00Z Warm weather doesn’t hamper hunter success in Region 7 It was unseasonably warm on the third weekend of the general big game season, but Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7 check stations saw more hunters than last year, and many were successful. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:41:00 GMT 2016-11-16T23:41:00Z Jaw collection for bobcats, otters, and swift fox As many furbearer seasons across Montana open in December, trappers and hunters should note a few changes to regulations. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:18:07 GMT 2016-11-16T16:18:07Z Know your license or permit code and regulations Though Montana’s big game general season is more than halfway complete, some of the hunting license types can still be confusing. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:17:19 GMT 2016-11-16T16:17:19Z White-tailed Deer Harvest Steady in Northwest Montana White-tailed deer harvest remained steady and similar to last year this weekend in northwest Montana, according to check station results around Region One. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:59:47 GMT 2016-11-15T15:59:47Z Weekend hunter numbers up, deer harvest flat from last year in south central Montana Montana’s 2016 general big-game season featured warm temperatures and light-to-gusty winds for the fourth weekend in a row, making for difficult, albeit comfortable, hunting conditions throughout south central Montana. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 23:34:15 GMT 2016-11-14T23:34:15Z Elk Harvest Down, Deer on Par in West-Central Montana Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) biologists in west-central Montana reported continued low elk harvests through Region 2 check stations, while deer harvests are on par with recent years through the first three weeks of the general big game hunting season. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 22:24:59 GMT 2016-11-14T22:24:59Z FWP Game Wardens Looking for Tips on Mule Deer Found in Skalkaho Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks game warden Justin Singleterry is seeking information about a large mule deer buck that was discovered by a hunter in the Skalkaho area on Saturday, November 12th. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 22:17:31 GMT 2016-11-14T22:17:31Z Region 6 Havre Check Station Results after Third Week of General Hunting Season Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Havre hunter check station was fairly active over the third weekend of general deer and elk season, with most big game species seeing an increase in harvest from the past few years. This is the fifth weekend that the check station has been open. Sat, 12 Nov 2016 05:09:13 GMT Marc Kloker 2016-11-12T05:09:13Z Final Suspect Sentenced In Major Wildlife Investigation The final person involved in a major poaching case was sentenced in Flathead County Justice Court November 1, ending the investigation and prosecution of nine young men who illegally shot 15 deer and an elk. Wed, 09 Nov 2016 18:03:08 GMT 2016-11-09T18:03:08Z Whitetail Deer Harvest Slower but Steady in Northwest Montana At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 6, a total of 8,264 hunters checked 555 whitetail deer (293 of these were bucks), 79 mule deer, and 49 elk for an 8.3 percent rate of hunters with game; this is somewhat higher than the 6.5 percent rate from last year. Wed, 09 Nov 2016 15:48:16 GMT 2016-11-09T15:48:16Z Hunter Numbers Slow Amid Continued Mild Temps (Region 3) With temperatures reaching the mid-sixties in parts of the region over the weekend, staff at game check stations reported a decline in hunter participation. Mon, 07 Nov 2016 23:26:11 GMT Andrea Jones 2016-11-07T23:26:11Z