Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Hunting News (RSS) http://fwp.mt.gov/news/rss/hunting/default.html Most recent 25 news releases en en Bird Hunter Shoots, Kills Charging Grizzly Bear Near Front http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2695.html A pheasant hunter shot and killed a grizzly bear Nov. 4 near Pendroy along the Rocky Mountain Front that charged him after it was surprised by the hunter’s bird dog. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:42:17 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2695.html Bruce Auchly 2017-11-16T23:42:17Z Elk Harvest Continues to Surge on Rocky Mountain Front http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2694.html Harvest numbers for elk on a portion of the Rocky Mountain Front continue to be above the long-term average, says an Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife biologist. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:39:53 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2694.html Bruce Auchly 2017-11-16T23:39:53Z Antlerless Elk Season to Close in Hunting District 424 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2693.html By order of the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission, Hunting District 424, in a portion of Lewis & Clark County as described in the legal description in the 2017 Montana Deer, Elk, Antelope Hunting Regulations, shall be closed to all hunting of antlerless elk, effective one-half hour after sunset on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Hunting District 424 will remain open to brow-tined bull elk through Nov. 26. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:34:38 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2693.html Bruce Auchly 2017-11-16T23:34:38Z Antlerless Elk Season to Close in Hunting District 442 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2692.html Elk Hunting District 442, on the Rocky Mountain Front northwest of Augusta, will close to all hunting of antlerless elk, effective one-half hour after sunset on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:32:24 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2692.html Bruce Auchly 2017-11-16T23:32:24Z Testing confirms CWD in mule deer buck from south central Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2691.html A second test on a tissue sample from a buck harvested in hunting district 510, south of Billings, has come back positive for chronic wasting disease. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:34:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2691.html 2017-11-16T15:34:00Z Region 3 (SW Montana) Check Station Data for Weekend #4 2017 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2690.html Recent snow created greater movement of animals and kept hunter harvest steady in the past week. Staff and volunteers met with 1,413 hunters stopping at check stations around the region over the weekend. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:06:35 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2690.html Andrea Jones 2017-11-15T18:06:35Z FWP responds to CWD concerns http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2689.html The discovery this past week of two samples that are suspect for Chronic Wasting Disease in deer harvested in Montana is understandably prompting questions from the public. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is trying to address those questions while responding to the situation. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:31:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2689.html Marla Prell 2017-11-14T23:31:00Z CWD sample comes back suspect, second sample submitted http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2688.html A chronic wasting disease sample collected by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in late October from a hunter-killed deer was found to be suspect for chronic wasting disease. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:29:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2688.html 2017-11-14T23:29:00Z Some Indications That the Rut Is Starting http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2687.html Overall hunter numbers and percentage of hunters with game were below last year’s numbers at the 5 game check stations in Region 1 for the 4th weekend of the season. Hunter numbers are only slightly below last year, when considering all the check stations combined. The percentage of hunters with game was 6.8%, compared to 9.1% last year. The number of elk that passed through the check stations was the same as last year at 58. The number of mule deer and whitetail bucks is down this year, with 366 whitetail bucks and 26 mule deer bucks being harvested, compared to 483 whitetails and 109 and mule deer bucks last year. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:12:18 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2687.html 2017-11-14T17:12:18Z South central Montana hunter numbers down; game harvest steady http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2686.html The number of hunters who stopped this past weekend at Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations in south central Montana was down from a year ago. But the deer and elk numbers were strong overall for the fourth weekend of the general big-game hunting season. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 22:14:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2686.html 2017-11-13T22:14:00Z Hunter Harvest Totals up in West-Central Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2684.html At the close of the fourth weekend of the 2017 big game rifle season, harvest totals at the three west-central Montana hunter check stations are up 7 percent from this point last year. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:56:18 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2684.html 2017-11-13T16:56:18Z Region 6 Havre Check Station Seeing Mixed Bag on Harvest http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2685.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Havre hunter check station has been operating for five weeks so far for the 2017 hunting season. Mule deer harvest has been high compared to previous years, and most big game species and upland birds have been slightly down. Thu, 09 Nov 2017 22:10:38 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2685.html Marc Kloker 2017-11-09T22:10:38Z Winter Conditions Arrive for NW Montana Hunters http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2683.html (KALISPELL, Mont.) Winter storms buffeted NW Montana with snow and hazardous driving conditions, and game was hard to come by for many Region 1 hunters. Snow conditions didn’t help to improve hunter success over the weekend. “I expected hunter numbers and overall success to increase this weekend since there was snow on the ground, but that didn’t happen,” said Neil Anderson, R1 Wildlife Manager. “A lot of hunters indicated that game just wasn’t moving much.” Overall, hunter numbers are slightly below last year at this point in the season, with a total of 7,597 hunters stopping at the 5 game check stations in Region 1. The Thompson Falls check station has seen the largest drop in hunter numbers, down over 27% from last year. The Eureka and Canoe Gulch (near Libby) check stations have seen an increase in hunter numbers. Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:09:18 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2683.html 2017-11-09T17:09:18Z Region 3 (SW Montana) Check Station Data for Weekend #3 2017 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2682.html On the third weekend of the general deer and elk season, hunters faced a change in the weather to bitter cold with significant snow in parts of southwest Montana. Staff and volunteers opened six check stations across the region seeing moderate harvest success. Tue, 07 Nov 2017 18:45:55 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2682.html Andrea Jones 2017-11-07T18:45:55Z Despite recent snow, bears are still active - hunters must be bear aware http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2681.html Recent grizzly bear attacks involving hunters reinforces the importance of being bear aware in Montana, even with a thick layer of snow on the ground in most parts of the state. Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:03:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2681.html 2017-11-07T16:03:00Z FWP offers tips to improve Apprentice Hunter experience http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2680.html Since Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks debuted the Apprentice Hunter program in 2015, more than 11,000 resident and nonresident youths have applied to hunt as apprentices. Tue, 07 Nov 2017 15:23:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2680.html Marla Prell 2017-11-07T15:23:00Z High-country snow slows south central Montana hunting, deer harvest http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2679.html Widespread snow that accumulated to two feet in the high country kept many hunters at home over the weekend, leading a near-record low turnout at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations in south central Montana. The number of checked animals – particularly deer – reflected the fact that fewer hunters took to the field during the third weekend of the 2017 general big game season. Mon, 06 Nov 2017 22:37:40 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2679.html 2017-11-06T22:37:40Z Urgent: Portions of HD 313 to Close Temporarily to Elk Hunting http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2678.html Given the recent significant weather event and large migration of elk, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has issued an emergency closure of elk hunting in portions of Hunting District 313 including Crevice Mountain, Deckard Flats, Eagle Creek, and Little Trail Creek areas* effective Tuesday, Nov. 7 at noon through Sunday, Nov. 12. Mon, 06 Nov 2017 18:58:42 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2678.html Andrea Jones 2017-11-06T18:58:42Z NW Montana Hunter Check Station Summary through 10/29/17 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2676.html (KALISPELL, Mont.) At five northwest Montana check stations, a total of 5,375 hunters checked 357 white-tailed deer (178 were bucks), 14 mule deer, and 22 elk for a 7.4 percent rate of check station hunters with game. This compares to 6,051 hunters and 9.1 percent rate of hunters with game at check stations last year through the second weekend of the general season. The Swan check station was the only check station to see an increase in hunters with game compared to 2016. Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:39:17 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2676.html 2017-10-31T16:39:17Z Region 3 (SW Montana) Check Station Data for Weekend #2 2017 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2677.html Sunny skies and warmer temperatures greeted hunters to start the second weekend of the general hunting season in Montana with harvest success slightly down compared to opening weekend and fewer hunters heading into the field. Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:18:06 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2677.html Andrea Jones 2017-10-31T16:18:06Z South central Montana hunter numbers, deer harvest down http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2675.html The number of hunters who stopped at Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations in south central Montana during the first two weekends of the 2017 general big-game season was down from last year. The deer harvest also was lower than in 2016, but the number of checked elk was up sharply from a year ago. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 20:23:16 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2675.html 2017-10-30T20:23:16Z Region 6 Havre Check Station Results after Opening Weekend of General Hunting Season http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2673.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Havre hunter check station was fairly active over the weekend (Oct. 21-22) of general deer and elk opener, with an increase of hunters checked compared to last year. Oct. 21-22 was the third weekend that the check station has been open, as the station began collecting data Oct. 7-8, corresponding with the opening weekend of pheasant and general antelope. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:57:39 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2673.html Marc Kloker 2017-10-30T16:57:39Z West-Central Montana Hunter Check Stations Numbers Still Up http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2674.html Hunter traffic and harvest slowed during the second weekend of big game hunting in west-central Montana, but cumulative harvest totals at the region’s three hunter check stations are still up from the past three seasons. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:55:14 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2674.html 2017-10-30T16:55:14Z Weather a mixed bag for general season opener in Region 7 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2672.html Weather was a mixed bag for this weekend’s opening of the general big game season in Region 7 - warm at times, rainy at others and windy throughout - but hunters had no problem finding deer in good numbers. Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:36:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2672.html Marla Prell 2017-10-26T19:36:00Z Hunter Visitation at NW Montana Check Stations is Variable http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2671.html (KALISPELL, Mont.) Hunters took to the field Saturday and Sunday across Northwest Montana for the opening of the 2017 general deer and elk season. At five northwest Montana check stations, a total of 3041 hunters check 278 white-tailed deer (132 were bucks), 4 mule deer, and 22 elk for a 10.0 percent rate of check station hunters with game. This compares to 3138 hunters and a 12.7 percent rate of hunters with game at check stations last year for opening weekend. Tue, 24 Oct 2017 15:12:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/hunting/nr_2671.html 2017-10-24T15:12:00Z