Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Recreation News (RSS) http://fwp.mt.gov/news/rss/recreation/default.html Most recent 25 news releases en en High water is dangerous for all boaters - be prepared or don't go http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0394.html Those who have had to give up and return to shore due to poor boating conditions know it can be a tough decision. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:24:45 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0394.html 2017-04-18T22:24:45Z Mussel Alert and Boater Program Talks Set for Havre on April 12 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0393.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will host an open house in Havre on April 12 to discuss the upcoming watercraft inspection season, new regulations, and Local Boater program certification. The open house will also focus on Montana’s plan to detect, contain, and prevent the spread of invasive mussels and other aquatic invasive species, and will go over new rules regarding transportation of aquatic bait (such as minnows and leeches). Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:39:46 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0393.html Marc Kloker 2017-04-11T22:39:46Z FWP to close main road to Grant Marsh FAS due to highwater http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0392.html With current and forecasted highwater conditions in the Bighorn River and the growing potential for road erosion and safety concerns, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is closing the main access road to Grant Marsh Fishing Access Site boat ramp effective Monday morning. Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:59:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0392.html 2017-04-06T16:59:00Z FWP implements new permitting process for training dogs in the open field http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0391.html A permitting system is now available through Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to allow people to train hunting dogs in open fields and in proximity to wild nesting birds. Mon, 03 Apr 2017 20:52:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0391.html 2017-04-03T20:52:00Z Birding/Outdoor group takes wing http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0390.html Even though it wasn’t officially spring yet, about 15 members of the fledgling Birding/Outdoor Group were in Miles City’s Wibaux Park March 16 trying to catch a glimpse of some birds. Enthusiasm levels were high, binoculars were at the ready, and there were a few species spotted. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:10:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0390.html 2017-03-31T14:10:00Z Education Reception to Focus on Invasive Species at State Capitol April 3 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0389.html An educational event to spread awareness about the risks and impacts invasive species pose to Montana’s waters and lands will be held Monday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Montana State Capitol rotunda in Helena. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:29:56 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0389.html 2017-03-29T21:29:56Z Mussel Alert and Boater Program Talks Set for North Central Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0388.html The Joint Mussel Response Team will host open houses in April at eight towns in north central Montana to discuss the upcoming watercraft inspection season, new regulations, and local boater program certification. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:29:08 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0388.html 2017-03-29T21:29:08Z Mussel Alert and Local Boater Program Talks Set for Townsend, Bozeman and Butte http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0387.html The Joint Mussel Response Implementation Team will host open houses next week in Townsend, Bozeman and Butte to discuss the upcoming watercraft inspection season, new regulations, and local boater program certification. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:51:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0387.html 2017-03-28T20:51:00Z Mussel Alert and Local Boater Program Talks Set for Townsend, Bozeman and Butte http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0386.html The Joint Mussel Response Implementation Team will host open houses next week in Townsend, Bozeman and Butte to discuss the upcoming watercraft inspection season, new regulations, and local boater program certification. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:43:38 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0386.html 2017-03-28T18:43:38Z Commission approves rule on boat ramps at suspect mussel sites http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0385.html On Wednesday following a teleconference, the Fish & Wildlife Commission approved an annual rule restricting the launch and exit of motorized boats on waters designated by FWP as suspect or positive for invasive mussels. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:29:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0385.html 2017-03-27T19:29:00Z Reminders for shed hunters: WMAs are closed, be bear aware http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0384.html With the arrival of spring and melting snow, shed hunters take to the hills in search of cherished shed elk and deer antlers. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:37:05 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0384.html 2017-03-27T18:37:05Z FWP opens two ramps on Canyon Ferry for weekend boating http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0383.html Boaters heading to Canyon Ferry Reservoir this weekend will find two open ramps with decontamination stations. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:20:32 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0383.html 2017-03-24T22:20:32Z Get ready for boating season, take a boater ed course http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0382.html The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks encourage boaters to enroll in a boating education course prior to the kickoff of the boating season. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:20:01 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0382.html 2017-03-21T20:20:01Z Commission to hold Wednesday teleconference on Canyon Ferry, Tiber rules http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0381.html The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a special teleconference meeting on Wednesday, March 22 to consider special watercraft rules at Canyon Ferry and Tiber Reservoirs. Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:13:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0381.html 2017-03-20T22:13:00Z FWP Set to Inspect Watercraft at Canyon Ferry Reservoir at Silos Boat Launch http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0380.html The Joint Montana Mussel Response Implementation Team today announced that watercraft inspectors will be at the Silos boat launch north of Townsend on Canyon Ferry Reservoir beginning this weekend. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:41:19 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0380.html 2017-03-17T21:41:19Z Mussel Alert Plan and Local Boater Program at Montana WILD March 27 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0379.html The Joint Mussel Response Implementation Team will host an open house at Montana WILD in Helena on March 27 to discuss the upcoming watercraft inspection season, new regulations, and local boater program certification. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:33:40 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0379.html 2017-03-17T21:33:40Z New Boat Decals Required this Season http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0378.html Owners of motorboats, sailboats or personal watercraft need to get new, free 2017-2020 validation decals for their watercraft soon. The blue validation decals expired Feb. 28. Tue, 07 Mar 2017 17:03:08 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0378.html 2017-03-07T17:03:08Z New boat validation decals required http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0377.html Owners of motorboats, sailboats or personal watercraft need to get new, free 2017-2020 validation decals for their watercraft soon. The current blue decals expired Feb. 28. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:24:21 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0377.html 2017-02-22T15:24:21Z FWP seeks comment on rules aimed at invasive mussels http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0376.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on proposed amendments to rules that outline new regulations needed in the battle to contain, detect and prevent the risk of spreading invasive mussels and other aquatic invasive species to other state waters. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:08:19 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0376.html 2017-02-17T20:08:19Z Shed Hunters Urged to Hold Off Until Spring http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0375.html Winter can be a tough time for us humans, whether struggling with a pesky cold or digging out from the latest snowstorm. Now imagine what it’s like for Montana’s elk population. It’s an especially stressful time for elk, with deep snow and limited food options. That’s why Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is asking shed hunters and other recreationists to give elk their space until the snow melts and the animals are less stressed. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:38:52 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0375.html Andrea Jones 2017-02-10T20:38:52Z FWP sets meetings on land acquisition http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0374.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold two public hearings next week to answer questions and hear comments on a proposal to add 425 acres to the Grant Marsh Wildlife Management Area seven miles north of Hardin in Big Horn County. Tue, 07 Feb 2017 19:50:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0374.html 2017-02-07T19:50:00Z New boat validation decals required http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0373.html Owners of motorboats, sailboats or personal watercraft need to get new, free 2017-2020 validation decals for their watercraft soon. The current blue decals expire Feb. 28. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:40:56 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0373.html 2017-01-23T16:40:56Z F&W Commission Considers No Wake Rule for Section of Madison http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0372.html Montana’s Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a public hearing to consider restricting motorized boat use of the Madison River to a no wake speed from the North Ennis Lake Bridge to the Madison Dam. The public hearing is set for Feb. 15 at FWP’s regional headquarters in Bozeman (1400 S. 19th Ave.) beginning at 6 p.m. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:23:51 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0372.html Andrea Jones 2017-01-20T17:23:51Z Recreationists comment on Quiet Waters Initiative http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0370.html Concerned recreationists gathered in three Montana communities Monday night to listen and comment on the Quiet Waters Initiative, a new set of rules for various state waterways proposed by the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:07:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0370.html 2017-01-12T23:07:00Z Public hearing on Quiet Waters Initiative available via videoconference in Miles City http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0369.html A petition, known as the Quiet Waters Initiative, was submitted to the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission this past spring by Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. The petition states that Montana has experienced advanced motorized technology on its waterways, which has potentially opened up waters previously thought to be unusable by motorized water craft. At its regular May meeting, the Commission initiated rulemaking on the petition, stating, in part, that the Commission should consider being proactive instead of reactive to the changes in recreation on Montana’s waterways to avoid conflicts and protect traditional and safe recreational uses. For anyone who is interested in listening to the proceedings or giving public comment, a meeting will be available via videoconference at the Miles City Fish, Wildlife & Parks Headquarters on Monday, Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:44:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0369.html 2017-01-04T17:44:00Z