Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Recreation News (RSS) http://fwp.mt.gov/news/rss/recreation/default.html Most recent 25 news releases en en 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 Shooting range development grant deadline nears http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0368.html The deadline for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks shooting range development grants is rapidly approaching. The deadline to apply for range development grants is Feb.1, 2017. Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:21:11 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0368.html 2017-01-04T17:21:11Z FWP to hold public hearings, extends comment period on Quiet Waters Petition http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0367.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold public comment meetings around the state in January on proposed rules to limit motorized water craft use on some of the state’s water bodies. Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:19:28 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0367.html 2017-01-04T17:19:28Z Comments taken on two proposed fee changes http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0366.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is taking public comment on two proposed rule changes: one on commercial use of fishing access sites and wildlife management areas and another that would increase camping fees at fishing access sites. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:14:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0366.html 2016-10-24T19:14:00Z Hunters and Anglers: Don't forget your life jacket http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0365.html Fall hunting season is well underway and the winter season is just around the corner. More hunters and anglers are on the water, putting themselves in potential danger if they don’t use common sense precautions. Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:53:13 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0365.html 2016-10-05T16:53:13Z Community partners make Gartside FAS enhancements possible http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0364.html Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks just completed a major enhancement project at Gartside Reservoir Fishing Access Site in Richland County, but it would not have been possible without the vision of the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership group and help from many area businesses, organizations and volunteers. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:44:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0364.html 2016-09-29T16:44:00Z Reminder: Upper Madison River Recreation Meetings Next Week http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0363.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host three public listening sessions next week in order to gather public input on potential recreation management strategies for the Upper Madison River. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:54:19 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0363.html Andrea Jones 2016-08-26T15:54:19Z Meetings Slated to Discuss Upper Madison River Recreation http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0362.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host three public listening sessions at the end of the month of August in order to gather public input on potential recreation management strategies for the Upper Madison River. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:41:17 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0362.html Andrea Jones 2016-08-11T15:41:17Z Fire Restrictions at FWP Properties in Park County http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0361.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ properties in Park County are now under Stage 1 fire restrictions. The restrictions apply specifically to all 22 FWP fishing access sites in the county and Dome Mountain Wildlife Management Area near Emigrant. There are no State Parks in Park County. Fri, 05 Aug 2016 20:59:51 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0361.html Andrea Jones 2016-08-05T20:59:51Z Fire Restrictions at FWP Properties in Madison County http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0360.html Due to the high level of fire danger, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ properties in Madison County are under Stage 1 fire restrictions effective Monday, Aug. 1. The restrictions apply specifically to FWP Fishing Access Sites, Wildlife Management Areas, and State Parks. Mon, 01 Aug 2016 16:37:56 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0360.html Andrea Jones 2016-08-01T16:37:56Z Tongue River Marina Suffers Fire Damage; Closed Until Further Notice http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0359.html Montana State Parks announced today that Tongue River Marina at Tongue River Reservoir State Park will be CLOSED until further notice due to fire Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:51:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0359.html 2016-07-29T21:51:00Z Stand-up paddleboards have safety equipment requirements, like other vessels http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0358.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wants to remind persons using stand-up paddleboard (SUPs) that a life jacket is required to be on board. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 16:27:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0358.html 2016-07-06T16:27:00Z No fireworks on FWP property including fishing access sites http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0357.html Visiting a Montana fishing access site on the July 4th weekend is a great idea – just leave the fireworks at home. Fri, 01 Jul 2016 22:16:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0357.html 2016-07-01T22:16:00Z Stand-up paddleboards have safety equipment requirements, like other vessels http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0356.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wants to remind persons using stand-up paddleboard (SUPs) that a life jacket is required to be on board. The use of SUPs has exploded in Montana over the past few years. The vessels are fun, easy-to-use and have equipment requirements, not unlike other vessels. Fri, 01 Jul 2016 21:47:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0356.html 2016-07-01T21:47:00Z No fireworks on FWP property including fishing access sites http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0355.html Visiting a Montana fishing access site on the July 4th weekend is a great idea – just leave the fireworks at home. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0355.html 2016-06-29T15:00:00Z Donation helps Forsyth Fishing Access Site http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0354.html Anglers and others who use East Rosebud Fising Access Site in Forsyth will benefit from a generous private donation toward road improvements at the site. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:59:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0354.html Marla Prell 2016-06-24T16:59:00Z Boat owners need validation decals http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0353.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wants to remind motorboat, sailboat or personal watercraft owners that they must have the Montana Boat Validation decals properly displayed on their watercraft. Boaters who have permanently registered their boats, sailboats, or PWC must obtain two free boat validation decals every three years at FWP regional and area offices, or by going to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov; click Boat Validation Decals. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:29:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0353.html 2016-06-21T14:29:00Z New AIS rules in place for Montana recreationists http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0352.html Boaters in Montana have a couple of new rules to abide by this summer geared toward fighting the spread of aquatic invasive species. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:22:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0352.html 2016-06-21T14:22:00Z Free fishing for Father's Day weekend June 18-19 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0351.html Whether you’re tying on a salmonfly or threading a night crawler onto a hook, on Saturday and Sunday, everyone in Montana can fish for free. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 22:46:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0351.html 2016-06-14T22:46:00Z