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Northwest Montana is known for its lakes and rivers, featuring two-thirds of all the recreational waters and one third of all registered boats in the state. Over 500 lakes support fish, ranging from 125,000-acre Flathead Lake, the largest lake west of the Great Lakes, to hundreds of high mountain lakes. More than 3,000 miles of fishable stream flow through the Region. Sensitive native fish species, including the westslope cutthroat trout, bull trout, and red-band rainbow trout, reside in the waters of Region One. Important wildlife species include grizzly and black bear bears, mountain lion, white-tailed deer, three species of mountain grouse, and furbearers such as marten and wolverine. Region One provides about half of the black bear and mountain lion harvest in the state. The white-tailed deer is the most popular big game animal pursued by hunters.

Varied land ownerships and agency responsibilities make for challenging natural resource management in the Region, which is bound by the Flathead Indian Reservation to the south, and Glacier National Park to the north. Millions of acres of national forest wilderness and hundreds of thousands of acres of corporate timberlands are found in Region One as well. FWP, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and various local, state, and federal agencies work together to manage habitat and wildlife. The state and tribes have unique agreements to co-manage fisheries in Flathead Lake, and fishing and hunting on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Region 1 Wildlife Information

Recent Region 1 News

FWP Makes Decision on West Kootenai WMA Fire Salvage Project EA

Fri Nov 17 09:55:18 MST 2017

(KALISPELL, Mont.) Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed the public review process for the West Kootenai Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Fire Salvage Project Draft EA. FWP proposes to conduct a timber salvage project on 506 acres of the West Kootenai WMA. The proposed project would include the use of mechanized timber harvest to remove merchantable fire-killed timber, as well as associated road maintenance work and reclamation activities. The WMA is located near the community of West Kootenai and about 6.5 miles north of Rexford, Montana, in Lincoln County (T37N, R28W, S3, 4, & 10).

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)

Some Indications That the Rut Is Starting

Tue Nov 14 10:12:18 MST 2017

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.

(Region 1 - Hunting)

Wolf Trapper Certification Class Scheduled

Thu Nov 09 16:50:06 MST 2017

(KALISPELL, Mont.) Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a Wolf Trapper Certification class on Saturday, December 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the FWP Headquarters on North Meridian Road in Kalispell. This one-time certification is required for all wolf trappers in Montana. Individuals that have been certified in years past do not need to take the class again.

(Region 1 - Education)

Winter Conditions Arrive for NW Montana Hunters

Thu Nov 09 10:09:18 MST 2017

(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.

(Region 1 - Hunting)

New Date for Haskill and Trumbull Creek Liaison Team Meetings

Tue Oct 31 10:59:09 MDT 2017

(KALISPELL, Mont.) The public is invited to attend Liaison Team meetings between Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and F. H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company for the Haskill Creek and Trumbull Creek conservation easements.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)