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Welcome to FWP Region 1

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.

Recent Region 1 News

Thompson Falls area Game Warden Troy Hinck responded to a report of seven wasted whitetail bucks west of Trout Creek. The people involved cut off the antlers and wasted the majority of the animals. Anyone with information about this incident can call Warden Hinck at 240-2271. Callers can also anonymously report information to 1-800-TIP-MONT. Callers who provide information leading to a conviction may be eligible for a reward.
(Region 1 - Enforcement - 12/11/2014)
At the six northwest Montana check stations, whitetail deer harvest finished slightly ahead of last year’s totals as the season wrapped up on Sunday. At the six northwest Montana check stations through the end of the season on Sunday, November 30, a total of 16,708 hunters checked 1,138 white-tailed deer ( 988 of these were bucks), 139 mule deer, and 50 elk for a 7.9 percent rate of hunters with game. This is slightly higher than the 7.1 percent of hunters with game last year. The number of hunters in northwest Montana was down nine percent as compared to last year’s total. The counts at the six northwest Montana check stations represent a sampling of the harvest and do not represent the complete number of animals taken. Details of total harvest for each hunting district will be known after telephone hunter surveys are completed this winter.
(Region 1 - Hunting - 12/11/2014)
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Citizen Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 9 (Public meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.) at the Region One FWP Headquarters on North Meridian Road in Kalispell. Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Gary Wolfe of Missoula will give an update and northwest Montana legislators have been invited to discuss FWP issues. Paul Sihler, FWP Chief of Operations in Helena, will attend and give an update on legislation and FWP operations.
(Region 1 - Councils & Committees - 12/08/2014)
Montana Game Wardens and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Agents are looking for information on a Grizzly Bear that was shot and killed on November 12, 2014, in the Hay/Moran Creek area in the North Fork of the Flathead Drainage. The initial report was made to FWP by hunter in the area.
(Region 1 - Hunting - 11/25/2014)
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. At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 23, a total of 14, 194 hunters checked 879 white-tailed deer (766 of these were bucks) as compared to 842 whitetails last year). Also in the count were 124 mule deer, and 43 elk for an overall 7.4 percent rate of hunters with game. Harvest was up slightly as compared to last year when 6.7 percent of hunters checked game. Hunter numbers are down about six percent as compared to last year.
(Region 1 - Hunting - 11/25/2014)