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Welcome to FWP Region 3

FWP's administrative Region 3 is located in southwest Montana and includes the counties of Beaverhead, Broadwater, Gallatin, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Madison, Park, Silver Bow, and part of Deer Lodge. Region 3 encompasses 18,089 square miles, which is more than 12% of the total land area of Montana. About 60% of the region is made up of public lands administered by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

Southwest Montana is made up of broad valleys comprised of prairie habitats of grasslands, sagebrush, and wooded riparian areas rising to foothills and mountains as high as 11,000 feet in elevation. Most of the lower lands are privately-owned, while most of the higher reaches are federally-owned by the U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management.

Region 3 is home to 9 state parks, including Montana's oldest—Lewis and Clark Caverns—and Bannack State Park, the site of the first Territorial Capital. The region is headwaters to some of the most renowned trout rivers in the U.S., including the Madison, Gallatin, Jefferson, upper Missouri, upper Yellowstone, Beaverhead, and Big Hole. About 26% of Montana's angling takes place in Region 3, and the region boasts 95 fishing access sites. Big game hunting is a major draw in southwest Montana. Approximately 50% of the elk harvest in the entire state happens in Region 3.

Recent Region 3 News

Dillon Area Spring Hunter Education Course 2017

Fri Mar 24 14:06:44 MDT 2017

The 2017 Dillon spring hunter education course will be held at the Dillon Middle School on April 19, 21, 24, 25 and 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night. The field day will be held on Saturday, Apr. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dillon Rifle and Pistol Club Range.

(Region 3 - Education)

Bozeman Spring Hunter Education 2017 Set for April

Thu Mar 23 14:43:56 MDT 2017

Registration is now open for Bozeman’s spring hunter education course. Online registration is required, and students under 18 years of age must have the consent of a parent or guardian.

(Region 3 - Education)

Meeting Set for Mar. 22 to Discuss 2017 Mountain Lion Season

Wed Mar 08 13:57:22 MST 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a public meeting on Wednesday, Mar. 22 to discuss mountain lion management and tentative quotas for the 2017 mountain lion hunting season in Region 3. The meeting will get underway at 7 p.m. at the Headwaters Community Center (223 N. Main St.) in Three Forks.

(Region 3 - Hunting)