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Welcome to FWP Region 5

Bordered by the Beartooth and Crazy mountains in the southwest and the prairies to the east, Region 5 is a land of contrast.

The area's 5 state parks offer opportunities from visiting archaeological sites, to boating and fishing, blacktailed prairie dog viewing, and an exploration of the home of the last chief of the Crow Indians.

Recreation opportunities abound on the Yellowstone, Stillwater, Bighorn, and Boulder Rivers. Fisherman cast their lines for Yellowstone cutthroat, brown, and rainbow trout; smallmouth bass; and channel catfish. Boaters enjoy a leisurely float or maneuver the class IV rapids on the Stillwater River.

A variety of upland game birds, deer, and antelope on the prairies to the east, and bear and elk in the mountains offers a diversity of hunting opportunities.

Hikers in the vast Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness enjoy the scenery and abundant wildlife including bighorn sheep, mountain goats, moose, elk, and bears. An array of high mountain lakes offers beautiful vistas and fishing holes for cutthroat, rainbow, brook, and golden trout.

Bighorn Lake Live Bait Fish Import Permit

This permit allows anglers to legally transport live bait fish across the Wyoming state line into Montana for use while fishing the Montana portion of Bighorn Lake. Live bait fish may be obtained from a licensed bait dealer in Wyoming authorized to sell bait fish for use in the Wind/Bighorn Drainage in Wyoming or with a Wyoming seining/trapping permit valid for the waters listed on the permit. This permit also allows Montana anglers to transport legally obtained live bait fish from Montana down through Wyoming and back into Montana for use in the Montana portion of Bighorn Lake as long as the import restrictions on the permit are followed.

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Recent Region 5 News

Special CWD mule deer hunt closes Sunday; first lab results positive

Fri Jan 05 07:26:52 MST 2018

The mule deer portion of a special hunt in Carbon County to gather information about chronic wasting disease, or CWD, will close half an hour past sunset at 5:16 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, after the predetermined harvest quota was met. Meanwhile, laboratory results show that samples collected from two mule deer harvested during the opening weekend of the special hunt tested positive for exposure to the disease.

(Region 5 - Hunting)

Mule deer harvest approaches CWD hunt quota

Thu Jan 04 08:49:19 MST 2018

Hunters have harvested 268 deer in Carbon County as part of a special hunt to gather data on chronic wasting disease, or CWD, in south central Montana. Of those, 183 were mule deer – just short of the 200-animal quota that will trigger a closure of that part of the season. The deer brought to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ check station at Joliet or to Billings since Dec. 15 also include 85 white-tailed deer.

(Region 5 - Hunting)

Hunters harvest 65 deer on first full week of CWD hunt

Tue Dec 26 15:52:26 MST 2017

Hunters harvested 65 deer in Carbon County last week and over the weekend as part of a special hunt to gather data on chronic wasting disease, or CWD, in south central Montana.

(Region 5 - Hunting)

Public meetings set on 2018-19 hunting seasons

Thu Dec 21 08:58:16 MST 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has scheduled six January meetings in south central Montana to present information, answer questions and accept comments on proposed 2018 and 2019 hunting season dates and regulations.

(Region 5 - Hunting)