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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

Hunter numbers, harvest up in south central Montana


The number of hunters who stopped at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park check stations in south central Montana over the past weekend was higher than last year, as was the percentage of hunters with harvested game.

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Hunter numbers, mule deer harvest up in south central Montana


Warm weather and at least one still day in south central Montana put more hunters in the field over the weekend than the same weekend last year. Many hunters reported that they are starting to see rutting activity in deer, which was borne out by more bucks that appeared in check stations.

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Region 5 Check Station Week 3 Report


Hunter numbers are lower coming out of the third weekend of the general season but harvest numbers, especially elk, are up. FWP operated four check stations in south central Montana and checked 775 hunters during the third weekend of the state’s general rifle hunting season. They checked 71 white-tailed deer and 111 mule deer, the elk harvest heated up with 60 animals checked – up from 28 animals a year ago. Read on for more detail from the check stations:

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