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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

Commission approves CWD hunt in south central Montana, licenses go on sale Dec. 11

Fri Dec 08 10:07:37 MST 2017

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the Bridger Special Chronic Wasting Disease Hunt at its regular monthly meeting Thursday. The hunt will begin on Dec. 15 and go through Feb. 15. Licenses will go on sale Dec. 11. The goal of the hunt is to determine prevalence and distribution of chronic wasting disease within the hunt area. This is critical information for FWP as it plans for long-term disease management in the area.

(Region 5 - Fish & Wildlife)

FWP schedules Joliet public meeting on CWD

Wed Dec 06 10:48:05 MST 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold a public meeting in Joliet Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, to talk about chronic wasting disease, or CWD, and a special deer hunt this winter. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Joliet Community Center. During the meeting, FWP wildlife officials will make presentations on CWD and the special hunt and answer questions.

(Region 5 - Fish & Wildlife)

New CWD positive tests could change scope of special hunt

Mon Dec 04 10:22:03 MST 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks testing has identified two more cases of chronic wasting disease in Carbon County deer. The discovery means that the scope of a planned special hunt, which will go before the Fish and Wildlife Commission next week for approval, could expand into northern Carbon County.

(Region 5 - Headlines)

Hunter numbers down, weekend harvest mixed in south central Montana

Mon Nov 27 14:23:37 MST 2017

Warm temperatures and manageable winds made for comfortable hunting but tough tracking conditions during this past weekend, the final two days of Montana’s 2017 general big-game hunting season. The result, measured at five Fish, Wildlife and Parks south central Montana check stations, generally was fewer hunters than last year and mixed success for hunters.

(Region 5 - Hunting)