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Welcome to FWP Region 6

Stretching from the shortgrass prairie south of the Canadian border to the fertile cropland along the Milk and Missouri rivers, Region 6 offers recreational opportunities as limitless as the eastern Montana horizon.

Antelope and mule deer inhabit the open and rougher terrain. White-tailed deer abound along rivers and streams, and world-class elk and bighorn sheep herds inhabit the Missouri River Breaks along sprawling Fort Peck Reservoir. The productive Prairie Pothole region produces thousands of ducks and geese. Pheasants are found in agricultural areas, and native sharp-tailed and sage grouse are plentiful in grassy and prairie habitat.

Anglers target walleye, northern pike, Chinook salmon, lake trout and smallmouth bass in Fort Peck Reservoir, and the Missouri River both above and below the lake offers great fishing for a variety of native and introduced species. Smaller reservoirs, such as Nelson near Malta and Fresno and Beaver Creek near Havre, provide more good fishing.

Hunters and anglers rarely experience crowding in this least populous region of the state, but the communities along Montana's Hi-Line offer plenty of accommodations and amenities for visitors and residents alike.

2016 Spring Turkey Hunting

Game Damage

Public Pond Fishing Guide

Fort Peck Reservoir Fisheries Management Plan 2012–2022

The Fort Peck Fisheries Management Plan will guide the Department's management activities on the reservoir for the next 10 years. Included in this plan are prescriptions for managing the major game species, including walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, sauger, lake trout and Chinook salmon. The prescriptions for each species include goals for stocking, goals for population size, goals for angler catch rates, and research needs. The plan also discusses the management approach for fishing tournaments, water quality and zooplankton monitoring, and dealing with aquatic invasive species.

Recent Region 6 News

Missouri River Breaks Fall Elk Distribution Study Completed

04/27/2016

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Charles M. Russell (CMR) National Wildlife Refuge recently partnered on a study to evaluate the effects of public hunting access and other landscape factors on elk distributions during the fall archery and rifle hunting seasons. The study took place in the Missouri River Breaks area north of the Missouri River in hunting districts 621, 622 and 631.

(Region 6 - Fish & Wildlife)

Bowhunter Education Online Field Day Offered in Glasgow

04/27/2016

A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks bowhunter education online field course will take place in Glasgow on Saturday, June 4. Students must have completed the online education course before participating in the field day.

(Region 6 - Education)

Second Hunter Education Classes Offered in Glasgow

04/27/2016

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the Glasgow area. There will be a regular classroom course May 20-22, and an adult field course on May 28. This is the last hunter education course that will be held before the June 1 deadline for deer, elk, and antelope.

(Region 6 - Education)

FWP Region 6 Elk Surveys Completed

04/24/2016

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists have completed the 2016 survey of the Missouri River Breaks (MRB) and Bears Paw elk herds in Region 6. The aerial surveys were completed in February and March by Region 6 biologists Scott Hemmer and Drew Henry. Overall, the surveys found that elk numbers in both areas increased since the last survey.

(Region 6 - Fish & Wildlife)