Important Dates

Important Dates

Youth waterfowl and pheasant weekend – Sept. 24-25 Sage grouse season closes – Sept. 30 Waterfowl season opens (see regulations for flyway specific information) – Oct. 1 Antelope season opens – Oct. 8 Deer, elk archery season closes – Oct. 16 General deer and elk season opens – Oct. 22 Fall mountain lion season opens – Oct. 22

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TIP-MONT Works 24/7 to Stop Poachers

TIP-MONT Works 24/7 to Stop Poachers

Montana’s outdoor crime-stopper help line, TIP-MONT, has a new online option to report poachers and other hunting-season violators. Now alert citizens can report poaching and violations of hunting regulations by going to the FWP website atfwp.mt.gov. Click “TIP-MONT” to use the online report form. “TIP-MONT online is best used to report observations that might help solve a violation that has already occurred,” said Brian Shinn, FWP’s TIP-MONT coordinator. “The TIP-MONT toll-free number—1-800-TIP-MONT or 1-800-847-6668—is the best way to report crimes that are in progress, or where immediate assistance is needed.” Shinn said that while the online service isn’t a real-time […]

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Warm-Weather Care of Big Game

Warm-Weather Care of Big Game

Early-season hunts are often accompanied by warmer temperatures, which makes caring for the meat in the field that much more critical. Following are some hints from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to help make sure your meat retains its quality and is safe for consumption. The bone is what retains the heat and is the source of the problem and causes meat to ultimately sour in the event that it does. You need to expose the bone to ambient air as the bone transfers the heat to the muscle. Split down the spine from the inside, through the spine and […]

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Updated Permit Application Packets Now Available

Updated Permit Application Packets Now Available

March 15 is the deadline to apply for Montana’s 2016 deer and elk hunting permits. An updated and easy-to-use 10-page application packet is available online at fwp.mt.gov. Paper applications are also available from most license providers and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices. All deer and elk regulations became final at February’s Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting. Many quotas in the first edition of the Permit Application Packet were listed as pending commission approval. Those quotas have been adopted. Hard copies of the Permit Application Packets are available at FWP offices. New to this year’s March 15 application packet will […]

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2016 Hunting & Fishing Licenses On Sale Monday With Change In Fees

2016 Hunting & Fishing Licenses On Sale Monday With Change In Fees

Montana’s 2016 hunting and fishing licenses go on sale Monday, Feb. 1, under a new fee structure passed by the state legislature. Licenses will be available at all Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks license outlets. This year hunters must purchase a new “base hunting license” that is a prerequisite to buying any state hunting license. The $10 resident license includes the hunting access enhancement fee that was charged separately for $2 last year. The new base hunting license was created in lieu of adjusting license fees for individual species. A season-long Montana resident fishing license will increase by $3 this […]

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Montana Elk Shoulder Seasons

Montana Elk Shoulder Seasons

In anticipation of strong interest in upcoming antlerless elk “shoulder seasons”  in five central Montana hunting districts, state wildlife officials are contacting landowners and working out details for hunters interested in participating in the post-season hunts. The shoulder-season hunts, aimed at reducing elk populations in some areas, are pilot projects approved earlier this month by the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission for hunting districts on the north and east sides of the Big Belts, the Castle Mountains, and in the Missouri River Breaks. The elk shoulder-seasons in hunting districts 445, 446, 449, and 452 will begin on Nov. 30, 2015 […]

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Region 5 Check Station Week 3 Report

Region 5 Check Station Week 3 Report

Elk harvest picks up on third weekend in south central Montana. BILLINGS 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. Here are some details from the check stations: BIG TIMBER The number of hunters who stopped at […]

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