MT FWP To Host Bison Discussion In Lewistown

BisonMontana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a two-day discussion in Lewistown on public issues related to efforts to create a long-term bison conservation and management plan for Montana.

FWP is seeking to bring together a number of state and community leaders for the Sept. 26-27 facilitated gathering at the Yogo Inn, 211 E. Main St. in Lewistown. The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 10 a.m. on Sept. 26 and end at 3 p.m. on Sept. 27. [Read more…]

MT Drawing Application Deadline

The deadlines to apply for FWP’s special license drawings are May 1 for bison, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat; and June 1 for elk, deer and antelope.

Applying for special big game hunting permits and licenses is a lot easier these days for the growing number of hunters who apply online at fwp.mt.gov .   Click “ Apply for a Permit or License .”

In ternet applicants receive instant confirmation that their applications are accepted and accurate. To avoid the one slip-up that can’t be detected, applicants should double check their desired hunting district numbers before and after entering them. Once submitted, the application can’t be changed.

Applicants will need a MasterCard or Visa credit card. A convenience fee of $1.25, plus two percent of the total purchase, will be added to the purchase price.

F or those who don’t own a computer, Internet access is available at Montana’s 80 public libraries and 30 branch public libraries. Paper applications are available at all FWP offices and from most license providers.

Additional information about FWP’s $5 SuperTag lottery is also available online on FWP’s SuperTag Web page. The SuperTag chances are available for bison, moose, sheep, mountain goat, deer, elk, antelope, and mountain lion hunts.

FWP’s Foys Bend Property To Open To Limited Public Hunting

 

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ recently acquired 245-acre Foys Bend Fisheries Conservation Area east of Kalispell will be open to limited permission-only public hunting starting Friday November 27 th. Deer, upland bird and waterfowl hunting will be available through the end of the big game season on November 29. Deer hunting is limited to use of shotgun, muzzleloader, traditional handgun, cross bow, or archery. After November 29, the area will be open to upland bird and waterfowl hunting through January 15, 2010 based on standard Montana hunting regulations.

Because of the anticipated high demand for deer hunting, allocation of permission will be by a drawing system for the remainder of the big game season. Hunters should come to the FWP office in Kalispell on Tuesday November 24 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. to sign up for the drawing that will be held shortly after 9 a.m. Hunters must be present to be drawn for a spot. After the big game season hunters will be able to sign up on a first-come-first-served basis. Hunter numbers are restricted to one party of no more than four people per day, and any one individual may access the property as a hunter or a party member only one day/week and not on consecutive days.

For more information, contact FWP at 752-5501.

Montana’s Bison Hunt

BisonMontana’s bison hunt attracted 10,363 individual applicants for the either sex bison licenses for the Nov. 15 “ Feb. 15, 2010 season, including 909 nonresidents. Of these applicants, 34 residents and two nonresidents were successful in the drawing.

Of the 16 additional licenses offered to Montana Indian Tribes, only eight were accepted, the remaining eight are included in the 36 licenses issued to residents and nonresidents.

FWP placed 99 residents and one nonresident on a cow/calf license roster. The cow/calf licenses will only be issued if a sufficient number of animals migrate into Montana from Yellowstone National Park.

Weekend collisions kill 15 Yellowstone bison

 

Fifteen Yellowstone bison were killed on a two-mile stretch of road just north of West Yellowstone in three different collisions this week.


At around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, a Ford Fusion hit seven bison, four were killed immediately and three had to be euthanized, according to the Yellowstone National Park Public Affairs Office and the Montana Highway Patrol.

The Fusion, a midsize sedan, was totaled and the driver received minor injuries.

Then on Monday morning, eight bison were hit, seven of them by a semi truck. A GMAC Yukon, which was following the semi, hit the eighth bison, according to MHP and park officials. No major injuries were reported in those accidents either.

Read the full article here.

Bison Added To FWP's Special License Drawings

The deadlines to apply for FWP’s special license drawings are May 1 for bison, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat; and June 1 for elk, deer and antelope.

The May 1 deadline for bison is new this year.

Applying for special big game hunting permits and licenses is a lot easier these days for the growing number of hunters who apply online at fwp.mt.gov.

Internet applicants receive instant confirmation that their applications are accepted and accurate, a feature that protects hunters from being excluded from a special drawing. To avoid the one unintended slip-up that can’t be detected, applicants should double check their desired hunting district numbers before and after entering them. Once submitted, the application can’t be changed.

Hunters can apply online at fwp.mt.gov . Click “Apply for a Permit or License.” Applicants will need a MasterCard or Visa credit card. A convenience fee of $1.25, plus two percent of the total purchase, will be added to the purchase price.

For those who don’t own a computer, Internet access is available at Montana’s 80 public libraries and 30 branch public libraries. Paper applications are available at all FWP offices and from most license providers.

Additional information about FWP’s $5 SuperTag lottery is also available online on FWP’s SuperTag Web page. The SuperTag chances are available for bison, moose, sheep, mountain goat, deer, elk, antelope, and mountain lion.

 

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