2014 Hunting and Fishing Licenses Now for Sale in Montana

Montana’s new 2014 hunting and fishing year begins March 1. Licenses are now on sale along with applications for resident and nonresident buck deer and either-sex elk hunting permits. [Read more…]

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…]

Montana’s Wildlife Legacy Decimation to Restoration Review

Montana's Wildlife Legacy Decimation to Restoration

Montana’s Wildlife Legacy Decimation to Restoration

This book written by two Montana gentlemen, chronicle the state’s wild animal populations and the hurdles that are responsible for the current conditions. “Montana’s Wildlife Legacy – Decimation and Restoration” by Terry Lonner and Harold Picton was published as a follow-up to their 2006 video, “Back from the Brink – Montana’s Wildlife Legacy.”

The book advertises itself as “only complete compilation of Montana’s wildlife trapping and transplanting records.” [Read more…]

SuperTag Winners Announced

Montana Super TagHunters from Montana, Alaska, Michigan, and South Dakota will get another shot at the dream this fall after winning Montana’s antelope, bighorn sheep, bison, deer, elk, moose, mountain goat, and mountain lion SuperTag lotteries. Winners may hunt any district open to the species for which they won a SuperTag license.The eight winners drawn Monday are: [Read more…]

Second Call to Action

Wolves Chasing Bull Elk

Wolves Chasing Bull Elk

MOGA Members and Fellow Sportsmen,

Earlier in the week we told you of the FWP meetings scheduled to take comment on wolf management in Montana.  I hope you have made arrangements to attend and that you will speak on the issue.  FWP must hear your concerns.  If you are in the Eastern part of the state please show your support for those being impacted in the West and attend the Billings meeting. [Read more…]

Elk Archery Working Group Applications

Montana Wildlife Federation

Dear Hunter/Angler:
FWP is seeking 8-12 individuals to serve on a working group to collaboratively identify the central issues and fundamental objectives that define effective elk management, and potential alternatives for elk archery regulations in support of effective management.

Any consensus products could be directed into the 2012-13 biennial season-setting process starting in December 2011. The FWP Commission is not obligated to any adoption. [Read more…]

FWP Seeks Comment on Wolf Hunting

Montana Fish, Wildlife Parks-FWP

Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission is seeking comment on a wolf hunt proposed for the 2011 season.

Based in part on lessons learned from the state’s first regulated wolf hunt in 2009, FWP wildlife managers propose to create 14 wolf management units and an overall harvest quota of 220 wolves. Commissioners approved a harvest quota of 186 wolves across 13 wolf management units for the 2010 season, which was blocked by a federal court.

“This season proposal is very similar to the season considered last year and it’s one that is properly balanced,” said Ken McDonald, FWP’s chief of wildlife. [Read more…]

FWP Seeks Comment On Nonresident License Rule

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on the proposed 2011 nonresident combination hunting license annual rule.

With the recent voter approved ballot Initiative 161, which eliminated guaranteed big game hunting licenses for nonresidents who hunt with outfitters and increased the cost of some licenses, the new law affects FWP’s annual rule for the sale of nonresident combination hunting licenses.

The proposed rule, approved by the FWP Commission today, includes the new license fees set by the passage of I-161 and includes the required $5 drawing fee and $10 hunting access enhancement fee. Since the prices are set by law with the passage of I-161, the FWP Commission is not seeking public comment on the following license fees: [Read more…]

RMEF Urges Hunter Restraint Toward Wolves

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is urging hunters to continue their restraint and to not take wolf management into their own hands while afield this fall.

RMEF President and CEO David Allen also is thanking hunters in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming for their patience and sportsmanship over the years since wolf populations in those states have been fully restored but still federally protected.

Allen said, “We understand the growing frustration felt by sportsmen regarding wolves. We’re extremely frustrated, too. However, we ask hunters to avoid the temptation to solve this problem through ‘vigilante wolf management.’ The sporting community must continue to follow our time-honored tradition of legal, ethical hunting.” [Read more…]

FWP Seeking Help With CWD Monitoring

Chronic wasting disease, or CWD, has not been found in Montana but evidence of the disease has been found within 50 miles of the Montana border.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials are asking hunters, outfitters, landowners, and others to help keep a look out for CWD, a serious wildlife disease.

Hunters in eastern Montana are asked to donate heads from game harvested in portions of FWP Regions 6 and 7 as part of an FWP survey. Hunters can drop off heads at hunter check stations, FWP offices and at participating meat processors within the survey area.

A total of nearly 16,000 wild deer, elk and moose have been tested for CWD in Montana since 1998.   While none have tested positive for the brain disease, it is important to remain vigilant and to detect the disease early should it enter the state. [Read more…]