Montana: Anglers, Campers, Hikers, Hunters Cautioned About Grizzly Bear Expansion

Grizzly BearU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff observed a grizzly bear on the morning of June 14 at the Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge, about 10 miles northeast of Great Falls in Cascade County.

Officials first thought the bear was the sibling of the bear that died earlier this week of insecticide poisoning. However, the bear observed at Benton Lake NWR is noticeably larger than the sibling bear (300 pounds vs. 130 pounds), and FWP biologists have determined it is a different bear. [Read more…]

One Montana Announces Cutting-Edge Hunting Ethics and Access Program

Mystery Ranch LogoBozeman, MT. – MYSTERY RANCH, an industry-leading backpack company, devoted to making mission-specific products is proud to announce their support of One Montana and a new program designed to put more ethical, educated, and effective hunters in the field.

Common Ground, a collaborative group of landowner and sportsmen organizations, is developing a comprehensive, advanced hunter education program. The program’s mission is to provide advanced hunter education that increases hunter competence, ethical hunting behavior, private land access and knowledge of agriculture and land stewardship. [Read more…]

Grizzly Hunt Rule in Montana

Western-Bear-Foundation-LogoJust an update quickly on the recent ruling by the Montana Commissioners to not enact a hunting season for grizzly bears this year.

We actively supported the idea of having a hunting season for grizzly bears in Montana this year. Due to the recent delisting and movement of control into state hands there was an opportunity for Montana to have such a season. We sent letters to commission and worked with other stakeholders to try and influence a decision but as many of you heard that was a futile effort as the commission voted unanimously against a season. Where were a little frustrated at the process as the Director of Montana FWP came out before the ruling stating there will be no hunting of grizzly bears in Montana in 2018. This all came out by her prior to the vote by the commission who is the only authority to in the state to decide on such a hunt. It was handled poorly to say the least. [Read more…]

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…]

2013 Montana Block Management Areas (BMAs)’ Now Available From Hunting GPS Maps

Montana Block Management Areas BMA - Hunting GPS MapsHunting GPS Maps is excited to announce the inclusion of the 2013 Montana Block Management Areas (BMAs) on our HUNT GPS, Google Earth, and App for iOS maps. Hunters in Montana can now apply this valuable tool to locate, access, and hunt properties enrolled in the BMA program. [Read more…]

MeatEater Hunts With Joe Rogan

MeatEater hunts with Joe RoganNew Berlin, WI – (April 5, 2013) – High-altitude hunting in Montana is never a sure bet, but Steven Rinella isn’t the kind of guy to turn down a challenge. Sportsman Channel, the leader in Outdoor TV for the American Sportsman, is rolling out a special 5-part Montana series of MeatEaterwith Steven Rinella beginning with a new episode premiering on Sunday, April 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.All April is a month full of big adventure in “Big Sky Country” for Rinella and guests, including a first time mule deer hunt for TV personality, Joe Rogan, on April 28 and May 5 at 9 pm ET/PT. [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…]

Landowners, Partners Secure 1,050 Acres of Montana Habitat

MISSOULA, Mont.–Longtime volunteers of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Keith and Linda Ward of Huson, Mont., have finalized a deal to permanently protect 1,050 acres of area ranchland that serve as important habitat for elk and other wildlife.

On Dec. 16, the Wards placed their Checkpoint Ranch, some 20 miles west of Missoula, Mont., between Ninemile and Sixmile creeks, under conservation easement with RMEF. [Read more…]

RMEF Supports Extended Wolf Hunt

MISSOULA, Mont.–The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is on record supporting a proposal to extend wolf-hunting seasons in Montana through the end of 2011, and beyond if necessary, until the harvest quota is met.

In a Nov. 28, 2011, letter to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department, RMEF President and CEO David Allen wrote, “RMEF believes that it is very important that hunters be allowed as much time as possible during these winter months to harvest the statewide quota of 220 wolves.”

Allen reminded the agency that elk and other big game herds in certain areas are being significantly impacted by burgeoning wolf populations, along with black bears, grizzlies and mountain lions. RMEF encouraged state officials to actively manage and control predators in these areas. [Read more…]