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…]

MWF and TCE Endowment Offers Scholarships

Dear Montana Sportsperson:

Are you committed to conserving and perpetuating our hunting, wildlife and outdoor heritage? The ranks of hunters and anglers are shrinking, so it is important that WE ALL do our parts to engage future hunters, fishers, and conservation leaders. Here’s an opportunity to fund your own conservation projects and youth programs!!! [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…]

MWF – October Proposals Out for Public Comment


To increase participation of every-day hunters and anglers within the rule-making processes, Montana Wildlife Federation (MWF) once more brings you the current list of comment dates. Our “I Hunt, I Fish, I Vote” campaign emphasizes the concept that we all have a stake in the outcome of these decision-making processes and we should all be participants. In that vein, although it has been a while, we will regularly forward to you a running list of current Environmental Assessments like this one and other plans out for public comment broken down by agency. To find out more about any of the individual plans, simply click on the link provided. If you need any help figuring out to become involved, feel free to send me an email at this email address or call the phone numbers below. Please forgive any multiple postings. [Read more…]

FWP Pilot CRP Enrollments – Deadline Near

If you know of a landowner that you believe would be eligible or a good candidate with appropriate lands, please contact them as a consideration of building good relationships.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is offering a new upland game bird habitat incentive program in 14 counties to encourage farmers and ranchers to enroll or renew federal Conservation Reserve Program contracts.

CRP, a voluntary program for farmers and ranchers, provides payments to establish resource conserving vegetative cover, such as tame or native grasses, wildlife plantings, trees, filterstrips, or streamside buffers on eligible agricultural lands. Acreage enrolled in CRP contributes to increased wildlife populations. This is the first time since 2006 that landowners have an opportunity to enroll in CRP. [Read more…]

FWP Tentatives Public Meetings in Region 4 and Region 6

This is an email that I received from Larry Copenhaver who is the Conservation Director of Local Issues for the Montana Wildlife Federation.

In keeping with Montana Wildlife Federation’s (MWF) mission to keep you informed, the following meetings are scheduled for Region 4 and Region 6 locations, please forgive any multiple postings. Please attend and share your concerns for the Tentative Regulations for 2010.

MWF will also be sending along other conservation news shortly. If your sporting club would like to know more about MWF please contact us at this email address. If you want to be removed, please respond as well.

[Read more…]

Big Game License Auction A Success


Montana’s 2009 big game auction licenses drew a total of $293,500.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, at its 25th Annual Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo last week in Fort Worth, Texas, auctioned the 2009 Montana elk license for $16,000 and the moose license for $14,000.

Three auctions occurred in February at the 32nd Annual Wild Sheep Foundation Convention and the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo held in Salt Lake City.

The Wild Sheep Foundation auctioned the 2009 bighorn sheep auction license for $245,000, surpassing the 2008 auction by $50,000. The 2009 mountain goat license went for $10,000. The Mule Deer Foundation auctioned the 2009 mule deer license at the same event for $8,500.

At least 90 percent of all auction proceeds go to state management of the species, and the remainder go to the auctioning organization.

Montana has big bighorns



Almost a third of the bighorn rams that hunters have taken over the past three years in Montana qualify for the Boone and Crockett Club scoring system record book.

Hunters and conservationists interested in sheep say that makes Montana one of the best, if not the best place to hunt trophy bighorns.

See six record rams taken last year in Montana and read about a record ram taken during an undercover operation by FWP and a new plan to manage the sheep in Thursday’s outdoor section.

The Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation is gearing up for the 19th 2009 Trip Auction


Brighten your day knowing you’re ready to bid at 9:00 am Mountain Time!

Proceeds from the 19th Trip Auction will support: “BE OUTSIDE” – The Idaho Children and Nature Network program. The Network’s mission is to connect children with nature in Idaho from backyards to mountaintops.

**LOOK for the “BE OUTSIDE” logo – it means the trip is suitable for children of varying ages.

Become a winning bidder & experience Idaho’s greatest gift, the outdoors!

Here are just some of the types of auction items:

Day & Overnight Trips

Wildlife Research Trips


Wolf pup counts

Sage grouse lek counts

Upland Bird Hunt

Harlequin Duck River Float

Family Camping



Bird Watching

Lots More!


Email family and friends about these unique Idaho outdoor adventures. There are trips for everyone and for a great cause!


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