Montana Hunting News

Three Men Convicted in Montana Poaching Case

Three men were recently convicted of several poaching-related offenses stemming from incidents occurring late last fall in the London Hills near Cardwell in Madison County. Fish, Wildlife and Parks Enforcement investigated the case uncovering three illegally taken elk, several instances of trespassing, and waste of game among other violations.

Tips Sought in Montana’s Bitterroot Deer Poaching Case

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are looking for tips on a deer poaching case that occurred late last week in the northern Bitterroot Valley.

FWP Game Warden, Lou Royce, reported that at least five mule deer were shot and abandoned between the late evening hours of Wednesday, May 30 and the early morning hours of Friday, June 1 on the MPG Ranch, north of Florence.

Wardens found four bucks and one doe and are investigating and processing evidence collected at the scene.

Conservation Reserve Program Lands Suffering from Economic Downturn

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands throughout the country are feeling the pain in the aftermath of the rough economic situation. With high crop prices and the some new technology, farmers are leaving the conservation program to keep up with the economy. The numbers below represent the total of CRP loss over the span of CRP’s existence.

Wyoming Seeks to Remove Grizzly Bear from Federal Protection List, Potentially Open Hunting Season

The Governor of Wyoming, Matt Mead, recently wrote a letter to Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar asking him to remove the federal protection awarded to grizzly bears under the Endangered Species Act. Mead also asked the DOI to expedite the review for federal protections for Yellowstone bear populations to under two years.

Meeting on Proposed Wolf Season May 22 in Bozeman, Montana

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a public meeting in Bozeman on Tuesday, May 22 to share information and answer questions on the proposed 2012-13 wolf hunting and trapping season. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-Bozeman (5 East Baxter Lane).

The proposed 2012-13 general wolf hunting season would run from September 1 to February 28, 2013, with trapping allowed from Dec. 15 to the end of the general wolf season (trapping and hunting of wolves is provided for in Montana’s wolf conservation and management plan).

2012 Mountain Lion Quotas Up for Public Comment in Montana

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the 2011 mountain lion hunting quotas and sub-quotas.

Public comment is also sought on an adjustment to the allocation of special mountain lion licenses that would allow an unsuccessful special lion license applicant to purchase a general lion license valid for any open district statewide during the fall season and for any open quota areas in FWP Region 2 during the winter season.

Montana FWP to Begin Bison Management Plan Discussions in May

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced today that it will host a series of public meetings this spring as a first step toward developing a long-term bison conservation and management plan for the state. The plan will be developed through a programmatic environmental impact statement, which will address issues associated with bison and options for their long-term management as a Montana wildlife species.

Nonresident Montana Big Game and Elk Combo Hunting Licenses Available

Nonresidents can now purchase Montana big game and elk combination hunting licenses online or over-the-counter at any Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks office. The licenses, good for antlered deer and elk in most hunting districts, can be used during the archery and general hunting seasons.

“We have about 1,700 nonresident big game and 2,150 elk combination hunting licenses available for this hunting season,” said Hank Worsech, the licensing section chief for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena.

Montana Spring Black Bear Hunting to Close in BMU 510

The hunting of all spring black bears in south-central Montana BMU 510, which includes portions of Big Horn, Carbon and Yellowstone counties, will close one-half hour after sunset on Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Donates for Wolf Management in Montana

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has offered, and the Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) has accepted, $51,000 in funding assistance for the state’s wolf management efforts.

Funding from RMEF will be paid directly to Wildlife Services.