Montana Hunting News

Montana Elk-Brucellosis Working Group Set to Meet in Bozeman

A working group charged with developing elk management options in areas where the transmission of brucellosis between elk and livestock is a concern is set to meet in Bozeman April 26-27.

The working group is leading an effort to examine effective elk management options and risk prevention efforts in several southwestern Montana hunting districts. The areas generally include hunting districts that border or are near Yellowstone National Park.

Montana Biologists to Begin Grizzly Bear Capturing for Research and Management

As part of an Interagency Program to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE), Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, and Tribal wildlife managers are working to inform the public that pre-baiting and scientific capture operations are once again about to begin in parts of western Montana.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation: $1.2 Million for Habitat Work in Six States

So far in 2012, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has allocated $1,258,888 for habitat stewardship and protection projects in six key elk states. The figure represents a significant increase from 2011.
More than 139,000 acres should be conserved for elk and other wildlife in 2012 as a result of these initial allocations.
Affected states include Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.
RMEF will announce funding allocations for additional states later this year.

Montana Hunting Permit Drawing Results Available Soon

With the new March 15 deadline to apply for 2012 deer and elk hunting permits, comes the wait for the drawing results.

"Hunters' anxious to hear if they drew a deer or elk permit will know the drawing results the week of April 16," said Ron Aasheim, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks spokesperson."These will be the first big game hunting permit drawing results of the year."

Train Now For The Ultimate Montana Hunting Experience

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites experienced and new turkey hunters to prepare for the coming general turkey hunting season by attending a training seminar April 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Montana Wild Outdoor Education Center, 2668 Broadwater Ave, adjacent to Spring Meadow Lake State Park.

Montana FWP Puts to Rest "NO LIVE BAIT" Rumors

It’s apparently on the Internet, but it isn’t true. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is not proposing to ban the use of live bait on Fort Peck Reservoir and the Missouri River.

A misunderstanding this week led some to the false conclusion that FWP is seeking to ban time-honored fish temptations like live worms, leeches, and minnows from Montana tackle boxes. And that caught the attention of some Montana anglers.

“It certainly has the office phones ringing, but it’s not something under consideration,” said Ron Aasheim, FWP spokesman in Helena.

Montana's Smith River "Super Permit" Winner Announced: 2012 Sets Record for "Chances" Purchased

Montana State Parks ( announced today that Chris Gysler, 55, a home builder/contractor from Bozeman is the 2012 Smith River “Super Permit” winner. This is the second year for the “Super Permit” lottery drawing and the winner can launch on any date they choose.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Bear Specialists Report

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks bear management specialists meet every year in mid-March to prepare for "bear season." About that same time, male grizzly bears are stirring, soon to emerge from their dens.

This natural cycle affects Montanans too—it is why April 1 is the target date for bringing in winter bird feeders and seed, cleaning yards and collecting and disposing of bear attractants that have accumulated over the winter.

Virus Kills Wild Turkeys in Southeast Montana

Near the small town of Olive, ten wild turkeys were found to have died from a viral infection identified as Avian Pox. Avian Pox is usually found in localized populations and is most commonly contracted from domestic poultry. It is transmitted from bird to bird once it is established in the population. It is not always fatal; however, in this case the “chicken pox” type rash broke out internally in the mouths and throats of the birds preventing them from eating or drinking and impairing their breathing.

Montana's New Peregrine Falcon-Take Rules Approved

Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission today approved new rules for peregrine falcon take for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The new rules limit participation to residents and nonresidents who have general and master falconer classifications.

 Properly licensed falconers annually have a limited opportunity to take wild peregrine falcons for falconry purposes. In the practice of falconry, falconers may take a limited number of nestling or fledged birds of prey from the wild to train for the hunting of small game like grouse, pheasants and ducks.