Montana Hunting News

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.

Montana Hunter's Bear Identification Training Required

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds all black bear hunters it is their responsibility to avoid mistakenly shooting a grizzly bear during the state's upcoming spring black bear hunt. Montana's spring black bear hunting season begins April 15.

Before first-time bear hunters can purchase a black bear hunting license, he or she must be certified by successfully completing FWP's bear identification training. FWP offers a bear identification training course online at fwp.mt.gov on the Hunter Education page.

Montana's Wolf Population Up 15 Percent in 2011

At least 653 wolves were counted by FWP wolf specialists at the end of 2011 according to the annual wolf conservation and management report released Wednesday by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Montana FWP Corrects Reports Of "New" Permit For Elk Archers

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials said today that a widely reported “new elk tag” for archers in the eastern half of Montana is causing confusion among hunters.

Several reports following the FWP Commission meeting last week suggested that FWP would offer a new “900-15” elk archery permit that would be good for use in up to 21 limited entry hunting districts.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Partners Recognize Standout Conservation Pros

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service employees in four states—Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming—have earned recognition for standout work to enhance and conserve habitat for elk and other wildlife.

Each has received a special award from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and their respective agency for conservation efforts in partnership with RMEF.

Montana Wolf Hunting Season Ends Statewide

Wolf hunting statewide in Montana closed Wednesday, Feb. 15, and no seasons will be further extended, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials said today.

The wolf hunting season ends with a total harvest of 166 wolves, 75 percent of the overall quota of 220 wolves. The season was initially set to end Dec. 31, 2011, but the FWP Commission earlier extended wolf hunting until Feb. 15 to allow hunters to reach closer to the harvest quota. The season extension resulted in the harvest of an additional 45 wolves.

Montana's New, Streamlined Elk and Deer Permit Application Packet Available Now - New Deadline is March 15

Along with the new March 15 deadline to apply for 2012 deer and elk hunting permits, the new streamlined eight-page application packet—that contains all the information residents need to apply— is now available at all license providers, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices and online at fwp.mt.gov.

Bighorn Sheep Herd Augmented Near Dillon, Montana

Forty-nine sheep captured on Wild Horse Island in northwest Montana last week have been safely released in the Tendoy Mountains south of Dillon.  The sheep from Wild Horse will bolster an existing herd of 40-50 sheep in the Tendoys.

Out-of-State Snowmobilers Reminded to Obtain a Montana Permit

Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) is reminding non-residents planning to snowmobile in Montana this year that they should obtain a $25 non-resident permit.

March 15 is New Deadline for Montana's 2012 Bull Elk, Buck Deer Permits

Montana hunters have a new, earlier deadline in 2012 to apply for bull elk and buck mule deer permits in some hunting districts.

In districts where a special permit is required to harvest a bull elk or buck deer, the new application deadline is March 15. Drawing results will be announced by the end of April.