Montana Hunting News

Deer Hunting and Harvest Slightly Down
After a slow start earlier in this fall’s big-game season, hunter success in northeastern and north-central Montana has risen in the second half of the season. And while fewer upland bird hunters are going afield in Region 6, they are having more success than last year.
Big Game Harvest Success Increases
To the delight of hunters, harvest success in Region 3 increased significantly during week three of the Montana general big game season. Over 2,600 hunters passed through the Region 3 check stations with 295 animals. There were 179 elk, 82 mule deer, and 34 white-tailed deer checked for an 11.2% harvest success rate. This success rate is nearly double that of week two.
Hunting Regulations On State Land
When planning a hunting trip, it is important for hunters to be mindful of the regulations associated with using State School Trust Land.
FWP Reminds Hunters to be Aware of Bears
At the start of the 2005 hunting season, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks again reminds hunters and recreationists to be bear aware when they head into the field.
Big Game Hunting Seasons Open
Some Montana hunters are already afield. The archery season opens Sept. 3 and runs to Oct. 16. Other archery only antelope hunters were out beginning Aug. 14. These hunters hold a 900 series license to archery hunt antelope Aug. 14-Nov. 6 in any hunting district starting with 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Hunters had to apply for this unlimited, over the counter license before June 1.
Fall Turkey Application Deadline
Printed applications are available at all FWP regional offices and on the FWP website under Hunting, Obtain A License. Applicants may mail their application and a $3 nonrefundable drawing fee to the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks regional office offering the turkey hunting permits.
FWP Commission Seeks Comment On Bison Hunt
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission agreed Thursday in Great Falls to tentatively approve a bison hunt to open this fall, confirming its intent to create a 90-day hunting season over a large area of southwestern Montana for the 2005-06 season.
Proposed Rules Would Allow Aerial Herding of Wildlife
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission is seeking public comment by August 1 on proposed rules that would allow landowners to herd or haze game animals with aircraft in order to prevent crop or other damage to private property.
Tentative Furbearer Quotas Set For 2005-2006
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment until July 7 on the 2005-2006 tentative furbearer quotas. A limited number of changes are proposed. No quota changes are proposed for fisher or wolverine.
FWP Commission To Meet in Helena
The FWP Commission will make final decisions on: acquiring a Fishing Access Site on the Sun River; acquiring the Whitehall Community Piedmont Fish Pond near Whitehall; the 2005 moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat hunting harvest quotas; the 2005 mountain lion hunting harvest quotas; the 2006 moose, bighorn sheep, goat, deer and elk auction and lottery annual rules.