Montana Hunting News

Urban Wildlife Working Group Report Available
The Urban Wildlife Working Group, established to examine Urban Wildlife issues in Montana and develop ideas on how to proceed, released its findings and recommendations this week. The group, comprised of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) staff, local government, and private citizens, addressed issues involving public safety, property damage, and changing public perceptions of wildlife.
FWP Commission to Hold Drawing for 10 Bison Hunting Licenses
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission decided today to enter more than 8,300 applicants in a drawing for 10 bison hunting licenses that could be used for a hunting season beginning in November.
FWP Approves a New Statewide Elk Management Plan
The statewide elk management plan, which was discussed this fall at 23 public meetings, provides a new, adaptive framework for elk management that has been under development with public involvement since the fall of 2002.
Fewer Elk Permits Proposed For Gardiner Late Season
Due to the steady decline the northern Yellowstone elk herd, state wildlife officials are proposing a significant reduction in permits for the late-season hunt on Yellowstone National Park’s northern boundary near Gardiner.
How to Apply for a Bison Hunting License
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission approved a new hunting season for bison that migrate out of Yellowstone National Park. It’s the first bison hunt authorized by the commission since 1990.
Compensation for Wolf-Caused Damage to be Discussed
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will coordinate a statewide discussion to help develop a compensation program to pay for livestock damages caused by wolves, officials said today.
FWP Commission Extends Elk Plan Comment Period
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission agreed today to extend the comment period on the wildlife agency’s draft elk plan and environmental assessment. Comments will be accepted through Dec. 6.
FWP Seeks Comment On Bison Hunt Regulations
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on a tentative hunting season and regulations for bison in southwestern Montana. In 2003, Montana’s Legislature passed a law giving the FWP Commission authority to establish a bison hunt.
Damage Hunt For Elk Set For West Big Hole Valley
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will issue 150 permits to hunt elk causing damage to crops on private land in a portion of the west Big Hole Valley near Jackson. The special game damage permits will be valid for antlerless elk on private land only, and only in the south half of hunting district 321, from Oct. 18-23.
Big Game Hunting Season Extension Rules To Be Discussed
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a public hearing Oct. 27 in Helena to discuss big game hunting-season extension procedures and objectives. Their considering a new rule that outlines when and how hunting seasons can be extended. The hearing, which will be held at FWP Headquarters, 1460 E. 6 th Ave., is set for 7:00 pm.