Montana Hunting News

Private Land/Public Wildlife Council to Meet in Helena
The Private Land/Public Wildlife Council will meet in Helena June 15-16 to develop draft recommendations related to the Block Management Hunting Access Program. Gov. Judy Martz appointed the 15-member Council comprised of hunters, landowners, and outfitters to review the success of Montana’s current Block Management Program, which provides hunter access to private and isolated public lands.
FWP Schedules Public Meeting on Bison Hunt EA
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a public meeting in Bozeman on Monday, June 21st to gather public input on an environmental assessment that evaluates a bison hunt in southwestern Montana. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 5 Baxter Lane.
Grizzly Bear Scoping Meeting Dates Set
In 2003, FWP completed a review of the management program for grizzlies in southwestern Montana in the area around Yellowstone National Park. The agency is now developing plans for the federally-recognized Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, the Cabinet/Yaak Ecosystem, and portions of the Bitterroot Ecosystem in Montana, as well as lands between these ecosystems.
FWP Prepared to Share Some Wolf Management Responsibility
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks laid the legal groundwork last week to share some management responsibilities with federal authorities for the state's recovered but still federally protected wolf population.
Special License And Permit Applications Deadline
Big game hunters who plan to submit applications for deer B and antelope licenses and special elk and deer permits must have their applications to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena, or postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service, no later than June 1.
Yellowstone Officials Suspect Toxic Gas in Bison Deaths
Yellowstone National Park officials announced today that-in a very rare combination of events-a concentration of toxic gases (hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide) along with unusually cold, dense air appear to be the most probable cause of death for five bison found at Norris Geyser Basin by Bear Management staff.
Big Game Regulations Available Soon
Montana’s big game regulations for deer, elk, antelope, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat and turkey hunting will be available at the end of March.
Trapper Education Class Set for March 13
A trapper education class is set for March 13 in Butte from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks office, 1820 Meadowlark Lane.
Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Commission will meet March 11
Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet March 11, at FWP Headquarters, 1420 East Sixth Ave. in Helena. The commission will make final decisions on the State Parks biennial fee rule defining commercial use.
Bison Activity in Yellowstone National Park
On Saturday, February 21, 2004, thirty-three bison were captured at the Stephens Creek facility. The bison will be held and tested for exposure to brucellosis. Bison testing negative will temporarily be held (up to 125 bison) for release back into the park in the spring.