Montana Hunting News

2004 Brings Licensing Changes
Hunters and anglers will notice some changes this year when they go to buy their new licenses for the March 1, 2004 to Feb. 28, 2005 license year.
IFW Seeks Comments on Proposed Bison Hunt
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on issues to explore as it develops a hunting season proposal for bison that migrate out of Yellowstone National Park.
Big and Small Game Harvest Study Begins Soon
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ annual survey of Montana’s big and small game hunters will begin the end of January. Wildlife managers will use information collected during the survey to estimate the 2003 harvest and to recommend quotas for upcoming hunting seasons.
Damage Hunt Available in Portion of HD 640
Valley and Daniels Counties will be open to the hunting of antlerless mule and white-tailed deer to holders of an unused deer A license and/or any unused deer B licenses valid anywhere in Montana during the 2003 general season, and/or any special damage hunt B licenses valid in Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 in 2003. In addition, individuals may purchase two additional special damage hunt B licenses for antlerless mule or white-tailed deer.
Commission Seeks Comment on Tentative Hunting Regulations
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission is seeking public comment on tentative 2004 big game hunting seasons and regulations, upland game bird seasons and 2004 and 2005 black bear and spring turkey hunting seasons and quotas.
Annual Telephone Survey Underway
Many Montana hunters may soon get the most important call of the season. The state wildlife agency's annual telephone survey of big and small game hunters is underway and will continue through February.
Early Results Fail to Detect CWD
Early results from a portion of the 1,055 wild deer and elk submitted for chronic wasting disease testing this hunting season show that none of the animals were infected by the fatal ailment, state wildlife officials said today.
Mistakenly Awarded Elk Tags Get Green Light
A printing error that allows 375 additional hunters an extra two weeks to hunt bull elk north of Yellowstone National Park will not be corrected, the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission decided last week.
Big Game Season Elk Forecast
From their antlers to their bugle, their ivories to their size, elk capture a hunter’s imagination in a way no other species does. Then there is the way a bull simply vaporizes at the edge of a meadow.
Free Off-Road Guide Available
A complete guide to traveling off road with an OHV in Montana is available free from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. The “Off Road Montana Guide” includes a summary of OHV laws and regulations and tips for responsible off-highway vehicle recreation.