Montana Hunting News

Public Comments Sought on Permit Quotas
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on the tentative 2003 deer, elk and antelope permit quotas.
Wild Game Import Restrictions Proposed
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission is seeking public comment on a proposal to restrict the importation of deer and elk parts into Montana from other states or countries with known cases of Chronic Wasting Disease.
Tests Indicate no CWD Infection in Deer and Elk
Results of nearly 1,000 deer and elk tested for chronic wasting disease last winter indicate the deadly disease has not infected Montana’s wild, free-ranging herds, state wildlife officials announced today.
Comments Sought on Bighorn Sheep and Moose Auctions
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission is seeking public comment on proposed rules for conducting the 2004 annual bighorn sheep and Shiras moose license auction.
Deer, Elk And Antelope Special Permit Applications Deadline Approaching
Big game hunters who plan to submit applications for deer B and antelope licenses and special elk permits must have their applications to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena or postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service no later than June 2.
Wolf Management Comments Sought
Gray wolves are thriving and expanding in number and distribution in Montana. Wolves began their own natural emigration from Canada almost 20 years ago and they've benefited from a remarkably successful federal effort in the mid-1990s to reintroduce the species into Yellowstone National Park and the wilderness areas of central Idaho.
Wyoming, Idaho And Montana Sign Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy
A critical step in achieving state management of the Yellowstone grizzly bear population was reached March 26 when officials from the wildlife agencies of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana and federal land management agencies approved and signed the Conservation Strategy for the Grizzly Bear in the Greater Yellowstone Area.
Sheep And Moose Auctions Generate $151,000
Montana’s 2003 bighorn sheep auction license brought in $132,000 at the annual convention for the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep in Reno, Nevada in January. Montana’s annual moose auction license was sold for $19,000 at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s annual Elk Camp and Exposition in Reno in February.
2003 Hunting Seasons Take Shape
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission recently approved changes in the 2003 hunting regulations and agreed to final spring turkey season dates, spring turkey quotas, spring and fall black bear seasons and quotas. The Commission will make final decisions on all license and permit quotas for deer, elk and antelope at its August meeting.
Big Game Bonus Point System Extended
The big game license drawing bonus point system has been expanded to include special deer and elk permits, and deer B, antelope and swan licenses. The bonus point system has been in place since 2001 for the nonresident combination license and resident and nonresident moose, sheep and goat license drawings.