Montana Hunting News

All Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In HD's 500 & 570 Montana

The hunting of all mountain lions in Montana hunting districts 500 and 570, which include portions of Golden Valley, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Wheatland and Yellowstone counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Monday, January 30, 2012.

The order halting the hunt came shortly after Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials received word that the pre-established harvest quota for the districts combined has been met.

Mark Your Calendars: Important Preseason Timeline Update For Montana Hunters

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wants to alert all hunters to important updates to the 2012 preseason calendar especially new deadline and drawing dates. The biggest change this year is the deadline for residents and nonresidents to apply for deer and elk permits – now March 15. This date was moved up to allow hunters more time to prepare for hunts—drawings for those permits will now occur in mid-April as opposed to July.

Elk-Brucellosis Working Group Set To Meet In Bozeman, Montana

A newly appointed working group charged with developing elk management options in areas where the transmission of brucellosis between elk and livestock is a concern is set to meet in Bozeman Jan. 26-27.

The working group will lead an effort to examine effective elk management options and risk prevention efforts in several southwestern Montana hunting districts. The areas generally include hunting districts that border or are near Yellowstone National Park.

New This Year: Montana Deer and Elk Permit Applications Due in March

Hunters in Montana can get an early start on making plans for the upcoming season thanks to recent license-purchase and special permit-application deadline changes.

This year hunting and fishing licenses go on sale Jan. 16 and the deadline for residents and nonresidents to apply for deer and elk permits has moved up to March 15.

In past years, new hunting licenses would go on sale at the end of February and special deer and elk permits were due June 1.

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission recently adjusted the dates in response to public comment.

Male Mountain Lion Hunting To Re-Open In Montana HD's 422, 423, 424, 425 & 442

By request of Region 4, the hunting of male mountain lions in central Montana Hunting District Series 422, 423, 424, 425 and 442, which includes portions of Lewis & Clark and Teton counties, will re-open to the hunting of 2 male mountain lions immediately.

For more information, visit FWP's website at, click on "Hunting," then under Hunting Guides click on "Mountain Lion," or call the toll-free number at 1-800-385-7826.

Montana's Mystical Moose

Montana's moose will take the stage at the next "Living with Wildlife" presentation Jan. 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Montana Wild Outdoor Education Center west of Helena, 2668 Broadwater Ave., near Spring Meadow Lake State Park.

Lynne Dixon, an interpretive ranger at Glacier National Park, will help participants of all ages to learn more about this visually interesting, wetland loving species, its presence in Montana and its ability to survive in challenging conditions.

Great Falls, Montana Man Arrested, Charged on 5 Counts of Poaching

A Great Falls man was arrested Thursday morning on five misdemeanor counts of poaching last fall.

Russell Ross Rennick, 52, of 1109 8th Ave. S., was arrested by Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens after a two-month investigation.

Rennick was charged with hunting big game without permission, spotlighting, possessing more than one license, license fraud, and over limits. His bail was set at $2,500 and he was taken to Cascade County Jail.

Rennick allegedly shot deer illegally in Cascade and Meagher counties on more than one occasion last fall.

Montana Wolf Management Unit 130 Reopens With One Wolf Remaining in Quota

Wolf Management Unit 130 in northwest Montana is being reopened to public hunting for the opportunity to take one wolf. It was found that the last wolf taken in the area was an illegal harvest. Illegal harvest of game animals are never counted against public hunting opportunity in northwest Montana. HD 130 includes the Middle and South Fork of the Flathead Rivers and the Swan Valley.

All Wolf Hunting to Close in Montana WMU 101

The hunting of all wolves in Montana Wolf Management Unit 101, which includes portions of Lincoln and Flathead Counties, in northwestern Montana, will close, Thursday, December 29, at one half-hour after sunset.

The order halting the hunt came after Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials received word that the pre-established harvest quota for wolves in the WMU had been met.

For more information, visit FWP’s website at click "Montana Wolf Hunt,"or call the toll-free number at 1-800-385-7826.

All Mountain Lion Hunting Closed In Montana Districts 370 And 380

The hunting of all mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 370 and 380, which include portions of Broadwater, Jefferson and Lewis and Clark counties, closed at one-half hour after sunset on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011.