Montana Hunting News

Some Popular Montana Hunting And Fishing Remains Open

Hunting for pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, partridge and turkey continues until Jan. 1, 2012. Hunting for mountain grouse closed Dec. 15.

Depending on the flyway, duck hunting continues into January, closing on Jan. 5 in the Central Flyway and Jan. 13 in the Pacific Flyway. Goose hunting and falconry continue in the Central and Pacific flyways until Jan. 13. Swan hunting in the Pacific flyway is closed, but swan may be hunted in the Central Flyway until Jan. 5.

Montana Authorities Kill Wandering Bighorn to Protect Wild Sheep

A bighorn ram that had wandered into the immediate vicinity of domestic sheep near Big Timber was removed by law enforcement authorities Wednesday.

Fisher Season to Close in Montana Trapping District 1

By order of the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission, the season for taking fisher in Trapping District 1 of northwestern Montana will close at midnight on the evening of Monday, December 12, 2011.

Pneumonia Confirmed in Cinnabar Mountain Montana Bighorn Sheep

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks confirms the discovery of pneumonia in the Cinnabar Mountain bighorn sheep herd near Corwin Springs earlier this week.
A report was made to FWP Monday about sheep coughing at Cinnabar Mountain. An FWP field biologist responded by observing the herd and evaluating the likelihood of the presence of pneumonia. Following the observation, two lambs were lethally removed on site and brought to the state wildlife lab in Bozeman for examination. Evidence of pneumonia was present in lungs of both lambs.

Open Gates Help Montana's Wintering Wildlife
Winter can be tough on big game -- especially deer and pronghorn antelope -- and one way to make it easier for them is for private landowners and public land users to leave gates open so the animals aren’t blocked by fences.
Female Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In District 392, Montana

The hunting of female mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting district 392 which include portions of Broadwater and Lewis and Clark counties will close at one-half hour after sunset on Monday, December 5, 2011.

The closure notice for the hunt came shortly after Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials received word that the pre-established harvest sub-quota for the district had been met.

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 FWP to Recommend Tribal Lands for Bison Relocations

In response to a recent environmental assessment, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will recommend that 68 disease-free bison be relocated to two northern Montana Indian reservations.

The tribal lands were evaluated in an EA that considered moving about 150 disease-free bison that currently are held in a quarantine facility and on a ranch in southwestern Montana. The tribal lands recommended include the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation near Malta and the Fort Peck Indian Reservation near Wolf Point.

Havre, Montana Game Check Station Data Shows Reduced Deer & Antelope Harvest
End-of-season figures compiled from the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 game check station outside Havre show sharply reduced numbers of hunters, deer and pronghorn antelope.
Collared Wolf Killed Near Hammond, Montana

On November 27, 2011 a collared black male wolf was shot on private ground under the defense of property law near Hammond, MT. Montana laws and administrative rules allow for a person to kill a wolf in the act of attacking, killing or threatening to kill livestock, a provision in place to opportunistically minimize wolf-livestock conflicts when they occur. USDA Wildlife Services investigated and confirmed that this wolf had attacked and killed one ewe lamb and fatally injured another that had to be put down.

Deer, Elk Harvest Finishes Behind Last Year in Northwest Montana

Whitetail deer harvest picked up during the last two weekends of the deer and elk hunting season but still finished behind last year’s totals.

According to FWP Wildlife Manager Jim Williams, the number of whitetail deer, mule deer, and elk checked were down from last year. “The results at our check stations are an indication that deer and elk populations are still down throughout northwest Montana. We’ll know the details of total harvest for each hunting district after the telephone hunter surveys are completed this spring.”