Montana Hunting News

Number of Hunters, Big-game Success Improves in Montana

The number of hunters who stopped at south central Montana check stations over the weekend and the number of harvested animals picked up substantially from earlier dates.

Clear, cold, windless weather with snow on the ground in all corners of the region brought hunters to the field.

After last weekend’s historic lows at the three Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 5 check stations, the number of hunters and game checked Nov. 19 and 21 was welcomed by biologists.

All Mountain Lion Hunting Closed In Montana Districts 405, 447 And 471

The hunting of all mountain lions in northcentral Montana hunting districts 405, 447 and 471, in portions of Cascade, Chouteau, Judith Basin, and Fergus counties, closed at one-half hour after sunset on Sunday, November 20, 2011. These hunting districts will re-open for the hunting of all mountain lions for the winter season beginning December 1, 2011.

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 had been met.

Montana FWP Seeks Comment On Bighorn Sheep Transplant Environmental Assessment

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission is seeking comment on a draft environmental assessment of a proposal to transplant bighorn sheep into three areas in southwestern Montana.

Montana Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In 335, 339, 343 & 388

The hunting of all mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 335, 339, 343, and 388 which includes portions of Lewis and Clark and Jefferson counties will close at one-half hour after sunset on Friday, November 11, 2011.

Hunter Numbers Down Across West-Central Montana

After week two of big game rifle season, check station totals show decreased hunter participation across west-central Montana compared to 2010 and the five-year average.

Fewer Hunters Observed at Havre-Area Game Check Station, Montana

Mid-season figures compiled from the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 game check station outside Havre show a strong elk harvest this season but greatly reduced numbers of hunters and harvested deer and pronghorn antelope.

The first four weekends of the Havre check station have seen a decrease in hunters and in harvest,” said FWP Havre-area Wildlife Biologist Scott Hemmer. “Hunter numbers so far are down 31 percent from last year.”

Update On Montana's Hunting Seasons

Montana’s general big game hunting seasons are open through Sunday, Nov. 27. All hunting for black bear, moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep and fall mountain lion also ends Nov. 27, while the general antelope hunting season will end Nov. 13.

Montana Check Station Stats Show Hunting Harvest Still Slow

Statistics gathered at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations over the weekend show that the big game harvest in south central Montana is well below the long-term average.

Though the overall number of hunters who stopped at check stations Saturday and Sunday, the second full weekend of the season, was nearly the same as last year, the percentage of hunters who bagged game was down.

Archery Working Group To Meet In Lewistown, Montana

A Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks workgroup aiming to reach consensus on recommendations for elk archery hunting regulation proposals will meet in Lewistown Nov. 4.

The group is leading an effort to examine effective elk management and elk archery regulations in several north-central Montana hunting districts. The area includes most of the Missouri Breaks and 22 other elk hunting districts.

The meeting is set to begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, at FWP’s Lewistown Area Resource Office, 215 W. Aztec Dr. The meeting will conclude at 5 p.m.

Montana: What Hunters and Others May Not Know About Wolves

Even with more than 560 wolves in Montana and more than 1,600 in the northern Rocky Mountain States of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, many Montanans have yet to see a wolf.

For some that will change this fall.

"Hunters, hikers, anglers, and others are outdoors in force, increasing the odds of a chance encounter this time of year," said Ken McDonald, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wildlife bureau chief. Wolf packs occur primarily in western Montana, but wolves could be found anywhere in the state.