Montana Hunting News

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.

Wyoming Catfish Travels 415 Miles to Meet Up with Iowan's Hook in Montana

The channel catfish traveled 415 miles from Leiter, Wyo. The angler about 810 miles from Okoboji, Iowa and the two met on the Yellowstone River near Pompey's Pillar, Mont.

The result was the fish taking the dead minnow the general surgeon offered and the discovery of what's thought to be the longest documented fish movement in Wyoming fish tagging history.

Hysham, Montana Check Station Report

The Hysham check station was open Saturday, Sunday and Monday the opening weekend of antelope and pheasant seasons. According to station personnel Saturday was very slow; Sunday was steady and close to average for an opening weekend. Monday was steady to start with but dropped off dramatically by mid-late afternoon.

Montana State Law and Administrative Rules for Gray Wolves

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has the primary responsibility to conserve and manage the wolf population under Montana’s Nongame and Endangered Species Act (MCA 87-5-101 – 112). Montana law classifies the gray wolf as a state species in need of management statewide. FWP works with private landowners to provide technical assistance on proactive ways to decrease the risk of wolf-caused losses.

Comments Sought on Fort Benton, Montana Deer Plan

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on Fort Benton’s proposed deer management plan developed in response to a growing urban deer population. The plan was tentatively approved Oct. 13 by the FWP Commission.

To address deer numbers within Fort Benton city limits that present an increased risk to human safety and property damage, the city and FWP have developed a plan modeled after current efforts in use in Glendive, Colstrip and Ekalaka.

Expect Sharply Diminished Hunting Opportunities in Montana FWP Region 6

Resident and nonresident hunters are reminded in advance of the Oct. 22 opening of the general big-game hunting season that deer and pronghorn antelope licenses have been sharply reduced this year in Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6.

Nonresident Elk And Deer Hunting Licenses Available in Montana

Nonresidents can purchase Montana deer and elk hunting licenses online, by phone, or over-the-counter in Helena. The licenses, good for antlered deer and elk in most hunting districts, can be used for the general hunting season, which runs Oct. 22 through Nov. 27.

“We have a total of about 1,000 nonresident big game, elk, and deer combination hunting licenses available for this hunting season,” said Hank Worsech, the licensing section chief for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena.

All Wolf Hunting to Close in WMU 390, Subunit 313/316 Montana

The hunting of all wolves in Montana Wolf Management Subunit 313/316, which include portions of Park County, will close October 6, 2011 at one half-hour after sunset. The remaining portion of Wolf Management Unit 390 will remain open.

The order halting the hunt came after Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials received word that the pre-established harvest quota of 3 wolves in subunit 313/316 had been met.

Montana, Field Dressing Tips For Big Game Hunters

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds hunters that simple, common sense precautions are part of the safe and proper field dressing of big game.

Montana's big game archery seasons began Sept. 3 and the general rifle season begins Oct. 22.

"While the chance of contracting a disease from wild game is remote, it makes good sense to take a few simple precautions," said Ron Aasheim, a spokesman for FWP.

Here are some of the precautions that FWP recommends to hunters handling harvested game including waterfowl, game birds, deer and elk.

Grizzly Captured on Kuhns Wildlife Management Area Moved to Elk Mountain Montana

A sub-adult male grizzly was captured at Kuhns Wildlife Management Area (WMA) yesterday morning after it had an encounter with a bowhunter on September 19. Kuhns WMA is a popular youth hunting area located about 10 miles northwest of Kalispell. Grizzly bears have been known to use the Kuhns WMA area in the past, especially during spring and summer.