Montana Hunting News

Montana Mountain Lion Hunting Closed in Districts 320 and 333

The hunting of all mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 320 & 333, which include portions of Madison, Silver Bow, Gallatin and Jefferson counties, closed for the fall season one-half hour after sunset on September 18, 2011.

These hunting district(s) will re-open for the hunting of all mountain lion for the winter season beginning December 1, 2011.

The closure notice for 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 Black Bear Season to Close in Bear Management Unit 510

The hunting of all black bears in Bear Management Unit 510, in portions of Bighorn, Carbon and Yellowstone Counties, will close one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, September 20, 2011.

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

Montana FWP Seeks Comment On Interim Bison Relocation Environmental Assessment

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on an environmental assessment of four interim locations and management for about 150 disease-free bison pending the development of a statewide bison conservation strategy.

The interim locations include two Indian reservations and two wildlife management areas. Under the proposal bison could be moved to one or any combination of the four potential locations.

Montana FWP Euthanizes Troublesome Grizzly Bear

A 10-year-old grizzly bear with a history of killing livestock was euthanized this week after it was caught killing cattle southeast of Red Lodge.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife biologist Shawn Stewart of Red Lodge said the 400-pound male bear was captured Friday by federal Wildlife Services agents after it killed cattle in a rancher’s pasture.

Montana Glendive Deer Management Archery Hunt

An archery only management season hunt has been enacted for the area in and adjacent to the town of Glendive, Montana. The City of Glendive has requested additional antlerless mule deer licenses be made available five per hunter and valid from the start of the archery season, September 3, 2011 until the end of the big game season, November 27, 2011in an effort to reduce the number of mule deer in and immediately adjacent to town.

EHD Confirmed in Montana White-Tailed Deer

Laboratory tests of white-tailed deer found dead along the Yellowstone River east of Billings have confirmed that the animals died of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD.

The contagious virus is spread by a tiny biting gnat that apparently is thriving throughout the region as a result of high runoff this spring.

Montana Has 3 Slots Open on the Region One Citizen Advisory Committee

FWP is seeking volunteer applicants to fill three slots on the Region One Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). The 12-member CAC is in its 16th year and was established to provide input and guidance to FWP from the public. This is a general advisory committee that works with FWP on many issues and programs.

Montana Asking for Reports of Dead or Dying Deer in Region 6

Numerous reports of white-tailed deer being found dead or dying in parts of Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Region 6 have prompted state biologists to enlist the help of landowners and others.

"Folks who are out in the field and notice deer that have recently died from unknown causes are asked to call our office in Glasgow at (406) 228-3700 to report the number of animals and the exact location," said FWP Region 6 Wildlife Program Manager Mark Sullivan.

Montana OTC Deer, Elk and Antelope Tags Available Aug 8th

Hunters can buy over the counter and surplus B licenses (antlerless) deer, elk and antelope beginning Aug. 8.

The availability of over the counter licenses is noted in the 2011 deer, elk and antelope regulations by a statement in green lettering under applicable hunting districts saying "Purchase beginning Aug. 8".

Montana Approves Wolf Season for 2011

Montana's Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission has approved a wolf hunting season for 2011 that creates 14 wolf management units and an overall harvest quota of 220 wolves.