Montana Hunting News

Montana Hunters Ed Offered in East Flathead Valley

Pat McVay will teach a hunter education course in the East Flathead Valley beginning on June 20. The class will run Monday-Friday, June 20-24 from 7-9 p.m. The field course is scheduled for Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The written test and course wrap-up will be given Sunday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Students must be 11 years of age to register for the class. The class is limited to 15 students, 11-17 years of age.

To register for the class, call FWP at 752-5501. Directions to the class location will be given when you call to register.

Montana Seeks Info on Dead Grizzly Bear

Information is being sought on a dead grizzly bear found on the east side of Hungry Horse Reservoir. The grizzly bear was found by two bear hunters late last week and reported to FWP Wardens. Wardens retrieved the grizzly on May 21 and verified that it had been shot.

Delisting of Wolves in 8 States Begins

On the heels of legislation passed last month with the support of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) as part of the FY 2011 budget agreement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced this week that it is lifting Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for 5,500 grey wolves in eight states in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes and has published a proposed rule to remove gray wolves from ESA designation in the Western Great Lakes.

Montana Special License Application Deadline - June 1st

The deadline to apply for FWP's special license drawings for elk, deer and antelope licenses is June 1.

Montana Wildlife Officials Applaud Congressional Wolf Measure

Montana wildlife officials heaped praise on U.S. Senator Jon Tester as a Congressional measure he helped craft removed gray wolves from the list of threatened and endangered species in Montana, Idaho, and parts of Oregon, Washington and Utah.

Elk Tags Remain After Initial Draw in Montana - Leftovers on Sale April 18

A voter-approved price increase for some Montana nonresident hunting licenses likely resulted in about 1,200 big game combination licenses remaining for sale after the March 15 application deadline.

About 15,800 nonresidents applied for a total 17,000 big game or elk combination licenses for the upcoming season. That means that every hunter who applied for either the $912 nonresident big game combination license, or the $812 elk combo license, will receive one.

Colorado Man Pleads Guilty to Outfitting Without a License in Montana

A Pueblo, Colorado resident was recently sentenced on 12 misdemeanor counts in Dawson County and 8 misdemeanor counts in McCone County. The counts range from outfitting without a Montana license, outfitting on FWP Block Management ranches, littering and solicitation by advising undercover agents to trespass on private land on two ranches with no landowner permission.

Montana Spring Turkey Application Deadline - March 10th

Hunters anxious to prepare for Montana's spring turkey gobbler season in western Montana can obtain an application for the special permit drawing on the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Park's website. The deadline to apply is March 10.

Montana Offers Adults Hunter Education Online

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks now offers hunter education on the Internet to anyone 18 years and older.

State law requires anyone born after Jan. 1, 1985 to take a hunter education course and complete a field course before purchasing a hunting license in Montana. The $15 online course allows adults to take the required hunter education course at their convenience.

Montana Begins Elk Study in Bitterroot Valley

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) will begin a study this week that will evaluate factors affecting elk calf survival in the East and West Forks of the Bitterroot Valley.