Montana Hunting News

Montana Offers Bow Hunting Classes in Missoula

Two bowhunter education classes will be offered in Missoula in February, and prospective students can register online now.

Students can elect to take a class on Saturday, Feb. 5 or Saturday, Feb. 12 from 8:30-5:30 p.m. at the Missoula Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) office, 3201 Spurgin Road. Students that take either of these classes must also complete a half-day field course on Sunday, Feb. 13 from 1-4 p.m.

Montana Man Pleads Guilty in Idaho Elk Poaching Case

A Montana man entered a guilty plea before Fourth Judicial District Judge Patrick Owen in Boise County court Thursday, January 13.

Gary A. Parrett, 36, of Great Falls, Mont., was charged with taking two bull elk in a closed season, the wanton waste of two bull elk, and hunting elk without the proper tag. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge of unlawful possession of two or more big game animals within a 12 month period. The remaining misdemeanor charges were dismissed.

Interagency Bear Committee to Meet in Montana - Jan 19-20

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee's annual winter meeting will be January 19 and 20 in Missoula, Montana.

The multi-agency committee is responsible for grizzly bear recovery in the continental United States and adjacent Canadian provinces.

The meeting will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn at 3720 North Reserve Street. The session start at 9:30 a.m. on January 19, and at 8 a.m. on January 20. The public is invited to attend and a public comment period will be provided at the end of each day.

Montana Hunter Education Spring Course Schedule Available

Online registration is open for seven hunter education classes scheduled for this spring in Yellowstone County. Students may register on the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website anytime until a week before the classes start. Registration also will be available at the schools on specific days before the classes start.

Here is a schedule of the class, registration and field day dates and times:

Montana FWP Commission Considers Lower Elk Quotas

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will consider limiting elk hunting licenses in two Madison Valley hunting districts to address overharvest on public lands.

The proposal for hunting districts 360 and 362 is in response to elk population declines. The recent 2010 hunting season showed record high harvests in these districts, in part due to unusually severe winter weather, which resulted in a further dip in elk numbers.

Montana Seeking Public Comment on Several Items

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission is seeking public comment on several recent proposals.

Montana: Feeding Wildlife Against the Law and Dogs at Large are Problem

Feeding of wildlife places the animals at risk and puts them on a collision course with humans. The problem of feeding wildlife has become such an issue across the state that the 2009 Montana Legislature revised the state law (MCA 87-3-130) governing the feeding of wildlife to specifically prohibit the feeding of ungulates—deer, elk, moose, and antelope—and mountain lions.

Montana's Big Game Seasons Will Not be Extended

Montana's 2010 general big game hunting seasons closed Nov. 28 and will not be extended, state wildlife official confirmed.

"We are not planning any season extension anywhere in the state this year," said Ken McDonald, chief of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' wildlife bureau. "If specific population or damage problems emerge, we’ll use management seasons or game damage hunts to address them."

Montana Considering 2011 Nonresident Combination Hunt License Changes

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on the proposed 2011 nonresident combination hunting license annual rule.

With the recent voter approved ballot Initiative 161, which eliminated guaranteed big game hunting licenses for nonresidents who hunt with outfitters and increased the cost of some licenses, the new law affects FWP's annual rule for the sale of nonresident combination hunting licenses.

Mentoring Young Hunters

Taking Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Hunter Education course with a child or spouse is one way to set the stage for a lasting family hunting partnership.

Some parents may start even earlier with backpacking and camping trips, big game scouting trips and other good excuses to have fun in the outdoors while teaching young people the basic skills they will need as hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. Montana's general deer and elk hunting season closes Nov. 28, the general pheasant season closes Jan. 1.