Category Archives: Hunting/Fishing

2018 big game hunting forecast for Northwest Montana

By | August 30, 2018

In the northwest corner of Montana, the last two winters have brought harsh conditions and deep snowfall across much to the region, creating challenging conditions for recruitment of big game populations in some areas. The snowpack in many areas was above-average late into winter, making for difficult hunting conditions a year ago and low survival… Read More »

Improving Upland Game Bird Habitat and Access

By | August 28, 2018

To improve habitat for upland game birds, landowners can apply to enroll in a variety of cost-share programs under the Upland Game Bird Habitat Enhancement Program (UGBHEP) to develop, enhance, and conserve Montana’s upland game bird habitats. Part of the agreements for these programs is that the land in the project area remains open to… Read More »

Access: Ask early, don’t wait

By | August 28, 2018

Montana’s millions of acres of private land offer some excellent hunting opportunities—the only catch is gaining the landowner’s permission to hunt. It is Montana law that hunters obtain landowner permission to hunt on all private land. Here are a few things to keep in mind that will greatly improve results when attempting to secure hunting… Read More »

Four steps for a safe hunt

By | August 27, 2018

The 1,200 volunteers who teach Hunter Education remind all hunters there are four basic rules of gun safety. Always point the muzzle of your gun in a safe direction. Always treat every gun as if it were loaded. Always be sure of your target and beyond. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready… Read More »

Turn in poachers – call 1-800-Tip-Mont

By | August 26, 2018

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks toll-free hotline for reporting wildlife poaching, property damage, and violations of fish and game laws is in operation 24 hours a day. TIP-MONT is the acronym for Turn in Poachers—Montana. Poaching includes: hunting out of season or at night using spotlights taking more than one’s legal limit nonresidents who… Read More »

Hunters must expect to see bears

By | August 25, 2018

With Montana’s bow hunting and upland game bird seasons opening Sept. 1, remember that slow moving, quiet or game-calling, scented and camouflaged hunters will soon be sharing the landscape with the state’s even stealthier bears that may be stalking similar prey. It may not be an encounter one hopes for, but all hunters must be… Read More »

2018/2019 shoulder seasons have started

By | August 22, 2018

Elk shoulder seasons began Aug. 15 in several hunting districts around Montana. Elk shoulder seasons are firearms seasons that can occur as early as Aug. 15 and run as late as Feb 15 depending on the hunting district. While most shoulder seasons focus on antlerless elk harvest on private land and are not intended to… Read More »