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  • Paddlefish Tags Online

    Apr 10, 2024

    North Dakota’s paddlefish snagging season opens May 1, and snaggers should be aware of the sale and distribution of paddlefish tags. Paddlefish tags are available for purchase online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov, at license vendors, and during business hours at Game and Fish Department offices in Bismarck, Dickinson, Jamestown, Devils Lake, Lonetree (Harvey) and Williston. Snaggers buying tags online have the option to have the tag mailed or can stop at a district office and pick it up during business hou...

  • FWP Schedules Virtual Meeting To Discuss Proposed Fshing Regulations Changes

    Apr 3, 2024

    HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a virtual meeting to gather input for the 2025-26 fishing regulations. The virtual meeting is scheduled for April 9, at 6 p.m. Fishing regulations are now under a process like hunting regulations, going through a comprehensive public review every two years. Fishing regulations are printed during odd numbered years. To review FWP’s proposed regulation changes, go to fwp.mt.gov/aboutfwp/public-comment-opportunities/fishing-regulations. FWP will also accept and review fishing regulations cha...

  • Application Deadline For 2024 Paddlefish Tags On Upper Missouri River Is March 22

    MT FWP|Mar 20, 2024

    Glasgow ̶ Paddlefish anglers planning to harvest a fish in the Upper Missouri River (between Fort Peck Dam and Fort Benton) need to apply for an Upper Missouri River paddlefish tag by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 22. For 2024, a total of 1,000 tags are available for the drawing. A 2024 fishing license is necessary before applying, and applications can be submitted online at fwp.mt.gov or at an FWP office. Anglers have the option to apply individually or as a party (up to five people) and have the option to purchase a bonus point at the time of...

  • Preliminary Proposals For 2025-2026 Fishing Regulations Available For Review

    MT FWP|Mar 20, 2024

    Helena – If you’re interested in providing input on how Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is crafting fishing regulations for the next two years, now is your chance. FWP is taking public comment and asking for ideas on initial proposals for the 2025-2026 Fishing Regulations. The initial 64 proposals are online now and available for review and comment. Just go to fwp.mt.gov/aboutfwp/public-comment-opportunities/fishing-regulations. FWP is also looking for ideas for regulation changes that aren’t captured in these initial proposals. To answer quest...

  • Application Deadline For Some Landowner Programs Is March 15 

    MT FWP|Mar 13, 2024

    HELENA – Landowners have until March 15 to apply for Unlocking Public Lands (UPL) Program or the Public Access Land Agreement (PALA) Program. These programs are designed to provide public access to state or federal land where access is either limited or doesn’t exist.   For enrollment in UPL, landowners will receive an income tax credit in the amount of $750 per agreement and up to a maximum of $3,000 in tax credits in exchange for allowing access across the private lands via roads or trails to reach inaccessible public land. Landowners must ho...

  • Hunters Will See Changes To Antelope, Moose Seasons In SE Montana

    Mar 6, 2024

    HELENA – As hunters prepare for the license year beginning March 1, they should be aware of some regulation changes to antelope licenses in FWP Region 7, as well as a new moose season. Changes to antelope licenses for Region 7 For hunters looking to pursue antelope in FWP’s Region 7, either-sex and doe/fawn licenses are no longer valid region wide. In December, the Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to divide Region 7 into a north and south unit using the Yellowstone River as the boundary for antelope hunting. The commission also passed a reg...

  • Funding Available For Conservation Practices

    Julie Goss|Jan 24, 2024

    Applications are being accepted for the Richland County Conservation District cost share program. To get an application stop by the conservation office, 2745 W. Holly, Sidney, request one by email [email protected] or visit the website www.richlandcd.org. Cost share funds available for stock water wells and pipelines, grass seeding, irrigation projects, fencing and any other conservation practice that enhances the natural resources in Richland County. The Richland County Conservation District is in its 14th year of assisting Richland County...

  • Anglers, Skaters, Others Encouraged To Practice Safety On Ice

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Jan 17, 2024

    Helena – It took a while to get here, but winter finally hit Montana. That means winter enthusiasts will be heading out to recreate. Whether ice fishing, ice skating, hunting, snowmobiling, or just taking a walk, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff reminds recreationists that safety should be the number one concern during a day out on (or near) the ice. Here are some safety tips: • Anglers and other recreationists should be familiar with the water body they plan to fish or recreate on. Pay close attention to the changing conditions of the ice...

  • Montana Braces For Sub-Zero Shift: Vigilance Urged Amidst Potential Ice Jam Flooding

    Cassie Wandersee|Jan 17, 2024

    Helena – Despite the initial warmth experienced earlier this winter, Montana is now grappling with a prolonged period of sub-zero temperatures and Arctic cold fronts. This abrupt shift serves as a timely reminder that weather patterns can change unexpectedly, necessitating vigilance and awareness of potential ice jam flooding. Ice jam flooding, a phenomenon prevalent along Montana’s rivers and streams, occurs when sub-zero temperatures precede sudden warm-ups, typically from now until March. Additionally, spring breakup can trigger ice jam...

  • Winter Watering Evergreens

    Marley Voll|Dec 27, 2023

    The area has been experiencing dry winter weather without much snow cover, and moderate daily temperatures, making it beneficial to continue watering your evergreen trees and shrubs. Evergreens lose moisture all winter long and watering them can reduce the chance of winter injury and desiccation. Water the trees mid-day to ensure the water will soak into the ground and when daytime temperatures are about 40°F. Younger and newly planted trees experience more water-stress compared to established trees, making it even more important to water...

  • MOGA Applauds Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission For Strategic Hunting Season Changes

    Lyndsey Medsker|Dec 20, 2023

    Helena – The Montana Outfitters and Guides Association has recognized the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission for making important changes to the state’s hunting season rules and regulations. The Commission’s actions strike a delicate balance between wildlife management, conservation efforts, public access, and hunter opportunity. Speaking on behalf of MOGA, Mac Minard, executive director, emphasized the critical nature of these changes. “These are pivotal adjustments designed to protect mule deer populations, enhance hunting opportu...

  • Now Available: Draft Missouri River Operating Plan; Possible Fort Peck Test Flow; Fall Public Meeting Schedule

    Eileen Williamson|Sep 27, 2023

    Ahead of fall public meetings, the Draft Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System Annual Operating Plan for the 2023-2024 runoff season is now available for public comment. The Missouri River Water Management Division has made the draft 2023-2024 Annual Operating Plan available at: https://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/MRWM/Public-Meetings/. The public comment period on the draft plan will close Nov. 30. The draft plan will be presented to the public in six meetings to be held in early November....

  • North Dakota Waterfowl Season Underway

    North Dakota Game and Fish|Sep 27, 2023

    North Dakota’s waterfowl season opens for residents Sept. 23, while nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl Sept. 30. The season for swans opens Sept. 30 for both residents and nonresidents who have purchased a swan license. Hunters may take six ducks, including mergansers, per day, with the following restrictions: five mallards of which two may be hens, three wood ducks, two redheads, two canvasbacks, one scaup, and one pintail. Mergansers are included in the total duck limit, with no species restrictions. Hunters can take two additional b...

  • Youth Pheasant Weekend Sept. 30-Oct. 1

    North Dakota Game and Fish|Sep 27, 2023

    North Dakota’s two-day youth pheasant season, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, is a great opportunity to introduce a new hunter to the outdoors, with limited competition. That’s when legally licensed residents and nonresidents 15 and younger can hunt rooster pheasants, statewide. An adult, at least 18, must accompany the youth hunter in the field. The adult may not carry a firearm. A general game and habitat license is required, and hunters 12 and older need to have passed a certified hunter education course or obtain an apprentice hunter validation, whi...

  • Watchable Wildlife Photo Contest

    North Dakota Game and Fish|Sep 27, 2023

    The deadline for submitting entries in the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual Watchable Wildlife Photo Contest is Oct. 2. The contest has categories for nongame and game species, as well as plants/insects. An overall winning photograph will be chosen, with the number of place winners in each category determined by the number of qualified entries. Photographers should go to the Game and Fish Department’s website at gf.nd.gov/photo-contest. Then it is a matter of providing some pertinent information about the photo and uploading it....

  • Montana FWP Adjusts Mule Deer Quotas In Response To Spring Surveys

    Aug 30, 2023

    Helena - While mule deer populations remain steady in portions of the state, spring green-up surveys conducted by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wildlife biologists showed populations in some parts of the state remain lower than desired, and as a result, licenses available to hunters in those areas have been cut back. Over the past few years, persistent drought, particularly in southeast Montana, has affected both survival and recruitment rates for mule deer. This drought has also, at times, been coupled with hard winters, making it especially...

  • Keep Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention In Mind When Recreating On Water

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Aug 30, 2023

    Helena - So far this year, FWP and its partners have inspected 66,000 watercraft for aquatic invasive species. Of those, 35 were mussel-fouled and more than 200 were found with aquatic weeds. FWP and partner agencies, which include tribes, counties and conservation districts, operate more than 17 road-side watercraft inspection stations across the state. To find a watercraft inspection station or to learn more, go to CleanDrainDryMT.com or call the FWP Aquatic Invasive Species Bureau at 406-444-2440. A July survey for Eurasian watermilfoil...

  • Lewis & Clark State Park

    Aug 16, 2023

    Lewis and Clark State Park is situated on one of the upper bays of Lake Sakakawea. The park features miles of shoreline with picturesque views of towering buttes and rolling hills that provide a rugged backdrop for the park. Modern boating facilities, including a marina with slip rentals and boat ramps, are major attractions. Anglers will find excellent fishing for walleye, sauger and northern pike. Lewis and Clark State Park is home to a large native mixed-grass prairie. Visitors can become...

  • Say Yes to Clean, Drain, Dry

    Aug 16, 2023

    While the effort to stop the introduction and transportation of aquatic nuisance species in North Dakota has been mostly successful, challenges remain as not all anglers, pleasure boaters and other water enthusiasts are abiding by the clean, drain, dry message. For example, last week department game wardens and other department staff inspected over 1,200 watercrafts throughout the state. Unfortunately, these inspections found four watercraft that were transporting zebra mussels. Luckily, in all four incidences, the zebra mussels were determined...

  • Anglers Should Keep Fish Caught in Deep Water

    Aug 16, 2023

    North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel encourage anglers to keep fish caught from depths of more than 25 feet, rather than practice catch-and-release. Scott Gangl, Game and Fish fisheries management section leader, said with the exceptional fish bite at Lake Sakakawea this summer, anglers should know fish reeled in from this depth will likely die if released. “As water warms during summer, fish tend to move to deeper, cooler water,” Gangl said. “This is particularly true for walleye in the big lake, where they follow their...

  • Montana FWP "Kids To Fish" Program Allows Anglers To Borrow Gear & Tackle For Free

    Aug 2, 2023

    Glasgow – A popular Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 program that allows kids and their friends or families to check out free fishing rods and tackle is in full swing again this year. In time for summer fishing, FWP staff has restocked and maintained over 350 fishing rods in most of the 41 different location sites across Montana's Hi-Line. The "Kids to Fish" program lets anglers check out fishing rods and reels equipped with basic tackle, such as hooks, bobbers, and sinkers. Typically, e...

  • How to Report Boat Accidents in North Dakota

    ND Fish and Game Dept|Aug 2, 2023

    Regardless of how safe and cautious boaters are on the water, accidents happen. If a boating accident involves injury, death or disappearance of a person, an accident report must be completed and sent to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department within 48 hours of the occurrence. If property damage exceeds $2,000, but no deaths or injuries occur, a boat operator has five days to file a report. These reporting requirements are mandatory whether there is one or more boats involved. A boat accident form is available on the Game and Fish...

  • 15th Annual Monster Catfish Roundup

    Ashley Harris|Jul 19, 2023

    A total of 37 teams participated in the Monster Cat Roundup, July 15, on the Yellowstone River outside of Sidney. Some of the fishing teams included six husband and wife combos, eight father and son or daughter combos, three grandfather and grandkid combos. The tournament was run by the Montana Catfish Association and Steve and Ashley Harris. Its total weight of five fish. The top ten teams and their hometowns are listed below. 1st Place Team 9: Todd Lindsay, and JJ Lindsay, both of Laurel, MT,...

  • Makoshika Seeks Comment On Archery Range Upgrades

    Erin O Connor|Jul 5, 2023

    Miles City - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is proposing to make improvements at the archery range in Makoshika State Park in Dawson County. Public comment is being sought on this proposal. The improvements will include new targets, a new vault latrine, road repairs and an additional storage shed. The archery course dates back to the 1960s and needs upgrades to improve safety and increase amenities while visitors use the course. The project will open access to archery recreation for visitors to Makoshika State Park. A draft Environmental...

  • Look Out For Harmful Algal Blooms When Recreating This Summer

    Moira Davin|Jul 5, 2023

    Helena - When recreating on Montana's waterbodies this spring, summer and fall, be on the lookout for harmful algal blooms (HABs) that can occur on Montana's reservoirs and lakes. While not all algal blooms contain toxins, the blooms can impact human health and the health of freshwater ecosystems. Report suspected HABs at HAB.mt.gov to help others be alert and prevent illness. How to identify HAB: • A coloration or scum on the surface of the water that can look like grass clippings or spilled p...

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