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Donate A Hunting License To Disabled Veterans Armed Forces Members

Montana law allows residents and nonresidents to donate their hunting license and or special permit to a disabled military veteran or disabled active duty service member. This year, there is a higher interest among veterans to take advantage of this...

 

Local Conservation Key to Big Goals

As Montana hunters and anglers, we know a lot about restoring wildlife and habitat through solid conservation efforts. We've been doing it for over a century and those decades of conservation work...

 

Montana FWP Taking Comment On 2021 Fishing Regulation Proposals

FWP is accepting comment on proposed fishing regulations for 2021. The department has 20 proposed changes for 2021, with most changes involving minor corrections and clarifications to avoid confusion and inadvertent violations.  One larger-scale...

 

Some Surplus Licenses Available Aug. 25 For Sale Over The Counter

The remaining Deer B and Elk B licenses left over from the new surplus list opportunities has become available Tuesday morning, Aug. 25 as over-the-counter sales (OTC). Purchases can be made at any license provider as well as online at:...

 

ND Federal Duck Stamp Required Sept. 1

Waterfowl hunters age 16 and older are reminded a federal duck stamp is required beginning Sept. 1. Waterfowl includes ducks, geese, swans, mergansers and coots. This year’s 2020-21 federal duck stamp is available for electronic purchase through th...

 

Fishing at Fort Peck

Lakayla Nentwig and Sawyer Thiel, Sidney, pose with Lakayla's 11 ½ lb Lake Trout she caught on July 4th at Fort Peck....

 

ND Fall Turkey Season Set, Application Deadline Sept. 2

North Dakota’s fall turkey season is set with 3,785 licenses available to hunters, 125 more than last year. Unit 47 (Eddy, Foster, Kidder, Sheridan, Stutsman and Wells counties), which has been closed to fall turkey hunting because of low numbers,...

 

Hunters Should Check For Closures Due To Wildfires Before Going Afield In Montana

Several wildfires are active in Montana, and this can affect land access for hunters in some areas.  Wildfire activity can change rapidly, and some fires may limit public access to roads and areas of public land. Wildfires can also cause closures...

 

Montana FWP Seeks Public Comment On Ice Fishing Contest

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on ice fishing contests proposed for the 2020-2021 season. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Applications for fishing contests may...

 

USACE Pump Site Surveys And Proposed Fort Peck Test Flow

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) intends to test the flows coming from Fort Peck Dam in hopes it will benefit pallid sturgeon recruitment. The proposal originates from required Endang...

 

Enjoying Tobacco Gardens

Despite windy conditions anglers still had fun at Tobacco Gardens Marina & Resort near Watford City July 18-19....

 

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

A popular Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks program that allows kids and their friends or families to check out free fishing rods and tackle is in full swing again this year.  FWP staff restocked and maintained over 400 fishing rods in nearly 43...

 

Record Lakes Stocked with Walleye Fingerlings

North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel are finishing stocking a record 180 lakes across the state with nearly 12 million walleye fingerlings. Fisheries production and development supervisor Jerry Weigel said the number of lakes...

 

Anglers Should Keep Fish Caught in Deep Water

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 while...

 

Bakken Summer Rides Three Weekends Drive, Ride, Boat

Fun summer rides to explore a few of the best tourist stops in Western North Dakota. Explore a few of the best tourist stops in Western North Dakota on three special Bakken rides this summer. Take part in the North-Central and Southwest rides by...

 

Operation Dry Water

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will again participate in Operation Dry Water as part of a nationally coordinated effort to increase knowledge about the dangers of boating under the influence. The goal is to reduce the number of accidents a...

 

Fungus That Causes White-Nose Syndrome Found In Eastern Montana

Samples taken from bridges in three eastern Montana counties have tested positive for the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats. The presence of the fungus – Pseudogymnoascus...

 

Free Online Hunter/Bowhunter Education Classes In Montana

To protect public health and reduce overall spread of COVID-19, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has temporarily cancelled all in-person Hunter and Bowhunter Education classes. Please take advantage of the opportunities to get certified now.   If...

 

Annual Savage Volunteer Fire Department Catfish Calcutta & Tournament Held June 12-13

Calcutta Results: 1st Place: Team 43/Ben Rahr, $4,965.09, Sheila Conradsen 2nd Place: Team 50/Brenner Flaten, $3,698.13, Sam Syth 3rd Place: Team 55/Jeff Miller, $2,944.81, Jeff Miller 4th Place:...

 

16th Annual Children's Fishing Derby

The 16th Annual Watford City Children's Fishing Derby was held Saturday morning, June 13. This year there were two separate sessions with 150 participants registered. Due to COVID-19, lunch was not...

 

White-Nose Syndrome Kills ND Bats Near MT Border

So far, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks hasn’t found signs of the deadly white-nose syndrome (WNS) in the state’s bat populations, but biologists are closely monitoring the situation. Recent reports of bat deaths from WNS just over the border in...

 

Fish For Free Over Father's Day Weekend June 20-21 Montana

Whether you’re tying on a salmon fly or putting a night crawler onto a hook, during Father’s Day weekend, everyone in Montana can fish for free. While this family-oriented opportunity allows anyone to fish without a license on June 20-21, all...

 

High, Swift Water Conditions Create Risks For Recreationists

The tragic drowning of a Great Falls man who was swimming in Belt Creek near the Sluice Boxes area on Wednesday is a good reminder for swimmers, boaters, floaters and anglers to use caution in and near the water. Water levels are higher and swifter i...

 

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