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  • 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...

  • Fort Peck Reservoir Angler Creel Survey Underway Through September

    Jun 21, 2023

    Anglers can assist Fort Peck fisheries management by answering a few questions Fort Peck- Anglers on Fort Peck Reservoir this summer may be asked a few questions about their fishing experience when they come off the water. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is conducting an angling "creel" survey at one of the state's largest and most popular warm water fisheries. The information collected help biologists understand angler catch rates of popular game fish and determine level of satisfaction with...

  • Kids Fishing Derby

    Jun 7, 2023

    The annual Kids Fishing Derby was held at Kent Pelton Nature Park in Watford City on June 3....

  • Montana Paddlefishing Begins

    Jun 7, 2023

    The Montana Yellow Tag Paddlefishing season started May 15. As of June 3 a total of 596 were reported to have been caught this season. The season will end when the 1000th paddlefish has been harvested....

  • Kids Fishing Day Held May 23

    Robyn Heck|May 31, 2023

    On Tuesday, May 23, the area sixth graders were invited to participate in Kids Fishing Day at Gartside Reservoir. Marla Prell, fMiles City Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks office has been doing this for seven years. "I know this event goes back to at least the mid 90s. Today, we have Miles City and Glendive members of the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, MonDak Walleyes Unlimited and Blue Rock Products Company are here to assist. We have four stations for the kids to go through while they learn...

  • Richland Co. Sportsman's Club's Annual Car Show Set For June 17

    Jaymi Mozeak|May 24, 2023

    The 4th Annual Richland County Sportsman's Club Car Show will be Saturday, June 17, this year. Several local enthusiasts are expected to bring their classic cars, current hot rods, and works in progress to show off their rides. The car show was started back in 2019 for the Sportsman's Club to raise money to establish an outdoor public shooting range in Richland County. Larry Christenson said, "We're still looking for land, but that ain't nothing new." There is, currently, one shooting range...

  • Paddlefishing in North Dakota

    May 24, 2023

    Jeff Benda, Fargo, poses with his paddlefish caught at the Confluence on May 2, 2023....

  • Yellow Tag Paddlefish Season Started May 15

    Marla Prell|May 17, 2023

    Miles City - The 2023 yellow tag paddlefishing season on the Yellowstone River and Missouri River downstream of Fort Peck Reservoir started Monday, May 15. Wednesday, May 17, will be the first harvest days of the season during which paddlefishing is allowed in all designated areas. Sunday, Monday and Thursday are designated catch-and-release days for paddlefish, and Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are harvest days. Catch-and-release days restrict paddlefishing to the Intake Fishing Access Site only near Glendive. The paddlefish season w...

  • Community Pond Program Project Approved at Hollecker Lake

    Mar 8, 2023

    Helena - Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks recently approved $22,445 in funding for a project to enhance angling at Hollecker Lake near Glendive. The funding will come from FWP’s Community Grant Program. The Glendive Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited will lead an effort to maintain and repair important lake amenities such as the accessible ramp and fishing pier, fishing access points, access road and more. This project is expected to ensure public access and angling opportunity are continued at this important community fishery. FWP accepts a...

  • Commission Approves Fishing Regulation Change For Paddlefish In Lower Yellowstone River

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Mar 1, 2023

    Helena - During its meeting on Feb. 22, the Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted a new regulation that prohibits snagging of paddlefish within the intake fish bypass channel on the Yellowstone River. The intake fish bypass channel is part of a Yellowstone River intake diversion dam project. The project’s objectives are to improve upstream and downstream fish passage for pallid sturgeon and other native species, including paddlefish, while maintaining water diversions into the lower Yellowstone project main canal. Snagging for paddlefish is v...

  • Burgum Meets With Interior Deputy Secretary, NPS Director On Painted Canyon, Wild Horses, Water Supply

    Feb 15, 2023

    North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Tommy Beaudreau and National Parks Service (NPS) Director Charles Sams to discuss a variety of North Dakota-related issues including the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library, Painted Canyon, water supply project funding, oil and gas development on federal lands and the state’s recent offer to help the NPS manage the herd of wild horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. “We appreciate Deputy Secretary Beaudreau and Director Sams taking the time to discuss opp...

  • Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission To Meet In Person Feb. 22 In Helena

    Feb 15, 2023

    Helena - The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Feb. 22 in person at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks headquarters in Helena, 1420 E. 6th Ave. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will also be streamed live on the FWP website, and the public has the option to participate via Zoom or to attend in person. To make a comment via Zoom, you must register on the FWP website by noon on Feb. 21. The public will also be able to comment in person at any FWP regional office. The commission will make final decisions on the...

  • Burgum Urges National Park Service Director To Keep Wild Horses At Theodore Roosevelt National Park

    Feb 8, 2023

    Bismarck, N.D. - In a phone call, Gov. Doug Burgum urged National Park Service (NPS) Director Charles Sams to allow wild horses to remain at Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP), stressing their importance to the state’s tourism industry and their deep historical and cultural connections to the park and Roosevelt himself. The call with Sams was prompted by a letter Burgum submitted Monday as part of the NPS’s public comment period on its proposed management plan for the less than 200 wild horses in the national park’s South Unit and 12 lo...

  • Bill Will Help Increase Hunter Access & Opportunity

    Kyle Schmauch|Jan 18, 2023

    Helena, MT - Senator Steve Hinebauch, R-Wibaux, is a sponsoring a bill to help maintain and increase hunters’ access to private land through Montana’s Block Management Program. Senate Bill 58 would double the limit on the money that landowners can receive for participating in the Block Management Program from the current $25,000 per year to $50,000 per year. The increase would help fairly compensate landowners for voluntarily allowing public hunters onto their properties. “Block Management is one of the best and most popular conservation tools...

  • Public Comment Deadline For Several Proposals Is Feb. 3

    Jan 11, 2023

    Helena - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on several proposals slated to go to the Fish and Wildlife Commission in February. Comment is open through Feb. 3. After public comment, commissioners can offer amendments to the proposals as they see fit. The proposals and supporting documents, commissioner amendments and collected public comment are available on the FWP website. The commission will make a final decision on these proposals at its meeting on Feb. 22. Fish removal projects for 2023-2026 For 2023‐2026, there are 2...

  • MT FWP Region 7's First Late-Season Antlerless Elk Hunt Runs Nov. 28-Feb. 15

    Dec 21, 2022

    Miles City – Southeast Montana’s first late-season hunt, previously known as a shoulder season, will run from Nov. 28-Feb. 15. In FWP Region 7, the late season allows antlerless elk hunting with either an unused over-the-counter general elk license or a limited-draw elk B license on private lands in Hunting Districts 702, 704, 705. A late-season hunt is a firearms season that occurs outside the general season and is focused on antlerless elk harvest. Late-season hunts are not intended to replace harvest during the archery or general seasons but...

  • Court Order Changes Wolf Hunting Season, Effective Immediately

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Dec 7, 2022

    Helena - A District Court in Lewis and Clark County issued a temporary restraining order impacting some of Montana’s wolf hunting and trapping regulations. The changes go into effect immediately. The changes outlined in the temporary restraining order are as follows: • Reinstitutes wolf management units (WMU) 110, 313, and 316 as they existed in the 2020 wolf regulations. WMU 110 borders Glacier National Park and WMUs 313 and 316 are north of Yellowstone National Park. • Reinstitutes the quotas for WMU 110, 313, 316 as they existed in the 2...

  • Hunters Encouraged To Have Deer Tested For CWD

    Nov 2, 2022

    The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will continue its Hunter-Harvested Surveillance program during the 2022 hunting season by sampling deer for chronic wasting disease from select units in the western portion of the state, and unit 2B in the east. Samples will be tested from deer taken from units 1, 2B, 3A1, 3A2, 3A3, 3A4, 3B1, 3B2, 3C, 3D1, 3D2, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1, 3F2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F. CWD is a slow-moving brain disease of deer, moose and elk that can cause population-level impacts...

  • Game & Fish Allocates Five Bighorn Sheep Licenses

    Nov 2, 2022

    The North Dakota Game and Fish Department allocated five bighorn sheep licenses for the 2022 hunting season, the same as last year. One license was issued in unit B1, one in B3, one in B4 and one in B5. In addition, one license, as authorized under North Dakota Century Code, was auctioned in May by the Midwest Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation, from which all proceeds are used to enhance bighorn sheep management in North Dakota. A record 19,423 applicants applied for bighorn sheep....

  • Report Violations with RAP

    Nov 2, 2022

    The North Dakota Game and Fish Department encourages hunters, anglers and landowners who witness a fish or wildlife violation to file a report with the Report All Poachers program. Witnesses should report a violation by calling RAP at 701-328-9921. Witnesses should note the vehicle description, including make, color, license plate number and state issued. Description of the violator should also be considered. The RAP line offers rewards – from $100 to $1,000 depending on the nature and seriousness of the crime – for information leading to the...

  • Deer Replacement Tag Reminder

    Nov 2, 2022

    Deer hunters who can’t find their deer license should contact the North Dakota Game and Fish Department soon to secure their tag before the season opens. The Game and Fish Department must be contacted by phone at 701-328-6335, or email [email protected], to authorize the online purchase of a replacement tag. Printable applications are not available. The deer gun season opens Friday, Nov. 4 at 12 noon Central time....

  • Fort Peck Fall Release Reductions Delayed

    Missouri River Water Management Division|Sep 21, 2022

    Planned release reductions from Fort Peck Dam will be delayed until the end of September, due to the ongoing drought and recent extremely dry weather in eastern Montana. Farmers in the area will be able to continue irrigating crops until harvest begins later in September. “We have assessed the potential impacts of this action and determined that this would have minimal impacts in the upper basin, and no impacts on the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System’s overall ability to meet its authorized purposes given the change will not impact tot...

  • Montana's Missouri River Country and South Saskatchewan Ready Partnership

    Missouri River Country Tourism Office|Sep 7, 2022

    Montana’s Missouri River Country and South Saskatchewan Ready have partnered together to form a cross-border tourism promotion. Missouri River Country is a Destination Marketing Organization in northeast Montana. South Saskatchewan Ready is made up of nine rural municipalities near the Saskatchewan-U.S. border. Last week the two organizations met in person at the Scobey Golf Club House for a meet and greet and to discuss steps towards developing and strengthening tourism across the border. We have similar landscapes, attractions and things t...

  • McDonough Family Donates New Pavilion At Makoshika State Park

    Marla Prell|Aug 31, 2022

    Miles City - On Aug. 12, a large contingent of the McDonough family gathered under a shady new day-use shelter atop a breath-taking overlook at Makoshika State Park. They were there to share family memories of time spent at the park, and to dedicate the McDonough Pavilion that they had helped to fund in memory of Russell and Dora McDonough. The family, some of whom are based in Glendive, donated $70,000 for the project. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks contributed $15,000 and significant staff...

  • Controlling Wasps In The Yard

    Marley Manoukian|Aug 17, 2022

    Yellowjackets and other social wasps may be found in large numbers as we enter late summer and through the fall. Most of the wasps are beneficial and feed on garden pests, however, some can become aggressive. Most stings will come from the Western yellowjacket species of wasp. To begin controlling the wasps in your yard, it is important to first properly identify which species is present. The most common wasps in Montana are bald-faced hornets, paper wasps, and Western and aerial yellowjackets....

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