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Hunters Can Help Prevent Spread Of AIS

Hunters who use boats to access waterfowl or big game hunting areas can help prevent aquatic invasive species from infesting Montana's wetlands, rivers, and lakes. The three steps of Clean, Drain,...

 

Check Your License Before You Head Out Into The Field

Don’t wait until opening day to discover your license and carcass tags are faded and need to be replaced. Hunters and anglers with licenses that are displaying faded text making them difficult to read can have those licenses replaced at no cost at...

 

Missouri River Corps Of Rediscovery: Bones And Oil

Hunters of the Corps of Discovery primarily conserved lead and gun powder for big game to feed the most men with the least resources. During the 28-month expedition they killed and ate 1,001 deer,...

 

Hunters Reminded Of Elk B License Opportunity For General Fall Hunting Season

As surplus licenses go on sale on Monday, Aug. 12, hunters should remember that, according to the 2019 regulations, they are allowed only one Elk B License, despite legislation passed during the recent Montana Legislature. In the 2019 legislative...

 

Anglers Should Fish Responsibly, 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...

 

Faded Hunting And Fishing Licenses Can Be Replaced For Free At Montana Fwp Offices

Hunters and anglers with licenses that are displaying faded text making them difficult to read can have those licenses replaced at no cost at their regional Fish, Wildlife & Parks office. Another option is to go to fwp.mt.gov, login to MyFWP and...

 

Small Catch, Big Fun

Local fishermen Russ & Jody Wells enjoyed the day on Lake Sakakawea near Tobacco Gardens on Aug. 10. Although no keepers were brought in, it was a fun day on the water. Above: Russ Wells holds up...

 

Walleye Fingerlings Stocked

North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel recently finished stocking more than 140 lakes across the state with walleye fingerlings, completing one of the largest stocking efforts in the history of the agency. This includes more than...

 

Paddlefish Harvest On Yellowstone, Missouri Stays Within Target

The 2019 paddlefishing harvest season on the Yellowstone and Lower Missouri rivers wrapped up on June 1, condensing the harvest into a two-week window. High catch rates on May 31 heading into...

 

Fort Peck Reservoir Angler Creel Survey Underway Through September

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 and Parks is conducting an angling "creel"...

 

Walleyes Unlimited and The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' Annual Kids' Fishing Day

The MonDak chapter of Walleyes Unlimited and the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks held their annual Kids' Fishing Day on Thursday, May 9, at Gartside Reservoir near Sidney and Crane,...

 

Put Garbage Where it Belongs

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds outdoor recreationists to keep public use areas, including state wildlife management areas, clean this summer by packing out all trash. All garbage should be placed in a proper trash receptacle. If...

 

Fireworks Prohibited on Wildlife Management Areas, Camping Restriction Lifted for The 4th of July Holiday

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds citizens that possession or use of fireworks on state wildlife management areas is prohibited. The primary objective of a wildlife management area is to enhance wildlife production, provide hunting...

 
 By Kathy Taylor    Outdoors    June 5, 2019

Children's Fishing Derby, June 1, Watford City

The 15th Annual Children's Fishing Derby was held 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, June 1 at Watford City Fishing Pond, Watford City, ND. This was a free event open to children 13 years old and under. They...

 

State And Local Health Officials Encourage Safe And Healthy Swimming This Summer

Spending time outdoors around water and in swimming pools is a great way to stay active and healthy during the summer season in Montana. The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), along with local health authorities, want to remind M...

 

Ballast Boats Need Decontamination At Watercraft Inspection Stations

Boat owners transporting watercraft with ballast tanks or bladders will undergo additional cleaning at watercraft inspection stations to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. The Montana Legislature passed a law requiring watercraft with ba...

 

Anna Hill Snags First Paddlefish

Opening day of the Montana paddle fishing season was a great one for Bloomfield resident Anna Hill. She caught her first ever paddlefish, estimated at about 40 pounds, within 20 minutes of fishing at...

 

Fishing Regulations Scoping Survey Available Online

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites anglers and other interested parties to participate in a survey regarding changes to the 2020 fishing regulations. The survey is available at http://fwp.mt.gov/fish/publicComments/regsScoping.html. The survey is...

 

Keep Your Distance From Young Or Injured Wildlife

Each spring, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks receives several calls from people who have picked up deer fawns or other wildlife. FWP advises against this practice for several reasons. The agency does not accept, hold or rehabilitate deer and elk...

 

Fishing Regulations Scoping Survey Available Online

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites anglers and other interested parties to participate in a survey regarding changes to the 2020 fishing regulations. The survey is available at http://fwp.mt.gov/fish/publicComments/regsScoping.html. The survey is...

 
 By Andy Kuester    Outdoors    May 15, 2019

Perennials Make For Good Spring Planting

Spring is here in our region. Daytime temps are regularly in the 60's but overnight lows are still a bit scary for most annual plants. Plants that are safe to install right now would be trees, shrubs,...

 

Sign-up Your Children For Junior Master Gardener Program, Starts May 22, Watford City

If you would like your children who are ages 10 to 12 years old to learn more about gardening, the Junior Master Gardener Program (JMG) is for them! This free course will be held in Watford City starting Wednesday, May 22 from 5 p.m. CT to 6:30 p.m....

 

Guest Editorial: Montanans Work Together To Protect Our Waters

Montanans know how precious water is. It's essential for fish and wildlife, boating and angling, irrigating, drinking and creating much of our electricity. When something threatens our water - such...

 

North Dakota Paddlefish Snagging Season Opens May 1

North Dakota's 2019 paddlefish snagging season opens May 1 and is scheduled to continue through May 21. However, depending on the overall harvest, an early in-season closure may occur with a 24-hour n...

 

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