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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...

 

Savage Catfish Tournament to Proceed June 12-13

The Savage Volunteer Fire Department Catfish Tournament will proceed on June 12-13 with a few minor exeptions. The calcutta will take place June 12 at 7 p.m. It will take place outdoors, rain or shine. They strongly suggest attendees keep the...

 

Fishing for Free June 6-7

North Dakota residents who want to give fishing a try are reminded they can fish for free June 6-7. That is the state’s free fishing weekend, when all residents age 16 and older can fish any North Dakota water without a license. Residents age 15...

 

ND Game and Fish to Open Offices June 8 by Appointment Only

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will open offices June 8 to public access by appointment only, and under the low risk phase guidelines established by North Dakota Smart Restart. State facility occupancy must remain below 50%, therefore...

 

Montana FWP To Open Offices, Visitor Centers To Customers June 3

As the state moves into Phase 2 of Gov. Steve Bullock’s Reopening the Big Sky Plan, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices and visitor centers will open to the public June 3. FWP offices have been closed since late March due to Montana’s...

 

Paddlefish Snag-And-Release Season Open May 15-21

A one-week paddlefish snag-and-release season will be open May 15-21 for anglers who hold a valid fishing license, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department announced this week. However, if conditions warrant, Game and Fish may close the season with...

 
 By Marla Prell    Outdoors    April 15, 2020

Paddlefish Season On Yellowstone, Lower Missouri Canceled; Still Opportunity On Upper Missouri

The 2020 paddlefish seasons on the Yellowstone and Lower Missouri rivers (yellow tag) are canceled in response to Gov. Steve Bullock’s extension of the directives for social distancing and non-resident quarantine to help stop the spread of...

 

The Annual Fort Peck Walleye Spawn Will Go On Without Volunteers

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Fort Peck Reservoir walleye spawn/egg-take effort will be completed using only Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 staff. Unlike prior years, no volunteers will be participating in this popular spring...

 

Paddlefish Snagging Harvest Season Canceled

The North Dakota 2020-22 fishing proclamation has been amended and the state Game and Fish Department is canceling the upcoming paddlefish snagging harvest season due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the amendment does allow for the...

 

MonDak Walleyes Unlimited Chapter Continues To Carry Out Its Mission

In 1997 Doug Hill, Kevin Mayer and Russ Wells established the MonDak Walleyes Unlimited Chapter. The purpose of starting this Chapter was to educate the public on the importance of warm water...

 

ND Game & Fish Offers Up The Outdoors

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department encourages hunters and anglers to make mindful decisions on outdoor activities by following guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Customer, volunteer and employee well-being...

 

North Dakota Game & Fish COVID-19 Update

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department encourages hunters and anglers to make mindful decisions on outdoor activities by following guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Customer, volunteer and employee well-being...

 

License Year Begins March 1, Other Changes For 2020

As the current license year is winding down, hunters and anglers can look for a few immediate changes for the coming year. The new license year starts on March 1, which means that is the day you can buy your 2020 hunting and fishing licenses and...

 

Moose Stuck On Ice For Several Days, Euthanized By FWP

A young bull moose that had been stuck on ice for at least three days on the Missouri River in Richland County had to be dispatched Tuesday by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. “It’s been three days,” said FWP Region 7 Warden Ryan Kasson. “We...

 

Ice Fishing Season Is Beginning, Anglers Encouraged To Practice Safety

It’s that time of year when ice anglers will be heading out to Montana’s waters for the ice fishing season. Ice fishing is a great winter activity that the entire family can enjoy. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reminds anglers that safety...

 

Three Deer Harvested In Region 7 Suspect For CWD

Samples from three deer harvested in southeast Montana have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. These are the first positive results in the southeastern corner of the state. A second test will be conducted to confirm the initial positive...

 

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