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Fox Lake Wildlife Management Area Dry, No Opportunity for Waterfowl


Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are letting hunters know that the Fox Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is currently dry and will offer no opportunity for waterfowl hunting this coming season. There will also be restricted access in the WMA, but some hunting opportunity is available for other species.

“With lower water levels, there may be more of an opportunity to hunt pheasant and deer on the WMA,” said Ryan Williamson, area biologist. “There has been a good production of cattails, bulrushes and other early succession vegetation on the dikes and across the pools that will provide great cover for other wildlife.”

Fox Lake had several necessary repairs done last year, after recent high water years damaged many of the existing structures and dikes. “We hope to begin holding more water once the new dikes have healed up and we feel safe with water pressing against them,” added Williamson.

Gates at the parking areas will continue to be locked for the season, but access is still available. “We don’t want any off road use on the new dikes, so the WMA gates will be locked this fall to restrict vehicle use.”

The gates will also be locked in the spring and summer months to protect the habitats and wildlife. Walk-in hunting or day-use is encouraged from any of the three main entrances around the WMA.


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