With fire season underway in Montana and several counties already implementing fire restrictions, hunters should be keenly aware of the regulations in place in the locations they plan to hunt, at least until the weather begins to cool.

About 5,000 Montana archery hunters can head afield beginning Aug. 15 with their 900 series antelope hunting licenses. Montana's archery-only hunting season for deer, elk, antelope, black bear, wolf and mountain lion begins Sept. 2. Most upland game birds seasons open Sept. 1. The bighorn sheep archery season begins Sept. 2.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks urges hunters to check in with the regional FWP offices or online about potential closures before making final plans.

Montana's millions of acres of private land offer some excellent hunting opportunities—the only catch is gaining the landowner's permission to hunt.

It is Montana law that hunters obtain landowner permission to hunt on all private land.

For the 2017 hunting season, over 1,300 cooperators have enrolled about 7.3 million acres in Montana’s Block Management Program.

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks program provides hunters with public hunting access to private and isolated public land, free of charge, while assisting landowners in managing hunter impacts.

Hunters and their gun dogs have about a month before the upland game bird season begins, so it's a good time to dig into this season's hunting access guide.

To get started, hunters can refer to the Projects Access Guide, published annually by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program. The guide includes project maps that depict boundaries of private lands enrolled in the UGBEP. Once hunters have obtained the landowner's permission to hunt, the maps with access boundaries can be an invaluable tool for hunters to locate UGBEP project areas.

Here is the revised travel schedule for week of 8/21-8/26:

Mon.   Go   v   arrive in Bozeman by 8:00 am at Riverside

8/21                Load -4:45 am   Leave- 5:00 am

Fri.     Vb   v   arrive in Glendive by 11:45 am   will be staying at the Days Inn

8/25               Load - 7:00 am  Leave - 7:15 am

         Xc   jv/v arrive in Livingston by 9:00 am

                      Load - 6:15 am  Leave - 6:30 am

         Go  v    arrive in Livingston by 8:00 am

                     Load - 5:15 am   Leave - 5:30 am

Sat    VB  fr    arrive in Lavina by 7:45 am

8/26               Load - 5:30 am  Leave - 5:45 am

 

From the President of Central Montana Shooting Complex:

WITH CURRENT FIRE RESTRICTIONS THAT ARE IN PLACE, THE COMPLEX (CMSC) WILL BE FOLLOWING THE HOUR RESTRICTION SET FOURTH BY OUR FERGUS COUNTY SHERIFF TROY EADES.

THE RANGE WILL BE OPEN FROM 7:00A.M. TILL 1:00 P.M.

The testing date windows for the National Federation Tests for all new registered officials in football or volleyball is August 14– September 5. All current officials needing to upgrade to Certified or Master in either sport will be August 14 – 21. The test must be taken online at the MOA Arbiter website, and detailed instructions can be obtained from the MOA Coordinator at the offices of the Montana High School Association. Any individuals interested in becoming either a football or volleyball official may also register and pay their dues online at https://moa.arbitersports.com.

The National Wild Turkey Federation has presented a $4,000 grant to FWP’s hunter access programs.

“Having the continued support of the NWTF only reinforces the importance of our access program to all hunters in Montana,” said Jason Kool, FWP access bureau chief.

Licenses for antelope and fall turkey were drawn Monday. Applicants can check their status by clicking on the MyFWP link at fwp.mt.gov.

In Montana, the most common types of boating accidents are capsizing, falling overboard, or collisions with another vessel or object in the water.

"There have been 130 boating fatalities in Montana in the past 20 years," said Phil Kilbreath, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks boating law administrator. "Of these fatalities, 65% involved non-motorized vessels like kayaks, rafts and drift boats.  Motorized boats, including personal watercraft and pontoon boats, account for 35% of all boating fatalities.”