Each fall tens of thousands of Montana men and women spend anywhere from a few hours to a several weeks hunting. Most have a wonderful time; a few run afoul of the law.

Looking for a fun but educational Halloween activity that includes learning about bats, making a bat craft, and pledging to support bat conservation?

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has created some easy activities to support national Bat Week (October 24-31) with an idea of educating the public on the important role bats play in our ecosystem and encouraging everyone to help protect these important critters through some very simple actions.

Deer and elk hunters will take to the field Oct. 21 for the general big game season and they’ll all need to keep in mind a few important pieces of information.

Be bear aware

Grizzly bear populations are continuing to expand in western Montana, and though we often say that anywhere in the western half of the state is grizzly bear country, not all recreationist, particularly hunters are ready to encounter a grizzly bear.

 

Fergus Speech Season 2017-18

Nov. 4 - Shepherd

Nov 11 – Miles City

Chronic wasting disease has not yet been discovered in Montana’s wild populations of deer, elk and moose, but as the disease continues to expand to the north, south and east of the state, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park officials believe it is only a matter of time before it is in Montana.

This fall, FWP is ramping up its CWD surveillance program again with financial help from the Mule Deer Foundation and The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

(ZORTMAN, Mont.) – Each generation is blessed with a few great men who impact the world around them so profoundly that, after they return to dust, plaques are forged in bronze to carry the torch of the memory of them through time to future generations.

Twice this year, I’ve received questions about a native mammal popping up in unexpected places.

No, not a grizzly bear, for goodness sakes. Think much smaller. Try a badger and a long-tailed weasel.

Grizzly bear activity along the Rocky Mountain Front continues in October as Fish, Wildlife and Parks bear specialists have captured one bear just south of Choteau eating fruit near homes and are looking for another bear that has been coming into town also looking for food.

A 3-and-a-half-year-old, sub-adult male bear, weighing 399 pounds, and was captured Monday night just south of town. It had been feeding on buffalo berries along the Teton River, but moved into the edge of Choteau to eat plums and apples in yards.

The bear will be relocated far north on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest along the Continental Divide.

With hunting seasons underway around Montana, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts must remember they’re sharing the woods with grizzly bears.

It may not be an encounter one hopes for, but all hunters must be aware there is that potential.

Montana's outdoor crime-stopper help line, TIP-MONT, has an online option to report poachers and other hunting-season violators.

Alert citizens can report poaching and violations of hunting regulations by going to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov. Click "TIP-MONT" to use the online report form.

Senior Pool League for this fall and winter gets underway Friday.  Sue Thomas is heading-up registration at the Legion Club to be held Friday at noon.

Just the thought of wings exploding into flight across the prairie or through the pine forests is enough to get the average upland game bird hunter’s heart racing.

And fortunately, from end to end, corner to corner Montana has upland bird opportunities for the casual to the die-hard hunter.