Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is again offering college students an opportunity to gain practical experience working as interns in a variety of capacities. Students typically receive academic credit while completing practicum requirements and gaining valuable work experience.

FWP will fill positions around the state that involve work in the areas of fish and wildlife biology, environmental studies, education, interpretation, outdoor recreation, range management, natural resources, statistics and more. Most of the internships run from April to September with an application deadline of March 3.

College students are urged to contact their career placement office immediately for current postings of all internship announcements, or visit the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov. Go to the Doing Business tab and click employment to learn more about available Internships, application deadlines and other details.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offers hunter and bowhunter education on the Internet to anyone 18 years and older. Following the online coursework, students must sign up for a scheduled field day. There are field days available throughout Montana every spring and into the fall for Hunter Education and winter through summer for Bowhunter Education.

State law requires anyone born after Jan. 1, 1985 to take a hunter education course and complete a field course before purchasing a hunting license in Montana. The $25 online course allows adults to take the required hunter education course at their convenience.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds all black bear hunters of the responsibility to avoid mistakenly shooting a grizzly bear during the state's upcoming spring black bear hunt. Montana's spring black bear hunting season begins April 15.

Before first-time bear hunters can purchase a black bear hunting license, they must be certified by successfully completing FWP's bear identification training. FWP offers a bear identification training course on its website under the Education tab at fwp.mt.gov. Under "Hunter Education," choose "Bear Identification Program".

Paddlefish anglers planning to fish in the Upper Missouri River (From Fort Peck Dam to Fort Benton) will need to apply for an Upper Missouri River Paddlefish Tag. Applications are available to apply by mail, online at fwp.mt.gov, or by stopping by any regional or area FWP offices. Applications must be received no later than March 30, 2017.

Montana's spring male turkey hunting season begins April 8 this year. The deadline to apply for a Montana spring turkey license in some Montana counties is March 2.

Applicants will find the spring turkey license areas in FWP Regions 2, 3, and 4 listed on the application and must have a 2017 conservation and base hunting license to be eligible to apply. There is a $5 application fee.

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Fergus High School Girls’ Basketball Coach Deena Wier has resigned her position due to personal reasons effective immediately.

Winter can be a stressful time for elk with deep snow, limited food options and depleted fat reserves. That’s why Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is asking shed hunters and other recreationists to give elk their space until the snow melts and the animals are less stressed. 

Shed hunting – looking for antlers shed each year in the winter by male elk so they can regrow a new pair – has become increasingly popular in recent years and more competitive.

Designed for exercise, enjoyment and safety skate parks are meeting the needs of young community athletes.   Jason Stephens, spokesman for Make it Happen Montana  updated  the KXLO Live audience on plans that will also make it happen in Lewistown.

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According to law, high school sport offerings must be equal for both boys and girls.

In Lewistown’s case, the Fergus boys cross country team and the Fergus girls fast pitch softball teams cannot depend on tax dollars.

It's time for landowners to enroll in the state-sponsored “Open Fields for Game Bird Hunters.”

The voluntary program, offered through Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program, is available to private landowners who have a minimum of two years left on their federal Conservation Reserve Program contract or are enrolling new lands into CRP.  Nearly 60,000 acres have been enrolled in Open Fields since 2012.

Travel to any small town in Montana elk country in the middle of November and you can see just how important big game hunting is to the Montana economy.

From the “Welcome Hunter” banners hanging on the front of local taverns, gas stations and restaurants, to the “No Vacancy” signs at local motels, big game hunters, both resident and non-resident, are key to Montana’s economy.