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Comments sought on fur farm proposal

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment of a commercial fur farm proposal southwest of Roy, in Fergus County.

The project assessed is for the proposed Schultz Fur Farm, a commercial operation to pen-raise and sell bobcats for the fur industry.

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Lewistown to host State Legion Baseball tourney

It’s been years since a State Legion Baseball tournament has been held in Lewistown.  And next week, starting Tuesday at Simms Park, Lewistown will host just that with some special plans in the works.  According to City Manager Kevin Myhre:

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Fall Turkey applications due July 31

Permit application for hunters planning to pursue wild turkeys in parts of Montana this fall are due July 31.

All turkey permit applicants must have a 2014 Conservation License and they must pay a $5 nonrefundable application fee. 

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Private land/public wildlife council to meet in Helena

The Private Land/Public Wildlife Council will meet Aug. 4-5 in Helena at the Jorgenson’s Inn & Suites, located at 1714 11thAve. 

At the meeting, the council will discuss issues related to hunting access on private and public lands, and finalize draft recommendations to offer for public comment, based upon work accomplished over the past six months. 

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Sandhill Crane applications due July 31

Hunters interested in obtaining a special permit to hunt sandhill cranes in the Sweet Grass, Wheatland, Meagher and Golden Valley counties portion of the Central Flyway, as well as in four areas of western Montana in the Pacific Flyway, must apply by July 31.

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FWP roadside check stations find illegal live fish in boats

At least nine trailered boats checked recently at Montana's roadside watercraft inspection stations have been found to be transporting live fish, which is illegal in Montana's Western and Central Fishing Districts.

Watercraft inspection stations at Coram, Ronan and Thompson Falls in northwestern Montana; at Wolf Creek north of Helena; and at Hardin south of Billings have turned up more than 58 live fish in water-filled tanks used on a variety of fishing boats to keep bait and caught fish alive. Fish found being transported on Montana roads in boat "live wells" included yellow perch, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike and walleye.

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Becoming an outdoors woman kayaking class

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Becoming an Outdoors Woman program is sponsoring a kayaking class Aug. 16 on the Clark Fork River near Thompson Falls.

Participants will learn about kayak safety and paddling strokes before launching for a 5-mile float down the Clark Fork River. The $45 fee includes use of a recreational kayak, life jacket and lunch at the conclusion of the float.

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Wolf Stamp hearing set for August 14

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will conduct hearings on Aug. 14 at several locations on proposed new rules to establish a voluntary wolf management stamp for anyone to make a donation to Montana's wolf management program.

The proposed rules would direct FWP to make available for sale a $20 wolf stamp and would define how the voluntary donations would be allocated to wolf management activities.

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