Wardens Seek Information in Townsend Area Poached Elk Case

“Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are asking the public to help identify the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of at least one elk on private property just east of Canyon Ferry recently.” More…

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks :: Wardens Seek Information in Townsend Area Poached Elk Case

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are asking the public to help identify the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of at least one elk on private property just east of Canyon Ferry recently.

On Sunday, Oct. 15, responding to a call from a landowner, game wardens discovered a badly decayed bull elk and a more freshly killed cow elk on private land between Ray Creek Road and Dry Gulch Road off Highway 284.

Upon investigation, it appeared the cow elk had been shot within a few days of being discovered. This coincides with a witness’ account of hearing multiple gunshots the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 11 near the discovered elk.

Given the state of the carcass, no determination could be made in the field about the bull elk’s cause of death.

At the time of this incident there was no legal season in place for the rifle hunting of elk in this area.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Warden Josh Leonard at 406-439-0451, or 800-TIP-MONT. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

Good time to apply for Apprentice Hunter program

Montana’s two-day, youth-only deer hunt is coming up October 19 and 20, and general deer and elk season opens October 21. Now is a good time to consider signing up for the Apprentice Hunter program.

Montana’s two-day, youth-only deer hunt is coming up October 19 and 20, and general deer and elk season opens October 21. Now is a good time to consider signing up for the Apprentice Hunter program.

MTFWP: Avoid 10 Common Hunting Mistakes

Source: Here are 10 problem areas, courtesy of FWP game wardens, that hunters seem to stumble over year after year:

1. Trespassing. Hunters must have permission of the landowner before hunting on private land.

2. State law makes it illegal for anyone to shoot on, from, or across a road or right of way.

3. Make sure of sunrise and sunset times. Big game season runs from one half hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset.

4. After taking a big game animal, hunters must validate their hunting tag. Proper validation means completely cutting out the date and month on the tag.

5. Hunters must use their own tags when shooting an animal. Transferring licenses between spouses or using a family member’s tag is illegal.

6. Drive only on established roads.

7. Hunters and anglers are required to stop at all check stations, going to or coming from the field, with or without game.

8. When transporting a big game animal, evidence of the animal’s sex must remain attached to the carcass.

9. Don’t shoot from a vehicle.

10. Big game hunters must wear at least 400 square inches of hunter orange above the waist and visible from all sides. Although it’s not required for bird hunters, it’s a darn good idea to put on some orange, at least a hat or vest.

General Big Game Season Opens Oct. 21, A Few Key Things To Remember

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.

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.

Reminder in the Field this Hunting Season: Be a Good Steward of the Land

Although most hunters respect the land, property, and wildlife they are hunting, many others do not. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to remind hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts to be good stewards of the land, and respect both private an…

Although most hunters respect the land, property, and wildlife they are hunting, many others do not. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to remind hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts to be good stewards of the land, and respect both private and public property. The FWP Region 6 Citizens Advisory Committee, recognizing that this is an ongoing issue, raised the need for more public outreach.

Cole Ponds Fishing Access Site Will Have Weapons Restrictions

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks are initiating a weapons restriction at Cole Ponds Fishing Access Site (FAS) northwest of Saco, starting this 2017 hunting season.

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks are initiating a weapons restriction at Cole Ponds Fishing Access Site (FAS) northwest of Saco, starting this 2017 hunting season.

Hunter numbers up, harvest static for antelope opener in south central Montana

The number of hunters who stopped at Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations in south central Montana during the opening weekend of antelope season was up 6.5 percent from last year. But the antelope harvest remained nearly identical.

The number of hunters who stopped at Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations in south central Montana during the opening weekend of antelope season was up 6.5 percent from last year. But the antelope harvest remained nearly identical.

BEAR AWARE: Hunting seasons underway, general big game season starts Oct. 21

Antelope rifle season is in full swing, archery season is still underway and the general big game season starts Oct. 21. It’s important for all hunters to practice bear aware behavior.

Antelope rifle season is in full swing, archery season is still underway and the general big game season starts Oct. 21. It’s important for all hunters to practice bear aware behavior.