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Input needed for 2016-2017 hunting seasons

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

WESTERN MONTANA — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is asking hunters, outfitters, landowners and others to get involved now to help set hunting seasons for 2016 and 2017.

The deadline to submit initial comments is Sept. 3.

“FWP recognizes that Montana’s hunting-season frameworks are important to both the hunting and agricultural communities,” said Ron Aasheim, FWP spokesman in Helena. “The initial online comment system for this scoping process is easy to complete and open to anyone who wants to participate.”

Initial comments and ideas on hunting regulation and adjustments can be submitted online by visiting FWP’s website, then following the link to “2016-17 Hunting Seasons.” 

Proposals that emerge for the 2016 and 2017 hunting seasons will be presented to the Fish and Wildlife Commission in December, followed by public meetings and several additional comment opportunities in January 2016. The commission will consider all public comments before final regulations are presented in February 2016 for adoption.

For more information, contact the Region 1 Office in Kalispell at 406-752-5501.


Pheasant season begins

FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Tribal Wildlife Management Program reminds people that the 2015-2016 hunting season for gray partridge opened Tuesday, Sept. 1. Pheasant hunting season begins Oct. 10. The season runs through Jan. 1, 2016.

Hunters are also reminded that shooting hours for Hungarian partridges and pheasants are sunrise to sunset of each day. 

Hunting limits for Hungarian partridges are eight partridges daily and 32 partridges in possession after the fourth day of the hunting season. Hunting limits for pheasants are three cock pheasants daily and nine cock pheasants in possession after the third day of the hunting season.

Copies of these temporary hunting regulations are available at permit vendors on the reservation.

For more information contact Dale Becker, Tribal Wildlife Program Manager or Germaine White, Information and Education Specialist at 406-883-2888.


Plum Creek restricts land use

COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. – Plum Creek has restricted public access and land use activities on all of its lands in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Missoula, Sanders and Ravalli counties due to continued hot and dry weather, and the extremely high wildfire risk. 

Stage II fire restrictions are in effect on all Plum Creek lands in the state. For a list of restricted activities, go to 

For further information please contact Plum Creek offices in Kalispell, 406-751-2400 or  Missoula, 406-728-8350.

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