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FWP offering free clinics to teach hunters how to collect their own CWD samples

News from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks KALISPELL — This fall, staff in Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 1 (northwest Montana) will be offering free clinics to teach hunters how to collect lymph node samples from the animals they harvest to have them tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD). FWP staff are partnering with local sportsmen’s groups and businesses to offer the training clinics in Libby and Kalispell, and the courses are open to all interested hunters. Attendees will learn about FWP’s plan to monitor for CWD this fall and get hands-on practice removing lymph nodes for testing. Equipment will be provided, but hunters can bring their own k...


Elk management recommendations released for comment

News from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks HELENA — The suite of recommendations developed by the Elk Management Citizen Advisory Group are available for public review and comment. The group was organized this past spring by FWP director Hank Worsech to develop recommendations on elk management is...


More than 84,000 AIS inspections conducted so far this season

News from Montana FWP MONTANA — It’s important to continue to clean, drain and dry your boat and gear when you recreate on the water to prevent the potential spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).   So far this year, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and its partners have inspected...


Closures and restrictions lifted on several western Montana rivers

News from Montana FWP HELENA — While air temperatures remain hot, smoky conditions have caused water temperatures to cool down to meet the criteria to lift fishing restrictions and closures on several rivers in western Montana. The restrictions and closures were lifted Wednesday, Sept. 7. All r...


Glacier National Park announces fall operation adjustments  

News from Glacier National Park WEST GLACIER — As the autumn season approaches, operations in the park will start winding down. On Sept. 11, the park’s 2022 vehicle reservation pilot study ended. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and prepare for temporary traffic restrictions at the west...


2022 Fall Mack Days is almost here

News from the CSKT Natural Resources Department FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Fall Mack Days will begin on Sept. 15 and end on Nov. 13. This will be the 41st Mack Days Fishing Event sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Mack Days began in the fall of 2002 with 888 lake trout entered b...


Hunters education class announced

News from the CSKT Natural Resources Department FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Class for the Polson, Ronan, Pablo Summer Hunter Education course will start Tuesday, Oct. 11, in Room 118 of the Beaverhead Math and Science building on the Salish Kootenai College campus in Pablo. All classes will begin at 6:...


2022 big game hunting forecast 2022 big game hunting forecast

News from FWP HELENA — Are you ready for hunting season? FWP can help. In addition to the following hunting forecast, FWP provides online information about hunting access, including our popular Block Management Program. Through the program, we coordinate with landowners to provide hunting access t...


Nathan Reiner named NW MT warden captain Nathan Reiner named NW MT warden captain

News from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks KALISPELL — Nathan Reiner was named the Region 1 (northwest Montana) warden captain for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Reiner stepped into the new role in July and is replacing Lee Anderson, who was named FWP’s new regional supervisor. As warde...


FWP to host open houses

News from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks HELENA — In the coming weeks, anglers will have several opportunities to comment on fishing regulation proposals for the 2023/24 regulation booklet. These proposals were developed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff after working with the public o...


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