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Biologists identify origin of illegally introduced walleye

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks KALISPELL – Biologists are using an innovative tool in the effort to prevent illegal fish introductions by identifying the source of the species and gaining new information that could catch the individual or individuals responsible. The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks was able to identify the original location of two walleyes that were discovered in Swan Lake in October 2015. The research traced where the two fish were born and confirmed that they were not originally from Swan Lake. Microchemistry analysis of the calcium carbonate structure in the inner ear bones of the fish, known as otoliths, indicates they were intro...


Snow plowing discontinued in state parks

News from Montana State Parks Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced that snow plowing will be discontinued at several state parks in Northwestern Montana beginning Dec. 1. Following budget cuts for fiscal year 2018, winter road maintenance will be discontinued at the West Shore and Big Ar...


Montana Public Radio launches podcast on invasive species threat Montana Public Radio launches podcast on invasive species threat

MISSOULA – Montana was invaded last summer. Not by land, not by air, but by water. A microscopic alien showed up in water samples from the Tiber Reservoir, opening the door to a wide range of potentially devastating impacts for Montana’s fisheries, outdoor enthusiasts and industries. “Su...


Mack Days week six results announced

News from CSKT Natural Resources 2017 Fall Mack Days will end on Nov. 12 after eight weeks of lake trout fishing on Flathead Lake. Up to $150,000 in cash and prizes sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will be awarded on the last day. Six weeks of the event are complete. A total of 1...


PSA hosts shooting competition

News from the Polson Shooters Association POLSON – The Polson Shooters Association (PSA) in conjunction with Mission Tactical Ranch is sponsoring a clinic and handgun competition.  There will be shooting at three venues of multiple targets, for some of the most challenging competition in L...


Apprentice hunter program open to youth, mentors

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Montana’s general deer and elk season opened Oct. 21. If you want to expose a young person to hunting and mentor that person through their first hunt, now is a good time to consider signing them up for the Apprentice Hunter program. With that, it’...


Target shooters, hunters should take precautions to avoid starting fires

News from CSKT Division of Fire The CS&KT Division of Fire reminds the public to be safe when hunting and target shooting by being aware of dry grasses and wildfire safety. Hunters or target shooters can accidentally spark a wildfire. Follow these simple guidelines: - Avoid shooting into rocks...


Fighting to protect the Flathead Fighting to protect the Flathead

POLSON — An impending state budget cut has forced the Flathead Basin Commission to consider alternative funding mechanisms, including a possible alliance with Lake and Flathead counties and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The FBC is a state entity that was created in 1983 to protect the...


Increased predation, housing developments affect grassland bird populations

News from CSKT Natural Resources Pheasant and migratory waterfowl hunters on the Flathead Indian Reservation faced a wide variety of weather conditions while hunting on the opening day of pheasant hunting season on Saturday,  Oct. 7.  After a good opening day for waterfowl hunting a week earli...


Access best hunting spots Access best hunting spots

News from the Bureau of Land Management FORT BENTON – Hunters looking to feed their families or mount the next record-breaking trophy to their wall have their sights set on the heart of Montana. Whether stalking or ambushing, the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument Transportation Map ...


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