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Hunting check stations opened

 News from FWP MONTANA — Four traditional wildlife hunter check stations will be in operation on weekends during the general rifle season in west-central Montana with a few changes in protocol related to COVID -19 safety.  The stations, located near Bonner along Highway 200, north of Darby along U.S. Highway 93, near the mouth of Fish Creek in Mineral County and west of Anaconda along Highway 1, will be running on weekends during the hunting season, Oct. 24 through Nov. 29.  For public safety and to reduce crowding at the stations this season, hunters will remain in their vehicles, and the stop will be streamlined as much as possible. Montana Fish, Wildlif...


Montana national guard aircrew successfully rescue hikers Montana national guard aircrew successfully rescue hikers

News from the Montana National Guard  CONDON — A Montana Army National Guard medevac team and a HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter successfully rescued two hikers from the Holland Peak area on Monday, Sept. 5, after one of the hikers developed a life-threatening medical condition.   The Monta...


FWP seeks public input FWP seeks public input

News from Fish, Wildlife & Parks KALISPELL — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public input on a proposal to purchase a conservation easement to protect approximately 7,256 acres of timberland and wildlife habitat in northwestern Montana near Marion, Montana. FWP received 40 com...


Hunters asked to help monitor for Chronic Wasting Disease Hunters asked to help monitor for Chronic Wasting Disease

MONTANA — Chronic wasting disease threatens deer, elk and moose populations in Montana. The spread of the disease is something all hunters should consider as they venture out this fall to harvest wild game. “CWD is a 100 percent fatal disease that infects members of the deer family, including ...


Hunting and Fishing Hunting and Fishing

With fall, swimmers disappear from the increasingly frigid waters of Flathead Lake, and anglers, bundled up on boats or casting from shore, begin to hunt for wily mackinaw or lake trout.  It’s a sport that’s not only sanctioned, but actively encouraged by the Confederated Salish and Koote...


Mack Days continues through Nov. 15

News from CSKT The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Mack Days fishing contest continues daily through Nov. 15 on Flathead Lake. The semiannual fishing derby, which boasts up to $200,000 in cash and prizes, includes lottery drawings, prizes for top anglers and tagged fish worth $100-$10,000...


Investing in our future: FLBS implements new erosion control beach

News from the Flathead Lake Biological Station For nearly a century, since the regulation of lake levels began, significant shoreline erosion has been documented around Flathead Lake, including at the Bio Station and Flathead Lake State Park - Yellow Bay. In total, the Bio Station’s nearly 7,000 f...


Falls Mack Days event underway Falls Mack Days event underway

News from CSKT FLATHEAD LAKE – The 2020 Fall Mack Days event began Tuesday, Sept. 8 and will end Sunday, Nov. 15. The event will be one week longer because the spring event was shortened, due to COVID-19.   There will be up to $200,000 in cash and prizes awarded at the conclusion of the ev...


Apply for FWP’s Apprentice Hunter Program

News from FWP MONTANA — It’s never too early to plan ahead for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Apprentice Hunter Program. FWP encourages early mail-in certification for eligible apprentice hunters in order to avoid crowds and frustration prior to season openers and the youth hunt. COVID-1...


Flattening the curve on Chronic Wasting Disease

It’s cool this morning. There is a different feel to the air. The days are slowly getting shorter, my bird dogs are getting restless and I am listening for that first bugle of a bull elk down in the river bottom. It’s that time when I, and all hunters, anxiously prepare for the glorious days we s...


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