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Partnership promotes good hunter behavior

News from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks HELENA — To promote the importance of hunter ethics and improved hunter behavior, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is partnering for a second year with several hunting and agriculture organizations to “protect the hunt.” While the campaign encourages hunters to always practice conscientious behavior, it focuses particularly on showing respect for private land and the access landowners provide.  The slogan is: It’s up to us. Respect access. Protect the hunt. Landowners play an important role in sustaining healthy wildlife populations, contributing to our economy and communities by creating jobs, and providing v...


Mission Reservoir fishing access restored

News from CSKT Natural Resources ST. IGNATIUS — As of today, the CSKT Natural Resources Department has confirmed the water levels at Mission Reservoir have recovered sufficiently above the minimum pool elevation from the previously recorded low levels measured at the end of August. Due to this ...


Fishing closed on Mission Reservoir

News from CSKT Natural Resources PABLO — On Aug. 28, 2023, the CSKT Natural Resources Department Water Monitoring & Measurement Program observed that water levels at Mission Reservoir had dropped to a point that raised safety concerns for the local fish populations and overall fisheries ecosys...


Hunter education classes offered in NW Montana

News from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks KALISPELL — Hunter education courses are scheduled in Kalispell, Columbia Falls, and Eureka. Registration is free and available at: https://fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter-education. Dates, locations and specific instructions for each class, as well as con...


Bison Range to auction 30 bison in October Bison Range to auction 30 bison in October

News from CSKT Natural Resources Dept. FLATHEAD RESERVATION — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will be conducting a capture event in October at the CSKT Bison Range to pull surplus bison as a means to keep genetic diversity high and capacity within Bison Range long-term goal for the rem...


What’s to blame for too little water in Flathead Lake: climate or mismanagement?  What’s to blame for too little water in Flathead Lake: climate or mismanagement? 

RONAN — The amount of water flowing into Flathead Lake peaked both lower and earlier than normal this year, frustrating those accustomed to the lake’s reliably clean, clear water for recreation, irrigation and power generation through the summer.  The dam-managed lake at the headwaters of...


Keep aquatic invasive species prevention in mind

News from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks HELENA — So far this year, FWP and its partners have inspected 66,000 watercraft for aquatic invasive species. Of those, 35 were mussel-fouled and more than 200 were found with aquatic weeds. FWP and partner agencies, which include tribes, counties and co...


FWP wins multiple national communication awards 

News from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks HELENA — The Association for Conservation Information awarded Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks top honors in two communications categories at the organization’s annual awards ceremony held in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, on July 27. FWP took first place in...


Antelope drawing results now available

News from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks HELENA – The drawing for antelope licenses is complete. There are a few ways to get your drawing results. Visit: fwp.mt.gov, click on MyFWP Login in the upper righthand corner, then click on “Lookup Draw Results, Register for Lists” tab on the...


Numerous wildfires burn throughout county, reservation Numerous wildfires burn throughout county, reservation

News from CSKT Division of Fire FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Though cooler weekend weather and rains have helped suppression efforts, several large wildfires continue to burn on the Flathead Reservation.  The Big Knife Wildfire, discovered on July 24, was started by lightning and has burned 4,86...


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