Montana Outdoors

Mar 25, 2011 1:44 PM by MT FWP

MT FWP: bear, turkey, big game license information

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has released information about hunting regulations, big game license applications, black bear hunting season, turkey hunting season, and more.

FWP HUNTING REGULATIONS AVAILABLE ON LINE

Montana's annual big game hunting regulations are available now online at fwp.mt.gov and will be at FWP offices and license providers by the first of April. Montana's black bear and spring turkey hunting regulations are available online and at FWP offices and license providers today.

DEADLINE REMINDER FOR BIG GAME LICENSE AND PERMIT APPLICATIONS

Two important deadlines are approaching for Montana big game hunters. May 2 is the deadline to apply for moose, bighorn sheep, bison and mountain goat licenses available through a drawing, and the deadline to apply for deer B, elk B, deer and elk permits and antelope licenses is June 1.

SPRING BLACK BEAR HUNTING SEASON COMING SOON

Montana's spring black bear hunting season opens April 15. Spring black bear hunters must purchase their licenses on or before April 14. Licenses purchased after April 14 may not be used for five days and are only available at FWP offices and online.
Black bear hunters are limited to one black bear license a year and are reminded they must successfully complete Montana Fish,Wildlife & Parks's bear identification test before purchasing a black bear license.
The bear identification test is available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov .
The 2011 black bear regulations are available online on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov and at most license providers.


SPRING TURKEY HUNTING SEASON OPENS SOON

Montana's spring turkey gobbler hunting season opens April 9 and ends May 15.
Licenses are available from all Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices, on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov and from FWP license providers across the state.
The 2011 Spring Turkey regulations, with details on turkey hunting in the general area, are available online at fwp.mt.gov, at most FWP offices and FWP license providers. The application deadline for western Montana's spring gobbler season permits has passed.

FWP SEEKS COMMENTS FROM ANGLERS

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comments from anglers and others on issues that could result in future changes or improvements to Montana's fishing regulations.
"We are looking to anglers for their thoughts on what issues should be addressed when we propose the 2012-2015 fishing regulation changes to the FWP Commission this August,? said Don Skaar, FWP fish management section supervisor.
Some of the issues for consideration have statewide significance. For example:
• restrictions on the collection and movement of live bait to prevent the spread of invasive species;
• regulations by species allowing one standard regulation and one exception for each fishing district; and
• allowing some harvest of cutthroat hybrids in locations where the hybrids are a threat to pure cutthroat populations.
Other issues are region- or fishing district-based, including:
• making trout limits on the Missouri and Smith Rivers simpler in FWP Region 4;
• eliminating harvest in favor of catch-and-release only for bull trout on Lake Koocanusa and Hungry Horse Reservoir in FWP Region 2; and
• reducing catfish limits in the Eastern Fishing District to conserve this native species.
A brochure describing these and other issues is available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov, at fishing license providers and at most FWP offices.
April 22 is the deadline to comment at fwp.mt.gov. Click on the Fishing page. Mail comments to: FWP Fisheries Bureau, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.


SHOOTING RANGE DEVELOPMENT GRANT DEADLINE

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds shooting range enthusiasts that the deadline to apply for range development grant proposals is May 1.
Montana's Shooting Range Grant Program, administered by FWP, provides funding to private shooting clubs, organizations, local governments and school districts to build and improve public shooting ranges throughout the state.
To learn more about the Shooting Range Grant Program, and for a grant application, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov , click on the Recreation page and look under Grants. Or, call FWP at: 406-444-9939; or email: kcunningham@mt.gov .
Shooting Range Grant Program applications may be mailed to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Attn: Kurt Cunningham, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620.

NONGAME INCOME TAX FUND IS IMPORTANT

The annual nongame wildlife check-off on Montana's tax-return forms, funds Montana's nongame wildlife management and encourages public awareness and enjoyment of species like the common loon, a variety of song birds and small mammals.
Watch for the tax-deductable check off on the 2011 Montana income tax form to contribute to Montana's nongame wildlife species management. To learn more about Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks nongame species management, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov. Click Nongame Wildlife Checkoff.

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