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FWP seeks proposals for disease-free Yellowstone bison living on Turner ranch

FWP seeks proposals for disease-free Yellowstone bison living on Turner ranch

A disease-free herd of Yellowstone National Park bison that was originally envisioned to populate state or tribal lands to return the animals to the Great Plains will soon find a new home.

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FWP extends wolf season comment period due to technical difficulties

FWP extends wolf season comment period due to technical difficulties

MISSOULA — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has extended the comment period for the proposed 2013-14 gray wolf season until Wednesday at 5 p.m.

June 24, 2013 5:25 pmLoading…

Bills would give counties more control over wildlife

Two bills that would give counties more control over big-game populations are being opposed by sporting groups and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

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Bill takes aim at elk archery season again

Bill takes aim at elk archery season again

For the third time since restrictions on archery elk permits were enacted in northeastern Montana in 2008, a bill has been introduced in the Legislature to reverse the controversial action of the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission.

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Houndsmen support bear hunting, oppose lion trapping

Houndsmen support bear hunting, oppose lion trapping

Houndsmen turned out in force Tuesday to oppose a bill that would allow trapping of mountain lions and support one that would allow the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission to authorize hunting black bears with hounds.

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Bowhunting, other hunting groups oppose allowing lighted 'nocks’ on arrows

Bowhunting, other hunting groups oppose allowing lighted 'nocks’ on arrows

HELENA — State lawmakers should reject a bill allowing bowhunters to use lighted nocks on their arrows because it violates the “primitive nature” of the sport, spokesmen for bowhunting and other hunting groups said Tuesday.

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Amid questions, Milk River Ranch up for final sale OK

Amid questions, Milk River Ranch up for final sale OK

The Montana Board of Regents has agreed to pay $2 million for the rights to archaeological and paleontological artifacts on the Milk River Ranch, bringing the total to $7.7 million in public funding being paid to brothers David and Verges Aageson for their 4,505-acre parcel about 45 miles no…

December 02, 2012 11:00 pm Photos

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Land Board approves Milk River Ranch purchase

Land Board approves Milk River Ranch purchase

HELENA -- Montana’s Land Board on Monday unanimously approved the purchase of the 4,505-acre Milk River Ranch for $5.7 million.

November 19, 2012 3:22 pm Photos

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FWP Commission OKs Big Lake land buy northwest of Billings

FWP Commission OKs Big Lake land buy northwest of Billings

The Big Lake Wildlife Management Area is about to get bigger.

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Montana, Wyoming trying to understand why moose populations are plummeting

Montana, Wyoming trying to understand why moose populations are plummeting

In the past 30 years, the population of Shiras moose in northwestern Wyoming has declined, in some places precipitously.

September 17, 2012 12:30 am Photos

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Montana FWP Commission delays Yellowstone bison relocation

Montana FWP Commission delays Yellowstone bison relocation

A decision on a plan to relocate up to 160 Yellowstone National Park bison onto state and tribal lands has been postponed after ranchers raised objections, wildlife officials said Wednesday.

November 02, 2011 8:00 pmLoading…
Longer Montana wolf hunt proposed to reach quota

Longer Montana wolf hunt proposed to reach quota

State wildlife officials want to extend Montana's wolf hunting season to give hunters enough time to fill a 220-wolf quota that is intended to sharply reduce the predator's population.

November 02, 2011 5:15 pmLoading…

Guaranteeing access: Newer program funding purchase of easements to public lands

Some former Montanans who returned to the state to hunt with relatives over the past two years have funded the purchase of an easement along a road to the Haymaker Wildlife Management Area, northwest of Harlowton.

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12 of 100 elk in Ruby Valley test positive for exposure to brucellosis in initial tests

12 of 100 elk in Ruby Valley test positive for exposure to brucellosis in initial tests

Twelve of 100 cow elk captured in early February in the Ruby Valley have tested positive for exposure to brucellosis in an initial screening.

February 25, 2011 10:25 am Photos

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IGBC: With grizzly bears recovered, job now is management

MISSOULA — If we care about keeping grizzly bears alive, perhaps we should worry less about how they die.

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Study to track brucellosis in elk

Is the rise in brucellosis among elk related to their increasing concentration on private lands as they avoid hunters and predators?

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Montana big game season won't be extended

Montana's 2010 general big game hunting seasons closed Sunday and will not be extended, state wildlife officials confirmed.

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Bitterroot wolf action stallled

MISSOULA — Montana will continue to seek approval to halve the number of wolves in the west fork of the Bitterroot, but it probably won't happen this year.

November 18, 2010 5:54 pmLoading…

Montana asks feds for limited wolf hunt

HELENA —  The state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission will ask the federal government for a permit that would allow a limited wolf hunt in southwestern Montana because of the threat to the elk population there.

November 18, 2010 4:31 pm Related Loading…

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