As hunters head into the hills on the first weekend of the general hunting season, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are reminding them that safety and courtesy are the keys to any successful hunt.
The federal shutdown hasn't effected most Montana hunters, but that was not the case for Dillon resident Don Copple, who says he was prevented from passing through some federal property to get to state land in Beaverhead County.
With general rifle hunting season due to start on October 26, even officials at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are having problems getting information about federal public lands, due to the partial government shutdown.
My husband is an avid hunter, so he has had a few close encounters with wildlife in his day. However, he has never had an encounter quite as close as this hunter had. This hunter was enjoying a nice afternoon in a tree stand waiting for his prey to come along, when he was visited by an almost too friendly black bear.
If you have a child that is 11 years of age or older, they are eligible to take the hunter education course that is required by the state in order to purchase a hunting license. Due to a law passed in 2003, all people born after the January 1, 1985 must show a certificate of completion for this course in order to get their license.
The long and short of it is yes. Cats are the worst kind of killers – serial killers. They kill over and over and usually with the same M.O. According to a report put together by scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the Fish and Wildlife Service, it was estimated that cats in the United States (both domestic and feral) kill 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals a year.
Last Saturday, December 15, was the opening day for Montana's wolf trapping season. The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks reports that about 2,400 people completed the required wolf trapping certification class
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