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Bull elk. (iStock photo)
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Bitterroot Elk Population Making a Rebound

The number of elk in the most recent aerial Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks survey is encouraging.

Mike Thompson of FWP said the count was over 7,300 elk in five hunting districts in and around the Bitterroot Valley, the fourth highest number in survey history

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A Rainy Start to the 2013 Montana Fishing Season [AUDIO]

Rain soaked many who set out to start the 2013 Montana fishing season, but that did not deter thousands of men, women and children who set out to fish the state's lakes, rivers and streams.

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Fish Wildlife and Parks Warn to Stay off Rivers
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Fish Wildlife and Parks Warns Missoulians to Stay Out of Swollen Rivers and Streams [AUDIO]

Unseasonably warm weather and recent heavy rain have brought Missoula area rivers and streams to very high levels. Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Fishing Site Access Coordinator Chet Crowser said on Tuesday, that its just too risky to be out on the water floating or rafting right now.

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When Does Fishing Open on Montana’s Rivers and Streams?

If you’re an avid fisherman here in Western Montana then you probably already know what I’m going to tell you. However, if you are a recreational fisherman, then this information might be helpful to you. This could keep you out of hot water with Fish and Game, because as it turns out, fishing is not a year-round sport in all Montana districts. Here are the general regulations regarding when Montana’s rivers, streams, lakes and reservoirs are open to anglers.

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Hunter’s Safety – A Rite of Passage

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.

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Juveniles Arrested in Moose Poaching Incident

Two young people were charged with poaching in the shooting of a pregnant moose in February.

The Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks announced the charges against the two unidentified juveniles this week

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Moose in Montana. (FWP File Photo)
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Reward is $2,000 for Tips on Avon Area Moose Poaching Case

A cow moose was killed over a week ago near Avon, Montana and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wardens need some help from the public.

The moose was poached Monday, February 18, northeast of Avon, near Carpenter Creek and Ophir Creek

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Wolf Hunting Update [AUDIO]

The Montana wolf hunting season is in its final two weeks.

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Hunting seasons ending in Montana areas.
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Many Montana Mountain Lion Districts Reach Season Quotas – Updated

Updated -- The hunting of all mountain lions in Montana Hunting Districts 250 and  270, which include portions of Ravalli County, will close Wednesday evening, February 13, a half hour after sunset

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Montana FWP regions
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Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Plan Trapping Clinic in Hamilton

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will offer a short course in Hamilton to the general public who want to learn more about furbearer management, trapping seasons and how to release traps.

In a news release from the department, officials said the class will have a short session on trapping and furbearer management and then participants will be able to handle traps and learn how to open them

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