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 By News Release    News    January 22, 2020 

Private Land/Public Wildlife Council to meet Jan. 27 and 28 in Helena

The Private Land/Public Wildlife Council will meet Jan. 27, from 1 to 5 p.m., and Jan. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 pm., at the Helena Holiday Inn...

 
 By News Release    News    January 22, 2020 

Montana Individual Income Tax filing season starts Jan. 27

HELENA – The Montana Department of Revenue will open the state Individual Income Tax filing season on Monday, Jan. 27. Once again, the department encourages Montanans to file electronically. “E-fi...

 
 By News Release    News    January 15, 2020

U.S. Census bureau begins selection process in preparation of 2020 Census

HELENA-On January 1, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin the selection process for various census positions in preparation of the 2020 Census. These...

 
 By News Release    News    December 25, 2019

Forest Service finalizes updated Stonewall Vegetation project analysis

HELENA, Mont. – The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest has finalized plans for the Stonewall Vegetation project near Lincoln, Mont. following...

 
 By News Release    News    December 25, 2019

Kathy Bushnell accepts permanent position as Helena District Ranger

HELENA, Mont. – Kathy Bushnell of Helena, Mont. has accepted a permanent position as the Helena District Ranger on the Helena-Lewis and Clark...

 
 By News Release    News    December 11, 2019

Medicare Issues New Numbers and Cards to Prevent Fraud

As the result of recent fraud takedowns, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) identified a group of beneficiaries whose Medicare numbers were being fraudulently used to bill Medicare...

 
 By News Release    News    November 20, 2019

Harvest your Christmas tree on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest

HELENA – Christmas tree permits are now available at Forest Service offices on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. Permits cost five...

 
 By News Release    News    November 20, 2019

Montana WILD and VA program helps veterans recover from PTSD, substance abuse

A collaborative program between the Montana Veterans Affairs Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Park's...

 
 By News Release    News    November 6, 2019

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories...

 
 By News Release    News    November 6, 2019

Fish and Wildlife Commission to meet Nov. 12

The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission will meet Nov. 12 at FWP Headquarters in Helena. The meeting will be streamed live via video to all FWP regional offices. The meeting will also be audio streamed...

 
 By News Release    News    October 30, 2019

Two more cases of sever illness associated with vaping identified

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials have identified two additional cases of illness related to the national outbreak of...

 
 By News Release    News    October 23, 2019

Parker Medical Center Hires Experienced Provider to Improve Healthcare Access for Lincoln Residents

PureView Health Center's Lincoln site, Parker Medical Center, has hired a full-time provider to increase healthcare access for Lincoln residents....

 
 By News Release    News    October 16, 2019

UM Poll: Most voters don't know Montana once had two U.S. House Districts

UM News Service MISSOULA – The University of Montana Big Sky Poll recently asked participants "What is the highest number of U.S. Representatives...

 
 By News Release    News    October 16, 2019

Non-resident OHV permit cost increases, more money to trails grant program

Non-resident off-highway vehicle users coming to Montana this fall will see a slight increase in their temporary use permits. The increased fee is a...

 
 By News Release    News    October 16, 2019

E-Bikes welcome on 'motorized use' Helena-Lewis & Clark NF trails, roads

Helena – Electric bicycles (often referred to as “e-bikes”) have grown in popularity for both recreational use and hunting on public lands and are currently welcome on more than 52,000 miles of...

 

Tips for hunters to make the Block Management Program work for them

The 2019 Hunting Access Guide is available, directing hunters to more than 7 million acres of private, state and federal lands enrolled in Montana's...

 

Bear spray – carry it, know how to use it

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee recommends the use of bear spray and urges hunters to learn other bear-aware safety measures. Hunters in bear c...

 
 By News Release    News    October 2, 2019

Turn in poachers - call 1-800-Tip-Mont

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks toll-free hotline for reporting wildlife poaching, property damage, and violations of fish and game laws is in...

 
 By News Release    News    October 2, 2019

Governor's Grizzly Bear Advisory Council to Convene in Helena

Helena - The Governor's Grizzly Bear Advisory Council is convening for its first meeting next month in Helena. The council will gather Oct. 3-4 at...

 

Regulations changes, clarifications to keep in mind for hunting season

Please note that a few language changes and clarifications were included in the 2019 hunting regulations. Those changes include: Archery Equipment...

 

Replace faded licenses and avoid attaching carcass tags directly to meat

If you have not checked your license and carcass tags in a while, please do so well in advance of your hunting trip to ensure they haven't faded....

 

Reminder in the field this hunting season: Be a good steward of the land

Although most hunters respect the land, property, and wildlife they are hunting, many others do not.  Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to...

 

Know the facts about chronic wasting disease in Montana

HELENA - What you need to know about chronic wasting disease in Montana: CWD is a contagious neurological disease that infects deer, elk and moose....

 

Access: Ask early, don't wait

HELENA - Montana's millions of acres of private land offer some excellent hunting opportunities-the only catch is gaining the landowner's permission...

 

Be responsible with warming fires

MISSOULA – As days become shorter and temperatures drop, the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC) and Bureau of Land...

 

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