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Articles from the October 22, 2023 edition

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  • Respect Access While Utilizing Block Management Areas

    News Release, Montana FWP|Updated Oct 25, 2023

    RESPECT ACCESS WHILE UTILIZING BLOCK MANAGEMENT AREAS Oct 23, 2023 8:31 AM MILES CITY – Although most hunters respect the land, property and wildlife they are hunting, a minority do not. Yet these few bad actors lead to frustration from private landowners and hunters looking to do things right. This year remember: It's up to us. Respect access. Protect the hunt. Every hunting season, there are reports of vandalism to Block Management Area (BMA) boxes, hunters driving off r...

  • Fish and Wildlife Commission subject to new transparency measures

    Updated Oct 25, 2023

    Newly bound by a settlement between a wolf advocacy group and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the seven-member Fish and Wildlife Commission charged with "wise management" of the state's fish and wildlife resources conducted its business with a particular eye toward transparency when it met Oct. 19. The Oct. 11 settlement, reached with Stevensville-based nonprofit Wolves of the Rockies, aims to close the book on a year-long dispute over open-government violations, more specif...

  • Op-Ed: A productive legislative session for hunters and landowners

    Updated Oct 25, 2023

    Hunting season has arrived! As hunters flock to the hills in pursuit of Montana's treasured big game species, we want to take a moment to acknowledge the good work that was done in this spring's legislative session for hunters, landowners, and conservationists alike. Wildlife issues have frequently been overcome with intense division in previous legislative sessions. 2023 was different. Various stakeholders that are often in sharp disagreement on wildlife and land management p...

  • General season opens with mild weather, average hunter success in southwestern Montana

    News Release, Montana FWP|Updated Oct 25, 2023

    MISSOULA –The 2023 Montana big game general hunting season opened Saturday, Oct. 21, and hunters in the west-central part of the state found warm fall weather and a few less animals than in recent years. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wildlife check stations near Anaconda, Bonner, Fish Creek, and Darby saw 2,132 hunters collectively this weekend. Hunters checked 76 elk, 15 mule deer, 39 white-tailed deer, and one black bear. This compares to 2,016 hunter stops during the 2...

  • Montana State study aims to help threatened whitebark pine

    Diana Setterberg, MSU News Service|Updated Oct 25, 2023

    BOZEMAN – A Montana State University research team has published a study that may contribute to management and restoration strategies for whitebark pine, a species that is experiencing significant decline and was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act almost a year ago. Danielle Ulrich, assistant professor in the Department of Ecology in MSU's College of Letters and Science, is the lead author on a recently published paper in the journal Forest Ecology and M...

  • Testing confirms wastewater system leaking near Holland Lake

    Justin Franz, Montana Free Press|Updated Oct 25, 2023

    The U.S. Forest Service has shut down its wastewater treatment plant near Holland Lake and begun remediation efforts after testing confirmed that there was a leak in the system. The action comes after a local group opposed to an expansion of the Holland Lake Lodge filed a complaint with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. Meanwhile, it appears the proposed expansion of the lodge is not going to happen, at least for now. Last week, the owner of the lodge said he...

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