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Race to the Sky/Jack Beckstrom Bridge Dedicatio

The long awaited bridge dedication is finally just ahead. The US Forest Service and Montana Mountain Mushers have joined together to dedicate the new bridge across Beaver Creek... — Updated 9/28/2022

 
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What's new for chronic wasting disease management for 2022

This year FWP will continue chronic wasting disease surveillance in specific areas known as Priority Surveillance Areas in north-central, central, southwestern, and south-central... — Updated 9/21/2022

 
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Two grizzly bears euthanized after repeated conflicts in the upper Blackfoot

OVANDO – Wildlife officials euthanized two grizzly bears this week that were responsible for at least 10 conflicts in the upper Blackfoot Valley over the past two months.  Montan... — Updated 9/21/2022

 

Photos: Scapegoat 50

An estimated 600 people visited Lincoln Friday Sept. 16 and Friday Sept. 17 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the designation of the Scapegoat Wilderness.... — Updated 9/21/2022

 

Community Notice: Grizzly bear relocated northeast of Rogers Pass

MISSOULA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is providing notice to people living or recreating in the vicinity of Rogers Pass that a grizzly bear has been relocated in... — Updated 9/12/2022 Full story

 
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Ask first to hunt on private land

Ask first to hunt on private land Don't wait until it is too late. Hunters who haven't already asked permission from private landowners to hunt need to do so as soon as possible.... — Updated 9/8/2022

 
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2022 big game hunting forecast

HELENA – Are you ready for hunting season? FWP can help. In addition to the following hunting forecast, FWP provides online information about hunting access, including our popular... — Updated 9/7/2022

 
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Hunters must expect to see bears

Grizzly bears have the potential to be found anywhere in the western two-thirds of Montana (west of Billings), and their distribution is denser and more widespread than in previous... — Updated 9/7/2022

 
 By Brad French    Outdoors

Douglas-fir Bark Beetle activity on the rise in Lincoln

Being an owner of forested property can bring many upkeep duties. Thinning, burning, road work, and monitoring for tree health can keep a property owner busy. Many large, old... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
 By Jean Pocha    Outdoors

Jack Hooker named to the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame

HELMVILLE - "Sitting around crackling campfires and hunting camp dinner tables listening to Jack Hooker tell stories of adventures was a great privilege I had during the years I... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
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Be bear aware when recreating outdoors

HELENA – As winter gives way to spring, recreationists are taking advantage of the warmer weather to get outside. However, this is also the time of year bears are emerging from th... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
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Butte BLM seeks input on motorized access in north Lewis and Clark County

BUTTE – The Bureau of Land Management's Butte Field Office is in the beginning stages of analyzing motorized access for BLM-managed public lands in north Lewis & Clark... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
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New process for fishing regulation review cycle begins with gathering ideas

MISSOULA - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is taking a new approach to the fishing regulations review and development process by moving to a two-year review cycle. One of the... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
 By Roger Dey    Outdoors

Back-to-back Fun Run and Scavenger Hunt sees Lincoln awash in OHVs

Between 180 and 250 off highway vehicles, including side-by-sides, three- and four- wheelers, motorbikes, and the odd jeep, swarmed the hills around Lincoln over the weekend for... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
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Celebrate the Fourth of July on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest!

HELENA, Mont., June 28, 2022 - With over 2.8 million acres to explore and more than 30 developed campgrounds to choose from, the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is a great... — Updated 8/31/2022 Full story

 
 By Roger Dey    Outdoors

Hoofing it down the Great Divide

Mountain Bikers travelling the Great Divide Mountain Bike route for the 2022 Tour Divide have been a common sight in Lincoln since the race started June 10, but they're not the... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
 By Roger Dey    Outdoors

Leah's Legacy

In late May, the community of Ovando unveiled stickers listing the top six commandments for tent camping in bear country. The stickers are the latest effort by the town to ensure... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
 By Rob Gump    Outdoors

Ranger Report July 2022

Just like the 4th of July celebration this past weekend, the start of summer is finally here with a bang, giving us hot weather days. The hot days seem to be consistently moderated... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
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Reporting of harmful algal blooms helps alert others, keeps state agencies informed of pollution issues

HELENA-Don't let an encounter with a harmful algal bloom ruin an outing on a beautiful Montana summer day. Blooms can impact human health and the health of freshwater ecosystems.... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
 By Elaine Caton    Outdoors

Summer of Swans

This has turned out to be a banner year for trumpeter swans in the Blackfoot watershed. The first swan sightings were reported in March, when swans began returning from their... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
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FWP seeks public input on Elk Management Plan revisions

HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public input on revisions to the statewide Elk Management Plan last adopted in 2005. FWP began work on the revised plan in... — Updated 8/31/2022

 

A message from Ponderosa Snow Warriors President Forest Mercill

seems to be passing very quickly with so many things to still get accomplished. The Board of directors and some of our members have been working all summer to accomplish several... — Updated 8/31/2022

 

Photos: The Goats of Stonewall

A trip up Stonewall Mountain provided a chance to meet the goats that keep the lookout company.... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
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Application available for FWP's Habitat Conservation Lease Program

HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is accepting applications for its new Habitat Conservation Lease Program. A habitat conservation lease is a voluntary, incentive-based... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
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Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest welcomes Molly Ryan and Helen Smith to Forest leadership

HELENA, Mont. August 19, 2022 – Molly Ryan and Helen Smith have both been selected to join the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest's leadership team; Ryan will serve as deputy... — Updated 8/31/2022

 

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