With record breaking numbers at the Cameron check station during opening weekend, only 460 hunters passed through the final weekend, and only 57 had game, resulting in a 12 percent success rate for deer and elk.
According to a release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the department is being required to shift 30 percent of their enforcement hours to wildlife management. This decision stems from the 2017 Montana Legislative session after the Legislature applied for more federal Pittman-Robertson funding rather than increasing license fees.
Over the course of July and August, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Dean Waltee classified 121 moose across the area to determine post neonatal calf and bull to cow ratios. Through doing so, Waltee is able to provide data on herd production through an accumulation of pregnancy, female health and calf survival.
A grizzly bear feeding on an elk carcass charged a bow hunter over the holiday weekend, sending the man to the Madison Valley Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, resulting in 90 stitches.
Hunting season in Montana, and particularly in Southwest Montana, is unlike anything else. With one of the longest hunting seasons in the west, healthy wildlife populations and access to millions of acres of public land, it is not just wildlife migrating west.
Sheppard, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ region three supervisor, was in Twin Bridges last week to host a meeting on aquatic invasive species, focusing on Zebra and Quagga mussels.
Wildlife biologists for the Madison and Ruby valleys completed their spring mule deer surveys, both reporting an increase in populations
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks held a public meeting to discuss mountain lion trends, management and quotas for the 2017 hunting season in region three, which encompasses Madison County.
The first elk count surveys for the 2017 year are out for both the Madison and Ruby valleys, and both surveys show increased and healthy elk populations.
The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission held a public hearing on Feb. 15 regarding a proposal to restrict motorized boat use on the Madison River to a no wake speed from the north Ennis Lake Bridge to the Madison Dam. The hearing was held at Fish, Wildlife and Parks region three headquarters in Bozeman at 6 p.m.