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Montana deer

Deadline Near for Deer, Elk Applications

March 15 is the deadline to apply for Montana’s 2014 deer and elk hunting permits, and hunters should note that some districts and hunting codes have changed this year. An updated, easy-to-use eight-page application packet is now available online at fwp.mt.gov. Paper applications are also available from most hunting license providers and Montana Fish,...

Refuge deer

Which National Wildlife Refuges Are Now Open For Hunting?

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe has announced the agency will expand hunting and fishing opportunities throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System, opening up new hunting programs on six refuges and expanding existing hunting and fishing programs on another 20 refuges. The rule also modifies existing refuge-specific regulations for more than 75...

Colorado Mule Deer

Money Problems Force State to Shutter Public Hunting Land Program

After a pilot study, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be suspending its Big Game Access Program that was designed to evaluate the potential of a big game leasing program in southeastern Colorado and create hunting opportunities that both benefited landowners and hunters in the area. However, recent budgetary shortfalls have caused Colorado Parks and...

Montana deer

What State is Limiting or Eliminating Antlerless Deer Licenses?

Deer management plans sometimes call for drastic measures, and sometimes that includes putting the kibosh on some of the hunting opportunities for the public. Management isn’t always easy, nor is it always fun. It’s work. Sometimes it means making tough choices. Montana’s Fish & Wildlife Commissioners recently adopted a number of new regulations that...

Billy Demong of New York is a member of the U.S. Ski Team and competes in the Nordic Combined, and is a passionate hunter.

Billy Demong: Olympic Gold Medalist and He Loves to Hunt

  Billy Demong grew up in New York, not terribly far from Lake Placid, and now resides in Utah where he trains as a member of the U.S. Ski Team as part of the Nordic combined squad competing in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Demong won the gold...

Deer Recovery, Less Antlerless Hunting on Commission Agenda

Montana’s Fish & Wildlife Commission will meet in Helena Feb. 13 to consider final approval of most hunting regulations, seasons and harvest quotas for the next two years. The hunting season regulations the commission will consider include those aimed at aiding the recovery of Montana’s declining deer populations by reducing hunting pressure on antlerless...

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Drones and Hunting: Are They OK, or Do They Violate Fair Chase?

As technology improves in various segments of our society, hunters often are faced with decisions about how, at what lengths or even whether to use advances within the scope of our hunting pursuits. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems, commonly known as drones, are becoming popular with recreational users. These nifty flying machines are small, fun...

License, Applications Available For Big Game Hunts

Montana’s new 2014 hunting and fishing year begins March 1. Licenses are now on sale along with applications for resident and nonresident buck deer and either-sex elk hunting permits. Resident and nonresident deer and elk permit applications and information is available online at fwp.mt.gov; click “March 15–Deer & Elk Permits“. Paper application pamphlets will...