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 Block Management Program. Through the program, we coordinate with landowners to provide hunting access to more than 7 million acres of private land.
Read the full story at fwp.mt.gov
2020 Upland game bird forecast
Upland season started September 1 with mountain, sage and sharptail grouse along with partridge. Pheasant hunting starts on October 10.
2020 Waterfowl forecast
This year the coronavirus pandemic prevented the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and their partners from doing their Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey, so no new information is available. Instead, we have predictions based on past data plus general impressions of local habitat conditions.
Hunters encouraged to submit samples from animals in CWD surveillance areas
Hunters who harvest a deer, elk or moose are asked to voluntarily submit their animal for sampling to help gather additional data for that area. To help prevent the spread of CWD, hunters must properly dispose of their carcass waste in a landfill.
FWP maintains adjusted reporting requirements for black bear hunters
Consistent with adjustments made during spring, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will continue with the adjusted harvest reporting requirements for the fall black bear hunting season. “Be Bear Aware” this season.
With archery and upland seasons, remember that slow moving, quiet or game-calling, scented and camouflaged hunters will soon be sharing the landscape with even stealthier bears that may be stalking similar prey.
Hunters must expect to see bears
Bear spray – carry it, know how to use i
Be sure before you shoot: 5 tips for archery hunting success
Montana’s archery hunting season for deer and elk begins Sept. 5, and just like in every other form of hunting, being successful while hunting with a bow requires careful planning and preparation.
Additional Hunting reminders:
Evidence of Sex requirement
Be a good steward of the land
Ask first to hunt on private land
Access: Ask early, don’t wait
FWP urges hunters to check fire status, make safety a priority
Turn in poachers – call 1-800-Tip-Mont
For complete detail refer to the MT FWP Website