Looking for somewhere to go this President’s Day? Why not take advantage of the spring-like weather and visit the Battlefield or another national park? The National Park Service is waiving admission fees on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 20.
Additional savings can be realized at the bookstore located in the Visitor Center at Little Bighorn. The bookstore, operated by Western National Parks Association, will offer 15 percent off in-store merchandise during the fee-free dates.
America’s Best Idea — the national parks — is even better when it’s free.
The Wild and Scenic Rivers Process, including definitions for Outstanding Remarkable Values and the Region of Comparison is out for review thru March 3. The Wild and Scenic Rivers process, along with the Wilderness process (which will be forthcoming later in 2017) is one of many that ultimately gets folded into the larger Forest Plan Revision process taking place on the Custer Gallatin National Forest. Forest Plan Revision is the overarching document that guides management direction on the Forest for the next decade or more.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold two public hearings next week to answer questions and hear comments on a proposal to add 425 acres to the Grant Marsh Wildlife Management Area seven miles north of Hardin in Big Horn County.
The Billings meeting will be Monday, Feb. 13, 6-8 p.m. at FWP’s Region 5 headquarters, 2300 Lake Elmo Dr. in Billings Heights.
They comfort us on bitterly cold and snowy days, and don’t leave when the gaudy, flashy birds of summer flee for warmer climes.
They are the birds of winter — the chickadees, house finches, Northern flickers, downy woodpeckers and a surprising number of other winter denizens that stick around when the going gets tough.
Despite mild weather throughout November, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will not extend the 2016 big game general season, still 41 hunting districts have shoulder season that allow antlerless elk hunting, largely on private land, through Dec., and in several instances, into the new year.
Fresh snow on the Beartooth Front and balmy conditions elsewhere in south central Montana over the weekend did little to change hunter effort or the number of animals harvested during the 2016 general big-game hunting season.
With just one week left in this year’s general season, the deer harvest counted at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ three regional check stations remained lower than average, but better than a year ago and trending upward. The elk harvest has slowed from the 2015 season, but remains above the long-term average.
Though Montana’s big game general season is more than halfway complete, some of the hunting license types can still be confusing.
In Montana, most licenses and all permits, no matter the species, have a five-digit code. These codes are unique for each license or permit type and determine the species, the dates, the hunting districts and weapon the license or permit is valid for, as defined by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks hunting regulations.
As many furbearer seasons across Montana open in December, trappers and hunters should note a few changes to regulations.
During the second year of jaw collection, pelt tags will not be issued until hunters or trappers harvesting a bobcat, otter or swift fox provide a cleaned and air dried, complete lower jaw (both sides) for aging. The lower jaw must be reasonably free from flesh and hide and air dried so that jaws can be mailed to a lab for processing. The whole skull is no longer required to be turned in, only the lower jaw.