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Montana Wildlife Agency Unable to Get Information About Federal Lands Due to Government Shutdown [AUDIO]

With general rifle hunting season due to start on October 26, even officials at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are having problems getting information about federal public lands, due to the partial government shutdown.

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Elk Hunting
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Montana Hunting Seasons Already Underway [AUDIO]

September marks the beginning of the long-awaited hunting seasons in Montana. In fact, several seasons are already underway.

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UPDATE – West Mullan Fire Over 4,000 Acres – Evacuation Center Opened [AUDIO]

UPDATE - 8:00 a. m. Friday, July 19.

The Mineral County Sheriff's Department has evacuated over 100 homes near the West Mullan Fire. The American Red Cross has opened an emergency evacuation center at the Superior Elementary School. Strong winds have pushed the fire to over 4,000 acres. The fire was discovered last Sunday, and the cause is still under investigation.

 

UPDATE - 2:00 a.m. Thursday, July 18, the following report is from the Inciweb.org, released at about 9:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The West Mullan fire remained active overnight. Crews were able to make additional progress on suppression activities above the residential areas north of West Mullan Road. The suppression line along Pardee Creek on the west side was strengthened with some burnout operations between the line and the fire. Several small spot fires occurred on the south side with upslope spread of the fire. Spotting is also detected on the east flank toward the Flat Creek drainage. These spots are up high on the mountain. Today, firefighters will continue line construction above Pardee Creek to tie in with an existing road. Crews will look for opportunities to construct line and attack the fire directly on East flank. An existing road on the northeast side will be prepared to serve as a contingency line. On the south side of the fire above residences, mopup of hot spots in the burned area will take place. Local fire departments are providing structure protection.

Residences north of Clark Fork River in Superior are under mandatory evacuation. West Mullan and East Mullan Road from Sunflower Lane to Big Eddy and side roads in between, are now under mandatory evacuation. Flat Creek Road is also under this evacuation order.

Pat McKelvey, Fire Information Officer

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has closed a five-mile section of the Clark Fork River near Superior so that water can be safely drawn from the river by helicopters fighting the West Mullan fire.

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Reserve Your Memorial Weekend Campsite From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Online [AUDIO]

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks continues a very popular campsite reservation program, enabling families to have a guaranteed space at many of Montana's state parks.

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A Rainy Start to the 2013 Montana Fishing Season [AUDIO]

Rain soaked many who set out to start the 2013 Montana fishing season, but that did not deter thousands of men, women and children who set out to fish the state's lakes, rivers and streams.

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Fish Wildlife and Parks Warn to Stay off Rivers
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Fish Wildlife and Parks Warns Missoulians to Stay Out of Swollen Rivers and Streams [AUDIO]

Unseasonably warm weather and recent heavy rain have brought Missoula area rivers and streams to very high levels. Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Fishing Site Access Coordinator Chet Crowser said on Tuesday, that its just too risky to be out on the water floating or rafting right now.

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When Does Fishing Open on Montana’s Rivers and Streams?

If you’re an avid fisherman here in Western Montana then you probably already know what I’m going to tell you. However, if you are a recreational fisherman, then this information might be helpful to you. This could keep you out of hot water with Fish and Game, because as it turns out, fishing is not a year-round sport in all Montana districts. Here are the general regulations regarding when Montana’s rivers, streams, lakes and reservoirs are open to anglers.

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Hunter’s Safety – A Rite of Passage

If you have a child that is 11 years of age or older, they are eligible to take the hunter education course that is required by the state in order to purchase a hunting license. Due to a law passed in 2003, all people born after the January 1, 1985 must show a certificate of completion for this course in order to get their license.

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wolves
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Wolf Hunting Update [AUDIO]

The Montana wolf hunting season is in its final two weeks.

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wolf
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Trapping Setbacks Required on Lake Como Ski Trails [AUDIO]

Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King has signed an order to require 150 foot setbacks from cross-country ski trails around Lake Como.

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Statewide Youth Deer Hunt Thursday and Friday [AUDIO]

This Thursday and Friday, the two days before the general rifle hunting season have been set aside as the statewide youth deer hunt, according to Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.

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Over 1,700 Want Wolf Trapping Training in Montana [AUDIO]

Interest in wolf trapping in Montana has surprised officials at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Spokesman Ron Aasheim says over 1,700 requests for more information about wolf trapping certification courses have been received, and classes are overflowing.

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