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Check stations see steady traffic despite wintry weather

Despite the wintry conditions that marked the closing weekend of pronghorn season, a lot of hunters still came through southeastern Montana check stations on November 13. Hysham check station "Check...

 
 By Rick Graetz    Regional    November 25, 2022 

Montana east of the mountains

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK Plenty of space, minimal human activity and protected lands ensure thriving wildlife and waterfowl population. Together, Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge, tucked in...

 

Information sought on illegal shooting, waste of buck near Miles City

MILES CITY – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking information on a mule deer buck that was illegally shot and left to waste just north of the Yellowstone River bridge on Monday. Warden Sergeant Casey Prell responded to a report of a poached...

 

Senate republicans elect leadership for the 2023 legislative session

Republicans serving in the incoming State Senate caucused today and chose the Senate’s leadership for the upcoming 2023 legislative session. Senate Republicans elected Sen. Jason Ellsworth, R-Hamilton, to serve as the next President of the Senate....

 

Some clarifications on new mountain lion seasons, licenses

Montana mountain lion hunters will find some significant changes to the mountain lion regulations this year, including changes to season structure and licensing types. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offers three types of lion licenses for sale this...

 

Christmas tree permits available

Across the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Christmas and holiday tree permits are available at local respective Ranger Districts or online through Recreation.gov. Permits for the 2022 Holiday season...

 

Montana east of the mountains

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK With the exception of some stretches of the Yellowstone, most of the rivers of the high plains are mellow - no whitewater excitement, just serenity, solitude, beauty and a...

 

Rosendale wins race for Montana's eastern U.S. House seat

Republican Matt Rosendale, the current representative of Montana’s at-large U.S. House district, has handily won his race to return to Congress. With nearly all votes in Montana’s expansive eastern U.S. House district counted as Wednesday...

 

DNRC rescinds municipal water right guidance to ease burden on municipalities

he Department of Natural Resources and Conservation announced the rescission of a 2014 memo intended to provide guidance on changes in use for municipal water rights. “After reviewing the memo and its implementation over the last six years, we have...

 

Ag Development & Marketing Bureau hosts South American buyers

The Ag Development and Marketing Bureau at the Montana Department of Agriculture focuses on expanding market opportunities for Montana farmers. Marketing Officer Weston Merrill recently led a team of South American buyers searching for high quality...

 

Montana east of the mountains

One June evening a few years back found us at the site of Chief Joseph's surrender, just beyond the northern slopes of the Bear Paw Mountains. A thunderstorm was tailing off in a cloud-laden sky. On t...

 

Mid-Rivers increases available scholarships to $93,000 for area students

Mid-Rivers Communications is offering $93,000 in scholarship funds for Eastern and Central Montana students. The Mid-Rivers Fund for Education, funded by unclaimed capital credits from members, has awarded over $560,000 in scholarships to area...

 

Mountain lion hunters urged to review license changes

Following some changes to the mountain lion license structure by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission that are now in effect, lion hunters are urged to review the regulations before purchasing a... Full story

 

Wintry conditions make for challenging general opener in southeast Montana

Cold, wet weather settled into southeast Montana on Saturday and Sunday, making for a challenging opening weekend of the general hunting season. Traffic was a bit slower than usual at area check...

 

How to vote in Montana's Nov. 8 election

The 2022 general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8, and as absentee ballots have already gone out, odds are that scores of Montanans are already busy filling in their votes. If you're not registered yet,...

 

Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame announces 2023 inductees

The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) recently announced their 15th class of inductions into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The inductees were chosen from a field of candidates nominated by the general public....

 

Shooting restrictions implemented on State Trust Lands in SW Montana

Due to ongoing misuse of State Trust Land associated with recreational shooting – including public safety concerns, shooting debris left on site, and concerns that private property will be further damaged – the Department of Natural Resources...

 

Low-interest funding available for rural small businesses through the SSBCI 2.0 program

For rural businesses looking to expand, purchase equipment or launch their business, Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation (EPEDC) would like to announce that the State of Montana has been awarded $60 million dollars in federal funds to...

 

MCC First Interstate Bank Athletic Hall of Fame banquet to be held

Miles Community College will be holding the First Interstate Athletic Hall of Fame induction banquet on Saturday, October 22. This year’s event will include a social hour, dinner, and hall of fame induction ceremony. The banquet will begin at 6...

 

UM law professor, Montana Constitution expert nominated to 9th Circuit

University of Montana law professor and Montana Constitution expert Anthony Johnstone has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as a judge for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the...

 

How Montana is trying to solve its struggles with teacher pay

Olivia DeJohn laughs as she chalks up having found a classroom she loves so early in her teaching career to serendipity. She teaches second grade at Missoula's Paxson Elementary School, a job she...

 

2022 upland game bird forecast

SOUTHEAST MONTANA Multiple years of drought have taken a toll on bird numbers. While harvest in 2021 was around average, this year’s lek counts are down compared to 2021. Poor recruitment last year, little available habitat and some severe late... Full story

 

FWP to host open house in Miles City Sept. 7 on fishing regs proposals

In the coming weeks, anglers will have several opportunities to comment on fishing regulation proposals for the 2023/24 regulation booklet. FWP Region 7 will host a public meeting in Miles City on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Miles Community College, Room... Full story

 

2022 big game hunting forecast

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...

 

Department of Livestock improves disease preparedness

The Montana Department of Livestock recently completed a training exercise to improve response to a foreign animal disease in a Montana swine herd. The four-day event was conducted in partnership with the National Pork Board and the Montana Pork...

 

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