Smith River float permit results released

Montana State Parks has announced that the 2018 permit lottery drawing results to float Smith River State Park are available online at Successful applicants will also be notified by mail.

Permits are required to float the iconic 59-mile stretch of the Smith River, which is celebrated for its spectacular scenery, remote location and excellent trout fishing. A total of 1,284 float permits were awarded for the upcoming season.

If you were not successful in the regular permit drawing, Smith River Super Permit chances are available for $5 per chance through March 15. One Super Permit winner will be allowed to launch on any date of their choosing. Chances may be purchased online at or at any Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks regional office. The drawing will be held on March 19, 2018.

Unsuccessful permit applicants for 2018 may also call the Smith River Reservation and Information Line at 406-454-5861 beginning Monday, March 12, to request any remaining launch dates or canceled permits. The call line will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Wildlife story time at Montana Wild

Visit Montana Wild for a story time that will be all about baby animals, on March 12. This program is specifically for young children accompanied by an adult.

The kids will be singing a song about camouflage, making paper bag fawns, reading a book about baby birds jumping out of a nest and a whitetail deer fawn waiting for the doe to come back.

The free 30-minute program will begin at 3 p.m. at the Montana Wild Education Center, 2668 Broadwater Ave., next to Spring Meadow Lake State Park off Highway 12 West. For more information call 444-9944.

Climate Lobby meeting upcoming

Citizens Climate Lobby is a national organization with more than 450 local chapters among all 50 states, including four Montana chapters. CCL works to promote bi-partisan support for carbon fee and dividend legislation to reflect the real cost of carbon-based energy and promote clean, renewable alternatives, while providing a dividend to citizens.

On Tuesday, March 13, CCL Helena will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 512 Logan St. The group will view a CCL speaker presentation by José Aguto, associate director of Catholic Climate Covenant. Aguto raises the call to act on climate change to care for creation and the poor. Expect education, discussion and concrete action items.

For more information, contact John at 475-0079 or go to:

Bear awareness update at Montana Wild

Visit Montana Wild on Wednesday, March 14, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for an update on the latest in bear awareness. You’ll learn new information about grizzly presence in our region, new state-of-the-art bear safety products and the latest research on defense against bear attacks. Hands-on instruction on how to use bear spray will be offered the last half hour of the program.

This program is free, and no registration is required. To learn more online go to the Montana Wild Calendar at or call 444-9944.

The Montana WILD Education Center is located at 2668 Broadwater Ave.

Elk, deer permit application deadline approaching

For hunters interested in applying for elk or deer permits for the 2018 season a critical deadline is approaching March 15.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' online application process and application packet make it simple to apply. An easy-to-use application packet is available from all hunting license providers, FWP offices and online at

“Resident hunters need a 2018 conservation, elk or deer license, and base hunting license to apply for a special elk or deer permit. Everything else needed to apply is in the application and information packet, and hunters should look into applying online,” said FWP spokesman, Greg Lemon.

Archery hunters must have purchased a Montana bow and arrow license prior to hunting.

To purchase a bow and arrow license an individual must meet one of the following requirements:

  • show completion of a bowhunter education course
  • show proof of purchase of a previous year’s bow and arrow license from Montana or another state

Signed affidavits are no longer acceptable as proof of bowhunter education.

Hard copies of the hunting regulations will be on the shelf at FWP offices and local license providers in April.

This year, hunters should note a few changes in the regulations from last year, particularly hunting district specific changes.

To request an application by mail, write to: Licensing Section; Montana FWP; P.O. Box 200701, Helena MT; 59620-0701; or call 444-2950. The application deadline is March 15.

The next big game deadline is May 1 to apply for moose, sheep, goat and bison licenses and then June 1 for antlerless deer B and elk B licenses and antelope and antelope B licenses.