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Hunters reminded of Elk B License opportunity

Surplus licenses go went on sale on Aug. 12 and hunters should remember that, according to the 2019 regulations, they are allowed only one Elk B License, despite legislation passed during the recent Montana Legislature.

In the 2019 legislative session, House Bill 497 was passed providing hunters the opportunity to harvest up to three elk. However, this legislation doesn’t change the regulations for this year, which state: “Each hunter may possess only one Elk B License per year in addition to a General Elk License.”

Hunters should note that the rule of no more than one Elk B License does not preclude the possibility of a hunter harvesting up to three elk between Aug. 15 and Feb. 15 if a hunter was authorized for a game damage hunt.

For more information, contact the FWP Wildlife Division office at 406-444-2612 or contact a regional FWP office.

Participants sought to help design project in the Big Belts

The Helena Ranger District is inviting all who want to be part of a collaborative process to join us for a public meeting to help in the design of an on-the-ground project in the Big Belt Mountains, northeast of Helena.

Generally, the “Middleman Project” will aim to increase landscape resiliency, provide for public and firefighter safety, reduce fire risk to communities, maintain and improve rangeland conditions and forage for wildlife, and contribute to community viability with forest products and jobs.

All who are interested in helping design the Middleman Project on the Helena Ranger District are invited to participate in a public meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Tri-Lakes Lakeside Station 2, located at 5290 York Road.

If you have questions, give the Helena Ranger District a call at 406-449-5201.

Montana Wild to offer duck identification class

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a class for those interested in learning how to identify ducks at Montana Wild on Sept. 12.

The 90-minute class geared for beginner duck hunters and bird watchers will feature mounted birds, study skins, pictures, wings and a duck jeopardy game. Each participant will also receive their own duck identification guide.

The program begins at 6 p.m. at the Montana WILD Education Center, located at 2668 Broadwater Ave, next to Spring Meadow Lake State Park off Highway 12 West.

For more information, call Montana Wild at 444-9944.

2020 summer reservation season opening in November

Montana State Parks announced the 2020 summer reservation season will be open on Nov. 15. The summer reservation season runs from the third Friday in May through the third Sunday in September and campsites may be booked up to six months in advance of arrival.

In recent years, reservations were available up to nine months in advance, however in 2019, State Parks reduced the booking window to six months. This change allows Montana State Parks more time to make decisions for changes that benefit visitors for the next season. Additionally, reservations at Beavertail Hill, Black Sandy, Lewis & Clark Caverns, Placid Lake, Salmon Lake, Tongue River Reservoir, and Whitefish Lake State Parks are now available as little as one day before arrival. These decisions were made to give campers at Montana State Parks more flexibility when making campsite reservations.

Drawing for fall hunting camp extensions upcoming

The Rocky Mountain Ranger District of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest will be accepting applications for 25 hunting camp extensions in the Beaver­Willow Road closure area. Applicants will be selected for the extensions using an anonymous lottery-style process until all 25 camps are authorized.

The Rocky Mountain Ranger District will accept applications between Aug. 30 and Sept. 13, 2019. Applications must be received (not postmarked) in the district office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, to be considered. Late submissions will not be considered.

The drawing for successful applicants will take place on or after Sept. 16; and applicants will be notified of the results of the drawing by close of business, Friday September 20.

Interested parties must complete an application form and mail or deliver it along with the required application/permit fees to the Rocky Mountain Ranger District. All applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable cost-recovery fee of $61 and a permit/monitoring fee of $163. All unsuccessful applicants will have the permit/monitoring fee returned to them. All funds collected will be used to cover the costs of administering the program.

For more information, or to request an application packet,  contact the Ranger District office in Choteau at 406-466-5341.

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