hunting

Trapping
3:22 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Bill Affirms Constitutional Protections For Trapping

A snare trap.
Credit Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks

This story was updated on 1/23/15 to correct an error describing the process of amending the state constitution.

State lawmakers are considering a bill to reaffirm that trapping is a form of hunting protected by the state Constitution.

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2015 Legislature
4:26 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Legislative News Roundup - Week 2

A statue of Thomas Francis Meagher, Montana's first governor, stands outside the state capitol in Helena.
Credit William Marcus

In the second week of the 64th Montana Legislature, two initiatives from Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock’s budget were opened up in joint appropriations subcommittees.

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Yellowstone Bison
4:40 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Yellowstone Begins Culling Bison That Enter Montana

Bison make their way through deep snow in Yellowstone National Park.
Credit Jim Peaco (CC-BY-2.0)

Yellowstone National Park has started capturing bison near the park's north entrance and bison advocates have sued to stop it.

Disease management and carrying capacity are at the center of the operation.

Park spokesman Al Nash says a total of 800 to 900 bison that migrate out of the park could be removed.

"We're doing so to be able to approach the target bison population and to see if we can reduce the potential for a mass-migration of bison into Montana where there is still some limited tolerance."

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Legislative Preview
6:21 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Crossbows, Fantasy Sports On This Week's Legislative Agenda

Credit William Marcus

Thursday and Friday at the Montana Legislature will set the stage for some interesting new bills by freshman Columbus Representative Forrest Mandeville.

On Thursday, he’s presenting House Bill 176, which would allow crossbows to be used for hunting during archery season.

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Death Threats
11:25 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Sanders County Wolf/Coyote Hunting Event Canceled

Grey wolf.
Credit US Fish and Wildlife Service

Organizers have canceled the coyote and wolf hunting event in Sanders County, Montana that was scheduled for January 16 - 18. The owner of the hotel where registration was going to take place tells us he received death threats against himself and his family, and threats of "character assassination and business assassination," but has no comment beyond that.

Click here to see the Facebook post announcing the event's cancelation.

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2014 In Review
5:01 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

The Top Stories Of 2014 On MTPR

Replicas of artifacts found at the Anzick site, near Wilsall. the Montana Historical Society has the entire collection of original artifacts on display,
Credit Dan Boyce

With a new year just around the corner, it's time to look back at the year's big stories. Here are some of the most popular stories from 2014 on mtpr.org.

Ancient Human Remains Come From Montana Ancestor Of Most Native Americans

DNA evidence recovered from ancient human remains found in Montana is providing definitive answers to the origin of Native Americans.

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Mountain West Voices
6:39 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

On The Middle Fork: A Rural Montana Woman Talks About Her Life

Pauline Olson of Augusta, MT
Credit Clay Scott

80-year-old leather worker Pauline Olson of Augusta, Montana, talks about God, deer hunting, and a life of struggling to keep afloat along the Rocky Mountain Front.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 12/8/14. Listen weekly on the radio, Mondays at 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

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Hunting Violations
5:35 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Montana Lawmaker Takes Aim At Hunting Violations

Montana Representative Kelly Flynn
Credit Courtesy Montana Legislature

A state lawmaker says he wants to introduce legislation to address ongoing hunting violations in Montana. Republican state Representative Kelly Flynn lives near Townsend where a second so-called "crowd-shooting" incident took place last week.

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Hunting
5:26 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Second Elk 'Crowd Shooting' Incident of 2014 Reported

There’s been another “crowd shooting” incident involving a herd of elk in Montana.

Broadwater County Undersheriff Wynn Meehan says that on Thanksgiving day hundreds of elk near Townsend were hazed by trucks for at least five miles before getting boxed-in and fired on by dozens of Montanans. 

Some of the elk eventually split-off from the main herd, but were immediately pursued into adjacent private land near Highway 12.

Meehan says the trouble resumed first thing Friday morning:

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Hunting Ethics
5:23 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

'Crowd Shooting' Incident Near Helena

A “crowd-shooting” incident on the east side of Canyon Ferry Reservoir last weekend has opened a discussion about hunter ethics; specifically, when is it OK to shoot a game animal?

Justin Feddes says the shooting in the White's Gulch area outside Helena started at first light last Sunday morning.

"If I had to guess, I'd say probably around 30 elk were killed. Probably 18 - 20 bulls, the rest were probably cows. We had two wounded," said Feddes.

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