The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday to review the wolf hunting and trapping seasons in Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 3, as required by the decision that the commission took on the regulation of the wolf at its meeting in August.
The January 28 meeting will be streamed live on the FWP website; it will be possible to comment publicly on any action of the commission.
The commission established harvest thresholds in each of the FWP’s administrative regions, which total 450 statewide. If the harvest reaches one of these thresholds, the commission will meet to review the regulations and possibly adjust the structure of the season.
As the wolf harvest in Region 3, which is generally comprised of southwestern Montana, nears its threshold, the commission will discuss potential next steps and may act on some of them at this meeting. The Region 3 threshold is 82 wolves; Wednesday morning, the harvest for Region 3 is 74 wolves.
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For up-to-date information on the status of wolf harvest in Montana, see FWP’s Wolf Dashboard, which shows the number of wolves harvested by region and wolf management unit. The dashboard is updated several times a day.
For all wolf hunting and trapping regulations and information, visit FWP’s wolf webpage.
Ducks Unlimited fishing tournament held on February 19
The second annual Montana Ducks Unlimited Ice Fishing Tournament will be held Feb. 19 on the Canyon Ferry Reservoir and over $13,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.
Big prizes include Charles Daly O/U 20 caliber shotguns, Kenetrek boots, Vortex Viper 10X42 binoculars, Otter Vortex Lodge fish shack, Sitka Mountain 2700 backpacks, Aqua View 715C cameras, Camp Chef Pellet Smokers and $250 Kenyon Noble Gift Cards.
The Big Fish prize is $2,500 and the angler with the biggest walleye and perch will receive $1,000 each.
Tournament species are walleye, perch and burbot (ling).
Tournament entry fees are $40 per person until February 18 and $50 on the day of the event. There’s a youth-only division (17 and under) for $30 per person through Feb. 18 and $40 the day of the event.
The top 10 prizes are determined by the highest weight of a single fish and the time recorded for walleye and perch (two separate categories). There is no separate category for burbot, but burbot is eligible to win the “Big Fish” for the tournament which is a standalone category that will go to the largest walleye, perch or burbot (ling) caught during the tournament . The “Big Fish” prize is eligible for the adult and youth categories.
They’re bringing back the popular “Smallest Fish” contest. Last year’s winner took home nearly $1,300 in cash for the smallest fish.
There is a pre-registration party from 5-8 p.m. on February 18 at the Silos Junction Bar and Grill at 6999 US Highway 287, Townsend. There is no charge to attend this party.
People can retrieve registration information and participate in raffles and a small silent auction. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase on site.
You can also pick up your registration badge starting at 7 a.m. on the day of the event.
Registration will take place in a huge outdoor tent on the ice located at the Silos boat launch. Just follow the signs to Silos Junction.
Official tournament rules and registration are available at www.ducksonice.org. Proceeds will help support Ducks Unlimited’s conservation efforts in Montana.
Forest Service seeks campground volunteers
Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest recreation staff are recruiting volunteers to serve as campground hosts.
Posts are for Logging Creek, Many Pines, and Dry Wolf Campgrounds in the Little Belt Mountains, Thain Creek Campground located in the Highwood Mountains, and Crystal Lake Campground located in the heart of the Big Snowy Mountains.
Campground hosts provide their own trailer and occupy a prominent campsite within a campground. The campground host helps answer questions from visitors, explains and encourages compliance with the rules, and provides light maintenance of the campground.
The Forest Service would like to have a host in the campground before Memorial Day and over Labor Day weekend.
The host can leave for a few days during the week; however, they should be at the campground on the weekends. Interested individuals who wish to hold this position for at least a month should inquire.
Depending on interest, this position could be filled by a few hosts throughout the summer.
This is a volunteer position only, no compensation for expenses. The ideal candidate will enjoy helping people, value the spirit of hospitality, love the outdoors, and be able to explain and remind relevant rules for the benefit of all who enjoy camping.
Contact Recreation Specialist Danilo Figueroa at 406-547-6011 for more information.