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FWP updates and briefs

by The Western News
| April 23, 2019 4:00 AM

Hunting Permit Drawing Results Now Available

Hunters can now check the results of the 2019 nonresident combination and elk and deer permit drawing to see if they were successful.

To view drawing results online go to MyFWP and click on “Lookup Draw Results, Register for Lists” tab, or login to your MyFWP account. To sign up for an account go to fwp.mt.gov/myfwp. Applicants can also contact FWP regional offices or call the FWP licensing office at 406-444-2950.

Montana’s special drawing deadlines

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ deadlines to apply for special license drawings is Wednesday, May 1 for bison, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat; and Saturday, June 1 for the elk B, deer B and antelope.

Resident hunters applying for bison, moose, sheep and goat licenses need only submit a nonrefundable $10 application fee per license and then pay the full license fee of $125 if successful.

Nonresident hunters need only submit a nonrefundable $50 application fee per license and then pay the full license fee of $1,250 if successful.

In order to apply, an applicant must purchase a 2019 conservation and base hunting license.

Residents and nonresidents can also participate in the bonus point system to increase their chances of success in the drawing. Bonus points are $2 per species for residents and $20 per species for nonresidents.

Future Fisheries Program grant deadline is May 31

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds landowners, watershed groups and others that this summer’s deadline to apply for Future Fisheries Improvement Program grants is May 31.

The goal of FWP’s Future Fisheries Program is to restore rivers, streams and lakes to improve Montana’s wild fish habitat. Entities can receive funding for qualifying projects that benefit Montana’s wild fish. Each project is assessed by an independent review panel and final funding decisions are made by the Fish & Wildlife Commission.

To learn more, go to the Fishing home page on FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov/fishing, or call FWP at 406-444-2432.

Completed Future Fisheries Improvement Program applications must be received on or before 11:59 p.m. on May 31 and should be sent electronically to mmcgree@mt.gov. Paper applications can be sent to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Fisheries Habitat Bureau, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.

Women’s nature journaling class in July

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program is sponsoring a Nature Journaling class Saturday, July 6, at Montana WILD in Helena.

This class will explore how to capture not only the physical presence of our experiences in nature, but also the journalists’ feelings and interpretations.

The one-day class is open to beginner and experienced nature journalists. The registration fee of $15 will include some art supplies, and participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Registration forms are available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov; click “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman,” under the Education tab.

For more information, contact Sara Smith at 406-444-5280 or email at sarsmith@mt.gov.

Celebrate Earth Day at Lone Pine

Celebrate Montana’s outdoors as Lone Pine State Park hosts a variety of Earth Day activities on Sunday, April 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Lone Pine’s Earth Day celebration has something for everyone. Kids can enjoy a scavenger hunt and crafts from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Join park staff for a ranger-guided nature hike to look for birds and wildflowers from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Following the fun, help on the trails with a noxious weed pull to benefit the park’s native flora.

Cost for each event is free. Registration is required for the scavenger hunt and nature walk. To register, please call (406) 755-2706 ext. 2.