Snake season is here.

Not a hunting season, but a season to admire Montana’s snakes for what they are: a vital cog in the natural world that serves an important purpose even if some of us suffer the heebie-jeebies at the mere thought of a snake.

The Association for Conservation Information awarded Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks top honors in two communications categories at the organization’s annual awards ceremony held on July 13, 2017 in Nashville, Indiana.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks drew the deer and elk B licenses for the 2017/2018 season on July 17. Hunters can check their drawing status on MyFWP.

However, antelope license will not be drawn until July 31.

As summer temperatures heat up around Montana and parts of the state suffer from summer drought, fire restrictions are going into effect on many Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks properties.

Waterfowl and webless migratory bird regulations are already complete for the 2017-18 hunting seasons.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials want to remind families who are enjoying Montana’s waterways to keep safety in mind.  Montana’s many rivers, lakes and reservoirs offer great opportunities to enjoy some summer fun.  When we are having fun in the water, safety isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. But whenever you recreate near water, extra precautions are necessary.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages, and the second leading cause of injury death for children ages 1 to 14 years. 

Junior Olympics will be held this summer in Detroit, Michigan with an active group of Lewistown jump-rope athletes attending.  Coach Loraine Day and a group of Hoppers visited  KXLO-Live about the sport they anxiously wait to compete in.  

The Summer/Fall 2017 Hunter Education class will be held in Lewistown August 7-12th.  Students will need to register online at www.fwp.mt.gov.  Click on the education link. Scroll to Hunter Education, click find a class, then scroll to the blue take to register for a class.  Click on the July calendar to register for this class. Please remember to provide an email, phone number, and to print out the parent permission slip (it’s at the very bottom of the screen), to bring to class.  

Students and parents/guardians MUST attend an information meeting, Monday, July 17th.  We will begin promptly at 6:30PM in the basement of Fergus County Sheriff’s Office.  Materials will be distributed to students, class completion requirements, expectations and behaviors will be discussed as well.

Across the state, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks watercraft inspection station staff are checking hundreds of vessels each day.

These vessels come from all over the state, with many coming from out of state looking to enjoy some of the great boating Montana has to offer.

Owners of motorboats, sailboats or personal watercraft need to get a new, free 2017-2020 validation decals for their watercraft soon. The blue decals expired Feb. 28.

Boaters who have permanently registered their boats, sailboats, or PWC must still obtain two free boat validation decals every three years at FWP regional and area offices, or by going to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov; click Boat Validation Decals.

Summer days on the water with family and friends are ahead. Here’s a primer on how to keep those days safe and fun for the entire crew.

  • All boats must have one U.S Coast Guard-approved life jacket, also known as a personal floatation device or PFD Type I, II, or III, for each person on board.

  • Life jackets must be in good condition, the appropriate size for the intended wearer, and readily accessible.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' popular Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program offers classes for women to improve upon or learn new outdoor skills.  Women must be 18 years of age or older to attend.  Registration is open for these upcoming summer events:

Montana's welcoming summer waters annually draw anglers, hikers, wildlife viewers, campers, floaters and boaters into the outdoors because it's still easy to have a great summer experience on Montana's rivers.

The key is river etiquette, a mix of common sense, courtesy, and respect to minimize one party's impact on another party's good time. Here are some examples of basic river etiquette.