Hunting restrictions have been lifted, and FWP is accepting contest applications

Hoot owl restrictions were lifted last week on all sections of the Madison River and Sun River. These were the last hunting restrictions still in effect in Montana.

Hawk owl hunting restrictions prohibit hunting daily between 2 p.m. and midnight.

Fishing restrictions are implemented based on several considerations: stream flow, water temperatures, angling pressure, and other fishing restrictions in the area that may shift use to streams where conditions increase pressure on the fishery.

For current information on restrictions and closures, go to

Open water fishing competition

FWP is accepting applications for its open water fishing competition

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is accepting applications for open water fishing contests for the 2024 season. Participants must adhere to state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits.

Applications for fishing competitions may be approved, conditionally approved, or denied by the FWP Fisheries Division in Helena. Conditions imposed on competitions may help reduce fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts and/or require additional maintenance of the access site when needed.

Information about proposed fishing contests can be found on the FWP fishing contest webpage, or by calling 406-444-2449. All orders must be received on or before November 1.

Applications may be mailed to FWP Fisheries Division, Attn: Fishing Contests, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, or emailed to (email protected).

FWP is seeking a high school student for the Future Fisheries Citizens Review Committee

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking a current high school student to fill a two-year term on the Future Fisheries Habitat Review Committee.

FWP’s Future Fisheries Improvement Program awards nearly $1 million annually for projects to improve and restore wild fish habitat in Montana. A 14-member Citizen Review Committee meets twice a year to review proposals and recommend projects to the Fish and Wildlife Commission for funding.

Review Committee members are appointed by the Governor, or his representative, and must represent a variety of interests including: conservation areas, commercial agriculture, irrigated agriculture, silviculture, fisheries restoration, Montana fishermen, and members of the Montana House of Representatives and Senate , and VIPs. School Students, Mining Reclamation and Fisheries and one ex-officio member of the Montana Department of Transportation.

The commitment includes reviewing proposals semi-annually and attending meetings in mid-June and mid-December. This is a volunteer position, but travel and per diem are provided.

For more information, contact Michelle McGree at 444-2432 or (email protected), or visit and use the Future Fisheries Review Committee drop-down menu. Applications are located at and the position is open until filled.

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