2019 FWP Big Hole Wing Barrel Summary

Each year in early fall, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks places “wing barrels” at local businesses, in the hopes that successful upland game bird hunters will donate 1 wing from each bird to provide biologists with a more in-depth look at grouse populations in their region. With the end of Sage Grouse season on September 30th, wing barrels were pulled form the Hook and Horn in Wisdom, the Sportsmen’s Campground, Blue Moon Saloon in Divide, and the Mill Creek check station. In all, 46 wings were collected (30 last year). Wings were classified by species, age, and in the case of sage grouse also by sex, as follows: (more…)

Big Hole River Section I Reopened 9/25/2019

Effective Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has lifted the fishing closure on Big Hole River Section I (Saginaw Bridge on Skinner Meadows Rd to North Fork Big Hole River) in accordance with the Big Hole River Drought Management Plan. All Big Hole River sections are now open to fishing; flows in all sections currently exceed conservation targets as identified in the drought plan.

For Realtime information on the Big Hole River, including streamflow, temperature, and section status, visit our River Conditions webpage.

See MFWP’s press release, below:  (more…)

September Monthly Meeting Minutes Complete

BHWC’s September monthly meeting included an important discussion on a proposed Drought Management Plan update and a presentation on Sage Grouse.

Vanna Boccadori, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Biologist, discussed the current status of sage grouse and provided updates on sage grouse lek counts and studies. Vanna also provided an update on the grizzly bear recently confirmed in the Big Hole watershed and a refresher on how to tell grizzly bears from black bears. (more…)