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  • 2015 CMR Hunting Regulations

    The 2015 CMR specific hunting regulations are now available. Download them here!

    2015 CMR Hunting Regulations

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    Fort Peck Interpretive Center

    Explore the rich history of the area, from dinosaurs to dam building. Check out the events and programs happening this weekend!

    Fort Peck Interpretive Center

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    CMR Wetland Management District

    The District consists of Waterfowl Production Areas, which are open to the public, and private land easements.

    Visit the CMR Wetland Management District website

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    Bird List Brochure

    Over 270 species of birds have been found on CMR. Download our brochure and checklist!

    CMR Refuge Bird List

Seasons of Wildlife on CMR

Summer

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In June, July and August, Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge truly comes alive. Wildflowers bloom and birds sing from every direction. From rock wrens in the badlands to vesper sparrows in the sagebrush to lazuli buntings along the lush river corridor, the landscape is bursting with activity during the short breeding season. In the heat of the day while most wildlife remain hidden, short-horned lizards sun themselves on rocks but as evening falls, deer and elk emerge to feed with their offspring close by their sides. Swarms of insects feed many species of bats as they fly silently through the warm summer nights.

About the Complex

Charles M. Russell Complex

The Complex consists of four unstaffed satellite refuges spread throughout south-central Montana.

Charles M. Russell is managed as part of the Charles M. Russell Complex.

Learn more about the complex 

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jul 06, 2015
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