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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Find answers about hunting, camping, ATVs, roads and more!

    FAQs

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    History of the Refuge

    Take a trip back in time, through dinosaurs, outlaws and the "Fort Peck Game Range" and learn how Charles M. Russell NWR came to be.

    History of the Refuge

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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

Spring

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As the snow melts away and the days get longer, dancing sharp-tailed grouse signal the beginning of spring. Color returns to Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge from April through May in the form of new green grass, shining penstemon flowers and flashes of yellow as western meadowlarks sing across the prairie. Mule deer and elk shed winter coats in preparation for the coming summer months.

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.

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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: Apr 14, 2014
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