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    Job Opening: Range Tech (Fire)

    Permanent, full time Supervisory Range Technician (Fire).

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  • New_coyote/walleye

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    Highlights of coyote hunting and ice fishing regulations.

    Rules and Regulations Highlights

  • 2014 CMR Hunting Regulations

    2014 regulations are provided for reference only. 2015 regulations will be posted on this page in spring 2015.

    2014 CMR Hunting Regulations

  • Historical view of CMR

    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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    CMR Wetland Management District

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

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Seasons of Wildlife on CMR

Winter

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Even though the warm days of summer are just a memory, there's still plenty of wildlife to be found on Charles M. Russell NWR from November to April. Songbirds like chickadees and juncos call from the understory in sheltered coulees while deer and elk browse the windswept uplands. If the snow is deep enough to cover the northern sagebrush, pronghorns and sage grouse move south to the Refuge and beyond in search of sage. Sharp-tailed grouse survive even the harshest winters with adaptations like feathered feet and by burrowing into the snow for shelter.

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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Last Updated: Jan 26, 2015
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