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  • 2014 CMR Hunting Regulations

    Hunting regulations and harvest quotas may be more restrictive on the Refuge. Please check the current year refuge-specific regulations.

    2014 CMR Hunting Regulations

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    Frequently Asked Questions

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

    FAQs

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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

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: Nov 05, 2014
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