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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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    Celebrate 50 Years of Wilderness

    For the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, CMR and the Montana Wilderness Association are hosting four wilderness walks on the Refuge.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

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


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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


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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.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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: Sep 10, 2014
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