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    Know before you go -

    Highlights of coyote hunting and ice fishing regulations.

    Rules and Regulations Highlights

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    CMR Wildlife

    From rare mammals to abundant insects, explore the variety of wildlife found on CMR.


  • 2017 CMR Hunting Regulations

    The 2017 CMR specific hunting regulations are now available. Download them here!

    2017 CMR Hunting Regulations

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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

  • 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

What's new at CMR

CMR Community Working Group Meeting

The next meeting will be February 27, 2018 in Fort Peck, MT. Everyone is welcome! The agenda has been posted on the website.

CMR Community Working Group

CMR's Officer Receives Award

CMR Federal Wildlife Officer, Deb Goeb, received the Department of the Interior Valor Award on July 4, 2017.

CMR's Officer Receives Award

New Species of Elasmosaur Discovered on CMR

An elasmosaur, a prehistoric marine reptile was found on CMR in 2010. Paleontologists say it is a new species.

Elasmosaur Discovery

Fort Peck Road Closures

Refuge roads near the Fort Peck Dam spillway will be closed during spillway repairs.

Fort Peck Road Closures
Seasons of Wildlife on CMR



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

Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Charles M. Russell Complex.

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS