Visitor Activities

American Badger

The Wetland Management District provides a variety of recreational opportunities for any visitor.

  • Hunting

     

    General

    Hunting on the Wetland Management District is subject to Federal and State regulations and a Montana hunting license is required. Please consult the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Hunting Regulations for seasons, licenses, and bag limits.

    Big Game Hunting

    Mule deer and antelope are found throughout the District and numbers will vary from year to year. White-tailed deer and elk have been seen on some Waterfowl Production Areas but sightings are rare.

    Waterfowl and Upland Bird Hunting

    Waterfowl, sage grouse, sharp-tailed grouse and grey partridge can occur on the waterfowl production areas. Bird numbers fluctuate considerably from year-to-year, depending on winter survival, spring nesting conditions and water levels. Ring-necked pheasants can be found on the Clark’s Fork Waterfowl Production Area. Steel or Non-toxic shot is required on all WPAs.

    Trapping

    Trapping is permitted on the District at Waterfowl Production Areas as is subject to Federal and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Trapping Regulations. Bobcat, Coyote, and other furbearers may be found on these lands.

  • Fishing

     

    Most district wetlands are either within closed basins, are too intermittent in nature, or are too far away from perennial lakes, rivers, or streams to support fisheries. Clark’s Fork WPA supports carp in seasonal pools but fishing is prohibited in the wetlands, however it is permitted on the Clark Fork River. The river provides excellent fishing for native and non-native trout species.  Please consult the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Fishing Regulations for required licenses and harvest restrictions.

  • Wildlife Viewing and Photography

     

    The district provides excellent opportunities to view a variety of bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian species. Bird watching provides opportunities to see many northern prairie grassland species such as horned lark, vesper sparrow, Brewer’s sparrow, and an occasional burrowing owl. Large ungulates such as mule deer and pronghorn are common, while native predators like coyote, red fox and badgers are secretive and not commonly seen. Listen for amphibians such as the western chorus frog or northern leopard frog along the wetlands and watch for gopher snakes and rattlesnakes among the sagebrush and shorelines.

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  • Interpretation

     

    A variety of brochures and informational materials are available at the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in Lewistown, MT and at the Fort Peck, Jordan and Sand Creek Field Stations.