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FWP suspends nonresident turkey and black bear spring hunting seasons

Posted at 8:26 AM, Apr 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-11 10:47:47-04

The pandemic is causing some changes to hunting in the state.

Following the governor's directive that out of state travelers must quarantine for 14 days, Montana, Fish, Wildlife and Parks is suspending nonresident hunting seasons for spring turkey and black bear until at least April 24th.

Not an easy decision for FWP officials, but one they hope will help in the long run.

"We re trying to make the best decisions that we can, to stay within the spirit and guidelines of the governor s directives," said Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Spokesperson Greg Lemon. "Knowing that those are our best chance to keep the state healthy and keep our community safe."

Spring turkey, which starts April 11th and spring black bear, starting on April 15th, are still open to resident hunters.

FWP is also suspending all float recreation and camping on the Smith River through April 24th.

For other closures and any non-residents who would like a refund, check out this link FWP.