Montana

Montana is a place of rugged beauty and wild landscapes, a hunter and angler’s paradise. The state’s public lands, which cover millions of acres, offer unparalleled access to some of the most pristine hunting and fishing locations in the country. The state is home to iconic big game species like elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats, which roam freely in the high mountain ranges and vast wilderness areas. Anglers can cast their lines in crystal clear rivers, streams, and lakes that are home to a variety of game fish, most notably brown and rainbow trout. Montana’s hunting and fishing traditions date back to the days of the frontier, with a rich history of Native American hunting practices and the fur trade. Today, the state’s public lands and wildlife management areas continue to provide ample opportunities for hunting and fishing. As one traverses the vast landscape, the sound of rushing rivers and rustling leaves fills the air, and the scent of pine and sagebrush invigorates the senses and calls sportsmen to the “last best place.”

For more information on the elected officials protecting and promoting the sportsmen’s traditions in Montana, please contact:


Montana State Caucus Fact Sheet

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus

Senator Steve Daines
Senator Jon Tester
Representative Ryan Zinke

Montana Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Member

Governor Greg Gianforte

Montana Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Leadership

Senator Bob Brown
Senator Mike Fox
Representative Paul Fielder
Representative Marilyn Marler

News Alerts

Feb 13 2023 FWS Announces Consideration to Delist Certain Grizzly Bear Populations

Why It Matters: Delisting the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) and...

May 23 2022 Montana Sportsmen’s Caucus Wraps Up Spring Events Tour

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Rocky Mountain States, Assistant ManagerWhy it Matters: As the fourth largest...

Feb 22 2022 Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission to Consider Amendments to Safeguard Recovered Status of Grizzly Bear Upon Delisting

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Rocky Mountain States Senior CoordinatorWhy it Matters: According to the US Fish...

Aug 30 2021 Montana Wildlife Commission Tackles Controversial Wolf Management Directive

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Rocky Mountain States Senior CoordinatorHighlights:Why it Matters: Despite their popularity and...

May 03 2021 Montana Removes Barrier to Student Hunter and Angler Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Rocky Mountain States Senior Coordinator, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Highlights:Why it Matters:  Sportsmen...

Mar 08 2021 No Room for Interpretation: Sportsmen Move to Solidify Montana’s Outdoor Sporting Heritage

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Rocky Mountain States Senior Coordinator and Internal MARCOMM LiaisonMontana’s sportsmen and...

Jan 25 2021 Montana Governor Greg Gianforte Joins the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States CoordinatorWithin his first month of taking office, Montana...

Oct 05 2020 Attempts to Address Over-Crowding on the Madison River are Underway as Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Open Public Comment Period

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States CoordinatorOn October 20, the Montana Fish and Wildlife...

Sep 14 2020 Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Moves Forward with Plans to Increase Access on Flathead Lake

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States CoordinatorOn September 9, 2020, the Montana Fish, Wildlife...

May 11 2020 Montana: CSF Submits Comments in Favor of Grizzly Bear Hunting

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States CoordinatorOn Thursday, April 16, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation...

Jan 20 2020 Montana: Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Attends Montana Outfitters and Guides Association’s Winter Convention

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States CoordinatorOn January 10, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s (CSF) Inter-Mountain...

Oct 01 2019 Montana: Public Meeting and Comment Period for Proposed Coal Creek Conservation Easement

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States CoordinatorOn September 18, the Montana Department of Fish,...

Sep 09 2019 Montana: Caucus Leadership, Advisory Council, and CSF Staff Attend Fall Creek Public Access Dedication Ceremony

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States CoordinatorOn August 27, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF)...

Aug 12 2019 Montana: Opportunity for Public Comment Regarding Trapping Regulations

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States CoordinatorOn August 15, the Montana Fish and Wildlife...

Jun 24 2019 Montana: Second Free-Ranging Case of Chronic Wasting Disease Suspected

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States CoordinatorOn June 14, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks...

Feb 19 2019 Montana: Hearing Held on Bill to Incentivize Hunting Access

By Zach Widner, Northwest States Senior ManagerOn February 12, the Montana Senate Fish and...

Jan 22 2019 Montana: Sportsmen’s Caucus and Conservation Partners Hold Reception

By Zach Widner, Northwest States Senior MangerOn January 16, the Montana Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus,...

Dec 19 2017 Governor Bullock, Sportsmen’s Groups Announce Creation of Montana Land Access Network

On December 18, Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chair Montana Governor Steve Bullock, State Representative Alan...

Jul 27 2017 Montana: CSF’s Zach Widner Featured on “Xplor the Outdoors” Radio Show

On July 26, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Northwest States Manager Zach Widner was a...

Apr 27 2017 Montana: Adult Apprentice Hunting Bill Passes House, Awaits Governor Signature

On April 22, the Montana House of Representatives voted to pass Senate Bill 218...

Apr 13 2017 Montana: Sportsmen’s Caucus Calls for Action to Combat Invasive Species

On April 10, the Montana Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus called upon the Bonneville Power Administration...

Feb 09 2017 Montana: Sportsmen’s Caucus Holds Lunch to Discuss Sportsmen’s Priorities

On February 8, the Montana Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus held a lunch briefing for legislators...

Dec 15 2016 Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke Nominated for Secretary of the Interior

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Congressman Ryan Zinke (MT) has been nominated to serve as...

Nov 17 2016 Montana: Voters Defeat Montana Trapping Ban

On November 8, Montanans soundly rejected Initiative 177 (I-177), which would have banned trapping...

Nov 03 2016 Anti-Trapping Ballot Initiative to go Before Montana Voters on Election Day

On Tuesday, November 8, Montanans will decide the future of trapping in the state...

Jun 16 2016 Montana: Governor Steve Bullock Announces New Public Lands Agenda

On June 9, Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) Member Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT) announced his...

Dec 17 2014 Omnibus Spending Bill Includes Pro-Sportsmen Provisions

As of December 13, both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed a...

Latest policy updates

Many sportsmen and women depend on federal lands managed by agencies such...

In recent years, Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) use has increased rapidly across...

Properly managed wildlife habitat is essential for supporting sustainable and healthy wildlife...

A number of states restrict the ability of archers to carry a...

Knife industry and advocacy groups have successfully worked with the U.S. Congress...

In recent years many local governments have enacted vague, outdated laws banning...

Every federally licensed firearm dealer is required to check the eligibility of...

As with many Constitutional protections, the court system has created carve-outs and...

Coming soon Introduction The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA)...

Though hunting, fishing, and harvesting wildlife (including by trapping) have long been...

Recent advances in technology, such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), which can...

Animal rights groups, such as the Humane Society of the United States,...

Several states have passed legislation that allows non-resident, full-time college students to...

The vast majority of states throughout the nation offer an online component...

Reports and Data

Jan 01 2022 Montana: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

Montana: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

Jan 01 2013 2013 Sportsmen's Economic Impact Report - Montana

2013 Sportsmen’s Economic Impact Report - Montana

Jan 01 2007 2006 Economic Impact Report — Montana

Montana sportsmen outnumber the combined number of residents in Billings, Missoula, and Great Falls...

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