Keep Your Dog Safe During Hunting Season
Hunting, trapping and fishing on the Lolo National Forest are regulated by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP).
Hunting seasons generally occur from September through November, though some limited hunting occurs through February. Hunters using rifles are required to wear hunter orange and other recreationists are encouraged to do the same during hunting season. Coyote trapping is most likely to occur in early fall through winter, and trapping seasons for furbearers generally begin in November or December and may run through mid-April. Please check regulations. Keeping your pet within sight, on a leash, and within voice command will help keep them safe.
The Lolo NF has also worked with FWP and trappers to establish trap free zones in some heavily used recreation areas. These include the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, Pattee Canyon, and Blue Mountain . Also, developed recreation areas – these typically are places where there is a campground, picnic area, established parking lot, or recreation facilities -- are considered “trap free” areas and trapping is not allowed for human and pet safety. Pet owners should always be mindful of places -- such as near and or adjacent to streams -- where trapping is likely to occur. Keeping your pet within sight, on a leash, and within voice command will help keep them safe and prevent them from wandering into a trap.
Find more tips in the Dog Owner’s Guide to Outdoor Opportunities in the Missoula Area.
For information on hunting and trapping regulations, please see FWP information at: