KALISPELL — The detection of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the Libby area has prompted Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) to sell 600 antlerless white-tailed deer licenses.
The Special CWD B licenses will go on sale starting at 8 a.m. on Aug. 19 at select providers in northwest Montana. Hunters can also purchase licenses online at FWP's website beginning at 10 a.m. on that day.
Providers Where Hunters Can Purchase CWD B Licenses:
- Koocanusa Resort and Marina
- Libby Sports Center
- Mac’s Market
- S and S Sports Inc.
- Big Bull Sports LLC
- Booze N Bait
- Yaak Mercantile and Tavern
- Steins Troy Market
- Lakeside Motel and Resort
- The Ranch Hand Inc.
- Northwest Sports Center
- FWP Region 1 Headquarters
- Aitken’s Quik Stop
Two licenses can be purchased per person and at that time you will receive more detailed information on rules and restrictions. The hunt will take place at the same time as the archery and general hunting seasons and follow the same regulations for dates, weapon restrictions, and access.
All deer, elk and moose harvested within the Libby CWD Management Zone, must be submitted for sampling, according to FWP. A map of the CWD Management Zone will be available online, at FWP Region 1 headquarters or by request at (406) 751-4564 or via email.
To reduce the spread of CWD, whole carcasses, whole heads or spinal columns cannot be taken out of the Libby CWD Management Zone unless the animal has tested negative for CWD.
Hunters are strongly encouraged to dispose of hides, bones and trimmings at approved landfills such as the such as the Lincoln County Landfill. If the carcass is processed within the CWD Management Zone, any brain and spinal parts must be discarded in the Lincoln County Landfill.
FWP, the Libby Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to respond to reports of deer that appear sick and removing the animals for sampling.
People in the Libby area who see a deer that appears to be sick are asked to call (406) 291-6539 or Lincoln County Dispatch and leave a message with your name, number, the location of the animal and the time you saw it.
The next CWD information meeting is Aug. 16 at noon in the Ponderosa Room at Libby City Hall. FWP is planning additional meetings in Libby, Kalispell, Trout Creek, Eureka, and Polson.
CWD Public Information Meetings in Northwest Montana
- Friday, Aug. 16 – Libby, Ponderosa Room, City Hall, 952 East Spruce St., Noon
- Monday, Aug. 19 – Eureka, Glacier Bank, 222 Dewey Ave, 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, Aug. 21 – Polson, Kwataqnuk Resort, 49708 US 93, 6 p.m.
- Thursday, Aug. 22 – Trout Creek, Lakeside Resort, 2955 Montana Hwy. 200, 6 p.m.
- Monday, Aug. 26 – Kalispell, FWP Region 1 Office, 490 N. Meridian, 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, Aug. 28 – Libby, Ponderosa Room, City Hall, 952 East Spruce St., 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, Sept. 11 – Kalispell, FWP Region 1 Office (in conjunction with Flathead Wildlife, Inc., 7 p.m.)
CWD is a progressive, deadly disease affecting the nervous system of mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and moose. So far, five deer in the Libby area have tested positive for CWD in the first cases reported west of the Continental Divide in Montana.