Captain’s Recent Fishing Trip Proves Flathead Lake Lakers are Booming

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  Captain and Jim Swanson from Polson hit the water again Tuesday They were after the famous mackinaw of Flathead lake They started out fishing in 88 feet of water. Fishing was slow but then after a couple of hours Jim Swanson ended up catching a couple of smaller lake trout in suspended water of […]

Eastern Montana Fishing Report 8/18/14


EASTERN MONTANA FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF 8/18/14 COMPILED BY Carol Henckel Please be advised weather is changing constantly and some days wind can be a factor. Summer weather is unpredictable and the heat can be treacherous. Stay hydrated as you fish. Enjoy yourself but remember alcohol alters your judgment so use it sparingly […]

Campfire Coffee: Ten Ways to Get Your Fix


We recently cautioned hunters to not skip out on coffee–just so that nobody misses out on anything, and you want to be alert for if/when you do meet that animal you’re after (click here)….so, here is a list of 10 ways, via,  you can brew campfire coffee at your hunting camp headquarters.  Which of […]

FWP Looking for Information on Stillwater Poaching


Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are offering a reward for information about a mule deer buck that was killed illegally south of Columbus over the weekend. Game warden Paul Luepke said the mule deer buck was shot illegally sometime late Saturday or early Sunday on private land eight miles south of Columbus. The […]

Lightning Strikes Can Leave Tree-Like Marks


Have you ever seen what can happen when lightning strikes the ground?  (See the picture of the grass on the right).  How about what can happen when lightning strikes a person? “Interestingly, when lightning strikes some people they develop Lichtenberg figures across their skin. For example, a 2000 report from the New England Journal of […]

How Moose Quench Their Giant Thirst [VIDEO]

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It is the “dog days of summer” and thankfully we humans have evolved to create things like air conditioning. Sometimes I wonder how hot it gets for the critters in nature, especially the ones with think coats. The moose is probably miserable in extremely hot temperatures. A video has surfaced online, showing a moose cool […]

Eastern Montana Scenery You May Not Have Known Exists


When people talk about Montana scenery, Glacier National Park, the Bitterroot valley, Yellowstone National Park and the Bozeman area are often mentioned.  Southeastern Montana has become somewhat of a best-kept secret, and that area is just as beautiful as everything you see where the snowcapped mountains western Montana reside. Filmmater, Colin Ruggiero captures some extraordinary […]

10 Unusual Camping Items that You Will Either Love or Hate…


When you think of camping, chances are you do NOT think of any of the following items…and if you do, then I would high five you for being unique: 1. Flameless, Portable Marshmallow Roaster….I guess it is for those places with fire restrictions–which is definitely a reality in Montana, but um….doesn’t technology usually defeat the purpose of […]

Alive or Dead? The Crazy Effects of Sodium Chloride…


You may have seen videos of freshly cut frog legs sprinkled with salt dancing around the internet.  Maybe you also so the Japanese restaurant footage of the squid that has soy sauce poured on it and appears to “dance” to the Michael Jackson song “Thriller”.  Well, just to clarify, these are not alive.  With no […]

LifeStraw Personal Water Filtration Tool Is Affordable and Fits in Your Pocket


“LifeStraw® is an award-winning personal water filter, designed to provide safe, clean drinking water in any situation. The lightweight filter is ideal for hiking and camping, travel, emergency preparedness and survival. It makes contaminated or suspect water safe to drink.”  (via If you haven’t heard of the LifeStraw, then you should definitely check out the LifeStraw website (  […]

Bike the Historic Route of Hiawatha


Located just off I-90 on the Idaho Montana border, the Route of the Hiawatha Rail-Trail is a scenic section of abandoned rail-bed from the Milwaukee Road that the Taft Tunnel Preservation Society, a grassroots Wallace non-profit organization, and the U.S. Forest Service turned into a world class non-motorized trail. Lookout Pass Ski Area operates the […]

Public Comment Sought on Proposed 2014-2015 Ice Fishing Derbies

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on fishing contests proposed for the upcoming winter season. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Most contests require catch-and-release fishing and participants in these contests may not keep any fish. Applications for contests may be approved, denied, or approved with conditions.  […]