It has been a frigid week around Montana and some of the ski areas have already opened. It was a big week for Montana college football this week when the University of Montana Grizzlies challenged Montana State Bobcats. It looks like the Griz will be going to the playoffs! Montanans are busy preparing for Thanksgiving this week, and hunters are out working hard to fill their tags. The rut is on, and there have been quite a few stories of hunters coming across bucks with antlers locked. If you missed these stories the first time, don’t worry, we have links to all the best stories from montanaoutdoor.com this week:
Dog Accidentally Shot By Hunter Near Lolo Pass…read more here .
Unusual Behavior by Whitetail Buck After Being Freed by Hunter…see the video here.
Antlers-Locked Buck Saved with Ax by Hunters…see the story here.
Robot Deer Used to Bust Poacher…read more here.
Judge Walks out of Courtroom during Montana Mountain Man’s Testimony-Case Dismissed….read more here
Hunting and fishing summaries from the week of November 23rd:
-Bill Brown at Bob Wards says the deer and elk harvests are starting to pick up for area hunters. In Hamilton Bill says nymph fishing in the afternoons is still producing in the Hamilton areas through the holes closer to the river bottoms.
-Brett French Outdoor editor of the Billings Gazette talks about the up coming sky season and how Moonlight Basin was acquired by Big Sky becoming the biggest skiing area in the lower 48 states.
– Chancy at Snappy’s says the colder weather this week is starting to build the ice in areas, but it’s far from safe.
-Dale from Don’s in Lewistown says it’s still “toughman” fishing but the ice is coming.
-John Harris from Lakeside Resort in Trout Creek says area hunting’s been slow but down around the drainage it’s been pretty good for area elk hunters.
-Robert from Malta Marine says there’s ice on Nelson and shoreline fishing looks good, but not the middle.
-Ron Aashiem of Montana FWP says the big game season is winding down and the weather isn’t helping. For more information go to fwp.mt.gov.
-Ryan from Bob Wards says Bozeman fishing is still producing on the Upper Madison. In Helena, the fish are not cooperating much due to the weather, and the Lower temps are having an affect on area fishing.
-Tammy from Northwest Sports in Eureka says the snow is getting deeper up in the mountains, and reviews area regulations for area big game hunters.
-Woody from Woody’s Lures in Townsend says area fishing has slowed down as the ice starts to come in, and river fishing on the Yellowstone is still looking pretty good since it doesn’t have any ice yet.
Congratulations to this week’s trivia winners Steve Caldbeck of Polson, and Todd Young of Glasgow. Keep listening for your chance to win just like Corey Nette of Billings, who won a Montana Wreath!