Waterfowl Hunting, Fishing and Elk Hunting: Captain’s Column – 10.2.14
By angelamontana


Are you ready! Create blind, set decoy display, call, and shoot! It’s the 2014 waterfowl opener this Saturday and I hope you are ready. I will be along with the regular cast for our Annual Goose Blind Broadcast on the Montana Outdoor Radio Show. We will be miked-up and in the blind bright and early on Saturday morning to try and give you all the exciting action of another one of our famous goose blind broadcasts. In fact, if you want to be a part of the show and let us in on some of the waterfowl hunting you are doing give the Goose Blind hotline a call 406-721-1290.

Once again, Jaye and Linda Johnson of Charlo will be our host for the 16th year, and master scout Jens Gran from Polson will be scouting for the perfect field to anticipate where the geese will be landing Saturday morning. The actual field that our live radio broadcast will take place in will be determined on Friday, as to give us time to prepare the blind that will hopefully hide up to 20 excited hunters from the unsuspecting flights of geese and ducks that we expect to come in over our decoys. You will be able to hear all the action over our statewide radio network which includes local Western Montana affiliates KGVO 1290am/101.5fm in Missoula, KERR 750am in Polson, and KJJR 880am in Kalispell.

There is still some good fishing to be had on area lakes. Fall Mack Days has begun on Flathead Lake. “The anglers are looking forward to another good weekend on the water”, said Cindy Benson the derby coordinator. Boat anglers are having luck both trolling and jigging lake trout as they move into the shallows for fall spawning.

I fished Holter Reservoir last week and had some pretty good luck again on the trout. The walleye fishing has slowed but the perch fishing is still good on the lake. Chartreuse/orange combination was working very well. Anything that we trolled in the water with that color combination caught fish. We ended up catching our limit of nice 18-21 inch trout. I would expect the trout fishing to continue to good into the first part of October as long as the fall weather stays reasonably nice.

Success stories keep coming in for archery elk hunters. A neat hunting story came out of the Fort Benton area from Trampus Corder and his eight year old daughter Casha. They went archery hunting on public land last weekend. Casha who has been practicing calling with the hootchie momma elk call made all her practicing pay off for her dad. “Casha starting call with the hootchie and she ended up calling in a nice bull elk within 7 yards of me”. It was the first elk hunting trip that Casha has used the call even though she has tagged along on other hunting trips. “It was really neat to share the hunting experience with my daughter”, said the proud father. You may view Casha and her dad’s bull elk below.

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(Written by the Captain)






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