Standoff in the Plains: Brett French Radio Show Preview


It sounds like Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Fort Belknap Tribe have some unresolved conflicts. Last Saturday an FWP game warden was stopped by tribal officials while patrolling west of the reservation. A 5 ½-hour standoff ensued, with tribal officials threatening the warden with a citation for criminal trespass as well as towing […]

Tune Into the Hunter’s Breakfast with the Captain and Crew LIVE Today!


Tune into Hunters Breakfast with the Captain for the latest in fishing and hunting reports for Western and Central Montana this Friday morning from 8-9am on KGVO 1290am/101.5fm in Missoula. You can also listen on line listen-live/popup/. The show is broadcast live from Paradise Falls on the” Banks of Brooks” in Missoula Bill Brown from […]

Weather and Elk Hunting: Captain’s Column (9.18.14)


Your garden and flowers may not have enjoyed the below freezing temperatures that Western Montana experienced last week, but if you’re an elk bow hunter you might have had a different perspective. Cooler weather and the end of a full moon will make bull elk more active. They begin to gather up cows and will […]



Report compiled by Carol Henckel With fall weather approaching please be aware that it can be unpredictable. Remember to stay hydrated as you fish. Enjoy yourself but remember alcohol alters your judgment so use it sparingly while enjoying the outdoors. Keep an eye on the weather as temperature, wind and precipitation can change quickly. Be […]

Montana Trappers Association Recognized by National Trappers Association


Lewistown- The Montana Trappers Association was recognized as the National Trappers Association’s Affiliate of the Year during the MTA annual Rendezvous held at the Fergus County Fairgrounds in Lewistown, Montana. The Award was presented to Toby Walrath, President of the Montana Trappers Association by Jim Buell, NTA liaison. Buell received the Award on behalf of […]

Learning from Animals and People at Ten Feet Tall–Maybe Less…

Ten Feet Tall

A person’s words can have a major impact somebody’s life, and  the company of an animal can change perspectives.  Berny Croy, of Missoula, realized not only how much her horse, Sarge, has taught her, but also how impactful words said to her years ago could be to her life today. Here’s Berny’s story in her words: […]

Little Car Vs. HUGE Moose

Moose Vs. Car

There are a lot of dangers in the world today, and a Maine resident discovered that something as simple as driving a car can sometimes be one of them…The accident happened in July of this year near the Monson/Shirley town line.  Surprisingly enough, the driver survived and was released from the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor and listed in good […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 9.15.14


Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout continue to be caught mid-reservoir to the Dam cowbells or other attractors, tipped with worms, at depths primarily around 20 feet.  Shoreline anglers are catching rainbows using worms and/or marshmallows, especially at Magpie Bay.  Walleye anglers continue catch fish throughout the south end and mid-reservoir areas using slow-death rigs, worm harnesses or […]

Jefferson River Fishing Report 9.14.14 (by FishTales Outfitting LLC)

Dan shows off his catch. A beautiful pre-spawn brown sporting his fall colors!

FLOWS: Twin Bridges 742 cfs Silver Star 573 cfs VISIBILITY: Slightly green but good at 3 feet. Some moss as usual. CONDITIONS: The Jefferson River is currently flowing fairly stable and at a great level. The Jefferson River’s brown trout are in their aggressive, pre-spawn stage and the rainbow’s are trying to gain weight, eating […]

Falling Block Action Rifles with Colonel Smoothbore


The first successful “falling block” action was patented by American Christian Sharps in 1848. This gun was a breech-loading black powder rifle. Sharps personally never manufactured the gun that even today bears his name, instead he chose to accept royalties from A. S. Nippes of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During the American Civil War, the Sharps rifle […]

Fourteen Year-Old Montana Archery Hunter Bags First Bull


Fourteen year-old Wyatt O’Day has been hunting and fishing his entire life, and Friday, September 12th, was a good day for this dedicated hunter.  Wyatt was bow hunting in Mineral county and took aim at a very nice bull from 30 yards away and released his arrow.  THWACK!  He got him!  What makes this kill even more special is that this was Wyatt’s […]

Community Effort Set to End Wild Turkey Feeding


RED LODGE – Though Red Lodge city ordinances prohibit people from feeding wild animals, some residents continue to supply food for a flock of wild turkeys. The result is an unnatural, unhealthy concentration of turkeys in town. City officials are asking all Red Lodge residents to help disperse the turkeys into a more natural setting by […]

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors (9.12.14)


Hunting Backcountry rifle season opens September 15th so now is the time to get your tags and ammo at Bob Ward’s. Beat the rush on this season’s best gear. Don’t forget to layer and be prepared for all types of weather. Fishing: Lower Madison-The cooler temps are improving fishing but also effecting dry fly fishing. […]

Will the Captain get his Elk This Year?


The Captain will be heading to hunt again this year with Burke Ranch Outtfitters over in eastern Montana. It looks like it will be a fun trip over to Malta where he is meeting the boys from Burke Ranch. That is because Trampus and Staci Corder of Clearwater Properties Real Estate in Fort Benton […]

What a Wild Job: Brett French Radio Show Preview


As a 19-year-old college student in Colorado, Merv Coleman landed a sweet summer job in 1966 – patrolman in Wyoming’s Teton Wilderness. It was a learning experience for the Midwest farm boy to be cast out into the wilds of the Rocky Mountains, 30 miles from the nearest ranger station. On his first day in the wilderness, his […]