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 […]

Elk Hunting and Trout Fishing: Captain’s Column (9.11.14)


The general archery season is underway and some hunters are finding success. Justin Bonomo, my hunting buddy from Forsyth, scored on opening day at 10am. Bonomo who is no stranger to success with his bow knocked down a nice 6×6 bull with a 40 yard shot while he was hunting with Burke Ranch Outfitters. The […]

Bitterroot Custom Game Calls Produce Some of the Most Beautiful Calls on the Market

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If there is one thing Tony Jones knows, it’s hunting…and predator and elk calls.  Tony, a fourth generation “Bitterrooter”, is the owner of Bitterroot Custom Game Calls, in Hamilton, Montana, and makes each and every one of his custom elk and predator calls and coyote howlers by hand–one at a time.  Beauty and functionality are top priorities, as he only […]

Snakes on a Plane? NO! It’s Elk on a Trampoline!


So, here is some footage from Evergreen, Colorado that a family recorded after noticing elk in their yard…only, one of the elk youngins poked his head into the trampoline area and decided to jump in.  Here’s what they had to say about the unusual incident: OMG – Just when you thought you had seen it all…….and we […]

BLM Pulls Durfee Hills from Proposed Land Exchange


Officials with the Bureau of Land Management decided last week to not consider the Durfee Hills as part of a controversial land exchange proposed by Montana’s largest private landowners, Dan and Farris Wilks. The Wilkses had offered to provide access to more than 60,000 acres of public land via Bullwhacker Coulee with a trade of […]

Petition Seeking Signatures in Opposition of Central Montana Land Swap with Texas Billionaires


There is  a land exchange being discussed between the Bureau of Land Management and private land owners that has been flying just under the radar for years. Now Central Montana Hunters for Public Access have established a petition to get signatures in opposition of any such exchange. The land in discussion is a landlocked area […]

Deer & Elk Permit Applications Due March 15 – Be Sure To Check For New Hunting District Permit Codes


March 15 is the deadline to apply for Montana’s 2014 deer and elk hunting permits. An updated, easy-to-use eight-page application packet is now available online at Paper applications are also available from most hunting license providers and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices. This year applicants need to be aware that some hunting districts […]

13 Year-old Archery Hunter Drops Bull Elk with One Surprising Shot


This very well may be one of the best archery shots I have ever seen… This is a video of pro staffer with Full Choke Outdoors, named Clayton Coyle, on an elk hunt when he was just 13 years-old.  Although, the footage was not recorded in Montana, it will be sure to WOW you….<VIEWER DISCRETION […]

“No Legs, No Limits” – US Marine Double Amputee Bags Big Montana Bull


Gabriel Martinez, of Golden, Colorado, was nominated by Big Hearts Under the Big Sky to receive one of the first of two tags issued under Montana’s new Purple Heart Program.  Martinez is a combat-wounded US Marine, double amputee, who definitely did not lose his passion for hunting when he lost his legs while fighting for […]

Hunters are Abandoning Some Parts of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, Turning their Attention Instead to Wolf-free States


On the topic of wolves… The following article, posted on (shared with the Montana Outdoor Radio Show via Dennis Baxter), is a good read for anybody interested in wolf management in Montana and elsewhere: Things were pretty good the first year Drew Johnson and a group of friends hunted elk in Montana’s Gallatin National Forest. […]