Spring Turkey Success: Captain’s Column (4.17.14)

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Last Saturday turkey hunters headed out to celebrate the opening of the 2014 spring turkey season in Montana. It was a beautiful sunshine morning, and, according to some reports that I received, the turkeys were out and going nuts. Shawn Plakke and his son, Orion, from Superior were two of those hunters enjoying the hunt. […]

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (4.11.14)

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Hunting:   Spring Turkey Season opens April 12th Spring Black Bear opens April 15th Don’t forget to take your bear ID test in order to get your black bear tags. Moose/Sheep/Goat special permits are due Thursday May 1st.  Grab the new regulations and look them over closely. There are lots of changes this year. Bozeman […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (4.11.14)

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Hunting: Mountain Lion (w/ Hounds) season continues until April 14th. This weekend (April 12th) marks the start of spring turkey. Spring black bear opens April 15th. Gear up! Be sure to pick up your regulations for moose, goat and sheep. There are lots of changes this year so look them over closely. Fishing:           Canyon Ferry […]

New Fees for Moose, Sheep, Goat Hunting Apps

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials remind hunters applying for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat licenses that they will see changes in fees as a result of state legislation adopted last year. In past years, hopeful resident hunters were required to submit $75 with their application for a $125 license, plus pay a $5 […]

Silence is Golden-a Word on Suppressors with Colonel Smoothbore

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I have incurred a fair amount of hearing loss, and I suffer from tinnitus; ringing, in my left ear. While shooting may be responsible for some of my hearingloss, most of my hearing problems have an occupational cause; I have attended auctions one to three times a week for over 40 years. I didn’t use […]

Trail Camera Captures UFO & Deer in Mississippi Woods

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It sounds like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, but this couple in Mississippi have captured some interesting photos of an unidentified flying object with lights descending from the sky, lighting up a few deer, and flying away. Some speculate it could be military experimental equipment, and of course others claim extraterrestrial visitors. Either way, […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (4.4.14)

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Hunting: Spring Bear season starts April 15th and Spring Turkey starts April 13th.  Mountain lion season (with hounds) ends April 14th.  Please review your regulations for specific details on the areas you plan on hunting.  And make sure to bring pictures down of your successful hunts and post them on are bulletin board. Fishing:        Canyon […]

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (3.28.14)

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Hunting:     Spring Turkey Season opens April 12th Spring Black Bear opens April 15th Hunter’s Safety classes are starting. Check out the schedules and sign up by visiting fwp.mt.gov. Bozeman Fishing: The Upper Madison is hit and miss.  Definitely use nymphs but on warmer days don’t be afraid to throw some dries, smaller sized stone flies […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (3.28.14)

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Hunting: Spring Bear season starts April 15th and Spring Turkey starts April 12th. Mountain lion season (with hounds) ends April 14th. Please review your regulations for specific details on the areas you plan on hunting. And make sure to bring pictures down of your successful hunts and post them on are bulletin board. Fishing: Canyon […]

Minnesota Man Pays $2,070 in Phillips County Elk Hunting Case

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A Minnesota man has been ordered to pay $2,070 in fines and restitution for allowing his teenage son to illegally kill a 5×5 bull elk in the Larb Hills area of the Missouri River Breaks during the 2013 archery hunting season. Troy A. Carlson, 48, lives in the St. Paul suburb of Inver Grove Heights, […]

Spring Male Turkey Season Just Around the Corner

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Montana’s spring male turkey hunting season begins April 12 this year. Turkey hunters can purchase a turkey license in a general area at FWP offices, license providers or online. The application deadline for western Montana’s spring gobbler season permits has passed. The 2014 spring turkey regulations, with details on turkey hunting in the general area, […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (3.21.14)

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Hunting: Bob Ward’s can take care of your Sportsman’s licenses so you are all set-up for your applications when they roll-out. Spring Bear season starts April 15th and Spring Turkey April 12th. Mountain lion season (with hounds) ends April 14th. Please review your regulations for specific details on the areas you plan on hunting. Fishing: […]

Members Sought for Mountain Lion Work Group

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   Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is looking for volunteers to form a mountain lion work group to assist in the development of harvest quota recommendations for the 2014-15 lion hunting season in west-central Montana.             “A recent research effort to update and improve lion density estimates for the upper Bitterroot Valley has generated […]

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

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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 […]

Montana’s 2013-2014 Wolf Season is Over

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Montana’s wolf trapping and hunting seasons have officially ended, with the state’s wolf trapping season ending on February 28th and wolf hunting season ending this past Saturday, March 15th. At a total of 228 wolves being harvested, were three more wolves taken Montana’s 2014 wolf season than there were in the 2013 wolf season–and that […]

Panel to Examine Hunting and Fishing License Fee Proposals

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The Environmental Quality Council will be meeting on March 19 in Helena and one of the items on the group’s agenda is the recommendations from a committee on how the state should restructure its hunting and fishing licenses. Among the proposals is a base hunting license that all hunters would purchase. It would replace the […]