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, […]

Wild Turkey and Motorcycles Do Not Mix…

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We have all most likely seen videos of wildlife chasing people in cars, particularly on motorcycles, like the bull elk in Ovando last Fall, and turkeys are no exception to being finicky about who they share oxygen with….  At least the wild turkey in the video footage taken from the northeast is not an exception–and I’m not talkin […]

10 Fun Facts About Wild Turkeys

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The wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is an instantly recognizable bird whether it is in the field or on the table, but how much do you really know about these uniquely North American birds? 1. Wild turkeys were honored by both the Aztecs and the Mayans, often with special religious ceremonies. 2. The wild turkey was nearly extinct in the […]

Few Fall Turkey Surplus Permits Available

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Some over-the-counter surplus licenses for deer B, elk B and fall turkey permits are still available in a few areas. Surplus licenses are those still remaining after Montana’s recent special hunting license or special permit drawing. The left-over licenses or permits are sold on a first-come first-served basis. “B” licenses are for hunting antlerless deer […]

Fall Turkey Applications Due by July 25th

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Hunters planning to pursue wild turkeys in parts of western Montana this fall must apply for a special permit by July 25. The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission will consider final fall turkey permit quotas at its July 10 meeting in Helena. Here are the proposed limited permit areas, season dates, and mail-in application information […]

Sixth Grader Bags his first Turkey during his first Turkey Hunting Season

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(photos courtesy of Tom Severson)   Twelve year-old Sam Severson, of Missoula, got his first turkey during his first turkey hunting season this year! Sam bagged his big tom up Lolo Creek with a Winchester 12-gauge shotgun that he won at a NWTF Missoula Longspurs turkey banquet.  His turkey sports an 11.5″ beard, 1″ spurs […]

Chasing Turkeys, Hunting Bears and Riding a Rhino

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(photo courtesy of AngelaMontana)   Hunters don’t always find what they’re hunting, but that is what makes the experience so rewarding when you DO find what you’re looking for out there…right? This past Sunday, a few of us (Jason Maxwell, Lance Jones and AngelaMontana – me) decided to take a shot (pardon the pun) at […]

Elk Traffic Jam and Bear Attacks, What a Week! Here is Your MORS Weekly Wrap Up

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Spring is slow to arrive around Montana and with every promising sunny warm day comes a two to three day stretch of snow flurries and overcast skies. But as true outdoorsmen, a little unpredictable weather doesn’t stop us from enjoying what we love. Anglers are hoping for a bit warmer weather to enhance  conditions but […]

FWP Reports “Turkey Hunter Encounters Grizzly east of Kalispell”

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(photo courtesy of christophermartinphotography.com) A turkey hunter encountered a grizzly bear adult and two grizzly yearlings in the area of the Creston National Fish Hatchery east of Kalispell this morning.  The hunter was walking along, and spotted a deer carcass.  He heard something and looked up to see a grizzly charging him at close range.  […]

Butte/Bozeman Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons – 4.12.13

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(photo courtesy of bozemanangler.com) Bozeman Fishing The anglers are reporting faster waters and more color from the snow melt stirring things up. The Upper Madison is getting good reports with using a stone fly nymph trailing a midge larva or bead head nymphs. Don’t forget we’re still in the beginning of the Blue Winged Olives […]

April in Montana Brings Spring Hunting and Fishing Opportunities: Captain’s Column

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April is the month where many of us start to enjoy both hunting and fishing.  Hunting opportunities start with Spring Turkey season, which opens April 13th, and Spring Bear season that will open April 15th. The outlook for turkey season is good and the outlook for bear season will be more apparent when the bears start […]