Colonel Smoothbore: Second Thoughts, Constitutional Guarantees

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“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” That is the exact text of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. I have never found any ambiguity in these words. Every […]

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (4.18.14)


Hunting:    Moose/Sheep/Goat special permits are due Thursday May 1st, post marked on or before! This can be done on online or with a paper application. If you need the paper copy we’ve got it. Bozeman Fishing: Upper Madison is hit and miss. Definitely use nymphs but on warmer days don’t be afraid to throw some […]

Big Sky Resort ends Season with a Splash this Weekend!


Big Sky is the last of Montana’s ski resorts to close for the season, and they will be hosting a pond skimming contest and other closing day festivities this weekend. If you aren’t up for spring skiing, this is the perfect day to participate in the celebration as a spectator. Especially considering you have a […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (4.18.14)


Hunting: Please review your regulations as there have been some changes. Also, make sure to bring pictures down of your successful hunts and post them on are bulletin board. Fishing:        Canyon Ferry Lake fishing is taking off. The trout are spawning so try fishing from Yacht Basin to the dam or at Chinaman’s or Shhanon.  […]

Want to Hear the Captain on “Catchin’ the Big Ones”? LISTEN LIVE TODAY!


Tune into Catchin the Big Ones with the Captain for the latest in fishing 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 The show is broadcast live from Paradise Falls on the” Banks of Brooks” in Missoula Bill Brown from […]

Two Good Days of Fishing for Two Good Fishermen


While the Captain was fishing Holter this week, he met two fellow anglers, Allen Hay and Vance Ventresca.  These fishermen were on a two-day fishing trip and knew how to get what they were after! The first day, Allen and Vance hit the Missouri near Gates of the Mountains and caught about 11 fish.  They basically used steelhead fishing techniques, […]

Date Set for Mule Deer Foundation’s Sapphire Range Chapter Banquet


The Mule Deer Foundation’s Sapphire Range Chapter is hosting their 2nd Annual Banquet on Saturday, May 3rd at St. Mary’s in Stevensville.  The doors will open at 5:00pm for a no-host social with raffles, games and a silent auction.  Dinner is at 6:30pm, with a live auction to follow. For any questions or to make reservations, […]

Reeling Em In at Holter with The Captain and Crew


Salmon Steve caught a couple of nice rainbows fishing with the Captain on Holter.  They caught and released 35 trout today and one walleye below Holter Dam this evening, fishing with Jim Johnson from Lincoln.  Fish bit on about everything, especially the fire tiger syclops and the green needle fish, as well the J-9 fire […]

Spring Turkey Success: Captain’s Column (4.17.14)


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. […]

2014 Canyon Ferry Reservoir Spring Spawning Survey Update #1


The ice is officially gone and the annual spawing survey on Canyon Ferry Reservoir is underway.  Two trap nets were launched, one near the north end of Pond #1 and the other at the south end of the Silos Recreation area, on April 10th and traps have only been checked three days.  We’ve already handled […]

Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 4.14.14


Report compiled by Carol Henckel Please be advised weather is changing constantly and some days wind and even snow can still be a factor. High water conditions are dangerous as Spring weather is unpredictable. Enjoy yourself but remember alcohol alters your judgment so use it sparingly while enjoying the outdoors. Keep an eye on the […]

Students Become Scientists with SCIENCE-BASED Bear Education Programs


Bears.  Montana is full of them.  But, how much do you really know about bears and bear conservation and management? Bear Trust International is an organization that seeks to “help raise conservation awareness and environmental literacy while simultaneously providing critical STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) skills for all of our kids.”  They also focus on teaching youth the […]

FYI-Harley Davidson Recalled Over 29,000 Motorcycles in October 2013


You can never be too safe when you’re on a motorcycle, and there are a lot of people that ride on two wheels in scenic big sky country, among other locations across the country.  Although this information was announced last year, it is worth checking out if you missed it then… According to a report by Reuters from […]