Big Hole River Fishing Report – 8.28.14 (by FishTales Outfitting LLC)


(Report by Michael Stack FishTales Outfitting LLC) FLOWS: Maiden Rock 560 cfs Melrose 650 cfs Glen 751 cfs VISIBILITY: Clear at 3+ feet with the usual “tea color” The Big Hole River has rolled off from a recent bump up to 900 cfs due to series of severe thunderstorms that dropped considerable precipitation. This type […]

Montana Hunter Asking for Help from Montana Land Owners


Darren Newsom, of Stevensville, is a long time Bitterroot valley resident and businessman.  Newsom is also an avid hunter and conservationist who doesn’t limit his hunting adventures to Montana and has hunted all over the world, including exotic locations such as Africa and New Zealand, where his, then, six year-old daughter shot her first elk this […]

Preparing for Bow Season–Captain Style: Captain’s Column (8.28.14)


Labor Day weekend is here, and most of you are wondering where did your summer go? Last week’s weather reminded us that fall is right around the corner and probably gave bow hunters a little incentive to begin preparation for the upcoming season. Normally, the general archery season for deer, elk, and mountain lion begins […]

Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 8.26.14


(Report compiled by Carol Henckel) Please be advised weather is changing constantly and some days wind can be a factor. Summer weather is unpredictable and the heat can be treacherous. 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 […]

Dog Days…Night Moves! (by Trevor Johnson of Kit’s Tackle)


“Workin’ on our night moves, trying to lose the awkward teenage blues” You totally just sang along with it didn’t you?!?! Everybody has to love Bob Segar and it brings me right back to my awkward high school days! But the heck with Bob Segar and the high school blues…this is about the pursuit of […]

Here’s A Different Method of Carp Slaying to Try…


Asian carp are, obviously, non-native to US waters and are very destructive, therefore, it is legal to use other methods of catching them such as bowfishing and even shooting them in some locations.  Well, now you can add another method of carp-slaying to your list of to-dos. Take a look at this pretty sweet footage:



Win A Wildlife Weekend  Win a weekend in beautiful Choteau, Montana – full of warm hospitality and located close to premier wildlife watching areas on the Rocky Mountain Front. The weekend includes:  Two nights stay at Choteau’s Stage Stop Inn A welcome basket from Mountain Front Market Gift certificates to John Henry’s Restaurant and the […]

All Natural Homemade Fly Spray–Great for Most Livestock

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Does it bother you that your livestock are constantly pestered by flies, but you don’t want to douse your animals in harsh chemicals?  Well, here is an easy, homemade fly spray that we found at  This particular spray recipe may not be as strong as commercial sprays, but it can be applied as needed without […]

Family Bags a Deer and a Record Gator Simultaneously

Alabama Record Gator

“It may not be deer season, but one family of hunters inadvertently bagged a doe when they took down this 1,000+ pound gator.” (via When Ken Owens, who owns a taxidermy shop in Autaugaville, Alabama, opened up Alabama’s largest recorded gator ever taken by harvest, and still possibly the largest gator ever taken by harvest in the world, “he saw […]

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 […]

Bitterroot Area Trapper Appreciation End of Summer FREE Event THIS WEEKEND!


Furbearers provide clothing & accessories, food, organic fertilizer, medicines, and other biodegradable products.  Sound wildlife management programs ensure the necessary supply of natural wild fur for today’s needs and those of tomorrow. (Information via Trappers are an important part of wildlife management in Montana and beyond, and for that reason, there will be a Bitterroot Area […]

Elderly Woman Attacked after Petting What She Thought Was Her Cat


BE CAREFUL! Just because you have a gray cat with black stripes on its tail doesn’t mean that all gray animals with black stripes on their tails are your cat! An 88 year-old elderly Connectitcut woman learned the hard way just how bad the outcome can be if you find yourself trying to cuddle with […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 8.25.14


Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout continue to be caught by boat anglers, using attractors (cowbells, dodgers or flashers) on the north end of the reservoir. Shoreline anglers are doing excellent using worms, spoons and woolly buggers from shore at Magpie Bay.  The walleye bite really slowed down this past week due to the current weather pattern.  Try […]



In honor of the National Park Service’s 98th birthday, all National Park fees are waived today, August 25, 2014!  So, take advantage of this fee-free day, and head to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park or any National Park of your choice!  There are also two more upcoming National Park fee-free days with one being […]



Most of Montana’s upland game bird seasons run Sept. 1-Jan.1, 2015—with the exception of sage-grouse season, which closes Sept. 30. New this year is the closure of sage grouse hunting in much of the southern and northern portions of Montana. Sage-grouse hunting is open in these counties only: Beaverhead, Broadwater, Cascade, Chouteau, Deer Lodge, Fergus, Jefferson, Judith Basin, […]