Big Hole River Fishing Report – 7-18-14 (by FishTales Outfitting LLC)


FLOWS: Maiden Rock 887 cfs Melrose 943 cfs Glen 1,110 cfs VISIBILTY: Clear at 3+ feet The Big Hole River continues to drop every day after a slight bump in the middle of the month. 993 cfs near Melrose and although flows are dropping daily, the Big Hole River is fishing well. The best fishing […]

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (7.18.14)


Hunting:     Bob Ward’s 11th Annual Shooter’s Weekend is August 2nd in Missoula, and August 3rd in Butte. All proceeds benefit Operation Valor. Visit for event details. Archery Season begins September 6th. Its a little ways down the road but better to be prepared than wait until the last minute. Federal Duck Stamps are $15 […]

Reward Offered for Deer-Poaching Information


BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information leading to the conviction of those who illegally killed two deer south of Roundup Sunday night. FWP game warden Lee Burrough said someone killed two mule deer on private property off of Fattig Creek Road south of Roundup Sunday night, July 13. […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (7.18.14)


Hunting: Bob Ward’s 11th Annual Shooter’s Weekend is August 2nd in Missoula, and August 3rd in Butte. All proceeds benefit Operation Valor. Visit for event details. Archery Season begins September 6th. Its a little ways down the road but better to be prepared than wait until the last minute. Federal Duck Stamps are $15 […]

13th Annual Darby Logger Days This Weekend


If you are headed down the Bitterroot Valley this weekend, don’t miss Darby Logger Days. This event is held every 3rd weekend in July, and is family-friendly entertainment. The annual Logger’s Days is held at the south end of Darby on U.S. Highway 93. Friday evening begins at 6pm family games and live music. Saturday […]

Bison Opponents, Proponents Craft Compromises: Brett French Radio Show Preview


Back to back meetings in Billings on Monday and Tuesday helped the Bison Discussion Group craft five alternatives, including a no-action alternative, for consideration by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. FWP is expected to release a draft environmental impact statement by this fall, followed by a 90 day comment period. Under consideration is releasing a group of bison as a […]

Tune in to Catchin’ the Big Ones LIVE from Paradise Falls 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 Bob […]

GORP Recipe – A Little More Than Good Old Raisins and Peanuts


GORP-and acronym for Good Old Raisins & Peanuts, or trail mix. Trail mix is considered an ideal snack food for hikes, because it is lightweight, easy to store, and nutritious, providing a quick energy boost from the carbohydrates in the dried fruit or granola, and sustained energy from fats in nuts. The basic idea is […]

Blue Heron Takes Charge of Wildlife Management


Jessie Garza, of south-central Washington, noticed this blue heron had been hanging around their yard and the neighbors’ yards for the past few days before posting this video on July 9th, and you will see what the bird was after when you watch the video, that has gone viral, below. I know I can think of a few places […]

Dishin’ About Fishin’: Captain’s Column (7.17.14)


In Western Montana, most rivers are still running above their normal flows for this time of the year, but their flows are coming down. The fishing, as you might expect, is also improving daily on the rivers.  Here is a river and lake fishing report that was sent in to me by “Blackfoot River […]

Exploring the Pintlers from Ten Feet Tall…(Okay, Maybe Eight Feet)

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Preparing to camp with horses has been a fun learning curve for Berny Croy, of Missoula.  Horses need 15-25 gallons of water a day, sometimes more depending on the weather and other factors, and making sure you and your horses have everything needed for a camping trip can be a lot of work. The Pintler Wilderness was an […]

Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 7.14.14


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

Team Fate Outdoors: Montana Predator Management & Wildlife Conservation


Predator management is essential in Montana and everywhere there are predators.  That is life, and whether the anti-sportsman extremists like it or not–people are here and we are not going anywhere.  So, it is our responsibility to manage wildlife in our beautiful state as we encroach on their habitats with building sites, the construction of […]

Huge Eagle Nest Moved to Safety by Good Samaritans


How do you move a 200-pound bald eagle’s nest and why would you?  Well, one reason, specifically in a recent situation in Texas, there was an eagle next that was too close to a high voltage area of a transmission tower, and some groups and individuals worked together to ensure the eagles would remain safe by […]

Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 11th Annual Shooter’s Wekeend Date Set!

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MISSOULA – Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors’ 11th Annual Shooter’s Weekend will be held on August 2nd and 3rd. Proceeds from the shooting demo this year will benefit Operation Valor. Bob Ward’s has teamed up with several of the top brands in hunting and shooting to raise funds for Operation Valor, whose mission is to […]

Fishing Limits Removed Temporarily at Two Montana Lakes


Fishing Limits Removed Temporarily at Camas Lake The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved removing the angling creel limits in Camas Lake effective immediately through Aug. 3. Camas Lake is 19 miles west of White Sulphur Springs in the Big Belt Mountains of the Helena National Forest. The lake is the headwaters of Big Camas […]

Wild and Crazy! (by Montana Grant)


It is important to LIVE our lives! It is fine to test our limits but make sure that you are always prepared for an emergency. Swimming, hiking, camping, boating, and outdoor adventure are incredible adrenaline rushes that can quickly turn deadly. As a Boy Scout Scoutmaster and teacher, I needed to anticipate, plan, and prepare […]

Anti-Sportsmen Are Angered Over Famous Director’s Triceratops Hunt


With all the controversy involving Kendall Jones, of Texas, and now other women huntresses around the world, and their African safari hunting photos that they posted on Facebook, sometimes the anti-sportsmen Facebook activists surprise me…even when I know I shouldn’t be surprised. Have you seen this picture circulating around the world wide web, that was originally posted by Jay Branscomb, […]

Camp Mak-A-Dream Walleye Benefit at Canyon Ferry in August


The Camp-Mak-a-Dream Walleye Benefit will be held at Canyon Ferry August 2, 2014.  This event donates all proceeds to the camp.  This event  encourages family and friends to fish for the biggest walleye in a relaxed  atmosphere. It’s  other focus is to encourage families to experience the  fun of the outdoors.  Cost is $60 per boat with […]