Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors (9.5.14)

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Hunting:     Archery Black Bear, Pronghorn Antelope, Deer, and Elk opens this weekend! Turkey and Grouse is open and we have all the gear you need, top to bottom. Bozeman Fishing: Lower Madison-the fish are in the slower and deeper waters use nymphs like copper johns/bobs, pupa patterns, and crayfish. Upper Madison-up near the dam use […]

Missouri Breaks Area Travel Conditions Update

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ATTENTION MISSOURI BREAKS AREA BOWHUNTERS–ON THE EVE OF MONTANA’S GENERAL ARCHERY SEASON OPENER, HERE IS SOME INFORMATION FROM JIM VASHRO THAT MAY BE HELPFUL FOR YOU ON YOUR WAY TO YOUR HUNTING SPOT TONIGHT OR TOMORROW MORNING: “The rain last week really hit the Breaks. Up to 10” of rain in some places, many roads […]

Nine Year-Old Angler Reels In a Whopper of a Fish!

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Nine year-old Matt Kreis was fishing the Clark Fork River a couple of weeks ago with his family and reeled in a whopper!  He caught a pike that was a massive 41 inches long and weighed 24.9 pounds!  If that doesn’t get an angler excited, then I don’t know what would! Very nice work, Matt!  Keep the fishing pictures coming! Special thanks […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors (9.5.14)

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Hunting: Archery season is almost upon us; so if you’re in need for a bow, arrows, any camo, scents, or any other archery equipment swing on in and let us help you get geared up for your big hunt. Archery season opens up for Deer/Elk/Antelope/Bear on Saturday, September 6th. For Grouse and Fall Turkey the […]

History in Billings’ Backyard: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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Just downstream from Billings’ popular Riverfront Park along the Yellowstone River is a site that has now been recognized by the United States Board of Geographic Names as Clarks Crossing. The site, narrowed down to be close to an island across the river from the Billings Motorcycle Club, is where Sgt. Nathaniel Pryor and two other Corps of Discovery members crossed 26 […]

YOU Can Find Out How the Captain and Crew are Catchin’ the Big Ones LIVE Today from Paradise Falls!

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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 http://newstalkkgvo.com/listen-live/popup/. The show is broadcast live from Paradise Falls on the” Banks of Brooks” in Missoula Bill Brown from Bob […]

Horseshoe Crab Blood Is Beneficial to Humans

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Here is an interesting information nugget, from iflscience.com, that you may not have known about horeshoe crabs.  It can make a person wonder if Montana is home to any type of wildlife that can also be hosts to human health benefits. You don’t survive for 450 million years without learning a trick or two. In the […]

Firefighters Rescue Mountain Lion Cubs From Bitterroot Forest Fire

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Two firefighters have been receiving quite a bit of attention on the web lately from the photos of them saving mountain lion kittens from the Three Mile Fire in the Bitterroot National Forest east of Florence, Montana. Firefighters spotted the kittens under a burning log last Friday afternoon, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. […]

It’s a Ward Thing–You Wouldn’t Understand: Captain’s Column (9.4.14)

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to join my brothers and sisters along with my mom and other Ward family members for a family reunion. The reunion took place in my hometown of Bryant, South Dakota which is located in the eastern part of the state 40 miles southwest of Watertown. The wording on t-shirts […]

Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 9.1.14

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Report compiled by Carol Henckel With fall weather approaching please be aware that it can be unpredictable. Remember to 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 the weather as temperature, wind and precipitation can change quickly. Be […]

Bitterroot Custom Game Calls Produce Some of the Most Beautiful Calls on the Market

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If there is one thing Tony Jones knows, it’s hunting…and predator and elk calls.  Tony, a fourth generation “Bitterrooter”, is the owner of Bitterroot Custom Game Calls, in Hamilton, Montana, and makes each and every one of his custom elk and predator calls and coyote howlers by hand–one at a time.  Beauty and functionality are top priorities, as he only […]

Wardens Investigate Elk Poaching Near Canyon Creek

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wardens are investigating the recent poaching of a bull elk near Canyon Creek northwest of Helena. The animal was discovered about a quarter of a mile off Lincoln Road in an alfalfa field. Apparently, it had been shot and left to waste, with neither antlers nor meat salvaged. “Unfortunately, similar […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 9.1.14

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Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout has picked up 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 picked back up past week as the water temperature cools.  Try fishing 20 to 45 feet of […]

Forget the Chicken…Try Some Bear!

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Montana’s general big game archery season opens this Saturday, and for those of you bear hunters, and bear meat eaters, we have a very easy recipe for you to check out from justgamerecipes.com: Zesty Bear Tenders 1 2-lb. bear roast, cut into strips 2 packages Italian dressing mix 2 jars Pepperocini peppers 2 cloves garlic, […]

Bitterroot River Fising Report by The Kingfisher Fly Shop (8.30.14)

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BITTERROOT RIVER FISHING REPORT: Visit www.kingfisherflyshop.com for more information The Bitterroot is the hot spot right now. Hecubas, tricos, big PMDs. For as frustrating as the Bitterroot has been this summer, it’s about time that it started being good and reliable. For dries, use large parachute adams, PMDs, Small baetis, purple hazes, tricos, drakes, caddis, […]