Grizzly Wounded by Hunter in Self-Defense Near Condon


FWP wardens are investigating a reported self defense shooting of a female grizzly bear with two cubs in the Kraft Creek drainage by a hunter yesterday near Condon.  The grizzly charged the hunter and the hunter fired a shot at the bear within 50 feet. Wardens discovered a deer carcass about 75 yards away from […]

UPDATE: Missoula Sheriff’s Office Spoke with Shooter of Dog at Lolo Pass


UPDATE: Missoula Sheriff’s office spoke with hunter that accidentally shot dog from Lolo Pass (via Deputies from the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office spoke Tuesday with the unidentified hunter who reportedly shot a malamute to death as the dog’s owner watched in horror near Lolo Pass on Sunday. “Based on the statements provided by both […]

Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 11.18.13


Please be advised that conditions can change daily so please call the contact person in the area you are planning on FISHING for current daily information.  Weather is changing and some days wind can be a big factor. Keep an eye on the weather while you are out there and stay safe. Good luck fishing […]

Got a Buck? Jeff Hobirk of Missoula Has One!


Jeff Hobirk, of Missoula, is no stranger to hunting and has been successful many times at filling the family’s freezer over the years, and this year was no exception. He is an avid elk and deer hunter and even has his own “Hunting Headquarters” behind his house. According to Mills, his wife, Jeff has been […]

Deer Poaching Case in Havre Area–Seeking Information


Members of the public are being asked to share anything they might know about the recent poaching of a mule deer buck in Blaine County. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Warden Dirk Paulsen said the deer was illegally shot and killed from a county road on the Triple H Block Management Area about 7:30 a.m. […]

Layne Spence Tells His Side of the Dog-Shooting Story–Again–via Facebook


I was just informed of a site that claims to have “the real story” behind the dog shooting at Lolo Pass, in Layne Spence’s own words via Facebook (posted by “What is on my mind is the tragedy that has taken place and the miss quotes from the media and the Sheriffs dept. So […]

Two Men Convicted in Phillips County Illegal Hunting Case


A Malta man and a Nevada man have been convicted and sentenced on hunting-related charges in Phillips County Justice Court. According to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 Criminal Investigator Lennie Buhmann, Charles G. Mahan, 37, of Malta was charged with: · Two misdemeanor counts of outfitting without a valid license in 2009; · […]

Mountain Lion Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In Hunting Districts In Regions 2 & 5


The hunting of mountain lions in several Montana hunting districts in Region’s 2 and 5 will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013: Closed to hunting of all mountain lions: • HD’s 280, 281, 284, 293 & 298 East of State Route 141 – which includes portions of Powell, Lewis & […]

How to Make a Beer Can Camp Stove in 8 Simple Steps


So, you may have seen our cinder block camp stove post last week (click here), and that was pretty awesome, right?  Well, how about something a little more portable to take to your camp?  Okay, A LOT more portable.  Check out the beer can stove powered by rubbing alcohol and fire!  The video below shows […]

Test YOUR Wolf Identification Skills


The similarities between malamute dogs and wolves are actually quite surprising to some!  Imagine being in the woods hunting and seeing either of these dogs…what would you think? The dog on the right in both of the comparison pictures is the malamute.  Put orange on your pets when you’re out on public land with your […]

Hunters Checkstation Update: Region 5-Deer Harvest Improves, Elk Harvest Strong


BILLINGS — Wind made hunting difficult throughout south central Montana over the weekend. The deer and elk harvest picked up from previous weeks, however, as hunters reported that the annual deer rut is in full swing. Biologists at the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks check station at Big Timber reported checking the biggest white-tailed deer […]

Hunters Checkstation Update: Region 1:Deer and Elk Harvest Ahead of Last Year


Deer harvest in northwest Montana is now ahead of last year at the same point in the season, according to check station results around Region One. At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 17, a total of 11,811 hunters checked 594 white-tailed deer (528 of these were bucks), 90 mule deer, and […]



The original story of the dog being shot can be found by clicking here.  The case is now closed.  Compare the originally-released story to the police report here: UPDATE ON PET DOG SHOOTING NEAR LOLO PASS VIA MISSOULIAN.COM: The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office has ended its investigation of a dog killed by a hunter who […]

Hunters Checkstation Update: Region 4-Big Game Harvest Continues Down


At the end of the fourth weekend of Montana’s big game general season, harvest numbers for elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer continues below the long-term average on the Rocky Mountain Front. “Overall elk harvest is about four percent below the 10-year average,” says Brent Lonner, Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife biologist. “The mule deer […]

Hunters Checkstation Update: Region 2:Deer, Elk Harvest Picks up Pace


After a slow start, the 2013 hunting season took an upward turn over the weekend with the advantage of tracking snow in most west-central Montana locations. Hunter trips and elk and white-tailed deer totaled through hunter check stations in Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Region 2 are up from last year at this point, […]

Montana Wolf Harvest Numbers are Up from Last Year at this Time


Last year, on November 18th, the wolf harvest numbers total stood at 66 wolves in Montana, but this year, you can add over a dozen more to that number.  As of November 17th (yesterday), the total number of wolves taken is currently at 80.  Here is the detailed information by FWP broken down into WMUs: […]