Catch Large Lake Trout on Open Water with Inexpensive Equipment – The Macman

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Fishermen: Now is the time for fishermen who don’t have the expensive equipment needed to catch large lake trout on open water to have that opportunity. Jeff Posivio is an example of that with the two nice fish he caught through the ice in front of the public landing on Salish Point off the shore […]

What NOT to do on a Snowmobile–BE CAREFUL OUT THERE

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With all the recent snowfall, people are going to be hitting the mountains of Montana on skis, snowboards and snowmobiles all over the state.  It is very important to be aware of your surroundings any time you are out doing anything, but especially when you are on a snowmobile.  You might not think anything bad […]

Hebgen Lake/Henry’s Lake Ice Fishing Report – 12.11.13

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The following report was submitted by Jan Stoddard regarding Hebgen Lake/Henry’s Lake: Ice is forming on Hebgen Lake with hard water anglers already out on the narrows (Madison Arm) eastern end of the lake. Ice measures 11″ thick out 30′ yards from the north shore along the western/Hebgen Lake dam end of the lake. Some […]

Rodeo Run Sled Dog Races Start Today in West Yellowstone

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The Rodeo Run Sled Dog Races is a two-day sled dog race in West Yellowstone, and it kicks off today with a “meet the mushers” party from 6:00pm to 7:00pm  outside the Wild West Pizzeria. This race attracts entrants ranging from novices to Iditarod veterans; spectators are welcome and it is free to the public. […]

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Ice Augers: Captain’s Column (12.12.13)

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your ice augers! The record sub zero temperatures, that held much of Montana in its frigid grip, made some great ice for ice anglers, that is for sure. The temperatures were so cold that they actually kept most of the ice fisherman off the ice until just a couple of days […]

Youth Hunters Shoot at Least 9 Elk within 5 Minutes in Sula…Citations Given

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This story is disturbing at the very least.  The Missoulian posted this on their website this evening…what do you think? SULA – In a five-minute span on the day before Thanksgiving, the French Basin near Sula sounded like a war zone. Some elk had wandered out onto an open hillside and a group of young […]

Deer Plunges Into Icy River to Escape Mountain Lion in Montana

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According to a post on spokesman.com today,  a Montana outdoor photographer, Jaime Johnson,and his wife, Lisa, happened to witness a National Geographic-style scene AND catch a couple pictures in the meantime!  Here is what happened in Jaime’s words: We had a really amazing thing happen today. We were heading up a mountain road to get […]

Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 12.9.13

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Report compiled by Carol Henckel 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 constantly and some days wind and snow can be a big factor. Ice conditions are dangerous so be very aware of […]

Rocky the Ram Finally Makes It to His New Home

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Remember Bob Cole and his once-in-a-lifetime Bitterroot HD 270 “rock and roll” ram hunt?  You can read about it by clicking here.  Well, the taxidermy work is done!  Damon Ward, of Darby, did a “super great job” on the ram mount, according to Bob, and Bob says that he wouldn’t go anywhere else.  Oh, and […]

FREE Boone & Crockett Antler Scoring Workshop Scheduled for December 17th

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and expert Boone & Crockett official scorer Josh Pallister will offer a free antler-scoring workshop for hunters of all ages on Dec. 17, 2013, at Montana Wild. Pallister will demonstrate the procedures and tools needed to “green score” antlers using the Boone and Crocket scoring system. The one-hour class begins […]

Become a Member of MT-SFW Today, and Get a Free Hunter Orange Buck Knife!

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NEW MEMBER SPECIAL!! Become a new member of Montana Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife (Montana SFW) and receive this Made in the U.S.A. hunter orange buck knife engraved with the Montana SFW logo! New members will also receive a logo hat and decal. By becoming a member, you are helping to preserve, protect and enhance Montana’s hunting, […]

Two Hunting Districts to Close for Female Mountain Lion Hunting on 12.10.13

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The hunting of female mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 319 and 341, which include portions of Silver Bow and Deer Lodge counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. The closure notice for the hunt came shortly after Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials received word that the […]

Forecast Pegs 2014 Spring Chinook Return Double Over This Year; Snake River Wild Above Average

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Columbia River upriver spring and summer chinook salmon returns are expected to rebound a bit in 2014, coming in above the 10-year averages, according to preseason projections produced this week by the U.S. v Oregon Technical Advisory Team. The forecast released Thursday by TAC’s state, tribal and federal officials predicts that the “upriver” spring chinook […]

Public Encouraged to Attend FWP Public Hearing on Gray Wolf Management TODAY (Dec. 9, 2013)

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For all of the Missoula-area sportsmen and sportswomen that have an opinion on Montana’s gray wolf management, PLEASE attend the public hearing tonight at the FWP office in Missoula at 3201 Spurgin Road.  Let’s make our voices heard.  See you tonight at 6pm. BEFORE THE FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF MONTANA In […]

Montana’s Updated Wolf Harvest Numbers as of 12.8.13

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With the Montana’s wolf hunting season in full swing, and wolf trapping season opening next Sunday, the total wolf harvest number for the state is sitting at 97, which is higher than last year’s number of 89 on the same date.  There are no closed Wolf Management Units to date, but that could change any […]

Real or Fake? Skunk Reportedly Freezes to Death Standing Up

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Montana is not the only place that is having its share of sub-zero temperatures, as the skunk in the picture below was photographed in Bismarck, North Dakota, where the temperatures have been comparable to Montana’s. It was reported by Brad Panovich on WCNC that a skunk froze to death standing up while trying to cross […]