Note to Self: Spike Bull Elk Do Not Like Balloons


Have you ever wondered why bulls and cows don’t get their young spike bull children balloons for their birthday?  Well, after you watch the following video, you will know why: Here is some information from the “About” section of the Youtube video for elk hunters and elk watchers that could prove very useful if you […]

Wolf Trapping Certification Classes Set for Missoula and Anaconda


Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will offer three wolf trapping certification classes in Missoula and one in Anaconda this fall. Certification is mandatory for anyone planning to trap wolves in Montana, and students who attended a wolf trapping education class last year and received a certificate, do not need to retake one this year. In […]

Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Lion Tragically Fall to Death at Glacier National Park

The scene

I recently received a link to these pictures from my best friend on the planet, but I haven’t been able to verify how the incident was discovered.  I did some research to see what other information I could find and didn’t find much more than what was posted on the original site.  Here’s what was […]

Western Montana Fly Fishing Report by the Mountain Man – 8.5.13


Fishing on the Missouri is a bit better than it was a week ago. Hopper patterns are starting to work–a good combo would be a hopper dropper rig. Weeds are still a problem-but fisherman are picking spots between clumps of weeds or fishing parts of the middle of the river that don’t have many weeds. […]

Trapper education Class offered on August 17 in Kalispell


Here are the details on a general trapper education course to be offered at Snappys Sport Senter on August 17th in Kalispell.  This is not a wolf trapper certification class. Students should show up at Snappys at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 17th to register for the class. TRAPPER EDUCATION CLASS: SATURDAY AUGUST 17TH: 9am – 4pm at […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 8.5.13


Canyon Ferry: Fish are moving deeper with sustained warm water temperatures. Rainbow trout are being caught mid-reservoir to the Dam trolling attractors, tipped with worms, at depths around 25 feet or by using worms and/or marshmallows from shore. The walleye bite has slowed a bit, but fishing has been consistent throughout the reservoir. The south […]

Hunting Film Tour this week in Bozeman and Missoula


Do you love hunting?  Do you love watching hunting footage?  Well, then you are going to want to be at the Wilma Theater, in Missoula, this Friday at 7:00pm.  Tickets are just $10.00, and you can purchase them online at or at the door on Friday. Outdoor Aly prepped you for this upcoming event […]

“The Lake”, How I Love Thee, Let Me Count The Ways


Montanans spend nine hard months enduring extreme weather to rejoice in three solid months of glorious summer. Yes, just three. Don’t get me wrong, I have learned to love an early fall, with warm long days and no tourists, but I nobody can argue that a good, hot August day on “the lake” encompasses what […]

Single Action Revolver With Colonel Smoothbore


There are three basic pistol types; the semi-auto, the double action revolver, and the venerable single action revolver. Today, let’s take a look at the single action revolver.   The single action revolver is a pistol where the trigger performs only one function; releasing the hammer. The hammer must be cocked each time to fire […]

Montana Channel Catfish Record and Fishing Tournaments: Captain’s Column


It may be hot and because of the heat the fishing in many rivers around West and Central Montana has been effective by the Hoot Owl restrictions Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks put into place last week, but despite the slowdown in river fishing there is still a lot of fishing news to report. First […]

Egg and Smoked Salmon Open-Face Breakfast Sandwich Recipe


You could probably substitute any type of smoked fish with the salmon in this, but wow…this sure does sound good!!! If you try it, let us know! INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup crème fraîche Finely grated zest of 1/2 medium lemon Juice of 1/2 medium lemon, as needed Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 6 large eggs […]