Canadian Grizzlies Working the Pole…Lodgepole That Is!

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Alberta Parks employee posted this video from a remote wildlife camera that captured a group of grizzly bears visiting a “communications” or “rub tree in Kananaski Country, leaving a scent as a form of communication to other bears and animals. The group of bears may be communicating, but the video takes a comedic turn when […]

Weather Cools a Bit, but Rivers Dropping, Warming: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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It’s always strange to have to put a jacket on at the end of July. But on Wednesday morning the temperature in Billings was only 66 degrees at 9 a.m., pretty unusual. The cool weather followed a couple of soaking rainstorms that were pretty localized, from what I hear, but we’ll take it — anything […]

Proposed North Shore Wildlife Management Area Draft EA


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) proposes to purchase approximately 189 acres of farmland and wetlands located along the north shore of Flathead Lake about 4.5 miles east of the community of Somers. Funding for the project would be provided by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) through MFWP’s fisheries mitigation program to help offset impacts […]

World Record Brown Trout Weighs in at Just Over 42 Pounds!


New Zealand angler Otwin Kandolf’s name has officially been entered into the International Game Fish Association’s (IGFA) record book for taking the biggest brown trout ever on a rod-and-reel—a 42-pound, 1 ounce monster! He originally thought it was a river rat similar to the one pictured below. An article from the Bay of Plenty Times explained how the […]

All the Fishing Slang Terms You Need to Know

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Have you ever heard somebody telling fishing stories, and they talk about the “toad” they caught?  Or maybe somebody was talking about the “mangler” that everybody tries to avoid, and you had no idea what they were talking about… Well, have you fear, you can now learn the latest fishing slang!  Here is a list […]

Bitterroot Bull Shot at 20 Yards — with a Phone Camera


Steve Manzanares, from Darby, snapped this shot from his phone while riding his 4 wheeler near his home in Darby.  It is a nice 6×6 bull elk, and although you might not be able to tell by the picture, it stood about 20 yards broadside–long enough for him to take this shot.  It’s good to see elk […]

Few Over-the-Counter and Surplus Hunting Licenses Available August 5


Hunters can buy over-the-counter antelope licenses and surplus licenses for deer B, elk B and antelope beginning Aug. 5, but in some areas very few licenses are available so they’re expected to go fast. Surplus licenses are those still remaining after Montana’s recent special hunting license drawings. The left-over licenses are sold on a first-come […]



BOZEMAN—Fish, Wildlife and Parks will now be imposing a full closure to fishing effective Wednesday, July 31, on the Lower Big Hole River, from Notch Bottom Fishing Access Site (southeast of Glen) to the mouth, until conditions improve. Flows have continued to drop on this stretch of the Big Hole already under daily restrictions limiting […]

FWP Will Prepare a New Draft EA for Noxon Walleye Project


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for a proposal to conduct a 6-year effort to investigate suppressing illegally introduced walleye in Noxon Reservoir using a variety of sampling gear and techniques. Based on the level of comment and questions, FWP will prepare a revised draft EA before […]

“Gone Fishin” Cupcakes for Every Angler


Show the angler in your life how special they are with some “Gone Fishin” cupcakes by Betty Crocker!  These are perfect for youth AND adult fisherpeeps!  What’s not to love??? Prep Time: 5 min * Total Time: 2 hr 31 min * Servings: 24 Ingredients: Cupcakes: 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® devil’s food cake mix […]

Yellowstone County Ducks Unlimited Banquet Scheduled for August 22nd


WHAT:  36th Annual Yellowstone County Ducks Unlimited Banquet WHEN: Thursday, August 22nd at 5:30pm WHERE: Billings Hotel and Convention Center For ticket information and table packages, please contact John or Beverly Wornom at 406.628.9328, or register online at  Buy your tickets today, and join the fun! (Cover photo courtesy of; Above photo:

Montana Mountain Lion Spotted Night Fishing


In case you missed it before, check out this mountain lion fishing footage FWP caught on camera: Montana anglers have some competition!  If you go out night fishing in Montana, make sure  you are aware of who…and what…you are competing with when you’re fishing. Here is a “rare look” at some footage that FWP got […]

Squirrel Tests Positive for Bubonic Plague Forcing Campground Closures


A squirrel tested positive for the Bubonic Plague at a California campsite, and there are now three reported campsite closures in the state.  According to a recent article at, here are a few statistics concerning the Bubonic Plague: This is the third positive test in the area since 2007 Campgrounds have been closed for […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 7.29.13


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 from 20 to 35 feet or by using worms and/or marshmallows from shore. A steady walleye bite continues throughout the reservoir. Fish from the south end to mid-reservoir […]

20 Year-Old Female Found After Reported Missing While Floating on Clark Fork River

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UPDATE:  Samantha French has been FOUND safe and sound at neighbor’s house according to the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office.   The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office just posted this bulletin on their Facebook page: Missing woman: Samantha French, 20-year-old female, was separated from her friends while tubing the Clark Fork River yesterday afternoon near Kona Ranch. […]