MISSOULA – Imagine facing a cold Montana winter without the proper clothing. Sadly, many of our neighbors do just that. Whether it’s because of ill-fitting clothing, old and worn boots, or just insufficient layers, many families need help staying warm. Answering this need is Bob Ward and Sons Sporting Goods and their clothing vendor partner, […]

Hunters Help to Fight Hunger: Brett French Radio Show Preview


The numbers are pretty staggering. The Billings Food Bank supplies about 15,000 to 20,000 pounds of meat to needy folks in south-central Montana a year. The National Shooting Sports Foundation said hunters donated nearly 2.8 million pounds of game meat to food pantries across the United States in 2011. Last year, the Montana Food Bank […]

Best Hunting and Fishing Themed Jack-o-Lanterns!


Looking for ideas or patterns for this year’s jack-o-lantern? Try a hunting or fishing theme. These outdoor enthusiasts came up with some pretty clever pumpkins. Every year Field and Stream magazine holds a pumpkin carving photo contest. To enter for this year’s contest find a pumpkin, carve it up, snap a photo, and enter it […]

Man Catches Photos of Lion that Has Its Eye on his Kids Playing

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It was a typical winter evening a few years ago in Spooner, Wisconsin for this family…until they realized they were being watched. According to, a mountain lion was creeping around the deck, watching the kids play on the floor of the kitchen.  The childrens’ father snapped the pictures below of their not-so-stealthy guest before […]

The Late Charlton Heston’s Great Gun Collection

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The late Charlton Heston, who passed away back in April of 2008, was considered a “jack of all trades”, and he was also quite the gun collector.  The following mini-bio was taken from, and it is a great short summary of his life–but, wait till you see his gun room! The late and great […]

Hunting, Hunting, and More Hunting: Captain’s Column


My expectations were high this past weekend during the opening of deer and elk rifle season, but in the end the results I experienced were probably to be expected. The nice weather, not my effort, last weekend helped keep me elk-less as KC Kloppel from Missoula and Jim Swanson from Sheridan Montana joined me for […]

Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 10.28.13

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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 and some days wind can be a big factor. Keep an eye on the weather while you are out there and stay safe. […]

“Close Only Counts in Horsehsoes” by Trevor Johnson of Kit’s Tackle


So as embarrassing as it is to admit, it was the day before the rifle opener and we were just sighting the cannons in. We had shot them a couple months previous for backcountry rifle, but wanted to be darn sure and do some fine tuning. We shoot larger calibers rifles than the average hunter, […]

Have EWE Ever Archery Hunted Bighorn Sheep? This Hunter Has!


Mike Prescott, of Missoula, recently drew a ewe tag for the Rock Creek drainage and he had a pretty interesting adventure during his successful ewe hunt! Here’s the full story in his words: I drew a ewe tag for the rock creek drainage and started knocking on doors in late August. The sheep in the […]

Deer Disintegrates on Impact after being Hit by a Car at 140mph


Remember when Montana didn’t have a speed limit?  I’m sure you do, as it wasn’t really that long ago. I remember being so disappointed when that happened, but I wonder how many vehicle/deer collisions the speed limit has prevented. Well, there was a driver on the Autobahn, Germany, cruising in his BMW Z4 at 140 […]

Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In HD’s in Several Regions


The hunting of mountain lions in several Montana hunting districts will close at one-half hour after sunset on date specified below. The hunting districts are: Closed To All Mountain Lions: HD 140 – which includes portions of Flathead County – closes Wed., Oct. 30, 2013 HD 310, 311, 360, 361 & 362 – which includes […]

Recipe: Creamy Bacon Macaroni and Cheese with Pheasant


In my household, macaroni and cheese is always on top of the list of requests for dinner…and lunch…and even sometimes breakfast, so I’m always looking for ways to change up the recipe.  I recently came across the following recipe that is PERFECT for bird hunters, as it calls for pheasant meat to be added…oh, and […]

Attention Hunters: Peta Now Has Drones Watching Us


Peta is on a mission.  They are on a mission via the sky, and they are looking for hunters via drones that they refer to as “air angels”, according to a recent article on their website.  Apparently, they tested out their first drone on Massachusett’s opening day of archery season, but what are they looking […]

Persistence Pays Off–300-Inch Montana Archery Bull Elk Hunt


When you shoot an animal, you track it.  As ethical hunters, we don’t give up just because we are tired or because we didn’t see which direction the animal went–we keep looking until we find it.  This hunter, Parker, shot a 300-inch bull with his bow and tracked the trophy elk until he found him, […]

Female Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In Districts 318 & 350


The hunting of female mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 318 and 350, in portions of Jefferson and Silver Bow counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The closure notice for the hunt came shortly after Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials received word that the pre-established harvest sub-quota […]