Bison Opponents, Proponents Craft Compromises: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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Back to back meetings in Billings on Monday and Tuesday helped the Bison Discussion Group craft five alternatives, including a no-action alternative, for consideration by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. FWP is expected to release a draft environmental impact statement by this fall, followed by a 90 day comment period. Under consideration is releasing a group of bison as a […]

Knobby Tire Nirvana: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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Park City, Utah, may seem like a long haul from Montana, but it contains some of the best mountain biking in the country, bolstered by a wide variety of ski lift-served terrain. Even I, in spite of my advanced age, managed to fly down some fun single-track trails without falling off my bike … most of the […]

New Trail Honors Deceased Outdoorsman: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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It’s not often that new trails get built in the woods of Montana. The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management have enough work maintaining the existing trails, let alone adding more. So the fact that volunteers cooperated with federal and state agencies to get a new, albeit short, trail built to access a section […]

One Fly, One Lure, One Place: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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Anglers around the state were asked to pick a favorite lure or fly and a top place to fish in this week’s Billings Gazette Outdoors section, and it’s no surprise that Fort Peck Reservoir was one of the most mentioned places. Techniques may differ, but for anglers looking for variety and big fish, Fort Peck draws anglers from […]

Have a Wet and Wild Weekend: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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Happy Father’s Day weekend everyone. Hopefully the weather stays nice so folks can get out and do something fun. One suggestion is to take a whitewater rafting trip. The water is at the perfect level right now for a thrill ride down rivers like the upper Yellowstone, Gallatin, Stillwater, the Alberton Gorge on the Clarks […]

Crooked Creek: Where the Musselshell Meets the Missouri (Brett French Radio Show Preview)

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A recent trip to the Crooked Creek recreation area was the realization of a long-held dream. OK, so most people may not think of Crooked Creek as dream worthy. After all, there’s a huge, shallow mudflat where the Musselshell River meets the Missouri in this remote part of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, about 50 miles north of […]

Arctic Grayling Populations Boosted through Study in Centennial Valley: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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Lake-dwelling Arctic grayling are getting a little help from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks inMontana’s Centennial Valley. The fish are the last remaining natural population of adfluvial grayling in Montana, although their eggs have been spawned and the fry released in about 30 other lakes in the state. […]

Canyon Ferry’s Predacious Pike: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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Readers of the Montana Outdoor Radio Show website have seen the photos of the huge pike that have been pulled out of Canyon Ferry Reservoir by Fish Wildlife and Parks’ fishery crews this spring. They have been huge! Yet the lake never stocked pike and has worked to remove the fish from the lake. The […]

Tongue River Reservoir is Full of Crappie: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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Tongue River Reservoir still holds the Montana record for biggest black crappie. Could that fall this year? Well, according to Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks fisheries manager Mike Backes, surveys of crappie in the popular south-central Montana reservoir last fall showed some fat fish. So even if the state record doesn’t fall, anglers have a good chance to catch […]

Setting the Story Straight: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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It’s always surprising when one story can be told so differently by so many people. Such is the case with the tale of Margaret McDonald and the large grizzly bear she shot back in 1964. Two weeks ago, The Gazette published one version, and ever since I have heard from other people telling slightly different […]

You Think You’re Cold? – Brett French Radio Show Preview

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You think you’re cold? Try living in a travel trailer at 9,000 feet in the Beartooth Mountains in the winter. That’s what Patrick Cross and Jake Kay are doing as they conduct research on red foxes this winter. The trailer is actually a pretty nice refuge from the cold, wind and snow, despite the fact that […]

Adventures in Winter Ecology: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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What do you call the air space between the snow and the ground? It’s the subnivian space. That’s one of the things I learned while visiting the Bohart Ranch Cross Country Ski Area, located about 16 miles northeast of Bozeman, last week.The ranch has a great winter program for area schoolchildren that blends Nordic skiing […]

Jig’s Success Crimps Father-Son Team’s Fishing Time: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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The father and son team of Kit and Trevor Johnson of Helena have proven the effectiveness of their Glass Minnow jigs time and time again with photos, videos and testimonials from their clients. The duo have been so successful in making and marketing the Kit’s Tackle jigs that they now have less time for fishing […]

Hunter and Angler Numbers on the Rise: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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Hunter and angler numbers have risen in recent years, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s survey, but do you wonder why? Maybe not so surprisingly, part of the reason is because of the poor economy. When things were bad, folks who were unemployed or underemployed had more time to go fishing and hunting. […]

A Little Bit of Luck, A Little Bit of Skill: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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After 40 years of hunting, it’s easy to assume that maybe I’ve developed some skills, that maybe I know what I’m doing. But wildlife continually surprise me, acting in unexpected ways. That was the case this fall when I was trying to fill my A tag. My friend and I had decided we would try […]

Shooting Star: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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Former Billings resident and Olympian Pat Spurgin Pitney will be inaugurated into the USA Shooting Hall of Fame on Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colo. She joins two other Montanans in the hall, Lones Wigger and John Foster. She was coached in her early years by Billings resident and former All Air Force International Shooting Team […]

State Studying Complicated Hunting License Fee Structure: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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Two state groups have been busy this summer studying Montana’s hunting license fees and comparing those to what other states charge. In an examination of 12 surrounding western states, not including California but including Nebraska, Montana residents paid the lowest fees for deer and elk licenses while nonresidents paid some of the highest fees to […]

Building Pallid Passage on the Yellowstone: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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For more than a decade, state and federal officials have been working to figure out a way to provide wild pallid sturgeon passage at Intake Dam on the Yellowstone River. Two years ago, the Army Corps of Engineers helped build a new irrigation headworks above the dam that includes huge fish screens that could halt […]

Slow Rebound for Antelope: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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Antelope populations are slowly bouncing back in northeastern Montana following the harsh winter of 2010-11 that killed off an estimated 70 percent of the herds in that area. The gains are incremental though, with fawn-to-doe ratios still lower than what biologists would like to see. Ideally, fawn-to-doe ratios of 80 fawns per 100 does are […]

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 […]