Spring Turkey Success: Captain’s Column (4.17.14)


Last Saturday turkey hunters headed out to celebrate the opening of the 2014 spring turkey season in Montana. It was a beautiful sunshine morning, and, according to some reports that I received, the turkeys were out and going nuts. Shawn Plakke and his son, Orion, from Superior were two of those hunters enjoying the hunt. […]

It’s Banquet Time: Captain’s Column (3.27.14)


Montana sportsman and women support many fund raising banquets each year. I think you will agree there is no shortage of events and gatherings that hunters, anglers and shooting enthusiast can place their hard earned money. The non- profit organizations that put on these banquets are driven and supported by many local volunteers putting in […]

Spring into the Weekend at the Great Rockies Sportshow: Captain’s Column (3.20.14)


The spring-like temperatures are a sure sign that spring has been here for a week or so, although today is the first official day of spring. Spring begins with the vernal equinox this morning March 20 at 10:57am according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Yet another sure sign that spring is here is the arrival […]

Effects of Weather on Fishing: Captain’s Column 3.13.14

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The weather this week in Western Montana is still in the news with higher daytime temperatures melting snow and turning precipitaton to rain instead of snow in the valleys. Because of this, the fishing reports are coming in a little slow. Remember your 2014 Montana Fishing License is needed to fish Montana waters. This time […]

“I Can’t Remember When It’s Been This Bad”: Captain’s Column 3.6.14


“I can’t remember when it has been this bad”, was the comment I have heard more than once about last weekend”s storm from some of my friends who have lived in Missoula all of their life. I would have to agree that the mixture of snow and wind that Western Montana received would be hard […]

Changes Are on the Calendar for Trappers and Anglers: Captain’s Column (2.27.14)


Changes are on the calendar for trappers and anglers this coming Saturday. The wolf trapping season ends Friday February 28th. As of Monday 83 wolves have been successfully trapped in Montana. Hunters have taken 138 wolves so that brings the total wolf harvest to 221 since the wolf season began last year. Montana wolf trapping […]

Promoting and Preserving Wildlife for Future Generations–Together: Captain’s Column (2.19.14)


Wildlife conservation groups do their best to promote and preserve wildlife for future generations. When two of the groups join together it can result in something special for Missoula area youth. That’s what is going to happen at the end of this month as Montana Wild Sheep Foundation (MTWSF) and Boone and Crocket Club do […]

What a Difference a Week Makes: Captain’s Column (2.6.14)


What a difference a week makes. Last week I wrote about my experience fishing in a boat below Canyon Ferry Dam on Hauser Reservoir. Well, this week, ice fishing takes the spotlight as western Montana is once again back to a winter weather normal with single digit high temperatures during the day and below zero […]

Be Careful on the Ice: The Captain’s Column


I traveled to Billings last week to participate in the Great Rockies Sport Show. The annual show was held at the Metra Park complex, and we had a good crowd to promote our statewide Montana Outdoor Radio Show and popular hunting and fishing web site www.montanaoutdoor.com too! The three day hunting and fishing expo is […]

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


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 […]

Fishing in the Northwest: Captain’s Column

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Hunting is in full swing whether you are a waterfowl, pheasant, antelope, deer, elk or wolf hunter. Hunting presents quite few opportunities but reports that I have received indicate anglers are still out there having some fun. I spoke with the Mountain Man John Perry the local outfitter out of the Rock Creek area and […]

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 […]