Hunters are Abandoning Some Parts of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, Turning their Attention Instead to Wolf-free States

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On the topic of wolves… The following article, posted on petersenshunting.com (shared with the Montana Outdoor Radio Show via Dennis Baxter), is a good read for anybody interested in wolf management in Montana and elsewhere: Things were pretty good the first year Drew Johnson and a group of friends hunted elk in Montana’s Gallatin National Forest. […]

Fourteen Year-Old Goes Deer Hunting and Bags first Bull

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Fourteen year-old Brett Traxler and his Dad went out mule deer hunting in HD 291, near Garrison, during Montana’s 2013 big game rifle season.  “We saw some good bucks on the drive, but I passed them up,” recalled Brett.  His Dad found a location that looked pretty promising for muleys, but after further investigation, they […]

Montana Outdoor Radio Show’s Own Christmas Poem

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T’was the night before Christmas and all through the state, Hunters were waiting to find out their fate, Would this be the year Santa brings them a tag? For that towering elk they wanted to bag, Fly fishermen were all nestled snug in their bed, Visions of bamboo rods danced in their head, Colonel Smoothbore […]

Congratulations to this Montana Hunter for her First Wall-Hanger Bull

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Congratulations to Alison Carrell of Great Falls for getting her first wall-hanger bull!  Here are the details in her own words: I got this 5×6 opening morning. He was down by 9:20am. He was a lone bull in a herd of 5 cows. They single filed through the trees, and I had about a square […]

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

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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 […]

Freak Elk Hunting Accident Leads to Paralysis for Teen Hunter

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There are a lot of good things to celebrate when you shoot an elk, but there are many things to be cautious of, too. A recent article posted on ktvb.com tells the story of a seventeen year-old hunter, Kevin Wayne Jr., that was recently paralyzed during a freak hunting accident in Washington state.  Apparently, to […]

You Might See Easton Corbin Hunting in Montana next Month

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Easton Corbin is a pretty big country singer these days and is best known for songs including “A Little More Country than That” and, more recently, “All Over the Road”.  Not only is he an A-list country singer, but, according to a recent interview with Field & Stream, he is quite the hunter, too! According […]

TWO Monster Bulls for ONE Family in ONE Season

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Apparently, British Columbia is the place to get a MONSTER trophy bull…or TWO! Last year, a Whitefish resident, also a Carroll College student, John Brus, bagged a 387 bull, while his Dad shot an even bigger 6×8 bull that scored a whopping 419.  According to the story posted on montanahunting.org, Brus said that the shot […]

Big Passion and Big Bulls

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Justin Field, from Frenchtown, is extremely passionate about wildlife and everything involved in the management of Montana’s wildlife populations.  He is an avid hunter and quite a successful hunter at that!  Among his many trophies from his time hunting, he is particularly proud of the 340-class bull (pictured below) that he got last year with […]

Elk Horns Area Hunter Bags Bull with Awesome Elk Horns

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Sam Whitney, from Turah, was one of Montana’s successful archery hunters this season.  He got his bull (pictured below) near the Elk Horns, not far from Helena, this past Saturday. Congratulations to you, Sam, from the Montana Outdoor Radio Show crew!  What a beauty! (Information via Berny Croy; Photo credit: Scott Allen)

Recapping Bruce Stell’s Elk Hunt of a Lifetime: Captain’s Column

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It started back in February, when Bruce Stell, from Missoula, who is a rifle hunter, decided that he wanted get back into bow hunting after 15 years. Stell is 67 years old and retired. For the next few months, he dedicated his time to focus on practicing with his bow. By late spring, Stell felt […]

Top Seven Out-of-State Bull Elk Racks this Season…So Far

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After seeing some AWESOME Montana elk pictures from this season so far, I realized how many equally awesome elk photos out-of-state elk hunters also have posted online with their successful hunts.  So, I narrowed down my list of awesome out-of-state bulls that I have seen to the top seven (because I just couldn’t narrow it down to […]

Elk Bowhunter Left with Two Dead Mountain Lions

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The following story was published on spokesman.com the day before yesterday (September 15th).  It is quite the mountain lion story that took place in Washington state.  It is also a good thing nothing went to waste.  Check this out: Bowhunter Prevails in Double Jeopardy With Cougars After taking cover and blowing cow elk calls Monday […]

Talking to Bulls–Practice Makes Perfect

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Elk bugling requires knowledge, skill and practice.  I have witnessed some incredibly amazing bugles, coming from hunters, that even sounded better than the actual bull bugles-ha. Everybody has their own tips and tricks on how to call in a bull, but a successful bugle ultimately comes down to sounding just like a bull, rather than […]

Montana Hunter Bags a 6×6 Bull His First Time Bowhunting!

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Bruce Stell, from Missoula, booked an elk bow hunting trip with Jack Billingsley Ranch Outtfitters in Eastern Montana. It was the first bow hunting trip that Stell, who is retired, had taken for elk.  In fact, this is the first year that he decided to take up bow hunting. It was a hunting trip that […]

Montana Hunter Bags a Big Bull with a Bow in the Big Hole

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We asked for your opening weekend of Montana bow hunting season success stories, and we got a really good one! It’s one thing to be successful on opening day of archery season in big sky country, but how about bagging an unofficially gross-scoring bull elk of 367 4/8 successful?  That is exactly what Randy Rowe, […]

Archery Season Big Bull Elk Quartered with 4-Inch Knife

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Kevin J. Nelson, of Billings, shot this 5×6 bull elk in the Missouri breaks, from 28 yards away, on September 14, 2012, almost exactly one year ago to the date.  He never got it professionally scored, but the massive elk is believed to be an approximate 275-280 bull. Nelson was hunting with his sister, Julie, […]