Weather and Elk Hunting: Captain’s Column (9.18.14)


Your garden and flowers may not have enjoyed the below freezing temperatures that Western Montana experienced last week, but if you’re an elk bow hunter you might have had a different perspective. Cooler weather and the end of a full moon will make bull elk more active. They begin to gather up cows and will […]

Elk Hunting and Trout Fishing: Captain’s Column (9.11.14)


The general archery season is underway and some hunters are finding success. Justin Bonomo, my hunting buddy from Forsyth, scored on opening day at 10am. Bonomo who is no stranger to success with his bow knocked down a nice 6×6 bull with a 40 yard shot while he was hunting with Burke Ranch Outfitters. The […]

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


On the topic of wolves… The following article, posted on (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


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 […]

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 […]

Freak Elk Hunting Accident Leads to Paralysis for Teen Hunter


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 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


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

John and his father

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, Brus said that the shot […]

Big Passion and Big Bulls


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


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


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


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


The following story was published on 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 […]