When All Hail Breaks Out: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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With the Fourth of July falling on a Thursday last week, it was the perfect opportunity to string together four days off and launch my old holey raft on several of Montana’s great waters. We started off with a float down the Stillwater River, from Jeffrey’s Landing to Columbus. The flow was perfect for some […]

Discovering the Discovery Center: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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(photo courtesy of Brett French)   I’ve been to Yellowstone National Park and West Yellowstone numerous times, but it wasn’t until last weekend that I took the time to stop in at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone. I’d always put off going in thinking I didn’t really care to see caged […]

Spey Casting Attracts Montana Anglers: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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(photo courtesy of christopherrownes.com)   If you’ve seen some fly anglers toting or casting some unusually long rods, you might have wondered what they were up to. The long, two-handed rods are used to spey fish, a technique developed in the 1800s in Scotland. The longer rods and unusual casts help anglers fish bigger rivers […]

Bill would Limit FWP Land Purchases, Easements: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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(photo courtesy of prweb.com) A bill passed by the Senate last week and headed for the House would not allow the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to purchase any more land. House Bill 5, which contains funding for many of the state’s building projects, would only allow the agency to spend Habitat Montana money […]

FWP and Montana Landowners Relationship in ‘Crisis’: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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(Photo courtesy of www.landsofmontana.com) A bill advanced in the Senate Fish and Game Committee on Tuesday that would commission a study of the relationship between Montana landowners and the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The Environmental Quality Council would undertake the study if House Bill 298 is passed by the Legislature. The committee amended […]

Bighorn Brown Trout Boom: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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Brown trout numbers have soared on the Bighorn River in south-central Montana, thanks to previous wet years.  According to the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, surveys conducted last year on the upper river showed it held about 8,000 fish per mile.  That figure includes about 2,900 brown trout 9 inches or larger per mile […]

A Fee Hike in Your Future? – Brett French Radio Show Preview

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A bill is working its way through the Senate that would have the Environmental Quality Council study the makeup of Montana’s fishing and hunting license structure and the fees charged for resident and nonresident hunters and anglers. House Bill 609 has already passed the House and met no opposition in a recent Senate finance committee […]

Come on and Take a Freeride: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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If you want to see some insane skiing, dramatic jumps and spine-twisting falls, then watch freeride skiers when they compete. I had a chance last week when freeride skiers competed at Moonlight Basin in the Subaru Freeride Series. The men and women were skiing down the steep, rocky Headwaters bowl on the mountain that abuts […]

Bridger Bowl Plans to Install Two New Lifts this Summer: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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Bridger Bowl ski area, located about 15 miles northeast of Bozeman, announced that it would add two new three-person chairs to replace the current Alpine lift. The chairs would be installed this summer and operating by the opener next season. The current Riblet chair being replaced has been in service since 1967. The two new lifts, […]

Fort Peck Fish Should be Greedy-Brett French Radio Show Preview

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Anglers at Fort Peck Reservoir should have an opportunity to catch more fish this year since northern pike numbers are at an all-time high and walleye have a strong 5-year-old age class. Heath Headley, Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologist, made the prediction based on the drop in forage fish. With fewer small fish for […]

Book and Brew, or How About a Bill? – Brett French Radio Show Preview

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On a cold winter’s day, it’s sometimes nice to hunker down with a book next to the fire while sipping a hot toddy. With that in mind, I’ve got a couple of recommendations for winter reading material as well as drink selections. Topping my list is Jack Atcheson Sr.’s new book “Real Hunting & Campfire […]

Count On Hunters And Anglers: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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A recently released survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (http://www.census.gov/prod/2012pubs/fhw11-nat.pdf) shows that the number of hunters and anglers has risen since the last survey was done in 2006. It’s most recent analysis showed that the number of hunters and anglers age 16 and older rose from 33.9 million in 2006 to 37.4 million […]

Beartooth Mountain Lakes Mystery: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologists are trying to figure out why three lakes along the Beartooth Highway seem to be holding very few of the rainbow and Yellowstone cutthroat trout that are planted each year. On Beartooth, Long and Island lakes, the department plants thousands of fish every year – 5,400 on Beartooth Lake […]

Looking Ahead to Snow Sports: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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Beartooth Powder Guides (www.beartoothpowder.com) is a new business starting up in Cooke City that will cater to backcountry and cross-country skiers as well as snowmobilers this winter. In addition to offering a guide service, founder Ben Zavora will also provide two lodging options. One is a backcountry cabin available to skiers and snowshoers about 2.5 […]

Insight on State Fisheries Management: Brett French Preview

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The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks has been holding meetings across the state this week to discuss its new draft Statewide Fisheries Management Plan. The 479-page document provides insight into rivers, lakes and streams across the state, the fish species that live there, and how the state plans to manage for the fish.

Weed Management of Eurasian Watermilfoil: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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There’s a aquatic invader quietly taking over the back bays of Fort Peck Reservoir — Eurasian watermilfoil. The plant, first discovered in the Dredge Cuts below the dam in 2010, has now spread across the 134-mile reservoir. Last month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers applied herbicide at three test sites on the lake and […]

Backcountry Learning: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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Here is a short preview for the Montana Outdoor Radio Show, from Brett French, Outdoor Editor for the Billings Gazette: Last weekend while backpacking in the Beartooth Mountains it was re-emphasized to me that folks venturing into the woods need a few key skills before traveling. I saw two groups, back to back, that were […]