Hunters can get pretty philosophical when they don’t fill their elk tag. I think it’s a way to battle the disappointment. And without that introspection – and an attempt to derive some value from a long, tough hike in the mountains with a rifle – we hunters may not return the next year. After all, as Fish, Wildlife and Parks points out, only about 15 percent of all Montana elk hunters fill their tag. That means about 85 percent of us wapiti hunters have to be a bit philosophical, or at least endless optimists, to continue our annual quests. To read about my long-earned philosophy, check out my story in this week’s Billings Gazette at: http://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/recreation/.
And don’t forget, this year we have an extended shoulder season to hunt elk in a few districts in western and central Montana. So there’s even more time to ponder why you venture out into the woods in the cold and snow in pursuit of a wily prey animal like elk. Happy Thanksgiving Day weekend, and go Griz.
(Written by Brett French – Outdoors Editor for the Billings Gazette)
Montana Fishing Reports for 5/15/21
By Kamp Cook
FLY BY KNOT!!!
By Montana Grant
HOLEY WATERS FISHING REPORT! 5/15/21
Trevor Johnson with Kit’s Tackle sets new state record
Fishing on the Dock of the Bay
Casting fishing reports on Catchin the Big Ones
State inspectors intercept 18 boats fouled by aquatic invasive species
By Moosetrack Megan
Wolf Trapping Education Clinic and Certification Course in Kalispell on May 23
Application deadline extended for participants on Madison River Work Group
Big Snowy Mountains grizzly euthanized
Grizzly bear captured, moved from Avon area
New state record walleye
FISH N BEER!!!
Kokanee Egg Rolls Recipe
Flathead Valley Fishing Report by Snappy’s Sport Senter 5.11.21
30-inch walleye released
Random Facts about Wildlife/Nature – Part 3
It’s a Sundheim Big Walleye Week on Peck
Central to Eastern MT fishing report 5 11.21
Drawing results now available
Weather-permitting, South Entrance and select roads in Yellowstone National Park to open May 14
Random Facts about Nature/Wildlife – Part 2
Free Wolf Trapping Seminar and Wolf Trapping Certification Class May 23