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Deer, elk, antelope application deadline is June 1

If you haven't already shipped in your applications for special deer and elk permits or antelope hunting licenses, remember that the deadline of June 1 is fast approaching.

May 28, 2010 12:59 pmLoading…

Fishing report: Cool, wet weather dampens anglers’ prospects

Cool, wet weather has kept most fishermen off the water over the past week. But given some sun and warm days, lakes appear to be primed for good fishing.

May 27, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Prepare for a fast float on the Bighorn River

If you're headed to the Bighorn River at Fort Smith for a Memorial Day weekend of fishing, get ready for some quick floats.  Flows are rising once again in the blue-ribbon trout water.

May 26, 2010 11:18 amLoading…

Paddlefish harvest season to end at Intake Wednesday

The paddlefish harvest season on the lower Missouri and Yellowstone rivers of Montana, including Intake Fishing Access site below Glendive, will close at 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 26.

May 25, 2010 2:50 pmLoading…

Be prepared for mud, crowds at Tongue River Reservoir

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the time to head to Tongue River Reservoir to get in on the big crappie bite.  But, the bite has been developing slowly this year, according to Bob Peterson, Tongue River Reservoir State Park manager.

May 25, 2010 10:01 amLoading…

Flows on the Bighorn River rising again

With rains falling and snow hitting the high country, flows through Yellowtail Dam for the Bighorn River are rising again.

May 24, 2010 6:05 pmLoading…
Getting closer to launching level at Crooked Creek

Getting closer to launching level at Crooked Creek

John Daggett, operations project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Peck Reservoir, said the lake level is inching closer to making the boat ramp at Crooked Creek usable.

May 21, 2010 2:57 pm Photos

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Water on rise means waiting begins for anglers

The good spring fishing for rivers and streams is going the way of high, muddy flows as warm days are sparking snowmelt in the mountains.

May 20, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Minnesota family racks up $50,000 in Montana hunting violations

Minnesota family racks up $50,000 in Montana hunting violations

Ron Selden, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks information officer in Glasgow, reported on rather complicated wildlife bust in southern Phillips County that resulted in $50,000 in fines and restitution against  members of a Minnesota family for illegal baiting of big game animals, hunting with…

May 18, 2010 9:14 pm Photos

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Bite on west end of Fort Peck turning on

Bite on west end of Fort Peck turning on

Got an e-mail today from Bernie Hildebrand, who guides out of Hell Creek, that the bite has begun to turn on for anglers on the west end of Fort Peck Reservoir. 

May 17, 2010 1:01 pm Photos

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Upper Missouri paddlefish season comes to an end

The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission agreed to close the 2010 paddlefish harvest season on the Upper Missouri River section from Fort Benton to Fort Peck Dam at 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, 2010.

May 15, 2010 3:19 pmLoading…
Yup, bargain fly rod pike is a North American record

Yup, bargain fly rod pike is a North American record

The National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, at Hayward, Wis., has verified that Ivan Keeney's 29.7-pound northern pike is the North American record in the fly-fishing category for 15-pound test line.

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Deer seasons change in northeastern Wyoming

Deer seasons change in northeastern Wyoming

This is just in from Warren Mischke, information officer for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department at Sheridan:

May 15, 2010 8:32 amLoading…

North Dakota closes catch-and-keep paddlefish season

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department announced Friday that the state's 2010 paddlefish snagging season on the Missouri River will be closed to any additional harvest effective at 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time, Saturday, May 15, to protect the paddlefish population.

May 14, 2010 1:22 pmLoading…

Still more flow bumps on the Bighorn

Two more upward bumps in flows on the Bighorn River below Yellowtail Dam have been announced by the Bureau of Reclamation.

May 14, 2010 1:13 pmLoading…
Some nice paddlefish caught on the Missouri

Some nice paddlefish caught on the Missouri

With high flows on the Missouri River, anglers are snagging paddlefish above and below the Fred Robinson Bridge, north of Grass Range.   Among the successful snaggers were Frankie and Glenn Siroky, of Roy.

May 14, 2010 10:53 am Photos

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And the Bighorn is rising again

 Bighorn River flows are going up one more time. 

May 14, 2010 9:34 amLoading…

Fishing report: Anglers continue to find eager bites from rainbows

Rainbow trout continue to bite well on the rivers and reservoirs of Montana. How long will the good fishing remain? It’s all a matter of weather.

May 13, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: Here’s your primer on elk antlers

Outdoors just for kids: Here’s your primer on elk antlers

John Novotny passed this item along which he received in a mailing from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. According to the RMEF, here are 10 things to know about elk antlers.

May 12, 2010 6:16 pm Related Loading…

Bighorn River flows are on the rise again

Flows down the Bighorn River in Montana are rising again as spring rains and snows are improving the projected water situation of Wyoming and flows from upriver dams are on the rise.

May 12, 2010 3:39 pmLoading…

Sportsmen Organization Awareness Day at Big Bear

Big Bear Sports Center will be holding a "Sportsmen Organization Awareness Day" at its store at 2618 King Ave. in Billings from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 15.  It's a great opportunity to see what outdoor sportsmen are doing to help their particular sports.

May 12, 2010 12:36 pmLoading…

Saco Shootists plan two cowboy shoots

The Saco Shootist Society is planning two cowboy shoots. The first is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, and the second is June 12-13. Both shoots are at the Saco Range and start at 10 a.m.

May 12, 2010 12:08 pmLoading…
Adame, Green win Yellowstone Catfish Challenge

Adame, Green win Yellowstone Catfish Challenge

Art Adame and Larry Green show off part of their championship stringer in winning the Yellowstone Catfish Challenge over the weekend.  The pair weighed in 30.45 pounds to win their second challenge in a row on the Yellowstone River.

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Some good info on hunting at high altitudes

The Colorado Department of Wildlife provides some good information on Hunting High Altitudes as part of its Elk Hunting University course on the Internet.

May 10, 2010 6:20 pmLoading…
Canyon Ferry decision is no decision at all

Canyon Ferry decision is no decision at all

This is a very strange deal.  Faced with a decision in March on the 10-year fisheries management plan for walleyes in Canyon Ferry Reservoir, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission asked FWP fisheries personnel to gather more public comment to see what fishermen preferred. 

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Fishing report: Wind whips anglers’ attempts to get on water

Wind, wind and more wind is plaguing anglers as they have tried to test the waters around Montana in the past week.

May 06, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

How windy was it? Well......

Whew! What a windy day it was across Montana. How windy was it? Well…..

May 04, 2010 5:29 pmLoading…
New state record paddlefish in North Dakota

New state record paddlefish in North Dakota

A 16-year-old angler from Rapid City, S.D., caught the new North Dakota record paddlefish Sunday while fishing near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers.

May 03, 2010 2:42 pmLoading…
Covering great outdoors is just matter of perspective

Covering great outdoors is just matter of perspective

One of the really good things about being an outdoor writer is that you get to tag along with some really good hunters and fishermen, learn from them and write about what they do.

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A $21 fly rod leads to 29.7-pound pike

A $21 fly rod leads to 29.7-pound pike

John Fraley, information officer for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Kalispell, tells the story of a fairytale-like fishing adventure for a local angler who wanted to learn fly fishing.

May 01, 2010 4:08 pmLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: Rock your knowledge of robins

Outdoors just for kids: Rock your knowledge of robins

If you’re interested in birds, you can learn a lot about them at the Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology website at www.birds.cornell.edu, including hearing their songs.

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Fishing report: Caddis hatch begins, but other factors are key

The Mother’s Day caddis hatch has begun on the Yellowstone River in the Livingston area, but it will be up to the weather and water conditions to determine how good the fishing might be.

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Trail camera leads to bust of Oregon men

Here's a story from Idaho Fish and Game about how a trail camera found at an illegal bear bait led to the discovery of multiple violations against two Oregon men:

April 28, 2010 10:13 amLoading…

Colorado releases mountain lion safety video

The Colorado Division of Wildlife has released a new video called "Mountain Lion Safety."  With more and more lion sightings in the state, the video aims to educate residents and visitors about how to be safe in mountain lion country.

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Outdoors just for kids: Tread lightly where trout spawn

Outdoors just for kids: Tread lightly where trout spawn

It’s getting to be the time of year to step carefully when you wade a trout stream. Keep your eyes open and take a minute to scan the gravel before you wade through shallow riffles.

April 22, 2010 12:15 am Related Loading…

Fishing Report: All we need is some more sun

It’s time to do some praying for gentle breezes, bright sun and a steady rise in water temperatures on Montana’s lakes and reservoirs.

April 22, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Canyon Ferry crews seeing plenty of walleyes

Canyon Ferry crews seeing plenty of walleyes

A long stretch of beautiful spring weather is helping Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks personnel and volunteers to a very successful walleye netting operation on Canyon Ferry Reservoir.  And, they're seeing some great fish.

April 21, 2010 2:28 pmLoading…

Collared wolf sighted southeast of Broadus

Remember back in the 1990s when the wolf advocates were saying that there was plenty of room in Yellowstone National Park for wolves to roam around.  We'd just have wolves in the park.  Wasn't that a hoot?    Anyone who had looked even casually into the life history of wolves knew they'd wan…

April 21, 2010 1:29 amLoading…

Billings man convicted in bighorn sheep SuperTag case

This just came in from Ron Selden, information officer for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks at Glasgow:

April 15, 2010 4:34 pmLoading…

Rivers inviting for trout anglers

Ice is off most reservoirs across Montana, and rivers are running low and relatively clear and are inviting trout fishermen on their first trips of spring.

April 15, 2010 12:00 am Related

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Outdoors just for kids: For those who love casting about for channel cats, now is the time

Outdoors just for kids: For those who love casting about for channel cats, now is the time

Channel catfish anglers have been having some great luck lately while fishing the waters of the lower Yellowstone and Missouri rivers.

April 15, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Fort Peck Reservoir officially ice-free

Fort Peck Reservoir officially ice-free

It's official.  Fort Peck Reservoir is free of its coating of winter ice.

April 14, 2010 1:16 pmLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: Stow away some extra clothing for those spring fishing trips

Outdoors just for kids: Stow away some extra clothing for those spring fishing trips

It’s that time of year when you never really know what the weather is going to throw at you, even if you do study the weather forecasts before you go.

April 08, 2010 12:15 am Related Loading…

With new law, FWP getting tough on vandalism

This just came in from Mel Frost, information officer for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks at Bozeman.  It looks like the new vandalism law is working well to let vandals know their actions won't go unpunished.

April 07, 2010 3:08 pmLoading…
More water needed for Crooked Creek boat ramp

More water needed for Crooked Creek boat ramp

Rusty Clave sent an e-mail and photos that he took Sunday at the Crooked Creek boat ramp at the far western end of Fort Peck Reservoir.

April 06, 2010 11:10 amLoading…

Don't take your felt-soled waders to Alaska

If you're planning on heading to Alaska to do some fishing (or plan to pack your waders along on a hunting trip), you need to be aware that the the Alaska Board of Fisheries voted unanimously Friday to ban felt-soled waders in the state.

April 02, 2010 1:53 pmLoading…
Montana Outdoors: Wildlife officials tout side benefit — dishes will also do work of shade trees

Montana Outdoors: Wildlife officials tout side benefit — dishes will also do work of shade trees

A new plan being developed by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will put large satellite dishes at each camp pad in the state park system in Eastern Montana as part of a federal stimulus funding project for the agency.

April 01, 2010 12:15 amLoading…
Some nice catfish from the Yellowstone River

Some nice catfish from the Yellowstone River

Catfish have been biting in the Yellowstone River from Billings downriver.  Jim Pickens e-mailed this picture of his nephew Cory Pickens and Cory's son Sutton with some really nice catfish they caught last weekend using cut bait.

March 30, 2010 12:41 amLoading…

FWP decides against float permits for Blackfoot

This is just in from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks:

March 23, 2010 5:23 pmLoading…

Some open water for boat anglers

Ice still rules on most reservoirs across Montana, but there are a couple of opportunities for anglers to launch a boat and do some fishing.

March 19, 2010 5:42 pmLoading…

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