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Mack Days draws 510 anglers, entries taken until end

The first weekend of the 2013 spring Mack Days fishing event ended with a total of 2,227 lake trout entered in the event, which is sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and sanctioned by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.  Friday was the best day for fishing during the first weekend. Anglers turned in 1,227 lake trout entries, which was a great first day for the event. Saturday the winds began, and fishing was tougher, with 822 lake trout entries. Blustery winds with chilling temperatures made the fishing on Sunday extremely challenging. A total of 178 entries were turned in on Sunday. The wind and waves continued throughout the day.  Mack Days ends May 19...


Pruning preps trees for better production

Pruning fruit trees is important to develop a strong, well-balanced framework to improve strength, give better shape, induce branching, and improve fruit quality. Lack of pruning causes trees to grow poorly and produce less fruit, while excessive pruning makes fruit trees susceptible to diseases, delays frui...


Some tribal lands closed for spring

The Tribal Wildland Recreation Program would like to remind the public of upcoming spring closures that are part of the 2013-14 fishing, bird hunting and recreation regulations.   The entire Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness Area is closed to all livestock use between March 1 and June 30. This spri...


Wildlife student seeks barn owl sightings

Kari Eneas, tribal wildlife biologist trainee and student at the University of Montana, is planning a research project and field study of barn owls in the Mission Valley. Eneas is a senior in the wildlife management program and will conduct a survey of barn owls as an independent study project. This project ...


Legislature expands wolf hunt Legislature expands wolf hunt

HELENA — Proving the wolf debate in Montana spans party lines, Montana legislators passed a bill that drastically changes Montana’s wolf hunt with nearly unanimous support in less than a week. Governor Bullock signed House Bill 73 into law Feb. 6.  House District 11 Rep. Greg Hertz said a...


Ice fishing season in full swing

Fishermen, On Jan. 23-24, my friend Steve Speckert and I made the trek to McGregor Lake to sample some early ice mackinaw fishing. We weren’t disappointed. Between the two of us, we figured we hooked and landed near 80 lakers. Even the smallest would be considered decent fish by most standards. Re...


Formulas helpful when determining pasture value

A new grazing season is at our doorstep. Now is the time to be considering your pasture and rangeland values, whether you are grazing them yourself or leasing it out. We can predict the amount of grass a cow will eat in a day (cattle graze 3 percent of their body weight each day) and from this starting po...


Mack Days might be over Mack Days might be over

After a 12-year run, the twice-annual fishing event aimed at reducing Flathead Lake’s lake trout population and increasing the native bull and cutthroat trout populations may be coming to an end.  A statement on the Mack Days website reads, “The prospects for future contests will be deter...


Warm weather trend easier on ranchers Warm weather trend easier on ranchers

MISSION VALLEY — While the world didn’t end along with the Ancient Mayan calendar, the year 2012 brought with it some interesting weather patterns, to say the least.  According to the National Oceaonographic and Atmospheric Association, 2012 was the ninth warmest year on record since 1880...


Jocko River Trout Hatchery spawns 2,000 albino trout Jocko River Trout Hatchery spawns 2,000 albino trout

ARLEE — The Jocko River Trout Hatchery in Arlee got a colorful surprise in the spring of 2009 when it spawned roughly 250 albino trout — an interesting and rare occurrence. According to hatchery employee Ron Snyder, the Arlee strain of rainbow trout genetics was created in the 1950s. Since the...


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