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Plan carefully when starting seeds

Soon, many gardeners will consider starting vegetables for transplants. Experts agree that the ideal vegetable transplants should be stocky, have good color, are disease-free and at the proper stage of development for best growth when set in the garden. Ideally, the best place to grow vegetable plants is in a greenhouse equipped with automatic controls for heating and ventilating. It is possible, though more difficult, to grow vegetable transplants indoors if you do not have a greenhouse. The best place to grow vegetable transplants indoors, if you are depending on sunshine as the only source of light, would be in a large window facing south or southwest. This should be in a room where i...


Backcountry horsemen’s annual ‘steak ride’ celebrates 32 years

DAYTON — When planning our first “steak ride” in 1981, we surely did not think we would still be meeting on the first Sunday in May in 2013. Sunday, May 5, will mark the 32nd anniversary of Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen’s annual “steak ride.” Participants can cou...


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 weeken...


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...


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