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Bowhunter education class offered

POLSON — The first bowhunter education class of 2013 in Lake County is scheduled for April 16, 18 and 20. That’s Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and Saturday is a field course from 8 a.m. to noon. The evening classes will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 409 Fourth Ave. in Polson, adjacent to Linderman School. Students will be given directions to the field course location Thursday evening. There is no cost for the class. Students can sign up on the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website at, and click on the “education” tab, or at the following address: Students are encoura...

Montana sees first wolf population decrease since 2004

HELENA — This year’s wolf hunt saw the largest take in the hunt’s short history. According to a press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the minimum number of wolves in Montana at the end of 2012 was 625 wolves in 147 packs and 37 breeding pairs — a population decrease ...

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 ...

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...

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