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Bison Range shortens visitor hours for fall Bison Range shortens visitor hours for fall

It seems as though summer just started, and already we’re heading towards the Labor Day weekend, with fall just around the corner from there. However, this does not signal the end of the fun at the National Bison Range, only the start of some changes in hours of operation. This is reflected in the Bison Range’s new fall hours, which start on Tuesday, Sept. 4.  The visitor center will be open daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. The scenic drives will be open from 6:30 a.m. to dark, with the actual closing time for the main gate changing frequently as the sun sets earlier every day.  Visitors will need to begin Red Sleep Mountain Drive by...


Hatchery spawns unusual albino trout

ARLEE — In spring 2009, the Jocko River Trout Hatchery got a colorful surprise after spawning roughly 250 albino trout. The last time this happened was in 1992. “It’s an indication that the stock is still good and variability is still strong,” said 25-year employee Ron Snyder. &ldq...


Kids enjoy blue skies, free flights Kids enjoy blue skies, free flights

POLSON — The sun shone on Saturday morning, and local pilots flew with young passengers ages 8 to 17 as part of the Young Eagle program. Brianna McGuinness was one of the Young Eagles. She enjoyed the flight and had questions for pilot Carmine Mowbray about the compass and magnetic north.  A...


Keeping count

Why does the turtle cross the road? While this sounds like a joke, it really isn’t. Hundreds of turtles are run over each year on U.S. Highway 93 south of Ronan. Painted turtles, the only native turtle species on the Flathead Reservation, cross the road because their nesting ponds are on the east...


Mack Days best ever, management efforts continue

BLUE BAY — Area anglers reeled in nearly 37,000 lake trout and more than $150,000 in prizes during the Spring Mack Days Tournament. “This past event was the best we’ve ever had for numbers and for people that were out there fishing,” said Cindy Bras-Benson, a fisheries specialist w...


Annual Buttercup Run draws hundreds

ARLEE — To the south, clouds hung low, skimming the treetops covering Evaro Hill. But the early afternoon sun pierced through the overcast sky, uncovering a brilliant blue sky and warm sun as runners from near and far flocked to the 2012 Buttercup Run in Arlee to bask in the spring day. “It wa...


Spring Mack Days gets underway

Anglers, the wait is over. The spring Mack Days fishing event returns March 16 for a two-month long season, which runs through May 20. More than 3,500 tagged lake trout worth up to $150,000 in cash and prizes will be available for fishermen. The fishing contest sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Koo...


Productive hatch keeps bird hunters out late in season

Pheasant and gray partridge hunting seasons wrapped up Jan. 1, and hunters continued to see success until the last days. According to Art Soukkala, who works with the Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation Division of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, he has been hearing positive reviews from...


Ice fishing heats up around Montana

With the winter season starting to turn around after a mild December, ice on many of the area’s smaller lakes is starting to thicken enough for ice fishing. Dick Zimmer, owner of Zimmer Tackle in Pablo, says the supposed La Niña winter hasn’t happened yet, but a cold November helped give a...


Low quota numbers extend wolf hunt

HELENA – Montana hunters now have the chance to continue hunting wolves until Feb. 15. The season was originally set to end on Dec. 31, but so far only 107 wolves of the 220 quota have been harvested. The harvest of only 66 percent with only two and a half weeks left in the current season forced Montan...


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