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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, when annual temperatures were first recorded. All 10 of the top 10 warmest years on record fall within the last 15 years. While much of Montana saw rain and 40-degree days leading up to Christmas, many southern states had an unusually white Christmas with several inches of snow.  A national drought followed by monsoon-like rain and flooding crippled much of the Midwest&rsquo...


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...


Ice thick enough for fishing on some area lakes

Fishermen, I’ve been getting multiple calls from fishermen wanting to know the state of the ice locally. This is what I know as of yesterday when I intended to check out Kicking Horse Reservoir, Crow Reservoir, Turtle Lake and the East Bay of Polson Bay. I only made it as far as Kicking Horse and ...


Whitetail population up, wolf harvest down Whitetail population up, wolf harvest down

As the 2012 hunting season drew to a close, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials were hopeful that whitetail deer populations may be on the rise.  “We’re cautiously optimistic that the whitetail deer population is increasing again in our area of northwest Montana,” said FWP co...


Christmas tree cutting on national forest land a holiday treat Christmas tree cutting on national forest land a holiday treat

Western Montana’s abundant fir, spruce and pine trees in the Flathead and Lolo National Forests provide a great opportunity to cut your own Christmas tree this season. A short scenic drive, a sharp saw, some twine and a $5 permit are all that’s necessary. The permit is required for each tree t...


Polson’s bridge a fishing hot spot Polson’s bridge a fishing hot spot

Fishermen, I’ve become enamored with the fishing around the Armed Forces Memorial Bridge in Polson. The late spring, summer and early fall offer fishing for bait fish by the ton. The same abundant food source that draws the bait fish in warm conditions draws lake trout and whitefish in cold condit...


Experience wonder of winter at bison range Experience wonder of winter at bison range

MOEISE — Winter weather will soon do its best to keep us indoors where it is cozy and warm. But after the heat of the summer, the cold can invigorate and inspire us. Nothing beats fresh air, beautiful scenery, and great wildlife viewing to get everyone out of doors. Wildlife typically are more active d...


Top Mack Days angler tallies 1,111 fish Top Mack Days angler tallies 1,111 fish

Fall Mack Days ended after a grueling last week of the event’s 28 days. Frigid windy winter weather set in the last six days of the fall fishing event. Ice freezing on the boats and equipment was a concern that all anglers had to deal with. The few that continued the last few days were out in some of t...


Mack Days fish entries top 5,000

Fall Mack Days continues until Nov. 11, with up to $125,000 in cash and prizes available to lake trout anglers. All it takes is one fish to win in the lottery style drawing that starts at $1,000 and goes to $200. Fifty cash prizes will be drawn plus many merchandise prizes. There is no entry fee, and entries...


Hunters reminded to check regulations

Hunters should check hunting regulations for the area they plan to hunt as deer and elk hunting season approaches. Seasons are as follows: • No youth antlerless elk hunt this year in Region One. Youth hunters must follow the standard regulations for elk in Region One hunting districts. • Spec...


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