Valley Journal
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Outdoors

2018 Spring Mack Days underway

News from CSKT Natural Resources Spring 2018 Mack Days began Friday, March 16 and will end Sunday, May 13. Anglers can fish for lake trout on Flathead Lake Tuesday through Sunday for a total of 51 days. Mack Days is sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and is used as a fisheries management tool to reduce the numbers of non-native lake trout in Flathead Lake to increase the numbers of native bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout in the lake. There are two events per year – one in the spring and one in the fall. All it takes is one fish to win one of the 35 cash prizes which begin at $1,000 and go down to $450 or one of several merchandise prizes in the ...


Review debris burning checklist Review debris burning checklist

News from CSKT Division of Fire Pre-burn checklist: Have you considered other alternatives to burning? Have you obtained your burn permit (required, May 1-June 30)? Have you checked the weather forecast (forecasted winds)? Have you checked to see if it is a “Burn or No Burn Day” by calling...


Experience summer on the lake: FWP seeks hosts for fishing access sites

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks KALISPELL — Would you like to spend your summer living on the lake? Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is recruiting volunteer hosts for two popular fishing access sites in northwest Montana. FWP is accepting applications for site host positions this summer a...


Lake trout, perch fishing hot Lake trout, perch fishing hot

Fishermen:  If you haven’t already made plans for the weekend, I have a fishing report that will expand your possibilities.   Last Saturday Casey Kopel and I caught eight lake trout near the shore south of Melita Island. We did best with a whole-fish setup in around a 50-foot depth. I s...


Clearwater Resource Council seeks to create trail system

SEELEY LAKE – Residents of Seeley Lake rank recreational opportunities as one of the primary benefits of living in the community. Public or private forest managers own more than 90 percent of the Clearwater Valley. Unfortunately, it’s often difficult or impossible to access the diverse recreation...


Ferry Basin Wildlife Unit seasonal closure announced

News from CSKT Natural Resources Les Bigcrane, Tribal Wildland Recreation Program, announces the following tribal recreation seasonal closure reminder. The Ferry Basin Wildlife Management Unit’s Tribally owned lands are closed to all recreational access and use by non-members of the Tribes from...


Classes introduce students to outdoor activities

Each year people look forward to joining family or friends in the great outdoors. Some come together through hunting, fishing, hiking, viewing birds and other wildlife, photography, harvesting berries and mushrooms. Then there are some who enjoy solitude outdoors. There are endless activities to undertake in...


Join the 2018 spring Mack Days competition

News from CSKT Natural Resources FLATHEAD LAKE — The 2018 spring Mack Days On Flathead Lake competition is sponsored by the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes and sanctioned by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.  Up to $225,000 in cash and prizes are available to win: one $10,000, t...


Rare wolf sighting trees teenager Rare wolf sighting trees teenager

VALLEY CREEK – In the cold hours of a winter morning in mid-January, Kylee Wells, 17, put on a pair of snowshoes and went on a hike not knowing she was about to encounter a pack of wolves. She started out alone like she did many times on a trail not far from her home in Valley Creek, located on a tu...


World-record ram discovered on WildHorse Island State Park World-record ram discovered on WildHorse Island State Park

KALISPELL – Through conservation partnerships and critical habitat restoration, Wild Horse Island State Park on Flathead Lake has produced the largest ram in the world. The Boone & Crockett Club on Feb. 7 confirmed that a 9-year-old ram that died of natural causes at the state park is pending as...


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