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National Bison Range welcomes new website, bison babies National Bison Range welcomes new website, bison babies

MOISE — Equipped with a new website and newborn bison calves, the National Bison Range in Moise is ready to start the 2013 season.  “At this point, unless the snows come in again, we’ve finished grading Red Sleep Mountain Drive and have dust control technicians coming in early next week,” Outdoor Recreation Planner Pat Jamieson said. “We should be all set to open (Red Sleep Mountain Drive) May 11.” Red Sleep Mountain Drive is the park’s most scenic road, twisting and winding through hills and valleys while offering seldom-seen views of a piece of Montana untouched by time and man. Range employees are in the process of opening several gate...


Tick-Tock: Hungry ticks make for sick hikers

MISSION VALLEY — While the spring weather is a welcome reprieve from Montana’s winter, several wildlife agencies around Western Montana are issuing warnings regarding a voracious predator that spreads disease and drinks the blood of the living — ticks. According to a press release from t...


Migratory birds take center stage

PABLO — As part of a yearly celebration of migratory birds, we would like to encourage everyone to stop by the lobby of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Complex in Pablo from April 22-25. Local third-grade artists from across the Reservation have completed excellent entries for this year&rsq...


Hungry bears emerging from winter dens

It’s time to put the birdfeeders away for the year. Tribal wildlife biologists report that several grizzly bears have been documented in the valley this spring.  So while it may still feel like winter, some bears have emerged from winter hibernation, and very few natural foods are available now...


Lake trout fishing materials available

The CSKT Fisheries Program announces the release of a set of educational materials designed to increase the success of lake trout catch on Flathead Lake. The materials include “Catching Lake Trout in Flathead Lake,” a two-DVD set, a Flathead Lake bathymetric map, a factsheet with fish identificat...


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...


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...


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