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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 that is cut and removed from national forest land. A family can purchase up to two permits per household from US Forest Service Ranger Stations in Bigfork, Kalispell and Missoula or from vendors who sell them. In Ronan, permits are available at Ronan Sports and Western and Ronan Power Products.  When you buy a permit, you will also receive a helpful information sheet which states ...


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...


Invasive species threaten Mission Valley Invasive species threaten Mission Valley

MISSION VALLEY — According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Library, invasive species are defined as, “non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm t...


Mack Days fishing tournament begins

POLSON — Lake trout were illegally introduced to Flathead Lake in the 1920s. While it remains unclear as to who put them into the lake, it is clear they were brought from the Great Lakes region via the trans continental railroad.  “It’s called ‘bucket biology,’” sa...


Macman celebrates 28 years in business Macman celebrates 28 years in business

Fishermen, We are coming up on Mac Attack weekend, so I’ll give you what help I can to increase your chances of placing. For the last three years, late August fishing has been poor, so this year, we began fishing radically deep (300-320 feet). The fishing still hasn’t been spectacular, but i...


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 B...


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