March 29, 2009 in Outdoors

Out & About

 
Associated Press file photo

Xtreme competitors don’t complain about the grooming. Associated Press file
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OUTFISH

Angler catches largest of tiny fish

Here’s a fish tale that could use a little exaggeration.

A Kalispell man ice fishing on Bitterroot Lake in northwestern Montana on March 17 caught a fish so big that it tied a state record. The pygmy whitefish weighed a whopping 3.7 ounces and measured 8 1/4 inches.

“My arm is still hurting,” joked Eric Tullett, who reeled in the fish after it hit a maggot-baited Glo Hook.

OUTRAGEOUS

‘Xtreme’ skiers take flying leap

They don’t seem to keep good records of how many world-class skiers and snowboarders are injured in the Nissan Xtreme. The event is the pinnacle of the Freeride World Tour concluding this week at Verbier, a ski resort in the Swiss Alps.

As one observer noted, “You tend to know by looking at who doesn’t show up at the next competition.”

If you’ve felt the earth shake, it’s because competitors are hucking off the North Face of the Bec des Rosses, a dauntingly steep and frighteningly jagged 500-meter rock face.

See film clips: www.xtremeverbier.com/en/.

OUTHUNT

Boone and Crockett archived at UM

The Boone and Crockett Club has donated its collection of historic files, letters and photographs to the University of Montana library.

“This collection not only represents the history of the Boone and Crockett Club but the history of the conservation movement itself,” said Tony Schoonen, chief of staff for the club, which is headquartered in Missoula.

The club was founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt to address declines in wildlife populations.

George Bird Grinnell, John Lacey, Gifford Pinchot, Aldo Leopold and other early conservation leaders were members in the first hunter-conservationist organization in of its kind.

The club also maintains hunting records of native North American big game as a tool for assessing the success of wildlife management programs.

Donna McCrea, university archivist, said the collection of national significance may require a year to be fully catalogued.

OUTLOOK

Best fishing times

Lunar tables from the U.S. Naval Observatory. Be fishing at least one hour before and one hour after peak times. Applies to all time zones.

(* indicates best days.)

Through April 5

Today: 3:40 p.m., 4:10 a.m.

Monday: 4:40 p.m., 5:10 a.m.

Tuesday: 5:40 p.m., 6:10 a.m.

* Wednesday: 6:45 p.m., 7:15 a.m.

* Thursday: 7:45 p.m., 8:10 a.m.

* Friday: 8:40 p.m., 9:05 a.m.

Saturday: 9:35 p.m., 10 a.m.

Next Sunday: 10:25 p.m., 10:45 a.m.

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