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FRIDAY, SEPT. 1, 2017

Scout, an English setter still in his prime, reminds his hunting group of how much work and pleasure a good bird dog can deliver. (Torsten Kjellstrand)

Montana posts 2017 upland bird hunting prospects

HUNTING -- Generally good upland bird numbers highlight the following Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department prospects report on 2017 hunting seasons for pheasant, grouse and partridge. Upland bird season starts today, Sept. 1, with mountain, sage and sharptail grouse along with partridge. Pheasant hunting...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017

MONDAY, AUG. 10, 2015

FRIDAY, NOV. 7, 2014

The Wilks brothers' N Bar Ranch is headquartered along Flatwillow Creek in Fergus County. The Big Snowy Mountains can be seen in the background of this shot that looks toward the ranch's large aircraft runway. (Brett French / Billings Gazettte)

Texas brothers building fences in Montana 

PUBLIC LANDS -- They've captured some spectacular hunting country near the Snowy Mountains. They arrive in their personal jets. They're used to getting what they want. They're not a great fit in Montana, but what the heck when you have that much money to spend....

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THURSDAY, OCT. 9, 2014

Pictured in 1945 are local hunters W.C. Wood, left, and M.G. Waldron,  who found a way to carry back their game from a 15-day elk hunting trip to Montana's Cabinet National Forest. 
 (photo archive / The Spokesman-Review)

Montana seeks confidentiality for hunters, trappers 

HUNTING -- Montana wildlife officials are proposing to keep confidential the names of hunters and trappers who kill any wildlife in the state. Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim said Tuesday the proposal is in response to complaints that information obtained under Montana’s right-to-know...

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Hiking up Mount Tiny in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness of Montana. (Bob Clark)

Managing federal lands would cost Montana dearly 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Montana Republican lawmakers looking for votes are frittering away time and money following Idaho's lead in trying to lead the state into a takeover of federal public lands, such as national forests, Bureau of Land Management areas and national wildlife refuges. See...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014

Frank Moran poses with the deer he killed while hunting in Eastern Montana.
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Montana surplus big-game tags on sale

HUNTING -- The wait is over for nonresidents still hoping to purchase a license to hunt deer and elk in Montana. A number of first-come first-served surplus licenses, good for antlered deer and elk in most hunting districts, can be purchased online or over-the-counter at...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 16, 2014

MONDAY, JAN. 13, 2014

MONDAY, DEC. 16, 2013

TUESDAY, DEC. 3, 2013

TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013

Jim Kujala loads a dead deer into a truck near Chattaroy.  Kujala is a state-certified Inland Northwest Wildlife Council volunteer who  collects roadkill and salvages the meat for the Union Gospel Mission. 
 (Liz Kishimoto / The Spokesman-Review)

Roadkill: it's what's for dinner in Montana

Updated 11-26-13 at 9 a.m. with correction from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. WILDLIFE -- Just in time for Thanksgiving! Montana's online permitting system to legally take possession of road-killed big game goes operational today. A new state law allows people to salvage deer, elk,...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 19, 2013


THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2013

THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2013

Montana law expands wolf hunting

PREDATORS -- A wolf management bill that was fast-tacked through the Montana Legislature was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Steve Bullock. Bullock said the law will allow hunters to purchase up to three wolf licenses and lowers the price of a nonresident wolf license...

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MONDAY, JAN. 7, 2013

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012

FRIDAY, DEC. 7, 2012

MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012

FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012


A raft carring anglers is put in perspective in this shot from high above on top of a rock cliff overlooking the Smith River. (Rich Landers)

Heat curtails fishing on 3 Montana rivers

FISHING -- While rivers in the Spokane-to-Missoula region are still flowing somewhat higher that normal and reasonably cool, waters -- and fish -- farther east are feeling the heat of a drought. Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks today advised anglers on three central Montana rivers...

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MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012

Everette Coulter holds one of the average-size brown trout his group caught during a five-day trip down the Smith River despite high, off-color conditions. (Rich Landers)

Fish free in Montana on Fathers Day weekend

FISHING – Everybody with a yen to go fishing benefits from a Fathers Day gift from the Montana legislature. For the second year, Montanan is celebrating Father's Day by waiving the fishing license requirements on June 16 and 17. All other fishing regulations apply. See...

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SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012

TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2012

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