My latest Out of Bounds column on pheasant hunting, and cooking.
The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was conceived on a float trip on the Middle Fork Flathead River in the 1950s. Thanks in part to the Act, the Middle Fork remains wild, and scenic.
Here's my most recent column on catch-and-release fishing and a potential new line of attack on angler conservationists.
It's no secret that animal rights zealots hate hunting. Catch-and-release fishing, on the other hand, has been heralded as a great conservation tool in Montana and anyplace sport fishing is popular. But new, and stunningly myopic research hints at a new line of attack: it's bad for fish.
Healthy trout populations in heavily fished Montana rivers and streams say otherwise.
In a recent column I outlined my preference for beer over stronger spirits after a day spent afield. But when I do reach for the strong stuff, bourbon is my beverage of choice.
I also outline my specs for a proper bourbon Manhattan.
Montana FWP officials have received reports from folks in the far northwest corner of the state that rare woodland caribou have been wandering across the border from Canada.
Woodland caribou were once permanent residents of Montana, Idaho and Washington, but changes in the old-growth forests that are the animal's preferred habitat have rendered caribou just occasional visitors today.
Here's my latest column Out of Bounds column in the Flathead Beacon. I made it back to my favorite chukar spot recently, and managed to find a few birds.
Doll, who doesn't always care for having her picture taken, otherwise had a great day.
An Anaconda couple found two severed cow heads, one from rustled cattle, another from an elk, on a road near their ranch.
Anaconda police and the Montana Department of Livestock are investigating.
The FWP commission has given its approval to purchasing 5,000 acres in the Big Belt Mountains near Helena. The purchase could provide public access in a hunt unit where the elk population is over objective.
The purchase still has a long way to go, including appraisals and, finally, State Land Board approval. The the approval process for state land purchases has been cast in turmoil recently with the governor taking the attorney general to court regarding a legal opinion on conservation easement.
Gov. Steve Bullock challenged the legal opinion of Tim Fox, the state's attorney general, regarding conservation easements. Bullock took his case to the Montana Supreme Court, arguing that State Land Board approval isn't needed for conservation easements. Fox's opinion that Land Board approval is required, which he issued last week after Bullock Ok'd the 15,000-acre Horse Creek Conservation Easement in eastern Montana last week, has the force of law unless the court overturns it.