Sometimes you see the strangest things while hunting. On a recent quail hunt, working windbreaks between fields of harvested corn and beans, I came upon an opossum that had been "posted" rather than "treed" by my English setter Doll.
Here's my latest "Out of Bounds" column on this hunting adventure.
This Congress has been mostly about minimizing damage, but our representatives can still do something worthwhile by reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Here's a link to my latest "Out of Bounds" column on developments in laboratory-engineered meat, and why it will never be a suitable option for hunters.
This column was inspired in part by a conversation with Tim Carman, a food writer and reporter at the "Washington Post." Here's a link to Carman's story on lab-produced bluefin.
It's hard to have much faith in the lame-duck congress, but there's still hope our soon-to-be-departed representatives might do something useful, such as passing a reauthorization bill for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, on their way out the door.
Effective, useful legislating. I realize that's a big haul. My fingers are crossed.
Harvests were down across the northwest region, at least in terms of what passed through FWP check stations. At check stations in west-central Montana the numbers were about the same as recent years.
My latest Out of Bounds column about turkeys, America's favorite bird, for one day at least.
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.