Last week Colorado wildlife officials held the first public meetings on wolf reintroduction, approved by voters in a fall referendum.
Last week Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed into law a bill that instructs FWP to establish hunting and trapping seasons designed to reduce the wolf population to a sustainable level, but not so low as to warrant relisting under the Endangered Species Act. The bill also allows more aggressive methods for killing wolves, including unlimited take for individuals, using bait and night hunting on private land.
Despite being killed in committee, legislators added language to benefit outfitters and their out-of-state clients in the waning days of the 2021 session. The bills are headed for Gov. Greg Gianforte's desk.
The bill gives thousands of hunting licenses to out-of-state hunters who agree to use an outfitter, and will also award extra preference points for out of staters who agree to hunt with an outfitter.
Republicans swept statewide races in Montana, results well beyond doubt early in the evening on election night. The wins ushered in a new era for Montana conservation organizations.
Hunter numbers were down at the Darby check station as a "winter" storm hit western Montana on opening weekend. Only 729 hunters check in this year, compared to 1,012 last year.
I found out over the weekend that the column I wrote following my mother's death July 4, 1999, took first place in the 2020 Montana Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest. It's always nice to win an award for my writing, but it was especially so for this one.
The release of the contest results was delayed four months, and the usual in-person awards banquet was canceled and replaced with a virtual awards ceremony.
The Washington Post takes a look and the current Montana housing boom, an evergreen topic that that was underway since before I first moved to the state in 1992.
All the deer came from areas were the wildlife disease was already known to exist. Seventeen of the deer were whitetails.
Montana State University released its Treasure State poll Wednesday, Oct. 14. The results show the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Steve Daines and challenger Steve Bullock, the current, but term limited governor, is too close to call. The Treasure State poll shows Bullock ahead 49% to 47%.
The result is within the margin of error of 3.9%.
The race has been competitive since Bullock ended his long-shot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination and entered the race. Both candidates have come out on top in recent surveys, and other than one poll that had Daines up 9 points, neither has led by more than 3 points in polls since September.
The poll showed close races in the other statewide races. In the governor's contest, current U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte leads Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney by five points, 47% to 42%. In the race for the open seat for Montana’s U.S. Representative, Matt Rosendale leads Kathleen Williams by two points, 48% to 46%.
The Treasure State poll is administered by the MSU Political Science Department.