Archives for April 2010

RMEF Bull Run Annual Banquet – This Saturday

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2010
Time: 4:30pm – 9:00pm
Location:  BURKE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT HALL
Street: 9501 Old Burke Lake Road

This event is to raise awareness and funds for wildlife habitat conservation. This type of events provides a large portion of funds the Elk Foundation uses to protect and enhance habitat.

We invite you to join in the Fun, Dinner, Friendship, Story Telling, Raffles, Silent and Live Auctions!!! [Read more…]

Wyoming Range Mule Deer Survey

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (AP) The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking volunteers to help conduct a survey of the Wyoming Range mule deer herd.

Wildlife biologist Gary Fralick says the point of the annual survey is to figure out how the herd fared the winter.

The results will help provide information for the hunting season in the Wyoming Range, Grey’s River and Smith’s Fork.

Fralick says this winter was relatively easy on the deer herd because of the absence of deep, persistent snow and extended periods of below zero temperatures. But the herd is struggling with the effects of drought over the past 15 years.

Survey parties will meet at the Stateline Gravel Pit in the Cokeville area at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. More information is available from the Pinedale and Green River Game and Fish offices.

Annual Kid’s Fishing Day

Central Montana’s 16 th annual fishing day for youngsters will take place 9 a.m. to noon, June 5, at Wadsworth Pond on the west side of Great Falls.

As in past years, the Great Falls chapter of Walleyes Unlimited will give away free rod and reel outfits to youngsters who complete a series of educational stations. Again this year, if a child brings a rod and reel, the youngster will receive a free tackle box with tackle.

No fishing license is required that day at Wadsworth and Fish, Wildlife and Parks has stocked several thousand rainbow trout in the pond.

To reach Wadsworth Pond head west on Central Avenue over I-15, turn north on 34 th St. NW, then turn west on Wilkinson Lane and follow to the park.

Groups participating include: Walleyes Unlimited, FWP, U.S. Forest Service, Great Falls Area Amateur Radio Club, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Missouri River Flyfishers and the Great Falls Cross Country Club.

For more information contact FWP in Great Falls at 454-5840.

Judge to Hear Arguments in Wolf Delisting…Again

HELENA, Mont. (AP) A federal judge in Missoula will hear oral arguments on June 15 on whether gray wolves in Montana and Idaho should be removed from the list of federally protected species.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy filed the paperwork Monday scheduling the hearing.

The hearing comes in a lawsuit filed by Earthjustice on behalf of 13 conservation and wildlife groups over whether wolves can be removed from protection under the Endangered Species Act in Montana and Idaho yet remain protected in Wyoming.

Wyoming plans to manage wolves as predators that can be shot on sight and the federal government says that does not afford the animals enough protection.

May 1 Drawing Application Deadline

FWP’s special license drawing deadline is May 1 for bison, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat; and June 1 for elk, deer and antelope.

Applying for special big game hunting permits and licenses is a lot easier these days for the growing number of hunters who apply online at fwp.mt.gov .   Click “Apply for a Permit or License ” Applicants will need a MasterCard or Visa credit card. A convenience fee of $1.25, plus two percent of the total purchase, will be added to the purchase price.

Internet access is available at Montana’s 80 public libraries and 30 branch public libraries for those without computers. Paper applications are also available at all FWP offices and from most license providers.

Could You Be The Next Montana SuperTag Winner?

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds hunters that an unlimited number of $5 SuperTag chances are available for fall 2010 hunts.

Eight lucky hunters will win the chance to hunt a moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, elk, deer, antelope, mountain lion and bison in any legal district open for that species.

SuperTag lottery proceeds go to enhance hunting access and boost FWP enforcement efforts. To purchase a SuperTag, a 2010 conservation license is needed.

SuperTags are available at all FWP offices, license providers, or online at fwp.mt.gov using FWP’s online licensing service.

FWP Completes First Bighorn Sheep Strategy

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks recently completed the state’s first comprehensive Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep conservation strategy, which will guide management of the prized big game species for the next 10 years.

” The conservation strategy for bighorn sheep draws together in one document Montana’s bighorn sheep management history and future goals and objectives ,” said FWP’s Tom Carlsen, the wildlife biologist managing the project.

Montana had never before produced a comprehensive plan for bighorn sheep management even though FWP has successfully reestablished bighorn populations across the state. The FWP Commission approved the plan in February.

The strategy establishes eight statewide objectives and offers key narrative histories of all existing herds, including past and current management and the opportunities and challenges facing each population.

There are now 45 populations of bighorns across Montana with 36 sustaining limited hunting. Officials estimate that 5,700 bighorn sheep inhabit Montana, excluding Yellowstone and Glacier national parks.

The new Bighorn Sheep Conservation Strategy is available online. Visit FWP’s Web site at fwp.mt.gov . Click “Bighorn Sheep Plan.” For information call 406-266-3367

How Do I Use Archers Advantage Part 1

If you would like to learn some bow setup techniques, stay tuned as I will post some good videos that I have found. As it is a little better to see and follow it visually, rather than read text.

This video is on Archer’s Advantage Part 1

Aneal Roney is joined by Perry Ratcliff, owner of Archer’s Advantage software. If you are not familiar with Archery’s Advantage, check out the interview with Perry here.


This episode goes through a thorough demonstration on how the typical bowhunter might use the Archer’s Advantage software.

Check out the short video below. 

IWLA Presents NRA Basic Shotgun Course

Our NRA instructors will be conducting a Basic Shotgun Shooting Course on Saturday,  June 12th 2010 at our facility that is open to all LCC-IWLA members and the community.  The course objective is to teach the fundamental knowledge, skills and attitude for the safe and proper use of a shotgun in  shooting a moving target.  Perfect for those interested in skeet shooting; hunting; those new to shotguns or individuals interested in perfecting their shotgun skills and increasing their knowledge.   The course outlines includes:

Lesson 1 – Shotgun Knowledge & Safe Handling

Lesson 2 – Ammunition Knowledge & the Fundamentals of Shotgun Shooting

Lesson 3 – Firing the First Shots

Lesson 4 – Shotgun Shooting Skills Practical Exercise

Lesson 5 – Shotgun Games and Activities

The cost of the course is $75.00 (25.00 deposit required to hold your seat).   Space is limited and seats are reserved on a 1st come basis.  You can register from our website or send an email to training.registrar@lcciwla.org.

Hope to see you there.

Gary Deck

NRA Instructor

Higher-Ed for Elk Hunters

DENVER, Colo.–Elk hunters looking to expand their “wapiti wisdom” can do so by participating in “Elk Hunting University,” a new online Hunter Outreach Program offered by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Developed by DOW “Huntmaster” volunteers who teach and mentor novice hunters, EHU provides an entertaining and educational look into the exciting world of Colorado elk hunting.  The innovative program features in-depth “how-to” articles, videos and other resources to help hunters become more successful in their pursuit of Colorado’s most revered big game animal–the Rocky Mountain elk. [Read more…]