Mystery Ranch In a Parking Lot

It’s been a few years since Mystery Ranch has done this… so… this SATURDAY MAY 7th, from 9-5… they’re having another MYSTERY RANCH PARKING LOT SALE! These sales are truly legendary… with 30-70% off on select items it’s something you shouldn’t miss! Will you be in attendance?! Spread the word, once they go… they’re gone!

Their new location is 1750 Evergreen Drive (South off of Griffin, between N. 7th and Rouse), Bozeman, MT 59715

http://www.mysteryranch.com/

Feel free to give me a ring or email me if you happen to see a SweetPea at this event, need one for work in D.C.!!!

RMEF Grants for Montana Conservation Projects

MISSOULA, Mont.–Wolf-related research on elk productivity and survival in the Bitterroot Valley, plus a variety of forest, weed and habitat management efforts, headline a slate of projects selected for 2011 grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The new RMEF grants total $210,705 and affect Beaverhead, Broadwater, Deer Lodge, Flathead, Gallatin, Granite, Missoula, Lewis and Clark, Powder River, Powell, Ravalli and Sanders counties. [Read more…]

Montana Tags Available

Montana Leftover General Tags Available For Sale Now!
Montana has 1,052 Big Game or Elk Combination Licenses leftover for purchase. These licenses are being sold online only on a first-come, first-served- basis. No paper applications will be accepted. To purchase one of these licenses visit Montana’s licensing web page at https://app.mt.gov/Als/Index. If you’re looking for an outfitter give us a call at 435-865-1020. We have some great options still available in Montana for elk and deer! [Read more…]

Hunter Education Classes Scheduled in Belgrade, Bozeman

The dates are set for fall hunter education classes in Belgrade and Bozeman.   Registration is required and students under 18 years of age must have the consent of a parent or guardian.

Belgrade Hunter Education

Class will take place September 7-10 at the Belgrade Middle School (410 Triple Crown Road) from 7-9 p.m. Students must also complete a field exercise on Saturday, September 11 at the Logan Range.   Students will be assigned a morning or afternoon session for the field exercise beginning at either 8 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.   Students must register in person on September 7 from 6-7 p.m. at the Belgrade Middle School.   For more information call George or Bonnie Clement at (406) 388-0655.

Bozeman Hunter Education

Class will take place September 13-17 at Chief Joseph Middle School (4255 Kimberwicke Street) from 7-9 p.m.   Students must also complete a field exercise on Saturday, September 18 , from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Logan Range.   There are two options for registration:

Students may register online between August 16 and September 7 by going to FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov and clicking on Education , then Hunter Education . All students under the age of 18 must download and complete the parental consent form and bring to class.   Classroom materials must be picked up at FWP’s Bozeman office (1400 S. 19 th Ave.) by Sept 10th.

Students may also register in person Thursday, September 2nd, from 7-9 p.m., at Chief Joseph Middle School in the cafeteria.

For more information, contact Jim or Holly Johnson at (406) 582-1402.

Any person born after January 1, 1985, must present a Hunter Education Certificate in order to purchase a hunting license in Montana. A student must be 11 years old to receive certification.

Huntin’ Fool Updates

Draw Results:
Montana Sheep, Moose, and Goat draw results are out. Results are posted on Montana’s website
http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/licensedraw/drawingStatus.html. You will need your ALS# and can find it online
http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/licensedraw/alsNumberLookup.html.

Oregon draw results are out. Results are posted on Oregon’s website
https://or.outdoorcentral.us/or/hunterreport.

Washington draw results are out. Results are posted on Washington’s website https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wa/specialhuntlookup. You will need your WILD ID#. If you don’t have it you can look it up online https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wdfw/faqs_hunter_reports.html#Hunt92. [Read more…]

FWP’s Foys Bend Property To Open To Limited Public Hunting

 

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ recently acquired 245-acre Foys Bend Fisheries Conservation Area east of Kalispell will be open to limited permission-only public hunting starting Friday November 27 th. Deer, upland bird and waterfowl hunting will be available through the end of the big game season on November 29. Deer hunting is limited to use of shotgun, muzzleloader, traditional handgun, cross bow, or archery. After November 29, the area will be open to upland bird and waterfowl hunting through January 15, 2010 based on standard Montana hunting regulations.

Because of the anticipated high demand for deer hunting, allocation of permission will be by a drawing system for the remainder of the big game season. Hunters should come to the FWP office in Kalispell on Tuesday November 24 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. to sign up for the drawing that will be held shortly after 9 a.m. Hunters must be present to be drawn for a spot. After the big game season hunters will be able to sign up on a first-come-first-served basis. Hunter numbers are restricted to one party of no more than four people per day, and any one individual may access the property as a hunter or a party member only one day/week and not on consecutive days.

For more information, contact FWP at 752-5501.

Hunter Numbers Down While Warm Weather Continues

BILLINGS — The past weekend was mild, windy, and warm in south-central Montana, making for pleasant days afield, but not necessarily the best for successful hunting.   Data from four check stations combined showed overall hunter success dropping from 40% on the same weekend in 2008 to 35% this year.   Hunter numbers were down slightly from 2008 levels, and harvest of all animals except mule deer were similar to last year.   Mule deer harvest was down 19% from 2008.   Check stations at Laurel, Columbus, and Big Timber showed results similar to 2008, but at Lavina all indicators were lower than last year.   For the entire hunting season so far, overall hunter numbers, animals harvested, hunter success in the region are below last year’s levels.

At the Laurel Check Station, FWP wildlife research specialist Jay Watson said that hunter success rates were on the low side at 30%. Mule deer bucks comprised 62% of the mule deer harvest with 83% of these being 2 years old or older. Seventy-four percent of the whitetail harvest was does or fawns. White-tail buck harvest is picking up and should continue to improve as the rut begins.

At Columbus, FWP biologist Shawn Stewart checked 177 hunters over the weekend ( down 6% from the same weekend last year).   Only 43 mule deer were checked in, which was down 25% from last year.   65% of the mule deer were bucks with nearly 80% of the bucks being 2 years old or older. Thirty white-tails came through the check station – up 43% from the same week last year. Sixty Percent of the white-tails were antlerless deer. Also checked in were 4 elk, 2 antelope, and 1 bighorn.

At the Lavina check station, the number of hunters checked to date is 49 lower than last year, and 10.6% below the long-term average. Harvest of mule deer, white-tailed deer, antelope and elk are 41.0%, 29.1%, 65.0% and 41.8% below the long-term average, respectively. Since 1993, an average of 314.3 big game animals checked through the Lavina check station in the first three weeks of the season while this year we have checked only 183 animals.   Does and fawns have made up 36.6 % of the mule deer harvest and 59.9% of the whitetail harvest through the first 3 weekends.

At Big Timber, many hunters mentioned the high winds were keeping deer down in the coulees and brushy draws where they were tough to spot. One hundred seventy-two big game hunters checked in – the highest for that date since 2004 when 188 hunters came through. Fifty-four percent of hunters were successful, the lowest success rate since 2005. Thirty-four whitetails checked through – the highest number since 2004 when we also checked 34 whitetails along with only 32 mule deer compared to 51 on the same date last year. Twenty-two percent of harvested mule deer, 56% of whitetails, 33% of antelope were does, and finally, 50% of harvested elk were cows. Antelope and elk harvest were both well above last year for week 3.

You can view the Region 5 Check Station Summary at the bottom of the page here!

Win a Montana Fly Fishing Adventure

Montana Fly Fishing AdventureThe One lucky winner, and a guest, will win a Montana Fly Fishing Adventure on some of Montana’s most renowned blue ribbon trout rivers with Andy Watson, the official action photographer of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR). The trip includes airfare from any major US city, 3 nights lodging in Bozeman, MT, licenses and two days on the water with Andy. Actual trip dates to be determined by winner and Andy.

Enter to win here!

Montana’s Bison Hunt

BisonMontana’s bison hunt attracted 10,363 individual applicants for the either sex bison licenses for the Nov. 15 “ Feb. 15, 2010 season, including 909 nonresidents. Of these applicants, 34 residents and two nonresidents were successful in the drawing.

Of the 16 additional licenses offered to Montana Indian Tribes, only eight were accepted, the remaining eight are included in the 36 licenses issued to residents and nonresidents.

FWP placed 99 residents and one nonresident on a cow/calf license roster. The cow/calf licenses will only be issued if a sufficient number of animals migrate into Montana from Yellowstone National Park.

Cow Elk Quota Decreased for Several Bitterroot Hunting Districts

Beginning Monday, Nov. 9, Bitterroot Hunting Districts 204, 261 & 270 are open to antlerless elk hunting with a general elk license until set harvest quotas are reached.   Hunters should be aware that this year’s harvest quotas have decreased from the past few years and are different from the quotas listed in the hunting regulations.

For HDs 204, 261 & 270 north of Rye Creek, antlerless harvest will close upon 24-hour notice when cow elk harvest from HD 270 reported at the Darby hunter check station reaches 25.

After 25 more cow elk from HD 270 are checked through the Darby station, HD 270 south of Rye Creek will close to antlerless harvest with a general elk license.

These quotas are not reflected in the hunting regulations because they were printed before the changes in quotas were made.

Hunters should check the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Region 2 Web page: fwp.mt.gov/r2 for the latest HD 270 cow harvest before heading to these Bitterroot districts, or call the FWP office during business hours (Mon.-Fri., 8am-5pm) at 406-542-5500.   Harvest totals will also be posted at the Darby check station.

Hunters who hold a special antlerless elk permit (awarded through special drawing) for one of these districts, youth hunters ages 12-15, and disabled hunters with a Permit to Hunt from a Vehicle (PTHV) can hunt for antlerless elk during the entire big game rifle season (Oct. 25-Nov. 29), even after quotas have been met.   Check the hunting regulations for specifics.