Warren Illi: Flathead Outdoors

COLUMN: Trapping opponents pursuing initiative again

May 05, 2016 at 4:30 am

For the third time in the last several years, animal-rights advocates, funded by mostly out-of-state money, are attempting to get public trapping banned on over 30 million acres of Montana public land. This effort is now underway, trying to...

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COLUMN: Itís time to indulge in some springtime fishing

April 07, 2016 at 5:00 am

Springtime in the Rockies! Wasnít last weekend a dandy? Warm and sunny spring days made it impossible to stay inside. I had a ton of chores to do in my Kalispell yard, but I could not resist the call of my cabin and fishing boat. So JoAnn a...

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COLUMN: Elk lovers banding together for conservation

January 27, 2016 at 5:11 pm

Hunting is Conservation! What a great motto. It is the motto of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a born-in-Montana nonprofit conservation organization with over 200,000 members. The Foundation is an action oriented, get-it-done group of ...

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COLUMN: New approach may be needed for bucket biology

January 13, 2016 at 5:57 pm

Bucket biology. That term strikes fear into the heart of local fish managers. According to state law, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is the only agency responsible for the management of our fishery resources in Montana....

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COLUMN: Big hunting meeting coming up on Jan. 9

December 30, 2015 at 8:58 pm

If you are a hunter, mark Jan. 9 on your 2016 calendar. That is the date of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biennial public meeting for setting 2016 and 2017 hunting seasons. This is always a fun meeting where hunters and Fish, Wildl...

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COLUMN: Ice tradition returns to Smith Lake Dec. 26

December 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Northwest Montana citizens love to fish and love friendly sports competition, so itís a natural to combine both of these loves into fishing contests. One of Montanaís oldest winter fishing derbies will be Dec. 26, at Smith Lake. This is th...

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COLUMN: Next 10 days the best time for hunters here

November 18, 2015 at 6:55 pm

For hunters, the remaining 10 days is our dream season. Ten days of Super Bowl hunting! The bucks are in rut, we have some tracking snow and the colder weather requires deer to feed longer. The buck harvest should pick up as we head into t...

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COLUMN: Take care to keep your barrel dry

November 04, 2015 at 4:00 am

If you hunted deer or elk last weekend, you probably hunted in rain or snow. Did you know that a slight bit of rain or snow in your gun barrel can drastically alter the accuracy of your shooting? Let me give an example. Several years ago I...

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COLUMN: Food-storage rules tightened for broader area

September 23, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Most hunters do their best to follow the increasingly complex rules associated with hunting. But Iíll bet that most hunters who camp out, either in a tent or RV, will unknowingly violate the law this fall. Those violations will involve com...

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COLUMN: Fire situation might affect fall hunting

August 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Normally at this time of the year, many of us will start storing our fishing gear and boats and dust off our hunting equipment. It is only five days until grouse season opens on Sept. 1. Archery hunting for deer and elk opens five days lat...

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