Warren Illi: Flathead Outdoors

Manitoba lake teems with big northern pike, walleyes

June 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm

 Last week, JoAnn and I returned from three weeks of fishing and vacationing with family and friends in Minnesota and Canada. As much as I love Montana and Montana fishing, it is always fun to return to my homeland in Minnesota and experie...

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After session, changes ahead for hunters, anglers

May 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm

The 2015 legislative session is over. Our legislators passed and modified a wide range of hunting and fishing laws that will affect every person in Montana who hunts and fishes. Probably the most important new law for outdoors people is Ho...

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Deadline's at hand for special hunting permits

April 30, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Welcome to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks annual million-dollar license raffle. Friday is the last day to apply for your special moose, bighorn sheep and goat tags. Montana is unique among most states because each year hunters have a...

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Hunting-tag change zooming through Legislature

February 18, 2015 at 5:17 pm

 Two weeks ago I wrote about the apparently unjust Fish, Wildlife and Parks citation issued to a Minnesota hunter for not affixing his tag to his bull elk until 26 minutes after arriving at the kill site. The issue centered around wording o...

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When does ‘immediately’ become a violation?

February 04, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Recently, a friend of mine gave me a front-page news article from the Duluth News Tribune titled, “Ticket Ticks Off Hunter.” Northern Minnesota has very high quality deer hunting but virtually no elk hunting, so many hunters save their mon...

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Smith Lake a great winter fishing spot

January 21, 2015 at 7:15 pm

What is the best winter fishing water in Northwest Montana? While I know of no public survey, a lot of winter anglers would say it is Smith Lake near Kila. Montana is known for its world-class stream fishing for wild trout. But those fabled...

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Plenty of hunting, fishing issues before Legislature

January 07, 2015 at 6:07 pm

While the winter of 2015 will provide some excellent ice fishing, trapping and some predator-hunting opportunities, wise hunters and anglers will pay a lot of attention to what is happening in Helena during the new legislative session. I ca...

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Thankfulness and a 4-by-4 buck deer

November 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your day is as enjoyable as mine, enjoying a scrumptious turkey dinner with all the trimmings and some quality family time. I, like most Americans, have much to be thankful for today. I am thankful for the good f...

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Help enforce rules for private lands

October 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Montana hunters are extremely fortunate to have over 30 million acres of public land to hunt. In Northwest Montana we have an addition 900,000 acres of Plum Creek and Stoltze land for hunting. Since most Plum Creek and Stoltze timber land i...

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Should younger kids be allowed to go hunting?

October 01, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Montana is well-known as one of the best states for offering quality hunting. But is Montana a youth-friendly hunting state? I was browsing through a recent Outdoor Life magazine when I came across a photo of a young hunter pictured with a...

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