Warren Illi: Flathead Outdoors

Great weather for hunting, fishing

September 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Wow, what great September weather for hunting, fishing and hiking! Recently, Iíve spent several days doing all three. Two weeks ago, I made a trip to Eastern Montana to hunt sharptail grouse. Last year was a very wet year and the grouse we...

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Late-summer fun: fishing, firewood

September 03, 2014 at 7:00 pm

What a great Labor Day weekend!† We are now entering the season of many outdoor choices. Outdoor recreationists are faced with the choices of hunting, fishing, hiking, swimming, cutting firewood or just soaking up some late summer sun. My...

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The answer to bucket biology? Listen to anglers

July 24, 2014 at 7:47 am

Recently there has been lots of media coverage about the discovery of northern pike in Lake Mary Ronan and bass in Little Bitterroot Lake. Supposedly those fish were illegally put there by a bucket biologist.† Bucket biology is the common ...

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Flathead provides a family-friendly Fourth of July

July 09, 2014 at 7:00 pm

It is hard to beat a long Fourth of July week in the Flathead! Long, warm, sunny days, no rain and refreshingly cool nights made outdoor recreation a real pleasure. With endless beautiful mountains for hiking, streams for fishing and lakes ...

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Cormorant purge improves fishing

June 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

After a fun morning of fishing and a late morning breakfast, I am sitting in our Minnesota cabin overlooking sprawling Leech Lake. JoAnn and I have been here for two weeks, upgrading our cabin property and sneaking in a little fishing. Wel...

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The hunter as conservationist

May 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Hunters are the world leaders in conservation. I like that aspect of being a hunter. Hunters, through their hunting license dollars, pay for most conservation. Hunting organizations such as the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimite...

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So many choices for spring recreation

April 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Spring is here! Well, sort of. One day last week we had 65 degrees and bright sunlight. What a great day to test my new boat. Two days later it was snowing and blowing. Welcome to springtime in Montana. This is the season when the outdoor...

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Happiness is a new fishing boat

April 02, 2014 at 7:00 pm

I am as giddy as a kid with a brand-new all-day sucker. I am the proud owner of a shiny new fishing boat ó an 18 1/2 foot Crestliner Commander with every fishing bell and whistle imaginable to mankind. I have been saving for this new boat ...

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Snow creates flooding woes for ice anglers

March 05, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Where is global warming when we need it? Our weather over the last couple of weeks has not been conducive to ice fishing. Deep snow, high winds and subzero temperatures do not make for ideal ice fishing conditions. As the weather warms, ic...

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