Warren Illi: Flathead Outdoors

Youth hunt success

October 27, 2016 at 4:00 am

Last Saturday, 16-year-old Tegan Schaper was sprawled on the prairie grass sighting her .270 rifle at a nice mule deer buck that was 440 yards away. Tegan was hunting with her father Todd and her younger brother Boden. The Schaper family a...

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A wealth of hunting opportunities

October 06, 2016 at 9:22 am

For thousands of Flathead area hunters, hunting season is now moving into high gear. Grouse, black bear and archery season for deer and elk opened last month. Saturday rifle season for antelope season opens, and on Oct. 22 rifle hunting fo...

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Recreation season turns toward fall activities

September 07, 2016 at 4:39 pm

Like it or not, fall is here! Two weeks ago, the weekend before Labor Day weekend, we were at our cabin with our granddaughters. The lake water had cooled a little, but with afternoon temperatures in the 80s, it still felt like summer. We d...

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As summer wanes, fall hunting season beckons

August 24, 2016 at 11:39 am

I love summer. I love fishing with my boat. I don’t know what is more challenging — catching fish or trying to understand my electronic fish-finder. My fish finder is probably tied with my cellphone for not being user-friendly. Perhaps bei...

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COLUMN: Boating — and boats — keep getting bigger and better

July 28, 2016 at 7:00 am

Wow, summer fun in the Flathead! During the last few days, the weather has been perfect for enjoying the hundreds of lakes and streams of Northwest Montana. Last weekend was an extended weekend at our lake cabin with our entire family, plu...

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COLUMN: Non-native fish are the reality in Montana

July 14, 2016 at 7:00 am

Two weeks ago I wrote a column on the fine sport of fishing for northern pike. At least one reader strongly disagreed with my column. His letter to the editor blasted me from all sides. I suspect if that writer were in the White House, I wo...

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COLUMN: Pike fishing has some serious fans

June 30, 2016 at 6:00 am

It is Saturday and here I am slaving away writing a column for next Thursday’s paper. I am sitting on the deck of my cabin on Crystal and Lavon Lakes in the Thompson Chain of Lakes. It is about 70 degrees and sunny. This morning I had to g...

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COLUMN: Release big fish to be caught again

June 16, 2016 at 6:00 am

Are you ready to catch a big fish? A more important question is what are you going to do with a really big fish when it is at the boat and ready to land? Are you going to keep the fish for a treasured wall mount, eat the fish or release the...

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COLUMN: There are plenty of reasons to go fishing

June 02, 2016 at 4:00 am

Why do people fish? With the abundance of lakes, rivers and creeks in Northwest Montana, I think it is a rare adult who has never fished. I know Flathead citizens who fish at least 100 times a year and others who only fondly reminisce abou...

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COLUMN: Deer, antelope populations looking healthy

May 19, 2016 at 4:00 am

Here is some good news for hunters. Last week my wife and I had to make a quick trip back to Wisconsin to attend a funeral. On the way, I planned to stop at my farm near Malta to see how the farm had wintered. But prior to turning off U.S. ...

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