Warren Illi: Flathead Outdoors

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 Thursdayís 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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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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