Warren Illi: Flathead Outdoors

Entering the rut

November 14, 2019 at 11:23 am

Hunting season is entering the best two weeks of this deer and elk hunting season. Many veteran hunters have spent lots of time afield for the last several weeks, but have been reluctant to pull the trigger on any deer unless it was a troph...

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The best time of the year is finally here

September 26, 2019 at 3:00 am

Ahh, autumn. For the outdoors person, especially the hunter, this is best time of the year.If you are an archery hunter, bull elk should be at or near the peak of the annual elk rut. Usually, the largest and meanest bull elk in the neighbor...

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A declining wildland deer herd

May 09, 2019 at 3:00 am

[Editor’s Note: After a brief respite, longtime Daily Inter Lake columnist Warren Illi will once again be sharing his opinions and personal anecdotes on all things outdoors related. Illi can be reached at illiwa@bigsky.net.]One of the major...

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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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