A Big Week

It's a big week in Montana for hunters and anglers. Archery Pronghorn opens tomorrow and two events in Bozeman and Billings are sure to provide hunters and anglers with enough entertainment to last until the rest of the seasons open (Come on upland game bird!).

We started the week out with a trip up to the Marias River Wildlife Management Area over the weekend. I was lucky enough to draw the coveted 3rd week rifle hunt. 7 days of chasing booner muleys and whitetail in some incredible country. Coulees, river bottoms and high plains hunting all in one. God bless it, I do love Montana. Grizz roam the bottom and snakes roam the top. In between the toothy critters there are some of Montana's most majestic residents - big old muley bucks. 

Tonight, Randy Newberg and Andrew McKean will be hosting a tele-town hall regarding the upcoming PLWA/MBA/Outdoor Life Sportsmen's Candidate forum, which will be held tomorrow night in Billings, and streamed live across the internet for all to see and hear what the candidates for US Senate, US House and the Governor's race have to say regarding our hunting and fishing heritage. All candidates have been invited to attend, and we hope that they take this opportunity to spell out what they believe in regards to our outdoor legacy.

Knowing where those who would govern us stand on issues such as Block Management, Conservation Funding and land use is critical for Montanan's in order to make the right selection in the voting booth. The event has generated a lot of buzz across the state, and their facebook page has over 100 folks confirmed for the event. Radio ads have been peppering the state and the tele-town hall tonight will be sent out to over 150,000 resident hunters and anglers.

Yup, 150,000 license holders. So make sure you pick up that phone when it rings around 7 pm and get the questions you want to ask these candidates ready. Randy and Andrew will be taking those questions and including some of them into the panel.

Following all of this, Mark Seacat and crew are premiering their new film, Searching for West, Thursday night in Bozeman. Over $30,000 in prizes will be given away at this event. Mark and his outstanding team of hunter-film makers have done an awesome job of showing how real folks hunt in Montana. We'll be there to be sure. You should too!

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