Got Sheep?

It’s time to make the sausage. The Montana Legislature began January 7th. There are 122 bill draft requests in the hopper and 18 bills introduced.

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Sportsmen’s Priorities for 2013

Land Tawney

This past year hunters and anglers enjoyed the spotlight in congress; something we rarely realize. The Sportsmen Act of 2012 became a political football and didn’t come to fruition. While I enjoy the fact that our issues were front and center, ultimately we didn’t get it done. It’s time to capitalize on the attention and double down on our efforts. Together, we can protect our heritage for our children’s future. Just think if we could get it all done….

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Another One Bites the Dust

2012 is in the bag. It’s been a wild ride for hunters and anglers. We've seen some pretty low points, including the death of the Sportsmen’s Act, lack of passage  of Forest Jobs and Recreation, Rocky Mountain Front  Heritage Act, increased polarization of hunting and angling issues (especially funding these programs), conflicts over bison, wolves, trapping, bull trout, lake trout and land management. Relations between sportsmen and landowners/outfitters are at all time lows. This upcoming legislative session looks to be as contentious as the last one.

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Hard Work and Gratitude

By Rita Wolfe

The final weekend of this past hunting season, after 13 days of hunting (not necessarily consecutive), Gary got a nice 5x4 whitetail buck, and after 17 days, I got a 2½ year-old, 5x5 bull elk!!!  I’ve taken a number of cow elk over the years, but this was my first bull.   Luck had finally caught up to us.

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Twelve Days of a Sportsman's Christmas

Last night I was outside building a 7 ft snowman with my four year old daughter and heard rustling just across the street.  I looked up just in time to see three Hungarian Partridge land on the neighbors lawn.  I grabbed Cid and started to creep on the birds.  That's when she spied a single "Hun" that was only 10 feet away in a juniper brush.  We froze, the bird froze and for a moment we were stopped in time.  Then a small explosion erupted and all the birds flew down to another neighbors, hopefully to fascinate them as much as they did us.  It wasn't the prairie but definitely a gift from mother nature.  Make sure you get out and enjoy the holidaze!  

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The Coming War

There’s a special holiday coming, but it’s not Christmas. It’s not New Years, Hanukah, Kwanza or Guru Gobind Singh’s birthday (look it up).

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Alabama Slammer

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A Tag

Ive watched the sun come up over hay fields, coulees, mountains and river bottoms. I chased deer for two weeks, passing up bucks nobody in their right mind would have passed up, even on the first day of the season. I didnt want it to end.

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Git'R'Done!!!

We all cringe at the words: Congress is back in session.

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Public Lands in the Public Hands

In a few short hours, I’ll point the truck north and head up to the highline for a week of chasing gnarly old whitetails and a few monster muleys. If I’m lucky and find a deer willing to take a bullet, I’ll point the truck west and start seriously looking for an elk to fill the freezer and a wolf for the mantle. I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas morning to arrive.

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Beans and Rice

By Jared Serigne

I could almost see feathers falling from the sky and taste the duck gumbo in my mouth when I boarded the plane from New Orleans on my way to Missoula. My good buddy Land Tawney like the Willy Wonka of Montana waterfowl extended me a golden ticket invitation to come up for a few days of duck hunting in Mid-October this year. The big duck season wouldn’t begin for another month in Louisiana so my friend Bob Marshall and I left the marsh behind and headed for the mountains in pursuit of all things fowl.

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This is my rifle, This is my vote

A vote is like a rifle. Its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.

T. Roosevelt.

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Got Bison? by Jim Posewitz

In 1883 a 24 year old hunter searched for more than a week hoping to find one of North America’s last free ranging buffalo.  Finally, just inside the Montana Territorial border, on Little Cannonball Creek, he found and shot a lone wandering bull.  In his excitement he did a war dance around the fallen bull and tipped his guide $100.  Eighteen years later that hunter would be President of the United States – it was Theodore Roosevelt.  During those eighteen years between 1883 and 1901, he had: ranched in North Dakota, hunted throughout the Northwest, helped create a national club for the restoration of wildlife, wrote several books, served as the Undersecretary of the Navy, formed the Rough Riders, led their charge up San Juan Hill, been Governor of New York State, and briefly served as the Vice President of the USA. He was a busy guy.

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Cheers with a Glass of Cold, Clean Water!!

By Land Tawney  

The first time I took my daughter camping we went to Rock Creek, a blue ribbon trout stream just 30 minutes east of Missoula, Montana. My father took me there when I was a kid. Perhaps like him, I realized soon after arriving that I wasn’t going to get much fishing in so after getting camp set up I stole a few minutes on the river. It’s a “blue ribbon” trout stream because it produces fish on a consistent basis and has the cold clean water that trout rely on.

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The Quickening

I have a ritual where I clean and sharpen all of my blades. Gutting knife, skinner, axe and bone saw are ready to go, fresh and unscented. Extra batteries for the GPS, range finder and headlamp are tucked in with the latex gloves and Purell. Clothing has been mended from last year’s run-ins with sagebrush and willows.

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Snakes in the Grass

Every political season, politicians try to engage with hunters and anglers to convince them that they’re worthy of their vote. This year is no different and in fact, it’s probably even more pronounced than in years past. I’ll be up front and clear here at the beginning. I don’t care who you vote for, or what party to ascribe to. I won’t tell you who to vote for or what to think. I won’t endorse one candidate or another here. What does matter is that you do cast a vote, and do so in an informed manner.

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Photo Contest Winners

After an usually cruel delay that we attribute to our remarkable lack of focus as the fishing season comes to a close, and hunting seasons start to ramp up, we've managed to put the shotguns and rods down long enough to do the job we told you we'd do: Finish the damned fishing contest. Our judges spent a few days pouring through the photos and while there were so many fantastic submissions, they had to pick just three. All of the photos tell a story, whether it's about the joy of a stringer full of trout, the effort it takes to get to where the pigs are, or a fading  glimpse of what we once had, and hopefully will have again. All of the photos are distinctly Montana, and that's, after all, what we're about: Montana, and her wild places and wildlife.

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More Hunters and Anglers? Yes Please!

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s preliminary hunting and fishing numbers show that over the past five years there were nine percent more hunters and 11 percent more anglers throughout the nation. These increases are proof that sportsmen recruitment and access efforts are working!

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Elkonomics

A story came out a few days ago regarding the hunting economy of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest[B1] . Here's the funny thing about all those public critters on public land: the hunting economy grew. The hunting economy bucked the national average, and the communities around the B-D grew, not at a rapid pace, but at a slow, sustainable rate. In 2006, hunter expenditures were right around $26.3 million.

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Big Game Gets Big Love

I love getting emails with good news. Senator Jon Tester sent out a note yesterday that hisSportsmen’s Act of 2012 is likely to come up for a vote next week. That’s fantastic news if you hunt and fish and want Congress to actually do something productive instead of argue about who gets to sit at what table while the U.S. lists crazily along.

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