With the arrival of spring and melting snow, shed hunters take to the hills in search of cherished shed elk and deer antlers.

It's become an annual ritual for many. Some seek a fun way to get out in the field and others hope to turn found antlers into profit.

And that can turn a walk in the woods into a competitive enterprise where some are apt to break the rules, or overlook the impact on wildlife, or potential dangers to themselves.

It's time for landowners to enroll in the state-sponsored “Open Fields for Game Bird Hunters.”

The voluntary program, offered through Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program, is available to private landowners who have a minimum of two years left on their federal Conservation Reserve Program contract or are enrolling new lands into CRP.  Nearly 60,000 acres have been enrolled in Open Fields since 2012.

We will be holding an adult hunter education course designed primarily for women, but all adults 18 years of age or older are welcome to attend.  You will need to register online at www.fwp.mt.gov.  Click on the education link. Scroll to Hunter Education, click find a class, then scroll to the blue take to register for a class.  Please remember to provide an email, phone number, and to print out the Acknowledgement of Risk Form (it’s at the very bottom of the screen), to bring to class.  

Get ready for boating season, take a boater ed course

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks encourage boaters to enroll in a boating education course prior to the kickoff of the boating season.

Lewistown City Commission unanimously opposed Brewery Flats for a proposed soccer complex. The meeting Monday night attracted a meeting room full of residents who gave reasons for and against the proposal.

Everyone offering comments about the site said they want to see a complex, but not at Brewery Flats. The site they say is meant to be an ecological reserve for birds and wildlife and also that it’s contaminated and would not safely serve as a recreation area.

Birds.

Those bits of feather, flesh and bones that sing and call forth are among our first signs of spring, even in March’s moodiness.

Doesn’t matter if you hunt them in the fall, look for them with longing in the spring, or don’t care to know a robin from a red-tail; they are here and doing their thing.

FHS & LJH activity schedule

(LEWISTOWN, Mont.) – A new must-have, low-tech tool is available to adventurers seeking to explore the remote heart of Montana.

The rugged, waterproof Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument Transportation Map will withstand the punishing conditions encountered during a variety of activities

Monument visitors can find detailed information on the map, including locations of: primitive and developed campsites, hiking trails, open roads, landing strips, boat ramps, land ownership, day use sites and more.

Paddlefish anglers planning to fish in the Upper Missouri River (From Fort Peck Dam to Fort Benton) will need to apply for an Upper Missouri River Paddlefish Tag. Applications are available to apply by mail, online at fwp.mt.gov, or by stopping by any regional or area FWP offices. Applications must be received no later than March 30, 2017.

CM Rifle Club results match 12

CM Rifle Club results match #10