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2014 Kids’ IceFishing Day at Nelson Reservoir

(MALTA, MT) - Food and Fun on Ice!  Sounds like a choreographed Ice Capades show but, in reality, it’s an apt description for the annual Nelson Reservoir Kids’ Ice Fishing Day held March 4, 2014. 

After seemingly endless weeks of subzero temperatures, children and adults alike were ready to have some outdoor fun.  Students and teachers from Whitewater Elementary and Harlem Colony Schools joined members of the Malta Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for a balmy (above zero) day on the lake. 


Tales and Trails column: Time to Catch a Rainbow

Want a fishing tip?

Run, don’t walk, to your closest reservoir and start fishing near shore for a rainbow trout.

Rainbow trout are spawning. That’s not a secret to the men and women who know where and when to go fishing for them.

What most anglers don’t know is why. Why do rainbows cruise reservoir shorelines as they look for a place to spawn? And do those fish really congregate near boat ramps because they are trying to find the hatchery truck that brought them there?


Bow Hunter Education offers spring session

The Spring classes for Bow Hunter Education are scheduled to begin. All sessions will be held at the Fish, Wildlife and Parks building near the airport. The course is free of charge. Those born after Jan. 1, 1985 must have completed a Hunter Education course as a pre-requisite. Sign up is online at the Montana F.W.P. website. Manuals are available in the entry to the F.W.P. building prior to the class.


Sign up online for Ulm Bowhunter Education Course

A bowhunter education course has been set for Ulm and signup is now online.

The classes will be 6-9 p.m., May 2; 8 a.m. to noon, May 3; 6-9 p.m., May 9; and 8 a.m. to noon, May 10.


Hunting permit drawing results available soon

The anticipation of thousands of Montana's hopeful deer and elk hunters is nearly over.

"We know hunters' anxious to hear if they drew a buck deer or bull elk permit ," said Ron Aasheim, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks spokesperson."These will be the first big game hunting permit drawing results of the year."


Spring Workshops - Becoming an Outdoors Woman


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is sponsoring a horse packing workshop May 4 near Columbia Falls.

Participants will learn about the variety of packing equipment available; defensive horse handling; how to pack decker, sawbuck and riding saddles.


Montana's special drawing deadlines

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' deadlines to apply for special license drawings is May 1 for bison, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat; and June 2 for the elk B, deer B and antelope license drawings.

FWP reminds hunters applying for moose, sheep and goat licenses that they will see changes in fees as a result of legislation adopted by the 2013 Montana Legislature. In past years, hopeful resident hunters were required to submit $75 with their application for a $125 license, plus pay a $5 drawing fee. This year, resident hunters need only submit a nonrefundable $10 application fee per license and then pay the full license fee of $125 if successful.


FHS Activity Schedules for 4/14-4/26

Attached is FHS Activity Schedules for 4/14-4/26:
Bus Schedule:  may be subject to change
Fri.  Tn  v     arrive in Cut Bank by 8:30 am   will stay at Super 8
4/18             Load - 4:15 am    Leave - 4:30 am