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DATE: Fri. 10/28/2016

TIME: 7:00pm


Fri.   VB  fr/jv/v    arrive in Havre  3:15 pm
10/28                  Load -11:45    Leave - 12:00 noon
Sat.  LJH  BBB  7-8     arrive in Rocky Boy by TBA
10/29                  Load - TBA   Leave - TBA

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee recommends the use of bear spray and urges hunters to learn other bear-aware safety measures.

With a spate of bear attacks recently in Montana, it is important to remember that slow moving, quiet and camouflaged hunters are sharing the landscape with the state’s even stealthier bears, which may be stalking similar prey.

As archery season comes to a close the general rifle season is set to begin and bird season is underway, it’s important to remember that bears are still active on the landscape storing up calories for the winter. And though hunters may have a rifle or shotgun in their hands, the best defense against a charging grizzly is appropriately deployed bear spray.

Anyone purchasing a Montana hunting license has an opportunity to also make an on-the-spot donation to Hunters Against Hunger, a program benefiting Montanans across the state.

“Montana law allows individuals to make a contribution that will help nonprofit groups process donated wild game for free distribution by Montana food banks to help feed people in need,” said Ron Aasheim, spokesman for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Apprentice Hunter Program is entering its second season. Under this program, youths 10 to 17 years of age can hunt with an adult mentor for two license seasons without first completing Hunter Education.

2015 was the first season allowing apprentice hunters, and 3,711 youths signed up to hunt in Montana. To participate in the Apprentice Hunter Program, familiarize yourself with the following rules and make sure to refer to the hunting regulations or call any FWP regional office if you have questions.

Stopping at game check stations isn’t only the law; it provides a great opportunity for successful and unsuccessful hunters alike to learn something.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks check station staff get the chance to visit with hunters all through the day and hear about hunting conditions and animal movements. If you’re struggling to locate critters, a swing through a check station might be just the help you need.

If you are successful, check station staff clue you in as to your animal’s age and health.

A Lewistown committee found helpful support from other schools. Members Jim Wier and Doreen Heintz told KXLO News.

Pheasant season is under way and hunters along the Rocky Mountain Front, especially in riparian areas, need to be aware they are in bear country.

In recent years, grizzlies have wandered out onto the prairie away from the Front, following streams and river bottoms.

It’s fall, the time of year when bears, both grizzly and black, actively search out food as they prepare for their long winter’s nap.

That means bears can be drawn to populated areas or mountain cabins by unsecured garbage cans, the smell of pet food, bird feeders and dirty barbecue grills.

It’s mostly silent now outside in the morning. Snow’s predicted for the high country with a slow, dreary rain on the prairie. Fall is here.

And yet the meadowlark sings.

Bird breeding season is long gone and the vast majority of migratory songbirds have left for points south.

And yet the meadowlark sings.

A Montana law allows residents and nonresidents to donate their hunting license to a disabled military veteran or disabled active duty service member.

The disabled veteran or active armed forces member must be working with an organization that uses hunting as part of the rehabilitation process.