On birthdays, bears and hunting vests

Larry’s column this week in the Hungry Horse News talks about Becky and Ray’s birthday parties along with some information about our bears.  He also says… If you are into early Christmas shopping, I suggest the 2014 Cookbook being sold by the North Fork Landowners Association. Copies are $20 if purchased from an officer. Easier is to write Donna Harrison, NFLA vice president, Polebridge MT 59928 and add $3.65 for shipping. They will be mailed the first mail day after the order is received. Order early, the supply is limited.  Read the full column here.

Stories of Glacier Park’s early women

The Hungry Horse News says that Mary Ellen Miller and her husband, Glacier National Park seasonal ranger Glenn Miller were stationed at the now decrepit Nyack Ranger Station in 1939 when she had a dangerous accident. She was cleaning the cabin’s ceiling when she fell onto a sharp-backed chair and cut herself. The wound was significant, she was bleeding heavily, and dirty wash water was running down her arm.  Read all the stories here.


Wildlife Agency Drops Hunter Confidentiality Plan

The Flathead Beacon reports that Montana wildlife officials are dropping plans for legislation that would make confidential the names of hunters and trappers who kill wildlife, a Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman said Wednesday. The agency had planned to propose a bill in the 2015 session to bar disclosure of identifying information about hunters or trappers that take any kind of game animal, furbearer or other species under the department’s management. It would have expanded an existing law that already gives confidentiality to hunters who kill bears, mountain lions or wolves in the state.  Read the full story here.

Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Applications due December 1

The Montana Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for grant funding from the Noxious Weed Trust Fund (NWTF). Grant applications are due by December 1, 2014. The Trust Fund, established in 1985 by the Montana Legislature, can provide grant awards up to $75,000 for eligible noxious weed research projects, state and community education or development projects, and local cooperative landowner cost share grants. Over $1 million dollars from the NWTF program will be available for the development and implementation of noxious weed management programs. “The department and organizations such as county and tribal weed districts, extension offices, and conservation districts are available to assist with the completion of a grant application. We are here to help,” explained Program Manager Dave Burch.  For more information, see their website.

Avalanche Research Project

The Flathead Avalanche Center says this project aims to collect GPS location information (fromyour smartphone) and survey responses from backcountryskiers and riders to better understand what types of terraindecision we make. Our focus is on backcountry skiers andriders of all abilities and experience. You need not be anexpert backcountry skier to participate in this research.More information:If you want to participate, or learn more about our projectaims, research questions and approaches, please visit our web page.

Trails of the Past Series

While cruising around the web we found a website called Trails of the Past by the US Forest Service: An historical overview of the Flathead National Forest from 1800 through 1960.  Information about fire detection, suppression, and prevention was especially interesting including an early photo of Hornet Lookout. There is also information on mining, missionary activities, transportation, communication, etc.  Check out the table of contents here.

Public Meeting for FWP Region One Supervisor Candidates Set for November 6

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a meeting and forum on Thursday, November 6 to give members of the public an opportunity to meet several candidates for the open position of FWP Region One Supervisor in Kalispell.

The meeting will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the FWP large conference room on 490 North Meridian Road in Kalispell. Each candidate will make a brief presentation and take questions from the public.

The meeting will be facilitated by Paul Sihler, Chief of Operations for FWP in Helena. Sihler invites anyone interested in FWP programs to attend, meet the candidates, and ask questions. The candidates are finalists for the position, which was vacated several months ago by Jim Satterfield. Sihler says that a selection will be made by the end of November and the successful candidate will begin in the position before the end of the year.

Solid Opener for Whitetail Deer in Northwest Montana

Hunters took to the field Saturday and Sunday across northwest Montana for the opening weekend of the general deer and elk season. At the six northwest Montana check stations, a total of 3,154 hunters checked 150 white-tailed deer (123 of these were bucks), 33 mule deer, and 11 elk for a 6.2 percent rate of hunters with game. This compares with a 4.1 percent rate of hunters with game last year at the check stations.

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