Good Deals at Home Ranch Bottoms

By | September 21, 2017

Home Ranch BottomsAngie Agnew says… 40 percent off all gift shop items at HRB including all huckleberry products which make great gifts! Also, there’s going to be music on Saturday night, starting at 5PM. Finally, time to clear out those kegs, so it’s $2.00 drafts all around. Note… HRB is now closed on Wednesday and Saturday the 30th will be their last steak night. So sad!

North Fork Fires: UPDATE Sept. 21, Thursday, at 8:00AM

By | September 21, 2017

Sept. 21, Thursday, at 8:00 AM – Sprague. From the Park this morning… 16,790 acres. Yesterday, scattered showers were received over the fire area. Fire activity remains minimal with creeping and smoldering; in some areas, the fire’s edge has burned out as precipitation reaches the lighter fuels. Today, crews will test the hose lays and sprinkler systems that have been installed on trails between the Sperry Trailhead and John’s Lake area. This system will give firefighters a greater probability of success of holding the fire before it reaches the Going- to-the-Sun Road near north Lake McDonald. Read the full report here.

Sept. 21, Thursday, at 8:00 AM – Adair Peak. From the Park this morning… 4,034 acres. The Adair Peak Fire continues to see minimal fire activity though smoke will remain visible. Personnel will monitor the fire from Cyclone Lookout on the Flathead National Forest. Read the full report here.

Sept. 21, Thursday, at 8:00 AM – Elder Creek Fire. From the Park this morning…  282 acres in Glacier National Park, total of 2,547 acres (Note: this acreage does not reflect changes since 9/14). As fire activity remains minimal, aerial reconnaissance will be utilized when possible to monitor the fire. Read the full report here. Continue reading

Montana Fire Season Worse than 2000, 2003

By | September 21, 2017

The Adair Fire as seen from the lookout.

The Hungry Horse News reports that with cooler, wetter weather finally arriving in Montana, another historic fire season appears to at least be setting itself to simmer, if not completely out. The largest fire was the Lodgepole Complex near Jordan at 270,723 acres. The largest local fire was the Rice Ridge Fire, which burned near Seeley Lake and deep into the Bob Marshall Wilderness at 160,170 acres. All told, major wildfires in Montana burned about 1.3 million acres this year, according to the Northern Rockies Coordination Center. That’s more than the historic fires of 2000 (949,817 acres) and 2003 (736,809 acres) and 2007 (778,079 acres). Read the full story here.

And we were so lucky.

Rains Set Sprague Fire to a Simmer

By | September 21, 2017

Despite rain and snow, the Sprague Fire was still simmering in Glacier National Park Tuesday night.

The Hungry Horse News reports that while rains have helped the Sprague Fire in Glacier National Park, firefighters continue working to stop it from reaching the Going-to-the-Sun Road. The fire’s leading edge, along the flank of Mount Brown, was about a quarter-mile from the road. The fire saw about a quarter-inch of rain Monday on its north end and about a half-inch of rain on the south end. Read the full story here.

Hunters must expect to see bears

By | September 21, 2017

With hunting seasons underway around Montana, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts must remember they’re sharing the woods with grizzly bears.

It may not be an encounter one hopes for, but all hunters must be aware there is that potential.

Grizzly bears are found throughout the western half of Montana, not just the Rocky Mountain Front, Bob Marshall Wilderness complex and the Yellowstone ecosystem.

The past few years grizzly bears in central Montana have been venturing into country they haven’t been documented in for several decades. This includes the Sweetgrass Hills, Highwood Mountains and Big Belt Mountains. Bears can travel many miles a day in search of food or just looking for new range. That means as their population continues to grow, it is likely their range will continue to expand.

Given the uncertainty of where and when these dispersing bears might show up, hunters should:

  • carry bear spray, be prepared and know how to use it,
  • hunt with a partner and let someone else know your plans,
  • get harvested big game out of the woods quickly,
  • upon returning to a site where harvested game is left unattended, study the site at a distance for any movement or changes and signal your approach by making plenty of noise,
  • never attempt to frighten or haze a bear from a carcass,
  • contact FWP if a bear has consumed a carcass or covered it with debris rendering it unsalvageable.

For more on bears, visit FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov; then click Be Bear Aware. Bear resistant products are described on the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee’s website at www.igbconline.org. A “How to Hunt Safely in Grizzly Country” brochure is also available at FWP regional offices.