Camp-mak-a-dream walleye benefit this Saturday

The Camp-mak-a-dream walleye benefit will be held on Saturday, Aug.10th at Canyon Ferry from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. This benefit is very family friendly. The cost is $70 Per boat. Donation entry fees go to this cancer camp in Drummond which allows children with devastating disease to enjoy the outdoors with medical and support staff for a week.

This benefit tournament is open to all ages and each team can have as many as is legal and safe in a boat or from shore. You can register on Friday night, Aug. 9, before the 6 p.m. barbecue and the 7 p.m. rules meeting.

Call Carol Henckel at 406-633-2598 or go to the Facebook Camp-mak-a-dream walleye benefit page for information. Money prizes are awarded for the biggest walleye. There are grand prizes as well as raffle prizes awarded to all ages.

This event was designed by the late Mark Henckel ,past outdoor editor of the Billings Gazette. His wife, Carol continues to believe in promoting outdoor recreation. She hopes families and friends will come to this event bringing others who may not have had the opportunity to try outdoor recreation. The fact you are doing this as a donation to help children enjoy a week outdoors at camp is a huge plus as well.

Montana Wild adult only classes offered in August

Join Montana Wild staff this month for these free adult only classes. Both classes will meet at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave.

Adult Beginner Target Archery Class: Monday, Aug. 12. This one-hour class will take place from 6-7 p.m. The instruction will be based on the National Archery in Schools Program, which is designed to teach international style target archery. All equipment is provided. Registration is required. This program is limited to 16 participants. This is not a Bow Hunter Certification Course.

Adult Beginner Birding: Thursday, Aug. 22. This one-hour program will take place from 7-8 a.m. Binoculars and guides will be provided. Registration is appreciated but not required.

For more information or to register call 444-9944

Over-the-counter, surplus, 900 series license sales announced

The 900-20 Archery Only Antelope licenses were drawn with Deer B and Elk B licenses in mid-July. All other antelope will be drawn on Aug. 8.

On Aug. 12, hunters can buy over-the-counter and surplus B licenses (antlerless) for deer and elk. Also, on Aug. 12, surplus general antelope, antelope B and antelope archery 900 series licenses go on sale. The antelope archery 900 season opens Aug. 15. The 900 license allows bowhunters to hunt antelope from Aug. 15 to Nov. 10 in any hunting district starting with 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Surplus licenses are those that remain after Montana’s recent special hunting license drawings. The remaining licenses are sold on a first-come-first-served basis. A list of available surplus licenses for deer B, elk B, 900-20 antelope and special elk permits will be posted on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov.

These licenses and permits can be purchased online, over the counter or by downloading a paper application (the latter is not recommended due to first-come-first-served basis).

FWP offices open at 8 a.m. on Aug. 12; online sales will begin at 5 a.m. at fwp.mt.gov, and FWP license providers will also have access to the licenses. License providers are listed on the FWP website—click on Hunting and then click License Providers.

Whether you fish or float, take care of Montana’s Fishing Access Sites

Montana’s Fishing Access Sites accommodate roughly 3.9 million visits from people every year. These visits happen on about 330 Fishing Access Sites across the state that vary in size from less than one acre to several hundred acres.

These sites are owned and managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to give recreationists access to the state’s water resources. Funding for the acquisition, enhancement and maintenance of these sites is generated from fishing licenses sold to anglers. But a large portion of people who use Fishing Access Sites are non-anglers. This cost imbalance creates significant challenges in maintaining places impacted by high use. Trash collection, latrine maintenance, infrastructure repairs and other costs quickly add up as more people come to these sites to enjoy the access and opportunity they provide.

So whether you fish or float, here’s how you can help keep Montana’s Fishing Access Sites open and enjoyable for everyone.

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Part of being prepared to recreate on the water means bringing the equipment you need—lunch, fly leader, something to float or sit on. Whatever you bring, make sure to take it all home with you when your adventure is finished.
  • Respect all facilities. FWP pays for the acquisition, construction and maintenance of facilities at Fishing Access Sites with angler-contributed funds. Help keep these facilities in good shape by throwing trash in the dumpsters, if provided, or disposing of trash at home. Latrines with trash in them may have to be closed, causing an inconvenience for all users. Stay on designated roads and don’t trespass on private property.
  • Park politely. Park only in designated areas without blocking in other vehicles. Use boat trailer parking spaces only if you are towing a trailer.
  • Be courteous to all users. A little patience and preparation go a long way toward a smooth launch and takeout for everyone. Prepare your watercraft for launch before approaching the boat ramp, then spend as little time as possible on or near the ramp so others can use it.
  • If you see a crime, report it. 1-800-TIP-MONT (847-6668) is Montana’s toll-free hotline for reporting crimes involving wildlife or state lands. Vandalism, theft and other crimes harm public resources. You can help put a stop to it.
  • Buy a fishing or conservation license. Even if you don’t fish, buying a license helps maintain and enhance these sites we all enjoy. It also goes toward conserving the wildlife you see while you’re on the water.



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