Hoot Owl Fishing Restrictions in Effect 8/8/19 – Section V

Summer is in full swing and it’s hot outside (and in the water)! Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced the addition of Hoot Owl Fishing Restrictions to Big Hole River Section V beginning tomorrow, Thursday, August 8, 2019, in accordance with the Big Hole River Drought Management Plan. Section V has reached peak daily temperatures of 73 degrees or higher for three consecutive days, creating dangerous conditions for the fishery. Big Hole River Section V starts at Notch Bottom and ends at the Big Hole River mouth. (more…)

Volunteer Opportunity July 19th

Help Us Remove Plastic Fencing from the French Gulch Restoration Area

When: Friday, July 19, 2019

Where: French Gulch and Moose Creek-Mt. Haggin Wildlife Management Area

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm (this is just an estimate – stay as long as you like)

Directions: Meet at the Moose Creek turnoff, located on Highway 569 (between Wise River and Anaconda), ~4 miles SW of Sugar Loaf Lodge.

Why: During the construction of the French Gulch and Moose Creek Restoration projects (completed in 2017), plastic fencing was placed around hundreds of freshly planted shrubs and trees to protect the young plants from deer, elk, and moose browse during plant establishment. The plastic fencing has done its job and now it’s time to remove it from around the plants and let them breath and grow. (more…)

June Monthly Meeting Minutes Complete

BHWC’s June monthly meeting featured a Big Hole Wildlife Update presented by Craig Fager and Vanna Boccadori, Wildlife Biologists with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Presentations included results of last year’s hunting season, recent wildlife counts, current moose and sage grouse studies, and more. View a PDF version of the full meeting minutes here. 

Our meeting minutes provide a summary of the information that was presented and the discussions that followed. Our monthly meetings are open to the public – please join us!

UPCOMING: 2019 Wildlife Speaker Series Event – August 6th in Divide

The 2019 Wildlife Speaker Series event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6th, and will be held at the Divide Grange Hall. It will include a potluck BBQ with main dish, lamb burgers & hamburgers, provided by the Rafter Ranch in Wise River. Kerry Foresman with Montana State University will tell us about a species native to the Big Hole River: the Northern River Otter. This event is free and family-friendly – hope to see you there!

MAY 2019 MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES COMPLETE

BHWC’s May monthly meeting featured an update on the Big Hole River fishery presented by Jim Olsen with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Jim’s presentation included results of recent fish counts and updates on native fish and habitat restoration projects. View a PDF version of the full meeting minutes here. 

Our meeting minutes provide a summary of the information that was presented and the discussions that followed. Our monthly meetings are open to the public – please join us!