BHWC and the Southwest Montana Bear Education Working Group will be co-hosting a Bear Safety Awareness training at the Divide Grange prior to BHWC’s October monthly meeting. The event will start at 5PM and will include opportunities to learn about bears, practice with inert bear spray, free bear-resistance garbage cans from BHWC, and a chance to win a new can of bear spray. Please join us! (more…)
BHWC’s September 2017 monthly meeting included an update from the Big Hole Sage Grouse Working Group. Presentations included information on upcoming collaring, habitat, and conservation programs, a new CCAA program for sage grouse, volunteer opportunities, and more. Our meeting minutes provide a summary of the information and discussion that followed. Download a PDF version of the meeting minutes.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will reopen the entire Big Hole River to fishing. The entire Big Hole River will be open to fishing without restrictions from low flows or high water temperatures. All requests for voluntary participation in the Drought Management Plan to protect the fishery will be lifted. The Big Hole River Drought Management Plan operates until October 31 for river flow and we will continue to monitor conditions. A recent weather change for cool temperatures and precipitation drastically changed river conditions for the better, giving some much needed relief to the hot and dry summer. (more…)
Each fall, Montana’s State Employee Charitable Giving Campaign (SECGC) allows State employees to choose from over 400 nonprofit organizations to which to designate charitable donations for the following year. The 2017 Campaign begins September 25th with the annual rotunda event, at which State employees are welcome to visit with nonprofits from all over the state to meet them personally, learn about their causes, and decide where they would like their charitable contributions to go. BHWC will be represented at this event, so if you’re in Helena, please stop by and see us! (more…)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced a full fishing closure on Section I of the Big Hole River effective Friday, September 8, 2017. Section V is also closed to fishing, effective Thursday, September 7, 2017. Big Hole River Sections II, III, and IV remain open to fishing.