Pull! ó Kalispell Winter trap league brings out hardy shooters
For 30 years, shotgunners have gathered on Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Flathead Valley Clay Target Club north of Kalispell for their weekly trap league. Eighty teams of six people each (mostly men) gather to compete against each other in snow or brittle cold in the nationís largest winter trap league. Each shooter gets 50 clay pigeon targets at two different distances. Shooters, in teams of six, are handicapped similar to bowling or golf. The best shooters compete against the best shooters, and the beginners go up against those of similar ability. All shooters shoot at their first 25 targets from 16 yards, then they drop back to varying distances, depending on their handicap classification. The best shooters, those in the AAA division, shoot from 27 yards.
Border Crossing: Powder Skiing at Island Lake Lodge
Island Lake Lodge is cat skiing Canadian style. Two hours and a border crossing north of the Flathead Valley, Island Lake Lodge is the largest cat-skiing operation in southern British Columbia, servicing 6,500 acres of skiable terrain that is leased from the Shell Oil Company. Smack-dab in the middle of all this terrain is the lodge itself, which overlooks the tiny alpine Island Lake.
Saving Places: Montana Sierra Club's work in the field
Several conservation organizations in Montana are doing their part to make sure that Montana retains its pristine character, its natural history and a clean environment - all the attributes that brought us here and keep us here.
The Ethics of Catch and Release fishing
It's estimated that 40 percent of fish released by bait fishermen die. Only five to 10 percent die after being caught and released on artificial flies and lures. Some people would like to see us go to a barbless hook restriction, which I think is unnecessary if we're already achieving our management goals. In fact, some say that barbless hooks actually cause deeper injuries to a fish.