Conner Montana

Conner Montana is located near the junction of the West Fork and East Forks of the Bitterroot River on Conner Cutoff Road between Hwy 93 and Hwy 473. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the abundance of wildlife and outdoor recreation opportunities that the surrounding mountains and nearby rivers and lakes have to offer.

The Conner Grocery and Deli offer convenient essentials and refreshments for a quick bite or to stock up for a trip to Painted Rocks lake or fly fishing float down the Bitterroot river. Adult beverages and a relaxing atmosphere are found in the Two Rivers Bar and Casino.

It is not uncommon to see herds of elk, white tail and mule deer in the surrounding fields or hillsides. The scenic beauty of Trapper Peak and the Bitterroot Mountains is spectacular to both the eye and the heart. 

On your next trip through the Bitterroots, take the time to stop and visit.

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Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 1.16.17

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:26:31 +0000

The changes of winter   with snowy weather means fishermen   should stay aware. The weather and ice have   changed drastically.  Enjoy yourself but remember alcohol alters your judgment. So use it sparingly while enjoying the outdoors. Keep an eye on the weather as conditions such as temperature, wind and precipitation will change quickly. This report is compiled... View Article


Domestic/Wild Sheep Symposium to be held in Helena, Feb. 9-10

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:13:00 GMT

The Montana Wool Growers Association, the Montana Wild Sheep Foundation and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are sponsoring a symposium titled “Sheep in Montana – Domestic and Wild: The State of Things and What We Know About Disease.”

Moose Crossing, Scary Dashcam Video

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:07:44 +0000

According to the video owner’s sister upon seeing the herd in the middle of the road, the driver started to slow down and then braked, but his vehicle kept sliding. Because he couldn’t stop, he lifted his foot off the brake and did his best to steer around the moose. The situation could have been... View Article


Hebgen Lake Fishing Report 1-17-2017

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:00:07 +0000

Congratulations to ALL the participants, support personnel and sponsors of the 2017 NAIFC Qualifier Tournament. The team of Mike Howe and Jason Mundel, Kalispell MT, netted the $10,000.00 first prize with a 14.44 pound, 6 Rainbow bag . Gordon Sveinson and Sam Brown, from Billings, MT, caught a 3.38 pound Rainbow. Most all teams reported... View Article


Horse Found in Deep Snow on Top of Mountain in Wolf-Dense Forest

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:30:18 +0000

A horse was rescued after spending six weeks alone and was found semi-buried in deep snow in a Wyoming forest notoriously thick with wolves.  Here is what Melissa Cassutt with the Jackson Hole News & Guide reported: She was first seen mid-December, when a trail groomer was working to clear trees and pack down snow. He... View Article


A 50-Foot Booth Full of Bargains: Captain’s Column 1.19.17

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:45:05 +0000

The Great Rockies Sport Show in Billings starts this Friday at noon and runs through Sunday at the Metra.  The Captain will be there along with Berny and Doug Stewart as they fill a 50 foot booth full of bargains! Buy Super Brad cut baits for as little as $4.50 for a full hook and... View Article


Hebgen Lake’s $10,000.00 to Win Stays In Montana! [Official Press Release]

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:19:18 +0000

Hebgen Lake, West Yellowstone MT, January 15, 2017. 71 teams from 8-States and Canada competed for the $10,000.00 first place NAIFC (North American Ice Fishing Circuit) Hebgen Lake Qualifier. When the auger chips settled, the team of Mike Howe and Jason Mundel, Kalispell MT, with a 14.44 pound, 6 Rainbow bag netted the 10-Grand and... View Article


Big game animals in good shape going into winter

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:48:00 GMT

After experiencing several mild winters, Southeastern Montana is in the grips of a more typical winter, with below-freezing temperatures and good snow accumulation.

Flying Big Sky's Wildlife at Montana WILD - Jan. 30

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:46:32 GMT

Are you interested in learning about what FWP’s pilots do, and seeing what they get to see while flying the Big Sky’s wildlife? Chief pilot, Joe Rahn will share pictures, video, interesting facts and stories from his unique career with the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks during an educational program for all ages.

Montana Forests Receives Forest Service Chief’s Award

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:24:02 +0000

The Southwestern Crown of the Continent Collaborative and the Flathead, Helena-Lewis and Clark, and Lolo National Forests received the 2016 Forest Service Chief’s Award for Sustaining Forests and Grasslands through the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP).  The award was accepted on behalf of the Collaborative and the Forests on December 8, at a ceremony... View Article


Mountain Lion and Three Kittens Killed After Killing Two Dogs

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:40:45 +0000

One Mountain Lion mama and here three kittens were killed by FWP game wardens on Monday in Missoula.  The lions had reportedly killed two dogs in the Grant Creek neighborhood area.  The lions killed a 35 pound dog on Sunday when the decision was made that they needed to be taken down.  FWP killed two... View Article


Ammo Doesn’t Need a Gun to Fire…

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:09:38 +0000

Loose ammo isn’t exactly the smartest thing to have lying around on the ground or floor.  Other than the obvious of properly taking care of your ammo, here’s a specific example why… This past weekend, Jason Maxwell and I were carrying something slightly heavy to the truck, and all of the sudden we heard a loud... View Article


Helena Area Reservoirs Ice Fishing Report for the Week of 1.16.17

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:45:57 +0000

Anglers are reminded that ice conditions can be extremely variable.  Ice thickness can range from thick enough to support a vehicle to open water.  Extreme caution should be used when accessing the ice.   Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout fishing has slowed a bit, but some fish are being caught between Pond 4 and the Silos... View Article


Hunter/Bowhunter Education Instructor Workshops Held Across Region 6

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:52:28 GMT

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter and Bowhunter education instructors, and folks interested in becoming instructors, are welcome to attend one of several workshops being held around Region 6 in January and February.

Montana Tales and Trails: Life in Winter

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:03:10 GMT

When the temperature reaches far below zero, we often think of the outside as the dead zone.

Domestic/Wild Sheep Symposium to be held in Helena, Feb. 9-10.

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:01:56 GMT

The Montana Wool Growers Association, the Montana Wild Sheep Foundation and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are sponsoring a symposium titled “Sheep in Montana – Domestic and Wild: The State of Things and What We Know About Disease.”

The Montana Fishing Experience [VIDEO]

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:30:56 +0000

As Montanans, a lot of us spend many hours outside.  Sometimes, people can take this beautiful land we call home for granted.  Here’s a phenomenal video posted by Jourdon Gulick on YouTube that shows a fishing trip and some incredible scenery.  We are so blessed to live here!


2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour in Missoula This Month

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:32:04 +0000

The Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) is a one of a kind experience showcasing the best in fly fishing cinema. 2017 marks The F3T’s 11th expedition across North America and another incredible lineup of independent films. From Siberia to Idaho, Mexico, Florida, Kamchatka, Alaska, Montana and more, the notable characters, unique storylines and unparalleled fishing... View Article


Male Mountain Lion Hunting Closed In Districts 418, 420 & 448

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:36:32 GMT

The hunting of male mountain lions in north-central Montana hunting districts 418, 420 & 448, which includes portions of Judith Basin, Meagher, Fergus and Cascade counties closed to male mountain lion hunting on Monday, January 16, 2017.

Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In HD's 680 & 690

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:24:48 GMT

The hunting of all mountain lions in the northeastern Montana Hunting Districts 680 and 690, which includes portions of Chouteau, Blaine and Hill counties will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, Jan.17, 2017.

Female Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In District 315

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:23:29 GMT

The hunting of female mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting district 315, which includes portions of Meagher, Park and Sweet Grass counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.

All Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In HD's 313 & 316

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:20:40 GMT

The hunting of all mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 313 and 316, including portions of Park, Carbon and Sweet Grass counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.

Be the First of Your Friends to Get Your 2017 Guaranteed Lure!

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:00:32 +0000

The Great Rockies Sport Show in Billings will open its doors at the Metra this Friday at 12 noon! The Captain will be there with Berny and Doug Stewart to hand out MT free 2017 hunting dates cards. They will also have a 50-foot booth that will be packed with the latest in fishing lures,... View Article


Lake Frances Ice Fishing Success!

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:45:59 +0000

Lake Frances, over in Valier, proved to be a good place to ice fish for Chuck Mader on Saturday, January 7th! Excellent work, Chuck, and thank you for sharing!


Summer Adventures Begin at the Great Rockies  Sportshow in Billings

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:48:10 +0000

The Great Rockies Sportshow in Billings is the largest presentation of fishing, hunting, boats, RVs, travel and outdoor products/services in Montana and Wyoming. Three days of summer fun …. in January?  That’s what’s happening at MetraPark in Billings January 20-22.  The Great Rockies Sportshow, presented by Montana Toyota dealers, returns to Billings with more fun... View Article


Warning about avalanches from Flathead Forest

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:02:09 +0000

Avalanches kill more people on national forests than any other natural hazard. The best way to stay safe is to know the conditions, get the training, carry rescue gear, and stay out of harm’s way. Backcountry terrain is neither patrolled nor controlled by professionals, so if you’re planning on going ‘out back’ or ‘off the... View Article


Howe and Mundel win $10,000 Hebgen Lake Tourney

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:25:27 +0000

The results are in and a couple of Montana Boys took home the cash during the NAIFC qualifying event held Sunday! This year as an added bonus, the folks at West Yellowstone stepped up and guaranteed $10,000 cash to the first place team. 71 teams entered this year and the competition was close. The two... View Article


Montana FWP Cancels Contract for TV Show “Wardens”

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:07:01 +0000

Steve Pupp spent countless hours alongside Montana game wardens all over the state while filming the reality series “Wardens.  For the past six years, the show has been aired on the Outdoor Channel and has more than 100 episodes.  Montana FWP opted to end the contract this year with Puppe, offering no reason why they... View Article


Up Close and Personal with a Montana Wolf [VIDEO]

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:18:12 +0000

Sticking with the topic of wolves, here’s a video from Montana for you.  Have you ever called a wolf in within a few yards of you?  A couple of bear hunters did just that…accidentally.  Check out this footage:


Montana Wolf Harvest Update as of 1.15.17

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:32:51 +0000

Here it is!  The wolf harvest total is almost approaching 200–which means there are definitely wolves out there to be taken!  Great work to all the wolf hunters and trappers who have been successful, and great efforts to those who are still looking for success.  Keep it up! For more about Montana’s wolf management program,... View Article


Montana Mountain Lion Hunters Getting It Done in D 3,4,5

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:31:15 +0000

The hunting of mountain lions in several Montana hunting districts in Region’s 3, 4 and 5 is closed as of one-half hour after sunset on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017: Will close to hunting of all mountain lions: HD 511 – which includes portions of Wheatland, Fergus and Golden Valley counties. Will close to hunting of all... View Article


Hot Dogs For Northern Pike [VID]

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:12:52 +0000

If you’re having a tough time caching Northern Pike through the ice this winter you might want to try the hot dog method shown here by 330 MaNiaC.  The hot dog method is exactly as it sounds… check this out and let us know what you think!  


Cat Camp (Part 1)

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:11:54 +0000

Every hunter with an adventurous spirit has dreamed of setting up a wall tent with a group of capable friends to pursue wild game. I’ve always wanted to spend the winter in the woods and it started out better than expected. A fellow houndsman and friend Joe McGillivray asked me if I’d like to go on an... View Article


The Ultimate Candy Store (with Colonel Smoothbore) 1.15.17

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:45:21 +0000

In past columns I’ve expressed my passion for shotguns. While I enjoy collecting and shooting firearms of all three disciplines (rifle, pistol, and shotgun), it’s the smoothbore that excites me more than any type of firearm, and the classic American double gun is my absolute favorite. There are a great many famous manufacturers of double... View Article


Good Ice and Good Fishing – Listen to Last Week’s Show 1/14/17

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:25:28 +0000

The temperatures may have fallen again, but that is good for ice fishing. The fish are biting and the ice is good. Hear both bone chilling hours of the latest episode of the Montana Outdoor Radio Show.


Mountain Lion Hunting To Close Hunting Districts In Regions 3, 4, & 5

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:51:00 GMT

The hunting of mountain lions in several Montana hunting districts in Region's 3, 4 and 5 will close at one-half hour after sunset on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017:

Bobcat Season To Close In Trapping District 2

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:45:00 GMT

By order of the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission, the season for trapping and shooting of bobcats in Trapping District 2 in western Montana will close at midnight on the evening of Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017.

Time to Get Your 2017 Bait Fish Seining License

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:39:56 GMT

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to remind bait collectors that a 2017 Commercial Bait Fish Seining License is required for persons 15 years of age and older to seine for and transport bait fish for commercial purposes in Montana, or for any person who seines for and has in his/her possession more than 24 dozen nongame bait fish.

Elk Management Season to Open in Hunting District 680 and 690

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:41:03 GMT

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has authorized a management season hunt for antlerless elk in portions of Hunting District 680 and 690, starting Saturday, Jan. 14 through Wednesday, Feb. 15. Hunters signed up for the Hunt Roster in those hunting districts may be selected for this opportunity.

Capture and Health Testing Conducted on Bighorn Sheep Herd near Eureka

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:31:54 GMT

FWP Biologists and volunteers from other agencies and the local community captured and released 32 bighorn sheep on the Woods Ranch Wildlife Management Area near Eureka. The captured sheep were a mixture of ewes, lambs, and rams. The operation is designed to obtain health information on the population. The sheep are part of the Galton Range herd that occupies land in the U. S. and Canada; the Canadians refer to this group as the “Kootenay Trench Herd”. These sheep are part of a native herd and believed to be similar genetically to the Ural Tweed population along Lake Koocanusa.

Recreationists comment on Quiet Waters Initiative

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:07:00 GMT

Concerned recreationists gathered in three Montana communities Monday night to listen and comment on the Quiet Waters Initiative, a new set of rules for various state waterways proposed by the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.

All Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In District 540

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:13:00 GMT

The hunting of all mountain lions in central Montana hunting district 540, which includes portions of Meagher and Wheatland counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Friday, January 13, 2017.

Bozeman Trapper Ed Course Set for Feb. 18

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:18:28 GMT

A trapper education class is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Regional Headquarters in Bozeman (1400 South 19th Avenue). The class is free of charge and all are welcome to attend. An adult must accompany youth under 12 years of age. Advance registration is required by contacting Brian Stoner at 406-581-8583.

Female Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In HD's 680 & 690

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:49:00 GMT

The hunting of female mountain lions in the northeastern Montana Hunting Districts 680 and 690, which includes portions of Chouteau, Blaine and Hill counties will close at one-half hour after sunset on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.

Elk Management Meetings Scheduled for Eureka, Libby, Kalispell and Trout Creek

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:00:30 GMT

A series of public meetings in Northwest Montana will focus on elk hunting regulations and season setting. Region One Wildlife Program Manager Neil Anderson noted that the meetings are part of an early start to the hunting season setting process.

Community Pond Grant Money Available

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:55:32 GMT

Groups or individuals interested in constructing or improving a community fishing pond have until Feb. 1 to apply for a Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for Community Pond Program grant.

Bobcat season to close in trapping district 3

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:58:55 GMT

By order of the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission, the season for taking bobcats in Trapping District 3 in southwestern Montana will close at midnight on the evening of Monday, Jan. 9, 2017.

Public hearing on Quiet Waters Initiative available via videoconference in Miles City

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:44:00 GMT

A petition, known as the Quiet Waters Initiative, was submitted to the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission this past spring by Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. The petition states that Montana has experienced advanced motorized technology on its waterways, which has potentially opened up waters previously thought to be unusable by motorized water craft. At its regular May meeting, the Commission initiated rulemaking on the petition, stating, in part, that the Commission should consider being proactive instead of reactive to the changes in recreation on Montana’s waterways to avoid conflicts and protect traditional and safe recreational uses. For anyone who is interested in listening to the proceedings or giving public comment, a meeting will be available via videoconference at the Miles City Fish, Wildlife & Parks Headquarters on Monday, Jan. 9 at 6 p.m.

FWP Pheasant release application deadline nears

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:22:04 GMT

The holiday season is usually a busy time for everyone but don’t forget to submit your application for pheasant releases. Interested landowners may submit their application before Jan. 15. Pen-reared pheasants are released every year between Aug. 1 and Sept. 15.

Shooting range development grant deadline nears

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:21:11 GMT

The deadline for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks shooting range development grants is rapidly approaching. The deadline to apply for range development grants is Feb.1, 2017.