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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Rapid Response Team to be Interviewed on Mussels Tomorrow

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:12:46 +0000

ATTENTION MONTANA OUTDOOR RADIO SHOW LISTENERS: You don’t want to miss tomorrow’s show! Tomorrow we will have the Incident Commander of the Governor’s Rapid Response Team, Matt Wolcott, and team member Jenny Flatow on the show. The Rapid Response Team was appointed by Governor Bullock to study and try to stop the spread of Mussels... View Article

Public comment sought for open water fishing contests proposed for 2017

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:07:43 GMT

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on open water fishing contests proposed for the 2017 season. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits.

Antler Shed Christmas Tree

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:13:11 +0000

So you have collected hundreds of sheds, now what do you do with them?  Check out this time-lapse video of a couple people putting their sheds to good use for the holiday season!   Click here for the Pure Elevation Video

Understanding grizzly bear management: current successes, challenges

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:43:33 GMT

In some ways, 2016 will go down as a landmark year for grizzly bear management.

Ongoing Wolf Issues for Montana Ranchers

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:10:20 +0000

The wolves in Montana and other states are an ongoing problem for many ranchers. Below is a news clip from six years ago that talks about the issues that Darby rancher Dalton Christopherson faced back in 2010 and that many Montana ranchers continue to face. As a matter of fact, another Darby-area rancher has lost... View Article

Environmental Assessment and Draft Decision Notice Completed for the Whitefish Municipal Watershed Fuel Reduction Project

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:20:41 +0000

KALISPELL, MT –December 7, 2016 –The Tally Lake Ranger District has released the Environmental Assessment and Draft Decision Notice for the Whitefish Municipal Watershed Fuel Reduction (WMWFR) project. The project was developed through a collaborative process, and is located on the Tally Lake Ranger District, northeast of the city of Whitefish. Much of the project... View Article

Alligator Kiss

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:50:41 +0000

Ingredients: 1 part Midori Melon Liqueur 1 part Orange Juice 1 part Champagne Garnish with Orange Twist How to Mix: Pour in Midori followed by orange juice. Top with the champagne. Garnish with a twist of orange peel. Great toast into the New Year!

Western MT SCI invites you to their Holiday Mixer

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:28:37 +0000

Get into the holiday spirit with SCI! Join other sportsmen in this awesome event where you can meet like-minded people. Please note that this is a cash bar and please RSVP at the listed contact info.

Goose Hunters Urged to Wait to Consume Recent Kills in Butte-Dillon Areas

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:15:59 GMT

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is advising hunters to wait to consume snow geese harvested after Nov. 28 in the Butte and Dillon areas.

Capturing wildlife videos in Yellowstone: Brett French Radio Show Preview

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:19:33 +0000

It’s always amazing to drive through Yellowstone National Park and view the variety of wildlife. Bob Landis has made a career out of filming in the park, images that have been used in a number of wildlife films for big names like Nature and National Geographic. This past summer his most unusual encounter involved a... View Article

And So Winter Arrives

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:56:08 GMT

All creatures big and small have survival strategies.

In the Tree Down by the River! (by Montana Grant)

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:07:14 +0000

Deer always amaze me. They are such smart and unpredictable creatures. The Rut often is the only time the big bucks make a mistake. They are so focused on chasing does that they let down their guard. After scouting my bow hunting area, I placed my tree stand perfectly. Last year, the bigger bucks stayed... View Article

Thousands of Snow Geese Dead After Landing in Berkeley Pit

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:33:15 +0000

Thousands of snow geese are estimated to be dead and dying after about 10,000 of them landed in Berkeley Pit on November 28th.  Montana Resources does have a mitigation plan in place since 340 geese died in 1995 after landing in the pit.  The plan has been very successful in the last 20 years, but... View Article

Cold, Cold, Cold Fishing Coming: Captain’s Column 12.8.16

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:45:51 +0000

Frigid sub-zero temperatures have arrived across Montana this week and next. Cold temperatures mean ice will be forming on lakes and reservoirs. Ice anglers I have spoken with are getting excited to head to their favorite hard water lake and begin ice fishing. It is a little early for fishing reports, but I am sure... View Article

Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 12.5.16

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:06:24 +0000

The changes into fall with snow and rain weather means fishermen should stay aware. The weather and water levels 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.... View Article

Little Girl’s First Deer Kill

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:40:11 +0000

Many of us remember our first deer kill, but most don’t remember it at such a young age!  Check out this little girl’s first deer kill and reaction here.  

Nelson Reservoir to Remain Low through the Winter

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:28:00 GMT

Nelson Reservoir, located 20 miles northeast of Malta, will be approximately 15 ft (2206 ft elevation) below full pool elevation of 2221 ft, or 37% of full pool capacity. The reservoir was drawn down to complete a Bureau of Reclamation Safety of Dams project to remedy certain deficiencies associated with the dikes.

Elk Hunters Compete with Pack of Wolves [VIDEO]

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:00:51 +0000

Just a reminder that you’re not the only ones hunting when you live among wolves…..  Here’s some footage from Oregon of a pack of wolves curiously checking out hunters that were elk hunting.  Pretty neat to get this footage.  Here’s their description: While taking 9 year old Emma Bell on an Oregon mentored youth cow... View Article

Ski season starts today in the Flathead!

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:05:20 +0000

WHITEFISH, MONT. – December 6, 2016 – After a well-timed storm brought nearly two feet of snow to Whitefish Mountain Resort this week, the resort will open Wednesday, December 7 with top to bottom skiing and access to North Side terrain.  Since mid-November the summit has received more than five feet of snowfall, however more... View Article

Governor announces $1.5M in grants for forest restoration projects in 10 counties

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:02:04 +0000

Governor Steve Bullock announced today that the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) has awarded grants totaling $1,500,000 for forest restoration and forest fuels reduction projects on state and private lands across Montana. The grants are a component of Governor Bullock’s Forests In Focus initiative, and represent the final installment of $5 million... View Article

Keep safe driving this winter

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:49:43 +0000

With the winter season approaching, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reminds individuals to be prepared for winter storms and extreme cold. While the danger of severe winter weather varies across the country, everyone can benefit by taking a few easy steps now to prepare for emergencies. A first step, regardless of where you live,... View Article

What to Do When You Catch a Big One!

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:45:29 +0000

So, you’re out fishing, and you spend 20 minutes reeling in a big one…and it is REALLY big.  Now, what do you do?  Montana FWP has some info below for you: I caught a record-breaker! What now? To prevent loss of weight, do not clean or freeze the fish. Keep the fish cool—preferably on ice.... View Article

Montana Wolf Harvest Update – 12.6.16

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:44:29 +0000

The number of wolves harvested in Montana so far is still on the rise!  Just a reminder that Montana’s wolf trapping season, which requires a mandatory wolf trapping certification class completion in Montana or Idaho, opens on December 15th and lasts through February 28th.  Montana’s wolf hunting season closes on March 15th.  Get some!

Male Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In District 122

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:48:29 GMT

The hunting of male mountain lions in northwestern Montana Hunting District 122, which includes portions of Flathead, Sanders and Lincoln counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016.

Female Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In HD's 204, 260, 261 & 262

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:47:12 GMT

The hunting of female mountain lions in western Montana hunting districts 204, 260, 261and 262, (excluding Missoula Special Management Area) which includes Granite, Missoula and Ravalli counties will close one-half hour after sunset on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016.

It’s Ice Fishing Season! MT Tournament Information Here

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:10:43 +0000

With the weather starting to dip into the negatives across Montana this week, it is time to start thinking about Ice Fishing!  Start planning your weekends if you are wanting to compete in any of the State approved Ice Fishing Tournaments across Montana.  Below is the link to the FWP ice fishing page for rules,... View Article

Mountain Lion Hunting Closures

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:06:53 +0000

The hunting of all mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 390 and 391, which include portions of Broadwater, Gallatin, and Meagher counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tues. December 6, 2016. The order halting the hunt came shortly after Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials received word that the pre-established harvest... View Article

Tag Soup Party at the Bootlegger Bar in Superior, Montana!

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:45:33 +0000

IT’S NOT OVER YET! On December 10th at 8:00pm, there will be a party for those who have AND haven’t filled their tags….but bring the people that haven’t filled tags, and they can win prizes! If you’re wondering where the infamous Bootlegger Bar is, then just head to 111 Mullan Road West in Superior, Montana,... View Article

Smith River State Park mining resolution up for discussion

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:02:13 +0000

From ABC FOX MONTANA “The potential adoption or rejection of mining activities near the Smith River State Park will be discussed at the Missoula City Council meeting on Monday, December 5th. The resolution will be presented on Monday, and the committee discussion will be on Wednesday.” Read more here:     

Region 4 CAC to Meet with Legislators in Great Falls

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:32:40 GMT

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Region 4 Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) will meet 5-8 p.m., Dec. 15, at the FWP Region 4 office, 4600 Giant Springs Road in Great Falls, for a special legislative meeting.

All mountain lion hunting to close in HD's 390 & 391

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:40:02 GMT

The hunting of all mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 390 and 391, which include portions of Broadwater, Gallatin, and Meagher counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tues. December 6, 2016.

Youth Citizen Scientist Program at Montana WILD - Dec. 19

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:20:29 GMT

Do you want to learn more about wildlife conservation and make a difference as a citizen scientist?

Montana North Pole Adventure Train Tickets for 2017 ON SALE NOW!

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:00:52 +0000

The Montana North Pole Adeventure train is SOLD OUT for the 2016 season, but they are selling tickets for 2017 right now! The train is located just 10 miles from town, eight miles down Hanover road/Hwy 426. 2017 dates—TICKETS ON SALE NOW Nov 25th  5:00 & 7:30 Dec 2nd   5:00 & 7:30 Dec 8th    5:00 &... View Article

Female Mountain Lion Hunting Will Close In HD 314

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:00:00 GMT

The hunting of female mountain lions in hunting district 314, which includes portions of Gallatin and Park counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Monday, Dec.5, 2016.

Region 6 Havre-Area Check Station Results for the 2016 Season

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:55:12 GMT

The final results are in at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Havre check station for the 2016 hunting season. The check station was open from Oct. 8 (the open of general antelope) through Nov. 27 (the end of the deer/elk general season). Overall, both hunter numbers and big-game harvest increased from last year, with mule deer numbers being the highest in several years.

Man Saves Dog Then Give Kangaroo a Right Hook

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:54:26 +0000

In Montana, we’ve seen videos and heard stories of pet owners saving their dogs from all sorts of wildlife, but never Kangaroos.  Check out this video of an Australian man saving his dog for a Kangaroo choke hold, then squaring off with the animal.  

General Big Game Season Ends in Region 6, Shoulder Season Starts Soon

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:30:14 GMT

This year, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 has a shoulder season that allows antlerless elk hunting from Dec. 15-Dec. 31, with a specific B-license. Elk licenses (general elk or B-licenses) valid during the archery and general seasons are not valid for the shoulder season in Region 6. Hunters must have previously applied for this opportunity during the June 1 license drawing, and received their elk B-license that is only valid during the R6 shoulder season

Female Mountain Lion Hunting Closed In Region 6 Except Hunting Districts 680 & 690

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:23:00 GMT

The hunting of female mountain lions in north eastern Montana Region 6 except HD's 680 and 690, which includes portions of Hill, Garfield, Blaine, Phillips, Valley, Daniels, Sheridan, Roosevelt, McCone, Dawson and Richland counties closed at one-half hour after sunset on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.

Region 6 Citizen Advisory Committee Special Legislative Session Meets December 14 in Havre

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:20:15 GMT

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Region 6 Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) will meet from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Best Western Plus Havre Inn and Suites, located at 1425 US-2 in Havre, for a special legislative meeting.

Nice Walleye Bite!

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:00:56 +0000

Eddie Mindt and one of his kids from the Lakeridge Lodging and Bait shop of Fort Peck went fishing Saturday below the dam.  They caught 10 nice eating walleyes, too. Way to go, guys!

Female Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In HD's 321, 332 & 334

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:22:00 GMT

The hunting of all female mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 321, 332 & 334 which include portions of Beaverhead, Silver Bow, and Deer Lodge counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.

Emergency restrictions approved in effort to contain invasive mussel spread

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:15:32 GMT

HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Mussel Response team today announced immediate temporary emergency restrictions on the launch or removal of all boats, docks, and other structures for Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs.

R3 Citizens' Advisory Committee to Meet Tuesday

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:19:54 GMT

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 3 Citizens’ Advisory Committee will meet in Bozeman on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the FWP Regional Office (1400 S. 19th Ave.) from 6–8 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

General season trend of more hunters, more deer continues

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:16:00 GMT

Cooler temperatures held off until after Sunday’s close of the general deer and elk season, but the trend of more hunters and more deer coming through Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7 check stations continued through the final weekend.

Governor Bullock Forms Rapid Response Team to Address Aquatic Invasive Species

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:09:29 GMT

Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order today declaring a statewide natural resource emergency for Montana water bodies due to the detection of the larvae of invasive aquatic mussels at Tiber Reservoir and suspected detections at Canyon Ferry Reservoir and the Milk and Missouri rivers.

FWP Citizen Advisory Committee Meets on November 30

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:14:04 GMT

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Citizen Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 30 (Public meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.) at the Region One FWP Headquarters on North Meridian Road in Kalispell. Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Gary Wolfe of Missoula will give an update and northwest Montana legislators have been invited to discuss FWP issues. FWP officials from Helena will attend and give an update on legislation and FWP operations.

General big game season ends, shoulder seasons remain in many hunting districts

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:44:41 GMT

Despite mild weather throughout November, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will not extend the 2016 big game general season, still 41 hunting districts have shoulder season that allow antlerless elk hunting, largely on private land, through December, and in several instances, into the new year.

FWP Citizen Advisory Committee Meets on November 30

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:48:42 GMT

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Citizen Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 30 (Public meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.) at the Region One FWP Headquarters on North Meridian Road in Kalispell. Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Gary Wolfe of Missoula will give an update and northwest Montana legislators have been invited to discuss FWP issues. FWP officials from Helena will attend and give an update on legislation and FWP operations.

Deer Harvest Numbers Solid in Northwest Montana as Season Ends

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:04:52 GMT

Northwest Montana hunters wrapped up another successful big game season on Sunday. At the six northwest Montana check stations through the end of the season on Sunday, November 27, a total of 17,656 hunters checked 1,494 white-tailed deer ( 1,069 of these were bucks), 146 mule deer, and 72 elk for an 9.7 percent rate of hunters with game. This is slightly higher than the 8.2 percent of hunters with game last year. The number of hunters passing through check stations in northwest Montana was down four percent.

2016 general hunting season ends; shoulder seasons next up in south central Montana

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:47:56 GMT

The 2016 big-game general hunting season closed over the weekend much like every other weekend during year – with mild weather that made for comfortable, but challenging, conditions. Temperatures generally were above what is expected for November in south central Montana and most areas – particularly the southern reaches of the region, were just breezy. Statistics gathered at four Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations were a mixed bag with hunter numbers and the number of deer and elk harvested varying widely, depending on the area.