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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‘Twas the Night Before Opening Day (by the Camo Queen)

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:51:17 +0000

Twas the night before Opening Day, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The rifles were sighted-in and set by the front door with care, In hopes that a monster bull soon would appear out of thin air and run into this hunter’s lair; The outdoorsmen’s baby barbarians... View Article

Field and Stream Author Relives His First Mule Deer Experience in Montana

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:22:28 +0000

Colin Kearns is and Author and writer for Field and Stream and an avid lover of the outdoors.  Kearns was invited to Montana by the host of “Shoot Straight” and marketing rep for CVA muzzleloaders, Chad Shearer.  Shearer brought Kerns to his place in North Central Montana to hunt mule deer and it made for a... View Article

Comment Period reopens on Wolverine Proposed Listing

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:46:47 +0000

DENVER – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is reopening the public comment period on a proposed rule to list the North American wolverine as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service had proposed to list the North American wolverine, which is a Distinct Population Segment of wolverines found in the lower... View Article

Waders and Hunting-Get a “Taste” of Both Live on Hunters Breakfast!

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:45:13 +0000

Tune into Hunters Breakfast with the Captain for the latest in fishing reports for Western and Central Montana this Friday morning from 8-9am on KGVO 1290am/101.5fm in Missoula. You can also listen online at The show is broadcast live from Paradise Falls on the” Banks of Brooks” in Missoula, with Bill Brown from Bob... View Article

$20,000 Reward For Information About a Grey Wolf Poaching in Oregon

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:36:29 +0000

AA The reward is now at $20,000 for information leading to the person who killed a Grey Wolf in Eugene Oregon.  The wolf was found dead on October 6th and was listed on the endangered species list, as grey wolves are in the western part of Oregon.  The 3 year old female mother, OR-28 was found... View Article

What are your reasons for the hunting season? (by Brett French)

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:19:42 +0000

Some of us hunt for antlers and the largest buck or bull. Some of us hunt for meat, and the satisfaction of stocking the freezer. A few of us enjoy just getting out, and filling a tag will only mean more work. And for most hunters, hanging out with old or new friends, camping and... View Article

Attention Anglers–Here’s the Mountain Man’s Fishing Report (10.20.16)

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:08:34 +0000

Bitterroot River, Rock Creek and Missouri River anglers–here’s a report Still some good fishing out there.  Despite high waters in western Montana-fishing reports have been pretty good especially on the Bitterroot and Rock Creek.  October caddis, mahogany duns, and some bwo’s are coming out and anglers have been using their favorite patterns to get the... View Article

2016 Revised & Updated Hunters Checklist: Captain’s Column (10.20.16)

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:50:33 +0000

Opening day for Montana’s general rifle season for deer and elk is just 2 days away. We have experienced fall weather with rain and some snow recently, but cold weather will be here before you know it and you need to be prepared. Last week I gave you my vehicle check list for hunting. This... View Article

Youth Only Deer Hunt Starts Tomorrow

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:08:25 +0000

Montana’s annual youth-only deer hunt starts tomorrow October 20th through Fridady October 21st. The two-day youth hunt is open to: legally licensed 12-15 year olds who have completed hunter education and who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult at least 18 years of age; and properly certified and legally licensed apprentice hunters 10-15 years of... View Article

Area closed because of bear attack

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:48:49 +0000

Investigators found that there were no images of bears on the wildlife cameras installed near the bear attack site northeast of Whitefish. On Sunday, October 16, a man was attacked by a bear about 3-1/2 miles northeast of Whitefish on F. H. Stoltze land between Wisconsin Avenue and Haskill Basin Road.  The man was transported... View Article

Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 10.17.16

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:14:16 +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

Idaho Has a Few Nice Bulls Left, Too!

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:32:10 +0000

Congratulations to Dana Heath of Idaho!  Here’s what he posted: Idaho has a few nice bulls left too, got this 7×6 in unit 8A, called him into 40 yards, went 30 yards and piled up on Sept. 4. Only got him to bugle 3 times, but he was sure liking tearing up trees for an... View Article

Protect Yourself with Jewelry? Yes. Really.

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:45:09 +0000

Do you or do you know a woman or women who exercise outdoors and can’t bring their pistol because you can’t find a holster that will hold it properly while you’re moving?  Maybe you just like the idea of being protected in some way everywhere you go–even when you can’t bring a knife or a gun.  Go... View Article

Well Known Trumpeter Swan Shot, Killed at Metcalf Refuge

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:05:41 +0000

A well known trumpeter swan, 5T1 has been shot and killed at Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge.  The Salish and Kootenai tribe reintroduced the swan to the refuge near Stevensville almost 10 years ago, making it one of, if not the most well known swan at Lee Metcalf.  On Saturday a waterfowl hunter called and... View Article

Upper Salmon River Weekly Steelhead Summary Report (10-16-2016)

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:22:48 +0000

Steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River increased over the past week. The majority of angler effort was once again located downstream of North Fork in location codes 14 and 15. Effort upstream of North Fork in location codes 16 and 17 increased as well but not to the extent observed downstream. Interviewed anglers... View Article

Man Attacked by Bear Near Whitefish

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:31:16 +0000

On Sunday, October 16, a man was attacked by a bear about 3-1/2 miles northeast of Whitefish on F. H. Stoltze land between Wisconsin Avenue and Haskill Basin Road. FWP responded last night to the site and began investigating the attack.  The investigation to date shows that a man and his daughter were hiking along... View Article

Subadult Female Grizzly Captured and Relocated Near Fortine

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:28:57 +0000

On October 13th,a 370 pound, 3 year old female grizzly bear was captured by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) near the confluence of Fortine and Graves Creek after getting into grain at a private residence. The female had been previously captured in 2014 as a yearling during trapping for a family group up Meadow... View Article

Monday Trout Fishing at Holter was Hot

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:00:05 +0000

If you can handle the cool fall temperatures you will enjoy the hot fishing at Holter Reservoir for trout. Downrigger Dale and the Captain decided to ignore the weather forecast of cool temperatures, as they bundled up and went fishing on Holter for trout Monday. Trolling 2 miles per hour in 11-18 foot depth over... View Article

2016 Fall Mack Days Update – Week 4

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:13:50 +0000

Wind, rain, & rough waters were the conditions anglers were faced with over the fourth weekend of the 2016 Fall Mack Days Fishing Event. The total entries for the event stand at 7,367. Fridays total was 289, Saturday 579, and Sunday 303. Anglers are competing for Up To $150,000 in Cash and Prizes sponsored by... View Article

Reward Offered for MORE Illegal Kill Information

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:30:24 +0000

The people who do this are definitely not sportsmen.  It is so unfortunate that anybody would kill an animal for no reason and leave edible meat to waste.  Regardless of their reasons.  It’s wrong, it’s disrespectful, and I hope they get caught.  Please share. BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering a reward for... View Article

Helena Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 10.17.16

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:07:05 +0000

Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout anglers are catching fish from shore using worms and marshmallows at Confederate Bay, Kim’s Marina, and the Silos recreation area.  Walleye fishing has been slow throughout the reservoir, but tolling worm harnesses, tipped with a worm, in 25 to 40 feet of water is working for a few anglers.  No report... View Article

Planet Earth 2 Trailer Showcases Incredible Camera Features and Footage

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:34:24 +0000

It’s been 10 years since Planet Earth the show debuted, and now it is back.  We get to experience some pretty awesome wildlife and terrain here in Montana, but it is awesome to be able to see other parts of the world from such incredible perspectives as well.  Click on the video, make it full... View Article

Big Missouri River Brown!

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:22:02 +0000

Here’s a nice story about a big brown trout that Kou Moua of Missoula caught above Upper Holter while night fishing in early October: I just wanted to share a photo of a big brown trout I caught on the Missouri River above Upper Holter on the cold and starry night of October 1, 2016.... View Article

Perspective Success Photos

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:45:49 +0000

All true sportsmen respect the animals they harvest–regardless of if you’re a hunter, trapper or angler.  That means we are proud of our role played in conservation (and filling the freezer) and also that it is okay to have a little fun…respectfully.  There are times when some sportsmen may want to trick their friends and family by ridiculously (or... View Article

Colder Weather Starts Whitefish Bite in Northwest Montana

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 16:50:23 +0000

Northwest Montana saw it’s first snow of the season this past week. The colder temperatures had the fishing kind of “hit and miss.” But, the whitfish bite is back on and fisherman are doing great in the Kalispell area. Hear the latest report from Kirk at Snappy’s sports in Kalispell.