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.

Conner Montana Map

Conner MT Weather

Conner Montana Outdoors News

Bizarre Find in Deer Rib Cage

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:48:37 +0000

How is this for a sight? According to the Utah Conservation Officers Association’s Facebook page, “This deer was shot several years prior and when they dressed it out they found this! Someone shot the deer years prior, but it wasn’t a fatal shot. It broke a few ribs and the arrow broke off, the deer’s... View Article


Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 2.20.17

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:28:25 +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 been steady from Pond 4 to the Silos Recreation Area and around Chinamen’s Bay using... View Article


FWP Updates Snow Goose Consumption Advisory

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:43:29 GMT

While it would appear safe for humans to consume muscle tissue and organs of these harvested geese, under the circumstances, it is at the discretion of the hunter whether he or she chooses to eat or discard snow geese harvested after the Nov. 28 event.

Hunter Education Classes Scheduled for Troy, Plains, and Polson/Ronan/Pablo

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:48:19 GMT

Spring Hunter Education Classes have been scheduled for a number of communities in northwest Montana. All hunter education classes are free of charge. By state law, anyone born after January 1, 1985, must have completed the Hunter Education Course to buy a hunting license in Montana. A student must be at least 10 years old to take the course.

FWP seeks comment on rules aimed at invasive mussels

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:11:00 GMT

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on proposed amendments to rules that outline new regulations needed in the battle to contain, detect and prevent the risk of spreading invasive mussels and other aquatic invasive species to other state waters.

Fish & Wildlife Commission approves lighted nocks for archery-only season

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:09:00 GMT

Montana archery hunters will be allowed to utilize another piece of equipment this fall in their pursuit of game. During its Feb. 10 meeting, the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission approved the use of lighted nocks on arrows during the 2017 archery-only season and in archery equipment-only areas or hunting districts.

Sobering Tree Well Demonstration Video

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:18:27 +0000

This video needs to be watched by skiers, boarders, hikers, hunters and anyone that plays in the woods during the winter. Check out the unofficial networks video here  


Montana Trappers Making Memories and Going BIG This Season!

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:45:51 +0000

Dan Helterline found trapping success with wolves, coyotes, bobcats and foxes this season–all with his trapping partner, who is also his daughter, Alexis.  Specifically, this picture consists of 112 coyotes, 8 wolves, 5 foxes and 5 bobcats.  That’s quite a season!  Above and below are incredibly awesome pictures that were recently taken when Dan, Raf Viniard and Derick... View Article


Comment on Proposed 2017 Trail Grant Applications

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:12:55 +0000

Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) is seeking public comment on Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and Off-Highway Vehicle Program (OHV) grant applications for the current grant cycle which closed on February 1, 2017. Public comment is accepted through Friday, March 17th at 5pm. Montana’s Recreational Trails Program received 69 grant applications with requests totaling approximately $2.6 million. ... View Article


Cooney State Park Ice Fishing Clinic Postponed

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:11:29 +0000

Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that the Cooney State Park Ice Fishing Clinic has been postponed indefinitely. The event was scheduled for Saturday, February 25 at 10am, but warm temperatures have made ice conditions unstable. The event may be rescheduled for March if weather permits. Montana State Parks apologizes for any inconvenience. For more... View Article


Yellowstone Science Highlights Trout Conservation

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:08:44 +0000

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – The latest issue of Yellowstone Science focuses on the efforts to restore native fish to Yellowstone National Park waterways. The articles provide opportunities to anyone who wants to learn more about the critical role native fish play in this dynamic ecosystem. Yellowstone’s senior fisheries biologist, Todd Koel writes, “Our goal... View Article


What Is YOUR Ice Fishing Theme Song?

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:00:24 +0000

There are still some places in Montana where the ice is thick enough to fish on, and why not have a theme song playing over in your head while you are out there?  Here are a couple of songs to choose from if that’s something that interests you.  What music would you use for your ice... View Article


Summertime Fun in Montana–Food, Drinks and PIGS!

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:15:05 +0000

The Bear Creek Downs Saloon and Steakhouse is known for some awesome drinks and phenomenal food, but that’s not all they are known for.  Every Thursday through Sunday from May through September(ish)–it varies–you can participate in gambling at their pig races!  The pigs wear different color bandanas and race in a circle for a treat consisting... View Article


Baby Moose Attacks Sprinkler

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:00:13 +0000

Everyone needs a good laugh and a smile Monday morning.  This video guarantees one or the other. Click here for video


Montana Wolf Harvest Update as of 2.19.17

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:30:34 +0000

Montana’s wolf harvest total for the 2016-2017 season was sitting at 227 as of Sunday, February 19th, with 78 wolves taken by trapping and 149 taken via hunting.  Congratulations to everybody that found success, as it is not easy to hunt or trap wolves. For more information on Montana’s wolf management program, visit fwp.mt.gov.  ... View Article


Part of Yellowstone WMA road reopened after runoff subsides

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:30:16 +0000

NEWS RELEASE : BILLINGS —  Part of the roadway leading through the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Yellowstone Wildlife Management Area east of Billings will reopen Saturday morning. FWP closed the WMA to all vehicles earlier in the week because of muddy road conditions and water running across the road. The portion of the roadway... View Article


FWP Seeks Comment on Rules Aimed at Invasive Mussels

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:00:01 +0000

NEWS RELEASE: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on proposed amendments to rules that outline new regulations needed in the battle to contain, detect and prevent the risk of spreading invasive mussels and other aquatic invasive species to other state waters. Invasive mussel larvae were detected for the first time in Montana in... View Article


Field Safety (with Colonel Smoothbore)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:38:39 +0000

It will be 53 years ago this coming September since I took the Montana Hunter’s Safety Course. Since then I covered many a mile up and down Montana’s wildlands, crossed lots of streams and fences, and I’ve been fortunate to have taken many game birds and big game. I occasionally think back to those halcyon... View Article


Avalanche Rescue [VIDEO]

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:36:40 +0000

Winter conditions are slowly eroding in valleys around Montana but back country skiers and snowmobilers should remain cautious.  Here’s a video from JukinVideo that shows a snowmobiler who really lucked out – luckily his friends were prepared for the worst.  


Late Winter Fun – Listen to Last Week’s Show

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:35:20 +0000

Ice fishing is still going strong, even though the mild temps are showing some open water on certain lakes. But, plenty of opportunities are still available to poke some holes and catch some fish. Hear both action packed hours of the Montana Outdoor Radio Show, from this past week’s show.


Montana Hunting and Fishing Reports 2/18/17

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:22:18 +0000

Mild temperatures are getting lots of folk ready for spring. But that does not mean winter sports are over. Hear the latest ice conditions and hunting and fishing reports from around the state. From the most recent episode of the Montana Outdoor Radio Show.


Looking Back – Wolf Trapping Fails Lead to Success

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:00:40 +0000

I’ve failed a lot more than I have succeeded as a wolf trapper. If I count the number of trap nights that resulted in gallons per mile calculations and trap-line equipment costs versus number of wolves trapped, the ratio is a bit off.  So far off that anyone with half a brain would have thrown in... View Article


Hay! What’s Hay Got To Do With Catching Wolves?

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:24:24 +0000

The tail gate dropped on my truck after a long walk to the top of a ridge and back in deep snow. Like usual my hounds had made a mess going in and out of the dog box all winter and the hay had built up between the tail gate and my truck bed so... View Article


Wolverine VS Coyote–Wow

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 04:10:14 +0000

Carl Norman, of Anchorage, was woken up just after 4am the other day…wow. What he discovered was a once-in-a-lifetime incident…he finished his pictures and post with “just another day in Anchorage, Alaska”.  Here is what Norman posted on Facebook: Woken up at 4:15am this morning by Tabetha screaming from downstairs for me to come down…OMG…OMG…OMG!!!... View Article


Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 2.17.17

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:56:33 +0000

Fishing: Canyon Ferry: Ice is about 20+” south of silos. The trout bite is good. Try fishing in about 15 FOW with the usual rigs—jigging spoons tipped with crawlers, maggots, or even corn. The trout are plentiful right now. For Walleye/Perch try throwing pink Swedish pimples tipped with Maggots or meal worms in 30-45 FOW... View Article


Yellowstone Recruiting for 2017 Youth Conservation Corps Program

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:20:10 +0000

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – How would you like to help Yellowstone while you work, learn, play, and serve in the world’s first national park? Yellowstone National Park is currently recruiting for the 2017 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program, a residential work-based education program for young men and women between the ages of 15 and... View Article


Decision Signed for the Blacktail Road Restoration and Stabilization Project

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:17:54 +0000

February 16, 2017 – Swan Lake District Ranger, Richard Kehr signed the Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Blacktail Road Restoration and Stabilization Project.  The decision authorizes implementation of several activities to stabilize and restore nearly 10 miles of road. The Blacktail Road, Road #917 is located within the Island... View Article


Part of Yellowstone WMA road reopened after runoff subsides

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:42:15 GMT

Part of the roadway leading through the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Yellowstone Wildlife Management area east of Billings will reopen Saturday morning. FWP closed the WMA to all vehicles earlier in the week because of muddy road conditions and water running across the road.

FWP seeks comment on rules aimed at invasive mussels

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:08:19 GMT

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on proposed amendments to rules that outline new regulations needed in the battle to contain, detect and prevent the risk of spreading invasive mussels and other aquatic invasive species to other state waters.

Spring Turkey Hunt Application Deadline

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:17:24 +0000

Montana’s spring male turkey hunting season begins April 8 this year. The deadline to apply for a Montana spring turkey permit in some Montana counties is March 2. Applicants will find the spring turkey permit areas in FWP Regions 2, 3, and 4 listed on the application. Hunters must have a 2017 conservation and base... View Article


More Fishing Seminars Slated for Saturday at Bretz in Missoula!

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:33:16 +0000

The boat show continues at Bretz RV and Marine and so do the free fishing seminars this Saturday. Bob Hickey will be on at 10am and Mike Howe will follow at 12 noon with two excellent seminars. Gull Boats has joined Bretz RV & Marine in this year’s boat show as both dealerships showcase their... View Article


First Hunter Education Classes Offered Across Region 6 for Youth and Adults

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:07:07 GMT

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for many areas across Region 6. All hunter education classes are free of charge.

Hunter Education Classes Offered in Havre, for Youth and Adults

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:38:37 GMT

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the Havre area for this year. There will be three regular youth classroom courses offered this spring.

FWP Accepting Comments on Draft EA for Vandalia Wildlife Management Area Grazing Lease Renewal

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:37:35 GMT

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is proposing to renew the grazing lease for the Vandalia Wildlife Management Area (WMA) until Sept. 15, 2023. Comments are being sought on the draft environmental assessment (EA) concerning the grazing renewal.

Water closes road into wildlife management area

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:49:48 GMT

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has closed the road leading through the Yellowstone River Wildlife Management Area northwest of Pompeys Pillar because of hazardous conditions.

Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife Board to Meet February 22 in Kalispell

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:16:27 GMT

The Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife Board will meet on Wednesday, February 22 beginning at 10 a.m. at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Headquarters on Meridian Road in Kalispell. Board Chairman Terry Tanner invites all interested persons to attend. The agenda is listed below

Reminder: ICE FISHING CLASS FOR WOMEN FEB 17 & 18 in Kalispell

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:01:07 GMT

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is sponsoring an ice fishing class on February 17 and 18.

Seasonal jobs open for mussel response inspection and decontamination stations

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:06:00 GMT

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks today announced that it is recruiting additional aquatic invasive species inspection and laboratory technicians for the upcoming season. The job opportunities are part of the state’s on-going effort to battle the risk of spreading invasive mussels to other areas in the state.

Region 7 Block Management Program cooperators recognized

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:34:00 GMT

In 2016, more than 45,000 resident and nonresident hunters utilized the Block Management Program in Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7.

Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In HD's 213 & 214

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:39:33 GMT

The hunting of all mountain lions in western Montana hunting districts 213 and 214, in portions of Granite, Powell and Deer Lodge counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.

Male Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In HD's 283 & 285

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:36:48 GMT

The hunting of male mountain lions in western Montana hunting districts 283 and 285, which include portions of Missoula and Powell counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, Feb.14, 2017.

Fish and Wildlife Commission to hold brief meeting Wednesday

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:38:15 GMT

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a brief teleconference meeting Feb. 15 at noon to make a decision on the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Future Fisheries improvement projects for the winter 2017 grant cycle.

Mountain Lion Hunting Districts Closed Or To Close In Region 2

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:05:00 GMT

The hunting of mountain lions in several Montana hunting districts in Region 2, closed or to close at one-half hour after sunset:

Shed Hunters Urged to Hold Off Until Spring

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:38:52 GMT

Winter can be a tough time for us humans, whether struggling with a pesky cold or digging out from the latest snowstorm. Now imagine what it’s like for Montana’s elk population. It’s an especially stressful time for elk, with deep snow and limited food options. That’s why Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is asking shed hunters and other recreationists to give elk their space until the snow melts and the animals are less stressed.

Second meeting for birding/outdoors group March 16 in Miles City

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:37:00 GMT

The second meeting for people interested in a birding/outdoors group will be held in Miles City on Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Miles Community College, Room 106.

Bobcat Season To Close In Trapping District 5

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:47:46 GMT

By order of the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission, the season for taking bobcats in Trapping District 5 in southcentral Montana will close at midnight on the evening of Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.

FWP to Expand Fisheries Division to Battle Aquatic Invasive Species

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:22:39 GMT

As part of the statewide effort to address the risks of invasive mussels, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks plans to create a new bureau to manage the prevention, detection and control of aquatic invasive species within state borders.

Seasonal Jobs Open for Mussel Response Inspection and Decontamination Stations

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:20:25 GMT

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks today announced that it is recruiting additional aquatic invasive species inspection and laboratory technicians for the upcoming season. The job opportunities are part of the state’s on-going effort to battle the risk of spreading invasive mussels to other areas in the state.

Female Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In HD 250

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:27:15 GMT

The hunting of female mountain lions in western Montana hunting district HD 250, which includes portions of Ravalli County will close at one-half hour after sunset on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.

All Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In HD’s 320 And 333

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:26:13 GMT

The hunting of all mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 320 & 333, which include portions of Madison, Silver Bow, Gallatin and Jefferson counties, will close one-half hour after sunset on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.