The shooting complex north of Lewistown is a busy place with several events planned this spring and summer. Fred Picco and Scott Fox have more on this popular sport.

The spring CMMC Cardiac Rehab Bill Barry Memorial Run/Walk /Bike is an event for the whole family to participate in next month.  

Those who have had to give up and return to shore due to poor boating conditions know it can be a tough decision.

"When spring is in the air, snowmelt creates high water in our streams and rivers and high expectations for some good boating or rafting," said Liz Lodman, the boat education coordinator for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

The combination of high water and high expectations can be deadly when it turns out that the conditions are too extreme for safe boating.

A new program initiated by the 2017 Montana Legislature and recently signed into law by Gov. Steve Bullock is helping fund the fight against aquatic invasive species in Montana.

The Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Pass was approved as part of Senate Bill 363 and is required for all anglers. The cost is $2 for residents and $15 for nonresidents.

The AIS Prevention Pass will be available at all Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks license providers and online beginning May 19. Anglers who have already purchased licenses will need to go online or to a license provider and purchase the new pass.

Confused about whether or not you need to get your watercraft inspected for aquatic invasive species? Don’t worry, this year in Montana the answer is simpler than you might think.

Are you bringing your boat into Montana from out of state?

Memorial Day in Montana is the unofficial start to summer and as boaters flock to the amazing rivers and lakes across the state, they need to keep in mind the new rules aimed at limiting and preventing aquatic invasive species.

All watercraft coming into Montana from out of state must be inspected prior to launching. Additionally, all watercraft travelling across the Continental Divide into the Columbia River Basin, must be inspected.

Those who have had to give up and return to shore due to poor boating conditions know it can be a tough decision.

"When spring is in the air, snowmelt creates high water in our streams and rivers and high expectations for some good boating or rafting," said Liz Lodman, the boat education coordinator for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Hunter and Bowhunter Education Instructors are needed across Montana to teach safety, outdoor skills, ethics, and responsibility to students of all ages.  Instructors are needed in Lewis and Clark, Jefferson, and Broadwater counties.  Instructors donate many hours each spring and fall to ensure that hunters coming into the hunting community are safe and ethical. 

Imagine you’re riding hard down a mountain trail. The thrill of the tight trees, narrow trail and fast speed is undeniable and invigorating. As the trail you’re on weaves around a thicket of alder and huckleberries there’s a sow grizzly and two small cubs.

These hypothetical chance encounters can become more likely as the sport of mountain biking takes off in many communities around Montana and as the state’s grizzly bear population continues to expand.