Outdoor Briefs July 21 2017

Fire restrictions in place throughout southeastern Montana

All 11 counties in the Miles City Fire District in southeastern Monatana are now under at least Stage I fire restrictions, banning campfires, smoking and other activities except in buildings, closed vehicles and areas 3 feet in diameter that have been cleared of flammable materials.

Impmacted counties are Garfield, McCone, Richland, Dawson, Prairie, Wibaux, Rosebud, Custer, Fallon, Powder River and Carter.

The ban is also in place at all Fishing Access Sites and other properties managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), according to an FWP news release.

Campfires are still allowed at FWP sites that have fire rings and that are staffed full time.

Mountain lion special license applications available now

Applications for a special limited-entry mountain lion hunting license drawing are available from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, according to an FWP news release.

Hunters can apply for a special license that is valid only in certain hunting districts available through the drawing, or they may purchase a general mountain lion license by Aug. 31.

Mountain lion hunting in most northwestern and western hunting districts in FWP Regions 1 and 2 is only by special mountain lion licenses awarded via the drawing, the news release noted.

Applicants pay a non-refundable fee, and must have a 2017 Conservation License .

To apply, visit, fwp.mt.gov or any regional FWP office. Online applications must be submitted by 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 10.

License drawing dates set for July and August

According to a news release, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks drew the deer and elk B licenses for the 2017-18 season on July 17. Hunters can check their drawing status on MyFWP.

The antelope license drawing will be July 31. Refunds for unsuccessful applicants for deer and elk B and antelope licenses will be mailed out mid-August, the news release noted. Other drawing dates include July 31 for fall turkey, Aug. 10 for sandhill cranes and Aug. 21 for mountain lion licenses.

Colorado Springs urged to
consider urban deer hunting

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Springs councilmembers are being urged to consider allowing hunting within city limits to combat high populations of deer.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials have met with city leaders to discuss the issue. The state officials say the hunt could decrease crashes and garden conflicts.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Wednesday that one solution discussed is an urban-hunting program like those in some rural Colorado communities. The plan could recruit “sharpshooters” to residential areas.

City Councilman Don Knight believes urban hunting will work and says he will ask the council on Monday to research the possibility. Studies by the state suggest 20 deer reside in every square mile of Colorado Spring’s southwest corner.

Wichita man catches 80-pound flathead catfish

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man has caught an unusually large flathead catfish in a lake northeast of Wichita and locals think it’s the largest fish of any kind reeled in during the lake’s 50-year history.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Charlie Henning had caught an 80-pound catfish at Marion Reservoir last week that was more than 50 inches long.

All of Henning’s gear used to catch the fish, dubbed Moby Catfish, had cost less than some fishing lures. Henning says his equipment may be cheap but it is reliable.

Marion resident Warren Kreutziger says the biggest confirmed flathead he knew of was 65 pounds prior to Henning’s catfish. Kansas’ record of the heaviest flathead is 123 pounds caught at Elk City Reservoir in 1998.

Dog pulls baby deer from water to save it from drowning

PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y. (AP) — A dog that saw a baby deer in danger of drowning in New York jumped in and dragged it to shore.

The daring rescue in Long Island Sound was caught on video by his owner Mark Freeley. He tells WCBS-TV that he was taking the English golden retriever named Storm on a walk Sunday morning when Storm “just plunged into the water and started swimming out to the fawn, grabbed it by the neck, and started swimming to shore.”

Video shows Storm pushing the deer to shore, lying next to the fawn and nudging it with his nose.

Freeley says animal rescuers soon arrived and the deer ran back into the water. They used a rope to pull the fawn back in.

The fawn is recovering at an animal rescue center.