Outdoor Briefs June 30 2017

Must have: Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Pass 

Montana anglers are reminded that they need to purchase an Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Pass.

According to a news release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the pass is required for all anglers in addition to a fishing license. The cost is $2 for residents and $15 for nonresidents.

The pass is a requirement from the 2017 Montana Legislature, with the proceeds to be used to fight against aquatic invasive species such as mussels.

The pass is available at all Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks license providers and online at fwp.mt.gov. If you purchased a fishing license prior to May 19, you will need to obtain an AIS pass, the news release noted.

“We know this will be an inconvenience for some anglers, but protecting the health of our waterways is critical,” said FWP director Martha Williams. “The AIS program we have in place is our best chance at keeping mussels from spreading to other Montana waters and at keeping other invasive species from gaining a foothold in the state.”

Hunter/Bowhunter Education volunteer instructors honored

Several Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 7 volunteer hunter education and bowhunter education instructors received service awards during the agency’s annual Hunter/Bowhunter Education Workshop in Helena this past weekend.

Larry Christensen, Hunter and Bowhunter Education instructor in Sidney, was named Instructor of the Year for Region 7, according to an FWP news release.

“Christensen is the driving force behind a group in Sidney actively pursuing a local sporting club and public shooting range, which would be a valuable tool for the Richland County Hunter Education program, as well as for the local Boy Scouts and 4-H Shooting Sports,” the news release said.

Other honorees included:

— Eugene “Gene” Vennes for 45 years of service as a Hunter Ed instructor in Fallon County.

— Michael Scott, a Hunter Ed instructor in Rosebud County, who has contributed 35 years.

— Lawrence “Pete” Peters, Hunter Ed in Rosebud County, and Greg Mohr, Hunter Ed Richland County, 25 years.

Outdoor Channel star sentenced for poaching in Wyoming

KEMMERER, Wyo. (AP) — The star of an Outdoor Channel hunting show has been fined $23,000 and given a suspended jail sentence for poaching in Wyoming.

The incident occurred in October on Spring Creek Ranch, a property owned by the “Wildgame Nation” star, Billy A. Busbice Jr. Busbice was caught when Kemmerer Game Warden Chris Baird was told by other hunters of an odd hunting incident.

The hunters told Baird they saw a man filming a hunter who shot two elk.

Baird said he met with Busbice, who admitted to having accidently killed a calf elk while trying to harvest a large bull.

Busbice had all of his game and fish license privileges revoked for two years, including in his home state of Louisiana.