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Thursday, Oct. 20th, 2016

Applications for the MASO Young Artists Competition must be postmarked no later than November 23, 2016

The Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras (MASO) invites all Montana musicians, ages 13 to 22 that play any of the standard orchestral instruments, to apply for its biennial Young Artists Competition, to be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 in Bozeman. Applications for the MASO Young Artists Competition can be downloaded from the MASO website at and must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, November 23, 2016 for this statewide competition.
“The MASO Young Artists Competition has a great tradition of identifying and presenting some of the most talented musicians in our state. It’s a tremendous opportunity for young musicians to participate in the thrill of competition and to ultimately have the chance to play with a professional symphony orchestra. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime – I strongly encourage all the young artists to apply, “said John Zoltek, chair of the Young Artists Competition and Music Director of the Glacier Symphony and Chorale. In addition to an opportunity to perform with a Montana symphony orchestra, winners of each division win a cash scholarship: Junior (ages 13-15), $450; Senior (age 16 through high school graduate), $650; and College (post high school through age 22), $1,000. Participating orchestras include the Glacier Symphony, Billings Symphony, Bozeman Symphony, Butte Symphony, Great Falls Symphony, and Helena Symphony.
Once jurors have screened the applications, finalists are invited to perform in person on Saturday, January 14, 2017 on the campus of Montana State University-Bozeman. The public is invited to watch these talented, young, musician compete. The Young Artists Competition, which recognizes and nurtures talented young Montana musicians, is made possible, in part, through a legislative grant from Montana’s Cultural Trust and grants from the Montana Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on the MASO Young Artist’s Competition, call the Glacier Symphony and Chorale office at (406) 407-7000.
About MASO: The Montana Association of Symphony Orchestra (MASO) was formed in 1981 by steering committee composed of representatives from six symphonies (Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, and Missoula). Glacier Symphony and Chorale, Kalispell, joined in 1984 followed by Miles City Community Orchestra in 1985. MASO’s mission is to promote, encourage, and assist in the maintenance and development of quality musical programs throughout the state of Montana. MASO is a statewide coalition of seven orchestras, each with up to four members on the board of directors which meets at least two times each year. A separate planning meeting of music directors from each symphony also takes place once every year. An associate membership level provides some benefits for orchestras, but does not require attendance at meetings. Since its inception, MASO has established a number of mission-related programs to promote the exchange of ideas and resources among its member organizations and to encourage and develop music programs, careers, and education services: With support from the Montana Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and Montana’s Cultural Trust, MASO is proud to be a statewide coalition that enhances the cultural climate of Montana. 
Please visit for more information or contact the Bozeman Symphony at 406-585-9774 or with questions you have regarding MASO and the Young Artists Competition.

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College Hockey Returns to MSU

MSU Hockey Club already seeing success after program overhaul in 2016/17 season

The MSU Hockey club won two of its three home opener games last weekend, against Western Washington. This weekend the club plays Williston State College and BYU, at Haynes Pavilion in Bozeman.

This summer, Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association (BAHA) Hockey Director Dave Weaver, along with two of BAHA’s coaches, Patrick Dahman and Brian Stinson, took the club through a revitalization process including dedicated coaching and management staff, updated branding, and a full schedule, including over a half dozen road trips in and out of state, in pursuit of regional and national titles

“I was interested in re-energizing this club as soon as I heard about it,” Said Weaver, who acts as Head Coach for the club, “they’ve had ups and downs over the years it’s been in existence. Our goal was to bring fresh experience and energy to the team, to see what could happen.”

The MSU Hockey club was established in 1998 and played a few games against surrounding schools. These hockey clubs started to gain popularity and soon joined the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). The original mission of the club was to provide welcoming and affordable collegiate hockey resulting in late night ice-times, few games, and no staffing. This approach has been replaced to invest in creating a long lasting program including attracting new talent to MSU.

“When I was given control of the club I wanted to accomplish three things: First, improve our reputation with the school, community, and the rink,” Says Connor Mesec, President of the MSU Hockey Club “Second, to schedule games and practices at reasonable times and lastly, to get the team a coaching staff”.

This season, the club will play teams from Colorado, Washington, Utah, North Dakota, as well as Montana’s own MT Tech Orediggers. The rebirth of the team brand, with an eye on future growth, makes the club uniquely attractive now in the eyes of future competitors.

“We’re setting ourselves up to make sure that the big teams around the region know that MSU is here and ready to play,” says Weaver, “We have lot to look forward to as we get further into the season, and grow stronger into the next couple of years.”

The growth of hockey in the Gallatin Valley mirrors trends around the United States. Bozeman is becoming a hub for ice hockey competition which benefits the players, families, and the community at large. The growth of the MSU club is occurring as a second sheet of ice is being built next to their home rink at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds.

“This rejuvenation brings an unparalleled level of hockey to Bozeman and the area, and will contribute to inspiring our youth hockey players,” says Assistant Coach Patrick

Dahman, “It’s a community builder and great place for students and family to continue supporting our Bobcats”

The next homes games are:
Thursday, October 20th against Williston State @ 9:30pm Friday, October 21st against BYU @ 7:30pm
Saturday, October 22nd against Williston State @ 3:00pm

For complete information on the MSU Hockey Club visit

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Wednesday, Oct. 19th, 2016

MSU and Bobcat Athletics sponsor annual ‘Cap on Cancer’ promotion

Montana State University and Bobcat Athletics are sponsoring the fourth annual Cap on Cancer promotion to coincide with breast cancer awareness month, which is recognized in October each year.
The promotion features a limited edition pink, white and blue Under Armour Bobcat hat. Both men’s and women’s hats are available for $20 each. All proceeds from sales of the hats will benefit Cancer Support Community Montana, a local organization that is committed to helping families impacted by cancer, according to Becky Franks, executive director.

“Cancer Support Community is honored once again to be a part of MSU and Bobcat Athletics’ Cap on Cancer,” Franks said. “All funds raised will allow us to provide free support, education and hope for our community members affected by cancer.”
To participate in the promotion, individuals are invited to purchase a hat and wear it to the Oct. 22 Bobcat football game versus Eastern Washington. Kickoff is set for noon.
Hats will be available through Oct. 22 or while supplies last at the following locations: MSU Bookstore (both its SUB and Bobcat Stadium locations); Universal Athletic stores in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena and Kalispell; Bob Wards in Bozeman; and Scheels in Billings. Hats will also be on sale during the Bobcat football game on Oct. 22.

For more information, contact Amy Kanuch at 406-994-7462 or

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Bozeman Actors Theatre Revives a Modern Classic

Local professional acting company and the MSU Department of English will present a staged reading of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” on Nov. 4–5.

Although the play is more than a half-century old, the poignancy of its story is as fresh as ever, said Minton, whose course introduces students to a range of plays that examine the damaged family, addiction, race and gender, the ethics of science, shattered love and more.

“As a genre that deals in illusion, drama does a better job than anything else of holding the mirror up to our own illusions, which we continually construct in order to survive,” Minton said. “Albee was one of the most powerful voices of 20th-century drama, and like many others of this period, he sought to expose the dangerous fictions that make up the fabric of the American Dream.”

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” won the Tony Award in 1963 for Best Play and has been revived on Broadway three times, most recently in 2012 with Tracy Letts and Amy Morton as George and Martha. The story may be best remembered from the 1966 film adaptation starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in the title roles. Both were nominated for Oscars that year; Taylor won for Best Actress.

Wilder notes that the play also was selected for the 1963 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. But the award’s advisory board overruled the jury — citing objections to the play’s profanity and sexual themes, both tame by today’s standards — and chose not to issue an award that year. Some of the jurors resigned in protest.

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” begins at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 and 5 at MSU’s Black Box Theatre, located on the corner of 11th Ave. and Grant St. Parking is free in the MSU lots adjacent to the theater. Admission is free for students, with a $10 suggested donation at the door for all others. Seating is not reserved. The play runs approximately three hours with an intermission and an optional discussion afterward. Please call Bozeman Actors Theatre at (406) 580-0374 for more information.

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Monday, Oct. 17th, 2016

Bozeman Magazine Event Calendar Sponorship


The events calendar at and in print each month in Bozeman Magazine hold thousands of local events for the Bozeman community to find out about before they happen, and in turn be a part of. Events can be added by individuals for free, or are found by our staff and added in advance. This user friendly calendar is powered by by our location library (a database of hundreds of area venues), each post includes a google map indicating the venue location as well as the event title, cost, age appropriateness, many events include images.

We are seeking a local or regional business to become our calendar sponsor and show their love of community by supporting our efforts to bring the most events to our readers. The Bozeman Magazine Event Calendar sponsor will receive several marketing positions with in the print magazine and at for a fair amount of marketing dollars.

If your business is a looking for a new way to be recognized in the Bozeman community as a leader this is a great start! Please contact us today for a personalized proposal detailing the sponsorship details and begin getting seen in Bozeman Magazine.

Contact: Angie Ripple, Publisher/Owner/Champion of the People

406-579-5657 or

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MSU alumna wins postdoctoral fellowship to further gravitational wave research

A Montana State University alumna whose doctoral work at MSU contributed to the groundbreaking discovery of the first detection of gravitational waves has received a prestigious fellowship for her research in the field of gravitational wave astrophysics.

Laura Sampson, who earned her doctorate in 2014 from MSU’s Department of Physics in the College of Letters and Science, has been named a 2016 Women in Science Fellow by the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program.

The award provides Sampson with $60,000 to advance her postdoctoral research and includes visits to the White House, National Academy of Sciences, a New Jersey public school and L’Oréal headquarters.

Sampson is one of five winners of the fellowship, which is awarded to women scientists based on evaluations of their intellectual merit, research potential, scientific excellence and commitment to supporting women and girls in science, according to a press release by the L’Oréal Foundation. The fellowship program also requires that awardees be committed to serving as role models for younger generations. Experienced scientists in the candidates’ respective fields reviewed the applications through a partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which manages the application process.

Sampson, of Boulder, Colorado, is currently pursuing postdoctoral studies at Northwestern University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics, or CIERA.

“This grant will allow me to extend my appointment at Northwestern, giving me time to complete my research program, as well as to continue mentoring students through their degree paths,” Sampson said.

Her research at CIERA focuses on developing data analysis algorithms to learn about the physical processes that lead to the systems that produce gravitational waves in the universe.

“Gravitational wave astronomy allows us to observe systems that don't emit light -- in particular, black holes,” Sampson said. “These observations will help us to learn about how stars evolve and interact, and will help to determine if Einstein's theory of gravity is correct.”

The fellowship will also allow Sampson to work on a music-based outreach program that will incorporate many of the components that were developed and showcased at MSU’s “Celebrating Einstein” event. The event, which was held at MSU in 2013, incorporated music, art and scientific workshops to celebrate the centennial of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity and the then-impending detection of gravitational waves.

While at MSU, gravitational physicist Neil Cornish, professor in the Department of Physics and director of MSU’s eXtreme Gravity Institute, served as Sampson’s adviser.

She is a member of the Cornish-led MSU team that last September contributed to the detection of gravitational waves – ripples in the fabric of spacetime -- proving Einstein’s theory of relativity and opening the door for a new era of astrophysics. News reports called it “the scientific discovery of the century,” and the story was featured in leading scientific journals and on the front pages of newspapers worldwide. The results from the MSU team’s analysis are displayed in the first figure of the discovery paper.

“Work from Laura’s thesis was used in the analysis of the first-ever gravitational wave detection to constrain deviations from Einstein’s theory to less than a few percent,” Cornish said.

Cornish added that he is proud of Sampson’s success and the strides she has made in the field.

“Laura has made significant contributions to the new field of gravitational wave astronomy,” he said. “She is also a very talented science communicator, and I'm sure she will excel in the role of a Women in Science fellow.”

In addition to her research, Sampson said she is passionate about mentoring, particularly for women in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. She co-founded and served as president of MSU’s Women in Science and Engineering chapter, which organizes retreats for female graduate students and holds monthly lunches with female faculty and postdoctoral researchers, as well as social networking events.

“Strong mentoring relationships have been shown to be important for both men and women, but are stronger predictors of women's success than men's,” Sampson said. “It has also been shown that developing these relationships is easier between people of the same gender, and so I see it as one of the most obvious things I can do to help young women in STEM.”

Sampson said support from her advisers and the stimulating academic environment in MSU’s gravitational physics group contributed greatly to her education and success.

“We have an outstanding gravitational physics group at MSU, and have for decades,” she said. “The leadership at the university is also dedicated to the advancement of women in STEM and puts resources behind their rhetoric. It's a great place to be a student.”

Over the last 13 years, L'Oréal USA's for Women in Science fellowship program has awarded more than $3 million in grants to 65 postdoctoral women scientists at a critical stage of their career.

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Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 2016

Diverse Group of Supporters Rallies for New Law and Justice Center

A diverse group of local leaders, volunteers and advocates gathered Monday to highlight their support for a new Gallatin County Law and Justice Center.

Supporters included business leaders, conservationists, crime victim advocates and voter education groups.

“A new law and justice center will serve all members of our community and keep us safe,” Friends of Law and Justice spokesman Robert Lee said. “So, it’s appropriate that we have broad representatives from across the community demonstrating their support.”

Friends of Law and Justice has been steadily adding to its list of local supporters in advance of Election Day Nov. 8. To date, over 370 people, businesses, and community organizations and associations have publicly endorsed the Law and Justice Bond.

Local organizations that have endorsed the bond include: the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bozeman League of Women Voters, Gallatin Ahead-Future West, Gallatin County Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)/Guardian ad Litem, Gallatin County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Gallatin Valley DUI Task Force, Gallatin Valley Democrats and West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce.

Anita Nybo, past director for Gallatin County CASA/Guardians ad Litem, said a modern law and justice will ensure the safety of the growing number of crime and abuse—especially children—who seek help from the center’s on-site advocates.

“Right now, there aren’t secure holding areas for prisoners facing trial,” she said. “There’s a risk that victims will run into their abusers in the halls, because there’s just so little space. We need private areas where victims can speak to advocates and know that their safety isn’t compromised. The new law and justice center will provide this space and keep victims safe.”

Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Daryl Schliem said that voting “yes” for the Law and Justice Center will provide the police and sheriff’s agencies with the space and technology needed to keep the community safe into the future.

“People and businesses locate and stay in Gallatin County because it’s a great, safe place to live. We want to keep it that way,” he said. “The community is growing and we need to help law enforcement keep pace with that growth so that we can all continue to thrive.”

Randy Carpenter of Gallatin Ahead – Future West, also cited growth as a reason to support the bond.

“Our county’s growth has created the need for a new law and justice center. The current building just isn’t adequate. The building was constructed as a private high school 55 years ago and it can’t be updated to meet our needs,” he said.

Building the new center near its current site will allow the police, sheriff and courts to remain in one consolidated and central location, he said. “That’s smart growth. It saves us from developing new areas to house these services and it saves us all money by reducing the cost of operations and maintenance because the city and county are doing this project together. The new building will also be safer for the public and much more efficient in terms of energy.”

Judy Mathre, Board Member and Second Vice President of the Bozeman League of Women Voters, said her group is supporting the bond because it’s “good government.”

“Our law enforcement and justice system are critical parts of our democracy,” she said. “If we don’t adequately support them, we’re shortchanging ourselves and putting the safety of our community at risk.”

Mathre said the center will provide “privacy, security and access for all.”

“We’ve been making do for far too long in the old building,” she said. “An updated, modern law and justice center for Gallatin County is long overdue.”

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin and Bozeman Police Chief Steve Crawford led a tour of the existing center following the speakers’ remarks.

About the Law and Justice Bond

The current law and justice center is located in a 55-year-old former high school that is structurally unsafe and cannot be cost-effectively updated. It lacks safety and security features such as holding areas for individuals in custody and facing trials, and is not wheelchair accessible. There is no space to grow.

The Gallatin County Law and Justice Bond and Bozeman mill levy would approve construction of a new $68.3 million facility for sheriff, police and courts to be located near the current center at 615 S. 16th Ave. in Bozeman.

Residents can get more information at

Paid for Friends of Law and Justice,
Jim Drummond, treasurer.
2125 Baxter Dr.
Bozeman, MT 59718

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Monday, Oct. 3rd, 2016

Kick up Fall with Angry Orchard

It’s apple harvesting time in the Gallatin Valley, and if you like your cider kicked up a notch you’ll love the assignment we recently completed. Angry Orchard sent out three varieties of hard cider for us to compare; their newest variety Easy Apple is a less sweet, refreshing and easy-to-drink hard cider, we compared it to Angry Orchard’s Crisp Apple and Stone Dry flavors.


Easy Apple is an unfiltered apple cider with fruity and tart layers ending with a tangy bite on the tongue. We found it refreshing and liked the unfiltered aspects. Easy Apple 6-pack bottles are currently only available in: RI, WA, OR, ID, MT, AK. It’s 4.2% alcohol by volume makes it the least alcoholic of this sampling.

Crisp Apple has a bright, crisp apple flavor. Angry Orchard compares it to biting into a fresh apple, we compared it to enjoying a glass of apple juice. It’s natural flavor and fruity tones reminded us of a mead or wine, it is sweet-smelling and has a smooth finish, and has a hint of Green Apple Jolly Rancher. Crisp Apple is available year-round and carries a 5% alcohol by volume.

Stone Dry is Angry Orchard’s twist on a traditional English dry cider, and it was our favorite of the three. We enjoyed it’s bubbly effervescence and it’s balance of sweet and tart. With 5.5% alcohol by volume it packs the biggest punch and is also available year-round.

All Angry Orchard ciders are gluten free and a good alternative to the many heavier alcoholic beverage options. Give Easy Apple or another Angry Orchard variety a try the next time you stop at a local spot for drink, or pick up a 6-pack at your favorite beverage retailer.

Cheers, and happy Oktober!

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Thursday, Sep. 29th, 2016

Montana Shakespeare in the Schools to tour Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’

Montana Shakespeare in the Schools will perform Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” to approximately 12,000 students in communities throughout Montana, Wyoming and Washington as part of its annual fall tour, which begins Oct. 6.

The 10-week tour is the first of two educational outreach programs being offered by Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, which is based at Montana State University, during this academic year.  The tour will conclude Dec. 16. Montana Shakes!, a tour designed specifically for elementary school children, will tour to 60 schools in the spring.

“As with the summer tour, this program places special emphasis on underserved, rural areas,” said Kevin Asselin, executive artistic director for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. “For many students, this is their only opportunity for live, professional theater.”

William Brown is a Chicago-based director who will head this production. Brown first came to MSIP in 1980 as an actor. He did several summer tours before returning in 1993 as a director.

“For many communities, this is the cultural event of the year,” Brown said. “And for us, that responsibility makes every performance an essential one. Bringing Hamlet to Montana’s schools is a rare opportunity. I could not be more excited.”

Workshops will be offered to each school on relevant themes in the play, Shakespearean verse, theatrical production and stage combat. The eight actor-educators who make up the touring company have been chosen from national auditions in Chicago, Minneapolis and Montana. Five out of eight are returning to the Shakespeare in the Schools tour for the second time. They are Stephanie Chavara, Miles Duffey, Ty Fanning, Brett Garrett and Luke Massengill. Joe Bianco, Tyler Meredith and Faith Servant join the company for the first time.

Special performances, open to the public, will be held in Buffalo, Wyoming, Dillon, Montana, and at the newly opened Tippet Rise Art Center in Fishtail, Montana.

MSIS is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Shakespeare in American Communities. Additional funding support comes from the MSU College of Arts and Architecture, the Montana Arts Council: Artists in the Schools and Communities and Cultural Trust, the Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation and the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.

Shakespeare in the School's annual Elise Event, a fundraiser named in honor of the late Elise Donohue, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at MSU's Black Box Theater, located on the corner of 11th and Grant Street on the MSU campus in Bozeman. The event will feature a full performance of “Hamlet,” post-show catered wine, hors d’oeuvres and dessert. There will also be a reception and a question and answer session with the actors, artistic director and designers following the performance.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $40 per person and advance reservations are highly recommended. For more information, call (406) 994-3303.

For more information about Shakespeare in the Schools and a performance schedule, visit the website: or call (406) 994-3303.

Shakespeare in the Schools 2016 tour – “Hamlet”

Oct. 6, Medicine Lake High School, Medicine Lake
Oct. 7, Sidney High School, Sidney
Oct. 8, Scobey High School, Scobey
Oct. 9, Plentywood High School, Plentywood
Oct. 10, Bainville High School, Bainville
Oct. 11, Pine Hill High School, Miles City
Oct. 17, Meeteetse High School, Meeteetse, Wyoming
Oct. 18, Powell High School, Powell, Wyoming
Oct. 19, Cody High School, Cody, Wyoming
Oct. 20, Worland High School, Worland, Wyoming
Oct. 21-23, Arts Roundup, Big Timber
Oct. 24, Sweet Grass County High School, Big Timber
Oct. 25, Buffalo High School, Buffalo, Wyoming
Oct. 25, Public performance at Buffalo High School, Buffalo, Wyoming
Oct, 26, Sheridan High School, Sheridan, Wyoming
Oct. 27, Hardin High School, Hardin
Oct. 28, Lame Deer Jr/Sr High School, Lame Deer
Oct. 31, Hobson Middle/High School, Hobson

Nov. 1, Belt High School, Belt
Nov. 2, Helena High School, Helena
Nov. 3, Townsend Middle School, Townsend
Nov. 4, Ennis High School, Ennis
Nov. 7, Roundup Jr/Sr High School, Roundup
Nov. 8, Columbus High School, Columbus
Nov. 9, UM Western, Dillon
Nov. 10, Sheridan High School, Sheridan, Montana
Nov. 11, Park and Gallatin County Homeschool, Bozeman
Nov. 12, Elise Event, Bozeman
Nov. 14, Plains High School, Plains
Nov. 15, Florence Carlton High School, Florence
Nov. 16, Alberton School, Alberton
Nov. 17, Polson High School, Polson
Nov. 18, St. Ignatius Middle School, St. Ignatius
Nov. 21, Petra Academy, Bozeman
Nov. 22, Bozeman High School, Bozeman
Nov. 23, Shields Valley High School, Clyde Park
Nov. 28, Mica Peak High School, Spokane Valley, Washington
Nov. 29, Columbia Falls High School, Columbia Falls
Nov. 30, Columbia Falls High School, Columbia Falls

Dec. 1, West Valley Middle School, Kalispell
Dec. 2, Kalispell Middle School, Kalispell
Dec. 5, Loyola Sacred Heart HS/St. Joseph MS, Missoula
Dec. 6, Stevensville High School, Stevensville
Dec. 7, Belgrade High School, Belgrade
Dec. 8, Chief Joseph Middle School, Bozeman
Dec. 9, Lone Peak High School, Big Sky
Dec. 10, Public Performance at Tippet Rise Arts Center, Fishtail
Dec. 12, Sentinel High School, Missoula
Dec. 13, Conrad High School, Conrad
Dec. 14, Augusta High School, Augusta
Dec. 15, Capital High School, Helena
Dec. 16, Manhattan High School, Manhattan

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Tuesday, Sep. 27th, 2016

Two weekend incidents involving grizzly bears; archery hunters reminded to stay alert

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is urging archery hunters to stay alert for bears, to know what to do in the case of an encounter, and remember that all of southwest Montana is bear country. Two weekend incidents involving grizzly bears drive this message home.
On Saturday afternoon, a hunter received minor injuries after encountering a presumed grizzly while calling for elk in the Cabin Creek area north of Hebgen Lake.
Then Sunday morning, another man hunting elk with his bow on the north side of the Tom Miner basin north of Gardiner was mauled by what his hunting party believes was a female grizzly with two cubs. He suffered bite injuries.
Both hunters were treated at local hospitals and released.
While it is impossible to prevent all events like these, archery hunters should understand the inherent risk of hunting in bear country and do what they can to avoid encountering grizzlies.
Before venturing into an area, hunters should take notice of warning signs at trailheads, observe the brush at a distance for movement and look at the ground and trees for bear sign (i.e. tracks, scat, and trees scratches). Bear spray should be carried in an accessible place and hunting with at least one other person is highly recommended (in all cases).

Note that areas with high deer and elk hunting success may attract bears (ravens circling may indicate a kill). Elk bugling and cow calling also may bring in bears. It is important to stay alert.
Hunters should have with them what they need to immediately field dress their game. If hunters have success in the field and can’t haul their meat out right away they should remove the meat from the kill site and hang it at least ten feet off the ground and at least 150 yards from the gut pile.
Returning to the meat later, a hunter should check with his or her binoculars to see if the meat has been disturbed. Hunters should never attempt to haze a bear off a kill.
More information about safety in the outdoors and bear awareness can be at FWP’s website here:

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