National Wildlife Federation seeks outdoors communicators to participate in a Sept. 27-30 media tour. This is a unique opportunity to visit and tour the Missouri breaks and learn about current bison restoration efforts on the plains. NWF’s focus is primarily attracting writers with a sportsmen focus, but would like to capture a large audience, too. This is a chance to report on restoration of fair chase hunting for free-ranging bison. Several openings are still available, but the tour is quickly approaching. Please contact Kit Fischer at the info below by Aug. 17. Preference is given to individuals who can easily get themselves to Bozeman or Billings, Mont.
Tuesday, Sept. 27
- Arrive in Bozeman or Billings, Mont., before 2 p.m.
- Depart on charter flight to Zortman (1.5-2 hours), with over-flight tour of CMR Wildlife Refuge and American Prairie Reserve
- Arrive Zortman at 4 p.m. and meet ground transportation
- Depart to American Prairie Reserve yurt camp
- Arrive at Yurt Camp, 6 p.m.
- Settle into accommodations; Drinks/appetizers
- Welcome Dinner
Wednesday, Sept. 28
- Start with early morning hike, bird hunt, photography
- Auto tour of core reserve area; highlights include: bison, Prairie Union School
- Picnic lunch
- View buffalo jump, hike Mickey’s butte to view bighorn sheep
- Special guests for dinner: Randy Matchett, refuge biologist; Jim Posewitz, sportsmen leader; Mike Fox, Fort Belknap Tribal Council
Thursday, Sept. 29
- Start with early morning hike; bird hunt; Reserve Foreman Dennis Lingohr is an avid photographer and could lead an interested group
- Light tour of other properties, wildlife viewing
- Make our way to Slippery Ann Elk Viewing Area on the CMR (2 hour drive).
- Picnic dinner
- Dusk: continue to Lewistown (1.5 hours) spend the night
Friday Sept. 30
- Option for a sharptail hunt and/or
- Morning: depart Lewistown for Bozeman or Billings airport
Call or e-mail:
Kit Fischer, Sportsmen’s Outreach Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation, 240 N. Higgins, Missoula, MT 59802. Office: 406.541.6731; Cell: 406.241.3121; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.nwf.org/restoringbison.