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Black Bear euthanized in WY

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department euthanized a black bear in Evanston on June 3 after the bear received multiple ...
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Win Outdoor equipment through the WY Boater Appreciation Raffle

Boaters who stop at aquatic invasive species check stations this year will be eligible to win outdoor equipment and trips ...
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WY Free Fishing Day

It’s hardly a secret that Wyoming fishing is top-notch, especially with 10 blue-ribbon trout fisheries across the stateLear. But, the ...
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S. Central MT Fishing Access sites restricted

High water from spring runoff has flooded parts of at least 10 fishing access sites in south central Montana, prompting ...
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Limited Re-Opening at Jackson, WY Office

As COVID-19 public health restrictions are relaxed, the Wyoming Game & Fish Department is announcing its plan to re-open their ...
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National Trails Day Update

National Trails Day is just over a week away and we have some updates for you regarding our project scheduled ...
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Flooding at Voyager’s Rest FAS

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has limited traffic to walk-in only at its Voyagers Rest fishing access site northeast of ...
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New AIS Rules for non-resident anglers in MT

Nonresident boaters and anglers will see new aquatic invasive species rules when they visit Montana this year. The Montana Legislature ...
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MT Non-resident hunters Alternate List

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks gets a number of unused nonresident combination licenses (big game combination, general elk and general ...
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When it comes to outdoor sports, the region served by the Northern Sports Network is one of the premier recreation capitals of the world! Every weekday afternoon NSN’s regular radio features Shadow of the Rockies explores Montana and Wyoming outdoor recreation, with “how-to” information, and tips on where to go and what to do, to get the most out of the outdoor west!

Shadow of the Rockies covers the broad spectrum of outdoor recreation including downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, water sports, camping, equipment, tips and survival skills, outdoor sports medicine, and some of the more unusual outdoor activities of our region such as kayaking and sled dog racing.

The host of the unique program, Erl Barsness, was raised in Minnesota and moved to Montana in 1964 to work for the Lolo National Forest in Missoula. His broadcast career dates back to 1960 and included several radio and television stations in Missoula, Helena, and Billings over the past three decades. He first joined the Northern Sports Network in 1976 following a stint as Sports Director and later News Director for KULR Television in Billings. From 1976 to 1981 Erl Barsness produced the network’s popular radio program “The Outdoorsman” and later Erl anchored State News for the Northern News Network. As an avid hunter, Erl Barsness likes to pursue big game, as well as both upland birds and waterfowl. He is a member of the Billings Rod and Gun Club and has enjoyed raising and training his own retrievers. Not all his hunting is with a gun however, since Erl is an excellent professional photographer and specializes in scenic and outdoor photography. He has skied all his life and is an active member of the National Ski Patrol, for whom he is both an Instructor and a trainer in Outdoor Winter Emergency courses.

The nice thing about radio is that you can take it with you on your next outdoor adventure… so bring Erl along and spend some time in the “Shadow of the Rockies”!