Shadow Of The Rockies

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Bird Hunters Need to be bear aware

With the Oct. 12 opening of pheasant season, bird hunters around Montana will be beating the brush hoping to flush ...
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Gardiner Yellowstone Bridge Project

The Montana Department of Transportation's (MDT) Gardiner Yellowstone Bridge Project will entail the rehabilitation of the bridge deck and its ...
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The Bridger Bowl

The ski area is located on the east slope of the Bridger Mountain Range. With four large bowls within the ...
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Mission Accomplished!

The Montana Outdoor Heritage Project has officially concluded a summer-long public outreach campaign which sought to answer whether Montana should ...
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Hunters Finding Success With New Teton Mountain Goat Season

Hunters are finding early success in the first year of a new mountain goat hunting season that was created on ...
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Reward offered for deer dumped on south edge of Billings

BILLINGS – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information about a ...
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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”!