The Billings Outpost


Thursday, July 30

is the last day to:

•Apply for a permit to hunt wild turkeys and sandhill cranes in parts of Montana this fall. Apply at a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks regional office, online by 11:30 p.m. at under “Buy a License” or mail to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; License Section; P.O. Box 200701; Helena MT  59620-0701. $5 application fee.

Friday, July 31

is the last day to:

•Comment on a proposed rule to implement the new “apprentice hunter” law enacted this year by the Montana Legislature. Apprentice hunters, 10-17 years of age, have the opportunity to obtain certification to participate in several Montana hunting seasons later this summer. Apprentice hunters will be required to be accompanied by an adult mentor. The Fish & Wildlife Commission is seeking comment on the proposed rule that defines the completion of hunter education; establishes the process for designating and identifying a mentor; and defines certain mentor responsibilities. Visit, then click “Apprentice Hunter Rule,” send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail to Apprentice Hunter Rule; Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; Attention: Wayde Cooperider; P.O. Box 200701; Helena, MT 59620-0701.

•Comment on the Montana State Parks Lands Policy. The proposed policy will provide formal guidelines for any future acquisition, as well as any possible transfer of Park Division lands. Comment by 5 p.m. by going to and clicking on “public notices” on the right-hand navigation bar; by email to Tom Reilly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or by regular mail to Montana State Parks Land Policy, c/o Tom Reilly, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.

•Comment on recommended funding levels for 2015-2016 Montana Snowmobile Program grant applications. This year, the Montana Snowmobile program received 26 grant applications and all are recommended to be funded at some level. Approximately $390,000 in grooming grant funding is available for the 2015-2016 winter season; snowmobile organization requests were nearly $475,000. The applicants and proposed funding are at Comment by 5 p.m. by going to and clicking on “Public Notices” on the right-hand task bar; or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or mail to: Snowmobile Program Grants, c/o Montana State Parks, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.

•Enter most competitive events at MontanaFair, including beef cattle, crops, horticulture and youth art. Some deadlines vary, depending on the superintendent of the event. For a complete list of deadlines, go to or call 256-2400.

Saturday, August 1

is the last day to:

•Take part in the Billings Public Library’s animal shelter supply drive to benefit local area animal shelters including the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter, Help for Homeless Pets, Rimrock Humane Society and Billings Animal Rescue Kare. The library is collecting pet toys, treats, cat litter, pet beds, dog food, cat food, new towels, new blankets, kitten chow, collars and laundry detergent. The collection bin is in the library’s lobby.

•Register for the Buffalo Bill Invitational Shootout in Cody, Wyo., on Aug. 6–8. The event launches at both the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Cody Firearms Museum and the Cody Shooting Complex. Register at or contact Rebecca Taggart at (307) 578-4025.

•Register entries for MontanaFair’s Explorium, a place for young people to explore art and handmade crafts and take part in Lego building contests. Age categories range from under 5 to 12 years old. Divisions include Wild and Wonderful Wings, Creative Critters, My Book Buddy, Fair Foodies and the Kids Cell Phone Photo Contest and Creative Writing. The Lego division culminates in a Tournament of Champions Lego Contest. The deadline does not apply to live contests during the fair. Register by 5 p.m. at

Monday, August 3

is the last day to:

•Comment on early season migratory bird regulations for the upcoming season. The only change proposed is to increase permits for sandhill cranes from 100 to 120 in the southwestern Montana hunting unit that includes the Dillon, Twin Bridges, Cardwell and Bozeman areas. Comment by 5 p.m. at by clicking “Hunting,” then selecting the link listed under “Opportunity for Public Comment”; or mail to: FWP—Wildlife Division, Attn: Public Comment; P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.

Friday, August 7

is the last day to:

•Apply to Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship for a program in which businesses and nonprofit groups offer students practical business experience in return for research, issue analysis or operational advice during the upcoming fall semester. Past projects have included developing business, marketing and financial plans; identifying ways to improve businesses; suggesting solutions to problems; re-branding businesses; developing websites and social networking sites; sales analysis; feasibility studies; assisting with human resources; and developing employee training and handbooks. Contact Linda Ward at (406) 994-1995 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Gary Bishop at (406) 994-7017 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For information, go to

•Schedule an audition for the Billings Symphony Chorale for the upcoming season. Auditions are by appointment only and are set for Aug. 10 and Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. at Cisel Recital Hall at MSU Billings. Vocalists will sing one prepared solo vocal literature (classical, please) and complete a vocal range. An accompanist will be provided. Bring two copies of the solo vocal material. Contact Candy Holzer at 252-3610.

•Contribute to the Tools for Schools campaign by dropping donated school supplies in collection bins in Shopko stores. Donations will be distributed by Salvation Army chapters beginning today while supplies last.

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