Regional Reports-West

Missouri River

On either side of the Missouri River you can take sharptail grouse by hunting the margins of the breaks where wheat stubble falls into coulees full of snowberry and chokecherry bushes. If you can find water-creeks and stock reservoirs-you should find enough coveys of sharpies to limit out before noon. Find access at the Fred Robinson Bridge, where U.S. Highway 191 crosses the Missouri between Malta and Lewistown. Drive east on graveled NWR 101, but park along any secondary gulch and walk the edges for midday grouse. You'll find Hungarian partridge in mixtures of conservation reserve program land and wheat stubble, and you may even flush pheasants around water sources. Contact: C.M. Russell wildlife refuge, Lewistown (406-538-8706); Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Glasgow (406-228-3700).