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Archery Season Kick-off: “Fresh Tracks” Features MT

PHOTO: Fresh Tracks TV host and Bozeman resident Randy Newberg is using his show to advocate for the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act. Photo courtesy of Newberg.
PHOTO: Fresh Tracks TV host and Bozeman resident Randy Newberg is using his show to advocate for the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act. Photo courtesy of Newberg.
August 29, 2013

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Montana's Rocky Mountain Front is wild country that pushes the limits of any hunter, according to cable TV host Randy Newberg. Tonight, he will be at a prescreening in Bozeman of an episode of his "Fresh Tracks" program. It features a mule deer hunt on the Front and, at the same time, he advocates for the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, Newberg said.

"I want them to understand that in Montana, we have went out of our way - both private landowners, the public, the agencies - to conserve these places," Newberg said. "And as a result, we have the longest hunting seasons in the country."

The Front is especially high-quality hunting grounds because intrusions by man and machine have been kept to a minimum, he added.

Nick Gevock, Montana Wildlife Federation outreach director, said Newberg is changing the rules when it comes hunting programs on television, by focusing on the connection sportsmen have with the land.

"Fair-chase hunting in big, wild country where there's no guarantee of success, but you're out there for the experience," he described the show.

Randy Newberg's program runs nationally, and he said when hunters in other states find out he lives in Bozeman, their reaction is to say he's "lucky." And he knows it.

"If you live in Utah, you draw an elk tag every 10 to 15 years," he said. "We take it for granted here in Montana - we go down to the sporting goods store and just buy one over the counter, or at the hardware store, or wherever."

The episode premieres at the Emerson in Bozeman at 7 p.m. The screening is sponsored by Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, the WildSheep Foundation, Sitka Gear, Montana Wildlife Federation and the Coalition to Protect the Front.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MT