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Win free ink from Steel Paintbrush!

Jack’s got two types of friends: Those jonesin’ for new ink, and those who regret ink-jobs past.

Lucky for both of them, Jack has a little somethin’-somethin’ up his sleeve this holiday season. Get it? Sleeve? Nevermind …

In any case, we’ve hooked up with Steel Paintbrush in Hamilton for a schweet holiday giveaway that’ll hurt so good, whether you’ve got regrettable ink or a new vision in mind.

Every Friday in December, Jack will give away a voucher for FREE work at Steel Paintbrush!

He’ll start with $75 each of the first three Fridays (Dec. 1, 8 and 15) to the listeners with the most need for a coverup. For the final two Fridays (Dec. 21 and 28), he’ll up the ante and give away $150 each to the two listeners with the most unique tattoo ideas!

So how do you win?

Great question … either click the “Register Here” buttons at the top and bottom of this page or follow THIS LINK to our online submission form. There you’ll submit your information as well as your picture – either your bad tattoo that needs to get gone, or your unique tattoo idea that needs to come to fruition.

Jack will sift through the submissions and pick a new winner each Friday.

For more info on Steel Paintbrush, check out this feature story from the Ravalli Republic.

Good luck, and merry freakin’ Christmas from 105.9 Jack FM and Steel Paintbrush!

The best part isn’t the time outdoors, though that’s certainly near the top of the list.

No, the best part about hunting, at least according to Jack, is all the tasty eating that comes for the six to nine months following.

Deer, elk and more deer – that sounds like breakfast, lunch and dinner to Jack.

This fall, Jack is absolutely delighted to offer up a sweet hunter’s package that honors not just the sport – but the eating part, too. Not one but TWO loyal Jackheads will be walking away this month with a $500 gift certificate to Snowy Mountain Rifles plus a gigantic top-loading freezer from Fred’s Appliance.

If you’re not familiar with Snowy Mountain Rifles, it’s probably because they just now set up shop in Missoula.

Don’t get it wrong – they’ve been putting together made-to-order custom long-range hunting and tactical rifles in wester Montana for years.

But now they’ve got a BRAND NEW shop open out on Stockyard Road just off North Reserve, where they also offer gunsmithing, cerakoting and sell rifle accessories like night force optics, vortex optics – even camo clothing and gear.

Stop by sometime and check ’em out. Whether your game is hunting elk in the high country or shooting steel, Snowy Mountain can hook you up with extreme power, extreme range and extreme accuracy.

So now the big question … how do you win?

Well, there’s two ways. Starting Nov. 6 you can follow fill out this online form with all your details … OR … starting that same day you can register in person out at Snowy Mountain Rifles. They’re open 9-6 every weekday and they’ll be glad to get you all signed up.

Jack will draw two winners – the first on Nov. 10, the second on Nov. 17.

Best of luck to ya. And if you do manage to get something tasty in that there freezer, don’t forget who sent ya …

Win the ultimate hunting package!
Get your Jackpot on with Jack!

Hey Jack listeners – feeling lucky?

If not, you best start rubbing one of those weird furry rabbit foot thingies because we’re giving away $105 in scratch lotto tickets each week through the month of October!

How do you qualify?

Tune in to 105.9 Jack FM Missoula every weekday and when you hear the sound of the jackpot just text “Jackpot” to 848-1059.

We’ll pick a new winner each Friday in October!

Text as many times as you want for your chance to get lucky with Montana Lottery and 105.9 Jack FM Missoula!

 

It’s not just a physical sensation – it’s a mental one as well.

We’re talking about the feeling that we’re all getting suffocated by this enduring wildfire smoke.

Yeah, all that coughing is making it harder for Jack to hone his incredible collection of pick-up lines; but the associated claustrophobia has also boosted his neurosis to unprecedented levels.

Chicks just don’t seem to care too much for Jack when he’s sweating, convulsing and passing out BEFORE he even downs his first can of cool brew.

So this month, Jack’s inviting you to all join him on a road trip out of town to one of the few areas where the sky remains clear. We’re talking about a campout at Deadman Lake in far, far southwestern Montana – in the Italian Peaks Proposed Wilderness.

And to further pique your interest, our friends at Lithia Ford of Missoula are throwing in a tire mount and balance for one lucky winner. Oh, and by the way, you’re driving; Jack will provide the entertainment.

Read on for directions, tips and what to expect at Deadman’s Lake, and don’t forget to CLICK HERE to sign up for your free tire mount and balance!


Deadman Lake #91

Round Trip: 16 miles

Total Elevation Gain: 1,096 feet

Directions: From Missoula, head east on I-90 like you are headed to Butte, but just before Butte you’ll take I-15 south. Head through Dillon, and then about 45 miles past town you’ll take Exit 23 at Dell.

wmt41ff882550b37c9b7Turn right at the bottom of the off-ramp and then take an immediate left onto Westside Frontage Road. About 1.5 miles down you’ll come to Big Sheep Creek Road – turn right (west) here.

Follow Big Sheep for 18 miles – and when it branches, take the left fork towards Nicholia-Deadman on FR 3927. Stay on the road until you see Nicholia Creek Road, and then follow that to the lake.

We highly recommend you check out a map before setting out on your journey.

What to expect: This hike covers about one-third of a 23-mile lollipop-shaped loop through a lush valley with views of the Italian Peaks.

Starting at Deadman Lake, hike south upstream following a dirt trail that at times is faint and grown over. After taking the lefthand branch early on, hike into the valley surrounded by high, cavernous cliff faces following the sometimes dry creek bed through meadows and old lake basins. Take this path for around 6 miles and then the trail begins to take a slight dip into the trees on the righthand side. Continuing for a couple hundred meters look for the sub-trail branching across the river and up the hillside to the left.

This branch was a little bit difficult to find even with a trail map; look for the branch just south of the mountain with an eastern cliff face. Once on this trail, there are a couple switchbacks to the top of the hill. This climb is the most difficult part of the hike. Around a mile after taking the sub trail, cut down on the other side of the hill to a small but oasis-like Divide Creek Lake.

A good camping spot is only another half mile up on a peninsula overlooking the way you just came from and there’s a great view of the geologically interesting mountain line to the Southwest. The trail is rough but this view of Italian Peak is definitely worth packing in to see at sundown. If you can filter some water I would suggest hiking up to Italian Peak from this side. There is also a view of Scotts Peak just across the Idaho border if you get up a bit higher.

Note: Instead of finishing the 16 miles remaining in the loop after hiking back down the hillside, you can hike out the way that you came.

Flee the smoke with Jack and Lithia!
Jack’s got your Zootown hacks!

Nothing announces the end of summer in Missoula like the crush of students that arrive the last weekend of August.

Yes, it’s true – the fall semester has arrived, and while the official fall season is still a few weeks out we all know that Missoula’s summertime fun has pretty much come to a close.

But that doesn’t mean there’s not a heck of a lot to be done over the coming weeks and months.

Whether you’re a returning UM student or brand new to town, we’ve compiled a short list of “Missoula hacks” to help you make the best of your time here:

this-just-in-the-subaru-has-now-officially-been-named-786638• Yes, Missoulians love our cars – Subarus, especially – but we love any and every opportunity to ditch our cars as well. We’re especially proud of our cool new-ish bike lanes downtown (they’re green and impossible to miss), as well as our zero-fare Mountain Line bus service, which will get you just about anywhere you need to go for free!

• That said, downtown bike parking can be just as hard to find as car parking. And whatever you do, don’t think that Missoula’s love affair with biking means you don’t need to lock yours up …

• Jam band freaks have a cozy corner of their own, and it’s called The Top Hat. Check out “Grateful Dead Hour” every Monday from 5-7 pm, and the Phish-themed “Sharin’ in the Groove” happy hour MOST Wednesdays at 4:30.

• You haven’t had a breakfast burrito until you’ve had one from Market on Front. Make sure you check it out before the snow starts falling – they have an amazing patio for people-watching in and soaking in some Vitamin D.

• You can’t go wrong with either of our local ice cream parlors. If you couldn’t tell by the line, Big Dipper Ice Cream is a Missoula institution with dozens of great flavors – and lots of opportunities to meet happy fellow locals and visitors. And though it has less options, fans of Whitefish-based Sweets Peaks are dedicated to their unique flavors, locally sourced milk and cream, and much smaller line.

• Scout out all of the local coffee shops, pick the one you like best and plan to spend the next four years there. That’s where we do our studying, our socializing, our relaxing – and sometimes our napping. And whatever you do, don’t forget to tip your barista.

• You’re not truly a local until you flaunt your local-ness. What do we mean? Whether it’s a T-shirt, a hat or a bumper sticker, Missoula-, Montana- or 406-themed gear is required for all residents. That includes both while you are hanging out in town as well as traveling. It’s also first on your list of gift ideas for anyone who doesn’t live here.dubbed-coffee-nap-researchers-claim-drinking-coffee-having-quick-power-_uw2t

• Speaking of local-themed clothing and accessories, The Green Light downtown has a big sale the last weekend of every month. Those 406 shirts you see all your attractive friends wearing? That’s where they got them.

• There’s a two-way tie for best hangover cure. Pretty much anything on the weekend brunch menu at Burns Street Bistro is to die for; but don’t miss an opportunity to try the appropriately-named “Hangover Stew” at Doc’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop downtown.

• Same with happy hour: Some swear by the bar seating at the Mustard Seed, but do note you will NOT find a seat if you don’t get there early! Others will point you to Bridge Pizza on the Hip Strip, where you’ll get a free 10 ounce beer with one slice of pizza and a free pint with two slices every day from 3-5 pm.

• There’s only a handful of all-night eating joints, and only one that’s truly locals. It’s called The Oxford Saloon, but locals call it the “Ox.” If you were wondering, yes – it’s inside matches its outside; but no, they no longer serve brains and eggs. We like to call it “historical” – but no matter, it’s the best place to catch a late-night, post-bar snack and it’s pretty much always full of fascinating people.

• There’s free stuff everywhere if you know where to look for it. We won’t name names, but with a little tenacity you can enjoy free slices of locally baked bread, free chunks of amaaaazing donuts and cookies, free jams, jellies, fudge – even wine. Here’s a hint: Start with the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, and plan to be downtown the first Friday evening of every month.

• Finally, speaking of free stuff – you’ve found Missoula’s No. 1 spot for giveaways. We’re talking tickets to all the best concerts and events, gift certificates to your favorite stores and restaurants, free auto inspections and details – even lotto tickets! All you gotta do is follow Jack on Facebook, stay on top of Jack’s website blog or just keep your dial tuned in to 105.9, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to walk away a winner at some point in the near future.

There’s lots of other great corners and coves in town, but this is a good place to get started. If you’ve got a favorite “Missoula hack,” we’d love to hear it! Send us a message on Facebook or drop us an email at aubrey@missoulabroadcasting.com.

However long it is, we hope you enjoy your time in Missoula!