Harold Haasch Interview, July 17, 1999


Harold Haasch Interview, July 17, 1999


Harold Haasch


Suzanne M. Vernon


Download Transcript of Harold Haasch Interview (467 KB)


Harold Haasch describes working as a guide in and around Montana’s Swan Valley for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks [FWP], the U.S. Forest Service, and guest ranches such as the Bar 33 and Gordon Ranch. He recalls leading groups of hunters and other vacationers around the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and talks about the wildlife and the challenging weather. Haasch recalls the collection and analysis of different food sources (i.e. moss and grass) for deer and elk in the area. He discusses how homesteading and logging in their research area had changed the habits of the herds of deer and elk. Haasch reflects on the differences between working as a guide in the winter for trophy hunters to guiding anglers during the summer months. He recalls the increase and decrease in fish populations when new fish were introduced to the area. Haasch briefly recounts his childhood memories of 1929 forest fires.

The audio for this interview is restricted. Only the transcript is available.

Document Type

Oral History


Swan Valley, Montana; U.S. Forest Service; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana; Hunting guides; Fishing guides; Logging, Montana; Homesteading, Montana; Forest fires, Montana; Bar 33 Ranch; Gordon Ranch

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project, OH 422, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 422-003

Media Type


Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (14 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format


Local Filename


Harold Haasch Interview, July 17, 1999