MISSOULA, Mont. -

Earlier this week, viewers were asking us what ESPN cameras were doing in Missoula, Montana.  Now, we know -- the sports network went off the beaten path this week, searching for expert axemen and sawyers.  They found them in Missoula Friday afternoon.

The University of Montana hosted the lumberjacks as part of the 74th annual Association of Western Forestry Clubs conclave.
 
We caught up with ESPN and the lumberjacks Friday afternoon at the Western Montana Fairgrounds, competing in the Stihl Timbersports western qualifier.

Winners of the regional qualifier advance to the national championships in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, June 7, 8 and 9.