Current issue: July-August 2016

July-August 2016

In this issue:

A Bumbler Fishes Through It: I was no Brad Pitt, but I decided I had to learn how to catch a trout with a fly. Read more >>

Deadly Decoration: When ospreys line their nests with baling twine, the results can be grim. Read more >>

The Price of Popularity: Anglers, kayakers, boaters, and inner-tubers love the scenic, sunny, trout-filled Madison River. That’s the problem. Read more >>

A Black Flash in the Mountain Sky: It nests behind remote waterfalls, flies high beyond human sight, and winters in places unknown. As it has for more than a century, the black swift remains Montana’s most mysterious bird. Read more >>

A Great Place To Be a Curlew: Thanks to ranchers, tribal leaders, and other conservationists, the Mission Valley’s intermountain grasslands still provide abundant habitat for the nation’s largest shorebird and other wildlife. Read more >>

Sneaking in to Wildlife Havens: By quietly cruising down a river in a canoe or kayak, you can see more birds and mammals than you ever thought possible. Read more >>

Our Point of View: A Toast to the GYE Grizzly Recovery. Read more >>

Eating the Outdoors: Hardwood-smoked trout.

FWP At Work: Andrew Puls.

The Back Porch: “Fall” Migration Beginning Soon.

Outdoors Portrait: Northern goshawk.


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The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation


A Recipe for Big Trout

Musselshell Makeover
: How the people in this central Montana watershed found a way to share water from—and restore function to—the river running through their lives.

Montana Outdoors Best 100

Montana Outdoors Best 100

Check off your list: if someone wants to experience the highlights of our state’s outdoors, this is a greatplace to start.

Natural World

Carnivorous Plants

Beware the Savage Sundew: If you’re an insect, that is. Also watch out for bladderworts and Montana’s other carnivorous plants.


Pictograph Cave State Park

Standing for Montana: Strange stories of how the bitterroot, grizzly bear, mourning cloak butterfly, and Montana’s other state symbols came into existence.


Pictograph Cave State Park

Welcome to Montana Elk Hunting: Advice for residents and nonresidents on where to hunt, obtaining reliable information, and negotiating the licensing and permitting process.