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Montana Outdoors September-October 2015

In this issue:

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. Read more >>

Ugly Discovery at Swan Lake: The Fish and Wildlife Commission takes an unprecedented step to stop illegal fish introductions after walleyes are found in a scenic northwestern Montana lake. Read more >>

We Know You’re in There: Geneticists use new eDNA science to quickly and accurately identify fish species in streams and lakes and trace the origins of individual fish. Read more >>

Chucking Big Buggers for Big Browns: It’s not most elegant fly-fishing technique. But it is the best way to catch trout the length of your arm. Read more >>

Raceways to the Rescue: The surprising story of how FWP fish hatcheries help Montana conserve native populations and restore federally listed species. Read more >>

Open or Close? Why connectivity is essential for native fish populations—except when it isn’t. Read more >>

Our Point of View: Who We Are and Where We’re Going. Read more >>

Eating the Outdoors: Trout Meunière Amandine.

FWP At Work: Neal Whitney.

The Back Porch: The Perils of a Young Trout. Read more >>

Outdoors Portrait: Trillium.


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A Recipe for Big Trout

A Recipe for Big Trout
: What do trout need to grow big?

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.