Current issue: July–August 2017

July–August 2017

In this issue:

Eyeing the New Neighbors: Smallmouth bass are moving upstream on the Yellowstone. Will they harm the river’s renowned trout population. Read more >>

Counting Ghosts: In the deep of winter, far into the backcountry, wildlife biologists search for the West’s most elusive carnivore. Read more >>

Continental Continuum: Searching for the origins of the Old North Trail along the Rocky Mountain Front. Read more >>

From Abstraction to Reality: At FWP’s Montana WILD education facility, kids and adults discover, appreciate, and take pride in the natural surroundings where they live. Read more >>

Great Gravel: New research shows how underground floodplains maintain healthy river “immune systems.” Read more >>

Face to Face: What I learned from an angry grizzly bear. Read more >>

Our Point of View: Building Partnerships and Trust Read more >>

Eating the Outdoors: Grilled Venison with Coffee Rub Read more >>

FWP At Work: Laura Hajek, Volunteer Wrangle.

The Back Porch: That First Gun

Outdoors Portrait: Common Nighthawk

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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.