Current issue: January-February 2019

January-February 2018

38th Annual photo issue:

The Montana Outdoors annual photo issue is all about the “what” of Montana, the places and creatures that contribute to the state’s renowned outdoors. The stunning photographs therein are yearly reminders of why all of us stubbornly refuse to leave this beautiful state, despite the low wages, harsh winter wind chills, and late-summer smoke.

The rest of the year, Montana Outdoors brings you the “how” of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. How this department and its many partners conserve and manage the state’s wildlife, state parks, and fisheries for our enjoyment today and that of Montanans and state visitors in the years to come. How it is that so many wild animals, historic sites, and scenic landscapes remain here in such abundance. And for fish and wildlife populations struggling to survive, how FWP and others work to protect and restore those species.

We schedule the photo issue to arrive at homes during late December,
just in time for the holidays. For many subscribers, oohing and aahing over the remarkable images has become a traditional way to celebrate the beauty and grandeur of Montana with friends and family .

After the festivities, consider keeping this issue out on a coffee table throughout the year—as a reminder of both just how wild and wondrous Montana still is, and of what we all could lose if we don’t continue pulling together to keep it that way.

—Tom Dickson, Editor


ACI stampFor the past 16 years, Montana Outdoors has been ranked among the nation's top state conservation magazines by the Association for Conservation Information. In 2018, the National Association of Government Communicators awarded Montana Outdoors first place magazine. See our collection of award-winning stories. AWARD WINNERS >>

Get the latest news on Montana's wildlife, fish, and parks management, conservation issues, and endangered species in Montana Outdoors.This captivating color magazine provides an in-depth look at what's going on in Montana's mountains, rivers, reservoirs, prairies and forests. For a special website offer of just $12 per year, you'll get the latest information on Montana's trout rivers, elk management, state parks, wolf and grizzly delisting, and more. Plus you'll find recent updates on seasons, laws, and regulations, not to mention some of the best outdoors photography in the country.

Montana Outdoors is a bi-monthly publication of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks that promotes the conservation and sustainable use of Montana's fish, wildlife, and state parks.

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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.