Current issue: September–October 2016

September-October 2016

In this issue:

A Shot Worth Taking: Why Montana still allows sage-grouse hunting. Read more >>

The Perfect Day: The good news, I told myself, is I get to keep hunting. Read more >>

Buffalo Gal: A heavy heart is lightened by gratitude during a once-in-a-lifetime hunt. Read more >>

Monitoring Muleys: How FWP figures out mule deer population trends and harvest recommendations, and why biologists say now is the time to issue more B licenses in southeastern Montana. Read more >>

Coming Through Darkness: Essay.

Q&A: Shoulder Season: Basics What hunters and landowners need to know about FWP’s unprecedented attempt to reduce extremely overabundant elk populations in 43 Montana hunting districts. Read more >>

“No, I’m Not Kidding!” When hunters get this phone call, it might be news they’ve been waiting for their entire lives. Read more >>

Our Point of View: Three essential points about the new shoulder seasons. Read more >>

Eating the Outdoors: Great Game Gumbo.

FWP At Work: Jason Mullen, Fisheries Biologist.

The Back Porch: “Fall” Migration Beginning Soon.

Outdoors Portrait:Antelope Bitterbrush.


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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.