Current issue: May–June 2015 Montana Outdoors November-December 2014

In this issue:

In Love With the Gallatin: Easy to access, easy to wade, and often even easy to fish, it’s no wonder the spectacularly scenic Gallatin remains
one of Montana’s most popular trout rivers.

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

Enough For All:Cooperation among irrigators, anglers, and state agencies ensures that Painted Rocks Reservoir provides the Bitterroot River with enough water for both trout and crops each summer. Read more >>

A Recipe for Big Trout: Start with a cold, clean river, add organic elements and compounds that increase fertility, warm the water slightly in sunshine, then make sure too many fish aren’t competing for food. Mix thoroughly. Serves many happy anglers. Read more >>

Making Things Right Again: PCBs in Big Spring Creek were discovered coming from its Lewistown hatchery, FWP was faced with a dilemma: wait for other state and federal agencies to tell it what to do, or start cleaning up the mess and winning back the community’s trust. Read more >>

Panfish on the Prairie: Eastern Montana’s fishing ponds may not draw the tourists that mountain trout rivers do. That’s fine with local anglers, who are happy to have places to catch abundant, tasty fish all to themselves. Read more >>

Montana Outdoors Portrait: American white pelican.

Our Point of View: Still Going Strong after 45 Years. Read more >>

Eating the Outdoors: Drum and Chips.

FWP At Work: Mark Kornick.

Back Porch: Alas, the Poor Starling.

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Problems by the Bucketful
Problems by the Bucketful
: Illegal stocking is ruining many Montana sport fisheries and aquatic systems, maybe forever.


Black bears

Disappearing Acts: The amazing ways that animals hide from us and each other.

Natural World

Black bears

Untrammeled:On its 50th anniversary, a look at the historical forces that forged the Wilderness Act, and what wildlands mean to us today


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.