Current issue: September–October 2017


In this issue:

Moving Meat: Your deer or elk is down. Now what? Read more >>

Saving Lives, Building Ethics: For 60 years, Montana’s volunteer Hunter Education Program instructors have been molding safe, responsible hunters. For 30 years, bowhunter instructors have done the same. Read more >>

38 For 38: Every hunting season for nearly four decades, this West Yellowstone hunter has taken a bull elk on public land. ­­­How does he do it? Read more >>

Good To Be Back: A quick trip to paradise in early September. Read more >>

Disease At The Door: Montana will rely on hunters and landowners to help control CWD when (not if) it arrives. Read more >>

Where To Hunt Elk in Montana: An insider’s guide for new hunters and nonresidents to locating the best spots this season. Read more >>

Our Point of View: Getting Out

Eating the Outdoors: Fancy Smashed Venison Burgers

FWP At Work: Earl Radonski, Fisheries Technician.

The Back Porch: When Everything Changes.

Outdoors Portrait: American Mink.

ACI stampFor the past 15 years, Montana Outdoors has been ranked among the nation's top state conservation magazines by the Association for Conservation Information. In 2017, the National Association of Government Communicators awarded Montana Outdoors first place magazine. See our collection of award-winning stories. AWARD WINNERS >>

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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.