Current issue: November–December 2016

September-October 2016

In this issue:

How Low Can They Go?A team of cavers descends into the nation’s deepest limestone cave, in Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness, farther down than anyone has ever been. Read more >>

Overdue: State and federal agencies say it’s time to take Yellowstone region grizzly bears off the threatened species list. Read more >>

Macro vs. Micro:FWP sees populations. The public sees individual animals. Can the difference be resolved? Read more >>

Saving the Best Forever:FWP conservation easements protect critical wildlife habitat and secure hunting access while sustaining family ranches. Will new landowners support those goals? Read more >>

The Mountain Men of Montana: Even with the constant danger, physical hardship, and endless isolation, they lived what seemed to be free, independent lives that many of us dream of having. Read more >>

Our Point of View: Wake-up Call.

Eating the Outdoors: Venison Carbonnade.

FWP At Work: Ashley Taylor, Wildlife Biologist.

The Back Porch: Antlers Big and Small.

Outdoors Portrait: Fisher.


ACI stampFor the past 13 years, Montana Outdoors has been ranked among the nation's top state conservation magazines by the Association for Conservation Information. In 2012, 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.