Current issue: March-April 2017

March-April 2017

In this issue:

Breathing Room: After decades, bison are finally allowed to roam year round outside of Yellowstone National Park. Read more >>

Soft Landings: How can duck and goose hatchlings survive falls of 50 feet or more? Read more >>

What about the Others? A popular new bipartisan bill working its way through Congress could kick-start Montana into caring about the majority of its wildlife species. Read more >>

My Favorite Tax: For decades, we hunters, shooters, and archers have been paying a federal surcharge that helps conserve elk, bighorn sheep, geese, grouse, and other wildlife. If you didn’t know that, you’re not alone. Read more >>

Mussel Loss: What can we do about the western pearlshell’s steady decline? Read more >>

Securing Homes for Montana’s Wildlife: For 30 years, Habitat Montana has conserved living places for game, nongame, and endangered species. Will it survive? Read more >>

Our Point of View: Inclusive, Transparent, Fair.

Eating the Outdoors: Mont-Mex Tacos

FWP At Work: Chris Hammond, Nongame Biologist.

The Back Porch: Seeing the Sights.

Outdoors Portrait: Richardson’s Ground Squirrel.

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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.