Current issue: May–June 2017

May-June 2017

In this issue:

A Fresh Look at the Fisheries: Montana’s new fisheries chief talks about illegal stocking, invasive species, and why native fish are such a priority. Read more >>

From Banning TNT to Scanning DNA: What 100-plus years of fisheries management says about Montana and its people. Read more >>

The Big Day: Behind the scenes at FWP’s annual lottery drawing for moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat hunting licenses. Read more >>

Still Turning Heads: Despite record floods, growing recreational use, and a brief scare last summer, the upper Yellowstone River continues to reign as one of the nation’s top trout waters. Read more >>

Clearing Things Up: Scientists have a good idea why Clark Canyon Reservoir is sending murky water into one of Montana’s premier trout rivers. Now what? Read more >>

Our Point of View: All Hands on Deck Read more >>

Eating the Outdoors: Sesame-Crusted Pan-Fried Trout

FWP At Work: Bardell Mangum, Landscape Architect.

The Back Porch: Sadder than a Wet Hen Read more >>

Outdoors Portrait: Brook Stickleback

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Montana Outdoors is a bi-monthly publication of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks that promotes the conservation and sustainable use of Montana's fish, wildlife, and state parks.

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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.