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November-December 2018

In this issue:

Ain't She a Butte?:

A Little Goes a Long Way: FWP, landowners, and private conservation groups are working to keep just a bit more water in spawning tributaries -- the natural "hatcheries" of Montana's storied trout rivers. Read more >>

Wet and Wild: See record-books rams? Nap on beach? Leap into crystal-clear water? Whatever your fancy, a visit to Flathead State Park should be on everyone's list of must-do summer adventures. Read more >>

What We're After: Finding fish and solace at FWP's family ponds.

Deceptively Dangerous: Low-head dams don't seem hazardous -- until you're trapped under water beneath one. Read more >>

Exceeding Expectations: While not offering much for Montana's dispirited CRP fans, the 2018 Farm Bill's other land and water conservation programs will provide tens of millions of dollars to help farmers, ranchers, wildlife, and public recreational access in the state's prairie region. Read more >>

Our Point of View: Credibility Was Key to Legislative Successes.

Tasting Montana: Venison Pastrami.

FWP At Work: Sara Scott, Archaeologist.

Outdoors Report:

Sketchbook: Their pain, and Mine.

Outdoors Portrait: Sturgeon Chub.

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Still Turning Heads

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.

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

The Amazing Spider Silk:From catching insects to inspiring revolutionary medical devices, this remarkable material is worthy of a superhero.


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.