Frequently Asked Questions

Montana Outdoors,
P.O. Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620-0701

(406) 495-3257

Talk to a live person about your own subscription, gift subscriptions, billing, and changes of address by calling our toll-free customer service line at 1-800-678-6668. You can also get information about your subscription by reading your mailing label (see number 4 below).

Find out when your subscription expires by looking at your mailing label, printed on the back cover of each magazine. At the end of the line above your name are several numbers that denote the month and year corresponding to your last issue.

It looks confusing, but it’s really not. For example,: “#MODOOOO842129/0#J/F16” shows that the subscription expires with the January-February 2016 issue (J/F16).

One reason is that many subscribers change their mind. They’ve told us they appreciate the extra reminders. When a subscriber doesn’t send in a subscription renewal after the first notice, we have no idea if that person has definitely decided not to renew or just doesn’t want to do so that day and would be willing to resubscribe after receiving a few more notices. And because we don’t know, we keep sending notices. Subscribers who respond with a “yes” or a “no” with the first notice, won’t receive any additional notices.

This is the most common complaint among all magazines, from Men’s Health to Ladies Home Journal. This occurs because the order goes to the magazine’s fulfillment house, located in Iowa, which then processes the check or credit card order before beginning the process of removing the subscriber from the list of subscribers who need renewal notices. But often by then the next renewal notice is already in the printing and mailing process so that subscriber’s renewal notice goes out with the ones for subscribers who didn’t resubscribe.

Call our toll-free number at 1-800-678-6668, subscribe online by clicking here, or mail a check or money order, made payable to “Montana Outdoors,” to Montana Outdoors, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701. We accept Visa and Mastercard over the phone at 1-800-678-6668. You may also subscribe on-line when you purchase a hunting or fishing license through the FWP automated licensing system.

A one-year subscription (six issues) shipped to any mailing address in the United States or APO number costs $9; two years (12 issues) is $16; and three years (18 issues) is $22. The three-year subscription is the best deal, amounting to a discount of more than 50% off the cover price. For Canadian orders add $3 per year.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks publishes Montana Outdoors six times per year. Tom Dickson has been the editor since 2002.

We've published continuously since 1970.

The department’s first magazine, Montana Wild Life, was published for six years beginning 1928.

The department had no magazine from 1933 to 1951, when it started a quarterly publication called Sporting Montana. That name was changed the following year to Montana Wildlife and continued until 1970.

Meanwhile, beginning in 1966, the department had begun issuing a monthly newsletter called Montana Outdoors, which then was combined with the magazine in late 1970 to become the magazine Montana Outdoors.

Currently we have a paid circulation of approximately 43,000. Roughly half of those subscribers live in Montana and the rest are nonresidents.

Our readership surveys show that, in addition to the subscriber, another 2.7 people read each issue, for a total readership of roughly 160,000.

For article contributor guidelines, click here.

For photographs, click here.

Back issues are $4.50 each and must be prepaid. Send your request along with payment to:

Montana Outdoors
PO Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620-0701

Yes. The current issues and back issues going back to 2003 are available at our website: http://fwp.mt.gov/mtoutdoors.

Also, all back issues of Montana Outdoors and its predecessor publications going back to 1928 have been digitized and are available on-line at archive.org. Do a search by typing in "Montana Outdoors” or the other publication names (below) and the topic you are interested in, such as “Montana Wild Life wolves” or “Montana Outdoors Yellowstone River.”

The magazine's predecessor publications are:

  • "Montana Wild Life" (1928-1933)
  • "Sporting Montana" (1951-1952)
  • "Montana Wildlife" (1952-1970).

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks did not publish a magazine from 1934 to 1950.

Thank you for the offer, but we have plenty. Please donate back issues to a local library, school science teacher, or doctor’s office. The exception is 1928-1933 issues of Montana Wild Life in good condition. We will take those. Please call us at (406) 495-3257 to arrange for delivery.

Mail it to the address listed above at number 1 or e-mail it to tdickson@mt.gov.

Not at the moment. The Montana Outdoors staff consists of just three people--a full-time editor, a part-time art director, and a part-time circulation manager.

If a position opens up, it will be through Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. For jobs and other employment opportunities with Montana state government, click here.

Please email us at: tdickson@mt.gov or lduran@mt.gov.

Organized in 1938, the Association of Conservation Information is a nonprofit organization of communications professionals working for state, federal, and Canadian conservation agencies and private agencies.

Any article written by Tom Dickson (which includes the small ones in the Outdoors Report), the FWP director, or other FWP staff may be reprinted free of charge in any publication. Just copy the article from our website. Please credit as follows: “From Montana Outdoors, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Used by permission.”

To reprint other articles, you must contact the author to get his or her permission and work out arrangements for payment.

All the photos in Montana Outdoors, except the few credited to FWP staff, are owned by the professional photographers and permission must be obtained from them for use. To contact a writer or photographer, contact us at tdickson@mt.gov or lduran@mt.gov.

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