Current issue: January-February 2017

January-February 2017

36th Annual photo issue:

One thing we can all agree on

As it does every four years, the recent presidential election revealed stark differences among Americans. In yet another closely contested battle for the White House, voters supported the candidate who represented their values on divisive issues such as job creation, taxation, foreign policy, and health care. When the smoke cleared, it appeared we had two distinct countries, cleaved in half.

There’s no sign that passions will abate anytime soon. Not on a national scale, nor here in Montana. Concerns about public access loss, private property rights, federal land management and transfers, endangered species designation, and habitat degradation keep Montanans writing letters to their congressional delegation, posting to Facebook, and Twittering up a storm.

A respite is in order—to catch our collective breath, temper emotions, and maybe even find some common ground.

In that spirit, we offer the 36th annual Montana Outdoors photo issue. Here you’ll find no red counties or blue counties, no us versus them, just 86 spectacular images of Montana’s wildlife, scenery, and natural wonders—massive and minuscule—that we selected from the more than 1,800 remarkable photographs sent to us last fall.

These pictures are vivid reminders of the beauty and wonder that exist all around us, and of how lucky we are to live in or visit Montana. Their very remarkability might even contribute in some small way to unifying a fractured electorate. As you find yourself grinning, gaping, even gasping at the images in the following pages, consider that Montana Outdoors subscribers across Montana and the United States who voted differently from you last November are likely doing the same.

It’s not a group hug, but it’s a start.



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Get the latest news on Montana's wildlife, fish, and parks management, conservation issues, and endangered species in Montana Outdoors.This captivating color magazine provides an in-depth look at what's going on in Montana's mountains, rivers, reservoirs, prairies and forests. For a special website offer of just $12 per year, you'll get the latest information on Montana's trout rivers, elk management, state parks, wolf and grizzly delisting, and more. Plus you'll find recent updates on seasons, laws, and regulations, not to mention some of the best outdoors photography in the country.

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.