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A view of the Big Hole River valley.

About FWP Montana Outdoors - 2009 issues

January-February 2009

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The 28th Annual Photo Issue

This cover shot was taken by Tom Ulrich.

Full January-February Issue



March-April 2009

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Operation Grizzly: A monitoring project of military proportions produces an elusive population number and other critical information on northwestern Montana bears.  Read more >>

Grace from a Gloved Hand: Ordinary Montanans with boundless patience and zeal dedicate themselves to an ancient sport once practiced by kings, sheiks, and emperors.  Read more >>

Feeling the Heat: Climate change is altering Montana’s fish and wildlife populations, habitats, and recreation.  Read more >>

Pileated Woodpeckers in February: Essay 

Digging Deep into History: At Montana’s historical state parks, archaeologists are unearthing clues to how settlers, prospectors, and early American Indians once lived.  Read more >>

Following Raptors' Ups and Downs: Biologists and volunteers track the population fluctuations of Montana’s birds.  Read more >>

Terror on Tiny Feet: Insects, earthworms, and grubs beware: Shrews are hungry—all the time.  Read more >>


Full March-April Issue



May-June 2009

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Small Flies for Big Trout: You’d think large fish would eat only large flies. But on many Montana streams and rivers, it doesn’t work that way.  Read more >>

Keeping an Eye on Mountain Trout Lakes: Each summer, FWP fisheries workers head into the backcountry to monitor high-elevation fishing waters.  Read more >>

Precious Metals, Precious Trout: Can Montana continue extracting the one without harming the other?Read more >>

Let's Go Catch Some Fish! A basic guide to taking kids fishing (for adults who don’t have a clue). Read more >>

Growing a Bird Garden: Landscape with native plants to create habitat that attracts a wide variety of bird species. Read more >>

Monitoring Montana's Moving Water: With measuring tools ranging from old-fashioned yardsticks to high-tech Doppler radar, streamgagers keep a close watch on potentially dangerous rivers. Read more >>


Full May-June Issue



July-August 2009

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Be Prepared (for Wildlife Encounters): Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and others teach youngsters how to avoid conflicts with bears, cougars, and other wild animals.  Read more >>

One Bear of a Study: It took nine years, hundreds of volunteers, and four computer hard drives, but FWP research scientists now know how hunting affects black bear populations.  Read more >>

"Now Everybody Smile!" While taking pictures of state parks across Montana, a photographer finally figures out why everyone is so happy.  Read more >>

A Turn for the Worse: Last year was the deadliest in a quarter-century for boating accidents. What happened, and how can such tragedies be prevented?  Read more >>

O'Neal's Long Johns: Many suspect stories have been written about the Old Saloon in Emigrant, but I swear this yarn is true—at least some of it.  Read more >>

Creating the Wildlife-Friendly Fence: FWP provides instruction on how to modify fencing to prevent elk, deer, and pronghorn from injuring themselves and damaging private property.  Read more >>


Full July-August Issue



September-October 2009

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Another Mouth To Feed: Hunters in western Montana are feeling the pinch as the growing wolf population takes a bite into deer and elk numbers. Read more >>

Lucky Ewe: Sometimes you make the most of what you get.  Read more >>

Getting Another Shot: Innovative equipment, able-bodied partners, and sheer grit combine to bring hunters with disabilities back into the field each fall.  Read more >>

Harvesting Information from the Hunt: Crews at mandatory hunter check stations gather data that biologists use to manage deer, elk, and other wildlife.  Read more >>

Learning the Language of Land Ownership: Deciphering descriptions like “Sec. 5&6, T3NR4W” can increase your odds of gaining hunting access.  Read more >>

Growing Pheasants Naturally: FWP, the BLM, and Pheasants Forever team up to improve upland bird habitat on public land in south-central Montana.  Read more >>



Full September-October Issue



November-December 2009

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The (Surprisingly) Quiet Bison Hunt: Unlike 20 years ago, there has been little uproar over the recent hunting of wild buffalo emerging from Yellowstone National Park. Why? Read more >>

Into the Meat Locker: Behind the closed doors of a game processing facility. Read more >>

Becoming Aware of the Bear: As Montana’s grizzly numbers grow and the bears remain active well into the big game season, hunters need to be more alert than ever.  Read more >>

Muleys in Plain Sight: Finding mule deer in eastern Montana sage and grasslands often means seeing what’s right there in front of you. Read more >>

A Few Important Questions: FWP winter phone sur veys are the best way to determine game animal har vest, hunter effor t, and other essential information biologists use to manage Montana’s wildlife populations. Read more >>


Full November-December Issue