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A view of the Big Hole River valley.

About FWP Montana Outdoors - 2010 issues

January-February 2010

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The 29th Annual Photo Issue

This cover shot was taken by Tim Christie.

Full January-February Issue



March-April 2010

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Ice Fishing Gets Civilized: Electronic fish locators, portable ice houses, and other technological advances are making this once-brutal winter sport downright enjoyable.  Read more >>

Following the Great Floods: When Glacial Lake Missoula exploded through an ice age dam, the deluge flooded much of the Pacific Northwest. Evidence of that cataclysmic event is still visible in parts of western Montana.  Read more >>

A Steady First Step: What Montana learned from its first regulated wolf hunting season.  Read more >>

Leave No Trace For All: Backcountry hikers and backpackers have embraced this national ethics and education program. Will other outdoor recreationists follow suit?  Read more >>

Additional and Essential Eyes and Ears: Volunteer citizen scientists across Montana help gather vital information for wildlife and fisheries research projects.  Read more >>

Conserving Wildlife (and Culture) on the Flathead Indian Reservation: The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes use the latest science to successfully manage grizzlies, deer, swans, falcons, and other species in harmony with traditional values.  Read more >>


Full March-April Issue



May-June 2010

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Prospecting Small Trout Streams: Leave Montana’s famous rivers to the teeming hordes. Creeks and minor tributaries are where an angler can find fly-fishing solitude these days.  Read more >>

Keeping the Invaders at Bay: Aquatic invasive species degrade ecosystems, hamper recreation, and cost businesses a bundle. Can they be contained?  Read more >>

Tiny Fish under Big Skies: Why minnows matter.  Read more >>

Canyon Ferry's Balancing Act: Trout, walleye, and perch anglers on the sprawling reservoir want more and bigger fish. Is that possible, given the ecological limits of the lake and the complex relationships among species?  Read more >>

Where There is Rock Writing: Visitors to Pictograph Cave State Park will discover a site rich in scenic beauty, prehistoric images, and early American Indian culture.  Read more >>


Full May-June Issue



July-August 2010

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10 Trails You Have To Try: From rain-soaked cedar forests to sun-drenched prairies, these day hikes take you to some of the state’s most scenic sites.  Read more >>

Keeping the Grass in Grassland: How Montanans are conserving the state’s remaining native prairie.  Read more >>

Pretty Ugly: Hating the beautiful hawkweed. 

Picking Up After Others: Concerned citizens team up with FWP and other public agencies to clean trash from the Blackfoot, Bitterroot, and Clark Fork rivers.  Read more >>

Awaiting the Trumpeter's Return: Over the past six years, 140 trumpeter swans have been reared and released in the Blackfoot Valley. Now the majestic birds face power lines, illegal shooting, and other dangers as they try to return home.  Read more >>

Why the Deer and the Antelope Play: When wild animals goof off, they may be doing more than just having a good time.  Read more >>

Here It Is: Small signs help hunters, other recreationists, and landowners by showing exactly where state and federal parcels begin and end.  Read more >>


Full July-August Issue



September-October 2010

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The Early Season: Crossing the Divide into bird hunting heaven.  Read more >>

Lucky Sons of a Gun: Winning a SuperTag—and with it a Montana big game hunt of a lifetime.  Read more >>

My Mountain, My Self: Finding more than elk in a backcountry wilderness.  Read more >>

A Secret No More: The word is out: Most of Montana’s 334 fishing access sites are open to public hunting.  Read more >>

It's Time: After a lifetime of pursuing big game trophies from Missoula to Anchorage, 83-year-old Mavis Lorenz hands her rifle over to the next generation.  Read more >>

Hitting the Target: FWP grants are helping communities create family-friendly shooting range facilities.  Read more >>

Walk a Mile in My Boots: A new FWP project helps hunters and landowners understand each other’s perspective on issues related to public hunting on private land. Read more >>


Full September-October Issue



November-December 2010

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The Great Fire of 1910: How the Big Burn shaped the nation’s fire-fighting policy and transformed a 4,700-square-mile landscape in northern Idaho and western Montana. Read more >>

Living Up to Its Name: How controversial hunting regulations restored big bulls to the Elkhorn Mountains.  Read more >>

Welcome to Montana Elk Hunting: Advice for residents and nonresidents on learning where to hunt, finding reliable information, and negotiating the licensing and permitting process.  Read more >>

Goodbye CRP? Congressional cutbacks and high com modity prices are compelling landowners to convert Conservation Reserve Program grasslands—which benefit pheasants, ducks, and other prairie wildlife—back to crops.  Read more >>

Cold Warriors: How do wildlife survive Montana’s brutal winters?  Read more >>


Full November-December Issue