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A view of the Big Hole River valley.

About FWP Montana Outdoors - 2013 issues

January-February 2013

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The 32nd Annual Photo Issue

This cover shot was taken by Nelson Kenter. 

Full January-February Issue



March-April 2013

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Much Too Short a Visit: Several woodland caribou that entered northwestern Montana from Canada last spring met a grim fate. Will future incursions by these native-but-now-absent big game animals last longer?  Read more >>

Transformers: The bizarre life history of Montana’s barred tiger salamanders.  Read more >>

Incredible Journeys: Many big game animals must migrate to survive. For growing numbers, that’s getting harder each year.  Read more >>

Light Up the Night: Why 2013 will be the best year in a long time for viewing Montana’s spectacular aurora borealis.  Read more >>


Full March-April Issue



May-June 2013

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Good for Grass, Good for Grayling: An innovative new conservation agreement could help save an imperiled fish while easing pressures on Big Hole ranchers.  Read more >>

Counting Crows: FWP wildlife biologists listen closely each May to get a fix on pheasant populations.  Read more >>

Yellow Light on the Yellowstone: FWP proceeds with caution as it works to maintain the lower Yellowstone River’s diverse native fishery in the face of diversion dams, water withdrawals, and growing numbers of anglers.  Read more >>

Peak Pleasures: A desire to keep lists and explore high elevations drives peakbaggers to reach one summit after another.  Read more >>

Bridging the Divide: Fifty years ago, Montanans came together and decided that streams were worth saving.  Read more >>


Full May-June Issue



July-August 2013

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Our Best 100  (Updated in 2020)


Full July-August Issue



September-October 2013

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When Big Game Was Big: Short-faced bears standing 12 feet tall, massive dire wolves, mammoths weighing up to 10 tons—at one time hunting in Montana was a highly dangerous.  Read more >>

They Know You're Coming: New University of Montana research shows that a hunter’s stealthy approach may set off wildlife alarm bells the moment he or she enters the forest.  Read more >>

Humbled by Huns: These fast-flying prairie imports can confound even the most skilled wingshooters.  Read more >>

More Fangs in the Forest: Montana is home to higher numbers of large carnivores today than any time since the 19th century. Now what?  Read more >>

Too Many Misses: A nontoxic-shot ballistics expert helps bird hunters hit their targets.  Read more >>

Beckman's Big Surprise: How a reclusive millionaire’s commitment to mule deer and public hunting access created central Montana’s newest wildlife management area.  Read more >>


Full September-October Issue



November-December 2013

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We're So Outta Here: The wide variety of migrations from, through, and even to Montana each winter.  Read more >>

Where Can Sage-Grouse Live? Why good grazing practices and more state and federal land-use regulations are essential for keeping these beleaguered birds off the endangered species list.  Read more >>

Top Spots for Skinny Skis: Skiing the state’s best groomed cross-country trails.  Read more >>

Are Missoula's Elk Too Tame? A recent study is helping FWP find ways to manage an exploding population in the city’s northern suburbs.  Read more >>

Reality TV, Raptor Style: Why is the world watching western Montana ospreys via webcams?  Read more >>

Butting Heads over Bison: On the open plains of eastern Montana, wildlife advocates want to restore free-ranging bison. Livestock producers strongly oppose the idea. What’s a ranch-owning hunter to do?  Read more >>


Full November-December Issue