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About FWP Montana Outdoors - 2014 issues

January-February 2014

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The 33rd Annual Photo Issue

This cover shot was taken by Jaime and Lisa Johnson.

Full January-February Issue



March-April 2014

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How to Read a Tree: Learn to decipher the stories that wildlife leave behind on bark and branches.  Read more >>

The Heart of Darkness: Finding wildness and wonder in the night sky.  Read more >>

Weighing In On Wolves: Montana works to strike a fair and biologically sound balance between having enough of the large carnivores and having too many.  Read more >>

Reading an Animal's "Fingerprints": DNA science improves fish and wildlife conservation, management, and law enforcement.  Read more >>

Turf War Twist: Why mountain bluebirds have disappeared from western Montana’s valleys—and might never return.  Read more >>


Full March-April Issue



May-June 2014

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Problems by the Bucketful: Illegal stocking is ruining many Montana sport fisheries and aquatic systems, maybe forever.  Read more >>

Bird Calls: A new online checklist program turns recreational birders into global “biological sensors.”  Read more >>

Cracking the Code: Figuring out Montana’s massive trout rivers when you’re accustomed to fishing small streams.  Read more >>

Sweet Surroundings: Trout are just one reason to linger along streams and rivers.  Read more >>

A Fresh Approach: Tips on keeping fish tasty for the table.  Read more >>

In the Clear: Despite growing lakeside development, Georgetown Lake remains healthy and full of fish—for now.  Read more >>


Full May-June Issue



July-August 2014

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Bedtime in the Backcountry: Tips on how to take your kids on overnight treks this summer.  Read more >>

Bully Goats? Researchers try to figure out if relative newcomers to the Greater Yellowstone Area are displacing native bighorn sheep.  Read more >>

Untrammeled: On its 50th anniversary, a look at the historical forces that forged the Wilderness Act, and what wildlands mean to us today.  Read more >>

A Wall of Protection: A comprehensive study on bear attacks in Alaska confirms that bear pepper spray is a better defense than firearms.  Read more >>

Disappearing Acts: The amazing ways that animals hide from us and each other.  Read more >>


Full July-August Issue



September-October 2014

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Finding a Way In: Millions of acres of public hunting land in Montana appear inaccessible. How hunters and others are figuring out ways to get there.  Read more >>

Keeping the Faith: Knowing he’d been lucky beyond measure to draw two coveted tags in one year, he wasn’t going to let a little bad luck get in the way of filling them both.  Read more >>

Getting There: Why going hunting can be every bit as essential as the hunt itself.  Read more >>

Congress Gives Wildlife a Boost: Conservation leaders say the 2014 Farm Bill does much for Montana’s pheasants, ducks, deer, songbirds, and other grassland wildlife.  Read more >>

A Hunter's Heavy Heart Over Sage-Grouse: Essay. 

Getting the Green Light: A rancher’s tips for gaining access to private land this season.  Read more >>

How Freedom Feels: Essay. 

Where Are All the Elk? FWP researchers found them. Now they’re trying to figure out how to get the animals back onto public land.  Read more >>


Full September-October Issue



November-December 2014

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'Tis the Season To Be Counting: During the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, expert and beginner citizen-scientists tally every bird they spot in an effort to aid avian conservation.  Read more >>

Standing Up for Montana: The state's effective approach to dealing with federal endangered species listing.  Read more >>

Decomposition: The remarkable wildlife activity that goes into making an elk carcass disappear.  Read more >>

Solving the Bitterroot Elk Mystery: How biologists and local volunteers finally figured out what was reducing the popular Ravalli County elk population.  Read more >>

Plagued By Uncertainty: The locust wiped out crops and grasslands across the Great Plains during the late 19th century. Is it truly gone for good?  Read more >>


Full November-December Issue