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A view of the Big Hole River valley.

About FWP Montana Outdoors - 2020 issues

January-February 2020

Cover imageThe 39th Annual Photo Issue

This gorgeous cover shot was taken by photographer Cindy Goeddel of Big Timber.

Full January-February Issue



March-April 2020

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The Herd and the Bird - How an innovative federal program is conserving sage-grouse by helping ranchers improve their cattle-grazing practices. Full story 

Welcome Back, Stranger - Seeing the American robin again for the first time.  Full story

16 Raptors That Every Montanan Should (Kinda) Know - The "good enough" guide to identifying birds of prey. Full story

Search for the Elusive Fisher - In an unprecedented survey, crews in Montana and Idaho set up hundreds of bait stations in targeted mountain habitat to locate these rare predators. Full story

Plugging the Leaks - A worrisome incident in September 2019 highlights the need for Montana to continue improving watercraft inspections. Full story

Homecoming - The trumpeter swan’s long-awaited return to the Flathead and Blackfoot Valleys. Full story


Full March-April Issue



May-June 2020

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Give a Big Hand for the Big Hole - Applauding the consensus-based, collaborative approach to conserving this premier southwestern Montana trout and grayling river. Full story 

Catfish Crazy - For the past 20 years, Glasgow has stayed up late the first Saturday in June to celebrate the Catfish Classic and the Milk River’s remarkable channel cat fishery. Full story

Has Catch-and-Release Gone Overboard? - The case for harvesting more trout. Full story

Living Limestone - Revisiting the ever-changing geological wonders of Lewis & Clark Caverns, Montana’s first state park. Full story

Blaming the Birds - Are pelicans, cormorants, and other winged piscivores harming game fish populations? Full story


Full May-June Issue



July-August 2020

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My Salmonid Search - An angler’s quest to catch Montana’s nine native coldwater species. Full story 

Floating Flowers in the Sky - The challenge and importance of counting butterflies. Full story

In-Between Bears - Communities and FWP adapt as grizzlies spread into historic habitats. Full story

How Hot Is It? - Essay. Full story

Calming the Waters - How FWP game wardens keep boaters safe. Full story

The Fish and the Turbines - Balancing electrical power with the needs of native fish. Full story

On a Bat Safari - Tours at state parks and other sites across Montana introduce participants to a nighttime wildlife spectacle. Full story


Full July-August Issue



September-October 2020

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Choosing the Unleaded Option - Hunters are switching to copper and other less toxic bullets after learning how lead projectiles endanger eagles and other scavenging wildlife. Full story 

Dino Destination - Eastern Montana’s Makoshika State Park shines as one of the nation’s premier places for all things paleo. Full story

To Eat Or Not to Eat? - Pondering venison consumption in the age of CWD. Full story

Keepers of the Flame - Defying stereotypes, Millennials are maintaining the long tradition of wilderness guiding and wrangling. Full story

Turkey Day Tradition - Each fall, my wife and I try to harvest a bird for Thanksgiving dinner. Here’s how we hunt turkeys during Montana’s late season. Full story


Full September-October Issue



November-December 2020

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Overwhelmed - Visitation increases induced by Covid-19 are pushing Montana’s state parks—already struggling with insufficient staff, limited infrastructure, and growing shoulder season attendance—to their breaking point. Full story 

Paying It Back (And Forward) - Each year FWP distributes nearly $30 million to Montana landowners in Block Management Program payments, conservation easements, and other wildlife habitat and hunter access programs. Full story

Awesome Opportunities - From walleye and catfish to whitefish and cutthroat, Montana offers up a dizzying diversity of angling action. Full story

Good Maintenance Makes Good Neighbors - FWP puts a high priority on controlling weeds, building fences, and managing timber on wildlife management areas across Montana. Full story

A Guiding Light - Recent recommendations from the Governor’s Grizzly Bear Advisory Council are helping wildlife managers better understand exactly how Montanans want bears and people to coexist. Full story


Full November-December Issue