Hunting

Big game, waterfowl, upland birds, varmints, southwest Montana's got it all. ("Git yer elk?" is the most common question asked in October and November.) Healthy, abundant wildlife populations mean long, successful seasons. Find more info at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks web page.

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Hunting, Montana, Paradise Valley, Fall
Pogge, Drew
An unlikely hunter’s respect for the season.The emotions that good hunters need to cultivate are love and service more than courage. The sentiments of the hunt then become translated into art. —James Swan Read more >>
hunting tips, Bozeman hunting, how to hunt
Dehmer, Kurt
Bozone hunting basics.Long known as a sportsman’s paradise, Bozeman is a great place to hone your hunting skills or learn this ancient art. Here's what you need to know. Read more >>
Reed, Tom
Alive, the grizzly is a symbol of freedom and understanding—a sign that man can learn to conserve what is left of the earth. Extinct, it will be another fading testimony to things man should have learned more about but was too preoccupied with himself to notice. Read more >>
Frost, Mick
The coming of the hunt.Dusk comes earlier these days, the red sun casting long shadows across the valley. Dawn is a late riser; her timid light overtakes the darkness at a later hour each day. Read more >>
Pogge, Drew
Mine is a worthy prey. His home range is expansive, and in his element, he is King of Beasts. His numbers are large and growing. He is smart, he is elusive, and he is dangerous. In short, he is the ultimate hunt, for the ultimate hunter. He is the Touron. Read more >>
The Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks website has up-to-date information on wildlife populations, hunter success rates, and predictions for next year's hunting seasons. Read more >>
Rifle Remodel, Montana Hunting
England, Mike
There are many like it, but this one is (still) mine. Read more >>
Illustration by Blaise Arsenault
the editors
Hunting is important to the Montana way of life, but its controversial nature leaves a dark cloud hanging over it. Often, poachers and hunters are lumped into the same category—wanton killers—by non-hunters. Read more >>
Hunting dogs, dogs, hunting, Bozeman, Montana
Lorton, Isaac
Comparing hunting breeds. Read more >>
Shooting, target practice, Bozeman, Montana
Urie, Wendi
Tips for responsible target practice. Read more >>
Bow hunting, Bozeman, Montana, rollerblading
Joe King
Hunting the urban interface. Read more >>
Photo by Steven Drake
Lewis, Jimmy
Among Bozeman’s eclectic array of outdoor passions and pursuits, it pays to prioritize deer and elk hunting—nothing else can result in the kind of ongoing material gain Read more >>
Slepian, Maggie
It was a clear December afternoon when Linda took Daisy for a walk on a familiar trail. Daisy was sniffing around—off trail but within sight—when she leapt into the air, yelping, thrashing, and biting her front leg. Read more >>
Smell 'em if you got 'em
Maas, Tammy
The musty truth behind big-box hunting apparel. Read more >>
England, Mike
Gear and apparel for the hunt. Read more >>
Slepian, Maggie
Before a hunting excursion, mountaineering expedition, or even a simple road trip, there’s a certain romance in spreading out a map and plotting your journey. Read more >>
Funke, Don
Mostly what I hunt for is connections. I wander around the mountains, prairies, and marshes looking for something I must have lost. There are connections to the natural cycles of the seasons. There are connections to my hunter/gatherer past. Read more >>
Walters, Lou
A friend of mine gives me a hard time for hunting deer and elk, because—unlike bears or wolves—they cannot hunt back. He says it isn’t manly if there isn’t an equal chance the prey can kill you. I always say it depends on how you cook them. Read more >>
Sinay, Ken
By the 1880s, irresponsible land use, over-harvesting for sport, and simple ignorance contributed to a decline in wildlife in North America. For many species, extinction was a real possibility—and for some, such as the passenger pigeon, it actually occurred. Read more >>
Jones, Andrea
Falling leaves, shorter days, and that certain chill in the air are all signs of the seasons changing. At Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, “seasons changing” takes on a different meaning altogether.Season Setting Read more >>
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