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Monday, November 21, 2016 - 12:07pm Jimmy Lewis

Improving Your Odds

A look at shoulder-season hunts.

If you’re an elk hunter in Montana, you’ve probably heard of the relatively new shoulder seasons. If you’re interested in filling your tag, you’ve probably been wondering exactly what this new elk-hunting opportunity is all about, so read on if your idea of success is a freezer full of mid-winter wapiti.

Montana Should Season Hunt, Elk Hunt
With shoulder-season hunts, antlerless elk are back in play.

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Monday, October 24, 2016 - 4:54pm Marna Daley

Hunting-season tips & reminders. 

With general rifle season underway, the Forest Service would like to wish you happy hunting and offer some tips and reminders in order to protect your natural resources and make your visit more enjoyable.

Montana Rifle Season, Custer Gallatin National Park
'Tis the season—time to make the most of it.

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Monday, October 24, 2016 - 4:28pm Tom Dickson

Making venison stir fry.

Soon enough, you'll have meat in the freezer—if you don't already. Now, I love venison, but a meal of just meat can be dull and nutritionally deficient. One way to combine venison with a healthy amount of tasty and colorful veggies is by making stir fry. Stir fry is an ancient Chinese method of quickly cooking meat and vegetables in a small amount of oil over high heat. This recipe is adapted from a popular Cook’s Illustrated version—try it this fall.

Venison Stir Fry, Montana Recipes

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 12:48pm Nick Gevock

Sometimes, less hunting is more.

Hunters are often asked to give up opportunity when a game species is struggling. And as conservationists, we know that it’s the responsible thing to do for the long-term health of our cherished public wildlife resources. In Montana, we have a long history of stepping up and doing just that. An excellent example is antelope in eastern Montana following the brutal winter of 2010-2011. We went from 13,000 either-sex licenses and an additional 7,000 doe tags to a total of 3,000 tags in southeastern Montana. It was a tough change, but that herd is recovering. Future generations will thank us for protecting their opportunity to hunt these antelope.

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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 7:51am Lilly Brogger

Elk hunting, family history, and connection.

“Take me to the place I know, where the golden ryegrass grows, and the winds of heaven do blow…”

These words organize themselves in my mind and trail off as I blunder over fallen trees in the dark, thinking of where I'm bound. Clouds of grainy snow blowing into my face, I readjust my rifle to prevent it from slipping off the shoulder of my wool jacket. Finally, we are just a few yards from the treeline where rest awaits.

The wind blows as usual, and the golden ryegrass thrashes back and forth. Shivering, I rest my gun on the shooting sticks, waiting for light. As the sun begins to rise, colors dance over the landscape, making every feature jump out, like a live topographic map. Entire hillsides become illuminated while shadows fill the void between. My dad leans up against a tree, glassing for elk. The new light casts warmth upon us, a relief from the cold that comes with hiking and sweating. 

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Friday, November 20, 2015 - 9:35am Sarah Meadmore

Tips for your first guided hunt.

You finally booked a once-in-a-lifetime hunting trip, but you've never used a guide before and you're not sure how to act or what to expect. Well here's a list of recommendations from the pros that will help you and your guide develop the mutual understanding and respect that is the key ingredient to successful hunts. Stick to this and you'll definitely make an impression.

Hunting tips
Great hunting, bud. Now put down the Red Bull.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 12:42pm David Tucker

Tips and reminders for the season.

by Marna Daley

With general rifle season approaching, the U.S. Forest Service hopes you have a good hunt and offers some tips and reminders in order to protect your natural resources and make your visit more enjoyable.

Pick Up a Motor Vehicle Use Map
Motorized Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) outline designated road and trail systems and are free at any of the Custer-Gallatin Forest ranger district offices or online at or Remember: if there is no numbered route marker, the road or trail is closed. In addition, there are a few roads and trail closures that go into effect during the spring and fall seasons, so check the MVUM or call your local ranger district office before heading out.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 2:47pm Al Parker

A hunting story.

It’s cold for early September and snowing. Pushed a few inches off the rocks when I crossed the creek. It’s still early and dark at the bottom of the steep canyon. The switchbacks start up the canyon wall, rising above the forest and away from the creek. My dog is with me. Not really a bird dog, though she is a lab mix. Probably the runt of the litter. We put her in a milk crate between the kids in the backseat the day we picked her up. She’s six months old now. This is her second hunt, and we're climbing into the mountains to find mountain grouse: blues, ruffies, spruce, and Franklins. I’m glad she’s with me in the dark forest, leaving her wee paw prints in the snow.

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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 2:33pm Maggie Slepian

From target practice to the hunt. 

There’s been plenty written about hunting season preparation. Can you hike two miles uphill carrying your pack without going into cardiac arrest? Has your rifle even been cleaned since 2005? Have you shot your bow since last season? These are all valid questions, but in our neck of the woods, one aspect of preseason prep gets overlooked: emotional preparation. Most of you probably stopped reading right there, and I get it. Emotional quandaries have no place during hunting season, right? As a vegetarian who got her first bow less than two years ago and aims to take her first deer/elk this season, I’m probably in a class by myself.

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Friday, September 13, 2013 - 11:51am Mike England

A review of two film screenings held recently in Bozeman.


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