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Monday, October 24, 2016 - 5:24pm Anonymous

Springs around Bozeman.

Soaking in hot springs, aka “hot-potting,” is a universal and timeless pleasure. Nothing beats the sensation of slipping into slightly stinging water, only to feel comfy and tranquil seconds later. Whether you’ve had a long day tracking wapiti, been at the office too long, or just have an afternoon off, these are the best spots in which to soak your bones.

Chico Hot Springs, Montana Hot Springs

Lap of Luxury
For those into a well-developed, plush backdrop, check out these commercial pools for a luxurious soak. 

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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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Monday, October 3, 2016 - 12:49pm Jimmy Lewis

Reviewing the latest from Confluence Films.

With a title like Providence, it's immediately clear that the most recent release from Confluence Films (set to premier on October 15) is about far more than inspiring you to fish. Yet, the achievement of the film is that it does just that, all while showcasing the logistics of shooting an exotic location on the far side of the world. In this case, that place is the Seychelles Islands off the east coast of Africa.

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Monday, October 3, 2016 - 10:15am Carolyn Hopper

An outing with the Yellowstone Association.

The thunder-train raced along on its track of lightning, throwing hail-like bits of white coal from its furnace. Aspen quivered. Chipmunks took cover. The stellar jay chattered and huddled in the branches of the old Doug fir while water washed in beads off its back. All 14 members of our Yellowstone Association class, “Beauty & Science of Autumn,” waited on the bus for the storm to pass. Autumn storms may be short, but they’re also violent—no sense in setting up scopes and cameras to look for mountain goats, just to have our equipment get drenched in this cell of electrified weather.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 4:19pm Chris McCarthy

Debriefing the Ridge Run.

It’s been over a month since I completed my third Bridger Ridge Run. As you can probably surmise from my not-so-quick final blog, I didn't reach my goal. I could roll out with a bunch of excuses, but, after a thorough self-evaluation, I know the reason why I failed. Here’s a quick rundown of my mistakes:

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 11:39am Melissa Cronin

Biking after dark.

Riding at night seldom begins in the dark. The ride starts in the evening, but as the days get shorter, it concludes after nightfall. Sometimes, shit happens, and two flat tires and a broken chain later you're picking your way back to the car by the light of the crescent moon and the toy of a headlamp that was only intended for campfire games of Cards Against Humanity. But somewhere along the way, in the dark, it becomes obvious that this misadventure is kinda fun and would be oodles more fun with better headlamps and good friends who like to laugh and get a few cheap thrills. A new creature of the night has been born. 

Night Biking, Bozeman Biking, Bozeman Pedal Project

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Monday, September 12, 2016 - 2:45pm David Cronenwett

All about the prairie falcon.

Often, it is the charismatic and spectacular that draws people to nature. When wildlife is depicted onscreen for example, we’ll usually see images of large mammals and skillful predators; bears, wolves, lions, bison, elk, all doing their thing amidst some gorgeous and wild landscape. Birding is no different, with raptors garnering much of the public’s awe and attention. This shouldn’t be surprising: hawks, owls, and eagles are majestic predators that have been honored by human cultures for millennia, appearing in art, literature, and oral histories. For many birders though, it is the falcons that hold a special place among birds of prey.

Prairie Falcon, Bozeman, Birding, MT Audubon

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 2:01pm David Tucker

Making the most of fall.

With snow over Labor Day weekend, we're reminded that fall can be short around these parts. With that said, here are some can't-miss activities to try before Old Man winter comes calling for real.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 11:30am Paul Sveum

The yin and yang of fly fishing.

A few months ago, I posted a grip-and-grin selfie with a spunky little rainbow I caught near Livingston. It was the last day of a 14-day trip, an excursion that forced me to ask myself if I really enjoy fly fishing. Or has it become a life-consuming obsession filled with hours of confidence-crushing refusals, mercifully pocked with occasional bouts of elation? While that mental road is one we all must go down once in a while, my frequent paying of that toll left my spiritual tank riding near “E”, and the thought of donning waders for another cold, windy, and underwhelming day of nymphing didn't exactly have me firing out of bed in the morning.


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