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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, December 7, 2015 - 3:11pm Lilly Brogger

Connecting local youth to the outdoors. 

photos by Colleen Winn

Intrigued by Big Sky Youth Empowerment’s strong connection to the outdoors, I headed to their headquarters one recent Tuesday to see what they’re all about. A huge, friendly dog and many grins greeted me at the door; the environment was immediately warm and inviting. After sitting in on a “Crux” workshop, I quickly learned the reason for all the smiling.

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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 12:30pm David Tucker

Volunteering at the Ice Fest.

Whether you’re an ice-climbing newbie or have been climbing ice for decades, missing the Bozeman Ice Fest isn’t an option. But you’re injured, or you’re new to town, or you aren’t familiar with Hyalite. How can you enjoy the festivities? Have no fear, and volunteer.

 Bozeman Ice Fest

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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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Monday, November 16, 2015 - 3:58pm Colleen Winn

Spire's Full Gravity Day breakdown. 

The easy access to spectacular rock climbing in the Bozeman area makes our town a mecca of climbing culture, and that community was out in full force last Saturday for Spire Climbing Center’s 15th annual Full Gravity Day competition. The all-day bouldering event provided youth, beginner, and advanced athletes the opportunity to test their abilities in Bozeman’s recently expanded climbing gym.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 7:10am Lilly Brogger

Getting a bird's-eye view of Bozeman.

Heart racing, I took control of the plane. My left hand trembled on the yoke as I pushed the throttle to full power with my right, causing the plane to lurch across the runway. As we gained speed, I eased the yoke forward, lifting off the ground—we were airborne.

Though I felt like part of some top-secret mission, I was actually doing an introductory flight with Summit Aviation. As a college student, I tore a coupon out of the MSU Pocket Guide and was able to give flying a try for less than the cost of Big Sky ski pass. The plane was a little Diamond DA20, designed for training. Josh, my flight instructor, had his own yoke to keep me lined out.

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Monday, November 9, 2015 - 11:30am GNFAC

Why stability tests matter.

An online article posted October 29, 2015 for BackcountryMagazine.com on snowpits, avalanche character, and the difficulties and risks of traveling in various types of snow, is a welcome early season jump-start to get us thinking about snow and avalanches. Every snow climate is different and every professional forecaster looks at the snowpack through his and her own forecasting lens, but we are all trying to increase the understanding of avalanches in order have fun and stay alive.

Snowpit, Stability Test, GNFAC

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 9:31am Margo Humphries

Missing a ski-season ritual.

To an untrained ear, it might evoke feelings of trepidation or uneasiness. But upon proper acclimation, it's the harbinger of a season full of oh-so-sweet rewards. 

Bozeman in Winter, Ski Season
A welcome sight for impatient skiers

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 2:53pm Colleen Winn

Female skiing icons inspire local girls.

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