Fall 2004

Features

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Elk
Bass, Rick
It was Matthew who killed the elk. I was only trying to learn how it was done.My first year in the valley I knew next to nothing, though when only a week of hunting season remained and still I had no meat, I knew enough to ask Matthew for help. People told me he didn’t like new people coming into... Details
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Hill, Pat
Rock-art sites may be a key to the past for archaeologists and historians, but they are sacred places of power to the Native Americans whose ancestors created the ancient images.While the whole natural world is sacred in traditional Native American culture, certain areas, such as natural rock... Details
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England, Mike
Buck is what many people would call a “problem dog.” Though attractive and well-built, he’s also hyperactive, unruly, and stubborn as a mule. For two days, we’ve watched him leap and lurch, surge and struggle—a spigot of concentrated energy discharging itself in every direction. Even his owner John... Details
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Peck, Dave
I wake up in Big Sky crust-eyed and weary from my high-speed race across Montana. I'm banged up with burning muscles and trail rash. Yesterday's bike ride in the Black Hills and an over-the-bars crash in the Badlands the night before add to my weakened condition. A day earlier I'd left my... Details

Departments

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Orem, Tina
On July 26, 2004, the City of Bozeman approved a new 20-year plan for the Sunset Hills cemetery near Lindley Park. According to Gary Vodenhal of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, the new plan allows for a new one-mile buffer trail around the cemetery. The Gallatin Valley Land Trust expects to build... Details
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Deibert, Mark
Alpine skiing, enjoyed by 200 million people worldwide, is commonly associated with knee injuries. Severe knee sprains involving the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are the most common injuries in alpine skiing and result from a combination of factors, including modern equipment design and skiing... Details
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Heimann, Ginny
Does exploring Montana’s alpine world, while soaking up breathtaking scenery, appeal to you? Then grab your hiking boots and backpacks and come join the BWAGs, the Bozeman Women’s Activity Group. This group’s trail is open to women of all ages who are looking for fun, fitness, and friendship. What... Details
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DeLeo, Victor
The United States Forest Service is currently deciding who can use the Gallatin National Forest, whether you travel with pedals, stirrups, or a clutch.In 1977, a popular trail system east of the Gallatin River from Yellowstone National Park to Bozeman, known as the Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo-Horn (... Details
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England, Mike
It’s late November, and the bone-chilling temps of winter have begun to peel away autumn’s once-firm grip on southwest Montana. At 9:00 am, we’re bundled up and shivering as we watch our instructor, renowned climber Steve House, make his way up an 80-foot wall of ice. He ascends quickly and fluidly... Details
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Ault, Megan
Call me a scavenger, but every autumn, whether the apple trees in my yard produce or not, I end up with bags and bags of sweet-smelling apples of many different varieties. Just a step above dumpster-diving for freebies, I case the streets of historic Bozeman, looking for lots with bumper crops of... Details
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England, Mike
The law locks up the man or womanWho steals the goose from off the common,But lets the greater felon looseWho steals the common from the goose.—AnonymousMontana towns have always enjoyed a unique and enviable social character—sophisticated yet unpretentious, civilized yet grounded, urbane yet... Details
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Burnside, Zachary
I walk on concrete wherever I go. The windows around me reflect pictures of the sky. I travel on trains through the tunnels, no wind in my hair. Then feel the pulse of swift life with fast steps. The people are oddly quiet as paper flies by on the breeze. Their hands are pressed to their heads in... Details
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Vikander, Lauren
“Climbing!” I yelled as I began my ascent up the side of the canyon. It was a beautiful afternoon, after a night of unrelenting thunderstorms; we were all covered in mud from the scramble to “our spot” and were stoked that the south-facing rock was dry. It was an extraordinary afternoon; the canyon... Details
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Edwards, Becky
We pull off old Montana Highway 2 in our shiny new Toyota Tundra as I suck the last of my orange juice through my super-sized McDonald’s straw, throw open the door, and step out into the warm August breeze. Chris stuffs his paraglider back into his pack as I headed off down a trail that leads to a... Details
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Wolfe, Chaundera
Once in a while the bored Montana resident, tired of the same old routine, stumbles upon a hidden treasure—a place that flies below the radar, but holds great tidbits of history and peculiar artifacts. The Headwaters Heritage Museum in Three Forks is just such a place, providing an enjoyable... Details
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Orms, R. Kent
More than just hitting what you aim at, shooting well is about hitting that mark under all conditions. It’s about killing your quarry as quickly and humanely as possible. It’s about being confident with your shooting in the clutch, when the adrenaline is pumping and the wind is howling. Everyone... Details
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Landrigan, Marissa
With the historic traditions of the Old West converging in Three Forks, it’s no surprise that it has become the location for a growing tradition of the new West. The sights and sounds of the Montana Derby Days Horse Show fit right in with the old vaquero tradition—a unique and antique style of cow... Details
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Vail, Juliette
The increasing incidence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury has been a growing concern for both the athlete and the medical profession. Approximately 70% of ACL injuries are non-contact, and four risk factors are often associated with the incident. The first may be the environment—surface,... Details
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Mcdonald, Cheryl
Ski season is right around the corner and now is a great time to train for improved performance. Entering the ski season fit and flexible will increase your enjoyment and decrease the risk of injury. The following exercises can be accomplished with little or no equipment and can significantly... Details
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DeLeo, Victor
The federal government seems convinced that the grizzly bear is no longer an endangered species. The hulking mammal’s population has quadrupled since 1975, to about 1,200 bruins in the lower 48 states, and plans are now underway to remove the bear from the Endangered Species List—which has... Details
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Mazour, Meghan
It’s not what you were planning on when you headed out on a beautiful fall morning for a day in the great outdoors, but suddenly it’s getting dark, you’re alone, and you don’t have any idea where you are. You’re lost and it looks like you’re going to be out for at least one night, if not longer.So... Details

Gear Reviews

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England, Mike
Yukon HL - $60www.princetontech.com609.298.9331Once you’ve used a headlamp, chances are you’ll never go back to a flashlight again—having both hands free and unencumbered is an invaluable benefit, from the backyard to the backcountry. For a solid mid-size, versatile headlamp that’s ideal for... Details
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Delin, Colter
Has your best friend ever asked to wear your sunglasses? Sparky may not be able to articulate his needs in English, but that doesn’t mean you can’t protect his peepers from sun and flying debris. That’s right, the time has finally come where our canine companions can enjoy some of the same comforts... Details
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Litwin, Ryan
Kodiak FDT Knife - $91www.browning.com800.333.3288Few things are more important in a sportsman’s pack than a good sharp knife—most hunters I know carry two or three. Browning has eliminated the need to carry more than one cutting tool with their Kodiak FDT knife. In the Browning tradition of... Details
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Francis, Laura
NICE Packframe $259 complete ($219 frame only)www.mysteryranch.com406.585.1428Friends, hunters, fellow Bozeman backcountry men and women—a new high-tech envelope pack is here to make our jobs as two-legged mules that much more enjoyable. It’s called the NICE Packframe, and if you’re like me, and... Details
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Lunney, Fran
San Juan Hand Net - $94www.fisknat.com253.538.1084For most of my fishing years I’ve used a second-rate landing net. You know the kind I’m talking about—aluminum tubing, green nylon netting, cheap as hell but serviceable. Last summer my net slipped off my belt loop and floated down the Shoshone... Details
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England, Mike
Impulse Keylight - $15www.princetontech.com609.298.9331If you need a compact light for those late-evening hatches, but don’t want to add more bulk to your already-burgeoning fly vest, look no further than the Impulse from Princeton Tec. This handy, high-powered LED keylight has five different... Details
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Kayser, Mitch
Aether 75 Backpack - $240www.ospreypacks.com970.564.5900When I was looking for a new pack, a couple of things drew me to the Osprey Aether 75: an impressively light weight and a price that fit my budget. At 4,700 cubic inches of storage capacity and weighing less than five pounds, the Aether 75... Details
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England, Mike
Altitech2 - $150highgearusa.com888.295.4949Ever since wrist-top altimeters came out, I’ve wanted one. Desperately. I mean, how cool would it be to have an exact elevation right there at your fingertips? No more guessing how many vertical feet you’ve climbed or have yet to climb. And when combined... Details

Additional Articles

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Vikander, Lauren
Big Timber native Joe Josephson was one of the first sponsored athletes invited to the Bozeman Ice Festival in 1997. “Jo-Jo”, as his friends know him, enjoyed the experience so much that he’s been back every year since. “I love to guide, I love to teach people climbing,” says Josephson, “and the... Details
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Mazour, Meghan
Are grizzlies in Yellowstone going hungry? Some scientists say if they aren’t now, they will be soon. A major source of food for grizzlies, the Whitebark Pine and their fat-rich nuts are threatened by a fungus known as Blister Rust.Whitebark Pine trees grow at high altitudes and produce cones that... Details

Book Reviews

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Litwin, Ryan
by Mike Lapinksi - Portland, ORWest WInds Press, 2004 - 224 pagesMike Lapinski has succeeded in writing a book that will most likely save someone’s life. Hardly another collection of hair-raising accounts of bear attacks, True Stories of Bear Attacks: Who Survived and Why is an in-depth look at... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
by Ron Spomer - Belgrade, MTWilderness Adventures Press, 1999 - 518 pagesThe results for the 2004 Montana big game hunting season special permit drawings came in over the summer. Therefore, you’re either ready to enjoy the thrill of the hunt, or you took the family to dinner with your refund check... Details
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Tina Orem
A Sportsman's Life: How I Built Orvis by Mixing Business and Sportby Leigh Perkins with Geoffrey NormanMore memoir than business guide, A Sportsman’s Life (Lyons Press, 2002) traces the ups and downs of retired CEO Leigh Perkins during his reign at Orvis. Perkins bought the tiny company in 1965 for... Details
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Mazour, Meghan
We’ve all had a friend like Richard. He’s the one that calls to go fishing and ends the conversation by telling you not to forget the whiskey (or beer, or Carlo Rossi—any alcoholic beverage will do). Hours later you’re drunk, the sun is setting, and the only body of water you’ve seen is your friend... Details
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Delin, Colter
by Don Butcher - Wyoming, MILane Coyote, 2001 - 216 pagesIn The Adventures of Gray Wolf, we explore the tales of a seasoned backcountry adventurer as he recounts nearly 50 remarkable experiences throughout the Canadian bush country. Don Butcher, better known as Gray Wolf by his local small-town... Details

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Hostetler, Jeff
Many fly patterns have been designed to work for a specific region. There are, however, a number of flies that cross over between fresh water and salt water. One fly that has been a crossover pattern for several years is Bob Clouser’s Clouser Minnow. The original tie was a simple combination of... Details
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Manning, Jim
Among the original settler folk of the Wild West, women were a demographic in short supply compared to the male cowpunchers, sodbusters, gold-seekers, and adventurers that filtered into the high plains and Northern Rockies in the 1800s.A further truth is that the sky has a similar demographic to... Details
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Center, Dean
I’m a cheapskate, so naturally I have always tried to eke out as many miles on my car’s tires as I could. Then one day I went over the Bozeman pass sideways.When I left home early that morning, the weather was a little wet, but as I climbed the hill and the temperature dropped, the road surface got... Details

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