Fall 2005

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Edwards, Becky
“In the beginning of this record I tried to explore the nature of journeys, how they are things in themselves, each one an individual and no two alike. I speculated with a kind of wonder on the strength of the individuality of journeys and stopped on the postulate that people don’t take trips—trips... Details
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England, Mike
We’ve all seen the pictures, in a dentist’s office or outdoor shop or in the living room of a friend’s house. A sleek whitetail buck bounds over a wooden fence in an effortless five-foot-high leap. A lone wolf stands amid a grove of aspens, his gaze penetrating and his mottled coat blending into... Details
Yellowstone, Grizzly Bears
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Gutkoski, Joe
A Yellowstone grizzly encounter.Every year, in September or October, my friend Chuck and I paddle the 20 miles down to the Southeast Arm of Yellowstone Lake. It is our autumn pilgrimage to a place like no other on Earth. The Southeast Arm is where the Yellowstone River flows into the lake out of... Details
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Peck, Dave
My invitation for the pack trip arrives months in advance. It’s a backcountry birthday celebration for one of my kin. There’s talk of a long ride into no-man’s land, of grizzly bears and sidearms—warnings meant, I can only assume, to humor some and frighten others. While I consider myself a... Details
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Greenhill, W. Duke
You awake before the sun, eager and excited to float the crystalline waters of the Five Rivers region in Southwest Montana. You imagine the trout slipping, hiding, and spinning beneath the foam of the Big Hole, the Jefferson, the Beaverhead, the Wise, and the Ruby rivers. Your warm cup of... Details
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Brindisi, Roger
My dog, Riley. Always loving. Always ready to be loved. Except when it came to ducks. Even then I was never quite sure about the nature, intent, or depth of his passion. I trusted him completely, though, and whenever we went duck hunting I followed his lead.We learned how to engage this undertaking... Details

Departments

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Drozic, Bennett
Indelibly bound with the spirit of independence and fortitude that permeates the idea of the West is a notion of single-minded, almost blind acceptance of certain dogmata. After all, how exactly does one get motivated to cross thousands of miles of terrain, with absolutely no particular place in... Details
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England, Mike
"The selfish spirit of commerce…knows no country, and feels no passion or principle but that of gain." — Thomas JeffersonThere’s a disturbing trend going on in the battle over Bozeman’s future. A growing number of the aggressively pro-growth, pro-development crowd, unable to respond logically to... Details
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Hill, Pat
The Icedogs won’t be the only local team at the Valley Ice Garden this season, as the Blackhawks try and wing their way into the hearts of the Bozeman area’s diehard hockey fans.Like the ‘dogs, the Blackhawks will be sporting black, red, and white uniforms as they hit the ice for their first season... Details
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Edwards, Becky
The origins of the word marathon go back to Greece in 490 BC, when a messenger ran on foot from the town of Marathon all the way to Athens, to announce a victory over the Persians. I often think of that messenger, simply doing his job and feeling jubilant and proud of his country, eager to spread... Details
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Campbell, Christina
There’s a lot of marketing directed toward food for sports participants, and as a consumer it’s often difficult to distinguish between reality and hype. Is Gatorade necessary? Is water better? Is a Power Bar better than a couple Fig Newtons? As a recreational or competitive athlete, you need to... Details
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Hill, Pat
On October 14-16, the third annual conference of the Northern Rockies Bioneers brings education and entertainment together in an innovative effort to help preserve the planet and the communities of humans that occupy it. Founded in 1990, Bioneers’ stated goal is to “promote practical environmental... Details
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Kurowski, Chris
One typical Saturday morning I found myself in the hills south of Livingston, unfolding my paraglider wing and setting off for an adventure in the warm autumn air. Daily Lake sparkled below as I sorted out the lines connecting the harness to the wing. I started running for the takeoff; the wing... Details
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Skoy, Jenie
Want more peace of mind in the backcountry? Try pledging some of that spare change to this year’s Powder Blast on November 4th. The sixth annual event includes a chili and beer feed with live bluegrass music, held at the Emerson Cultural Center. A silent auction begins at 6:00 pm and dinner at 7:30... Details
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Strickland, Tanner
If you’re the type who judges a book by its cover, and therefore a shop by its exterior, you might miss out on one of the greatest living stories of the Old West. The blandly named Schenk’s Shoe and Saddle is housed in a bright blue warehouse on the outskirts of Harlowton, a small town about 40... Details
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Pilney, Kathleen
WANTED: POTATO HARVESTERS FOR FALL SEASON. That’s what the classified job posting says. What I interpret is “curious person to play John Steinbeck character for awhile.” I immediately accept my idealized job description.I imagine the first day of work—frolicking across acres of golden-brown fields... Details
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Heil, Dan
Whether you live in the Gallatin Valley or are just visiting, chances are you’ll take a self-guided excursion into the wilderness sometime soon. Regardless of the season, the outdoor opportunities around here seem limited only by one’s time, fitness, and level of imagination.Before taking off to... Details
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Becky Edwards
Every devout ice climber knows that autumn brings more than just golden aspens and pumpkin-carving. After the first frost hits you can pick “them” out, poking around drainage and falls around Hyalite, beaming like children on Christmas morning as the first few icicles begin forming. And every... Details
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Dosmann, Andy
A crowd gathers near Soda Butte in Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Valley. Four coyote pups playing outside their den have caused one of Yellowstone’s characteristic traffic jams. Observing these animals in a natural environment makes it difficult to regard them as pests, yet outside the park... Details
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Ryan Minton
With the summer season coming to an end, autumn will soon impart its beauty in the environs of southwest Montana. In the midst of this amazing seasonal transition is the annual Tour de Hyalite, a combination trail running – rock climbing event held in beautiful Hyalite Canyon south of Bozeman.... Details
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Bass, Rick
I have a young bird dog who is learning to point. Since he is a German shorthair, this would seem like trouble: the fact that he is having to learn through experience how to do that which by bloodright is already within him—a congenital steadfastness and an ability to scent the truth; to discern... Details
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England, Mike
Whether you’re a seasoned climber or just getting started, mark your calendars for this season’s major ice-climbing events, Barrel Mountaineering’s Bozeman Ice Festival and the Northern Lights Trading Company Ice Demo. Both events take place up Hyalite and are a great way to get out and meet other... Details
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Conant, Steve & McDonald, Cheryl
Try to remember when it happened. Almost without warning, your days as an avid outdoor bum came to an abrupt and decisive end. Graduation, marriage, a career, the desire to own a car you didn’t have to push-start—whatever it was, your priorities shifted and instead of working nights part-time and... Details
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Keeler, Greg
Do not ask for whom they mooor why they stand and chew and chew.They've got their plans. Their heads are clear.Their future moves from mouth to rear,somewhat like ours, like ours I mean,who see no more than what we've seen,who do our best till noon then runto eat that beef between those bunsthen do... Details
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Hill, Pat
When physically-challenged hunters in Montana want a fair shot at some game, all they have to do is call LA.Don’t dial southern California: Leonard “LA” Livingston has been hosting handicapped hunters at his ranch north of Ekalaka, in southeast Montana, since 2001. Dubbed the Beaver Creek... Details
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Orem, Tina
If you've seen the film Winged Migration, you may already be familiar with the humbling feeling that comes with really noticing the remarkable endurance of migratory birds. And if you haven't, you're in the right place to witness the beauty first hand: the Bridger Raptor Festival has the best seats... Details

Gear Reviews

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Kayser, Mitchell
Cabela’s — Sidney, NECabela's LST/LSR Fly Rod & Reel Combo - $260www.cabelas.com1-800-237-4444Well, it’s fall again, the time to pull out the big flies, dust off the heavyweight fly rod, and chase monster brown trout. This year, I was prepared early. After picking up an 8-weight LST/LSR Combo... Details
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Harris, Jim
DARN TOUGH SOCKS - Nortfield, VTHike-Trek Boot Sock - $17-$20www.darntough.com877-327-6783After a long, hot summer wearing sandals pretty much every day, the thought of putting socks on and lacing up boots doesn’t sound real appealing—unless the socks have the name “DARN TOUGH” stitched on them,... Details
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England, Mike
BADLANDS PACKS - Salt Lake City, UT2200 Day Pack - $169www.badlandspacks.com800-269-1875I’ve had my eye on Badlands hunting packs for awhile now, having been impressed with the originality of their hiking/backpacking counterparts, Vortex Backpacks. I decided to test a Badlands 2200 Day Pack,... Details
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England, Mike
KELTY - Boulder, COFreighter Frame Pack - $214www.kelty.com800-423-2320The longstanding debate over internal vs. external frame packs is one that won’t be settled soon, even if the soft-pack adherents do have the majority vote. One arena in which there’s no argument, however, is hunting—even the... Details
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England, Mike
VASQUE - Red Wing, MNSundowner Classic GTX - $165www.vasque.com800-224-4453Few things are as important to an elk hunter as a good pair of boots. For my money, you can’t go wrong with the Vasque Sundowner Classic GTX. Although it’s not designed specifically for hunting, its moderate weight,... Details

Additional Articles

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Keeler, Greg
You were here first.I can see why in the way the rivers don't rob you of what the streams gave.The dim rosettes on your sides live behind your spotsin another timeas if Lewis and Clark were still planning to meet nearwater and would never stop.And the thin orange slasheson your throat will always... Details
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Skinner, Dallas
On the river it is still dark, but above the canyon rim the starlings catch the dawn. At first they are three separate flocks, but as I watch they merge into two, then one. Like a formation of fighter jets, they dive and bank and climb in perfect synchronicity. A thousand birds, maybe more,... Details

Book Reviews

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Hostetler, Jeff
Few books say so much with so few words as Unforgettable Days Afield: Montana Hunting. This quaint coffee-table book illustrates the natural beauty surrounding both bird and big game hunting by capturing the essence of Montana in 65 full-color photos by regional photographers including Dale Spartus... Details
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Jimmy Lewis
Just Before Dark, a collection of essays by renowned American writer Jim Harrison (Legends of the Fall, Revenge) is a provocatively rendered compilation of the author’s thoughts on everything from Zen to neuroses to ice fishing. Broken into three categories—Food, Travel and Sport, and Literary... Details
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Strickland, Tanner
Gittin' Westernby Duane WilsteLincoln, NEiUnverse, 2005206 pagesGittin' Western: The resulting chaos when the forces of nature and the laws of physics collide where you are standing.Duane Wiltse, upon returning to Michigan from a Wyoming hunting trip, tells his wife he has bought a horse. She rails... Details
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England, Mike
Backpacking Light MagazineBozeman, MTBeartooth Mountain Press, 2005We all know the sweet relief of removing a heavy pack after a long hike to an alpine lake high in the mountains—except maybe Ryan Jordan and his crew at Backpacking Light magazine, a journal devoted to lightweight and ultralight... Details
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Orem, Tina
Still Speaking Ill of the Dead: More Jerks in Montana HistoryEdited by Jon Axline and Jodie FoleyGuilford, CTTwoDot, 2005147 pagesIf you've ever been in the dating world, then you know that some people are just attracted to jerks. MSU graduate Jon Axline and UM graduate Jodie Foley sure are. They'... Details

Columns

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Manning, Jim
The perfect cast, the cutthroat rises to the hand-tied fly, and the battle royal ensues. Such is the drama of fish versus fisher, playing out on countless mountain streams in Big Sky Country through the long, lazy summer and the earliest chills of autumn. But when the leaves fall and frost rimes... Details
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Ryan Jordan
Going light.Every elk hunter treasures the hunting camp: the roomy wall tent, toasty woodstove, and scenic horseback ride in. But experienced hunters know that trophy elk wander far from the odors, noise, people, and horses of a base camp. They often establish “spike camps”—minimalist stealth camps... Details
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Kayser, Mitch
So you shot an elk, ate the backstraps, and made most of it into sausage and jerky. Now what to do with the odds and ends? Sure, you could make them into chili, but didn’t you do that last year? It’s time to expand your culinary repertoire and branch out. Ragout is a classic cool-weather stew that... Details

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