Fall 2014

fall, outside bozeman, hunting, fishing, montanaFor some, fall is a season of less. Less daylight means less time to enjoy the activities we love. For us at Outside Bozeman, fall is a time of plenty. Plenty of hunting. Plenty of fishing. Plenty of space now that the tourists are gone and everyone is back in school. Right on schedule, OB's fall issue is here to provide the inspiration we need. From an in-depth look at the relationship between sportsmen and conservation, to the top spots for biking, climbing, fishing, and hunting this season, we've got you covered. So while there might be less light these days, there's still plenty to do—join us outside this season.

Features

Joe Gutkoski, Montanan, conservation, bison activism
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Baril, Lisa
The story of Joe GutkoskiJoe Gutkoski is a wilderness man. He spent his childhood summers in Pennsylvania trout fishing, and his autumns hunting whitetails in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. In 1949, Joe ranged west to Montana. To him, no other state better exemplifies wilderness than... Details
hunting, wapiti, big game, Montana landscape
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Bill Bilverstone
A case of forebearance and beginner's luck.If you fish or hunt, you’ve likely met That Guy. He’s recently moved to Montana and he wants to knowwhere to find the big bulls and lunker browns—right now. He doesn’t much care for studying maps, busting brush along river bottoms, glassing ridges, or... Details
Yellowstone Grand Canyon, paddling, boating, National Park waterways
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Slepian, Maggie
Paddling access in National Parks.Yellowstone National Park is known as a recreational paradise for hikers, campers, wildlife observers, fishermen, skiers, and adventurers. But recently another group of recreationists has been lobbying hard for more access: paddlers. The issue has raised eyebrows... Details
Brown Trout, fishing in Montana, fly fishing
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Kehler, Art
A foe not soon forgotten.Slowly twirling across the water’s surface, the yellow leaf hinted at the gilded denizens lurking below. The exhilarating, cool air was aromatic with the odor of molding foliage. On that mid-October day, I was standing by my favorite fishing hole. Close to my left, a small... Details

Departments

Autumn Constellations, Bozeman, Montana
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Manning, Jim
Among Montana’s many iconic images is that of the lone fisherman, casting a fly on a trout stream in the clear September sunlight, with the early autumn chill just beginning to turn the leaves. The sky has an analog of sorts in the lone bright star Fomalhaut, casting its light above the southern... Details
Wild Game, Elk, Antelope, Mule Deer
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Helm, Colleen
Pairing fall's harvest.Cooking and eating should be a celebration of life here in our beautiful valley—and to that end, nothing is better than wild game. But pairing side dishes and wines with game can be tough, and we often end up with simplistic flavors. Here’s how to fancy-up your game.When the... Details
Fishing, fly fishing, Bozeman, Montana
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Pogge, Drew
Sportfish and wildlife restoration programs.In a civilized and cultivated country, wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen.—Theodore RooseveltNo one likes paying taxes, but when it comes to the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, the payoff is well worth the... Details
Bow hunting, archery, women, Bozeman, Montana
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Maggie Slepian
Female archers are on the rise.Maybe it’s the allure of The Hunger Games’ arrow-slinging heroine. Maybe it’s the pink-camo bows. Or maybe women are getting tired of telling the men, “Enjoy hunting with your bros,” and are ready to say, “Hang on—let me grab my gear.” Whatever the reason, as fall... Details
Bow hunting, Bozeman, Montana, rollerblading
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Joe King
Hunting the urban interface.This fall, don’t be surprised to see bowhunters on blades—rollerblades, that is. With development encroaching on traditional deer habitat in the Gallatin Valley, a new breed of hunter is taking to the pavement, speeding along bike paths and sidewalks in an effort to... Details
Ousel Falls, Hiking, Waterfall
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Stone, Robert
Hiking Ousel Falls.Located just outside Meadow Village in Big Sky, Ousel Falls offers an easy, scenic autumn hike—perfect for taking advantage of shorter days. And because the trail is close to town, there is little to no hunting activity, which makes Ousel a safe and stress-free destination for... Details
Fall leaves, autumn, fall colors, chlorophyll, trees
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Johhny Certo
The leaves they are a-changin'.It’s that time of year: the sunlight fades, the air chills, and the chlorophyll dissipates. The trees around Bozeman succumb to these forces and a physical alteration takes place in our woody surroundings. The golds, reds, and oranges come from a basic scientific... Details
Squat jump
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Davila, Ed M.
Anytime, anywhere.Winter will be here before we know it, and getting in shape for ski season means the difference between enjoying those deep December powder days and grimacing between muscle convulsions. For anyone looking for versatile exercises that don’t require dumbbells or a treadmill, give... Details
Shooting, target practice, Bozeman, Montana
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Urie, Wendi
Tips for responsible target practice.Grab your .22, call a few friends, and head to some nearby national-forest land for an afternoon of target shooting. You have an old television that seems like an ideal target—it’s the makings of a great afternoon, right?Not so fast. However innocent these plans... Details
Conservation, FWP, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
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Jones, Andrea
FWP at a crossroads.Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, through its employees and citizen commission, provides for the stewardship of the fish, wildlife, parks, and recreational resources of Montana, while contributing to the quality of life for present and future generations.This is FWP’s official... Details
Field-dress, hunting, bozeman, montana
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Nick Bennett
Game's on the ground: now what? As a former wild-game processor, I find that many hunters prepare their entire hunts to the “T” yet fail to think about what happens after the kill. What's worse, the same mistakes and misunderstandings seem to plague most hunters when caring for their game—and that... Details
Running, overpronation
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Satchell, Dr. Dan
Preventing overpronation.In my 23 years as a chiropractor, I’ve seen countless patients this time of year who complain of foot, knee, hip, and back pain. Be it hikers logging trail miles or hunters traversing uneven terrain, they often suffer from the same problem: overpronation of the foot.... Details
Fishing with dogs, dogs, fishing, Bozeman
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Reed, Tom
Fishing with dogs.I’ve always been something of an outdoors schizophrenic. This does not mean a crazy person who lives outside. Nor does this imply that I only go nuts when I’m out of the house. No, what I am is a person who has too many interests to fit into a lifetime and most of those interests... Details
Madison River, Brown Trout, Fly fishing
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Bussard, Jesse
Dries, nymphs, emergers, attractors, streamers.So many flies to choose from,But only one will spark the fancy of that elusive trout. I tie on my fly of choice,A Kelly Gallup special, brown in color,Affectionately named the Sex Dungeon. On this windy, cool, late-fall day in November,This fly will do... Details
Bozeman Creek High School Mandeville Creek Enhancements
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Certo, Johnny
The section of Mandeville Creek from Montana State University to Bozeman High School (BHS) has been neglected like a misunderstood stepchild for years—but that’s about to change. A tributary of the East Gallatin River, Mandeville was nearly covered decades ago, eliminating most of the stream flow.... Details
Hunting, Bozeman, Montana
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Glick, Dennis
Hunting huns and chasing time.Okay… gotta be straight from the get-go. I’m not a great wing shot. If the feds ever instituted a No Hunter Left Behind initiative, I’d be their poster child. On most days, I am a B student at best. The fact that I bagged a fair number of birds last season has more to... Details
Backcountry skiing, fall skiing, Bozeman, Montana
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Drew Pogge
Preparing for a deep ski season. For diehard skiers, the first turns of the year are usually made in the backcountry. Whether it’s hiking up Bradley's Meadows at Bridger after the first decent dump, or skinning up Beehive for some high-altitude dust-on-dirt, late-autumn skiing around Bozeman can be... Details
camp coffee, brewing coffee, how to pack coffee
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Jimmy Lewis
Coffee isn't optional.Montana’s backcountry and good java go hand in hand. But when packing one’s own supplies into the wilderness, what’s the best compromise between weight and quality, mess and simplicity? After many years of trial and error, I’ve discovered some strategies and tactics to pass... Details
Hunting dogs, dogs, hunting, Bozeman, Montana
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Lorton, Isaac
Comparing hunting breeds.Hunting and dogs: there’s no better combination. Not just the dogs themselves, with their athleticism and incredible sense of smell, but the experience of trekking through tall grass alongside your trusty companion, awaiting that explosion of wingbeats as a bird goes... Details
Ice Climbing, Bozeman, Montana, Twin Falls, Hyalite
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Pogge, Drew
Hyalite's Twin Falls.For Bozeman ice climbers, the season begins as soon as the first fall frost whitens windshields and kills off the last of the mosquitos. Summer’s final dusty days are eclipsed by shimmering memories of beautiful, frozen waterfalls and the satisfying thunk of freshly-honed picks... Details
Yellowstone wolves, wolves, wild dog, wolf hunt
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Slepian, Maggie
The latest on Montana's top dog"The wolf reintroduction has gone so well that, somewhat ironically, the wolves are now threatened by their own success." —William R. Lowry, Repairing Paradise: The Restoration of Nature in America’s National ParksAfter nearly 20 years, Montana’s wolf-repopulation... Details
Hunting, Montana, Paradise Valley, Fall
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Pogge, Drew
An unlikely hunter’s respect for the season.The emotions that good hunters need to cultivate are love and service more than courage. The sentiments of the hunt then become translated into art. —James SwanLike any time-honored stereotype, the public image of a serious hunter is deeply ingrained:... Details
Bozeman biking, Bozeman, Montana
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Jodi Hausen
Is Bozeman really bicycle-friendly? When a cyclist died on Frontage Rd. in June after swerving into traffic, my phone began buzzing with messages from people concerned that the victim was my significant other. It could have been, considering he commutes to Montana State University via Frontage Rd.... Details
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Jones, Andrea
Block management provides for all.FWP is giving high priority to building hunter-landowner relationships, as they are a critical element in maintaining conservation efforts and allowing hunter access to private lands.Hunter-Landowner Stewardship ProjectHunting plays a key role in wildlife... Details
Fall Camping, Gallatin National Forest, Forest Service Cabins
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Solomon, Morgan
Where and how to camp this season.Summer has dwindled away—the air bites at your nose and cuts through your fleece, painted leaves float to the dying grass, and everyone seems to be preparing for the first snowfall. You look at your sleeping bag and tent, thinking it’s time to switch out the... Details
Mountain Biking, Shafthouse Trail, Bridger Mountains
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Donatelle, Ben
Mountain biking the northern Bridgers.The short, steep climb at the beginning of the Shafthouse Trail is easily forgotten once you take in the incredible views of the northern Bridgers and spectacular expanse of the Shields Valley. Following the ascent is a 2,000-foot, 4.5-mile descent on lightly... Details
West Yellowstone, Eagles Store, Yellowstone National Park
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Hamilton, Felicia
How West Yellowstone was born.The streets of West Yellowstone are lined with businesses that celebrate the outdoors—indeed, the town wouldn’t exist if not for Yellowstone National Park and the plethora of outdoor opportunity in the surrounding area. But the town as we know it also wouldn’t be there... Details
Fall, Bozeman, Montana
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Krueger, Ryan
Slow down—don’t turn off the heat just yet. Check back in a month; we’ll be ready then, I’ll bet.The grass isn’t ready and the leaves aren’t so bright. The trails are still perfect and the rivers are all right.Just one more hike without wearing a coat; three more trail rides and a dozen-mile float.... Details
Bouldering, Southwest Montana, Bozeman
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Sather, Kelsey
Bouldering's search for hidden problems.Bouldering is, at its core, a distillation of rock-climbing movement. Unlike sport and traditional climbers, boulderers move up stone without ropes, using cushy foam pads to protect falls. The climbs in bouldering are shorter and closer to the ground,... Details
Snow Geese, Poetry, Bozeman, Montana
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Knight, Phil
Step outsideIt’s still and coldThe mountains shineLike burnished goldAll aroundThe silence ringsYou feel the powerThat wildness bringsThis is the worldAs it was madeThis crystal snowThat virgin gladeHigh overheadYou hear a soundIt echoes allThe valley roundThe cry of snow geeseOn the wingThis is... Details
Skate skiers, Montana, Bozeman
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Letters from O/B readers.Sick of Skate SkiersCan you use your powers of the pen to stop the proliferation of the annoying trend of skate skiers on roads? You know the ones I mean—the spandex-clad, middle-aged activists who can’t wait for cross-country ski season, so they take to scenic streets in... Details
Bear, Montana, Camping
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Jenny Sheets
And he's bound to keep you up all night.I once spent two summers working minimum wage as I attempted to chase a boy, Tyler (a summit-seeking, rock-climbing dirtbag), up every peak in sight. We would hike at night, summit by sunrise, and make it back in time for work before noon. On one rare... Details
Ghost Walk, Bannack State Park, Montana ghost town
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Dehmer, Kurt
The Bannack Ghost Walk.Everybody loves a good ghost story, and Montana has plenty. Our state’s rough-and-tumble frontier history—where folks often met a violent and untimely end—seems to fuel the fire where spooks and spirits are concerned. This Halloween season, treat the whole family to some... Details
Photography, Landscape, Bozeman, Montana
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Ruger, Karen
There's more to photography than point and shoot.The world is filling up with images. Online, in our newspapers and even some magazines, snapshots are the currency of the day. And as more creators enter the pool, the water continues to get deeper—but it lacks clarity.Anyone with the tools can be a... Details
Bozeman, Montana
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Who rules Bozeman?It’s an age-old rivalry: natives vs. transplants. How do you know if someone’s a native? They’ll tell you. People who have grown up in Bozeman often lament the constant stream of newcomers, but then again, aren’t we all transplants to some degree or another? Europeans came after... Details
Hunting Advice, Bozeman, Montana
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Advice for the fall season.Everyone needs advice, and each issue we encourage readers to send in their questions, to be answered by an outdoor enthusiast who best represents that season. This issue, two beleaguered Bozemanites ask a hunter for help. Dear Hunter,I love to play outside—running,... Details
Montana Public Lands, Federal Land Montana
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Lorton, Isaac
States consider public-land acquisition.How would you feel if the Gallatin National Forest went up for sale on the open market? Well, it could happen, if some Western lawmakers have their way. Both Nevada and Utah have passed provisions for the states to take control of federally managed land, and... Details
Fall fishing, fly fishing, lake fishing, Montana
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Dehmer, Kurt
After the crowds of summer have gone.There’s no better season for fishing than autumn. Cooler weather keeps water temperatures in the sweet spot for trout; shorter days trigger many fish species to feed actively, and for longer periods of time as they prepare for winter; and as a bonus, our local... Details
astrology, Bozeman, Montana, aries
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Bilverstone, Bill
Horoscopes for the fall season.Aries: March 21 – April 20A spike in the freezer is better than a Boone and Crocket trophy. Take that opening-day shot or make your peace with marmot (it tastes like chicken) on toast. Taurus: April 21 – May 21Do it yourself or take it to the shop, but after a summer... Details

Gear Reviews

sleep pad, camping pad, air mattress
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Tucker, David
The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Venture WV is a backpacker’s dream. Lightweight, compact, and highly functional, this pad packs down to the size of a one-liter Nalgene, meaning it fits easily in your pack. Surprisingly, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for packability—it’s plush at over two inches thick... Details
fishing rod, fly fishing, 12 foot fly rod, telescoping rod
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McCarthy, Chris
Simplicity. That’s become my motto. Leading the way in this newfound quest is the IWANA rod and line from Tenkara USA. Devolving from the full fly-fishing setup, this 12-foot fly rod and corresponding line lets me get on the water quickly. Everything needed to catch fish is connected to the rod.... Details
base layer, crew shirt
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England, Mike
In the fall, when temperatures swing like a bipolar monkey on meth, a good base layer is paramount. Sherpa Adventure Gear’s Vayu Long-Sleeve Crew fits the bill, breathing during the heat of day and insulating through the cold of dawn and dusk. The Vayu’s PreMerino fabric, a 50-50 blend of PrimaLoft... Details
fishing watch, waterproof watch, water-resistant watch
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England, Mike
Bringing your $200 smartphone on the river is just plain dumb—you went fishing for a reason, and it wasn’t to text your friends about the latest episode of American Idol. You still need to get home for dinner, though, so a reliable timepiece is important—and the Light Angler from Dakota Watch... Details
Trail shoe, AKU, shoe review
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Howlett, David
Living in Bozeman, it’s not uncommon to leave work and head directly to a favorite trail for a hike, mountain-bike ride, or some other afternoon adventure. Having a shoe that can do it all is essential, and the Rock Lite II GTX from AKU is just that. These lightweight, breathable, multi-terrain... Details
biking pack, day pack, osprey pack
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Angie Mangels
The more I use the Zealot 16 from Osprey, the more I fall in love with this bike-specific pack. It has pockets for stashing snacks or devices close at hand, stretchy side pockets meant to carry pads (but also good for bear spray), a helmet attachment, a front compression pocket, and a full-zip back... Details
orthotics, footbed inserts, overpronation
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England, Mike
I’ve always liked footbed inserts, but I never really knew why—until a chiropractor noticed my overpronation and put me into a Vasyli custom orthotic. This thing is the Cadillac of footbeds—heat-moldable, with a Sorbon shock dot in the heel and a pronounced arch lift, the Vasyli orthotic corrects... Details
crampons, fishing wading, anti-slip traction
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Howlett, David
Wading out to my favorite fishing spots has always been a precarious operation, and the swift currents, slippery banks, and mossy rocks of Montana’s rivers have left me upended and soaked more times than I’d like to admit. With that in mind, I was eager to try the FreeSteps6 crampons from Hillsound... Details
SealLine, shoulder bag, waterproof bag
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Howlett, David
I put my shoulder bag through punishing abuse every day, so I was excited to try the Urban Waterproof Shoulder Bag from SealLine. This large bag is constructed of burly, waterproof, 600-denier, urethane-coated polyester that sheds water like a duck’s back, keeping everything inside well-protected... Details
Bow hunting, women, archery, Bozeman
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Slepian, Maggie
 While the shrink-it-and-pink-it philosophy still exists with women’s bows, there are finally women-specific models that are just as badass as the men’s. I outgrew my beginner bow this year, and tested out the Spirit—the first women’s bow from Elite Archery. The bow is superbly balanced, with a... Details
Stove hanging kit, camping stove kit
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Howlett, David
Who spilled the beans? Canister stoves are great for heating food, but can be unsteady without a flat surface to cook on. I learned this the hard way during my last car-camping trip when my stove tipped over, spilling a pot of delicious baked beans onto the forest floor. Nothing enhances the flavor... Details
Mystery Ranch pack, backpacking,
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Hamilton, Felicia
Two words came to mind when I was deciding on a new pack: quality and comfort. The new Big Mountain pack from Mystery Ranch delivers both. Quality was a no-brainer; Mystery Ranch is known for their top-notch products. Women’s packs don’t always feel right on me, but the adjustability of the Big... Details
hunting vest, hunting gear, hunting pack
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England, Mike
When hunting, I tend to eschew fancy, high-tech gear for things that feel more natural—but with the Classic Upland Hunting Vest from Eddie Bauer, I get the best of both worlds. The burly Cordura cotton-duck fabric has that soft, earthy look, but it sloughs water better than traditional cotton or... Details

Additional Articles

Shafthouse Trail, Bridger Range
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Solomon, Morgan
In the fall, bikers share the woods with hunters—here are some tips to play nice and be safe.1) Stick to the main trails to avoid unexpected confrontations with hunters.2) Leave the pooch at home. Or keep it close, and use a blaze-orange collar or vest.3) Wear orange or another bright color.... Details
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Lorton, Isaac
Hometown haunting.Outside Bozeman’s first office was haunted: a restive spirit who scared our publisher enough to keep him awake during his late nights in the office. In a way, she helped get the magazine get started. In honor of her (and of Halloween), here is a rundown of more Bozeman-area haunts... Details

Book Reviews

Montana State Parks, State Parks, Montana parks
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Solomon, Morgan
With 55 state parks in Montana, it’s hard to know the fine details about each one. Luckily, in light of the 75th anniversary of Montana’s state parks, someone has finally made a guide to all of them. Erin Madison and Kristen Inbody’s Montana State Parks (Riverbend Publishing, $20) identifies each... Details
Yellowstone National Park, Nation Park, Montana
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Lorton, Isaac
With fascinating factoids and captivating pictures, Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America’s Own Backyard (Houghton, Milton, Harcourt, $19) will enthrall any child interested in science or curious about wild creatures. Author Mary Kay Carson and photographer Tom... Details
Yellowstone, Montana, National Parks
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Solomon, Morgan
Delve deep into Yellowstone’s wild with David Peterson’s stunning photo book, Yellowstone: Near, Far & Wild (Farcountry Press, $20). From aerial shots of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone to close-ups of hot-spring microbiota, Peterson’s images display the Park’s many moods. Depicting not... Details

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