Winter 2000-01

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McKee, Dave
Montana. To fishermen around the globe this word conjures images of rising trout, endless riffles, drag-free drifts, and spectacular mountain scenery. And while the trout probably rise as we speak and the riffles continue to run endlessly, there is, in fact, a bit more to the story.Montana fishing... Details
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Frost, Mick
It was one of those days you might hear about at an AA meeting, the kind of 9-5 career-ending day that is the lore of many a mountain town across the Northwest. After nearly three weeks of clear skies, the clouds rolled in and dumped two feet of snow overnight. On a Wednesday. So I did what any... Details
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Orms, R. Kent
It’s deep winter in Yellowstone and the evening air is crisp and still. My breath hangs in the last weak rays of the sun which is setting behind the trees to the west. The crusty snow creaks under my boots. Occasionally, I break through to deep fluff and fight back to the top. I stop to listen.... Details
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England, Mike
Deep in a forested canyon, on the bank of a gurgling stream, a ceaseless flow of mineral water gushes up from the bowels of the earth, into a deep, narrow pool lined with rocks and downed timber. Mingling with the icy stream, the water in the pool is a warm, inviting 105 degrees.I found this... Details

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England, Mike
While you’re out in the mountains this winter, far away from town’s star-obscuring ambient light, take advantage of your unobstructed upward view and check out some planetary bodies other than the Earth for a change. "The big thing this winter is Jupiter and Saturn," says Jeff Adams, astronomy... Details
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Maus, Carissa
Ice-climbing and snowboarding may be all the wintertime rage these days, but one of the more classic activities worth checking out this winter is ice skating. While Bozeman hosts a number of skating locations, my favorite places to carve up the ice are Beall Park, Southside Park, and the Valley Ice... Details
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England, Mike & Harris, Jim
Never are we more at the mercy of our warm-blooded physiology than in winter. You know the feeling: it’s Sunday morning in mid-January, cold enough to freeze nose hairs, and you’re simply NOT getting out of bed. You sledgehammer the alarm clock with a wild swing of your fist, stretch like a grizzly... Details
field forecasting, Montana weather
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England, Mike
Reading the weather.When it comes to preparing for weather, most of us are decidedly reactive: see raincloud, grab parka. Even the most scrupulous student of the skies does little more than read the newspaper’s daily forecasts and check the latest updates on her smartphone. As a result, we’re often... Details
Montana Wolfers, Wolf Eradication
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Smith, Phyllis
A history of wolf-eradication in the Gallatin Valley.As they traveled through present-day Montana, the men of the Lewis and Clark Expedition were struck by the great number of gray wolves in the area, often seen feasting on bison carcasses. They watched with some fascination a group of wolves... Details
Climbing Genesis
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Saari, Hans
Travails of a first-time ice climber. Ice climbing is a strange sport, if you can even call it a sport. A sport is a game – it has cheering, beer-drinking fans, there is usually a ball involved, and most importantly there is a score. Ice climbing possesses none of these crucial traits. You are not... Details
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England, Mike
By their very nature, frontier towns tend to possess rich and exciting histories. Rugged mountain men, noble Indian chiefs, intrepid explorers, hardy homesteaders – these are the kinds of figures that imbue a nascent Western locale with character and charm. These qualities imbed themselves, and... Details
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Orms, Kent
When the deep powder is tracked out at the ski slopes and it’s too cold for mountain biking, try some alpine climbing this winter. Many excellent climbs lie within just a few hours of Bozeman and require little technical knowledge. Just an axe, warm clothes, and basic backcountry skills are needed... Details

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England, Mike
Sprinkle fish, whole or cut into strips, with lemon juice. Roll in flour seasoned with salt & black pepper. Prepare batter by combining 3/4 cup flour seasoned with 1/4 teaspoon salt & dash of black pepper. Pour in some beer & mix. Dip fillets in batter & fry with oil in skillet for... Details
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Garcia, Mike
Ahh, winter is here: the air is cold, the snow is falling – now is the time to hibernate, right? Wrong. Now is the time to enjoy the peace and solitude of winter in a way that awakens all your senses. The crisp, still morning, the smell of snow and pine, the silence of the lone, frozen trail – all... Details
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Kent Orms
No bugs fighting all night to get through the mesh screen and eat you. No sleepless nights clenching bear spray. So quiet you can hear the snowflakes hit. Cocoa tastes better. No muddy gear to clean. The brightest you will ever see the stars and planets. Justifies what you spent for that heinously... Details
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Chabot, Doug
Chances are you're someone who enjoys winter – as a snowmobiler, backcountry skier, or snowboarder, you probably dream of steep slopes and deep, untracked powder. Or perhaps you snowshoe or cross-country ski, and you cherish the winter woods and the solitude that a blanket of snow provides. Either... Details
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Mann, David
Four-footed furry creatures aren't the only inhabitants of Yellowstone's harsh winters; many birds manage to make Yellowstone their year-round residence as well. Along open waterways, look for the American Bald Eagle and the Trumpeter Swan. Also easily spotted in winter are the Barrow's Goldeneye... Details
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Maus, Carissa
Need a new perspective on nature? Well, you live in the right place. Bozeman is home to the Bridger Outdoor Science School (Bridger), a non-profit organization that is progressively working to educate Bozeman's youth and community by offering "interactive natural science programs that promote an... Details

Book Reviews

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England, Mike
Fifty–one years ago this fall, Oxford University Press published a slim collection of nature essays entitled A Sand County Almanac. Its author was the great forester, ecologist, and first-ever wildlife management professor Aldo Leopold.Notified of his book’s acceptance a year earlier, the sixty-one... Details
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England, Mike
If you want to separate yourself from the modern world and get intimate with the earth, grab a copy of Thomas J. Elpel’s Participating in Nature and head for the woods. Not for a day, or even a week–with this primitive living guide you’ll learn enough to survive on your own until long after the... Details

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