Fall 2005

Features

  • Old Ephraim

    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 Life of Bryan

    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…
  • Chronicles of Rider Dave, Part III

    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…
  • Fowl Mood

    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…

Departments

  • Do Not Ask

    Do not ask for whom they moo or 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…
  • Film in Bozeman

    A brief history of Montana's film industry.  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…
  • Picking Winners

    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…
  • The Last Honest Place

     "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…
  • Saddle Up

    Wes Schenk's working art. 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…
  • 'Hawks and 'Dogs

    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…
  • Staying Fueled During Exercise

    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…
  • Bioneers Conference

    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.…
  • Bridger Raptor Festival

    Learn about migratory birds at this year's Raptor Fest. 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…
  • A New Look at an Old Enemy

    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…
  • Powder Blast '05

    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…
  • Love of a Place

    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…
  • Tour de Hyalite

    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…
  • True Tales: Badger Fly-By

    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…
  • Getting Another Shot

    Handicapped hunters attend the Beaver Creek Rendezvous.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…

Additional Articles

  • Killing

    A bird's-eye view.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…
  • For the Trout: I, Cutthroat

    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…

Book Reviews

  • Book: Still Speaking Ill of the Dead

    If 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're out with their second Jerks in Montana History book…
  • Book: Just Before Dark

    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…
  • Book: Gittin' Western

    Gittin' 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…

Columns

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