Fall 2007

Features

  • Flights of Fancy

    As a teenager growing up on a farm near Lethbridge, Alberta, Will Lanier and his buddy received identical requests from their parents: that when they received their driver's licenses, they would both promise never to ride…
  • A Trout Is a Trout

    As Captain Phil maneuvered the gillnetting boat out from the docks and into the deep 66-degree frigid waters of Yellowstone Lake, Pat Bigelow, fisheries biologist for the park, explained our duties on board. One person…

Departments

  • Big & Nasty

    Tying and fishing the Sasquatch.The cooler and shorter days of fall unleash some epic days on rivers all over Montana. Brown trout are fall spawners, and they tend to get rather aggressive toward smaller fish and anything…
  • Fall in West

    Fall in West Yellowstone. Kiss Coppertone-scented summer park crowds goodbye and say hello to a sublime season of hogging the whole playground—all to the familiar screech of a lusty elk. Here are five ways to do autumn in…
  • Swan Lake

    October frosts your breath as you float near a kaleidoscope of thousands of brilliant white swans. Not hundreds, but thousands. They are beautiful, large birds, pure-white in adulthood with black feet and beaks, an eight-…
  • Killin’, Grillin’, and Belly Fillin’

    If you happen to be near Ennis, Montana on the Friday afternoon just prior to opening day, your mouth will begin to water from the savory smoke that fills the air. Follow your nose and grumbling gut right down the middle of…
  • Montana in the Buff

    Corvallis, Montana, with its old-school farming history, may not look like it's on the cutting edge of the Montana tourism industry. After all, with 859 residents, the town is but a speck on the map. But it turns out that…
  • Fall, by the Wayside

    Autumn outings in and around Gardiner. Founded in 1880 and named for legendary mountain man Johnston Gardiner, this Yellowstone-gateway hamlet sits smack dab in the middle of some of the finest big-game hunting (and…
  • Wanna Get Naked?

    Ever wondered what Montana's nudity law are? Uh, us neither... Everyone comes into the world wearing a birthday suit, and nudity also plays a significant role in the baby-making procedure. Everyone loves babies, so one…
  • River Dance

    Fishing in Three Forks. One cannot mention Three Forks and autumn in the same sentence without conjuring up images of the big brown and rainbow trout that begin their fall calorie glut in the Gallatin, Madison, and…
  • The Near-Death Ritual

    There’s nothing more unnatural than strapping on skis and speeding down a snow-plastered, near-vertical mountainside—except maybe wearing those same skis while staring at the tailgate of a speeding truck, dodging airborne…
  • Guts & Glory

    This season’s Guts & Glory title goes to 1 1/2-year-old Carter Runyon, whose dad Nick submitted a shot of him getting big air (3-4 times his height off the deck, the equivalent of 20-25 feet for an adult) in a field…
  • Champs & Chumps – Fall 2007

    Every day, one stalwart citizen does the right thing while another acts like a blithering bonehead. Here's a recap of admirable acts and embarrassing blunders for the the fall season. Champs:Pete Feigley, Park County…
  • Wild Cats

    As we walked single-file along the trail beside Pine Creek, the distant sound of axes shattering ice could be heard piercing the mellow calm of a clouded winter day. On this January morning, Wild MSU was leading a group of…
  • Bionic Women

    For all you women out there who want to get actively involved in the business community here, the Bozeman chapter of Business and Professional Women (BPW) is a great place to start. BPW has been around since 1919 and the…
  • Taking a Shot

    One size doesn't fit all. Back in the day when I was worked in the hunting/fishing department of the local Super-Duper Big-Box Mega-Lo Sportsman’s Mart, I was asked a plethora of sporting-arm-related questions. The most…
  • Truck Nutz

    Grow a pair.You know, there are a lot of ways to let people know you’re a man’s man. You can drive a truck with the same carbon footprint as Uzbekistan. You can wear t-shirts without sleeves, so your armpit hair sticks out…
  • Hank the Rock Gnome

    Musing and myth on Sacajawea Peak.Last year I took my final Sacajawea climb of the season at sunset on a full-moon night. My friends and I watched the deepening colors and then huddled under my emergency blanket waiting for…
  • Respect Your Rack

    And wear a sports bra.Maybe the only thing holding Montana sportswomen back is what's not holding them in. Pity the Amazon jogging by, a useless cheap-o sports bra abandoning her feminine glories to the trailside equivalent…
  • Ghost Town

    Every town has a spooky side, and Bozeman is no different: In more ways than one sometimes we get visitors who just won't leave. Here are some places that might have you saying, "I see dead people."The Northwood Office…
  • Riding the Short Bus

    Montana’s well-preserved reputation for a love of the outdoors hasn’t seemed to dim in light of the steady increase in population. In fact, residents of Southwest Montana often find themselves swapping tall tales over their…
  • Better Building

    Responsible development in the midst of indulgent sprawl.Bald eagles perched high overhead, eyeing emerging ground squirrels; the prehistoric clucking of mating sandhill cranes; white-tailed deer bounding in the waning…
  • Bum Jobs

    Finding the ideal outdoor bum job is a complicated task. As with any other career hunt, one must evaluate his or her personal skills and proceed from there. In this case, the difficulty emerges as you begin to realize that…
  • Purple Passion

    The aroma of lavender is beautiful, and people have known this for centuries—both the Greeks and Romans scented their soaps and bathwater with it. But its use goes far beyond air freshener; lavender is a balancing oil that…
  • An Elk Calls Home

    Hi Honey, it's me. No, no don't worry, it's just August. We don't have to worry about that for a month or two. Yes, things are fine up here. When you're through With the kids, hoof it on up here and we'll mate, just Don't…
  • Grilled Elk Loin

    When the weather turns cold but you can’t bear to put your grill in the garage, try this simple dish and invite the neighbors over for a treat. You‘ll win accolades when you inform your guests that a seven-ounce portion of…
  • Not Alone

    There is something to be said for flesh upon bone. For friends new and old, and horses you’ve known. A quarter in each pannier, a quarter on each back Buddies carry meat, but the shooter packs the rack. There is something…
  • All Clear

    Enjoying an active lifestyle presents challenges when it comes to maintaining the health of your skin. Being the largest and most visible organ of the body, skin reveals much about an individual. Here’s some advice for…
  • The Rifle

    An old hunting rifle,Burled walnut and blued steel,An old friend that comes outJust once a year.You wipe it with oil, Hold it in your hands,You think of past hunts,And of your old man.He gave you this rifle,As a father’s…
  • By the Numbers

    60: Dollars the average American spends on Halloween decorations, candy, and costumes per year25: Pounds of candy the average American eats in a year11: Percent of Americans who eat Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant53:…
  • Wandering

    If you ever see a bucking bull named Wander, scratch his horns for me. Don’t be intimidated by his enormous size, thick muscles and broad horns; just look into his eyes.I was in the middle of a divorce when I applied for…

Gear Reviews

  • Bear Paw Pendant—TARMA DESIGNS

    If you’re an active outdoor guy in Bozeman and want to capitalize on that with the ladies, you gotta look the part: rugged, down to earth, but with a clear sense of style. Which is where Tarma Designs comes in. Their Bear…

Additional Articles

  • Wanna Use the River? Get Ready to Pay Up

    Back in July, while you were floating lazily down the Madison, you may have sensed a sucking feeling every time your wallet got near the river. That sucking feeling was the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and Bureau of…
  • Life on the "D List"

    The comeback kid of the sky.It seems like only yesterday that bald eagles were so scarce. If you spotted one, you’d tell everyone you knew. Now people hardly give the appearance of this national symbol a second thought.…
  • Powder Blast

    The beauty of a fundraiser is that when you come across a good one, it becomes the reliably fun and much-anticipated party of your year. For anyone who lives in Bozeman, this date is soon approaching, as the Friends of the…
  • Water Under the Bridge

    The voices echoed around me in unison. "Ten, nine, eight…" There was time for just one more splash of water to wet the lips and ease my nerves before dropping into one of the largest class-V rapids in the state. The other…
  • Jenny McCune Benefit Fund

    You may have heard of Jenny McCune—she’s the former president of the Gallatin Valley Bike Club, former president of Team WinS (Women in Sports), and is a member of Bozeman's Team Delphine road cycling racing team. She's…
  • Bridger Raptor Festival

    Raptor Fest. Shortly before the chairlift starts whirring at Bridger Bowl, close to 2,000 people will converge on the popular ski area for a different form of outdoor recreation: bird watching. The 10th annual Bridger…
  • Fall Events

    September 200715 West Yellowstone Foundation "Happening." 406-640-2030.15 Shane Thomas Memorial Run, Belgrade. 388-0823.15 "Medicinal Plants Unleashed" class, MOSS. 582-0526. 17 "Writing with Photographs" class, F-11. 6-8pm…

Book Reviews

  • Book: The Best of All Seasons

    In his most recent follow up to Sketches from the Ranch: A Montana Memoir, Dan Aadland places readers right into the very soul of what it truly means to be a Montana hunter. The Best of All Seasons: Fifty Years As a Montana…
  • Book: Horse Women

    Horse Women: Strength, Beauty, Passion is a book brimming with awe-inspiring photography, poetry, and quotes that speak to the link between women and horses, and the undeniable similarities between the two. Compiled by…

Columns

  • Hunts, Haunts, and Habitat

    Are you ready for the hunt? Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Hunt Planner combines updated maps with hunting regulations and statistics. You can begin planning your hunt using either a regional map by species or go right…
Outside Bozeman Fall 2007

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