Fall 2012

Features

  • Mighty Whitey

    I’m not sure when I started wanting a drift boat. I do know why. On various trips around Montana, I’d drive past glimmering rivers and catch an occasional glimpse of a drift boat, anglers fore and aft, a hardy captain at…
  • Hunting the Bottoms

    Half a mile below Axtell Bridge, as I stalked the wily fall foliage with my Nikon, a fisherman burst out of the brush. Big-eyed and breathless, his creel flopping and waders swishing, he hustled over to me shouting, “Did…

Departments

  • The Golden Fleece

    Long live the beard.For most of us Montana men, it simply happens. It might be a Tuesday, around mid-October. We stand shirtless at the sink with a razor in one hand, and look at ourselves in the mirror. For some subtle…
  • A Pantheist’s Prayer

    Oh Dawn, bringer of light,With eternal vision deliver us from night.And color the world, not black nor white,But ambiguous grey, a beautiful sight!For in that moment a flicker of truthReveals what mankind knew in his youth,…
  • River Trees

    I love to touch wood that’s beaver-skinnedand worn to glass by flowing water. There are willow saplings that startle.Bent low by winter snow loadbut still rooted to the bankthey get pulled downstream by the currentuntil the…
  • Taking the Low Road

    A few years ago, I passed a slowpoke on the road in front of me, returning to my lane just in time to see eyes staring down my headlights. Before I could swerve, the impact crushed the hood of my Honda CRV like an aluminum…
  • Say What?

    There are plenty of things to remember when prepping for a hunt, but hearing protection is often overlooked. Properly fitting, sufficient hearing protection can prevent permanent and irreversible hearing loss. Hunting-…
  • Eat Me

    Anyone who read Into the Wild knows the importance of correctly identifying wild plants if you intend to eat them. In that true story, Christopher McCandless starved after eating the seeds of a plant that block nutrient…
  • Ground Level

    In an era of leafy, cut-poly fabrics dyed in the latest digi-cam patterns and different outfits of the latest tech-wear designed to blend into the countryside like a moth’s wing or a duck’s butt, the only thing today’s…
  • Doh! A Deer

    Deer season has arrived at last, and you’ve put in your time waiting and stalking. You finally have one in your sights—but do you know if it’s a whitetail or a muley? You should be able to tell the species almost…
  • Straight Shootin'

    It’s finally here: day and night are in sync with similar hourly spans, frost has been spied on the pumpkins, and a rack or two has been spotted in the back of a passing pickup. It’s autumn, and in Montana that means only…
  • Fur Factor

    On July 12, 2012, Montana’s FWP Commission approved the state’s first wolf-trapping season, which will open December 15 and close February 28, 2013. The BackgroundIn order to address a wolf population in Montana of more…
  • Progression Session

    You don’t need to be a professional photographer or cinematographer to try time-lapse photography; all you need is a few basic pieces of equipment, plenty of patience, a little ingenuity, and a car to sleep in while you…
  • Seasonal Sustenance

    “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”   —Albert Camus After months of sunshine, labor, and cultivation, the harvest season has arrived with its bounty: farmers’ markets flourish and grocery stores brim…
  • Fake Beards

    Haven’t hit puberty yet? Got your beard-growing abilities from your mother’s side? Don’t worry: you have options. Here’s how to blend in with the real beards this season. Costume-Store CoveringA wide selection and corporate…
  • Continental Divide Trail

    As the West’s answer to the Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, known as the CDT, is 3,100 grueling miles cut through the backcountry from Mexico to Canada—and nearly 1,000 miles of it bisects the western half…
  • Flying Wild

    From hundreds of feet in the air, Bozeman is a latticework of tiny streets filled with miniature houses and toy cars. Minutes later, our tiny plane rises above a thick carpet of evergreens, streaked with ribbons of brown…
  • Chasing the Wolf

    “Wolves!” It’s the only word Doug can get out. Excited, out of breath, he takes a knee and we all gather round. Between gasps he fills us in. “I went… to take a leak… right over there… there’s wolves… right over there!” …
  • BWO Cripple

    When fall returns, so do the hatches of Blue Winged Olives (BWO). As with most fly patterns, this BWO cripple is an adaptation of many proven patterns—and possibly something I unknowingly borrowed from another fly tyer.…
  • Shelters That Need Your Help

    When picking out a pet to join your family, consider the smaller animal shelters around Montana. “Most of the small-town shelters in Montana have wonderful dogs—they’d be so happy to get a real home,” says Pam McCutcheon,…
  • Gardens

    Dedicated to Bob PackFather deer lucidly daydreams.His hooves twitch back and forthbetween sticky strings of alfalfa.He whimpers then yelps:"Shoot him!"Mother deer sits straight by his side,she ponders the pinkish-red…
  • Après-Hunt

    Whether you’re a classic Wild Turkey–drinkin’ hunter or a more sophisticated Cosmopolitan-quaffer, Bozeman has some great spots to relax—or celebrate—after a day in the field. Here’s where to get your drink on après-hunt. …
  • Wet & Dry

    Fall means wild game—and this season, try some fresh, exotic takes on preparing your bounty. Here’s a Mexican dry rub that works perfectly with elk steak, and a Hawaiian huli-huli marinade for your next duck. With these…
  • Dinner and a Show

    We’re gathered around the back bar in John Bozeman’s Bistro, beer and wine in hand, eyeing the cauldron of antelope stew Chef Ty Hill has placed on the countertop. Ty grabs a white bowl from a stack, ladles in stew, and…
  • Avy Savvy

    The full moon arched above us in the cold night sky, brightening the surrounding hillsides. As we peered into the shelter, shadows danced through the windows and lively chatter leaked out into the frozen landscape beyond…
  • Lock & Load

    There’s a reason the founding fathers made the right to bear arms number two on the list: guns are incredible. Squeezing off rounds, hot shell casings arcing onto the gravel while the crack of the rifle echoes through the…
  • Brown-Baggin' It

    Come fall, local rivers empty and everyone heads for the hills. You’ll surely see your share of hunter’s orange and camo—but what you won’t see are crowded boat ramps and lines of anglers along the banks. Fall may be the…
  • Poking Around Big Sky

    The Porcupine Creek Trail begins near the Gallatin River and climbs nine miles up to its headwaters in Onion Basin at the Gallatin-Yellowstone Divide. En route, the trail gains more than 3,000 feet to the basin and Gallatin…
  • Flake Fest

    Paradise Valley climbs.Paradise Valley has no shortage—or variety—of good stone along its length: backyard alpine at Mount Cowen, exciting trad in Mill Creek, quality bouldering on both sides of Yankee Jim Canyon. But if…
  • Avian Dog Fight

    The shadows stretched long as my wife, daughter, and I drove to our friends’ ranch to catch a few fish on the Madison. Getting out of the car we noticed a commotion above us. Three ospreys flew around erratically; then we…
  • O/B Blunders

    Well it was about time—we hadn’t made a mistake in several issues, so we went for broke and committed a whopping four editorial errors in the summer issue. Yep, we’re human after all.First off, the website we listed for the…
  • Fall 2012 Contests

    Best Farmer TanThis summer was a scorcher—and the abundance of Farmer Tan entries proved it. Burned backs, blistering feet, and toasted tummies all made the O/B staff cringe, while promptly reminding us to pack sunscreen on…
  • Outdoor Engagement

    When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves. –Jack KornfieldThe bull came at dusk. I heard nothing, saw nothing. Suddenly he was there, a pale swath amid the…
  • Flying Solo

    “Oh! but Grandmother, what a terrible big mouth you have!”“The better to eat you with!”And scarcely had the wolf said this, than with one bound he was out of bed and swallowed up Little Red Riding Hood.—The Brothers Grimm…
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside

    With winter just around the corner, it’s important to understand the different options for heating your home. Here’s a look at three different ways to stay comfortable when the mercury drops.The Sun’s Radianceby Todd…
  • Get the Lead Out

    Like a lot of Montanans, I’ve done my share of hunting—it’s a seasonal tradition, and I enjoy the healthy, high-quality protein I harvest for my family and friends. So when I saw a 2007 news article involving a North Dakota…
  • Healthy Hurt

    He was a three-month-old puppy from the animal shelter, and I named him Reginald. Reggie—a tiny, furry orange mutt—became my best friend. We snuggled, we played, we had adventures together. But one chilly October Sunday,…
  • Dog Snobs

    Snobs. You know the type. The people who immediately bring up the fact that their Frisbee-loving buddy “Prince” is a purebred golden retriever, complete with show-winning parents. “I don’t care how many blue ribbons Prince’…

Gear Reviews

  • Review: Osprey Aura 65

    The Osprey Aura has more bells and whistles than a one-man band at the Whoville Christmas parade. It’s built for extended trips and doesn’t miss a beat—if you can think of it, this pack’s got it. The ventilated mesh…
  • Review: Nite Ize BrimLit

    It appears that the folks at NiteIze have been burning the midnight oil, releasing new products with blinding frequency. Their latest illuminator is the BrimLit, a clip-on headlamp that sits under the brim of your ball cap…
  • Review: UCO Long-Burn Matches

    Few things can drive a man mad faster than crappy matches that keep burning or blowing out. Wind, dampness, awkward positioning, poor match design—whatever the culprit, the results are the same: a desperate rage, the…
  • Review: Eureka Timberline SQ 4XT

    I found the idea of an A-frame tent moderately intimidating when recalling father-son campouts in the ‘90s with my dad’s puke-green, 20-pound “portable” behemoth. Nevertheless, I rose to the challenge and tested out the…
  • Review: Rio Grand Line & Leader

    A rod and reel are only as good as they cast—and without quality line and leader, you might as well use a willow branch. Do that fancy stick justice and spool your reel with RIO Grand line and Powerflex trout leader, two of…

Book Reviews

  • Book: A Montana Journal

    John Steinbeck famously called Montana “a great splash of grandeur,” and in A Montana Journal (Riverbend Publishing, $25), photographer Christopher Cauble captures that majesty with 36 eclectic images from around the state…
  • Book: 40 Days Under the Big Sky

    The next best thing to hunting is reading about it, and in 40 Days Under the Big Sky: A Birdhunter’s Journal (self-published, $25), author Jay Hanson relates an entire season on the wing, chasing birds across every type of…
  • Book: Atlas of Yellowstone

    When I say that Atlas of Yellowstone (University of California Press, $65) has everything there is to know about our first national park, it isn’t an exaggeration—this coffee-table tome has over 500 maps and contributions…
  • Book: Beartooth Country

    Poll a few Bozeman locals on the place they’d most like to explore, and odds are they’ll say the Beartooths. There’s something awe-inspiring about this massive mountain range to the east, something mysterious and grand and…
Outside Bozeman Fall 2012

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