Earlier this month, Montanans who like to hunt big game, catch wild trout and just plain get away from it all celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Most Montanans are too young to remember when spectacular Montana land last was protected as wilderness. That event was in 1972. A true grass roots movement succeeded in adding the Scapegoat Wilderness along the Rocky Mountain Front to the nation’s wilderness treasury.
GREAT FALLS — The federal Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Sept. 3, 1964.
Montana’s wilderness. That’s where my mind went to most often while I was deployed in southern Afghanistan as an explosive ordnance disposal operator in the summer of 2009. Some people missed their families, others had a sweetheart or spouse back home who they missed, and others just longed …
For over 60 years, the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association has served as an important voice for the outfitting industry and as a key partner in decisions that effect management of public land and wildlife resources. We are proud to represent over 200 member businesses across the state.…
Wilderness replenishes our soul. Our eyes get a little brighter after a few days in the backcountry. Our stresses slide off like April snowmelt. Traveling to wild country can be a challenging journey, but it’s a journey that changes us for the better.
MONTURE CREEK – Want to know how to lift a 1,000-pound bridge span across a creek without messing up the wilderness?
Relief from smoky air is on the way.
The Missoula County Fire Protection Association raised the fire danger to extreme on Monday, and fire officials announced stage 1 restrictions across southwest Montana starting Wednesday.
Even old outfitters remember the days we were green. Fortunately for myself, l learned the ropes from one of Montana’s great legends, Tom “Hobnail” Edwards, who along with his wife, Helen, ran the Whitetail Ranch near Ovando for decades.
The Rocky Mountain Front is where the tide of the Montana prairie heads toward the sunset and collides with the soaring reefs of the Northern Rocky Mountains. This is a legendary landscape of colossal geography and a wildlife population to match any on the planet!
I’ve seen rivers run backward and geese fly upside down. I’ve seen elk eat rocks and squirrels fall out of trees. I’ve seen the sun rise over the North Pole and I’ve seen an eagle catch an antelope.
The options for recreation along the Rocky Mountain Front seem endless — rafting down the South Fork of the Sun River (note, there’s a waterfall and reservoir at the end), backpacking and fishing up the North Fork of the Sun, or car camping along the Benchmark Road.
Lynda Borque Moss fondly recalls stretching out for a nap along the banks of Thompson Lake in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness after a September picnic, listening to the sigh of the wind through the trees, watching the clouds drift slowly overhead.