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The sunken VW-sized boulder stood alone on the prairie, plunked down by a retreating glacier thousands of years ago miles from its birthplace.
Recommendations by Montana State Parks staff to put the onus on bear-proofing Smith River campgrounds on floaters was unanimously rejected by the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board at its Wednesday meeting.
What does the human microbiome have in common with the 2,000-acre Hailstone National Wildlife Refuge on the prairie northwest of Billings?
Calling a proposed logging project in the Red Lodge area devastating to the ecosystem, many of the people objecting to the proposal renewed their arguments in a conference call Monday, while also voicing their disdain for the process.
Coming off its biggest season ever, Bridger Bowl Ski Area will unveil the newly built 2,400-square-foot Alpine Cabin at a public ceremony Saturday at 11 a.m.
To Judith Meyer, the now-abandoned Howard Eaton Trail in Yellowstone National Park is about much more than just a circular horseback route connecting geysers to mudpots and Old Faithful to the Lamar Valley.
This eagle has landed, for now anyway.
A three-year study will begin this summer on Bighorn Reservoir to try to determine the source of high mercury levels in the lake’s fish.
Self-described workaholic Ashley Hlebinsky will be taking over as the curator of the Cody Firearms Museum of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in January — the first female firearms curator in the country.
A long-delayed logging project near the west shore of Hebgen Lake has hit another snag.
Jim Latvala, a 65-year-old fishing guide from Two Harbors, Minn., shot a six-point bull elk on the opening day of the Montana season. He was hunting with his older brother, 71-year-old Montana resident Warren Latvala, a retired land surveyor who has owned property in the area for 37 years. T…
The best way to educate almost 30 Joliet fifth-graders about Yellowstone National Park is to take them there.
Montana’s avalanche season is off to a nasty start after the death of a North Dakota snowmobiler on Nov. 26 near Cooke City, but that doesn’t mean the snowpack won’t stabilize as the winter wears on.
A fledgling biathlon club in Bozeman has made a bold $10 million bid to buy two Nordic ski areas at the base of Bridger Bowl Ski Area.
Montana is a river state. Just think of the iconic waters that are nationally and internationally known: the Madison, Yellowstone, Missouri and Gallatin; the Bighole, Bighorn, Blackfoot and Flathead.
It’s not easy talking about water and water rights with ranchers and farmers.
The worst drought in California’s history is a forewarning of problems for the entire West, including Montana and Wyoming.
By 2020 Coca-Cola, arguably one of the most familiar products in the world, plans to be water neutral — giving back as much water as it uses to produce its soft drinks.
When the light hits the water just right, the Sun River looks like a shallow flow of smooth molten gold bubbling over rounded cobble.
I had just spooked a group of whitetail does when I heard the clacking sound from atop the ridge. My first thought was that two buck deer were sparring, their antlers clattering together.
When Kyle McCall asked the guys setting up his home sound system if they knew anyone who liked to hunt, he was in for a surprise.
When she heard her photo had shown up on a flier in Billings mailboxes and on an interstate billboard this weekend, Jamie Connell was perplexed.
From almost four miles away, the grizzly bear appeared to have picked up the elk carcass’ stench.
The Bighorn River’s dam-controlled flows this summer produced a hydrograph with so many peaks and valleys that the stream looked like it “had some sort of neurological disease,” said Zoe Opie, president of the Bighorn River Alliance.
Nearly a year after Montana initiated a method to legalize collection of roadkill, more than 800 permits have been issued.
A controversial plan to move forward with fencing out, hazing and killing elk in the Paradise Valley in an attempt to prevent the wildlife from transmitting disease to cattle was approved by the Montana’s Fish and Wildlife Commission on Thursday.
More grizzly bears are congregating each summer on steep rocky slopes in search of army cutworm moths in the southeastern portion of the more than 9,210-square-mile Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Yearling grizzly bears busted for getting into trouble and relocated are not any more likely to offend again than bears with a clean rap sheet.
As grizzly bear populations have grown in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, state and federal officials are striving to educate the public to reduce human-bear encounters while also removing attractants to keep bears out of harm's way.
FOUR CORNERS – The two-story photo of Wil Flack intently stripping a fly line in some Caribbean locale leaves no doubt among visitors to Simms’ headquarters what the Montana-based business is all about.
This fall, fly fisherman Phil Gonzales landed the biggest rainbow trout of his life while tossing a lure with a spinning rod.
One of the toughest sections along the historic Bozeman Trail existed in a portion of the 10 to 12 miles between Pryor Creek and the present-day Billings Motorcycle Club on the banks of the Yellowstone River.
Repeatedly stifled in efforts to transplant bighorn sheep in new locations in Montana over the past few years, the state’s wildlife commission chairman said it may be time to rethink the state’s conservation strategy for the popular big game species.
Research doesn’t always give scientists the results they expect. Just ask Brad Shepard.
Imagine that every week for five weeks the entire population of Bozeman left home and spread out across Montana’s mountains and prairies to go hunting.
You are hardwired to hunt.
The big just keep getting bigger.
Taking an “aggressive approach,” Montana State Parks has outlined its plans to raise funding, volunteerism and a greater recognition of the park system in its just-released draft five-year strategic plan.
A new program to give the Yellowstone River room to roam during high water was strongly endorsed by the Fish and Wildlife Commission on Thursday during its meeting in Bozeman.
RED LODGE — After 24 years and an investment of almost $460,000, a unique Montana cooperative project that has regenerated aspen stands along the Beartooth Face may be finished despite definitive success.
Future Smith River floaters may have to add a portable electric fence or bear-proof coolers to their list of gear after the state parks board on Wednesday approved a new food storage rule for the popular permitted river.
Only two months after Gen. George Armstrong Custer’s defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, the population of what would become Prairie County swelled to about 4,000.
Some members of an upland game bird advisory group voiced frustration last week that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks hasn’t done enough to start more new habitat projects.
It was one of those weekends when Laura Boyer wondered why she hadn’t stayed home in Billings with her two boys, Josh and Sammy, instead of going camping.
Fences are meant to keep animals in or out, not to let them through.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has delayed until November its commission’s consideration of a controversial 2015 elk-brucellosis management plan aimed at disease outbreaks in the Paradise Valley.
The broad-antlered bull elk walked to within 12 yards as we crouched on the forest floor behind the trunk of a 7-inch wide aspen tree.
More than two years after seeking public feedback on a new route into the Pryor Mountains, the Beartooth Ranger District is resuscitating its Powerline Road construction project.
Pheasant hunters walking fields when the season opens on Oct. 11 can thank the 2014 Farm Bill for boosting the amount of private lands available to them over the next three years.
The trout don’t care, but the bright tie-dye patterned oars and angler braces and the hook-jawed brown trout from hell painted on each side of the hull make Garry Stocker’s drift boat one of the most stylish crafts on Western Montana’s rivers.