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Elk vs. mountain lion: Amazing photos attract lots of attention

Elk vs. mountain lion: Amazing photos attract lots of attention

Brad Grein has gotten some amazing mileage out of the photos he took of a mountain lion attacking a full-grown bull elk.

April 16, 2008 11:00 pm Photos

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Rite of spring: Hike south of Bridger rings in change of season

Rite of spring: Hike south of Bridger rings in change of season

When my dog and I enter the lean land south of Bridger for a hike, we're both fat from the idleness of winter, lard balanced atop toothpick legs.

March 26, 2008 11:00 pm Photos

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13-year-old and 83-year-old share hunters' spirit

13-year-old and 83-year-old share hunters' spirit

Although 70 years separate Roy D. Russell and Devan Murphy, the Billings hunters share a common interest and a similar trait - tenacity. Both individuals overcame obstacles to fulfill their dream, each taking a different route but finally finding success.

March 12, 2008 11:00 pm Photos

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Snowmobiling in Cooke City challenges riders

Snowmobiling in Cooke City challenges riders

COOKE CITY - Tony Wulf jokes that he has his hands full trying to keep his sons safe in the steep, deep snows coating the Beartooth Mountains near here. Only feet away, his sons roar uphill on their snowmobiles and fly off a cornice, creating a cloud of fine powder snow as their engines whine.

March 05, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…
Experts offer tips to endure cold-weather emergencies

Experts offer tips to endure cold-weather emergencies

It doesn't take long for things to go horribly wrong while driving in the winter - a blizzard blows in, you become stuck, stranded and isolated. Now what?

February 13, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…

Fly fishing foundation ponders relocating

The Federation of Fly Fishers is exploring the possibility of moving its headquarters from Montana's fly fishing mecca - Livingston - to Loveland, Colo.

January 30, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…
Friends take a safari for the digital age

Friends take a safari for the digital age

Out of more than 12,000 digital images he and a friend captured on a trip to South Africa, Dan Austin had a hard time editing his favorite shots down to 200.

January 16, 2008 11:00 pm Photos

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You've got to fight, for your right to mountain bike

You've got to fight, for your right to mountain bike

Bozeman mountain bikers alarmed at the threatened loss of nearby riding areas have organized a group to present a more unified front as the Forest Service negotiates travel and forest plans.

December 26, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Book provides laughable present

Book provides laughable present

I don't often recommend books to other readers. Too often, the reader doesn't care for my selection.

December 19, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Stuck in the rut: Last day in deer woods ends up being a workout

Stuck in the rut: Last day in deer woods ends up being a workout

When deep in the woods on a deer hunt, there are subtle signs that problems are looming, such as 24 hours of snowfall coupled with the fact that your truck tires are bald as a cue ball.

December 12, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Despite long drive, Montana hunting hooks Minnesotans

Despite long drive, Montana hunting hooks Minnesotans

Joe Hoehn's Montana elk-hunting dream came true five years ago only to end in a nightmare.

November 21, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Visitor from Ohio documents group's long access fight

Visitor from Ohio documents group's long access fight

Atop her petite shoulders, Lindsay Vogt is carrying a heavy burden.

November 09, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Wilderness trek turns the Beartooths into a classroom

Wilderness trek turns the Beartooths into a classroom

The syllabus for Ryan Jordan's wilderness trekking class jokingly included a suggestion to read the diary of ill-fated polar explorer Ernest Shackleton.

October 31, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Wilderness cave is 2nd-deepest in North America

Wilderness cave is 2nd-deepest in North America

This summer, Richard Brown and five others from around the country hiked almost 30 miles into the Bob Marshall Wilderness to explore an underground wilderness few have seen.

October 24, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Just for kids: Tracks give an insider peek at animal behavior

Just for kids: Tracks give an insider peek at animal behavior

Going outside after a snowstorm or rainstorm you can find all kinds of interesting animal tracks.

October 24, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

Travel proposal for Pryors, Beartooths released

More than three years in the making and plagued by a series of starts and setbacks, the draft environmental impact statement written by the Custer National Forest has been published.

October 03, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Backpacking, bowhunting make for a natural mix

Backpacking, bowhunting make for a natural mix

For years, upland bird hunting was my main fall adventure in the woods. And since grouse are often few and far between, I took to calling it hiking with a shotgun.

October 03, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Just for kids: How do you count antler points?

Just for kids: How do you count antler points?

If you've ever read an article in one of the national outdoors magazines, you may have been confused by a writer's reference to a 10-point whitetail buck.

October 03, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
A buck for the books: Record-setters getting harder to come by

A buck for the books: Record-setters getting harder to come by

Take a gander at the Boone and Crockett record books for Montana nontypical mule deer and you'll note that many of the entries were made 20, 30, even 80 years ago.

September 19, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Fisherman's struggles with gear lead him to devise handy vest

Fisherman's struggles with gear lead him to devise handy vest

Les Zuck had a fishing problem only an engineer could fix.

September 12, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Young climber reaches great heights during competition

Young climber reaches great heights during competition

Emma Eddelman's first pair of rock-climbing shoes were only about 4 inches long. She was 3 years old.

September 05, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Variety abounds on Flathead's Middle Fork

Variety abounds on Flathead's Middle Fork

For years, I drove by the Middle Fork of the Flathead River and enviously eyed its white water.

August 29, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Hunter's first archery kill one for the record book

Hunter's first archery kill one for the record book

The first animal Danika Klock shot with her bow is one for the record books.

August 29, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Longtime friends cherish summer trips into mountains

Longtime friends cherish summer trips into mountains

At 89, Hap Gilliland finally has slowed down.

August 29, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Out and about: Right wheels can take you there

Out and about: Right wheels can take you there

Within a short drive of Cooke City, four-wheel-drive enthusiasts can get to several high mountain lakes stocked with brook trout.

August 22, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Forest Service rely on volunteers to help clear forest routes

Forest Service rely on volunteers to help clear forest routes

This year, the trail crew responsible for work in the Spotted Bear Ranger District's section of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex is down about 20 people from last year. And last year, the numbers were down, as well.

August 22, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Wild trek: Duo hikes 80 miles in 8 days across Absaroka-Beartooth

Wild trek: Duo hikes 80 miles in 8 days across Absaroka-Beartooth

We were about 70 miles into an 80-mile hike across the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. It was raining, nearly dark, and we'd just topped a 9,600-foot pass in the Absaroka Mountains. Looking at our topo map, I noticed a shortcut that would not only save us distance, but a pretty good loss and …

August 15, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Cooney most popular state park in Montana

Cooney most popular state park in Montana

Maybe it's because I don't have a boat or a Jet Ski, but in the eight years I've lived in Billings, I'd never been to Cooney Reservoir until this past June.

August 01, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Inflatable kayaks: Great thrills with great ease

Inflatable kayaks: Great thrills with great ease

ABSAROKEE - The idea of floating upside-down in a river, my head bouncing off rocks, has kept me from trying kayaking.

July 25, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Hike attracts lots of visitors in the summer

Hike attracts lots of visitors in the summer

I know this may be hard to believe now, but a few weeks back there was a spate of extreme weather - hail, torrential rains and wind. All of that bad weather made me nervous.

July 18, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Rock Creek Road Worth the bumps

Rock Creek Road Worth the bumps

Calling it Forest Service Road No. 2421 doesn't do it justice.

July 11, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Hike into Silver Lake provides large surprise

Hike into Silver Lake provides large surprise

In decades of ambling through the woods, I'd never seen anything like it before.

July 04, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Out and about: Scenic byway a destination by itself

Out and about: Scenic byway a destination by itself

Roads are not usually destinations, but the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway in southwestern Montana defies this logic.

June 13, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
New trail-running shoes turn soles upside down

New trail-running shoes turn soles upside down

There are some pretty radical design concepts in the new line of footwear GoLite has introduced this spring.

June 13, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Ghost town offers peek at past

Ghost town offers peek at past

The town of Bannack was a contender, its rise meteoric. And just as quickly, its downfall precipitous.

June 06, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Picking hiking shoes requires serious thought

Picking hiking shoes requires serious thought

Back in the day, buying a hiking boot was simple because there were so few choices - remember waffle stompers?

June 06, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Bear Canyon a lush oasis in desert setting

Bear Canyon a lush oasis in desert setting

Between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend, Gazette Outdoor writer Brett French writes a weekly Out and About column offering ideas on places to go in the great outdoors.

May 23, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Competition measures handgunners' speed, accuracy

Competition measures handgunners' speed, accuracy

In some ways, Jen Adams says, she is a girly girl. Slight of build and with a row of studs lining her left ear, the statement is easy to accept.

May 09, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
High-country angler shares knowledge lakes

High-country angler shares knowledge lakes

In 20 years of horsepacking and backpacking, Ernie Strum has visited 279 of the 435 lakes that have fish in the Beartooth Mountains.

May 02, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Blinds, decoys make turkey hunting easier for archers

Blinds, decoys make turkey hunting easier for archers

In 20 years of turkey hunting with a traditional bow, Marty Mann said he's probably had as many hits as misses.

April 11, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Recipes for sauces, dry rub enliven grilling

Recipes for sauces, dry rub enliven grilling

There's nothing that says America like a slab of meat slathered with sauce grilling over a charcoal- or propane-fueled flame.

April 04, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Rimrock course blends multiple skills

Rimrock course blends multiple skills

This is what happens when you let a rock climber design a disc golf course - you get a 300-foot elevation gain from the first hole to the ninth, tee boxes atop huge boulders and a basket attached to the side of a 12-foot cliff.

March 28, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Freestyle snowmobiling in West Yellowstone

Freestyle snowmobiling in West Yellowstone

Powered by energy drink, racing fuel and heavy metal music, the sport of snowmobile freestyle flew back into West Yellowstone this past weekend.

March 21, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Judith Gap man, 91, takes first caribou hunt in Alaska

Judith Gap man, 91, takes first caribou hunt in Alaska

At the age of 91, when most people are just happy to get out of bed in the morning, Roy Brewington went caribou hunting in Alaska.

March 14, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Bills die, thrive at halfway point

Some fish and wildlife measures have fallen along the wayside while others are still alive at the midway point of the 60th Montana Legislature.

February 28, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

Sign up early for bowhunting classes

If you want to take bowhunter's education this year, and you wait until the last couple of classes to sign up, you might not get in.

February 24, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
What would Teddy do?

What would Teddy do?

Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, is one of the forefathers of the modern conservation and hunting ethic. What would he do in the situation in his namesake North Dakota park - Theodore Roosevelt National Park - where an ever-increasing elk population needs to be reduced?

February 21, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

Alternative stream access bill heard

Landowners and sportsmen agreed Tuesday that stream access at county bridges is not a problem at 95 percent of the state's bridges, but they still lined up on opposite sides of House Bill 642, which would revise the state's Stream Access Law.

February 21, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Growing elk population pits state against park

Growing elk population pits state against park

Without "some type of controlled public hunt" included as a possible means to reduce a burgeoning elk herd at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has withdrawn as a cooperating agency in the park's elk management plan.

February 21, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Nation's wildlife refuges face tightening budgets

Nation's wildlife refuges face tightening budgets

At Montana's largest wildlife refuge, staff positions have gone unfilled, wildlife monitoring work has been cut back and the maintenance backlog continues to grow.

February 14, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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