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Fall hike

Fall hike

Walkers stroll along one of the paved paths in Letchworth State Park. The park contains more than 60 miles of trails.

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Big Bend

Big Bend

This stitched series of photos gives some idea of the Genesee River's route around what's known as the Big Bend.

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Stone bridge

Stone bridge

A bridge over the Genesee River below Lower Falls in Letchworth State Park provides beautiful views of the canyon and falls.

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Canyon viewpoint

Canyon viewpoint

Visitors to the park stop at one of the many overlooks to take in the view.

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Glen Iris Inn

Glen Iris Inn

The Glen Iris Inn began as a home built in the 1800s before being remodeled and expanded.

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Trestle

Trestle

A train crosses the trestle bridge over the Genesee River above the Upper Falls in Letchworth State Park.

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Middle Falls

Middle Falls

Letchworth State Park in New York offers some spectacular canyon and waterfall views.

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CCC built

CCC built

The Civilian Conservation Corps built many of the stone walls, stairs and wooden shelters in Letchworth State Park in the 1930s.

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Beartooth Face

Beartooth Face

Aspen stands glow yellow on a beautiful fall day along the Beartooth Face at the end of Fox Road, near Red Lodge. The Beartooth Ranger District’s Palisades Trail loops through the trees.

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Tree talk

Tree talk

Barb Pittman, the Beartooth Ranger District’s biologist, stops in a clearing to point out the different types of aspen stands in the area.

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Barb Pittman

Barb Pittman

Barb Pittman, Beartooth Ranger District biologist, tells the group how in the past work has been done by weed crews that may no longer be available.

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Aspen tour

Aspen tour

People attending an aspen regeneration project tour last week walk through a stand of trees that was thinned along the Beartooth Face just northwest of Red Lodge. The project strives to create a variety of habitat, from dense stands for nesting to open ones for mating.

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Shawn Stewart

Shawn Stewart

Shawn Stewart, a wildlife biologist for Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Red Lodge, has helped guide a cooperative aspen regeneration project in the area since its inception in 1990.

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Joe Perry

Joe Perry

Joe Perry is one member of the Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program Advisory Group who criticized Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for not putting more effort into new habitat projects.

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Yellowstone pronghorns

Yellowstone pronghorns

Yellowstone National Park pronghorns migrate out of the park taking the Rescue Creek Trail to the Gardiner Basin and the Paradise Valley to spend the winter.

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Pronghorn or antelope

Pronghorn or antelope

What some people call antelope are actually not a member of the antelope family found in Africa and East Asia, instead the North American species is called a pronghorn.

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To the top

To the top

Climbers are instructed in how to negotiate the 38-foot climbing wall during the Bozeman Ice Festival last year next to the Emerson Cultural Center. The festival returns again this year with more clinics and competition.

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Kathryn QannaYahu

Kathryn QannaYahu

Bozeman artist and researcher Kathryn QannaYahu has collected reams of research on the brucellosis issue as she's argued against Montana's elk management policy in the Paradise Valley.

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Kathryn QannaYahu

Kathryn QannaYahu

Bozeman artist and researcher Kathryn QannaYahu has collected reams of research on the brucellosis issue as she’s argued against Montana’s elk management policy in the Paradise Valley.

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Charles Bronson

Charles Bronson

As measured on Garry Stocker's fish scale, this 18-inch rainbow trout fell into the Charles Bronson category.

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Moody Missouri

Moody Missouri

With low clouds shrouding the surrounding hills, the Missouri River takes on a moody appearance for anglers drifting downstream. Foul fall weather shouldn’t discourage fishermen and women, though, since bad weather can sometimes mean good fishing.

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Netted

Netted

A fat rainbow trout thrashes in the net after falling for a streamer fished on the Missouri River. Fall can be a great time to hook trout with bigger flies, and also is typically when streams are less crowded.

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Clark Fork River

Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork River is a prime destination for Missoula-area anglers.

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Forest primeval

Forest primeval

The forest during the fall elk hunting season seems ancient and mysterious as bulls bugle from mountain ridges and golden aspen leaves light up the landscape.

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Durfee Hills

Durfee Hills

Even though a land exchange involving the Durfee Hills in Fergus County has been shot down, the landlocked Bureau of Land Management acreage remains at the center of controversy.

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Brown trout from hell

Brown trout from hell

The brown trout design was also created by Lulow.

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Cool boat

Cool boat

Fishing guide Garry Stocker pulls his tricked out Adipose Boatworks Flow skiff ashore on the Missouri River recently. The customized boat was built in Helena and features artistic touches like a stylized brown trout on the hull and tie-dyed oars and casting braces.

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Fly Goods logo

Fly Goods logo

The Montana Fly Goods logo was designed by Nick Lulow, of Helena.

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Garry Stocker

Garry Stocker

Fishing guide Garry Stocker, at right, holds a brown trout that Bozeman angler Diane Bristol reeled in.

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Tie dyed

Tie dyed

The bright tie-dyed oars and casting braces help set the Flow skiff apart from other boats on the river.

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Antelope

Antelope

A buck pronghorn stands in the background as two does graze in an irrigated farm field in the Paradise Valley. The general antelope season runs Oct. 11 through Nov. 9 in Montana.

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Backcountry conservation

Backcountry conservation

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership is collaborating with other sporting groups and sporting goods manufacturers to support a new backcountry conservation designation for some Bureau of Land Management properties.

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The hunter

The hunter

Right now, hunters have little say in how BLM lands are managed, conservation groups say, but they are aiming to change that.

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Sign on the plains

Sign on the plains

The intersection of Cormier and Stratford roads is as close as visitors can get to the highest point in Yellowstone County since it sits on private land. This view looks east toward the Yellowstone River. The elevation at the road is 4,918 feet, just shy of Stratford Hill’s 4,950.

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Pryor Mountains

Pryor Mountains

The Pryor Mountains and Pryor Gap can be seen from atop Stratford Hill Road, about 18 miles south of Billings.

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Stratford Hill panoramic

Stratford Hill panoramic

A digital stitching of four photos gives a panoramic view of Stratford Hill as seen from the north.

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Stratford Hill

Stratford Hill

Stratford Hill, Yellowstone County’s highest point, rises at the top left of this photo above an old homestead as seen from Cottonwood Creek Road, an extension of Duck Creek Road. The Pryor Mountains are in the background.

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Government Island

Government Island

The eastern end of Government Island in the middle of the Yellowstone River is the lowest point in Yellowstone County. The island sits near the mouth of the Bighorn River.

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Trek to Yellowstone

Trek to Yellowstone

The headwaters of the Stillwater River.

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Becker Lake

Becker Lake

Red Lodge author Gary Ferguson’s latest book, “The Carry Home,” recounts his journey through grief after his wife died in a canoeing accident. At her request he spread her ashes in five wild places important to her, including at Becker Lake in the Beartooth Mountains.

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Mariane Lake

Mariane Lake

At Mariane Lake one of Ferguson’s friends was picked up by a helicopter after she injured her ankle during a memorial trip in honor of Jane Ferguson to the Beartooth Mountains.

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Cherry Creek

Cherry Creek

The route drops into the Cherry Creek drainage, seen on the right. This view looks north toward the Snowy Mountains in the distance.

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Muddy track

Muddy track

An elk track is set in soft mud also lined by the cleated track of an excavator or dozer.

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In the works

In the works

Alex Sienkiewicz walks down a portion of the West Deer Creek Road that is under construction south of Big Timber.

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View of the Crazies

View of the Crazies

The Crazy Mountains can be seen from the section of Gallatin National Forest land accessed by West Deer Creek Road.

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Locked for now

Locked for now

Alex Sienkiewicz, Yellowstone District ranger, locks a gate across West Deer Creek Road on Friday. The route won’t open until 2015, but work is underway on the 2-mile section on Forest Service land.

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The Clark Fork

The Clark Fork

Storm clouds brew over the junction of the Blackfoot and Clark Fork rivers. This view looks up the Clark Fork where the two streams meet.

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Clear water

Clear water

The Blackfoot River's emerald green waters flow into deep pools and shallow riffles en route to its junction with the Clark Fork River.

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Leftover logs

Leftover logs

Although crews removed more than 15,000 logs from along the Blackfoot River, more remain.

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Dam gone

Dam gone

Looking downstream at the junction of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers, the Milltown Dam no longer blocks floaters from proceeding downstream.

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