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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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Relics of the past

Relics of the past

Looking upstream from near Bonner, a log rises out of the Blackfoot River. In the background on the right is the site of the old Bonner sawmill. The logs are leftovers from when trees were floated downstream to the mill in the late 1800s.

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Rafters

Rafters

Rafters float past two anglers working a deep pool on the Blackfoot River on Aug. 30.

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BLM lands

BLM lands

The Yellowstone River curves to the southeast below the sandstone rocks of Sheridan Butte in the Terry Badlands, an area managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

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Watery dryland

Watery dryland

Heavy rains that fell on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge have damaged several roads in the area.

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A Summer Sunday

A Summer Sunday

There's no better way to spend a summer day than relaxing on the beach and occasionally jumping into the water to cool off. In the Gallatin Canyon south of Bozeman, the Deer Creek Trailhead, about 3 miles north of Big Sky off of Highway 191, offers a spot to park, a sandy beach and a deep, c…

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Beach goers

Beach goers

There’s no better way to spend a summer day than relaxing on the beach and occasionally jumping into the water to cool off. In the Gallatin Canyon south of Bozeman, the Deer Creek Trailhead, about3 miles north of Big Sky off of Highway 191, offers a spot to park, a sandy beach and a deep, co…

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Beer angler

Beer angler

There's no better way to spend a summer day than relaxing on the beach and occasionally jumping into the water to cool off. In the Gallatin Canyon south of Bozeman, the Deer Creek Trailhead, about 3 miles north of Big Sky off of Highway 191, offers a spot to park, a sandy beach and a deep, c…

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So close and yet so far

So close and yet so far

Planned weekend outings into the Beartooth Mountains were twice squelched by cold, wet weather this summer.

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Jim Posewitz

Jim Posewitz

Author and conservationist Jim Posewitz of Helena advocates returning a free-roaming herd of huntable bison to the Montana prairie landscape.

September 01, 2014 4:56 pm
Bugle boy

Bugle boy

A bull elk bugles, an eerie mating call that can start high and end low in a series of grunts.

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Reflective reflection

Reflective reflection

The rim of the Yellowstone caldera, an ancient volcano, encircles the inner portion of Yellowstone National Park. If the supervolcano were to erupt again, ash from the blast could bury Billings in 3 to 5 feet of the fine particles.

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Bowhunter with decoy

Bowhunter with decoy

A bowhunter drags an elk decoy through open country in southwestern Montana's Beaverhead National Forest.

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Young stud

Young stud

A young bull stands guard over a group of cows and calves at the Slippery Ann Elk Viewing area in 2011. The area is part of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Montana.

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Opening access

Opening access

The Private Land/Public Wildlife Council has drafted recommendations for public consideration on ways to increase access for sporting folks while also respecting landowners.

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Great Old Broads for Wilderness

Great Old Broads for Wilderness

The Great Old Broads for Wilderness volunteered to work on the Gallatin National Forest’s Lava Lake Trail last Friday. Members of the group include, from left, Suez Jacobson, Helen Kiefer, Donna LaCasse, Nancy Ostlie, JoLynn Jarboe, Laurie Kerr and Di Allison.

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Leading broads

Leading broads

Shelley Silbert, at left, is the executive director of the Great Old Broads. Rose Chilcoat is the associate director. The two admit that being older and women does carry some advantages when they lobby for wilderness designations.

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N Bar Ranch headquarters

N Bar Ranch headquarters

The N Bar Ranch, owned by the Wilks brothers, is headquartered along Flatwillow Creek in Fergus County.

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Farris Wilks

Farris Wilks

Landowners Farris Wilks, left, and John Swanz talk to the Private Land/Public Wildlife Council during a meeting in Lewistown in March.

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N Bar Ranch

N Bar Ranch

The historic N Bar Ranch is located in Fergus County along Flatwillow Creek and at the base of the Little Snowy Mountains. In the background are the Big Snowy Mountains.

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Shotgun stand

Shotgun stand

Double-barreled shotguns rest on a stand next to the table where shooters load their weapons before each round.

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View from the top

View from the top

A wide, rolling meadow of grass turned golden by the summer sun provides a foreground to the north end of the Crazy Mountains, seen in this view from the top of the Castle Mountains.

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Old mining town

Old mining town

The old mining town of Castle stands on private land, although it can be viewed from a county road.

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Backdrop to concert

Backdrop to concert

The Red Ants Pants Music Festival is set in a farmer’s field west of White Sulphur Springs with the Castle Mountains forming a backdrop to the stage.

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Short hike

Short hike

A short hike up from Richardson Creek provides access to this large meadow. The trail in the foreground drops down to Grasshopper Creek. The trail is on the north side of the Castle Mountains.

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Soda Butte Creek

Soda Butte Creek

Soda Butte Creek flows from just outside of Cooke City in the Beartooth Mountains into Yellowstone National Park, where it is one of the tributaries to the Lamar River.

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Yellowstone cutthroat trout

Yellowstone cutthroat trout

Protecting Yellowstone cutthroat trout habitat in Soda Butte Creek may mean removing all brook trout via poison.

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Stained rocks

Stained rocks

Stained rocks are one of the most visible relics of the heavy iron content that old mine tailings leached into Soda Butte Creek.

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Old McLaren Mill site

Old McLaren Mill site

This is what the old McLaren Mill site looked like in 2012. This month, work is being done to rehabilitate the site with plantings of grass, trees and shrubs.

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Blister card

Blister card

Sizable blisters on a fellow hiker’s foot like this one kept French from playing the sympathy card.

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Tough pack

Tough pack

Cabela’s 100 liter XPG (Xtreme Performance Gear) internal frame backpack took a beating while hauling a heavy load.

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Rapid water

Rapid water

The view of the Yellowstone River from the suspension bridge near the Hellroaring Creek trailhead highlights the difficult terrain and rapids below where a Georgia man went missing on Monday.

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