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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.
Growing up in central Montana, Ryan Callaghan planned many of his hunting trips to public land. That tradition has followed him to Idaho where he now works as a marketing manager for a hunting apparel manufacturer whose staff is dedicated to public-land hunting.
High and dry, low and wet are characteristics that distinguish the high- and low-elevation points in Yellowstone County, illustrating the region’s diversity.
An adventurous backpacker and hiker, Gary Ferguson has made many tough treks into the wilds of North America. But none of them could prepare him for the challenging journey he made through grief following the death of his wife, Jane, after their canoe was swamped on a Canadian river in 2005.
BIG TIMBER — The sky was a brilliant blue. The first snow of the season was scattered across the hillside, patches of white splotched atop the golden grasses. To the northwest, the Crazy Mountains, coated in fresh snow, seemed to glow from within. Then a covey of about 10 Hungarian partridge…
A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game warden was detained by Fort Belknap tribal officers Saturday for 5½ hours and threatened with a citation for criminal trespass and the impoundment of his state vehicle before the heated incident was defused.
This summer, the Absarokee superintendent of schools assigned some of his vacationing students an unusual summer project.
On only his second day as a wilderness patrolman, Merv Coleman’s horse broke its hobble and ran away.
BONNER — Last weekend I rafted through a dam.
With near-record runoff into Fort Peck Reservoir in August — 170 percent of normal — the massive lake in northeastern Montana rose more than 2 feet, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
There’s a little piece of history just south of the heart of Billings, and now it has been officially recognized.
Twice my hopes to backpack in the Beartooth Mountains were dashed by cold weather, rain and the threat of snow this summer.
Determining the cost to the state of Montana to take over management of roughly 25 million acres of federal land within its borders is no easy task, but a back-of-the-envelope calculation puts such a deal at close to half a billion dollars.
Growing up in Florida did nothing to prepare Eddie Roqueta for spending hours in the cold of Yellowstone National Park making a film on bison last winter.
The transfer of federal lands to the state of Montana is too technically complex to be realistic, according to state Rep. Kerry White, R-Bozeman, although he does support more local input on how federal lands are managed.
If the Yellowstone supervolcano were to erupt — and there’s no indication that will happen any time soon — Billings residents could be up to their chins in ash.
Perhaps it was because Vasu Sojitra nearly died when he was a child that he has chosen to pursue life with such raw gusto, even though the youthful illness cost him his right leg.
Crossing from public land to public land at fence corners has been a hotly contested issue between Montana hunters and landowners for some time.
It was a little jarring at first when the group of tanned, dusty, “women of a certain age” cheerfully referred to themselves as “broads” as they gathered at the Lava Lake Trailhead on Friday.
Ending years of speculation, Montana’s largest private landowners announced on a website they built to promote a land exchange that their extensive property purchases in the state are not geared to oil and gas exploration.
In an unusual tactic, Montana’s largest private landowners have taken their proposal for a land exchange with the Bureau of Land Management directly to the public via a website.
Concerned that 10 years of work to remove brook trout from Soda Butte Creek has been ineffective, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are considering poisoning about 12 miles of the stream just outside Yellowstone National Park to kill the nonnatives.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Looking at the map, it didn’t seem like it would take long to drive up and over the Castle Mountains in central Montana.
Sending a dirt bike rider and an Eastern Montana native to inventory lands with possible wilderness characteristics may seem like a bad choice by the Montana Wilderness Association, but Cameron Sapp doesn’t see it that way.
There were no sympathy cards left to play.
Dry fly fishing on the Bighorn River during the afternoon black caddis hatch is the best so far this season.
Bidding wars on coveted big game hunting tags are common at conservation group gatherings, but on Thursday a couple of those groups were vying against each other to be the auctioneer of some of the popular Montana tags.
A small corner of Montana’s early history is for sale.
When Kellen Bennett’s uncle offered to fly him into the Idaho wilderness for a fishing trip as an apology for missing his April wedding, the 30-year-old Minnesotan eagerly accepted.
It’s not easy to find snow in the summer, but die-hard skiers and snowboarders are known to climb high into shaded mountaintop couloirs to extend their season.
Taking photographs of camera-shy Canada lynx and wolverines is tough, but it’s even more difficult when the camera is placed at an elevation of nearly 10,000 feet or deep in the underbrush of the Beartooth Mountains.
For 71-year-old Bill Cunningham, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act this summer has been an arduous task.
BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS — Paddling his packraft deftly but quickly, Jared White appeared to be stuck between a rock and a hard current.
Car camping is a great way to take all of those extra comforts along with you into the woods — like a big, thick mattress, two-burner cookstove and camp chairs — so that roughing it isn’t so tough.
Amid record-setting visitation and the celebration of Montana State Parks’ 75th anniversary, there is a lot of discussion behind the scenes among agency officials about what the next 10 years might look like.
In this year that marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, I wrote an essay to read to a local group. Since they didn’t boo me off the podium, I thought I’d share it with you. Hopefully, you can find a chuckle in it, too, as well as some motivation to go on your own adventure.
Bison proponents and opponents Tuesday created four example alternatives under which a test herd would be released somewhere in Montana.
Of the more than 30 people who spoke to a state bison discussion group on Monday, about the only thing they could agree on is that the large mammals are a controversial issue.
DEAN — At 8,000 feet hidden among the pine trees overlooking Nye Creek, a three-man crew was busy Wednesday using a diesel-powered drill to bore deep into the 2.7-billion-year-old rock of the Beartooth Mountains.