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Xanterra Parks & Resorts will once again offer a shuttle service from Bozeman’s airport to the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.
Bighorn sheep lamb numbers often fall after outbreaks of disease as the bacteria is passed on from ewes to new lambs.
Montana’s bighorn sheep plan has come under fire after a few attempts to establish new herds. Fish, Wildlife and Parks has hit roadblocks caused by sickness in transplant herds, concerns by neighboring landowners and the nearby presence of domestic sheep that carry bacteria harmful to bighorn sheep.
Yellowstone National Park’s interior roads will close to automobiles on Nov. 3, with the exception of the route that goes to Cooke City.
Hunting is one way that Montanans and others reconnect with an ancient tradition while exploring the state's wildlands.
Farris Wilks and his brother Dan are the largest private landowners in Montana, rising to the top in just four years of purchasing acreage mostly in central Montana.
Rifle hunters will be entering the mountains and prairies on Saturday as the annual deer and elk rifle season opens one-half hour before sunrise.
Humans have come a long way from the spear, one of the first weapons made for hunting about 400,000 to 500,000 years ago.
The Wilks brothers' N Bar Ranch is headquartered along Flatwillow Creek in Fergus County. The Big Snowy Mountains can be seen in the background of this shot that looks toward the ranch's large aircraft runway.
Walkers stroll along one of the paved paths in Letchworth State Park. The park contains more than 60 miles of trails.
This stitched series of photos gives some idea of the Genesee River's route around what's known as the Big Bend.
A bridge over the Genesee River below Lower Falls in Letchworth State Park provides beautiful views of the canyon and falls.
Visitors to the park stop at one of the many overlooks to take in the view.
The Glen Iris Inn began as a home built in the 1800s before being remodeled and expanded.
A train crosses the trestle bridge over the Genesee River above the Upper Falls in Letchworth State Park.
Letchworth State Park in New York offers some spectacular canyon and waterfall views.
The Civilian Conservation Corps built many of the stone walls, stairs and wooden shelters in Letchworth State Park in the 1930s.
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.
Barb Pittman, the Beartooth Ranger District’s biologist, stops in a clearing to point out the different types of aspen stands in the area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As measured on Garry Stocker's fish scale, this 18-inch rainbow trout fell into the Charles Bronson category.
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.
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.
The Clark Fork River is a prime destination for Missoula-area anglers.
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.
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.
The brown trout design was also created by Lulow.
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.
The Montana Fly Goods logo was designed by Nick Lulow, of Helena.
Fishing guide Garry Stocker, at right, holds a brown trout that Bozeman angler Diane Bristol reeled in.
The bright tie-dyed oars and casting braces help set the Flow skiff apart from other boats on the river.
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.
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.
Right now, hunters have little say in how BLM lands are managed, conservation groups say, but they are aiming to change that.
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.
The Pryor Mountains and Pryor Gap can be seen from atop Stratford Hill Road, about 18 miles south of Billings.
A digital stitching of four photos gives a panoramic view of Stratford Hill as seen from the north.
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.
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.
The headwaters of the Stillwater River.
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.
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.