Hunting Montana’s Sage Grouse

Rightly or wrongly, we Montanans often brag about our state being the, “last best place.” But where sage grouse are concerned it really is … there are more birds, a longer season (two months instead of two weeks or two days or no season, period), and liberal bag limits (two or three daily), and possession limits.

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A 24-Hour Prairie Goat Hunt

Snow and rain in early October 2005 made the antelope hunting conditions in southeast Montana tough. The conditions made travel on the muddy roads nearly impossible. I was about to turn around and head home when I spotted two suspicious looking white spots in some sage about 1/2-mile from the road. It was antelope — a kid and small buck!

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Stupendous Subterranean Spires: Montana’s Lewis & Clark Caverns

Two-and-a-half hours’ drive northwest of Yellowstone National Park, an exceptional exhibition of beauty lies just below the earth’s surface. Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park is situated in the southwestern part of the state and is, in fact, a nice side trip from Yellowstone or a logical stop-off for those fortunate enough to be driving between Glacier and Yellowstone.

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Cowboy Up! At Chico Hot Springs

Thirty miles north of Yellowstone National Park, at the foot of the Absaroka Beartooth Mountains, lies my pick of the summer for a great getaway: Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa. A self-contained little resort village, Chico offers enough amenities to keep you amused, fed, relaxed, and exercised without leaving its splendidly isolated grounds.

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Fishing Montana’s Big Hole River

“By golly, I’ll show you how to beat this 90-degree heat,” Don announced. And with that, he waded slowly into the surging waters of Montana’s Big Hole River. Don waded, and waded … up to his shoulders, then to his neck in the river. “Don, back off,” I shouted, over the roar of the water. “You’ll drown.”

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Calling All Bears

We climbed hard for an hour up the talus Montana slope, scrambled over lodgepole deadfalls, and ducked into some thick spruce just as the rainsquall hit. I got comfortable and studied the landscape for logical approach routes for bears looking for what they expected would be an easy, tasty meal. The bear came on a mission … .

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Montana’s Three Forks Trout

The Gallatin, Jefferson and Madison Rivers near Three Forks, Mont., are some of the finest trout waters in the world. Here are some tips on when to fish and where to have the best success on these amazing waters.

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Snowmobiling In Yellowstone Is Awesome

Yellowstone Park is a treat any time of the year, but in winter, our first National Park takes on special qualities. Snowmobilers have a chance to see a variety of icy scenes, along with the local wildlife that includes elk, moose and the ever-present bison.

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