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Updated 5 months ago

Exploring Montana's backroads

If you want to enjoy this week’s Outdoor column, you must set your clock back 100 years or more as we explore a ba…

Updated 6 days, 16 hours ago
Cupid’s got nothing on Marion

They had me at “Anti-Valentine’s Day” in the event promo. I called my adventure buddy, and we headed to Marion.

Updated 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Behind the open mic

Now a weekly event, the all-comers confab traces its roots to about six years ago, when emcee-organizer Colton Christensen worked at a Whitefish restaurant.

Updated 1 month ago
Sharp shooter captured a town

In these weather-bound days I hole up and read for hours. I finished a book about Lucie Duff Gordon, a London intellectual and translator who fled to Egypt in the mid-1800s to save her health and fell in love with …

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Fishing for muskie

What’s probably the rarest game fish in Northwest Montana? I’ll bet that 99% of local fishermen can’t answer that question correctly.

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Packers cultivate sunny outlook

Days are supposed to be stretching longer since solstice but to me it doesn’t feel like it. Winter can be hard around here.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Failed fishery management

Sunday’s Daily Inter Lake had an interesting article about a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks proposal for what might be viewed as reinventing the wheel. The proposal is considering to restart a program to kill lak…

Updated 2 months ago
The laureate rocks

I didn’t expect to hear Mary Oliver’s verse from Montana’s poet laureate, and here Chris La Tray recited her “The Summer Day.” We listened, then bent our heads to draw.

Updated 2 months ago
Start the ice fishing season at Sunriser tourney

Yes, in spite of our unusually warm weather, ice fishing season is here. ‘Tis the hard water fishing season!

Updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Maybe the Swifties take charge

After talking about journalism and sharing stories, we said bye at Sea-Tac with the idea we might meet up again as I often visited Seattle.

Updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Reviewing the elk management plan

During the last few days, I have been reading the new 470-page Montana Statewide Elk Management Plan. What was of most interest to me and probably most hunters, is found on pages 15-41.

Updated 3 months ago
Some pivotal actors are quietest

As we gathered for a quintessential American holiday last week, I found myself also feeling grateful for Norwegians.

Updated 3 months ago
Snoozing on the job

Our general rifle season for deer and elk ended last Sunday. If you are like me, after many days of hunting starting in September, first for grouse, then archery hunting for deer and elk, then ducks & pheasants and…

Updated 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Science meets art in Yellow Bay

“Who here loves plants?” Seattle artist and former river guide and garden designer Sarah Jones asked the few dozen of us assembled for a day alongside Flathead Lake.

Updated 3 months, 4 weeks ago
We can LEARN to save lives

According to federal mortality data, suicide in the U.S. hit an all-time high in 2022. In Montana, the state with the second-highest suicide rate in the country, it increased 42% from 2011 to 2021.

Updated 4 months, 1 week ago
Know where you stand

The phrase “know where you stand” is the ad line for the Missoula based cell phone app used by millions of hunters to assist them in hunting.