Fall 2007

Features

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Thomas, E. Donnall, Jr.
Experienced hands learn to sense real prairie scorchers coming well before the mercury begins to climb. They feel the signs in the dry grass crumbling beneath the boot soles, the sound of insects buzzing, and the first tickle of sweat on the back of the neck. The heat was on its way, and all the... Details
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Sikorski, Ray
As a teenager growing up on a farm near Lethbridge, Alberta, Will Lanier and his buddy received identical requests from their parents: that when they received their driver's licenses, they would both promise never to ride motorcycles.Lanier recalls the moment. “We both looked at each other.’Oh,... Details
Lake trout eradication Yellowstone
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Thielman-Ibes, Kim
As Captain Phil maneuvered the gillnetting boat out from the docks and into the deep 66-degree frigid waters of Yellowstone Lake, Pat Bigelow, fisheries biologist for the park, explained our duties on board. One person would guide in the nets while the rest of us stationed ourselves on either side... Details
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Villasenor, Estela
The cycling days in the mountains around Bozeman are numbered. Sandwiched between June’s mud season and the first snows, there never seems to be enough of those fat-tire days in the high country. The advent of shorter days and cooler temperatures activate the red and yellow foliage of autumn,... Details

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Nelson, Peter
As we walked single-file along the trail beside Pine Creek, the distant sound of axes shattering ice could be heard piercing the mellow calm of a clouded winter day. On this January morning, Wild MSU was leading a group of eight college students on an ice climb, one of the bimonthly outings... Details
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Outside Bozeman
This season’s Guts & Glory title goes to 1 1/2-year-old Carter Runyon, whose dad Nick submitted a shot of him getting big air (3-4 times his height off the deck, the equivalent of 20-25 feet for an adult) in a field outside Bozeman. Here’s what Nick had to say: “Earlier this summer my son... Details
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Outside Bozeman
ContestsIt’s hard to beat free stuff, and that’s why Outside Bozeman has always strived to give away as much loot as we can. This issue we’re happy to announce the winner of the Wingate Weekend contest: Bryan Clark. Bryan scored himself a night at the Wingate, dinner at [restaurant], and [activity... Details
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Bjorklund, Anna
Last year I took my final Sacagawea climb of the season at sunset on a full-moon night. My friends and I watched the deepening colors and then huddled under my emergency blanket waiting for moonrise. During the twilight in-between time, we entertained ourselves reading the register entries.The fact... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
If you happen to be near Ennis, Montana on the Friday afternoon just prior to opening day, your mouth will begin to water from the savory smoke that fills the air. Follow your nose and grumbling gut right down the middle of Main Street. Once there, feast your eyes on and tickle your taste buds with... Details
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Stoops, Kira
Fall in West Yellowstone. Kiss Coppertone-scented summer park crowds goodbye and say hello to a sublime season of hogging the whole playground—all to the familiar screech of a lusty elk. Here are five ways to do autumn in West.FishingIf the boss doesn't mind (or doesn't find out), local legend Bob... Details
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Kuntz, Steve
When the weather turns cold but you can’t bear to put your grill in the garage, try this simple dish and invite the neighbors over for a treat. You‘ll win accolades when you inform your guests that a seven-ounce portion of elk loin contains only 300 calories compared to 420 for beef and 380 for... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
One cannot mention Three Forks and autumn in the same sentence without conjuring up images of the big brown and rainbow trout that begin their fall calorie glut in the Gallatin, Madison, and Jefferson rivers. Float from any of the accesses on the lower Gallatin, Madison, or Jefferson through to... Details
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Mike England
If you can't answer a man's argument, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names. —Elbert HubbardIt’s about time.After half a dozen trouncings, somebody finally struck back. We’re talking, of course, about the side-by-side comparisons we feature in the News & Notes section, where... Details
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Harrison, Melynda
It’s fall, which brings to mind colorful autumn leaves swirling to the ground, spiced apple cider, and kids in costumes worn under thick down jackets. But for some of us, fall means the men are off hunting, while we (wives, girlfriends, partners) are left at home tending to the children, the home... Details
Packing
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Stoll, Kelly
It’s hunting season in Montana and everyone’s gearing up to fill their freezers. Instead of packing your gear and game in and out by hand, a horse or mule can make your trip a whole lot easier. Here’s how it’s done.Saddling UpThere are two main types to consider when choosing a packsaddle for your... Details
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Wilke, Joanne
If you ever see a bucking bull named Wander, scratch his horns for me. Don’t be intimidated by his enormous size, thick muscles and broad horns; just look into his eyes.I was in the middle of a divorce when I applied for the barn job. I’d once worked as a groom and groundskeeper on an estate, and... Details
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Patterson, Amber
For all you women out there who want to get actively involved in the business community here, the Bozeman chapter of Business and Professional Women (BPW) is a great place to start. BPW has been around since 1919 and the Bozeman chapter held its first meeting on September 18, 1930. Today the... Details
Brown Trout Fishing, Montana
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Mcknight, Doug
Tying and fishing the Sasquatch.The cooler and shorter days of fall unleash some epic days on rivers all over Montana. Brown Trout are fall spawners, and they tend to get rather aggressive toward smaller fish and anything else that gets in their way. They know that winter is right around the corner... Details
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Stoops, Kira
Maybe the only thing holding Montana sportswomen back is what's not holding them in. Pity the Amazon jogging by, a useless cheap-o sports bra abandoning her feminine glories to the trailside equivalent of a bouncing J-Lo music video. Commiserate with the ski bunnies, the bikerettes, and the... Details
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Hostetler, Jeff
Bald eagles perched high overhead, eyeing emerging ground squirrels; the prehistoric clucking of mating sandhill cranes; white-tailed deer bounding in the waning cover of dawn. This sounds like the opening montage for Animal Planet, but it is actually the wetland habitat of Baxter Meadows... Details
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DeFuentes, Paloma
The aroma of lavender is beautiful, and people have known this for centuries—both the Greeks and Romans scented their soaps and bathwater with it. But its use goes far beyond air freshener; lavender is a balancing oil that relaxes and stimulates. Herbalists and other healers consider it "a... Details
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Mann, Dr. Teresa
Enjoying an active lifestyle presents challenges when it comes to maintaining the health of your skin. Being the largest and most visible organ of the body, skin reveals much about an individual. Here’s some advice for athletic women who want to keep their skin clear and healthy.Sun: Your Biggest... Details
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Keeler, Greg
Hi Honey, it's me. No, no don't worry, it's just August.We don't have to worry about that for a month or two. Yes, things are fine up here. When you're throughWith the kids, hoof it on up here and we'll mate, justDon't get sidetracked by our neighbor, Buck. I trustYou even after that fling you had... Details
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Orem, Tina
60: Dollars the average American spends on Halloween decorations, candy, and costumes per year25: Pounds of candy the average American eats in a year11: Percent of Americans who eat Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant53: Percent of Americans who use take-out food for all or part of their... Details
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Stoll, Kelly
We're no strangers to booze here at Outside Bozeman magazine, and it shows. Now that it’s getting colder, we get to start using the "it's just to warm up" excuse to justify our debauchery. You can too, and here is a list of the staff's favorite fall brews to get you started... er, warmed up.Hopper... Details
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England, Mike
Every day, one stalwart citizen does the right thing while another acts like a blithering bonehead. Here's a recap of admirable acts and embarrassing blunders for the the fall season. ChampsPete Feigley, Park County consulting wildlife ecologist, for taking Wade Dokken to task after his misleading... Details
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Dodge, Brent
You might spend days, even weeks, gearing up for the hunting you’ve dreamed of tackling this summer—yet it takes only a split-second to be tripped up by a weak or unprepared ankle. So while you’re checking off your list of needed gear and other accoutrements, put one more item on your list: your... Details
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Pogge, Drew
You know, there are a lot of ways to let people know you’re a man’s man. You can drive a truck with the same carbon footprint as Uzbekistan. You can wear t-shirts without sleeves, so your armpit hair sticks out a little bit. You can grow a big burly beard and keep stuff in there, like leftover... Details
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Pogge, Drew
An old hunting rifle,Burled walnut and blued steel,An old friend that comes outJust once a year.You wipe it with oil, Hold it in your hands,You think of past hunts,And of your old man.He gave you this rifle,As a father’s last gift,Before an elk season,He somehow knew he’d miss.Ten years have gone... Details
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Willmschen, Montica
Montana’s well-preserved reputation for a love of the outdoors hasn’t seemed to dim in light of the steady increase in population. In fact, residents of Southwest Montana often find themselves swapping tall tales over their once-solitary fishing holes. Contrary to what one might think, an increase... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
Founded in 1880 and named for legendary mountain man Johnston Gardiner, this Yellowstone-gateway hamlet sits smack dab in the middle of some of the finest big-game hunting (and fishing) country in the world. Nestled between the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness to the north and Yellowstone National... Details
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Kira Stoops
Every town has a spooky side, and Bozeman is no different: In more ways than one sometimes we get visitors who just won't leave. Here are some places that might have you saying, "I see dead people."The Northwood Office BuildingFifty years ago, local veterinarian Albert McChefney tried to save his... Details
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Nelson, Peter
Finding the ideal outdoor bum job is a complicated task. As with any other career hunt, one must evaluate his or her personal skills and proceed from there. In this case, the difficulty emerges as you begin to realize that skiing off cliffs and paddling whitewater have almost zero monetary value.... Details
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Wilke, Joanne
October frosts your breath as you float near a kaleidoscope of thousands of brilliant white swans. Not hundreds, but thousands. They are beautiful, large birds, pure-white in adulthood with black feet and beaks, an eight-foot wing span, and long, curving, romantic necks. Whenever you move, a wave... Details
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Kurt Dehmer
Back in the day when I was worked in the hunting/fishing department of the local Super-Duper Big-Box Mega-Lo Sportsman’s Mart, I was asked a plethora of sporting-arm-related questions. The most common was, “What’s the best rifle for all-around hunting in this area?” Considering the various species... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
There is something to be said for flesh upon bone.For friends new and old, and horses you’ve known.A quarter in each pannier, a quarter on each backBuddies carry meat, but the shooter packs the rack.There is something to be said for meat upon bone.Thank God for good buddies,‘Cause nobody, but... Details
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Roots, Alex
Everyone comes into the world wearing a birthday suit, and nudity also plays a significant role in the baby-making procedure. Everyone loves babies, so one would think everyone would love nudity. In practice, however, the birthday suit is probably best reserved for home and/or hotel room usage. The... Details
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Stoll, Kelly
It’s hunting season in Montana and everyone is gearing up to fill their freezers with lots of meat. Instead of packing your gear and game in and out by hand, a horse or mule can make your trip a whole lot easier. Here’s how it’s done.Saddling UpThere are two main types to consider when choosing a... Details
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Pogge, Drew
There’s nothing more unnatural than strapping on skis and speeding down a snow-plastered, near-vertical mountainside—except maybe wearing those same skis while staring at the tailgate of a speeding truck, dodging airborne rocks, holding a waterski rope, and praying you don’t hit a dry patch of... Details
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Tina Orem
Corvallis, Montana with its old-school farming history may not look like it's on the cutting edge of the Montana tourism industry. After all, with 859 residents, the town is but a speck on the map. But it turns out that little Corvallis is a major player in the fastest-growing form of outdoor... Details

Gear Reviews

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England, Mike
High-tech, lightweight gear is all the rage these days, which is fine if you’ve got an unlimited gear budget (or write reviews for an outdoor magazine). But if you have to choose where to scrimp and where to splurge, it’s best to put your money into good footwear. The Lowa Banff is a great boot for... Details
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Mike England
After stubbornly clinging to my two-piece cheapo fly rod for the last ten years, I may finally be converted. Winston loaned me a LT 5-Piece for the summer season, and ohmigod does this thing cast sweet. I packed the super-compact case around for three months and was amazed at how easily I could get... Details
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Frost, Mick
If you’re an active outdoor guy in Bozeman and want to capitalize on that with the ladies, you gotta look the part: rugged, down to earth, but with a clear sense of style. Which is where Tarma Designs comes in. Their Bear Paw Pendant is simple yet stylish, with a no-nonsense nylon cord, mini... Details
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Barker, Dave
A wicker creel box and bamboo rod would be nice complements to the Filson Fishing Tackle Pack. Despite its old-school style, the pack’s functions are cutting-edge. The two front utility slots offer a handy place to stow nippers and forceps. With conventional vests, I have always had problems with... Details
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England, Mike
Quality camp-cooking gear can make the difference between a thoroughly enjoyable weekend and a vow to never leave the comforts of one’s kitchen again. I recently replaced my hodgepodge collection of kitchen rejects with legitimate camp gear from GSI Outdoors—and what a difference! The Extreme 10”... Details
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England, Mike
If you like the idea of a backcountry bike but usually end up carrying way too much in your pack for a comfortable ride, check out the Ibex Bike Trailer from BOB. This baby is about as burly as it gets, with a 70-pound weight capacity (no exaggeration here; I pushed it to 80 with no problems),... Details
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England, Mike
You’ve probably heard of yerba mate—it’s that South American tea and coffee substitute that’s only slightly less potent but much gentler on the stomach, and is rife with health benefits. California-based Guayaki uses hand-picked leaves and rainforest-grown mate to produce its all-natural Organic... Details
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Stoll, Kelly
With the restrictions placed on luggage when flying these days, it’s hard to get a bag you are sure will meet size requirements. Red Oxx has solved that problem. The Safari Beanos Bag PR 5 is the biggest size you can get away with for both domestic and international travel. Besides being the... Details
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England, Mike
As a backcountry elk-hunting guide, I put a lot of miles on my feet in the fall. So take it from me: once you board the custom footbed bandwagon, you’ll never get off. There’s a bevy of good choices out there, but among my favorites is the Signature Series by Sole. These antimicrobial insoles have... Details
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England, Mike
A good hunting camp is all about comfort—having just enough gear to take the edge off the Montana high country on a cold autumn night. We’re talking a sturdy tent that you can stand up in; a thicker-than-average sleep pad, or even a cot; a wood stove or other tent heater; and last but not least, a... Details

Additional Articles

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Kelly Stoll
The comeback kid of the sky.It seems like only yesterday that bald eagles were so scarce. If you spotted one, you’d tell everyone you knew. Now people hardly give the appearance of this national symbol a second thought. According to Jeff Hagener, director of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, "... Details
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Nelson, Peter
The beauty of a fundraiser is that when you come across a good one, it becomes the reliably fun and much-anticipated party of your year. For anyone who lives in Bozeman, this date is soon approaching, as the Friends of the Avalanche Center will be holding its ninth annual Powder Blast fundraiser on... Details
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Barker, Dave
Shortly before the chairlift starts whirring at Bridger Bowl, close to 2,000 people will converge on the popular ski area for a different form of outdoor recreation: bird watching. The 10th annual Bridger Raptor Festival, October 11-14, celebrates the 2,000 raptor migrants that soar above the... Details
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Orem, Tina
September 200715 West Yellowstone Foundation "Happening." 406-640-2030.15 Shane Thomas Memorial Run, Belgrade. 388-0823.15 "Medicinal Plants Unleashed" class, MOSS. 582-0526. 17 "Writing with Photographs" class, F-11. 6-8pm. 586-3281.19-22 "Yellowstone Park Digital Camera & Editing Essentials"... Details
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England, Mike
Bozeman’s adventure-film junkies don’t have to wait for Banff to get their fix this year. On October 12-13, the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival roars into Bozeman for a thrilling five hours of film at the Willson auditorium. From the adrenalin rush of kayaking the world’s wildest... Details
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Antelope—general October 7–November 11Antelope—archery September 1–October 13Bighorn Sheep September 15–November 25Bison November 15–February 15Black bear—fall September 15–November 25Deer & Elk—backcountry September 15–November 25Deer & Elk—archery September 1–October 14Deer & Elk—... Details
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Schroeder, Dave
The voices echoed around me in unison. "Ten, nine, eight…" There was time for just one more splash of water to wet the lips and ease my nerves before dropping into one of the largest class-V rapids in the state. The other racers yelled “Go!” and I dug in. Instantly the current grabbed my kayak and... Details
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Edwards, Becky
You may have heard of Jenny McCune—she’s the former president of the Gallatin Valley Bike Club, former president of Team WinS (Women in Sports), and is a member of Bozeman's Team Delphine road cycling racing team. She's also an avid Nordic skier and telemarker. She has been extremely active in the... Details
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Orem, Tina
Back in July, while you were floating lazily down the Madison, you may have sensed a sucking feeling every time your wallet got near the river. That sucking feeling was the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and Bureau of Land Management proposal to institute a special recreation permit on certain... Details
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Outside Bozeman
With hunting season in full swing, Montana men are even more prone to gathering in small groups, indiscriminately belching and breaking wind while grunting monosyllabic poppycock. What better time to eschew the male gender? Check out some of these women-only activities this fall season:... Details

Book Reviews

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Orem, Tina
Shirley Craighead, wife of the late entomologist and naturalist Dr. Frank Craighead, edited and developed this short book for kids. Dr. Craighead's words, "All living things have their timing with the climate and with each other," are the spirit behind Bugling Elk and Sleeping Grizzlies, which... Details
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Edwards, Becky
Horse Women: Strength, Beauty, Passion is a book brimming with awe-inspiring photography, poetry, and quotes that speak to the link between women and horses, and the undeniable similarities between the two. Compiled by Melissa Sovey, author of the book If I Had A Horse, this coffee table gem... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
Fifty Years as a Montana HunterIn his most recent follow up to Sketches from the Ranch: A Montana Memoir, Dan Aadland places readers right into the very soul of what it truly means to be a Montana hunter. The Best of All Seasons is an unapologetic, honest, and oftentimes nostalgic glimpse into the... Details

Columns

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Frost, Melissa
Are you ready for the hunt? Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Hunt Planner combines updated maps with hunting regulations and statistics. You can begin planning your hunt using either a regional map by species or go right to the hunting district information you are interested in. Launching the... Details
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Caplette, Jenna
Autumn gives gifts to photographers. Trees like birch and maple become dramatic and colorful. Contrasts like that between a moss-green lichen and russet strawberry leaf sharpen. Objects like antlers and tree trunks add interest to images of the season. Late autumn is more austere. Though autumn... Details

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