Fall 2010

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The Editors
O/B’s Rundown of Bipedal FaunaLike the Serengeti’s wide range of wildlife, the Gallatin Valley area is rife with diverse species of Bozemanites. They migrate here from places far and near to enjoy the fruits of the Gallatin Valley. And just like on the savannah, they tend to congregate by species.... Details
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Smith, Greg
In Bozeman, truly remarkable landscapes are a fact of life. And, in my opinion, there is no better way to experience them than from the seat of a bike. So turn the “road trip” into a “bike trip”: take the camping stuff with you, reduce your carbon footprint, burn some calories, eat like a horse,... Details
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Reuss, Dave
The Grand Teton is a striking 13,770-foot spire of rock that rises dramatically out of the Teton Range in northwest Wyoming. It’s a common destination for Montana mountaineers, and accidents are not uncommon on this classic alpine peak. On July 21, 2010, a severe freak electrical storm blew in,... Details
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England, Mike
Hunting the Coffee Creek BMAFrom the inside of our pickup truck, the Coffee Creek Block Management Area doesn’t look like much. Treeless and monochrome, bordered by small, indistinct hills, this shallow drainage meanders through a drab and seemingly lifeless landscape. No towering mountain backdrop... Details

Departments

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Pogge, Drew
With the advent of online sex solicitation—err, dating—the days of printed personal ads are numbered. Here are a few choice selections gleaned from the good people of Gallatin Valley.No WorriesBroke ski bum looking for physical and financial fulfillment. Must be willing to buy all the groceries,... Details
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Sid Gustafson
Our lame cowboy carefully gimps up The Bozeman alley, that long Rouse alley. His cane of twisted box elder weighs The gnarled burdens of his range-riddled bones. Leaves as if petals cushion his way. Slant sunlight seeps through the shedding cottonwoods. Stetson hat, old sweat wicked up the crown.... Details
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Muennich, Pete
Yellowstone Park’s brucellosis-infected bison have been in the Montana Department of Livestock crosshairs for years, but the newest round of shots might prove less fatal. September 22, 2010 marks the end of the public comment period regarding Yellowstone’s proposal to vaccinate bison herds for... Details
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Reuss, Dave
As the headquarters of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) at the base of the Wind River Mountains, the pint-sized metropolis of Lander, Wyoming, has a lot going for it. It's definitely the smallest town to ever challenge us, but does this tiny outdoor titan have what it takes to dethrone... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
For many outdoorsfolk, autumn can be a conundrum. With the plethora of possibilities and opportunities in this blessed corner of the Treasure State, choosing a starting point can be overwhelming. For starters, head for the bridges and ridges of Madison County. BridgesWith the dawn of archery season... Details
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Villasenor-Allen, Estela
This past summer, while a battle raged between hikers and mountain bikers over access to one section of the Gallatin National Forest (the Hyalite–Porcupine–Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area), a vastly different dynamic took place across the range. There, in the Henry Mountains near West... Details
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Harrison, Melynda
Capable of speeds of up to 70 miles per hour, pronghorn (or antelope, as we call them around here), are the fastest land animals in North America. But no matter how fast they run, in Montana they're stopped in their tracks by fences. Before ranches sprung up all over southwest Montana, the... Details
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Drew Pogge
A word from your quarry.Well, it’s about that time again. Wapiti killin’ time. It really sucks that this happens every damn year. I mean, for all the hype surrounding domestic terrorism, nobody seems to notice the elk genocide. We’re people too. OK, so not really, but we’re pretty noble creatures.... Details
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Lange, Ted
There’s no trail fairy creating new trails around Bozeman, but with partnerships, fund-raising, hard work, and patience, wishes can come true. Just 10 minutes from downtown Bozeman, south of I-90 off the Trail Creek exit, 4.6 miles of new trail climb 2,200 feet past the spectacular Frog Rock... Details
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Orem, Tina
A piece of Yellowstone's southern neighbor, Grand Teton National Park, may soon be up for sale. Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal is considering selling two square miles within the park that are dubbed "school sections"—land the state actually owns and is supposed to use to raise money for schools... Details
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Pogge, Drew
Three turns. That’s all we need. That’s the unwritten code of the early-season gully skier. To be honest, it’s not really much of a code—more of a goal. Here’s the gist: When there’s even a remote chance that snow has stuck to some miserable, rocky gully, slog your ass up there, make at least three... Details
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Edwards, Becky
Long the darling of Bozeman's philanthropic-happy community, Eagle Mount continues to trip the light fantastic, and now its inspirational glow is attracting national attention. Established in the fall of 1983 by General Robert C. Mathis and his wife Greta, Eagle Mount’s initial therapeutic programs... Details
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Harrison, Melynda
On a cool morning this past July, nearly 20 sixth and seventh graders from Sleeping Giant Middle School gathered on the Voyich Ranch in Livingston. They faced Fleshman Creek and Park High agriculture education teacher Kevin Fox.Fox told them about the creek and the restoration work that helped... Details
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Johnson, Chuck
This fall, many of you will be heading out into the fields with your bird dogs or going on long hikes with your pets. There are many dangerous medical incidents and problems that can occur with your pet in the field, and whatever happens usually happens quickly. In most cases, you'll be miles away... Details
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England, Mike
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. —AristotleMost folks would agree that Bozemanites are a happy lot. One of the reasons for this, I’ve always believed, is that by and large, we live in harmony with nature. Happiness tends to spring from a... Details
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Haring, Michael
Fall is a great time for wildlife photography. With the heat of long summer days behind them, animals are more active throughout the day and you should find ample opportunities for some great shots. Here are a few tips for getting the best images.Gear UpYou don’t need a $10,000 lens to get good... Details
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Jack Jelinski
In February of 2009 “Mighty Bull Elk No. 9”tried to jump a fence,somersaulted onto his backand was pinned between large rockswith his trophy-sized antlers beneath him.He suffocated to death.In elk years he was in his seventies.He had no complaints about cervical spondylosis,epididymitis,arthritic... Details
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Cameron, Philip
With the arrival of fall here in Montana, many people love to get out and do some upland bird hunting. Hopefully you've been honing your skills with practice at the trap range already. After all, shooting accurately takes good hand-to-eye coordination in general, and when a bird zooms off the... Details
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Woodmansey, Karl
Hunters today view the darkened predawn skies with anticipation of the coming hunt. The ancient Greeks also gazed up at the same infinite darkness, hoping for a successful hunt and noting that one pattern of stars this time of year seemed to resemble a giant hunter carrying a club and wearing a... Details
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Pakula, Amy
Ski season will be upon us soon, and now’s the time to prepare for it and thus avoid injury. Although knee injuries are certainly prevalent in skiing, back injuries are also common because the spine must absorb large amounts of force with terrain changes, moguls, and landings. How well your spine... Details
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Jones, Gary
The spruce bud worm is no friend to the forests, but after a decade or so of this "late-summer-early-fall" phenomenon, trout everywhere are conditioned to the late-season treat. The spruce moth is the adult stage of this persistent pest, which causes a lot of wilting and defoliation in Western... Details
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Baker, Alicia
When you hunt, nutrition is the first thing that comes to mind, right? Don’t roll your eyes just yet—nutrition should definitely be considered when deciding if you want that piece of beef steak or an elk roast for dinner.All meats are an excellent source of B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, B6, B12... Details
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Warren, Becky
“I call it the ‘Entryway of Death’,” says Lori as she describes the entrance to her house. The Montana native and accounting professional is one of a group coming to be known as "hunting widows"—spouses, usually women, whose partners frequently leave for days or weeks every fall to go hunting.... Details
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Jones, Andrea
Wolves Back on Endangered Species ListMontana wildlife officials reacted strongly to the August 6, 2010 federal court decision that placed the recovered Rocky Mountain gray wolf back on to the federal list of threatened and endangered species. "We believe we made arguments to the judge that he... Details
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Carty, Dave
I’d just finished filling the tank in my pickup when I heard the unmistakable chirp of a Hungarian Partridge, technically known as the gray partridge. It sounded like the rusty squeak of a gate hinge. But there weren’t supposed to be Huns there—I was in the concrete bay of a busy gas station, which... Details
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Greg Keller
That brown, tailing in the tail of these riffles, strikes my attractor, my sick joke: black hackles then white rubber legs and a piece of red yarn for a butt. Now here he is, wallowing in the shallows, flashing his purple and turquoise gill plates, his golden sides, his orange spots, his... Details
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Lewis, Walter
As hunting season sets around southwest Montana, hordes of camo-clad Bozemanites take to the mountains in search of prey. Amid all the birds and grass-eating ungulates, one game species stands apart. This creature is different. It seeks flesh, not flora. It bears claws rather than hooves to help... Details
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Caracciolo, Kevin
From September to December, fresh wild game tends to dominate Bozeman-area dinner tables. Here’s a great recipe to spice up that bull elk your buddy brought out of the mountains. (If you helped him haul the animal out, hand this recipe over and rest your aching back while he does the cooking.) The... Details
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Drew Pogge
We’re all falling down We leaves on the lam Spinning like sailors Walking on land And land where we may Any land at all There’s a place for each Bright leaf of the fall Yellow, orange And deep, bloody red Our true colors bleed out Green in life; truth in death No hiding it now Once the juice has... Details
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Editors
It occurred to me one morning, while waiting at the local java hut for my delicious, life-affirming morning ritual, that I drink a lot of coffee. At least one per day, every day. That’s a lot of paper cups. Some rough extrapolations and my mind envisioned mountains of cups being bulldozed at... Details

Gear Reviews

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England, Mike
For an all-natural energy bar made right here in the Northern Rockies, check out Grizzly Bar. Handmade in Victor, Idaho, this thick, dense, 360-calorie treat will demolish the most stubborn hunger pangs—and without anything artificial or processed to dampen the eating (or digesting) experience. The... Details
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Bass, Rick
It's clear that Noz to Noz designer June Carter has thought long and hard about what it's like to be a dog. When told that I had a hard-working little bird dog who needed comfortable sleeping quarters for fall hunting trips, she was pleased to hear it—though she pointed out that a dog needn't be an... Details
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Sullivan, Megan
Let’s face it, being wet while camping sucks—especially if you're sleeping in a hammock. Thankfully there’s the ENO ProFly Sil rainfly, which allows you to enjoy dry and worry-free nights. It's super lightweight and has a low-bulk profile for backpackers on the go. The six attachment points make it... Details
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Bass, Rick
Two Lowa boots: one hardcore winter-burly, the other lighter and more agile. Both of these boots are all about protecting your feet. Available at Schnee’s and Timber Trails.The Hunter GTX offer extraordinary ankle support with an old-school, high-top construction. These are great sledge-ahead boots... Details
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Muennich, Pete
At first, I thought I was going to lose a foot due to lack of blood flow, but then I remembered new mountaineering boots are supposed to feel cramped. So once I got used to The M-Possible SS, I realized these boots could seriously kick a door down. Not only can you torque the laces down... Details
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Pogge, Drew
I usually hate getting new rock shoes—a fact evidenced by the duct-taped, resoled, skunky derelicts that I used before the Scarpa Force. New kicks are painful, it takes a while to trust them, and I always feel like I’m abandoning a friend. But the first time I tugged on the Forces, they fit like a... Details
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Krueger, Ryan
Don’t ask me why, but you need one of these. The PHD Pocket Disc is a crocheted disc that is foldable, lightweight, and it flies. Toss it into your backpack for camping adventures or mess around the house with kids. Similar to a Frisbee, the pocket disc is great for social functions and is a... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Metolius went back to the drawing board for its new Supercam and came back with an innovative asymmetric design that yields nearly twice the range of a standard cam. The largest size has a whopping two inches of range (that’s big for a climber, trust me), and with it I felt perfectly protected on... Details
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England, Mike
I’ve never been one to drop more than $50 on a pair of sunglasses, but after trying out the Switch Tenaya Lake, my spending limit may just have increased. These sleek, well-made shades fit comfortably and held fast to my face during the most vigorous trail runs and mountain-bike rides. Soft, grippy... Details
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Sundborg, Caitlin
Until I tried the Boot Sock Cushion from Darn Tough Socks, I thought all socks were generally the same. Darn Tough socks are made from 100% fine-gauge Merino wool, making them itch-free while regulating temperature and adding breathability. The socks dried quickly after a nice afternoon “dip,” and... Details
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Sullivan, Megan
If you’re looking for a hat that will actually keep you warm rather than look like a droopy reservoir tip, look no further than Headsweats’ Winter Dome hat. Its dual-layered contoured fleece keeps your neck and ears warm while wicking moisture away when you’re active in the coldest weather. It also... Details
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England, Mike
I know, the name could be better, but it at least Gerber’s Basic fixed-blade knife imparts a sense of its main virtue: simplicity. Nothing fancy, no extraneous features; just a solid knife that will field dress an elk as handily as it’ll clean a pile of game birds. The full tang construction makes... Details
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Barba, Katie
I came upon this great pullover by chance and have been wearing it all summer while I fish. With the built in SPF 30+ and the thumb loops it’s perfect for my long afternoons on the river. It is extremely soft and has a hood to protect your head from the chill during the cooler fall evenings. It’s... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Super packable, lightweight, and tough, the Crazy Creek Crazy Crib can transform any beautiful forest or mountainside into an instant lounger’s paradise. Just unroll, sling between two sturdy objects with the adjustable straps, and get your lounge on. Trees make the best anchors, but with a few... Details
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Sundborg, Caitlin
Upgrading to the stylish Oboz Women’s Sling makes the tedious toe-curl a thing of the past. These flip-flops have high-friction, rubber outsoles for superior grip and traction; criss-crossing, nylon webbing straps, and an EVA top-sole enhance nonslip performance for even the sweatiest summer feet.... Details
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Sundborg, Caitlin
When we’re not immersed in Bozeman’s never-ending winter or our few short months of summer, I always find myself lacking a versatile between-the-seasons jacket. I finally found the Mountain Hardwear Epic Jacket, which can be worn comfortably both alone and as a top layer. Its lightweight design (12... Details
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England, Mike
It’s hard to beat a cold beer after a long day in the field. And although your loyal hunting partner might not share your passion for ice-cold microbrews, he’ll definitely appreciate a pile of Brewies Pate Ale Gourmet Biscuits to chomp on as you’re bellying up to the bar. These clever treats are... Details
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Shultz, Aaron
This Flow package this was one of the better powder-day setups I’ve ridden. The gear was comfortable and responsive with minimal break-in time needed. Flow's ten-plus years in the industry really show, and the company has come a long way since its first binding in 1997. The package costs $1,080;... Details

Additional Articles

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Mike England
The best base camp for hunters exploring the Fort Benton area is the Grand Union Hotel. Perched on the bank of the Missouri River, this historic inn dates back to the late 1800s, when Fort Benton was the last stop for steamboats traveling into Montana territory. Refurbished a decade ago, the Grand... Details
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Muennich, Pete
For the most part, Montanans are smart and responsible hunters; but some of our gun-wielding visitors aren’t so trustworthy. Here’s how to keep your dog from getting shot at this fall.1.Stay close to your canine. The further the dog wanders, the higher the risk.2.Orange vest or bells: wild animals... Details
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Muennich, Pete
Saving some coin on your morning cup of joe is not only a smart thing to do, but it's surprisingly easy. Most every shop in town offers some kind of discount for bringing your own mug, so go buy one of those hip coffee vessels, and let the savings begin! For example, Homepage Café, Rocky Mountain... Details
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Muennich, Pete
Hunting Montana’s extinct critters may be something we can only dream of, but dream we will. Here’s a short list of the most badass animals that called Montana home before we did.Tyrannosaurus Rex If grizzlies make you nervous, you’d have no chance with this beast. T. Rex roamed Montana over 65... Details
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Hoovler, Sara
Yellowstone is a great and unique place to spin your wheels, especially in the fall. The traffic is light, the thermal areas are relatively free of crowds, the scenery is breathtaking, and the animals are in view. One of the most popular day rides is the 60-mile roundtrip stretch from West... Details

Book Reviews

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Reuss, Dave
Alex Huber is one of the greatest rock climbers in the world and reading his life story is nothing short of inspiring. Detailing extreme speed ascents, mind-boggling ropeless climbs, and domination of the hardest routes in the world, The Mountain Within (Skyhorse Publishing, $27) follows Alex from... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Featuring the largest compilation of ice and mixed routes on the planet, Big Sky Ice (self-published, $35) outlines over 600 different frosty climbs. Ron Brunckhorst has built on the work of his two previous editions to cover a massive chunk of our state, detailing tons of Rocky Mountain ice from... Details
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England, Mike
Everybody loves a good Western yarn, and Cowboys, Mountain Men & Grizzly Bears: Fifty of the Grittiest Moments in the History of the Wild West (TwoDot Press, $17) compiles 50 of the best tales of our region’s rugged and ruthless past. This thrilling book relates everything from the legendary... Details
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Barba, Katie
Settling in to read Montana Chillers (Farcountry Press, $13) before bed is a mistake. I was hearing things down the hall of our house after the first story. The most disturbing part about Ellen Baumler’s collection of ghost stories is that they’re all true—local places, people, and events provide... Details

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