Birds

Quake Lake, Kayaking, Birding
Carol Polich
Photographing Quake Lake’s winged citizens.   Read more >>
Lead Poisoning, Birds of Prey, Montana Raptor Conservation Center
Mike England
Make Butte proud and buy copper.  Read more >>
Northern Goshawk, Montana Raptors
David Cronenwett
A chance encounter with the northern goshawk. Read more >>
Photo by Lars Scinny
Lance Craighead
For wildlife, they're weapons of mass destruction.  Read more >>
Steve Hoffman, HawkWatch International, Merlin Birding Tours
Drew Hulse
Q&A with raptor researcher Steve Hoffman.  Read more >>
Golden eagles, Montana conservation, Outside Bozeman
Lisa Baril
Renowned wildlife biologist Al Harmata. Read more >>
Spring migration, birding in Montana, Outside Bozeman
Lea Brayton
Bird migration in southwest Montana.  Read more >>
Red Rock Lakes, USFWS, Montana, Trumpeter Swans
the editors
Wildlife watching at Red Rock Lakes.  Read more >>
Goose Hunting, Hunting Geese, Bozeman, Montana
Kurt Dehmer
A flock of geese cutting through the sky is a sight to remember. A goose hit by a well-placed blast of triple-B shot, crashing through a makeshift blind and knocking my kid brother sprawling, is a sight I’ll never forget. Read more >>
Duck Hunting, Waterfowl, Bird Hunting, Montana
Kurt Dehmer
Hunting for Donald and Daffy.  Read more >>
Turkey Hunting, Montana
E. Donnall Thomas, Jr.
Hunting Montana's most festive bird. As dawn broke on an April morning, the sounds of courting snipe and northbound geese filled the sky, and pasque flowers appeared along the old snow. Somehow, we had all survived another winter. Read more >>
Ruffed Grouse, Bird Hunting, Montana
Mike England
There’s more than one way to shoot a grouse—and more than one type of grouse to shoot at. Here are a few other upland options in the fields and forests around Bozeman.  Read more >>
animals, wildlife
the editors
Montana's watchable wildlife and where to find them. Read more >>
Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Montana, Raptors
Claire Gower
Montana raptors play copycat.  Read more >>
hunting, geese, Canada Geese, Bozeman
E. Donnall Thomas, Jr.
It’s been a bitter winter afternoon near Bozeman, and I’m already fantasizing about a hot shower and a glass of cabernet. Snow has been falling steadily, and a layer of cold fog lays across the countryside like a blanket. Read more >>
duck hunting, ducks, hunting, Bozeman
E. Donnall Thomas, Jr.
It’s the opening day of Montana waterfowl season on a prairie pothole north of Bozeman. The wind is calm, and the water’s surface offers the perfect reflection of a gorgeous sunrise. Forget the Duck Commander get-up. My “camo” is a plaid cotton shirt and a baseball cap. Read more >>
hunting, turkey, bozeman
Kurt Dehmer
Wild turkeys, not unlike their namesake whiskey, can bring an otherwise sane person to the heights of elation, the depths of depression, or the brink of madness. Read more >>
hunting, huns, Bozeman
Dave Carty
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. Read more >>
Chinese ring-necked pheasant, pheasant, rooster, bozeman
Mark Downey
Chinese ring-necked pheasants are the Cadillacs of Montana’s game birds, and hunting them can be an extraordinary experience. Read more >>
grouse, blue grouse, hunting, Bozeman
Tom Reed
For the elk hunter, the lust for autumnis singular, an inner nagging, a fretting about shooting the bow enough, or practicing calling enough. Read more >>
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