They Come out at Night: grooming Big Mountain
The nocturnal beasts emerge from their dens at sundown, just when the last skiers are making their way down Big Mountain.
Following a path of light thrown out ahead of them, the groomers crawl slowly through the trails and trees, leaving perfect seams of corduroy.
Life in the Saddle: a Montana cattle drive
And then there is the sound.The lowing and braying of the cows and calves, the yips and hollers of the cowboys. The sounds come from all directions as you're immersed in a sea of black cattle. The cows bump against your stirrup, moving, plodding, a weightless, shifting, moving mass. Cows search for their calves, their heads thrown back, mooing and bellowing. Amid this sea of confusion...
On the Edge: Coyotes survive, thrive despite development
By Jan Wassink
Coyotes prey on small mammals and birds and are excellent scavengers. Their populations are booming despite encroaching human development. "They are very adaptable. They can live anywhere, do anything," says Jamie Jonkel, a wildlife biologist who has studied wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, bears and other predators. "They're a real generalist." Jonkel.
Sometimes Wild: Montana's Pryor Mountain wild horses
BY DAVID REESE
A cloud of dust billowed up in the distance in the dry desert landscape of the Pryor Mountain National Wild Horse Management area in southeast Montana. Far away, like the screech of a hawk on the warm summer wind, came the sound of a helicopter.
Skijoring championships return to Whitefish
Giddyup! The Ski Joring Championships are coming back to Whitefish, Montana as the signature Winter Carnival event that combines a Montana-style winter extreme sport mix of two of Big Sky Country's favorites: horses and skiing.
Hiawatha’s Trail — biking the Tunnels on Lolo Pass
By Dave Reese
The wet concrete walls seeped with water and filled the ruts in the dirt road as we rode our bicycles quietly through the old railroad tunnel. Our headlamps shot narrow beams of light through the long, dark tunnel, through a blackness so intense that by shutting off your light you were immediately engulfed in utter darkness.
S Ranch cowboys capture Custer Ranch Rodeo title
KC and Sarah Verhelst, Bode Scott, and Tim Osswald of the S Ranch in Pryor won the sixth annual Custer Ranch Rodeo held in Custer in June. With 72 points possible, their team finished just 7 points shy of a perfect day. Teams led by KC and Sarah have won the Custer event three of the last six years.
Camping in Style: a new way to get in a tipi
For the last 30 years my friends and I have used a canvas tipi to explore our favorite skiing haunts.
We began our tipi odyssey in the early 1980s in the backcountry around Missoula, and when college graduation drew us out of the University of Montana, we continued our exploits in northwest Montana. Our new tipi is a lightweight version made by Montana Canvas in Belgrade, Mont. It’s light enough to pack in a backpack, but since we’ve made the move to horses, the tipi loads nicely on our stock and weighs about 30 pounds.
Huge lake trout caught by 84-year old on Flathead Lake
Donna Commers has fished much of her life, but hasn’t been able to go in recent years. Yesterday she had the luck of her life. Comers, 84, a resident at Lakeview Care Center in Bigfork, landed a 37-inch, 15 pound lake trout at the Fishing Without Barriers Day on Flathead Lake. Commers daughter, Barbara, helped her land the huge fish. Barbara says that her mother taught her how to fish, now she was returning the favor by helping her catch the biggest fish of her life.