• Cover image by Leland Howard

    Sneak peak: Eastern Montana takes center stage in our Nov/Dec issue

    We’ve focused our sights on the East in the Nov/Dec 2014 issue of Montana Magazine, which should be arriving in mailboxes across the country later this week.

    We probably don’t need to remind you that Eastern Montana is a big place. And, as we show off in our latest issue, its a beautiful and diverse place that produces stories like that of our cover star, Riley Jones. The image of Riley and her dad, Ryan, was made by photographer Leland Howard. Riley first sat on a horse at age 2, and was riding on her own by age 4.

    Along with the image of Riley, we’ve got a beautiful lineup of images from Howard, who traveled 10,000 miles across the eastern part of Montana to make images for the new book Eastern Montana. We used a sampling of those images for our Portfolio and for the cover image. It’s a Portfolio worth seeing.

    Don’t think we’ve forgotten that with the fall and early winter comes hunting season – a time in Montana that has created some of the most storied and longstanding traditions. In that spirit, we’ve got an essay from writer Jack Ballard, whose family has hunted from the same elk camp for more than 5o years.

    We’ve also got a feature on an up-and-coming knife maker from Missoula, who is provided hunters with some new tools to aid in their adventures.

    One more teaser for one about a story about a hunter who, as he battles colon cancer, is giving back in a big way to his hometown of Glasgow. Skip Erickson has donated an almost unbelievable collection of animal trophies to the Children’s Museum of Northeast Montana – a place that can now transport kids from all over the Hi-Line across the world as they look through the rooms of Erickson’s animals.

    There’s more too, of course, so keep a lookout for more teasers on our Facebook (fb.com/montanamagazine) and Twitter (@montanamagazine). We’ll have our preview content from the Nov/Dec issue up at  montanamagazine.com later this week.

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    Enjoy!

    - Jenna 

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      Where's Shasta? By Debbie Perryman

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      Louis after a frosty run on the river trail, from Kate Nittinger.

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      Lily and Dodger loving the snow, from Tricia Hanson.

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      Ta-Da! Snow face, from Meagan Thompson.

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      Kadie, originally from Georgia, has adapted well to Montana snow, from Beach Kowgirl.

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      "Hi guys!" from Laura Mayer.

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      Baby Eero, from Carol Kosovich Anderson

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      Putting on the brakes by Kat G. Grubbs.

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      Bean at Bear Creek, from Ken Barnedt.

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      Zeke breaking a trail at Stemple Pass, from Denis Roth Barber.

    Snowy dogs from across Montana

    After the recent dump of snow we had in western Montana and the white winter they’ve had in eastern Montana, we couldn’t resist putting out a call to our Facebook friends asking for photos of their snowy dogs.

    As you can see, they really delivered. Special thanks to Denise Roth Barber, Carol Kosovich Anderson, Beach Kowgirl, Meagan Thompson, Laura Mayer, Kat Grubbs, Tricia Hanson, Ken Barnedt, Debbie Perryman and Kate Nittinger (and their pups!) for sharing photos.

    We hope you enjoy watching our slideshow as much as we enjoyed putting it together!

    - Jenna

     

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      Sunset over the Kootenai River. By Yvonne Moe Resch

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      Ice on Holter Dam. By Drew Thomas

    • The road to Ross. By Mark LaRowe

      The road to Ross. By Mark LaRowe

    • An old barn outside Hot Springs. By Robin Hao Gonzalez

      An old barn outside Hot Springs. By Robin Hao Gonzalez

    • Sunset over Mount Vaught in Glacier National Park. By John D. Harwood

      Sunset over Mount Vaught in Glacier National Park. By John D. Harwood

    • Centennial School outside Glendive. By Alisa Doolan

      Centennial School outside Glendive. By Alisa Doolan

    Frosty photos: Readers share winter images from across Montana

    No matter the season in Montana, there always seems to be something beautiful to look at.

    We’ve had quite a few frosty photos submitted to us via our Facebook page recently and thought we’d feature a couple here for you to enjoy on this mid-winter Monday.

    A BIG thanks to our readers for sharing all the beautiful photos, especially Alisa Doolan (Centennial School), Yvonne Moe Resch (Kootenai River), John D. Harwood (Mount Vaught), Drew Thomas (Holter Dam), Robin Hao Gonzalez (Hot Springs barn) and Mark LaRowe (road to Ross).

    - Jenna

    • Sunset over Mount Harding near Ronan, by John D. Harwood

      Sunset over Mount Harding near Ronan, by John D. Harwood

    • The foothills of the Bridger Mountains, by Mark LaRowe.

      The foothills of the Bridger Mountains, by Mark LaRowe.

    • A red barn near Ronan, by Robin Hao Gonzalez.

      A red barn near Ronan, by Robin Hao Gonzalez.

    • The North Shore Trail from the Ryan Dam near Great Falls, by Alfonso Martinez.

      The North Shore Trail from the Ryan Dam near Great Falls, by Alfonso Martinez.

    • The viewing center pond at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, by B In the Bitterroot Photography.

      The viewing center pond at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, by B In the Bitterroot Photography.

    2013 MT winter scenes: The best of our reader submitted photos

    Believe it or not it’s almost 2014.

    We did a quick look back from some of our favorite 2013 reader submitted photos (posted to our Facebook page) and – of course – found more than a few amazing shots. 

    As we head into 2014, here are some of the awesome shots shared with us. Big thanks to all our reader contributors, especially, Mark LaRowe (pink sunset), John D. Harwood (foothills of the Bridgers),  Robin Hao Gonzalez (red barn), Alfonso Martinez (Ryan Dam near Great Falls), and B in the Bitterroot Photography (Lee Metcalf viewing pond).

    From the Montana Magazine Team – Happy New Year!!