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Big Sky Oct. 18-31, 2013 Volume 4 // Issue #21

Tales, recipes & gear reviews

Kym Rapier: A glance into the life of a philanthropist

Okkervil River playing Bozeman's Filler

From the dark side: Former Moonlight employees hired at Big Sky Resort

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The hunting issue:

Big Sky Fire Department announces five new hires



COVER: Erik “Sizzle” Reinhold, of Gallatin Gateway, hikes out the 6-by-6 bull he shot near the Continental Divide in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, on opening day of bow season this year. BELOW: Glassing for big bulls. Find more hunting stories, news, essays, photos and recipes starting on page 26. PHOTOS BY EMILY WOLFE

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Anticipating the hunt At dusk they surrounded us. A squealing chorus of elk, mewing, chuckling and bugling, flooded through the trees 30 yards upwind from us. It was Sept. 6, and the following morning began opening day for elk/deer archery, and the guys – my husband and our two friends – were so excited they looked like they might burst. Practically wading in elk droppings, we sneaked up a small rise to get a glimpse of the herd. As we crouched behind a tree, we saw 100 elk scattered throughout a draw just south of us, their dun-colored bodies not quite camouflaged into the hillsides. Back down at our packs, we sat in silence as the animals fed toward us. The wind shifted, and a big bull barked in alarm, likely having caught our scent.

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I lay down in the grass and listened to the cows and calves calling to each other, squeaking like door hinges. The 10,500-foot peaks at the head of the drainage turned pink in the alpenglow. The evening breeze was white noise in the fir boughs above our heads, mixing with the creek’s rush a quarter mile away. Empty seedpods hung crooked on dry lupines, but the grass was green from recent rains. The next morning, Erik Reinhold shot the bull he’s hiking out in the image on the cover. In this issue are the stories of Montanans like Reinhold who love exploring new country, respect wild places and animals, and find connection with their loved ones through this rich pastime. - Emily Wolfe

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From the dark side: Former Moonlight employees hired at Big Sky Resort

Kym Rapier: A glance into the life of a philanthropist

Letters Two excellent candidates

A call for cost-effective housing

Hans Williamson and Ginna Hermann deserve your vote for the Resort Tax Board.

Hello friends and community of Big Sky,

Long gone are the days when the Yellowstone Club, its members and management, were not a part of our Big Sky community. The Y.C. is now an integral part of Big Sky through those of its members who live here year round. Its charitable arm, the Yellowstone Club Foundation has supported our Big Sky community; the fire and emergency services of the Y.C. and Big Sky work together. Hans, the club’s vice president and general manager, Yellowstone Club continues that tradition by his

candidacy. He brings wide and varied experience to the job. Ginna Hermann has served four years on the Resort Tax Board. I have been the chair of the board for two years and a member for eight years, and have seen Ginna’s enthusiasm, intelligence and good judgment in action. In addition, Ginna has been active in the Arts Council and other community efforts for years. Both Hans and Ginna will be excellent members of the Big Sky RTB. Les Loble, Big Sky


A local developer and I are working on creating a neighborhood of 50 reasonably priced houses centrally located in Big Sky. These homes, ranging in size from 1,200-3,200 square feet, would be built on 40-by100-foot lots with two-car garages and the option of having an apartment over the garage. The lots would share spaces for vehicle access and trash removal. These houses would range from two bedrooms with 1 ½ baths, to four bedrooms with 3 ½ baths. There would be four house-types, each with two possible design aesthetics, ‘mountain rustic’ and ‘mountain modern’. There would be approximately six exterior paint schemes to choose from, and various exterior materials, from stain-grade Hardiplank to wood siding. The idea is that it would blend seamlessly with the current neighborhood. The developer is funded, and we’ve started the design process, but things have slowed due to the landowner considering a condo development instead of these single-family homes. Although condos do have their place, it is my belief as an architect and

community member, that Big Sky workers and residents greatly desire to purchase their own reasonably priced, freestanding homes with their own yard and garage. This town needs to grow from within and take ownership of its future. For that to happen, home ownership is critical for the working community. The area’s Affordable Housing Committee has chosen an organization to perform a housing study in Big Sky. However this opportunity needs momentum now, if we want to make owning your own home here a reality. Let your voices be heard. We are asking potential homebuyers to write letters to this newspaper outlining their specific interest in owning a freestanding home and not a condominium. Email letters to for print. Thanks for your interest. The more letters we get the stronger the message will be. Sincerely, David C. Fowler David C. Fowler Architecture MT Inc.


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Emily O’Connor, Project Coordinator at Big Sky Community Corp., marks a proposed trail alignment south of Town Center. BSCC hopes to begin trail construction in spring 2014.

Medical Clinic of Big Sky offers discounted flu shots BIG SKY – With the changing fall foliage comes a less favorable season, and one you should be no less prepared for: flu season. Influenza season generally runs from October-May and peaks mid-winter. Dr. Jeffery Daniels of the Medical Clinic of Big Sky says it’s time for your flu shot.

Daniels is offering discounted shots to those who might otherwise forgo the treatment. Flu vaccination prices have gone up in recent years and can cost as much as $50, but the Big Sky clinic is offering them for around $25, Daniels said. “We’ll offer the cheapest price possible.”

“Last year we had a terrible flu season,” Dr. Daniels said. “Probably the worst I’ve ever seen. We’re encouraging people to get vaccinated now.”

The Center for Disease Control recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get vaccinated. The shots are approximately 60 percent effective, according to the CDC.

Daniels’ clinic in Town Center currently has flu shots available until supplies run out. In the past, local nonprofit Women In Action paid for the vaccinations for those without health insurance coverage. This year WIA is not covering these costs, but

The Medical Clinic of Big Sky is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the ski resort opens ona Thanksgiving Day. After that, the Town Center clinic is open the same hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. – JTO


Jada Danelle Krusniak Big Sky resident Jada Danelle Krusniak unexpectedly passed away on Sunday, Oct. 6. A memorial service to celebrate her life was held at the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter’s dog park on Oct. 12. Attendees brought their dogs, stories and memories of Jada and her beloved dog, Rosie. In lieu of flowers Jada’s family wishes to have donations sent to the Heart of the Valley (in memory of Jada Danelle Krusniak), 1549 E. Cameron Bridge Rd., Bozeman, MT 59718; 406-388-9399.

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School House News It’s a new year In School House News, Supt. Jerry House shares his point of view on education and the Big Sky School District – his favorite place for teaching and learning. News is selected from all three schools – Ophir Elementary, Ophir Middle School and Lone Peak High School.

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Our 2013-14 school year is off to a great start. We’ve increased enrollment to include 278 registered students, who have vastly improved schedules that allow more core subject choices as well as improved electives. On the first day of school after receiving their schedules, the students were all in their classrooms within 15 minutes of the first bell – a major accomplishment!

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A number of changes were developed last spring and summer. We had previously split the kindergarten class between two teachers. This year, we added another first grade teacher to reduce class sizes and improve our teacher to student ratios. The staff continues to attend the latest staff training conferences and workshops, and as a result, our elementary students are receiving excellent foundational skills that will be witnessed as they move up the grade levels. Ophir Middle School students have experienced the greatest change in their schedules and are no longer in 90-minute blocks. They have 50-minute daily core classes and their elective classes range from 43-50 minutes. Their last period of the day is now called P.A.C.E. – Practice, Activity, Choice, Enrichment – a time for students to complete homework or be tutored by a teacher who sees them struggling with tests or assignments. P.A.C.E. offers a broad range of classes and has proven very effective for teachers and students; it’s time well spent before the student goes home for the evening. Lone Peak High School students have also had a schedule change. We now have two Advanced Placement teachers who have received certification from the National College Board in literature and government and meet or exceed the requirements to teach college-equivalent courses. The Big Horns will also soon have AP teachers in statistics, art, and foreign language. New technology classes include 3D drawing and modeling, CAD I and II, robotics, alternative energy and basic office programs.

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Rapiers organize ski swap, continue philanthropy in Big Sky By Emily Wolfe

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BIG SKY – Kym Rapier and her assistant Kris Tinnin sat together at Choppers on the afternoon of Oct. 8, dialing out the last minute details of a ski swap they organized for the community. Just back from a week filming with ABC’s Secret Millionaire – during which Kym and her husband Dr. George Rapier donated more than $1 million of their personal savings to the town of Oakridge, Ore. – Kym’s long, wavy blond hair streamed down her back as she swung her bare feet off the bar stool. “Giving has to be contagious,” she said. Since moving to Big Sky full time from San Antonio, Texas, in 2011, the Rapiers have given more than $5 million to local groups, said Kym, 44. Skis lined the stage behind the two women, and clothes for kids and adults were neatly folded in the game room. Kym’s orange Lamborghini was parked outside. After the Rapiers donated ski passes to all of the students at Lone Peak High School for the second year in a row – at a cost of $24,000 this year – Kym wanted to help families get into winter gear and clothes, as well. The idea to underwrite the exchange was Tinnin’s, Kym said.

George, 60, practiced as an internist until founding WellMed Medical Management in 1990. He is now chairman and CEO of the company, which provides primary care for 80,000 seniors in four states. Kym previously owned and sold health clubs, among other businesses, she said, also running her charity, Kym’s Kids of San Antonio, a scholarship program

“At [that] point Kym wrote me a check for $100,000,” MacFadyen recalls. The largest single gift BYEP has received since its founding in 2001, it was “transformational, with respect to making a larger impact and allowing us to serve more kids, and go deeper with them,” he said. “Kym really goes after a unique part of our society, and has made pretty impressive impacts,” said Yellowstone Club Community Foundation Executive Director Casey Schwartz, who partnered with Kym last year on several projects. “[The Rapiers] have been incredibly generous, and we’re really lucky to have them as part of the community.”

The couple drew national attention with their appearance on Secret Millionaire’s season finale Sept. 8. The episode sent them to beautiful but depressed Oakridge, Ore., population 3,200, where they spent a week living in an RV, with $71.03 in spending money – equivalent to the local food stamp award for a family of two. Disguised as a physician’s assistant and a former health instructor, the Rapiers got to know local community members. They met an unemployed mother who volunteers to fundraise for local high school students, a PA who is the town’s only healthcare provider, and a former superintendent who started a food backpack program for school kids similar to the one in Big Sky. They joined the understaffed firehouse for a volunteer training session, cut firewood with the booster club and had dinner with a single mom and her kids.

With gift cards from local businesses and gear donations from Big Sky Resort, Grizzly Outfitters, Gallatin Alpine Sports and priKym Rapier (left) and Kris Tinnin at the ski swap they organized at Choppers this fall. Afvate individuals, the raffle raised $100,000, ter Kym and her husband George donated ski passes to all LPHS students, they wanted Kym said. She hopes to use the proceeds to to help families with winter gear and clothes. Everything at the exchange was free. PHOTO BY EMILY WOLFE expand the Big Sky Community Food Bank prepared meals program, specifically the “Every aspect of this town is hurting,” Kym backpack program that sends kids with food said on the show. “It was very emotional.” insecurity home from school with a discreet bag of food that engages youth through volunteerism and school on Fridays. At the week’s end, they admitted their “white lie,” performance. telling their new friends they had, in fact, come to “Kym’s a visionary,” said Diane Bartzick, who has worked donate money where it was needed. In all, the RapiThe couple founded The Blake, Kymberly and George with Kym through the food bank. “She is the type that ers gave more than $1.3 million to kids for college, Rapier Charitable Trust in 2006, in honor of George’s sees a need, gets down and dirty, and does the work that’s the booster club, the medical clinic, the fire departlate son Blake. Every year since, they’ve donated more needed.” ment and others. than $1 million annually to nonprofits including youth initiatives, animal shelters, and programs for Bartzick helped the school coordinate a clothing drive in “We think it’s our responsibility to give it back,” seniors and children. Kym is executor of the trust, acthe past, and “with this ski swap, Kym has accelerated it George said on the show. “It really has been a humcording to the Rapier Family Foundation website, and 10,000 times more powerful.” bling experience for us, to see how well they love she and George determine recipients together. each other and take care of each other.” Choppers owner Monte Johnsen donated the food and Setting up for the ski swap, Kym, who stands 5’10”, drinks that night, cooking up more than 200 corndogs, Calling it one of the best experiences of her said she plans to create something like Kym’s Kids here and 20 pounds each of chicken tenders and sloppy Joes. life, Kym said Big Sky can learn something from in Montana. Oakridge: “Everyone needs to work together.” “A lot of [the donations were] really good useable cloth“It makes me feel good,” she said. “Everybody should ing – I would say 75 percent was excellent stuff,” Johnsen give back if they can.” said, estimating the event drew more than 300 people over the course of the night. What’s next for the Rapiers? In Montana – on top of the ski pass donations – the Rapiers have given to the Big Sky Community Corp., Perhaps the giving bug is going around. Kym plans to meet with representatives from Heart of the Valley animal shelter, Morningstar some of Montana’s Indian reservations, she Learning Center, Bridger Ski Foundation, Big Sky Ski said, help start a therapeutic horseback riding Education Foundation, Thrive, the Yellowstone Club program in Bozeman, and support the Ophir Community Foundation and Big Sky Youth EmpowerThe Rapiers first visited Big Sky four years ago, when a School eighth grade trip to Washington D.C. ment. business partner recommended they take a ski vacation here, Kym recalls. “We came here, and I cried when we And both Rapiers are planning to go to space BYEP executive director Pete MacFadyen visited the left. We came back the next week and bought a house, and this year, with Virgin Galactic, an airline that Rapiers in Big Sky last October to thank them for a I ran from the plane, because I didn’t want to go back to offers suborbital spaceflights. $25,000 gift donated during the 2012 spring fundTexas. raiser. MacFadyen told the Rapiers that his organiza“I’m an adventure person!” she says. tion – which works with at-risk, high school-aged “I love it – the weather, the people, everything,” Kym youth – used the money as a challenge to its donor said. base, effectively doubling it.

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Local fire department adds five to its ranks By Joseph T. O’Connor Explore Big Sky Senior Editor

BIG SKY – Big Sky can put its fire and emergency care worries to rest. At the end of September, the Big Sky Fire Department extended provisional employment offers to five EMT firefighter candidates vying for positions with the department.

best paramedics and firefighters around.” Chief Bill Farhat expects the four-week training will be a strong team-building supplement to the new hires’ already advanced levels of emergency training.

appropriate number of firefighters,” he said. “We have all manner of emergencies we respond to on a regular basis – fires, car accidents… We’re here for everything, not just ambulance use.”

“[Bakke and LeBlanc] have [worked] in fire stations for multiple years,” Farhat said. “Both come well trained, and it’s exciting for us to have some [new faces] in our group.”

As in much of the country, the hiring process in Big Sky was highly competitive, with 83 applicants. The rigorous 5-month process began in June, when applicants took the mandatory Montana Firefighter Consortium test.

“I [knew] this was what I wanted to do, and to do it here in Big Sky is incredible. They’re some of the best paramedics and firefighters around.”

Three locals and two out of state firefighters will don the Big Sky Fire uniform beginning Monday, Oct. 21, when they officially start the department’s training academy. They include Michael Bakke from Bellingham, Wash. and Michael LeBlanc from Vail, Colo., who will fall in line alongside Big Sky locals Mitch Hamel, John Foster and Dennis Rush.

The hirings were supported by a $485,000 mill levy approved by voters last May. The levy increased Big Sky homeowners’ taxes from $22 to $33.04 per $1,000 of their home’s taxable value.

Rush started volunteering with the department in 2010 then left the next year for Denver. He returned to Big Sky in October 2012 and plugged back into the system, earning his EMT and other training requirements. Hamel and Foster have volunteered since 2010, each of them spending as much time as they could spare over that span.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration nationally requires at least four first responders on an incident at any given time. In the past, the department has been forced to operate with two to three firefighters on scene.

“We were keeping up with learning and training as much as possible, soaking in all the information the career guys were willing to give away,” Hamel said. “I [knew] this was what I wanted to do, and to do it here in Big Sky is incredible. They’re some of the

Farhat says his new employees will fill a significant need in Big Sky – one that exists even with Bozeman Deaconess building a medical facility on Lone Mountain Trail. “A new hospital does not negate the need for an

“We had to screen through them, and 23 were rejected right away,” Farhat said, emphasizing that negative background checks and mistakes on the written application led to the cuts. After more than a year talking with the community and planning to expand, the expansion gives the chief a marked sense of relief. “[This] makes it easier for me to sleep at night,” he said. “The fire service in general is a laborintensive environment, and there’s nothing worse than not being able to respond to emergencies effectively.”

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The first grade classes with Game Warden Adam Pankratz in front of a bear trap. Photo by Stephanie Kissell By Ophir School’s first grade teachers and students

The first grade classes have been studying bears in science since school began. We’ve learned the scientific skills of categorizing and classifying, taking notes and observation. We studied unique characteristics of polar bears, black bears and grizzlies, and took a field trip to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone in late September.

ground, far out on a branch. (Hazel) •

Lock food in the back of your truck. (Frieda)

You can put your food in a bearproof container if you’re on the river. (Haley)

If you’re fishing and you skin your fish with a jack knife, the bears could easily smell it (Wats). Keep the fish guts far away from your tent. Throw them in the water. (Aubrey)

For our final science lesson, we invited Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Warden Adam Pankratz to come and speak to us about being bear aware. Encouraged by Warden Pankratz’s public service, we wanted to let our community know what we’ve learned. We hope you enjoy our article and are motivated to become a bear aware household.

If you’re hunting, you should always put the deer in the back of your truck and bring it home into the garage. (Jack)

Stay with your group when you’re hiking. (Jillian) Sing songs and be loud. (Chloe)

Remind your parents to bring bear spray. (Arlo)

To be bear aware at home:

Don’t go near bear traps. (Marley) It could close and hurt you really bad. (Jayden) There’s a bear nearby. (Teal)

Keep your grill clean. (Joe)

Don’t keep your garbage out at night. Take it out in the morning. (Henry)

Pick up apples from the apple tree. (Brandt)

Make sure you don’t leave the windows open in your car. (Sadie) Don’t leave food in your car. (Grady)

What happens if I see a bear? •

Never scream or run from a bear. (Addy) Just back away. (Dean)

If one is charging at you, kneel down and cover your head. (Wren)

Take the cap off of your bear spray and point it in the bear’s face. (Ryder) Make a big wall (with the bear spray). (Garin)

Don’t walk toward the bear. Stay far away from it. (Maya)

• To be bear aware in the woods: •

Hang your food so the bears don’t get it. (Alice) It needs to be 100 yards from your tent. (Finn) It needs to be high up from the

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Gianforte funds effort to bring more computer science students to MSU By Sepp Jannotta

schools in Montana with Looney, his custom programmable robot, as his sidekick to give presentations aimed at inspiring students to pursue computer science degrees.


BOZEMAN – RightNow Technologies founder Greg Gianforte has pledged to give Montana State University more than $200,000 over three years to initiate three programs to recruit students into computer science and help meet the state’s demand for high-tech workers.

The gift from the Gianforte Family Foundation comes on the heels of the Montana Economic Development Summit in Butte in September, during which Gianforte said there is demand for at least 400 computer science jobs per year in Montana with starting salaries of $45,000-$85,000. “We have an opportunity to have a very vibrant high-tech industry that creates good-paying jobs for our kids,” Gianforte said. “But right now we just don’t have enough students graduating with the computer science degrees to fill those jobs.” Beginning with Gianforte’s gift of $80,400 for the first year, the MSU Computer Science Department will pursue three initiatives to help recruit more high school students into the ranks of degree-seeking computer scientists: •

Looking to interest students in computer science, Hunter Lloyd, teaching professor and robotics specialist, will make 50 presentations per year at high schools and junior high

“Our goal is simple – to produce more high-techready graduates,” Gunnink said. Both Gunnink and Paxton said the Computer Science Department is also taking a number of steps to boost the success rate of those who choose a computer science major, notably the upcoming opening of a state-of-the-art, active-learning computer lab.

John Paxton, professor and department head of MSU’s Computer Science Department, will offer an introductory college course, “The Joy and Beauty of Computing,” to Bozeman High School students as a dual-enrollment course through Gallatin College MSU for college credit. Paxton will then hand the course over to a BHS teacher in future years and offer the curriculum statewide for other interested high schools. Lloyd will develop a one-week course on computational thinking and robotics for MSU’s Master of Science in Science Education program, to train junior high and high school science and math teachers in ways that can bring computer science into the classroom.

Brett Gunnink, dean of MSU’s College of Engineering, said MSU’s initiatives would be an important complement to Gianforte’s own efforts to spur interest in computer science through the codemontana. org project. offers all Montana high school students the ability to learn computer programming while competing for prizes through a self-paced, online course developed specifically for high school students.

“In the long run,” Gunnink said, “we are confident that, along with a continued expansion of our high-tech economy, we’ll see our partnerships with industry strengthen and MSU will be a leader in educating Montanans to fill those jobs.”

Lone Peak High School robotics presentation On Oct. 22 at 10 a.m., Hunter Lloyd and his sidekick Looney the robot will be giving a presentation aimed at inspiring LPHS students to pursue robotics or computer science degrees. The presentation is free and open to the public.



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Zach’s family would like to thank all of the Big Sky community who welcomed him into their lives. A special heartfelt thank you goes out to: • Chuck and Chris Schommer of Buck’s T-4 Lodge • Whitewater Inn of Big Sky • The Moonlight Basin Family • Big Sky Resort management • Big Sky Fire Department • Hungry Moose Deli • Rick and Heather Davis • Jeffery Morgan • Sean and Lesly Lucy • Sara Evenson • and Zach’s coworkers at the Moonlight Basin shop

We apologize if we have left anyone out. Please enjoy your next powder day, your next hike and your next paddle in Zach’s memory.

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Former Moonlight employees cross over to Big Sky CrossHarbor and Boyne close on Moonlight Basin purchase By Emily Wolfe

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BIG SKY – A number of former Moonlight Basin employees are emerging from the dark side of Lone Mountain, having been hired by Boyne Resorts as part of the Oct. 1 merger of Moonlight and Big Sky Resort.

“Pretty much the whole patrol is coming back,” Dixon said, referring to both his own patrollers, as well as former Moonlighters. “We’re excited about having them here. They’re good patrolmen, and they’re a great asset.”

The number of professional ski patrollers will be in the up“I will definitely miss per 80s this [Moonlight] and the day year, maybe to day interactions with even 90, some of the team members Dixon said, and there will … but I’m excited that so be approximany do have positions with mately 100 the resort, and we’ll still work volunteers.

Boyne employees are discouraged from speaking with the press about the integration until official comment together in some capacity.” “We are going has been through a lot released, but of interviewing at this point, there Big Sky Resort Human Resources will be some upper level patrolmen Director Dax Schieffer was able to in upper level positions. If they were discuss a few points with Explore Big supervisors [at Moonlight], they were Sky regarding hiring for the winter supervisors for a reason. There’s no 2013/2014 season. sense in not keeping that talent.” “People are the key to any successful business or enterprise, and when it Brad Carpenter, former snow safety comes to the successful integration director at Moonlight, and Taylor of Moonlight Basin and Big Sky Woodward, a Moonlight forecaster, Resort, the focus was on hiring the are already on staff working alongvast majority of existing positions,” side Big Sky’s snow safety team. Both Schieffer said. Among the priorities men have been hired as forecasters for was to “make the transition as smooth this season, and are helping integrate as possible, so as not to disrupt the Moonlight’s avalanche program into hard work everyone is doing preparBig Sky’s. ing for winter.” “There’s a ton to learn on my side of The resort will hire more than 1,400 things,” Carpenter said, “everything employees this winter and has from how their snowpack differs already received over 4,000 applicafrom ours, to the nuts and bolts of [avalanche control] routes.” tions, Schieffer said.

One of the new employees, Michelle Frederick, worked in marketing and events at Moonlight for nine years and moved over to Big Sky’s marketing department on Oct. 1. “So far, so good,” Frederick said. “The team is awesome and friendly, and has been very welcoming and helpful in terms of getting settled and up to speed on information on this side of the mountain.” Although her new position in promotions and events is similar to the one she held at Moonlight, Frederick noted the marketing team is much larger than Moonlight’s was. “I will definitely miss [Moonlight] and the day to day interactions with some of the team members … but I’m excited that so many do have positions with the resort, and we’ll still work together in some capacity.” On mountain, the ski patrol is in the middle of its hiring process, according to patrol director Bob Dixon.

But he’s feeling positive about the switch, as well. “I have absolutely zero complains. The people are great. I’ve known them before, [and although] we haven’t worked directly together, in some ways we had.” In snow sports, Big Sky’s Mountain Sports Manager Christine Baker says things will also stay similar going into this year, with around 157 instructors based out of the Mountain Village school and 70 in the Madison Base Area school. Taking a cue from Moonlight’s successful snow sports programs, the local youth programs will expand this year, Baker said, with ski groups running all weekend on both sides, and seven days a week at the Madison base area. As with ski patrol, everyone has to reapply – both former Moonlight instructors, as well as Big Sky veterans. “For the most part, we’re hoping to have all of their folks come back,” she said.

Not everyone will be back, however, including some high-level Moonlight employees and various department directors.

partners will make more information available to the public, said Sheila Chapman, Big Sky Resort’s Public Relations Manager.

The Oct. 1 closing of CrossHarbor Partners, LLC and Boyne Resorts Moonlight Basin purchase was a quiet affair. The partnership did not announce the finalized deal until Oct. 8, when the resort’s communications department posted the news at

“They’re taking the time right now and working a ton to get everything squared away, so they have the answers,” she said. “They want to get the whole story out to everybody on their vision and where they want to go with this resort, and that information is coming.”

Combined with the trails at The Club at Spanish Peaks – which the same partnership purchased from bankruptcy on July 19 – the transaction made the resort legitimately the largest in the U.S., acreage-wise, at 5,750 contiguous acres. As the merger is finalized, the

Sam Byrne, principal owner of CrossHarbor, and Steven Kircher, President of Boyne’s Eastern operations, plan to meet with the media in early November, Chapman said.

Skiing at Big Sky this year Big Sky Resort will open the terrain around its Mountain Village, weather permitting, on Nov. 28, 2013. It plans to open the Madison and Moonlight acreage on Dec. 7. Many of Moonlight’s annual events are likely to continue this year, most notably the Turkey for a Ticket, which will occur Dec. 13. Find information on season pass upgrades at

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LPHS Homecoming 2013: Battle of 191

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LPHS football schedule Sept. 7 Away @Augusta Sept. 13 Away @ Lincoln Sept. 21 Away @ Camas County (Fairfield, Idaho) Sept. 28 Home Billings Christian - Honorary Captain Day Oct. 4 Away @Alberton**

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Pirates give hope to all fans this season became a symbol of the quintessential underdog. While those in big markets know what it’s like to root for a winner, there are fans everywhere who must endure disappointment every season. It wasn’t just Pirates fans who felt this loss, it was all of us. If the Pirates could have made it to the World Series, then certainly another underdog team could as well, right? Surely my team can make it if the Pirates, after a 21-year playoff drought, could turn things around.

By Brandon Niles

Alas, the season is over for the Pirates, and fans have begun the annual ritual of rationalizing disappointment and justifying optimism. But the Pirates have a lot to celebrate, as a young team with lots of talent in the bullpen and solid hitters. Alvarez took a huge step this year after four inconsistent seasons, and Andrew McCutchen maintained his All-Star play, batting over .300 for the second straight year.

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Game five of the National League Division Series: Pittsburg Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals, bottom of the sixth inning. Young Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole has pitched a good game thus far, despite allowing an early two-run homer. Cole is relieved by Justin Wilson, who gives up three hits and a run on a Jon Jay single, putting the Pirates down 3-0. Things don’t look good for everyone’s favorite Cinderella team of 2013. For a fleeting moment – in the top of the seventh – when the Pirates scored on a two-out single from Pedro Alvarez, it seemed like they could pull off an unlikely comeback. But just two innings later, the Cardinals had extended the lead to 6-1 and Alvarez was up again – with two outs and runners on first and second. Cardinals’ pitcher Adam Wainwright struck out Alvarez and put the nail in the coffin on an improbable

Pedro Alvarez stepped up for the Pirates this year. Photo by Keith Allison

Pirates’ season. Wainwright pitched a complete game, giving up only one run. When things got tense in the eighth and ninth innings, he only allowed a combined three singles, and struck out the final batter to seal a Cardinals victory and a trip to face the LA Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. As Alvarez left the plate, the collective air of sports fans seemed to leave with him. The Pirates

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From those who know the pain of rooting for a losing team, we thank the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the series tied at two games apiece, we got to imagine for a moment what it’s like for a baseball team from a small city with a small bankroll to make it all the way. The Pirates have the talent to return next year, and until then, fans can cherish this season, and begin building hope and excitement.



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Know where you’ve been to know where you’re going Using vintage film techniques in modern video editing By Joe Paulet

Outlaw Partners Video Producer

When I started my education in the film industry, I was fortunate to have access to a piece of technology that’s unusual in today’s world of video production: film. I’m not referring to the term we so often throw around to encompass all things video, I’m speaking of actual 16mm Kodak film stock.

While filming and projecting have a fairly consistent history, editing has evolved leaps and bounds even during my filmmaking tenure. Editing film was a much more tactile process than editing digitally in today’s video world. As recently as 10 years ago, filmmakers would project a work-

Today’s editing suites give filmmakers the ability to edit in a non-destructive way, saving time and effort. Your original media is never in jeopardy of harm or decay, your tools and timeline are always at your fingertips, and if you make a mistake the magic of the undo button is only a click away.

At the time I was in school, in 2000, it was fairly commonplace for a film student to shoot on real film, but today an aspiring videographer may never shoot a single old school frame. While I take pride in keeping up on the latest video technology, my experience with shooting, editing and projecting film gave me an understanding of the industry’s golden days. Nearly every term and standard today stems from the old world of film. For example, the term 24P refers to 24 frames per second. We still shoot at this speed on modern video cameras when applicable, but why?

This vintage 8 mm film camera, circa 1949, sits on Joe Paulet’s camera shelf. Similar models were used to film Audrey Hepburn poolside and by Abraham Zapruder to document the moment John F. Kennedy was assassinated. PHOTO BY JOE PAULET

When film was in its infancy, the industry was in contention over the desired frame rate at which to shoot. You may even remember seeing family films on Super 8, which shoots and projects at 18 frames per second. You may also remember the strange, jumpy way it seemed to play back. To accurately portray smooth motion, our eyes need at least 24 frames every second to have persistence of vision – the term referring to the eye’s ability to retain enough information to fill in the gaps between frames, rendering what we perceive as fluid, realtime motion.

print of what they had shot (as opposed to handling original negatives), take notes on where they wanted to make cuts, and eventually proceed to cutting apart the film and literally taping it back together. This working edit would then go to a negative cutter – if you were working on a well-funded production – which cut the original footage shot according to the notes. This type of editing process was known as linear editing. The industry now uses “non-linear editing,” in modern editing software, pertaining to a nondestructive form of filmmaking.

My experience with traditional editing techniques now gives me an appreciation and understanding of where contemporary filmmaking is heading. Outlaw Partners’ video producer Joe Paulet has sat through Lawrence of Arabia no less than 10 times. Contact the Outlaw Partners at media@ or (406) 995-2055 for all your film and video needs.

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SUNDAY, OCT. 20 Bozeman Bridal Tour Gallatin Valley, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Susanna Sonnenberg Reading Country Bookshelf, 3:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, OCT. 18 Live Music Ousel and Spur, 9-11 p.m.

MONDAY, OCT. 21 Beth Kennedy Ceramic Workshop Beth Kennedy Studio, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCT. 19 40 Days ‘til Ski Season 40 oz. Party 40 oz. drink specials and ski movies Lone Peak Cinema, 10:30 p.m.

Bridger Creek Boys Colonel Black’s, 7 p.m.

TUESDAY, OCT. 22 Nature & Culture: Changing Perspectives of the Natural World Ophir School, 4:30-6 p.m. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23 Learn About Meditation talk w/Angela Marie Patnode Santosha Wellness Center, 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, OCT. 25 Live Music Ousel and Spur, 9-11 p.m.

Live Trivia Bacchus Pub, 8 p.m. TUESDAY, OCT. 22 Storytime w/Cindy Country Bookshelf, 9:30 a.m. Book Club Country Bookshelf, 7-8 p.m. Sense of Place Professional Modern Dance Concert The Emerson, 7:30 p.m. Hemlock & 16 Penny Filling Station, 9 p.m.

TUESDAY, OCT. 29 Nature & Culture: Changing Perspectives of the Natural World Ophir School, 4:30-6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23 John Floridis CD Release Party Bridger Brewing, 5:30 p.m.

Bingo Gallatin Riverhouse Grill, 6:30 p.m.

Wenonah Hauter Reading Country Bookshelf, 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, OCT. 31 Bottom of the Barrell Gallatin Riverhouse Grill, 9:30 p.m.

Sizzling Salsa MAC, 8 p.m.

DJ Tiny Choppers, 10 p.m. Riot Act Broken Spoke, 10 p.m.

BOZEMAN FRIDAY, OCT. 18 Surplus Sale Heritage Christian School, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 2013 Chamberlin Showcase Main St. Arts & Entertainment Complex, 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. (and Sat.) Mummy Dearest The Verge, 8 p.m. (and Sat.) Heaven and Hell Party Zebra Cocktail Lounge, 8 p.m. Wandering Wild & Maxwell Hughes of The Lumineers Filling Station, 9 p.m. SATURDAY, OCT. 19 Montana Mashup MMXIII Homebrewing Competition Bridger Brewing, 8 a.m.

Michael Menert Zebra Cocktail Lounge, 10 p.m. THURSDAY, OCT. 24 Alyson Hagy Reading Country Bookshelf, 7 p.m. BFF Presents: Fruitville Station The Emerson, 7:30 p.m. Trivia w/Missy O’Malley Colonel Black’s, 9 p.m. Live DJ Pour House, 10 p.m. FRIDAY, OCT. 25 MSU Parent’s Weekend Downtown Discovery Downtown Bozeman, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Hopa Mountain Fall Retreat: A Circle of Trust Workshop B Bar Ranch, (thru Sat.) 15th Annual Powderblast The Emerson, 6:30 p.m. Murder Mystery Party Country Bookshelf, 7-8 p.m. Mummy Dearest The Verge, 8 p.m. (and Sat.)

Yellowstone Alpaca Breeders; 2013 Rendezvous Northern Rocky Mountain Alpacas, 10 a.m.

SATURDAY, OCT. 26 MSU vs. UC Davis Bobcat Stadium, 2 p.m.

Octoberfest: Beer, Brats and Brewery Follies Rockin’ TJ Ranch, 5 p.m.

Silly Moose Improv. The Verge, 2 p.m.

Family Contra Dance Eagles Lodge, 5 p.m.

10th Annual Spooktacular Costume Ball Baxter Hotel, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Contra Dance Eagles Lodge, 7:30 p.m.

Tom Catmull’s Radio Static Peach Street Studios, 8 p.m.

Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride The Emerson, 8 p.m.

Solid Gold Party w/Golden Grenade & David Dalla G Filling Station, 9 p.m.

Tales From Ghost Town Filling Station, 9 p.m.

SUNDAY, OCT. 27 Moon Shadows Willson Auditorium, 2:30 p.m.

Learn about meditation Angela Marie Patnode will give a free one-hour talk at Santosha Wellness Center on Oct. 23 entitled “Leave Stress Behind: Learn about the life changing practice of meditation.” Patnode is a transformational coach, empowerment expert and 12-year student of Buddhism. The Eastern practice of meditation began 2,700 years ago, Patnode says. It came to the U.S. in the 1960s, and is now an almost mainstream practice today. Also known as mindfulness, meditation generally allows practitioners to calm their minds, relieve stress and live from a more “centered” place. Its benefits include reduced stress, anxiety, and depression, a feeling of a sense of purpose, better sleep, a feeling of fulfillment in life, clarity, peace, and joy, as well as less reactivity to life’s unwanted situations, Patnode says. During her talk, Patnode will cover the benefits of meditation, comfort while sitting, three steps to meditation, and how to start your own practice. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. To register, call (406) 993-2510 or visit

Ian Frye on piano Bridger Brewing, 5:30 p.m. PurpleLight Montana Nat’l Vigil for Hope The Emerson, 5:30 p.m. MONDAY, OCT. 28 Bridger Creek Boys Colonel Black’s, 7 p.m. Live Trivia Bacchus Pub, 8 p.m. TUESDAY, OCT. 29 Storytime w/Cindy Country Bookshelf, 9:30 a.m. Okkervil River & Matthew E. White Filling Station, 9 p.m. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30 Little Jane Bridger Brewing, 5:30 p.m. Greensky Bluegrass w/Fruition MSU SOB Barn, 6:30 p.m. Sizzling Salsa MAC, 8 p.m. THURSDAY, OCT. 31 Halloween Party Ages 0-6 Beall Park Recreation Center, 10 a.m. Downtown Trick or Treat Downtown Bozeman, 3-6 p.m.

LIVINGSTON & PARADISE VALLEY FRIDAY, OCT. 18 Big Brothers Big Sisters “The Big Party” The Depot, StrangeWays Murray Bar, 9:30 p.m. SATURDAY, OCT. 19 Really, Really Free Market Civic Center, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wandering Wild Pine Creek Café, 7 p.m. Flickertail Hollow Murray Bar, 9:30 p.m. SUNDAY, OCT. 20 Jacob Green Murray Bar, 9 p.m. MONDAY, OCT. 21 PHS Concert Ranger Rec Plex, 7 p.m. THURSDAY, OCT. 24 Holiday Lights Fundraiser OctoBeerFest The Office Lounge, 6 p.m. StrangeWays Murray Bar, 9 p.m.

Halloween Trick or Treat Walk Gallatin Valley Mall, 5 p.m.

FRIDAY, OCT. 25 Park Electric Annual Dinner Meeting Fairgrounds, 12-1 p.m.

Anderson School Haunted House Lights on: 5:30-7 p.m. Lights off: 7-10 p.m. Little Red School House (thru Nov. 2)

Soup to end the Silence Fundraiser for Tri County Network Shane Center Ballroom, 6-9 p.m.

Pinky & the Floyd Rocky Mountain Rug Gallery, 8 p.m.

Prairie Wind Jammers Pine Creek Café, 7 p.m.

Cure for the Common Halloween Party Filling Station, 9 p.m.

The Old Soles Murray Bar, 9:30 p.m.

WEST YELLOWSTONE SATURDAY, OCT. 19 Beer Fest in West Holiday Inn, 4 p.m. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23 DJ Night Wild West Pizza, 10:30 p.m. THURSDAY, OCT. 24 Knit Knight Send It Home, 7-9 p.m. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30 DJ Night Wild West Pizza, 10:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCT. 26 Bad Neighbor Murray Bar, 9:30 p.m. THURSDAY, OCT. 31 Harvest Festival Fairgrounds, 6-8 p.m. Costume Bluegrass Jam w/Pete & Rachel Feigley Pine Creek Café, 7 p.m. StrangeWays Murray Bar, 9 p.m.

Okkervil River flows through the Filling Station Oct. 29 BOZEMAN – Okkervil River on Tuesday, Oct. 29 makes a stop at the Filling Station in Bozeman, Mont. during its coast-to-coast tour. The Austin-based indie rock band is touring in support of their seventh album, The Silver Gymnasium, released Sept. 3. The concept album takes place in 1986 in the small town of Meriden, N.H., where front man Will Sheff grew up. Sheff likens the spirit of The Silver Gymnasium to “an action figure you

found in the woods,” he said in a press release. “New Hampshire is the woods, the ‘80s is the action figure, but neither of them is interesting to me on their own; it’s the way they go together.” That overlap between the ordinary and the otherworldly resonates throughout the eleven new songs. The band formed in 1998 and has performed with such acts as the Decembrists, The New Pornographers, The National and Lou Reed. Their sound is synth-heavy with driving rhythms,

and relies on Sheff’s edgy voice and poetic lyrics. “I’m not standing on top of the mountain, screaming that my childhood was special and everyone should pay attention to it,” Sheff said. “I am a firm believer that if you make your work very honest and personal, then it’s going to be meaningful to people who aren’t like you but have feelings like yours.” The album’s tracks reference Atari video games, VCR machines, cassette tapes and the films and television

shows of that era, underscoring how pop culture shaped – and disoriented – Sheff and his childhood friends, according to the press release. Although The Silver Gymnasium is Okkervil River’s seventh studio full-length recording, the idea for this album has been percolating in Sheff’s head for years. You can hear the result of that percolation at the Filling Station show, when they play with special guest Matthew E. White.

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spider crawling up the neck), and dramatic lighting installed behind handmade gravestones.

When we were kids, there was no question which holiday my brother John loved most. Each year in October, a fantastic descent into madness began. What started as a modest Halloween display spiraled out of control as he competed with our neighbor to see who could create the most terrifying yard decorations.

It was not enough to let this display speak for itself – in some way, my brother always became part of the landscape. I will never forget the day he approached me – all business – to ask if he and his friends could set up a pulley system in my room to repeatedly drop a fake, life-sized body out the window above the hapless neighborhood children brave enough to approach our house.

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Still in grade school, my brother held his own against the adult neighbor, who had corresponding disposable income to his advantage. While the neighbor invested in gruesome electronic monsters that popped out of graves, my brother devoted countless hours, a twisted imagination and artistic talent to transform our yard. The haunted graveyard John created was so creepy that trick-or-treaters avoided our house. The last year he set up his stage of horror, we didn’t even hand out a full bag of candy. Although John’s creative self-expression was a delightful rebellion in our idyllic suburban community, I think he was really just seeking an excuse to use a fog machine. The final year’s display included bats and ghouls dangling from trees, a plastic skeleton wrapped as a mummy covered in spiders (including a particularly massive

Another time, we argued over who got to don the grim reaper costume and stand real quietlike near the door as trick-or-treaters reached for the doorbell. The goal was to wait until after our mother distributed candy and the kids believed they had made it through the worst of my brother’s tricks. John’s contagious enthusiasm for the holiday brought our family together in strange and wonderful ways. I miss the last-minute runs for stage blood and faux spider webs. And I miss watching my brother creep around on the roof of the garage, a nightmarish masked phantom dressed all in black. I’m not sure what it says about me, but these are some of my favorite childhood memories. Jamie Balke hopes her brother will bring his signature Halloween style to Bozeman this year, and that he’ll let her help.

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Big Sky Beats By Maria Wyllie

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Find out what tunes we’re bumping! In “Big Sky Beats,” Explore Big Sky’s staff and guests talk soundtracks in the Rockies – whether you’re training for ski season or just looking for some new driving songs, we invite you to lend an ear.

After spending a long weekend at the admission-free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, I returned to Big Sky with a few new favorite songs and musicians. Close to 100 different artists performed at the annual festival, drawing an estimated 750,000 people in three days. om nStock.c torOpe c e .V w There’s a reason ww why it’s called hardly strictly bluegrass and not just strictly blue-

grass. From Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell’s traditional country ballad to the North Carolinian-based Steep Canyon Rangers’ Appalachian sound, and the String Cheese Incident’s cover of Talking Heads, the medley of soundtracks below includes much more than your typical string ensemble. 1. “Jubilation Day,” Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers 2. “Stand and Deliver,” Steep Canyon Rangers 3. “Sarah Jane and the Iron Mountain Baby,” Steve Martin and Edie Brickell 4. “Honey Jar,” The Wood Brothers 5. “Stranger,” Devil Makes Three 6. “Widower’s Heart,” Trampled By Turtles 7. “Last One to Know,” The Warren Hood Band 8. “This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody),” String Cheese Incident 9. “Old Yellow Moon,” Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell 10. “Keep Your Dirty Lights On,” Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott




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Wild bison hunt With a rare western Wyoming wild bison tag in hand this September, I recruited some friends – Dan Rice and Mario Deluca – on an early season, self-guided hunt on the Bridger-Teton National Forest near Jackson, Wyo. I had spent hours researching the region, speaking with local wildlife officials, guides and friends in search of the perfect bull, so on a Friday night, after Rice arrived from Bozeman, we set up camp within hiking distance of some recommended areas. Acting on a tip from local wildlife biologist, Ben Wise, we glassed a herd of bison from afar. After a short but arduous hike up and out of the Ditch Creek drainage, we located three large bulls grazing on a table near the top of a ridge line.  I shot this bison with my .300 Jarret, and we spent the next seven hours skinning, quartering and packing out the 1,000-pound bull with the help of the area’s ungulate specialist and local friends. – Ryan Mallery Minneapolis, Minn.

The team poses with the 3-4-year-old bison Mallery shot on a bench above Ditch Creek, the Teton Range in the background.

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on-the-go marking. Its four push button controls are intuitive and easy to use, even with gloves, but I found the joystick took a little more practice to get used to. The screen has multiple brightness settings – a great feature for when I was in the dark or in direct sunlight. However, in some off-light situations it was harder to see.

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SouthWest Montana’s Region 3 has more than 40 hunting districts, each with its own legal description. Reading these sometimes leaves one scratching his or her head. For example, Montana Elk Unit 310: “…then in a northerly direction along said divide to Eaglehead Mountain, then in a westerly and northerly direction along the Portal Creek-Porcupine Creek divide…” and that’s just a small portion of one unit.

Compared to my previous GPS, the hunt-specific tools are a nice bonus. But I did miss having some of the more detailed track statistics like average moving speed, moving time and stopped time.

Having a good GPS can help remove this and other confusion – making sure you stay found, and on land legally open for hunting. I spent my 2013 archery season test-driving Magellan’s eXplorist 350H, a hunting-specific GPS released this fall. This unit is simple to use and is great for both advanced and first time GPS users. It came preloaded with all of Montana’s hunting districts (as well as other states), allowing me to see the district boundaries and also set an on screen or vibrating border alert when I get close to a boundary, thus keeping me in the correct unit. The GPS is lightweight, has fast satellite acquisition, and in my use was accurate within 17-25 feet. It also comes with 30 waypoints with hunting-specific icons to choose from, for quick,

The 350H comes with a free one-year subscription to DigitalGlobe satellite imagery, which you can download to your GPS. This is like having Google Earth at your fingertips in the backcountry, and finding that meadow or pond you’re looking for is much easier. Magellan also gives you a free download for Vantage Point, allowing you to download and upload data to and from your GPS unit. I would definitely recommend the eXplorist 350H to all hunters and new GPS users looking for a simple and easy to use GPS with hunt-specific features. Find more product details and information on where to purchase this unit at eXplorist-350H. $249.99

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Donate a hunting license to disabled vets, armed forces members A new Montana law allows residents and nonresidents to donate their hunting license to a disabled military veteran or disabled active duty service member, through organizations that use hunting for rehabilitation. The disabled veteran or armed forces member who receives the license will be a Purple Heart recipient and have a 70 percent or greater disability rating. Find more information at, and click on ‘Disabled Veterans Hunt License Donation.’

Give to ‘Hunters against Hunger’ Anyone purchasing a Montana hunting license can donate to ‘Hunters Against Hunger.’ A new state law allows contributions to nonprofits that process donated wild game for food banks, according to FWP spokesman Ron Aasheim. Hunters can donate when purchasing or applying for a deer, elk, antelope or bison license or permit. About $7,000 has been donated since collections began in August. FWP will begin dispensing the money next year to help pay for wild game butchering and distribution.

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Greg Brady meets Davy Crockett By Steven Brutger

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Someone once described my brother Ryan as a combination of Greg Brady and Davy Crockett. An odd pairing, yes, but in some ways it made a lot of sense.

and was burning off the crisp morning air. The cab warmed up, and I loosened my scarf, my toes tingling as they regained feeling inside my boots.

faded designer jeans, a tight white T-shirt, sunglasses and a pink baseball cap. After a quick hug and the usual greetings, the three of us discussed

The contrast of Ryan’s attire with the old Browning A-Bolt rifle almost made me bust out laughing; I felt proud of my brother and who he is. Forty-five minutes later, he was standing beside the road with his deer, right where he said he would be. Nary a drop of blood was on his jeans or T-shirt. Still warm to the touch, we loaded the doe into the pickup.

At age 12, Ryan was on the pro staff for Mathews Bows and one of the best under-18 archers in the country. As a chubby-cheeked tween growing up in Bozeman, his hunting album was the envy of any hunter who was lucky enough to see it and made my mother wonder what type of child she was raising.

Possessed by some uncanny ability I may never obtain, my brother’s laser-like focus permeates everything he does, typically leading to mastery. Later that weekend he shot a symmetrical five-point buck – by far the best of our season.

In college, he came out, which didn’t really surprise anyone. To us it didn’t make any difference if Ryan was gay. After graduating, he moved to D.C. for a big job, and when he came home on holidays we hunted just like we always had.

A decade later, he is finishing his Ph.D. at Princeton in Politics with a specialty in International Relations and Formal Quantitative Methodologies, a field I hardly understand. He is recently married, and I got one heck of a brother-in-law out of the deal.

Therein lies the paradox.

At age 12, Ryan was on the Matthews Bows pro staff, and one of the best under-18 archers in the After a morning hunt 10 country. PHOTO COURTESY STEVEN BRUTGER years ago, my uncle and I were With Ryan’s schedule, fall has eating sandwiches in the truck become a tough time for us to cab, parked beside a gravel road at our Ryan pulled up in his black Jetta with plans for an evening hunt. Over coffee get together. He now makes a trip out family’s ranch in Paradise Valley. The tinted windows, stepped out of the car in that morning, my dad had expressed to visit me, my wife and kids in Lander, sun had just crept over Emigrant Peak a desire to all meet at the lower hay Wyo., each summer, and mostly we just


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meadows a couple hours before sunset, which sounded fine, Ryan said. There wasn’t need for much talk; we had all hunted the place since long before we were old enough to carry a rifle.

fish. The ranch sold in 2001, so we split holidays between our respective in-laws and our parents’ place in Bozeman. Time and maturity have brought us closer, and we enjoy each other’s company in a way that was more difficult as teenagers.

Then Ryan asked if we would mind picking him up in 45 minutes, about a quarter mile down the road. He wanted to shoot a whitetail doe and figured he would have her gutted and dragged out by then. It sounded a bit cocky, but my uncle and I agreed. Ryan pulled an orange vest and a .270 from the back of the Jetta, slung the rifle over his shoulder and disappeared through the junipers. My uncle and I looked at each other and shrugged. I couldn’t help but smile:

Ryan’s hunting album is currently in the closet at our parents’ house, collecting dust, but he says he hopes to move West again someday and add another chapter. Steven Brutger was raised in Paradise Valley and now lives in Lander, Wyo., where he works for Trout Unlimited, ensuring his children are afforded the same sporting opportunities we all enjoy today. On the side, he is half the team at, a blog dedicated to hunting, angling and family.


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Hunting camp By Chloe Nostrant

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At 3 a.m., it was snowing. I was cold and tired, and so was everyone else in camp. I just need to make it through breakfast, and then back to bed, I thought to myself. After three weeks working in a backcountry hunting camp, I should have been used to the early starts, but it was just getting harder.       

We cooked everything from scratch, even the bread. I somehow was able to make bread in a snowstorm in a tent, but now at my house, I can’t get the yeast to rise properly. We made crème brûlée the last night, using a propane torch made for lighting lanterns. One morning, I went out to heat up the showers before the hunters returned, only to encounter a black bear at 20 feet. That night, a pack of wolves came into the horse pasture 200 yards from our tent. As they howled under the full moon, it was terrifying and powerful – just from their calls, I could tell how big they were. Chopping wood, I’ve learned, is much harder than it looks, but I also now know that it’s kind of a science. The Lee Metcalf Wilderness’s valleys are deep, and its forests lush. In my three weeks there, I experienced more wild, untamed nature than in all of my 19 years combined. Clockwise from top:In the first snow of the season, Pepper awaits his hunter; wood-chopping victory; hunting tents framed by Sage Peak and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area



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Recipe: “Sloppy Does” By Ryan Newhouse As hunting season progresses, and I feel ever so much closer to bringing home a nice plump deer or elk, I’ve been trying to go through my stash of canned venison from last year. Hands-down, my favorite dish to prepare with canned venison stew chunks (which fall apart at the touch of a fork) is “Sloppy Does.” So, dust off a quart jar of a previous season’s deer or elk and be ready to eat in five minutes. This is a great go-to for quick dinners or one-pot campsite grub. If you don’t have any canned venison hanging around, ground beef or venison browned in a pan would also work well.

Sloppy Does Ingredients: 1/4 pound bacon, chopped in small pieces 1 quart venison stew meat 1 large yellow onion, chopped 1/4 c brown sugar 1/4 c red wine vinegar 1 T ground cumin 1/4 t chili powder 2 T minced garlic 1 T prepared Dijon mustard 1/2 c ketchup 14 oz can of diced or stewed tomatoes salt and pepper to taste Directions: In a large cast iron skillet, cook bacon pieces until crispy. Drain a little of the grease (not too much!), and then add chopped onions and cook over medium heat until they’re almost clear.  In a blender, add everything else except the venison and blend until smooth.  Drain some of the water from the jar of venison, and add meat to bacon/onion mix. Heat thoroughly, until all liquids are gone and meat just starts to look “dry.” Now add the sauce from the blender, a little at a time, until you get the “sloppiness” you desire and heat through.  Garnish with grilled onions (optional) and serve on warm burger buns with your favorite sides and beverage.

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Ryan Newhouse has spent the last decade hunting, fishing and camping in the mountains of western Montana. This recipe originally appeared on his blog,


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