Category Archives: Outdoors Feature

A new, and exotic, fishing society

A new, and exotic, fishing society

Last month, I guided a couple of beginning fly fishermen on Montana’s Big Horn River. It was a father-daughter team from California where dad wanted to take his daughter on an outdoor excursion before she left home to attend college at the University of Chicago. Their names are Raghu and Jihana. What happened their first… Continue Reading

Prescribed burn planned in Schuler Park area

SHERIDAN — The prescribed burn project announced on Sept. 7 by Forest Supervisor Bill Bass is planned between now and the end of October. Burning operations will occur over a day or two if weather conditions are favorable. The project is designed to reduce hazardous fuels, improve wildlife habitat and range forage, and treat conifer… Continue Reading

Women continue to play important role in USFS

Women have played important roles in the U.S. Forest Service for more than 100 years. Considered the founder of environmental education in the Forest Service, Edith R. Mosher, was inspired by a branch from a peach tree. Mosher was an elementary school teacher in Michigan when a student brought the branch to school for a… Continue Reading

Making the most of mountain recreation

Making the most of mountain recreation

The world is creating more new and inventive ways for us to enjoy the mountains and outdoor world. Sometimes these ideas are crazy and other times I wonder why I didn’t think of it. This week I was invited to a summer camp for adults in Park City, Utah, where outdoor professionals have the chance… Continue Reading

Keeping native cutthroat trout on the landscape

Keeping native cutthroat trout on the landscape

As a Wyoming Game and Fish Department Sheridan Region fisheries biologist, I’ve been asked a lot of questions over the years about trout in the Bighorns. All sorts of questions, but one that comes up fairly often is, “What trout are native to the area?” That question gets a short answer. Only the Yellowstone Cutthroat… Continue Reading

Before Brad Pitt, there was Gary Korell

Before Brad Pitt,  there was Gary Korell

TORRINGTON — Growing up on a farm, there was always plenty of work to be done, but Gary Korell’s father always made time for fishing. “My brothers and I can blame our fishing habits on our father,” said Korell, who fly fishes year round and spends his evenings tying flies. Each year, their dad would take… Continue Reading

Red Grade Trails a sensory adventure

Red Grade Trails a  sensory adventure

Is there anything more fun than that “Aha” moment of discovering something new and wonderful? My first walk along Red Grade Trail was just such a gift. I am a transplant from the hinterlands. St. Louis, to be exact. My idea of going for a walk with friends or my dog was tromping along a… Continue Reading

Lessons from the trail, part II

Lessons from the trail, part II

School is starting and the weather is changing. I, like many, want to cling to the last weeks of summer as tightly as possible. What better way to accomplish that than to spend some moments reflecting on the many wonders the past three months have provided? For instance, I can hardly believe a month has… Continue Reading

How to spend more time outdoors

How to spend more time outdoors

Getting outside to enjoy the great outdoors can reduce the likelihood that a person will live a sedentary lifestyle that can negatively affect long-term health. But many adults are spending too much time indoors. In its 2014 OUT is IN national survey, the National Recreation and Park Association found that 28 percent of adults in… Continue Reading

Spotting fires a lonely, isolated job

Spotting fires a lonely, isolated job

One hundred six years ago this month, 1,736 wildfires burned more than three million acres of private and federal land in the West. Several small towns were destroyed and at least 85 people were killed. Smoke from the fires reached New England and traveled all the way to Greenland. Nationally in 1910, wildfires consumed more… Continue Reading

Taking kids into the outdoors

Taking kids into the outdoors

This past weekend I had the pleasure of seeing so many families enjoy the Bighorn Mountains during the Antelope Butte Summer Festival. The ski area was crawling with little kids who were hiking, speeding past on their bikes or playing in the creek. During many conversations with festival-goers I heard variations of “we don’t get… Continue Reading

Going backpacking? Tips to choose the right pack

Going backpacking? Tips to choose the right pack

Upon hearing the word “backpack,” people naturally think of back-to-school season, when throngs of children board buses and head to classrooms across the country. However, the backpack need not be pigeonholed into such a narrow stereotype; there are many different uses for backpacks. Outdoor enthusiasts, particularly hikers and day-trippers, rely extensively on backpacks. Backpacks facilitate… Continue Reading

ACCESS YES opening land for Wyoming sportsmen

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department offers several different types of access for hunting and fishing. The Department maintains approximately 413,000 acres of land under deed, lease or agreement.  These areas include access to nearly 225 miles of streams, more than 21,000 lake surface acres and more than 148 miles of road rights-of-way. These areas… Continue Reading

These boots are made for walkin’

These boots are made for walkin’

Yee-haw! For many Sheridan locals, Rodeo Week means hosting a group of out-of-town friends and family. With guests of all ages, it’s fun to get creative and show off some of the wonderful summer activities Sheridan has to offer. With weather like this and several great hiking options close to town, many people choose to… Continue Reading

Bighorns home to precious wilderness

Bighorns home to precious wilderness

SHERIDAN — While there are hundreds of wilderness areas across the U.S. — including 14 in Wyoming — few communities have as easy access to the remote landscapes as those in Sheridan and Johnson counties. Wilderness can mean different things to different people. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as “a wild and natural area in which… Continue Reading

‘Nothing to do this summer’

Do you remember when we all actually got summer off for a school break? Hanging out with you friends, loving not going to school and sleeping in (until 8 a.m.) every day. How times have changed. With summer school, athletic camps and travel team basketball and baseball, we have made the most out of a… Continue Reading

The perfect trout fly?

Sometime over a year ago I wrote about my invention of The Crusader, a trout fly I’d invented to imitate the sow bugs living in Montana’s Big Horn River. I’d been working for a long time to improve upon existing imitations of this favorite trout food. I then had what appeared to be a light… Continue Reading

Trail in northeastern Washington being improved

The Ferry County Rail Trail north of Republic is being improved with smooth surface sections. A 8-foot wide surface of crusher fines was spread and compacted on 2.3 miles of the abandoned railway along the west side of Curlew Lake in May. The new surfacing from Pete’s Retreat South to Herron Creek Road connects to… Continue Reading

Wildlife habitat management areas in the Sheridan region

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, under the direction of the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, administers lands and public easement areas that are home to vast numbers of fish and wildlife. Wyoming’s Wildlife Habitat Management Areas provide crucial winter habitat for big game and important production areas for birds and mammals. Each WHMA is… Continue Reading

Visit a Wyoming State Park this summer

Visit a Wyoming State Park this summer

Here in Sheridan County we are fortunate with the access we have to numerous types of outdoor recreation opportunities. Not only are the Bighorns at our finger tips and abounding with adventure opportunities for hikers, climbers, bikers, equestrians, ORV users, fishermen, boaters, skiers and snowmobilers. We have nonprofit organizations like the Sheridan Community Land Trust,… Continue Reading

April showers bring May flowers

April showers bring May flowers

This past weekend was Mother’s Day. For most of us, it means getting outside and mowing the yard, pulling weeds, cleaning your drain gutters and getting your hands dirty. More importantly, between rain showers, we’re busy cleaning out the flower gardens and pots and planting flowers around the yard. After some quick trips to our… Continue Reading

Girls built decoys that lured bird to safer grounds

By Heather Richards Casper Star-Tribune CASPER — The original study was from the 1970s, in the sagebrush-peppered hills near Gillette. A group of scientists wanted to know if they could move the breeding grounds of a finicky Western bird, the sage grouse, to locations safely distant from a coal mine to protect the imperiled grouse… Continue Reading

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