Category Archives: Outdoors Feature

Spring break on a budget

Spring break on a budget

We’ve officially sprung forward into Daylight Savings Time and the initial chaos it exerts on family sleep schedules. No matter your perspective on whether Daylight Savings is a worthwhile exercise, no one can deny that we are excited to see more and more sun. Spring is officially around the corner and for anyone with kiddos… Continue Reading

Red Ants Pants do not a carpenter make

Red Ants Pants do not a carpenter make

In 2009 I hosted a ladies pants party at my outdoor clothing store, with a fledgling Montana based company. Red Ants Pants had started making bomber work pants specifically for women and Sarah Calhoun, the company’s owner and founder, would take her show on the road if someone had a venue and a group of… Continue Reading

Spring weather nears, along with anticipation

Spring weather nears, along with anticipation

Sheridan residents are ready for a change in weather. Most of us find something about cold weather and snowy conditions we like, whether it’s flying across open meadows on a snowmobile, bombing downhill on a pair of skis, or enjoying the serenity of a quiet snowshoe pursuit.  Putting up with those conditions comes with the territory… Continue Reading

Celebrating 120 years with the Bighorn National Forest

Celebrating 120 years with the Bighorn National Forest

The era of concern about American’s natural resources began after the Civil War, as Americans turned their attention to building railroads, homesteading, farming, mining, cutting timber and raising livestock. Using a seemingly unending supply of natural resources was the spirit of the times. The Powell Expedition in 1869 and the Hayden Expedition in 1871 were… Continue Reading

Valentine’s Day date ideas for adventurous couples easy to come by

Valentine’s Day date ideas for adventurous couples easy to come by

SHERIDAN — Sheridan’s location lends itself to the great outdoors, so it’s easy to trade in the normal Valentine’s Day dinner and a movie date for something a bit more adventurous. Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources Commission member Julie Greer said there’s many cabins, ranches and lodges that offer winter accommodations, like Eaton’s Ranch… Continue Reading

Game and Fish bills create hunting opportunities

Game and Fish bills create hunting opportunities

SHERIDAN — This legislative session includes a number of bills that will change the game when it comes to hunting and fishing. Though many include only slight changes, some proposed will help out both resident and nonresident hunters, as well as require the reorganization from Game and Fish. House Bill 0130 deals with the harvest… Continue Reading

Take the time, thank the stars

Take the time, thank the stars

“Take the time to stop and think, and watch the sky turn purple pink, and watch the day become the night, and thank the stars for love and light.” These four lines by Dallas Clayton, who writes kids’ books, are a tribute to the overwhelming good that exists around us and the people and places… Continue Reading

Spending your outdoor dollars with intention

If you’re anything like me, in an attempt to overlook your unintentionally discarded resolutions, you have been occupying time on the recent frigid evenings by dreaming up schemes for the warmer days to come. And what fun is it planning future adventures if you’re not also making a list of necessary new gear? Most likely,… Continue Reading

Locals share Antarctic experience

Locals share Antarctic experience

SHERIDAN — Temperatures as low as 126 degrees below zero, 60-hour work weeks and no option to leave before the six-month contract ends – who would agree to these terms of living? Lenny and Rhoda Bonneau did each time they traveled to work at a research station in Antarctica. Lenny and Rhoda Bonneau have traveled… Continue Reading

Tips for surviving mountain emergencies

Tips for surviving mountain emergencies

SHERIDAN — As temperatures drop and snow accumulates, recreation in the Bighorn National Forest becomes riskier. Snow machines can break down, skiers can get lost and the chilling possibilities of frostbite or hypothermia set in. Lt. Alan Thompson from the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office said the best thing a person can do to ensure safety… Continue Reading

Fishing with the man with no name

Fishing with the man with no name

I’ve been staring out the window a lot lately; thinking of giant trout swimming lazily around some Wyoming or Montana river. I always do that around this time because January is when I get pictures from a good buddy who captures many of those giant trout in Montana every year. I can’t give you his… Continue Reading

History of roads in the Bighorns

History of roads in the Bighorns

The Model T Ford, built for 20 years between 1907 and 1927, has been called as much an instrument of conquest of the West as were Colt revolvers, Springfield rifles and rock drills. When Henry Ford introduced the Model T to Americans, the automobile became affordable enough that the average American could own one. America’s… Continue Reading

Ice climbing: Skills, dangers, how to start

Ice climbing: Skills, dangers, how to start

SHERIDAN — Sheridan’s proximity to the Bighorn Mountains lends itself to winter sports like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, but lesser-known sports also have a home in the area. While the Bighorns admittedly aren’t the best location for ice climbing, there are a few spots climbers can go for a day trip. And with Sheridan… Continue Reading

Western space created by dreamers

Western space created by dreamers

Last month, a few of us at Sheridan Community Land Trust received scholarships to attend the annual Land Trust Rally in Minneapolis. We came back with the overwhelming feeling that nationwide, communities that invest in their values are holistically healthier communities. The most inspiring speakers at the rally told stories of change: how their land… Continue Reading

Game and Fish proposes changes to black bear hunting regulations

Game and Fish proposes changes to black bear hunting regulations

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission is looking for feedback on proposed changes to black bear hunting season guidelines for 2017. Wyoming Game and Fish large carnivore biologist Dan Bjornlie explained the proposed changes at a public meeting Wednesday night. For the first time, returning hunters may register the same bait sites they’ve… Continue Reading

For the adventurer on your list

For the adventurer on your list

Often times, shopping for the outdoorsy person on your holiday gift list is a quagmire. Many of them are minimalists by nature so they aren’t forthcoming about things on their “wish list.” Additionally, outdoor gear can be expensive, and every serious recreationalist has their favorite brands and equipment nuances. How do you go about buying… Continue Reading

Bighorns to conduct moose management study

Bighorns to conduct moose management study

SHERIDAN — Wyoming Game and Fish is initiating a new moose research project in the Bighorn Mountains and extending the current project in the Snowy Range. Game and Fish will work with University of Wyoming Cooperative Research Unit looking at survival and mortality rates and causes, population performance and seasonal habitat use. Wildlife management coordinator… Continue Reading

‘Double-Time’ on the river

‘Double-Time’ on the river

With my summer guiding season behind me, I’m spending every day at my fly tying vice trying to chip away at the 1,000 dozen flies I’m supposed to tie for various guides and fisherman by next spring. It’s getting tedious, and I’m already starting to wish I was back working on the River. Then, I… Continue Reading

An enterprise undertaken in the forest

An enterprise undertaken in the forest

In the summers of 1898 and 1900, Professor John George Jack, dendrologist and lecturer at the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University, worked as an agent for the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1900, he traveled to the western United States to survey, collect and document plants in central Colorado and… Continue Reading

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