Bob Marshall Wilderness Area
Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, affectionately known as The Bob, is located in Northwestern Montana, covering both sides of the continental divide and sitting on lands traditionally occupied by Blackfoot tribe to the East of the Divide, Salish Kootenai tribe on the south end and the Ktunaxa tribe to the North West. The third largest wilderness in the lower 48, The Bob is made up of three separate wilderness areas: The Bob Marshall Wilderness, established in 1964; The Scapegoat Wilderness, established in 1972; and the Great Bear Wilderness, established in 1978.
Home to grizzly bear, lynx, wolverine, deer, elk, gray wolf, moose, black bear, mountain lion, mountain goat, and mountain sheep the landscapes of The Bob include rugged ridge tops, gently sloping alpine meadows, thickly forested river bottoms and open grass parks.
Augusta, MT, USA
Celebrating its 84th anniversary, the Augusta American Legion Rodeo is one of Montana's oldest. In 2005, it was named Montana's Tourism Event of The Year by Governor Brian Schweitzer and the Montana Tourism Advisory Council. In 1936 and 1937 the rodeo was hosted by Lou Randall, who owned the Buckhorn Bar with the help of Art and Tot Nett as well as the American Legion and Walt Mcmanus.
The original arena was what the Little League Field is now. Gates from the Great Northern and snow fence made up the arena. In 1938 the land was purchased by the American Legion for the arena that is still used today. That same year, the Legion membership voted to produce the rodeo, despite the strenuous objections of Adjutant Guy Crowe, who cited the Legion's Post's modest cash balance of $3.75. A motion was presented by Legionnaire Tot Nett to spend the $3.75 for beer and still put on the rodeo……..the motion was carried. Pat Swan was hired to get out the timber; the building of the arena was done by the Legionnaires, there were no seats at this time; everyone sat in or on the cars or on the ground. Stock was picked up locally by Tot Nett, Art Nett, Bing Wellman and Bud Swanson, including some horses that the owners did not know were being used for bucking stock. At that time there was also a shortage of contestants, so the Legionnaires would comb the bushes to find some cowboys that had celebrated a little too much and put them aboard the bucking stock. The rodeo has progressed since then until we now have one of the finest arenas in the Northwest and have become one of the largest one day rodeos in the U.S. and Canada.
Picture and story from Augusta Chamber page. Visit https://augustamontana.com/rodeo for more information.
Glacier National Park, Montana, USA
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park was established in 1910, covers about one million acres of land, and contains 25 “active” glaciers that move due to thawing and melting.
There are a number of beloved areas in Glacier National Park. "Going-to-the-Sun Road", a 50-mile trek that provides some of the most amazing views in Montana, is Glacier National Park’s most popular destination. North Fork is only accessible by dirt road and has incredible views of some of the park's many lakes, as well as a historic homestead site. Goat Haunt is a remote and tranquil location that crosses the US-Canadian border.
Glacier National park is home to dozens of mammal species, including mountain goats, wolves, grizzly bears, and wolverines. Nearly 300 species of birds, including golden eagles, can be found in the park, providing great opportunities for birdwatching. Glacier is also known to have some of the best fly fishing in North America and while there are regulations, you do not need a permit for fishing in Glacier National Park.
Glacier is just over 100 miles from Augusta, and the drive is just as scenic and secluded as the Park itself!
Text taken from https://www.nationalparks.org/explore-parks/glacier-national-park, photo from Wikicommons.
Augusta, MT, USA
Augusta has one of the largest migratory elk herds in the United States. Hunters travel from across the US every fall to hunt in an area where herds outnumber humans 100 to 1. Also available in overabundance are antelope, whitetail and mule deer, Special permits are granted for bear, cougars, wolves and bobcats. Contact Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for more info.
Photo from the MIssoulian, link to article here: https://www.makeitmissoula.com/2015/11/elk-harvest-at-augusta-check-station-best-in-20-years/