Montana’s mountain lakes offer challenges, rewards

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, SEPT. 13-14 - In this photo taken on July 7, 2014, Glenn Owens holds a 6.25-pound, 22-inch Yellowstone cutthroat trout caught at an undisclosed lake in the Tobacco Root Mountains near Bozeman, Mont. Montana's Rocky Mountains harbor thousands of high country lakes that offer anglers the chance to catch trophy fish. (AP Photo/Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Glenn Owens)

In the Woods: F&G seeks youth waterfowl hunters

Courtesy photo To introduce children to hunting, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is hosting a mentored youth waterfowl hunt Sept. 27 at Mud Lake Wildlife Management Area. Fish and Game will provide a mentor, waders, guns and ammunition. Space is limited. Call 525-7290 to reserve a spot.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking youth hunters for a mentored hunt Sept. 27 at Mud Lake Wildlife Management Area.

Kayaking in Alaska’s “bear utopia” is a thrill

In this July, 2013, photo, a mother brown bear nurses her yearling cub at Admiralty Island's Pack Creek near Windfall Harbor, Alaska. The area around Pack Creek, a bear-viewing area on Admiralty Island, offers some amazing sights not too far from Juneau, Alaska.(AP Photo/Juneau Empire, Mary Catharine Martin)

WINDFALL HARBOR, Alaska (AP) — Last summer, my boyfriend, Bjorn, and I went for a three-day sun-drenched kayak trip at Admiralty Island’s Windfall Harbor.

Journey on the Elwha River shows its wild nature

In an Aug. 19, 2014 photo, rafters float the Elwha River during a rafting tour between two removed dams in the Olympic National Forest southwest of Port Angeles, Wash. A $325-million dam removal and restoration project now allows the Elwha to flow unfettered 45 miles from its' source in the Olympic Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.(AP Photo/The Olympian, Tony Overman)

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — As it winds through Olympic National Park, it doesn’t take long to discover the character of the Elwha River is different, wilder.

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