The monarch butterfly evokes beauty and transformation.Traveling as far as 3,000 miles each year to find the perfect hibernating conditions, the monarch embodies strength and an ability to metamorphize. To many of us, action takes change and change does not come easy, but it is critical to growth and survival. Like the “butterfly effect,” even the smallest action can have a massive impact.
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Mountain Outlaw magazine is published biannually in Big Sky, Montana, and examines the lifestyle, culture and issues relevant to the Mountain West from the heart of the Yellowstone region. Through award-winning editorial content, design, video and photography, Mountain Outlaw gives you more than a story – it’s an experience.

SUMMER 2022 MAGAZINE

Pick up your copy of the summer 2022 edition of Mountain Outlaw magazine at more than 400 locations around the Greater Yellowstone region.

FEATURES

FEATURED OUTLAW: RYAN BUSSE’S GUNFIGHT

By Joseph T. O’Connor

Ryan Busse worked in the firearms industry. Now, with his book Gunfight, he’s battling the industry that brought him in.

OUTBOUND GALLERY: YNP THROUGH THE YEARS

Yellowstone Park at 150

ACTORS

ACTORS: MAKING MEANING AND MEDICINE IN THE LAND OF THE BURNING GROUND

By Shane Doyle

Indigenous placenames reveal an ancient Yellowstone

ACTORS: SWIFT WATER

By Scott Bosse

A River Essay

ACTORS: ANATOMY OF A WAKE-UP CALL

By Tom Spruance

An excerpt from conservation activist Thomas Spruance’s prologue to Todd Wilkinson’s new book, “Ripple Effects: How to Save Yellowstone and America’s Most Iconic Wildlife Ecosystem”

ACTORS: THE POWER OF ART AND PLACE

By Lyn StClair

One artist’s take on the influence of wildlife on the easel

ADVERSITY

ADVERSITY: GRACEFUL ENDURANCE

By Steven Hawley

Re: Request for comment on salmon and the Salmon River

ADVERSITY: THE GRIZZLY DILEMMA

By Todd Wilkinson

Up Tom Miner Basin, neighbors are grappling to prevent a wildlife miracle from being loved to death

ADVERSITY: FLUID LANDSCAPE

By Brigid Mander

A primer for understanding wildlife migration

ADVERSITY: STRENGTH OF A LYON

By Matt Crossman

How one man’s brush with death led him out of the flames and back to life

ACTION

ACTION: A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT TURNS 30, PART 1

By Toby Thompson

Watching river flow, looking upstream

ACTION: A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT TURNS 30, PART 2

By Todd Wilkinson

Watching river flow, looking downstream

ACTION: GAMBLING WITH THE OUTDOORS

By Mark Wilcox

Lotteries and timed entries are becoming increasingly common to access public lands and experiences. But are public lands, and the public themselves, winning?

ACTION: MONOPOLY ON THE RANGE

By Emily Reed

One Wyoming ranch’s fight to keep operations on the market

ACTION: LEARNING BOUNDARIES

By Lori Ryker

A designer’s take on building—and living—responsibly in Greater Yellowstone