• ‘It was a wonderful experience’: How to find a bobcat in MT

    The process of choosing a cover photo can be a long one.

    We receive hundreds of photos for each issue from an impressive group of professional photographers that help tell the stories we feature across Montana. As we go through the photos, dozens of photos pop out as potential covers.

    We test a couple. We print them out. We try them with different headline and logo color schemes. Until it’s just right. For the Jan/Feb issue, the photo of the snowy bobcat made by Jaime and Lisa Johnson jumped out at us immediately and beat out several others to earn the top spot. 

    MontanaMag_JF14_coverBut how do you find a bobcat in Montana so you can share it with MT magazine readers? As the Johnson’s told me, they can be very shy and spook easily. But luckly for us, the our cover star (which our Facebook fans voted to name Bob) was very friendly.  

    Here’s what they had to say about their experience finding Bob:

    We were heading home after a full December day out in the woods photographing Great Horned Owls. We decided to take a back road that was just outside of Bonner. Road was icy and we were cold and a little disappointed from a day with little success. As it got closer to dark, Lisa noticed a coyote or fox running really fast across a field. But, something didn’t look right – it seemed to have no tail. We stopped and looked thru binoculars to see what was up. It turned out to be a Bobcat! It continued to run until it disappeared into a small grove of cottonwood trees in the middle of the field. Since it was public land, we decided to grab our gear and hike out to the trees (just in case we got a chance for pictures). We see two or three cats a year and they all act differently, some are real spooky, some are almost social. As we got to the trees, Lisa spotted the bobcat peeking out from around a tree about 30 feet away. We took several images over the next hour until it was too dark to continue. The bobcat was amazing, really friendly – walking around and eventually jumping to a low branch in the tree to just sit and watch us. He was still sitting on the branch watching us as we walked away that night – it was a wonderful experience.


  • Take a look: Our winter issue is out and ready to read

    Photo by Jaime and Lisa Johnson

    If you haven’t already received the Jan/Feb issue in your mailbox, we just added all the preview content to our new site. You’ll notice right on the homepage our new cover photo star, a snowy bobcat that photographers Lisa and Jaime Johnson found outside Bonner.

    The Johnsons shot the Portfolio for this winter issue – an incredible set of photos that highlight some of Montana’s favorite wildlife characters.

    Throughout this issue we highlight the southwestern part of the state, with stories about Huguette Clark, the Star Theatre in Whitehall, and one I think you’ll really love: A look at the Rookwood Speakeasy in Butte. 

    The Rookwood was a happening place during the Prohibition Era. That was until the Feds came to town and the Rookwood was locked and abandoned until a curious Butte resident discovered it years later. I’ll post more about the Rookwood here in the coming weeks.

    We’ve got lots of other online extras, too. Including more about Tejay van Garderen, a Bozeman kid who is now a contender to win the Tour de France. Watch some videos about Tejay and learn more about his life as a pro cyclist.


    – Jenna