The end is near… Of Montana’s archery season anyways.

It is hard to believe that we have pretty much all of the the early season archery hunts come and gone.  Montana’s will come to a close this week and for the first time in 7 or so years, I have not made it out to the mountains for elk.  I am not all that disappointed it though.

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The end is nigh… Of big game season anyways.

Hunting season in Montana is actually rather long.  And even with the length of time we have between Archery and rifle seasons it never seems to last long enough.  I have struggled to get out as much this season between work, my wife being pregnant, and my wife having MS. Continue reading

The short and sweet Montana Rifle Opener 2014

With archery season come and gone, the rifle season opened up recently.  I missed opening day but my dad and brother both got their elk this season.  I drove up that evening to help pack out the elk and ended up late due to a flat tire and nothing to change it with.  At least I had got a proper sized spare tire the day before and with a little luck I had someone finally pull over and help me out.  I didn’t even have to show any leg.

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Elk hunts change without warning – Part 3 – The conclusion

This series of posts has reflected on one trip (2 if you count hauling the trailer up.  Part one and Part two links outline the hunt, specific events, and some hunt photos) for Elk and Deer and how quickly things can change.  I had told my wife, family, in-laws, that I had hoped to get a fall bear and thus ended up succeeding.  I always thought I would have elk and deer under my belt before I got a bear with a bow but like the title of these posts, hunts can change without warning.

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Elk hunts change without warning – Part 2

Montana Mountain Scenery

Montana Mountain Scenery

Due to some unexpected things happening, I was not able to make it up to camp when I had planned and ended up going up Friday night with my dad.  We took a quick detour to a spot we were last season and to see what some of the public lands outside of the forest had to offer.  Lots of whitetail to be exact.  Prime spots I plan to check out in November!  Anyways, with bugling in the distance, we were charged and ready for the morning even though we could not find the talkative bulls.  For all we know it may have been other hunter(s).  We found some leftover firewood and left to check up on our camp.  But first, if you have not read part 1 of this 3 part series, you might want to click here first and come back after! Continue reading

New year

The year is coming to an end today.  I am at work thinking about being outdoors again, right at this moment (on lunch of course!).  And I just wanted to say thank you for reading.  2013 was a hectic year full of ups and downs.  Seems the older I get the more of a roller coaster it can be.  Below is a gallery of some of my favorite moments and photos.  Stay safe tonight and may your new year be full of happiness, outdoor adventures, and good health.  See you next year!

from 2013.

To fill a Freezer (2013).

People hunt for many reasons.  I have more reasons than I can think of.  The views, the wildlife, the pursuit and many others in between.  Towards mid November, my mind sets to another point from trying to find a mature animal that will test me, to trying to fill the freezer with some management tags and even my general tag.  I’m the type of hunter that would rather find a doe than shoot a buck that has not had a chance to live.  So the end of the general rifle season is near, we head off to fill the freezer.

Barbed wire fence

Barbed wire fence

It’s much harder for me to wake up at 6am for work than it is to wake up at 3am for hunting as is the case for many hunters even if I can’t fall asleep until 1am even.  I stepped out of bed wide awake and got my gear to my truck and took off to my parents house to meet up with my dad, brother, and an old co-worker of my dads from a couple of years ago.  I got there a little early to outfit my rifle with a better set of bi-pods and have some breakfast with my family before loading up and heading the hour out of town to a Southern Montana ranch that we have had permission on last year.

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