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Newspapers going the way of the pay phone

Barb and I were invited to speak to students during career day at the high school last week. The author of more than 115 books, she had quite a bit to say. As a former newspaperman I didn’t. As much...

 

It's been a while since I saw a bear

It’s been a while since I saw a bear in my neighborhood. We had them in our yard once in Bozeman as evidenced by the scat they left. I have a wonderful photo of a black bear running full tilt...

 

I worry about my dogs

I worry about my dogs. More than I should. It might be all those photos of lost and missing dogs I see every day on the Internet. I haven’t lost a dog in some time so there’s little cause for...

 

It's not that I don't like people

As we drove north the temperature headed south. We’d spent a few days visiting friends and family in Livingston, shopped a bit in Bozeman, and were on our way home to Malta. It’s always fun to...

 

I have always been a closet fan

Thirty-seven years ago I sat in the stands at Reno H. Sales Stadium and watched the Montana State Bobcats beat Rhode Island to advance to the NCAA Division I-AA title game. It was the last time I...

 

Ace and I are the same age

My dog Ace and I are the same age. In dog years, anyway. He’s aging faster than me, of course, but for a short time, we’re both at the same point in our journey. The similarities are a bit...

 

I'm sure we will have a white Christmas

It snowed yesterday. Not a big dump. Only four or five inches. But it’s going nowhere. There’s a very good chance this snow will still be on the ground come March, and very little chance it will...

 

It appears I'm in the minority

I saw few other hunters this season. But it appears I’m in the minority. Apparently there were so many hunters from Washington up on Frenchman Creek this fall that even they were complaining about a...

 

I haven't stuck out my thumb in years

A recent notice from the Phillips County Sheriff’s Department advised residents not to call the department about a hitchhiker near Malta unless he wandered into traffic. Apparently the mere sight...

 

That bird wasn't so special after all

In the end, and that end was a long time in coming, the bird I’d sought wasn’t so special after all. Two and a half months into the hunting season I had little to show for my efforts. The birds we...

 

Childhood memory of a farm in Illinois

My father certainly didn’t hunt as much as I do, but from the time I was 9 or 10 years old he always made sure to include me when he did go hunting. One trip we took every fall was to his...

 

My middle child is a barker

My dog Ace is the middle child. Seldom the center of attention, Ace is quite comfortable blending into the background. Except when he barks. And he barks a lot. He barks in the morning when I let him...

 

I'm just running my dogs!

The season has been slow. I’ve only shot a handful of birds since the Sept. 1. opener. It isn’t for a lack of trying. More days than not I’m hunting, so often in fact that I’ve quit telling...

 

Antelope season, you are still missed

I hadn’t hunted antelope in quite a few years and I missed it. I missed stalking them on the open prairie. I missed eating them. I even missed crawling through cactus to get within range. So when th...

 

Every Hunting Season is Different

Every hunting season is different. This one exceptionally so. Drought, heat, and an infestation of grasshoppers guaranteed it. Since the upland bird season opened in September, I’ve been out more...

 

Malta can't be found on top ten list

Rare is the town that fails to make a list of the top ten places to do whatever: retire, ski, fish, buy an over-priced condo. As hard as I look, however, I can’t find Malta included anywhere. It...

 

A lot of people feed on fear

We hear all too often that if something is allowed to proceed, it will forever change life as we know it. It’s rarely true, but a lot of folks feed on fear and nonsense. Take the United Property...

 

The Heinleins have a new passion

My wife and I have a new passion. It involves physical exertion, lots of teamwork, and kneepads. Sometimes it gets loud. We're mixing our own concrete and pouring a patio, one 32-inch square at a...

 

The birds have all of my attention

I’d pretty much given up big game hunting and turned all my attention to birds. There were a number of reasons. I could shoot something every day for one. And if I was successful it didn’t take...

 

Paying respects to a good dog

There are places I’ll go this fall that I never see any other time of year ‑- small, intimate spots hidden from view, hard to reach, with little reason to be there unless you’re hunting or...

 

Last cruise on the pontoon this year

I always get a feeling of melancholy this time of year. When I was young it was brought on by the realization that school was about to start again, that the endless days of summer were not so endless...

 

My offenses are well documented

I’m always amazed when celebrities and politicians are forced to step down after a past indiscretion comes to light. Often it’s simply an inappropriate comment caught on tape that spells the end....

 

I will always choose local

I usually grow a big garden -- corn, potatoes, peas, beans, squash, and the like. This year I didn’t. So little rain fell in April and May that it seemed a good idea to skip gardening, and...

 

We're just too remote for most

Years ago, while living in Bozeman, I suggested that people who didn’t farm or ranch should live in town. I even recommended folks looking to move to Montana check out existing housing in the small...

 

I'll miss my Yellowstone fishing friends this year

It was 50 years ago this month that I first fished the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. I was working for an outfitter in Cooke City and had been asked to accompany an elderly couple into the canyon a...

 

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