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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...

 

Winter Can't Arrive Too Soon, or Can it?

I wonder what’s next? First it was disease, then drought. Now we’re dealing with wildfires and an infestation of grasshoppers. Winter can’t arrive too soon. Or can it? It snowed Sept. 9, 1970...

 

I have no regrets about leaving my lucrative job

In 1985 I left a lucrative career in the construction industry for a newspaper job. It wasn’t for the money. In fact it was more than 10 years before I again began making the hourly construction...

 

I've Decided to Embrace the Hot Weather

Since hot weather is apparently here to stay, I’ve decided to embrace it. I have little choice. There’s no escape. While I can hide inside, the relief is only temporary, and if I move any farther...

 

I came west to escape the heat

Years ago I came west to escape the heat. Either that or I was headin’ down the highway lookin’ for adventure. Whatever the reason, I found both cooler weather and excitement in Montana. I got a j...

 

It is summer in Yellowstone

You know it’s summer in Yellowstone Park when the bison start goring the visitors. A 30-year-old woman suffered what the park is calling “significant” injuries recently following an...

 

Dreaming of hunting...while fishing

I like to fish. A lot. But even though fishing is best this time of year, I can’t help but think it’s only a little more than two months until hunting season begins. And I really like to hunt. It...

 

He is never far from my thoughts

My father’s been gone for 15 years, and while I can’t say I think about him every day, he’s never far from my thoughts. Among the many things he taught me was how to hunt and fish, two pastimes...

 

I have always liked snakes

I don’t know why I’m so enamored with snakes, but they’ve had a hold on me since I was a kid. They still do. Last week at the cabin I saw our 10-month-old springer Dot cautiously approach...

 

Out-of-staters often lead us

I recently read another article concerning the influx of new residents to Montana and what they should know in order to fit in out here. It’s a tired, overworked story. The reality of the situation...

 

It's been a dry spring

It was 86 degrees when we got to the lake. I hoped to fish the next day, but the wind rose at dusk and howled all night. At first light it was spitting rain, and after wrapping up some work on the cab... Full story

 

Fishing is worth the scare

While pounding through the waves recently on Fort Peck Lake I couldn’t help but recall how many times I’d been here before. Not necessarily on Fort Peck, and certainly not in a boat this big, but...

 

Which side am I on?

I’ve been called a lot of things over the years, but this was a new one. A concerned reader, upset over my opinion in a recent column, referred to me as a self-righteous liberal. I was aghast. Me? M...

 
 By Parker Heinlein    Opinion    May 5, 2021

The sound I miss the most

While working in the yard yesterday I noticed a dark cloud approaching from the west. “It’s going to rain,” I thought to myself. The weather app on my phone affirmed my prediction. “Rain...

 

Times change, don't they?

In the 1980s while hunting on the CMR National Wildlife Refuge I drove into Glasgow to pick up a friend who was arriving on Amtrak. On a bulletin board in the train station was a racist cartoon that... Full story

 

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