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 By Parker Heinlein    Opinion    July 8, 2020 

An island of our own making

A lot of folks up here in north-central Montana seem to think we live on an island, that the threat posed by the pandemic doesn’t concern us. Although I don’t share those thoughts, my wife and I...

 

Call me 'Mr. Green Jeans'

I’m not a very fashionable guy. Since leaving the newspaper in Bozeman 14 years ago I’ve pretty much worn the same clothes every day. In particular, the same pants. A good friend who used to work...

 

A night in the clink due to dad

It’s not just on Father’s Day that I think of Dad. Quite often lately I think I see him before realizing it’s just the reflection of me in a mirror. I hope the stories I tell my daughters...

 

Ace in the hole

It’s finally Ace’s turn. At this time last year I still had four dogs. Two were old and retired from the hunt. One was a young up-and-comer, and then there was Ace, like Dwight Schrute, always a...

 

Upside down is distressing

I don’t like to see my boats upside down in the water. It’s distressing. When I was a kid, however, my friends and I would almost always flip my canoe. Like us, in our youth, it was unsinkable, so...

 

Bring in the drunks

Only days after the most recent snowfall, it’s finally beginning to feel like summer. But the arrival of warm weather also heralds the return of one of Montana’s more annoying species: loud,...

 

The 'eye' that got away... Oh well

After a lifetime of crying over the ones that got away, I’m finally at peace with all those lost fish. They were simply meant to be. Fishing last week with my friend Mike on the Big Dry Arm of Fort...

 

Treasure State Golden Anniversary

My how time flies. In a couple of weeks, it will be 50 years since I first arrived in Montana. Shortly after high school graduation, I headed west from my home in southern Indiana after deciding to...

 

The bear necessities

There was a time that it wasn’t spring until I spotted my first grizzly bear. While I’ve stumbled upon few grizzlies in the fall, it was April when I expected to see them. They were following the...

 
 By Parker Heinlein    Opinion    May 6, 2020

In the age deny and deflect

The more things change, the more they stay the same. I’ve seen countless before and after photos recently of clean skies over cities -- like Los Angeles -- that used to be noted for their smog....

 

Going to try with a little help from dog

I get by with a little help from my dog. Calling it “help” however, might be a bit of a reach. My wife calls it “controlling.” Jem’s always been an affectionate, loving dog. When our pup...

 

Dealing with the 'new normal'

I thought I’d have little trouble with this new normal. After all, I’ve been social distancing for decades. I don’t like crowds. I quit going to bars years ago. I hate standing in lines. I hunt...

 

Too close to home of late

I’ve been staying close to the house for a few weeks. Too close. Yesterday I found myself out in the garage casting a crankbait at a five-gallon bucket. I’m ready to go fishing. Friends of mine...

 

Nothing to do with Coronavirus

Oh, how the world has changed. Here’s a story that has nothing to do with coronavirus. It was nearly 30 years ago, and I was camped at an old homestead on Frenchman Creek in mid-October. I’d...

 

OK, Boomer, time to reevaluate

OK Boomer, let’s see what you got. I quit elk hunting some years ago. I haven’t shot a deer or an antelope in a couple of years. That’s all about to change. In this time of quarantine, I’m ree...

 

Doing fine except for one feeling

We left Montana the last day of February driving south in search of sun and surf. We returned two weeks later to a world much different than the one we’d left. I hadn’t seen a palm tree in a...

 

All's quiet on the Yellowstone

Times certainly have changed. More than three dozen bison were killed by hunters recently just outside Yellowstone National Park. And it was no big deal. The national media wasn’t in attendance....

 

Times certainly have changed

Times certainly have changed. More than three dozen bison were killed by hunters recently just outside Yellowstone National Park. And it was no big deal. The national media wasn’t in attendance....

 

Waiting for the pike to appear

When I was a kid my dad gave me an autographed copy of a book by Sasha Siemel. He was a professional hunter in Brazil, famous for killing more than 300 jaguars with a spear. As I sat shivering in a...

 

Slim freezer pickings

Oh, how I long for summer. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I don’t like winter. I just hate getting dressed for it. It’s so much work. While covering the offending parts is all that’s...

 

Slim pickings mid-winter

Last week’s column on the impending invasion of feral swine from Canada attracted an unusual amount of attention. Apparently the squeal of the pig resonates with more hunters than I would have...

 

Plan for pigs not for everyone

Last week’s column on the impending invasion of feral swine from Canada attracted an unusual amount of attention. Apparently the squeal of the pig resonates with more hunters than I would have...

 

When wild pigs arrive...

Invaders are massing at our border and a bombastic reality TV star promises to save our bacon. Sound familiar? No, it’s not him. It’s Pigman. Brian Quaca, the host of “Pigman: The Series,” on...

 

Still better than Tucson

I’m a little torn. It’s so cold I have no interest in going outside. On the other hand, it’s cold, so it’s making ice and that means I should be outside -- fishing. I’ve never been much of...

 

Washington State: It's a different world

It’s only a day’s drive from here, but it’s a world away. At least I fit in. With longish gray hair and a beard, I looked like a hundred other guys on the street, although they were dressed...

 

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