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Visions of Antlers Running Through My Head

The bull was bedded in the timber at the top of a spur ridge running off the mountain. There were no tracks on the side from which I approached so his appearance caught me by surprise. My rifle was sl...

 

Sports leave Little Time for Hunting and Fishing

I fear organized sports are robbing our youth of their outdoor heritage. What with seasons and tournaments that run the entire school year, and summer sports camps, which fill in the void, there’s...

 

Montana Weather--be careful what you wish for!

The weather finally changed. I should have written about it sooner. It seldom fails. Pen a column lamenting the endless days of clear skies and balmy temps, and by the time those words reach print...

 

Hunting Season in Montana...get a clue!

The weather on the opening weekend of the general hunting season surprised more than a few folks. Hunters fled camps when snow collapsed their tents. Others awaited rescue after their vehicles got...

 

New Election Cycle, Same Tired Refrain

Apparently desperate times call for desperate measures. Montana Supreme Court candidate James Brown (not the King of Soul) has recently started warning us that President Biden is coming for our jobs...

 

I Long for Days of Driving Snow and Freezing Cold

I try to avoid writing about the weather because it usually changes when I do. Here’s hoping it works this time. Since bird season opened on Sept. 1 nearly every day has been clear, sunny, and warm....

 

In a Mulligan, I Would Be A Social Influencer...

If I had it to do all over again I’d become a social influencer. It’s a calling that seems to fit me. I have little talent. I don’t sing, dance, act, or play a musical instrument. My athletic...

 

Ace Knew What He Was Missing

It’s the season of the backup. Dot came up lame last week. She may have blown out a knee. I’ll know more when we go back to the vet. In the meantime she’s supposed to take it easy, which means n...

 

Hurricane Ian hit a familiar place

Hurricane Ian came ashore last week at a familiar spot: Cayo Costa, a barrier island on the Gulf coast of Florida. Barb and I used to trailer a boat from Montana to Florida every spring. We’d visit...

 

It's All About the Burrowing Owls

Blame the burrowing owls. Fascinating little critters that they are, the tiny birds are apparently the reason Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge adopted a scorched-earth policy regarding habitat....

 

Edub's Homecoming Experience

There are only a handful of people with whom I’ll hunt. Edub is one. He and I have hunted together for more than 30 years. We met while both of us were working for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. He...

 

Dot Is Much Different From Her Predecessors

It took me years to make the change. I always felt I could control my dogs with just voice commands or a whistle. And while I still maintain that approach worked over many years, some of my hunting...

 

Driving in Montana is such a treat

The lengths to which I’ll go have increased immensely. Barb and I took a trip to town yesterday. Although we live smack dab in the middle of one, with a population less than 2,000, Malta doesn’t...

 

A new creature added to my list

I’ve packed out a lot of critters in my time, elk, moose, deer, antelope, and bear among them. I recently had the opportunity to add another species to that list: hadrosaur. A duck-billed dinosaur...

 

Just Call Me a "Cooler"

My friend Smoke has started referring to me as a “cooler.” Like the unlucky individuals employed by casinos to “cool” the action at the gaming tables when someone gets hot, I’m apparently...

 

Cooke City is More Unique Than Ever

I fell in love with Montana when I first arrived in Cooke City. I was 18. Nestled high in the Beartooth Mountains just north of Yellowstone Park, Cooke was miles from anywhere. The closest town,...

 

My Trigger Finger Has Taken an Abrupt Turn

As the opening of upland bird season approaches, my trigger finger has taken an abrupt turn to the right. It doesn’t appear to be political. More likely it’s the result of 70 years of use and...

 

My Concern is Strictly Personal

I’m losing hope. Until about a week ago I remained optimistic that Fort Peck Lake would rise. There was even a span of six days early this month when it did come up a tiny bit. Then it fell again,...

 

Bowdoin Waterfowl Refuge, now just foul

There seems to be a bit of confusion out at the Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge. Apparently the folks in charge there – if anyone is -- thought the state’s Clean, Drain, and Dry program didn’t...

 

Maybe river bottom homes need stilts

I grew up in southern Indiana a few miles from the Ohio River. From a high perch in the oak tree in our backyard, I could see Kentucky. Nearly a mile wide inside its banks, the river would flood...

 

An eventful exit from Flathead Lake

The sign read “Caution: Water over road,” a warning that filled me with dread considering we were in a car with only a couple of inches of clearance. During a visit to Flathead Lake last week...

 

It may take years to get back to Cooke City again

Cooke City felt like a very long ways from anywhere when I arrived there 52 years ago. I had driven over the Beartooth Pass from Red Lodge, and was still awestruck when I rolled into town. I had...

 

Hoping to get a little batty this summer!

I was working in my garden last week when I heard the first mosquito of the season. He buzzed my ear, and in an unsuccessful attempt to squash him I slapped myself upside the head. It will be long...

 

Opinion on gun violence in schools

There is a common denominator in school shootings: America’s rifle, the AR-15. Built to throw a lot of lead, this mass-produced, cheaply made weapon was designed for the military, but has been embra...

 

Goodbye Old Mike, my friend

A couple of old friends of mine passed away recently. Memorial services are planned for later this summer. I grieved when I heard the news, wishing that I’d stayed in closer contact, but now they we...

 

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