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Montana DIY Elk Hunting – 2014 – Bulls & Grizzlies – Part 2

I was still quartering my elk when the sun finally slipped below the Gravelly Mountains to the west. Its amazing how much more difficult a job it is when your alone and looking over your shoulder every few minutes. All … Continue reading

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The Escape Artists – Montana Public Land Elk Hunting

                    I left camp long before first light and began the long pull up the mountain through eight inches of snow grown crusty after days of wind and sun. Far above … Continue reading

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Montana 2014 DIY Elk – Bulls and Grizzlies – Part 1

We headed into camp this year with a lot of anticipation. Montana had good precipitation all spring and summer and cooler temperatures and we hoped that would keep the elk high and near our 9000′ camp. The last two years had … Continue reading

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Here, There be Dragons – 2013 Montana DIY Mountain Goat Hunt

     It was the end of September and a winter storm was moving toward southwest Montana when Dick and I  left our base camp on Moose Creek at 5AM in a light rain and headed toward the top of the Gallatin … Continue reading

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2012 Elk Hunting – Week 7 – Back to Montana

I left southern Colorado on a Thursday in early November in a blizzard that started just south of Denver and stayed with me all the way north of Cheyenne. I was tired of driving in it and found a cheap motel and an expensive steak dinner in … Continue reading

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2012 Elk Season – Week 4 – Sometimes we leave our heart on the mountain

After three weeks of bow hunting in Montana’s Madison Range I needed a little break from chasing elk. When Tom left on Monday morning, I threw the wall tent and my gear into the back of the truck and headed … Continue reading

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2012 Elk Season – Week 3 – Two Shot Tom & the T-Rex

It was a hot, dusty and generally miserable ride out of the mountains. Dan and I  took turns pulling the rear, riding into an inescapable cloud of dust. It was hot even after the sun dropped behind the Tobacco Roots. … Continue reading

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2012 elk – Weeks 1 & 2 – “High & Dry”

I was two weeks into the Montana archery season and hadn’t taken a shot at an elk yet. We were riding back to the trailhead to load up and drive back to town to pick up a friend arriving at … Continue reading

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2013 Montana Spring Bear Hunts

Spring bear season is in full swing here in Montana.  The weather is warmer than normal and the snow has pulled back from the hillsides on all but the highest elevations.

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Dan’s Argentina Red Stag Hunt

April 12, 2013 Dan and Kristen picked Argentina as their honeymoon destination, albeit almost a year after the wedding ! Kristen had always wanted to see Buenos Aires and Dan was hoping to hunt Argentina’s red stags during the rut, … Continue reading

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2012 Elk – Week 5 – Cosmic Dick and the Black Hole Elk

When it comes to elk hunting, the ultimate hunting partner is a mule. They don’t need to be shod, will carry a lot of weight without complaining, won’t drink your whiskey, and hate grizzly bears. After a mule though, the next … Continue reading

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Turning an Elk into the Best Elk Burger in the World !

I started hunting whitetails in Indiana back in the 1980’s. While those corn and soybean fed deer made pretty tasty fare, they don’t compare to the savory goodness of a well cooked elk burger. I always end up with more elk burger than … Continue reading

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“Those are the Breaks!” 2011 Elk Hunt

The sun was dropping below the canyon rim when a shrill whistle broke from the shadows that were beginning to fall across the bottom of the coulee.  Lying beside me on a grass covered ridge, Dick continued to stare through … Continue reading

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