Montana Outdoors

November 13, 2009

They’re not elk, but…

Filed under: Animals, Bighorn sheep, Cabinet Mountains, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 7:26 pm

Returning from an elk hunt during which we saw no elk, we saw three Bighorn rams not far off the road and they were kind enough to let me get some photos of them.

Bighorn rams

Bighorn rams

Bighorn rams

Bighorn ram

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  1. They appear to be posing for you.

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    Comment by knightofswords — November 13, 2009 @ 8:09 pm

    • They do seem to pose, maybe their way of showing off. I’ve seen big elk bulls do that to display their horns.

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      Comment by montucky — November 13, 2009 @ 8:49 pm

      • On the road to Cameron Lake (Alberta), three or four of these were pandhandling. One came up to our car and stuck his head in through the window and got stuck. We had to grab his horns and twisted his head to get him free. It was hard to stop laughing; the people in the car behind us should have video taped the thing and sent us a copy.

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        Comment by knightofswords — November 16, 2009 @ 10:33 am

        • Some will come right down to the roads, but no one tries to feed them anything: they’re not that tame. I’m not so sure I would like one to put his head in the car though: that could get tricky!

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          Comment by montucky — November 16, 2009 @ 11:08 pm

  2. Pretty impressive animals. They do look like they are posing.

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    Comment by kateri — November 13, 2009 @ 8:43 pm

    • I think the pose might be a subtle warning: “Hey, careful; look how big I am!”

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      Comment by montucky — November 13, 2009 @ 8:51 pm

  3. They look rather fluffy! Guess they need to be this time of year. Sorry you didn’t see any elk. When a big one does walk by, will you shoot it with the gun or shoot it with the Nikon? Love you!!!
    juls

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    Comment by juls — November 13, 2009 @ 8:56 pm

    • Yes, they already have their winter jackets on!

      A big elk? The .270!

      Love you too!!!

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      Comment by montucky — November 13, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

  4. They are very handsome, kind rams.

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    Comment by Candace — November 13, 2009 @ 10:48 pm

  5. Wow…what gorgeous animals. Great shots and detailing in the images.

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    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — November 13, 2009 @ 11:30 pm

    • They have reached prime condition just before winter. I have never seen their coats in any better condition.

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      Comment by montucky — November 13, 2009 @ 11:51 pm

  6. Oh man, those are gorgeous shots, Terry. I particularly love the first and last. Super work.

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    Comment by edvatza — November 14, 2009 @ 2:57 pm

    • Thanks, Ed. It’s so enjoyable to photograph them at close range. They have such an air about them.

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      Comment by montucky — November 14, 2009 @ 9:25 pm

  7. Just as cool to see in the wild! They are such powerful creatures.

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    Comment by scienceguy288 — November 14, 2009 @ 7:55 pm

  8. Wow… what an amazing animal and to see them in the wild like that. Great shot.

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    Comment by Preston Surface — November 14, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

    • It’s just so good to see them still around. Not too many years ago they were all but gone here and then some were re-planted and have flourished in this area. I was out today and saw about 150 of them.

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      Comment by montucky — November 14, 2009 @ 9:27 pm

  9. How beautiful they are.

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    Comment by SuzieQ — November 14, 2009 @ 11:37 pm

    • The Bighorn is clearly one of my favorite animals. We watched two rams today tap their horns together as if in a greeting.

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      Comment by montucky — November 14, 2009 @ 11:46 pm

  10. Oh, they are gorgeous and look at those horns! I would just love to quietly watch them, and to see them communicate with one another and tap their horns together. Amazing captures!

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    Comment by Anna Surface — November 15, 2009 @ 9:41 am

    • In several areas just west of here there will be good sized groups of them feeding along the highway and there are nearly always people there watching them. They do get on the highway too and many are killed each year, especially when to get on the road to lick the salty-tasting de-icer that’s applied to the highway.

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      Comment by montucky — November 15, 2009 @ 11:22 am

  11. Coming back to look at these again I noticed that in the 2nd and 3rd pics they appear to be saying “You check left and I’ll check right and then we’ll switch”.

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    Comment by SuzieQ — November 15, 2009 @ 2:18 pm

  12. Gorgeous animals, aren’t they? I’ve seen them only once, and that was from a car window. Wuold love to take a few photos of them.

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    Comment by Bo Mackison — November 15, 2009 @ 7:50 pm

    • They are a real bonus to living in this area. We really enjoy them.

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      Comment by montucky — November 16, 2009 @ 11:04 pm

  13. Very nice! I spent the weekend with a farm full of hunters… it’s deer season here. No pics though. The pics of the hunter holding the rack of their trophy doesn’t set well with a lot of people.

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    Comment by kcjewel — November 16, 2009 @ 3:22 pm

    • Deer and elk season is on here too. I know: I hunt but there are some photos I don’t post. Nothing to post this season so far anyway. I was in excellent elk country today but so far out I wouldn’t have taken one anyway.

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      Comment by montucky — November 16, 2009 @ 11:06 pm


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