Montana Outdoors

November 16, 2009

Overlooking the Clark Fork Valley

These photos were taken on an elk scouting hike today on the ridge between Weeksville Creek and Buffalo Bill Creek in the Cabinet mountains. It was a fairly stiff hike up from the valley on a brush-covered game trail, but the scenery made it worth it and it’s excellent elk habitat up there.

Overlooking the Clark Fork Valley

Overlooking the Clark Fork Valley



  1. I doubt I’d get into the hunt, I’d just sit there and watch the view and munch on a sandwich. What a vista!


    Comment by Cedar — November 17, 2009 @ 8:44 am

    • I have to admit that I do more of that than actually hunting. Actually, long before I reached the ridge I knew I wouldn’t shoot anything up there because it would have been much too hard to get it out; but I made the rest of the climb anyway. Lately I really prefer to shoot with a Nikon.


      Comment by montucky — November 17, 2009 @ 9:25 am

  2. What a glorious expanse… Makes me want to go for a nice long nature filled walk (with camera, of course!)


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — November 17, 2009 @ 12:52 pm

    • Those nice long walks are always worth while, Stacey, but I’m sure you know that. Sure helps to put things in the right perspective, at least for me.


      Comment by montucky — November 17, 2009 @ 10:52 pm

  3. Looks like you are still having some beautiful fall weather! Give me a Nikon or Canon any day over a Remington or Browning!


    Comment by Maureen — November 17, 2009 @ 7:22 pm

    • Well, we’ve had a handful of clear days, but mostly rain, soon to be snow I guess. Very warm this year though! I take a rifle once in awhile, and always a pistol (mainly because of the cats), but I’m starting to greatly prefer the camera.


      Comment by montucky — November 17, 2009 @ 10:56 pm

  4. What a trip, scouting for elk…


    Comment by Bo Mackison — November 17, 2009 @ 11:38 pm

    • Didn’t see any that day, but that ridge is covered with elk, deer and bear sign.


      Comment by montucky — November 18, 2009 @ 9:13 am

  5. How very lovely! I love the views and hues of blue. Deep country. And a place I’d like to hike. 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — November 18, 2009 @ 8:48 am

    • Yes, I know that you and Preston would enjoy this area.


      Comment by montucky — November 18, 2009 @ 9:14 am

  6. These are the kinds of views I’d like to see from my back porch.



    Comment by Malcolm — November 18, 2009 @ 9:49 am

    • That would be nice, wouldn’t it! I’m content though, to just go up in such paces every few days and enjoy it.


      Comment by montucky — November 18, 2009 @ 10:26 pm

      • Plus, the hike is good exercise.



        Comment by knightofswords — November 20, 2009 @ 10:37 am

        • As far as I’m concerned, the best. Used to be, hunting season was a physical strain, but with the regular hiking I’ve been doing the last few years, it’s not as hard and even more fun!


          Comment by montucky — November 20, 2009 @ 7:56 pm

  7. Blue mountains as far as the eye can see. Wonderful.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — November 18, 2009 @ 6:40 pm

    • In a way it is, and yet those mountains in this view have been horribly abused over the past half century.


      Comment by montucky — November 18, 2009 @ 10:27 pm

  8. There you go with that Montana sky again, Terry. I guess its like they say, “if you’ve got it, flaunt it!” 😉


    Comment by edvatza — November 19, 2009 @ 6:22 am

    • I think the thing with the sky is that the mountains are always pointing up at it.


      Comment by montucky — November 19, 2009 @ 10:57 pm

  9. Hmmm….sheep, beautiful country…no elk? Are they bugling? Have you seen any?


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — November 19, 2009 @ 2:42 pm

    • Haven’t seen any bulls. but my son had 5 days off and we’ll spend them out hunting. I’m afraid though that because we don’t have much snow that they are all up really high still. Haven’t heard any bugling either.


      Comment by montucky — November 19, 2009 @ 11:02 pm

  10. I think Nikon hunting sounds more fun 🙂 Lovely, blue photos.


    Comment by Candace — November 21, 2009 @ 11:39 pm

    • We’re going out again in the morning and I think I will hunt with the Nikon. It is supposed to snow and that will make it easier to keep the camera dry too.


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2009 @ 11:57 pm

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