Montana Outdoors

January 24, 2012

Well, maybe not

Filed under: Winter — montucky @ 10:52 pm

Shooting range

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  1. Very good one! I’d stay away too!

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    Comment by Judy — January 25, 2012 @ 1:16 am

  2. Careful out there! It looks like winter has finally settled in out there.

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    Comment by farmhouse stories — January 25, 2012 @ 5:54 am

    • Well, it seemed as though it had for a few days, then today it was in the 40’s and a real mess! This is a most unusual winter!

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      Comment by montucky — January 25, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

  3. I certainly will not be hiking out in that direction. I’ve always liked the contrast of yellow grass and white snow.

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    Comment by Jack Matthews — January 25, 2012 @ 6:38 am

    • This little cove is tucked away at the end of our local shooting range. To my knowledge, no one has ever used the archery range, even in summer. Most folks set up an archery range at their home as I do. The rifle range part gets a lot of use as does the pistol part and there is also a very active trap club located there.

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      Comment by montucky — January 25, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

  4. Hi Montucky, Fun! Have a wonderful day!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — January 25, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    • I hope you have a wonderful day too, wildlifewatcher!

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      Comment by montucky — January 25, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

  5. Yeah, maybe it’s a little chilly anyway.

    Funny pic Montucky!

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    Comment by dhphotosite — January 25, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    • Probably not a lot of archery activity in the winter. I can’t imagine shooting with all that snow.

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      Comment by montucky — January 25, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

  6. The trail was the first thing that caught my eye as the photo was loading.

    Wondering whose footprints those are in the trail, human or game?

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    Comment by Kim — January 25, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    • Deer tracks. They cross the ranges on their way to a golf course for some serious grazing.

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      Comment by montucky — January 25, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

  7. Archers have to get a lot closer than gun hunters. You’d be safe as long as you don’t wear any antler hats.

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    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — January 25, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    • In this part of the country, antler hats would not be a good idea, although the bow hunters are very good hunters around here.

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      Comment by montucky — January 25, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

      • “Archers have to get a lot closer than gun hunters. You’d be safe as long as you don’t wear any antler hats.”

        “In this part of the country, antler hats would not be a good idea, although the bow hunters are very good hunters around here.”

        …and in some parts of the country, white knit hats or mittens can get you killed if a “hunter” mistakes them for a white-tail deers flashing tail!

        Montucky, do you wear blaze orange when you hike in the fall?

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        Comment by Kim — January 26, 2012 @ 8:52 am

  8. Beautiful work..love the contrast between the warm and cool colors in this, hope you have been doing well !!

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    Comment by Bernie Kasper — January 25, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

  9. Are you tired of cleaning up snow yet?
    This is a neat shot, and hey, I see tracks!

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    Comment by sandy — January 25, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    • I spent two days working on snow clearing issues and did get very tired. Now I’m ready for more and looking forward to it. Yes, there are deer tracks everywhere and I noticed a lot of coyote tracks there as well. The real pests this year are the turkeys: there are literally hundreds of them here now after the mild winter a year ago and a good summer.

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      Comment by montucky — January 25, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

  10. Hello from the east coast of Canada,

    Oh my, what lovely photographs. Love the view from your deck. Found you c/o Gerry’s “Torch Lake Views”.

    Sybil
    Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia

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    Comment by Sybil — January 25, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

  11. I think shooting pictures is OK along with shooting arrows, don’t you?

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    Comment by WildBill — January 25, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

    • Well, it is a “shooting” range after all! Lol. I really shoot a lot more pictures these days than I do gunpowder.

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      Comment by montucky — January 25, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

  12. when i look at this, i note the sign, but more i see what we have, winter has not knocked down the autumn grasses yet!

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    Comment by Tammie — January 25, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

    • We had a very wet spring last year and a great summer for the plants. Lots of tall grass still around, pretty good browse for the deer.

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      Comment by montucky — January 25, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

  13. I see a trail where someone or some thing has walked there in the snow…

    beautiful blue sky! =)

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    Comment by Tricia — January 26, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    • There are deer trails everywhere after a new snow. I enjoy seeing the stories written in the snow and finding out who all of the overnight visitors were.

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      Comment by montucky — January 26, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

  14. I’ve always known this line – “I shot an arrow in the air, it came to ground, I know not where…” What I didn’t know is that the line is from Longfellow! Here’s the stanza – such a nice accompaniment to your photo!

    “I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For so swiftly it flew, the sight Could not follow it in its flight. I breathed a song into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For, who has sight so keen and strong That it can follow the flight of song? Long, long afterward, in an oak I found the arrow, still unbroken; And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend.”

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    Comment by shoreacres — January 26, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    • I think of that line sometimes and always have to chuckle because it reminds me of the time, many years ago, when I bought a new bow. There was a farmer’s field just behind our house that was a half mile wide with a road on the other side. I shot an arrow in that direction to see how far it would go, then became concerned that it might reach the road: it made it half way.

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      Comment by montucky — January 26, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

  15. Nice photo.
    I like the sky.

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    Comment by apostolcornel — January 26, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

  16. Beautiful picture. I love the sign. Those scare me when I’m out hiking in a brown jacket. I wear an orange cap to try to deflect arrows. It works great so far.

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    Comment by Ratty — January 26, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    • You’re pretty safe around bow hunters or archers, especially with that arrow-proof cap!

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      Comment by montucky — January 26, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

  17. Yeah, I think I’d be scared if I came upon that sign, too. Pretty cloud action.

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    Comment by Candace — January 26, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

    • We have had some pretty clouds the last week or so. It has been a treat after all of the gray skies we’ve had.

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      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

  18. Ouch, my back!

    Great idea for Your post. I talk a little bit of out-of-context. I checked with interest what kind of rules here for hunting with a crossbow. “Law jungle” was very complicated and still, I am not sure, if I say that game hunting cannot be made here, if the tensioning force of a crossbow is less180 Newton (180 N).

    Thank You for Your post which made me to think arches and hunting.

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    Comment by Sartenada — January 27, 2012 @ 12:52 am

    • Here we have special seasons for hunting with bow and arrow, usually preceding the rifle season. Bow and arrow is also permitted during the general rifle season and crossbows may also be used then.

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      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

  19. I love the gentle colors in this photo…

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    Comment by kateri — January 28, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    • That was taken with the sun at my back. It does tend to calm down the colors somehow.

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      Comment by montucky — January 28, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

  20. It looks SO cold!! And – what a gorgeous winter landscape!

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    Comment by Marcie — January 28, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    • It is a place I pass on my walks. It makes it easy to do a lot of walking.

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      Comment by montucky — January 28, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  21. Mmm… it’d be difficult to find your shot arrows in all that snow! 🙂

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    Comment by Val — January 30, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    • Yes, impossible. When I shoot my bow though I do it at home though anyway and use a target that traps the arrows very well.

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      Comment by montucky — January 30, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

  22. A lovely image… I took archery in college as one of my physical education electives and haven’t touched a bow since!

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    Comment by Victoria — January 31, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    • I have enjoyed shooting a bow for many years and hunted with one in Arizona, particularly for Javelina. I hate to admit it, but my wife, who doesn’t hunt, was a better a]shot with a bow than I was.

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      Comment by montucky — February 1, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

  23. Love the sign! I would like one in my own backyard!

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    Comment by Anne — January 31, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    • At one time I had a range in my yard and used it a lot; never did think to put up a sign though.

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      Comment by montucky — February 1, 2012 @ 10:40 pm


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