Montana Outdoors

December 2, 2014

Last hunt of the season

Filed under: Hunting, Outdoors, Winter — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 9:56 am

The morning began at 10º but bright and clear. The hunt began on snow that squeaked so loud that our steps could be heard for a mile away, giving the game a big head start and they left nothing but tracks. So, I brought back only photos, with is really what I go out for in the first place. Following is a few taken from along a 5 mile hike along the bottom part of McCully Ridge in the Thompson River drainage above Fishtrap Creek.

Sunrise in the Clark Fork Valley

On McCully Ridge

On McCully Ridge

On McCully Ridge

On McCully Ridge

On McCully Ridge

On McCully Ridge

On McCully Ridge

On McCully Ridge

On McCully Ridge

On McCully Ridge

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48 Comments »

  1. Stunning photos and looks like nice hike too.

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    Comment by Boeta — December 2, 2014 @ 10:10 am

  2. Fantastic photos and scenery

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    Comment by Carol Jacobs-Carre — December 2, 2014 @ 11:05 am

    • I find that scenery irresistible. Who could not like to look at that while hiking!

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      Comment by montucky — December 2, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

  3. Clean and crispy!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — December 2, 2014 @ 11:55 am

  4. Beautiful shots of a beautiful place!

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    Comment by centralohionature — December 2, 2014 @ 12:37 pm

  5. This gorgeous scenery makes me think icing sugar has been sprinkled over the landscape. I’ve seen snow once but certainly not covering mountains like this. It’s beautiful. Hiking through that would be vastly different to the subtropical rainforest I did recently!

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    Comment by Jane — December 2, 2014 @ 1:59 pm

    • This snow is just a start, but pretty none-the-less. I was thinking the same thing when I read your last post! Presently we are at the opposite ends of the weather.

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      Comment by montucky — December 2, 2014 @ 7:38 pm

  6. I’ll bet it was chilly up there but with views like that who needs game? I’ve never been able to find out why some trees twist like that when they grow.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — December 2, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

    • It was indeed brisk, tempered only by the fact that there was no wind.
      I don’t know how many photos I have in my library of those twisted trees. I don’t know why they grow like that either.

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      Comment by montucky — December 2, 2014 @ 7:40 pm

  7. Your photos are so absolutely beautiful…We do have some amazing treasures.

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    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — December 2, 2014 @ 4:52 pm

    • Yes we do have many treasures: I hope we will preserve most of them. Maybe that’s why I post so many photos on this blog: it would be good if everyone would get to love this wild country!

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      Comment by montucky — December 2, 2014 @ 7:42 pm

  8. Wow, Terry, the clarity of these shots is amazing. I feel as though I’m right on the snow with you.

    (note: I wish all nature photographers posted large images or used a blog that showed large images right across the screen – makes all the difference to the viewing experience).

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    Comment by Vicki — December 2, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

    • That’s what I thought when I chose the format for the blog. I wish I could show the photos as big as the views are in person! There’s a lot to see in a photograph that covers 50 miles!

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      Comment by montucky — December 2, 2014 @ 7:45 pm

  9. Fabulous scenery – I can almost feel the cold…

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    Comment by iAMsafari.com — December 2, 2014 @ 6:52 pm

    • You know, that cold air is like a special sauce on the landscape. Once I get a few weeks into winter, I get used to the cold on my face and then for the rest of winter just relish being outside when it’s really cold. It really enhances the experience!

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      Comment by montucky — December 2, 2014 @ 7:47 pm

  10. I seems every time I visit your blog, I long to go riding. I’ll bet you have some breathtaking trails in those gorgeous mountains.

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    Comment by orples — December 2, 2014 @ 6:57 pm

    • There are many miles of wonderful horse trails. In the years following the huge fires of 1910, helped also by the CCC program, 639 fire lookout cabins were built on Montana peaks and each one was accessed by a pack trail to enable them to supply the fire lookouts by pack train throughout the summers. Few of the cabins remain, but fortunately most of the trails do and most of those are maintained by the Forest Service for hiking and riding. Those old trails are our biggest treasures.

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      Comment by montucky — December 2, 2014 @ 7:51 pm

  11. Hi Montucky, Refreshing cold! I so like seeing pictures of snowy landscapes. I also don’t mind visiting – better you than me to be living there. Your pictures are simply wonderful! Have a super good day!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — December 3, 2014 @ 11:10 am

    • Thank you. After the very hot summer that we had here, the cold is very refreshing. I’ve spent enough time out in the cold weather that now I’m conditioned to it, and it feels so good! I’ll store that feeling up and save it for the heat of the next summer!

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      Comment by montucky — December 3, 2014 @ 8:42 pm

  12. How far do you hike to get some of your photos?

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    Comment by 2ndhalfolife — December 3, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

    • Sometimes, of course, I see pretty or interesting things fairly close to home or as I travel the highways, but most of my photos are taken while hiking into western Montana’s wild country, the roadless areas and wilderness areas and I post them so that folks who never get to see those rather remote places can understand what they look like and how important they are to the health of our planet. Most of the hikes I make these days are around 10 miles, going into and back out of a given area. Some are shorter and some longer. I do very little backpacking and ten miles of hiking through rough country on aggressive trails is a pretty good day’s work for me at my age.

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      Comment by montucky — December 3, 2014 @ 8:51 pm

  13. those cold days can bring such beautiful clear skies
    loved seeing your photos

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    Comment by Tammie — December 3, 2014 @ 6:15 pm

    • I love those cold days and clear skies! That’s Mother Nature showing off!

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      Comment by montucky — December 3, 2014 @ 8:52 pm

  14. That squeaky snow is one of my favorite memories. I’d never thought about the impact it could have on a hunt, but of course it would. During my own week away, the whitetails were abundant, but the only thing my hike down the deertrails did was give them fair warning that a klutzy, noisy human was out and about.
    The blue and white of sky and snow is beautiful, but I’m awfully fond of the first photo. The color is beautiful, almost like Alpenglow.

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    Comment by shoreacres — December 3, 2014 @ 7:55 pm

    • Had I been really serious about hunting, I would have been away from the valley long before the sun touched those peaks, but it was a very pretty sight. I hope for a lot more snow this winter and this year I can be out enjoying it!

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      Comment by montucky — December 3, 2014 @ 8:56 pm

  15. Gorgeous photos! I love the clouds so close to the mountaintops. I know it’s naive but I’m always glad when hunters don’t get anything 🙂

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    Comment by Candace — December 3, 2014 @ 9:38 pm

    • You know when my Dad was about my present age he started hunting with only his camera. I’m beginning to understand that. I’ve never considered making a kill was the only successful hunt.

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      Comment by montucky — December 3, 2014 @ 11:06 pm

  16. What a great joy it was to see Your gorgeous photos.

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    Comment by Sartenada — December 4, 2014 @ 12:57 am

    • Thank you! I’m very pleased that you enjoyed them!

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      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2014 @ 9:04 am

  17. What fantastic scenery! That first photo particularly is so atmospheric. What a superb experience! We have finally had a good frost here but still no snow to speak of. A little sprinkling on the Cairngorms further north.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — December 4, 2014 @ 1:27 am

    • Thanks! I very seldom go out with the sole intent of taking pictures, but usually take a camera along because I expect to see something interesting. We live in a beautiful and amazing world, don’t we!

      When I looked at our weather forecast last night it called for freezing rain with little chance of snow. This morning we have about 3 inches of new snow and the air is full of snowflakes. It sure brightens up the landscape!

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      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2014 @ 9:09 am

  18. Very very beautiful scenery !!

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    Comment by Lasse — December 4, 2014 @ 9:21 am

  19. Very nice! Love the views!

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    Comment by Reed Andariese — December 4, 2014 @ 5:13 pm

  20. Beautiful! Amazing what a little snow does to transform the scenery. Love the blue tones that become more intense.

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — December 4, 2014 @ 6:35 pm

    • Winter beauty, much different from summer! I love both.

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      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2014 @ 8:29 pm

  21. Oh Montucky, you must never get tired of your surroundings! How could you when they are so magnificent? And that sky!! So blue! I can see why Montana is called Big Sky Country. Something, I hope I get to witness it for myself. Hubby’s been to Montana but I’ve never been.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — December 5, 2014 @ 8:54 am

    • No, I never get tired of Montana’s back country. I hope you can take a tour up here somewhere. I find that there’s always something to marvel at even after all of these years.

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      Comment by montucky — December 5, 2014 @ 7:24 pm

  22. Fantastic scenery. I can doubly appreciate this, being in flat central Ohio!

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    Comment by Watching Seasons — December 11, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

    • I wouldn’t know what to do were it not for these mountains. In my “home range” of about two thousand square miles there are only a few mountains that I haven’t climbed, and so when I look across at places where I’ve been it’s just as though the whole country there is part of my family. That adds a lot to the experience of hiking and exploring.

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      Comment by montucky — December 11, 2014 @ 8:12 pm

  23. Here comes the winter cold again…..
    Seems to happen every year. 🙂

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    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — December 12, 2014 @ 12:07 am

    • It does at that! I like it though because it’s the season that causes Spring to come!

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      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2014 @ 12:15 am


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