Montana Outdoors

June 18, 2017

There’s some scary wildlife on these mountain trails

Filed under: trails — montucky @ 4:23 pm

Sasquatch

This is my first ever (and probably last and only) attempt at a “selfie”. Even Buster got into the frame although at the moment he has not-my-favorite-dog status because he found a big pile of fresh bear scat and rolled in it.

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  1. What a wonderful photo! Buddy has rolled in bear scat a couple of times. Oh, my lord, the smell. The first time he got a bath, the second time I cut off a bit of his “ruff” that was affected, shall we say. A couple of weeks ago I caught him just in time … we had a black bear walk through the back yard about that time. First time I’ve seen it here so close. We are on high alert now, but it seems he may have moved on.

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    Comment by teresaevangeline — June 18, 2017 @ 4:41 pm

    • I have to add: the cursor rolled over your photo reveals the”caption.” Yeah, that’s some real wildlife. 🙂

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      Comment by teresaevangeline — June 18, 2017 @ 4:43 pm

    • This wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Now if he had done that on yesterday’s hike the rain would have washed it off.

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      Comment by montucky — June 18, 2017 @ 6:23 pm

  2. Well done, Terry. You look like a typical Montana outdoorsman and you did well to get Buster in the frame too.
    I can only imagine the smell of bear scat (and Buster 🙂 ). Is it typical of dogs to roll in bear scat?

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    Comment by Vicki — June 18, 2017 @ 4:49 pm

    • Pretty typical for most dogs. I’m sure that instinct goes way back to when they hunted for their food and anything that would disguise their scent was beneficial to their hunting.

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      Comment by montucky — June 18, 2017 @ 6:26 pm

  3. Very nice, Terry. 😀

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    Comment by seekraz — June 18, 2017 @ 4:51 pm

  4. Very pleasing look. Thanks and congrats.

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    Comment by nvsubbaraman — June 18, 2017 @ 4:55 pm

  5. Hello to both of you 😉

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    Comment by bentehaarstad — June 18, 2017 @ 5:04 pm

  6. Nice pic, especially since the smell didn’t upload to us. 😉

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 18, 2017 @ 5:05 pm

  7. Love the photo, the caption, and the “I’m sorry” look on Buster’s face.

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    Comment by jessicagurevitch — June 18, 2017 @ 5:40 pm

    • Well, we’re both cleaned up again now, but probably not any more civilized.

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      Comment by montucky — June 18, 2017 @ 6:32 pm

  8. Welcone to the bear poop clan. Usually it is just a shoulder and soap and the hose will help.

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    Comment by windyhillx — June 18, 2017 @ 6:49 pm

    • Yes. It’s not the first nor the last time: he seems to like it. Haven’t tried it myself.

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      Comment by montucky — June 18, 2017 @ 7:02 pm

  9. Great photo. Thanks.

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    Comment by John Purdy — June 18, 2017 @ 7:12 pm

  10. Happy to put a face with all the wonderful. beautiful pictures I have enjoyed ;past few years. Dogs will be dogs, he had fun that’s all that matters. Take care and keep up your wonderful work for so many of us to enjoy.
    I share your photos with my friend who lives in Kalispell, MT , he so enjoy seeing them, has been to many of the places you photograph. Thank you so much for all the enjoyment.

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    Comment by Marcia Williams — June 18, 2017 @ 7:15 pm

    • Hello Marcia. Thank you for your wonderful comment! I’m very happy to know that you and your friend enjoy seeing the photos of Montana’s back country that I love so much!

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      Comment by montucky — June 18, 2017 @ 8:32 pm

  11. Hey, it’s nice to ‘see’ you and of course Buster too! But no offense, I’m glad we don’t have smell-o-vision on our blogs because I really wouldn’t want to smell your companion right now. 😉

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — June 19, 2017 @ 7:13 am

    • He’s OK again now after washing and brushing. Just something you get used to.

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2017 @ 7:25 am

      • Yep, kind of like our now departed kitty who used to tangle with skunks in our yard. We learned quickly the best formula for deodorizing that smell!

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        Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — June 19, 2017 @ 7:32 am

        • I have dealt with the skunk odor too, and I prefer the bear, where rather simple washing and rinsing takes care of it. I would rather have either than to have an issue with a porcupine though.

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          Comment by montucky — June 19, 2017 @ 8:14 am

  12. Great selfie!

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    Comment by Watching Seasons — June 19, 2017 @ 12:10 pm

    • I don’t know why I took that picture, except that was the exact place where I first discovered that trail while elk hunting 10 years ago.

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2017 @ 12:18 pm

  13. Glad you did, I have often wondered what you looked like, Very handsome man and beautiful dog.

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    Comment by Marcia Williams — June 19, 2017 @ 1:17 pm

  14. Just the word selfie makes me shudder, so I doubt you’ll ever see one on my blog! I have found myself reflected in raindrops though.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 19, 2017 @ 3:17 pm

  15. This is the most natural looking selfie that I have seen. Nice to see you.
    Oye to the bear scat. I was walking with a friend the other day and his pup. We must have found 20 piles of bear scat on the trail. It had rained so hard to tell fresh or not. Pup could care a less about it, but was sniffing every bush along the way.

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    Comment by Tammie — June 19, 2017 @ 10:12 pm

    • I thought the “selfie” would inject a little humor, but also that location was where I first discovered that old trail about ten years ago when I was hunting elk there. It runs the length of a small divide from Baldy Mountain to the Big Hole and what few people realize is that it is a very important wildlife corridor through that whole area. I am very happy to see bear activity there again now as well as elk and moose.

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2017 @ 10:54 pm

  16. Love this Terry. My heart sing when seeing You both.

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    Comment by Sartenada — June 21, 2017 @ 1:14 am

    • We spend a lot of very happy time in places just like that!

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      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2017 @ 7:55 am

  17. Very nice to see you. Of course, with that camouflage, we barely can! Sasquatch, haha. Good thing the bear had already left, leaving only a fun reminder for Buster.

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    Comment by Candace — June 21, 2017 @ 3:20 pm

    • That is a place where I will spend a lot of time this summer and fall. It’s wild as can be and full of all kinds of wildlife and plant life. Hardly anyone knows that the trail is there, and it’s 15 miles long.

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      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2017 @ 4:49 pm

  18. A lovely pic and great to see you! Buster was probably wondering why you weren’t rolling in the bear poop as well!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 21, 2017 @ 11:13 pm

  19. Well, what a surprise! It’s a wonderful photo of you both, and you’re clearly well-outfitted. I especially like the towel tucked near at hand — summer is icumen in, and I always have one nearby at work, even though ladies are supposed to “glow” rather than sweat. 🙂 During hunting season, do you don a little orange to go with all of that camo? I laughed twice: once at your “Sasquatch” label, and once at the expression on Buster’s face. He looks like he’s thinking, “Now what is he doing?”

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    Comment by shoreacres — June 22, 2017 @ 8:10 am

    • In hunting season I replace the white towel with a green one and if I’m hunting I do wear orange because that is part of the regulations of the Fish & Wildlife department. If I am just hiking however, the F & W regulations don’t apply and I wear full camo. I would rather be unseen and unheard because there are a few fools around who shoot at sounds or motion. Also in hunting season I nearly always avoid places where there are hunters; fortunately there are still places like that in western Montana. There are also two kinds of hunters; those who go out, stop somewhere and walk around a little or sit by their truck, and those who are willing to hike way back in and actually hunt. I don’t worry about the latter anyway because they are competent outdoorsmen and won’t shoot at sound or motion.

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      Comment by montucky — June 22, 2017 @ 8:35 am

  20. A face to the wonderful photo stories 🙂

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    Comment by Sally — June 23, 2017 @ 10:43 am

  21. Hey guys .. great shot! Not sure about the ride home with Buster 🙂

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — June 24, 2017 @ 2:03 pm


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