Montana Outdoors

November 4, 2013

Instead

Filed under: Animals, Bighorn sheep, Cabinet Mountains — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:43 pm

Today I set out for a short hunt for deer at a favorite place not far from home. There were no deer there today but I encountered these big guys instead. I will take that substitution any day!

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

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May 6, 2013

Today’s flora & fauna

On today’s walk with the canine member of the family:

Prairie Smoke, Old Man's Whiskers, Purple Avens

Prairie Smoke, Old Man’s Whiskers, Purple Avens, Geum triflorum

Field Chickweed

Field Chickweed, Cerastium arvense

Early blue violet

Early blue violet, Viola adunca

Small Bluebells, Long-flower Bluebells

Long-flower Bluebells, Mertensia longiflora

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep, Ovis canadensis

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

August 14, 2010

little Bighorns

Filed under: Animals, Bighorn sheep — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 8:04 pm

While returning from a trek into the high country yesterday I found a small band of Bighorns, including these lambs, grazing beside a small road near the river. Who can resist lambs?

Large numbers of Bighorns have died this year in our region from pneumonia for which there is no vaccine and no cure. They simply have no resistance to it. It was nice to see a good number of lambs in this group to help retain their numbers!

Bighorn lamb

Bighorn lamb

Bighorn lamb

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February 9, 2010

Last summer’s lambs

Tonight I was going to post a couple photos of the area in which I encountered the wolf tracks, but that can wait another day. I’d rather show these two youngsters who I met today.

Bighorn lamb

Bighorn lamb

I really do love Bighorns!

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

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October 6, 2009

The hard way

Filed under: Animals, Bighorn sheep, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 7:27 pm

After about a mile into a hike this afternoon into the one of the roadless areas here in western Montana I paused to look back and enjoy the scenery from where I came, and because in that mile the elevation had increased a thousand feet, I was ready for a breather. As I composed the photo I noticed (in the lower center) toward the far edge of the grass, a Bighorn ram.

Sundance Ridge Roadless area

Along the highway on the way to the trail head I had seen about a hundred Bighorn sheep, but all were ewes and this summer’s young. This was different and worth some attention: a big ram in the wild country, well away from the vestiges of civilization.

After a careful and quiet maneuver to get closer without being seen and gain a position in the shade from which to attempt a photo, the best I could get was this rather poor one, but it whet my appetite for rams and led me to attempt to get closer for a better shot.

Bighorn rams

After leaving the cover of the trees, traveling for a few yards in a crouch got me to the edge of the cover, perhaps 150 yards from the rams. There was then nothing between us but that grassy slope (which was a heck of a lot steeper than it appears in the photo) and the only chance to close the distance was the hard way, a crawl on elbows, knees and belt buckle, during which I ingested about a half pound of grass/weed seed and an equal amount of dust, bruised both elbows and both knees, and which resulted in these close range shots ( at about 30 yards) of two mature Bighorn rams in their own domain. Well worth it any day!

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Bighorn rams

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