28 May 2009
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Published on May 28th, 2009 @ 09:55:41 pm, using 371 words, 2485 views
The Yellowstone River Run-off Continues…but, which card will she play in the next two weeks? Currently, the river would be difficult to “fly fish", but not difficult to “fish". In recognizing the difference this afternoon Len and I witnessed the local neighbor doing pretty well. There is still good snow pack up high, yet the weather has been quite cool at night which has alleviated potential flooding and not created an overabundance of silt. If things stay the way they are the river will start being quite tempting in a couple weeks. In the meantime, we’re enjoying some good fishing on the lakes, the Fire Hole and some other “controlled irrigation waters", secrets we won’t share.
Some good rain the other night helps the green up continue, most of the Aspens have begun some leaf growth, but things up high are still a bit behind the banana-belt down here. Most of the elk have moved up to pursue green grasses, yet nearly 500 are still down in the fields nightly. Many folks have enjoyed slowing down on the hi-way for a change and taking a look. It also helps that the sheriff parks in our driveway as well!
I’ve not seen any calves or fawns yet, but did see 6 Big Horns while touring the ranch and for the last several evenings a goofey bull has been screaming his head off. It’s a welcome sound, mixing perfectly with the call of the Sandhills. Spring is definitely in the air and I expect to see some elk calves anyday now.
(anyone recognize this lake…I think we will call it “Wanna Be Lake".)
For those Spring Merriam Fans-check out Len’s 20 pound Tom she cooked up last Sunday- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdXSWMwslyA
Bookings are looking good and Len and I have been working hard to get everything ready for the summer season. It’s kinda quiet around here without the cabins and lodge brimming with fishing tales, yet it’s a welcome peace knowing that most of the guest houses are full and lotsa folks are going to be having a great summer vacation. The irony is even when we try to slow down, seems we just can’t!
Tight Lines & Smiles
04 May 2009
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Published on May 4th, 2009 @ 08:20:47 am, using 630 words, 975 views
Montana Elk Hunting Report-May 5th, 2009
The Montana spring continues to get brighter and greener with mild weather and good moisture. Now that “horn hunting season” is officially opened, word is out where “all the elk are". The 4,000 acre “wildlife refuge” next door is almost void of elk, meanwhile thousands of healthy elk continue to bask on the south- facing slopes of Dome Mountain. The only thing we’ve done different than basically everyone around us is limited cattle grazing. I’m not saying that’s the reason, but I am betting I am pretty close. Cow elk have started to look for good locations in bringing up the next generation while the bulls stick out with blond coats and wide hornless heads. Here’s an interesting story sent to me from some our good friends and clients “the Andersons” out Oregon way.
CURRENT YELLOWSTONE FLY FISHING REPORT-
If you’re one of those fortunate few who’ve been able to spend some time on the Yellowstone lately you’re probably smiling. The river has yet to get too cloudy, but full day floats have been risky with some inconsistent weather patterns. The Mother’s Day Caddis has been a bit slow, but some bugs are on the water. Mid-day temps have allowed some good Baetis hatches giving up some top water action. Otherwise, fish are starting to move. The warmer weather has the river up just a bit with a nice glacial tint.
HR 45 Blair Holt Firearm Licensing& Record of Sales Act of 2009
Over the years as an Outfitter guns are something I am all too familiar with, rifles, pistols, shot guns mostly. I’ve also been around weapons my entire life, mainly used for hunting, but also for personal protection. I am a strong supporter of individual rights to own for both of the above as well as target and sport shooting. I also believe that if a law-abiding American is stripped of these rights, then indeed, only criminals will own guns. Before I continue, I suggest you visit some of the following links which will clarify what some politicians would like to do with your 2nd Ammendment rights.
You will find lengthy descriptions, but the point HR 45 is an attempt to stay under the radar and accomplish the following. If you are a gun owner:
It is registered
You are fingerprinted
You supply a current Driver’s License
You supply your Social Security #
You will submit to a physical & mental evaluation at any time of their choosing
Each update - change or ownership through private or public sale
must be reported and costs $25 - Failure to do so you automatically lose the right to own a firearm and are subject up to a year in jail.
There is a child provision clause on page 16 section 305 stating a child-access provision. Gun must be locked and inaccessible to any child under 18. *They* would have the right to come and inspect that you are storing your gun safely away from accessibility to children and fine is punishable for up to 5 yrs. in prison.
JOIN THE NRA NOW!
If you’re still reading then you either love or hate this little blog entry. Either way, gun owner or not, you should pass the word on and be careful of big government. I’m not some dumb redneck, I am a licensed professional, held to the highest of standards by my state and several other government agencies. The police are at least 30 minutes away from me at all times, while my protection is within arms reach instantly. I do plan to protect my life, stand up for my freedoms. You should do the same or find yourself another country to call home. NUFF SAID.