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Montana boondoggle

Postby J D Patrick » Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:15 pm

So Earl and I drove out to North Central Montana this past weekend - hunted Sunday afternoon, Monday, and today - have 4 more days to go before I have to head home. Kind of a "busman's holiday" as I am hunting in the mornings / early afternoon and working in the afternoons/evenings.

Earl turned 9 months old on 8 September.

We have taken sharptails and dove so far. Seen a ton of whitetails and muleys. Earl has also decided he is a natural born shed dog.

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we didn't find any huns or sharptails today but did point a ground feeding dove, and found some antlers - after I found the first ones, Earl just started bringing some to me

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looking forward to the next few days
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Re: Montana boondoggle

Postby AverageGuy » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:26 pm

Pup looks great JD. So does the prairie.
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Re: Montana boondoggle

Postby Drahthaar1108 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:20 pm

JD, Awesome I new I liked Earl when I met him. Forrest
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Re: Montana boondoggle

Postby J D Patrick » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:21 am

sharptails and huns yesterday afternoon

looks like rain today,,,maybe get lucky we will see,,,,rain turns these roads to a mess
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Re: Montana boondoggle

Postby J D Patrick » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:23 am

AverageGuy wrote:Pup looks great JD. So does the prairie.


Drahthaar1108 wrote:JD, Awesome I new I liked Earl when I met him. Forrest



thanks,,,and Earl says thanks!
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Re: Montana boondoggle

Postby Willie T » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:46 pm

New beginnings JD. First seasons with new pups are exciting times!
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Re: Montana boondoggle

Postby J D Patrick » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:29 pm

rained pretty good last night so the roads were basically impassable until noonish (dried that gumbo),,,so headed out for an afternoon hunt

but that sun got hot fast,,,Earl was a champ but we only covered 5 1/2 miles,,,no birds but seen 6 mulies and 5 whitetails so we got some "don't chase the dang deer" training in,,,

tomorrow we shift down to the Southeast corner to explore a bit
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Re: Montana boondoggle

Postby RowdyGSP » Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:45 pm

Great pics! Thanks for sharing. Love that country.
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Re: Montana boondoggle

Postby J D Patrick » Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:08 pm

some sage we hunted the last day,,,pretty country,,,thanks for sharing it with me (willingly or not!!! :lol: )
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Re: Montana boondoggle

Postby mtbirder » Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:03 am

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So what were your impression(s) regarding bird #'s. 5.5 miles of North Central MT following a dog and no birds? That distance should have provided at least far flushing sharpies/huns, even if nothing in the pup's mouth and/or your bird pouch.
And SE MT? Sharpy/Sage Grouse numbers encountered? Three years ago in that country you couldn't walk in any direction more than 15 minutes without hearing a group of Sharpies babbling.
The SE sage prairie pic exhibits the Sept green signs of the relatively wet summer we had. Looks like the sage grouse country of the far SE corner??
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