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Old 11-04-2012, 06:45 PM
 
Location: A Very Naughtytown In Northwestern Montanifornia U.S.A.
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Western Larch are what I made the shake panels out of and the posts and cross poles are Lodge-pole Pine.
The lower panels are 2 inch thick concrete. I like making shakes out of Larch as it's easy to split them across knots. Western Larch reminds me of western Red Cedar in the way is splits so easily.

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Old 11-04-2012, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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That's really a unique fence, very medieval

I don't think I've ever seen anything else made from larch wood!
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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Whew!
Just spent a week out in the boonies trying to fill my freezer, (unsuccessfully ). I was out watching the dawn across the praries, sunset against the mountains, living on jerky, trail mix and the occasional gas station burritto, (Take that one however you want ), walking countless miles hauling my pack and rifle, out in the cold and wet, wading through mud and slick rock, shivering hard waiting for the sun to come up before I froze to death....

I LOVE IT!!!

I got to spend time with my family and friends including one who moved to the backside of nowhere 25 years ago, and while he has adopted some of the strange customs of those people around the small village of "c at al", but he is still a pretty nice guy

I may not have had tv, but watching those black thunderheads plow across the sky like unstoppable juggernauts until they reach the mountains which rip the bottoms out like a reef so the clouds would spill their cargo of rain and snow flowing down the windward side of the mountains.

Maybe it wasn't "jersey shore" or "dancing with the stars", but I found it endlessly fastinating to watch Montana Live every day in every nuance of breeze and sun and rain.

What a place to live!!
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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That was the best entertainment you could find. I get so sick of people asking what things there are to do, or what can their kids do, etc... If they would just get out of the house and learn to enjoy the beauty, there would be a lot less problems.

Sounds like you had a really great time. My grandfather used to tell me, "Fishing is great! Sometimes, it gets even better, if you can imagine, when you catch a fish."
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Bah. Fishing is boring. So I do it really fast, get it over with, and then comes the good part --

EATING THE FISH!!

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Old 11-05-2012, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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LOL!!

My grandfather always told me that hunting was " a pleasant walk interrupted by hard work"

Honestly, while I love the meat and use it to suppliment the menu for a lot of folks, the older I get the more I appreciate just sitting on top of some mountain looking out over creation and just enjoying it.

I was at one place on Friday where I could see Helena about 40 miles north, and had an unobstructed view all the way to the Tobacco Root Mountains near Three Forks about 40 miles to the south as the sun came up behind me and it was like watching the start to a great show as the light came down the mountains and up to my feet.
80 miles of mountain view is hard to beat

The Missouri River and Canyon Ferry were that deep indigo blue you only see in the fall, the banks were all golden from the Cottonwoods and Willows.
The pale blues and whites of the snow covered mountain peaks in the distance, the smell of sage and juniper in the air, the rain the night before had cleaned the air so it was crystal clear as far as I wanted to look.

Hunting is an excuse to be out in the hills during the most beautiful time of year. The weather is cool, the air is crisp, the bugs are gone, snakes in hibernation, with the exception of unpleasant encounters with grizzlys, (saw 3 ) it is still the best time to see wildlife in all their glory.

I have seen hundreds of deer this fall, the only 2 point buck I could have had I missed with my bumper in the middle of the night , but they are everywhere. I saw one of the biggest bull moose I have ever seen, and he was in full rut mode. The peak of health and his antlers were shining in the afternoon sun, he was strutting across an open field with that swagger that says, " I am the biggest baddest bull in the world and if you don't believe me, come over here and I will prove it!".

Lots of wolf sign, (sadly), and there are cougar tracks all over the place, but the elk are few and far between.

Still, hunting is well worth the price of admission to spend time outdoors with friends and family, and meeting new friends at every crossroad and trailhead.
I would rather freeze my butt off under a tree any day instead of sitting at my desk at work.

Too bad I wasn't born rich instead of just so darn good looking so I wouldn't have to work to support my hunting habit
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:13 PM
 
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The deer are scarce....they must have a calendar. Normally they are wandering all around. Have not seen any around lately.

Enjoyed Missoula the other day...and really enjoying this nice warm weather. Another mild winter?
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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The deer are scarce....they must have a calendar. Normally they are wandering all around. Have not seen any around lately.

Enjoyed Missoula the other day...and really enjoying this nice warm weather. Another mild winter?
Ask that question on Saturday. If you don't have your Union Suit yet, you should get one this week. Our high for Saturday is 20 with 50% chance of snow. Looks like next weekend is the start of old man Winter.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:03 AM
 
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Maybe....I was sadly disappointed last year with the sad snow conditions. There is no snow yet for skiing at several resorts now....debated buying a pass for Bridger...or even Great Divide....drove up to Anaconda this weekend...forgot name of ski area there...basically no snow there...and thought about getting a frequent skier pass for Big Sky....but if it is not going to snow....why bother? Last year was okay, but not that great.

Missing Utah powder....
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Looks like next weekend is the start of old man Winter.
[eyeing mud]

Winter is a dirty old man!!
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