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Pheasant Hunting in Valier, MT 2015


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Paddlefishing the Missouri River, Montana


Had a great time Uncle Bob, Jeff and Gonzer fishing for paddlefish on the Missouri River in the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. We started at the Fred Robinson Bridge and worked our way up the river many miles, stopping along the way to throw set lines and snag. I caught so many different species of fish (walleye, sauger, crappie, northerns, drums, goldeneye, catfish, carp, etc.) I didn’t think the river could be home to. The goal was to catch at least one paddlefish. “The Fish of 1000 Casts” they called it and I hooked one on cast 7… granted 500+ more casts and I didn’t catch a thing. So, after catching a roughly 45 lb male paddlefish I fulfilled my goal. πŸ™‚

 

Spring Rainbow Trout Fly Fishing


My Uncle Bob and I had a great time fishing at Dog Gun Lake this Easter Sunday. The temperature was right around 30 degrees with 10-15 mph winds. It was quite chilly but the fish were biting. πŸ™‚

Swan River Rainbow Fishing – Spring 2015

Rainbow Trout Fishing Bigfork, MT

Abnormally warm weather has given us some really nice days here in Montana! Here are a few photos from throwing streamers on a nice Sunday afternoon.

Devon Morton - Swan River Rainbow Trout Fishing

Rainbow Trout Fishing Bigfork, MT

Freshwater Sculpin Swan River, MT

Rainbow Trout Fly Fishing Montana - Devon Morton

Devon Morton - Rainbow Trout Fishing - Swan River,  MT

Swan River Montana Rainbow Trout Flyfishing

Swan River, Montana - Gildart Creek Fly Fishing

Swan River Snow Mobiling

Ice Fishing Swan Lake Montana for Lakers and Bulls

Bull Trout Fishing Swan Lake, MT - Devon Morton

This ice fishing season seemed a lot shorter than previous seasons. Life is getting pretty busy I guess… Anyway, I was able to make it out a couple times this year with my Uncle Bob. Here are a few photos from our ice fishing trips on Swan Lake before the ice got bad.

Ice Fishing Swan Lake, MT - Bob Morton

Bull Trout Fishing Swan Lake - Devon Morton

Bull Trout Fishing Swan Lake - Bob Morton

Bull Trout Ice Fishing Swan Lake, MT - Devon Morton

Bull Trout Ice Fishing Swan Lake, MT - Devon Morton

Lake Trout and Bull Trout Ice Fishing Swan Lake, MT - Bob Morton

Bull Trout Fishing Swan Lake, MT - Devon Morton

Whitetail Buck Flower Removal Service


I can’t believe I have to watch these guys work everyday!

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Chocolate Lab Dock Jump


I think Scud has a future in dock jumping if pheasant hunting doesn’t work out for him. πŸ˜‰

 

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Tree Planting on the Farm – 2014


Easter weekend was a great weekend to plant trees and do a little farm yard maintenance this year. We were able to plant 50 Engelmann Spruce and 150+ Silver Buffaloberry (Shepherdia argentea) bushes, set three gates and board up some broken windows in the barn. After three days of sun it looks like we have a week of rain ahead, should be great for the trees. πŸ™‚ Hopefully in a few years the trees will be big enough to give the pheasants some food and places to hide.

Augusta, Montana Rocky Mountain Front

Driving past Augusta, Montana.

Choteau, Montana - Rock Mountain Front

Driving past Choteau, Montana.

Dark Chocolate Labrador Retriever

Where’s the tennis ball?!?!

Engelmann Spruce Tree Planting

Engelmann Spruce Tree Planting

Planting Engelmann Spruce

Engelmann Spruce

Planting Silver Buffaloberry - Shepherdia argentea

Planting Silver Buffaloberry (Shepherdia argentea) – Bundles of 50

Planting Silver Buffaloberry - Shepherdia argentea

Marking Planted Trees with Flags

Each flag represents a tree planted.

Planting trees with a Tree Auger

Planting trees with a Tree Auger

Planting trees with a Tree Auger

Evening Sun on the Farm

Evening sun on the farm.

Farm Yard Sunset

Farm Yard Sunset

Installing the Farm Yard Gate

Installing the Farm Yard Gate

Installing gates

Installing gates

Scud the Chocolate Lab Helper!

Scud the Chocolate Lab Helper!

Barn Maintenance

Barn Maintenance

Montana Pheasant Hunting – Opening Weekend 2013

Pheasant Hunting Eastern Montana

Pheasant Hunting Montana 2013

Well it was another beautiful pheasant opening weekend in Eastern Montana. The cool weather really helped the dogs track and not overheat. Just one bird short of our two-day limit wasn’t too bad. Β Most of the birds we harvested were fairly mature. Most other hunters seemed to have quite a few younger birds in their possession and this could be contributed to the release of many farmed pheasants in the area. Here are a few pictures from over the weekend:

Chocolate Lab Pheasant

Scud’s first pheasant retrieve.

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