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Pheasant Hunting in Valier, MT 2015


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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. 😉

 

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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. 🙂 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.  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.

 

Making Deer Jerky

Jerky in the dehydrator

2012 Whitetail Buck Deer

At the end of this last hunting season I took a stab a making some jerky out of my deer. I took about 15 lbs. of deer meat and cut it up into 3/4″ slices, then mixed it up in a container with Hi-Country Jerky Seasoning & Cure. After letting the jerky season & cure overnight I placed the slices of meat on the dehydrator racks, set the temperature at 155 and walked away for 14 hours.  If the jerky wasn’t so thick it would have not taken as long to cook but boy it turned out great!

Pheasant Opening Weekend 2012

Chinese Ringneck Pheasant Hunting

A few pictures of the great time I had over in Eastern Montana pheasant hunting.  I’m not sure there are a lot of birds this year as we really had to hunt hard to get our limit! Top that with most of the young birds get shot the first week or two and that makes for lots of walking for the rest of the season.

Weekend Trophy Room

Bull Elk Antlers

Well I took a stab at helping my uncle hang some mounts this past weekend. The house has been in various states of construction over the past year so the mounts have been getting kicked around, but not anymore! Cleared some space in the basement and started hanging what I could.  Too bad we don’t have more wall space.

Mule Deer Whitetail Cross?

Double beam shed horn antler

Mule Deer Whitetail Cross?

A friend of mine found a really interesting shed horn (antler) on our farm.  Pretty unusual double beam structure, makes me think it could possibly be a mule deer whitetail cross as I have seen similar characteristics on other deer.

Rocky Mountain Front Tree Planting – Valier, MT

Valier, MT Farm

This past April we planted about 500 Russian Olive trees. It was a grueling 2 days of work! Lots of sun, trees, digging & watering.  Hopefully the trees will root well and make it. Give it 10+ years and the pheasants should have some great additional habitat.

Big thanks to Krist & Ron for helping us!