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. 🙂
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.
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: