Early Season in Montana
Mountain grouse, as they are called in Montana, are not for those weak in the knee or faint of heart. Sure, you don't need to be in Boston Marathon shape, but that would help a lot. I stayed with my longtime friend and we hunted with our collective friend who is seventy-six years of age! I hope to be at it like him when I get there! The easiest Dusky Grouse habitat in their area isn't really easy. You just take it easy, one step at a time, and trust the dog(s) to do their work. Since we don't sluice birds off the ground or out of trees, the shooting is a real challenge and means hard found birds can be lost as they make their escape through thick cover. A change in temperatures for the better, read coolerr, got the broods moving and we made good contact each day. Ila had injured a toe on the last day of her prairie hunting, and so it was eighteen-month-old Fizzy who hunted every day from the start to the end of the trip. Ila did get to hunt in the mountains for the morning hunt before we left town.
Brian, I always enjoy your articles but this one was really excellent. Your descriptions made me feel, like I was right there watching. And the pictures were a great addition. How nice that you and the "girls" made a new friend.... hope you have many pleasant hunts together. Trust truck tire issue has been resolved and Ila's toe is no longer troubling her.
Brian P O'Connor
Carol, it was a fun trip even with the heat and a few misadventures - they are after all what helps to better define the high points!
A nice try to get my bird. A grand evening with a new friend. Looking forward to many more.
Brian P O'Connor
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