Bullstodie (3 posts)
Apr-08-11, 11:00 AM (MST)
"Montana Hunting 2011"
2010 was the toughest hunting season I've ever had. In August, my wife, son and I moved to rural Alaska along the west Yukon River. I live right in the middle of a refuge area and was unable to hunt the area due to me not being Native resident. Instead, I had to travel several miles by boat to hunt. I didn't get out much and to say the least I ended up eating my first and possibly only yukon moose tag.
My wife and I co-teach a class of 11 students, ranging from 4th grade all the way to 12th grade. But teaching in this small village does have it benefits. For extracurricular activities we go Ice fishing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. So far in 2011 we've gone Ice fishing about 6 or so times. Its extremely hard fishing although and we've had many pike, she-fish and whitefish, right up to the whole where they usually break off the line and shutter off through the 4 foot thick ice hole.
Normally this time of year I'd be putting in for tags and horn hunting like mad. From Dec. to the end of May usually finds me putting countless miles on my boots. But due to being in AK, my horn hunting has been limited. I snowshoe through the deep snow in faint hopes of finding a paddle but have had no luck with that. Yesterday 4/7/11, it snow 14 inches, drowning my hopes of finding on of the mystical giants. My buddies have been horn hunting hard in Montana although and keep me updated by sending me pics every weekend.
I will be moving back to MT in late May. Once there I am going to spend as much time in the hills as humanly possible. Due to tax issues, I have to live in MT for 120 consecutive days before I can hunt as a resident. So, that means I can not put in for special tags. I will however be starting bowhunting around mid September for elk and deer. I will have a Deer A tag (general deer tag, mule deer or whitetail buck) and also a General Bull elk tag along with numerous doe tags. (6 or so).
I have been following MM for many years and really enjoyed reading all the posts last year and thought this was a great way to document and share my own adventures. Thank you FOUNDER for allowing us this opportunity. Until next time, here are some pictures of Rural AK and some of the bones my buddies have picked up in MT.
My son and I on the Iditarod trail.
Musher of the Iditarod
Soon to be the winner of 2011 Iditarod, John Baker
Bear that wondered into the village unannounced.
Wolf that was lurking outside of town.
Some deer sheds my buddies picked up while I was in AK.
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