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Old 05-04-2008, 07:41 AM
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Spring looks like it's here, finally.


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Just thought I'd put up a few pix of Spring in Idaho for everyone. Yesterday was a beautiful day and it looks like today will be also. These are from last year as I haven't gotten out in the woods yet this year.







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Old 05-04-2008, 09:22 AM
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Those beautiful pictures bring new meaning to the word "green"!

Our Spring has been the usual rain and quickly mow the grass inbetween the rain....but it's getting better. It's an interesting contrast when we drive the 1400 miles back from Florida each Spring, with the trees changing from full blown to just budding by the time we get home the middle of April.

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Old 05-04-2008, 01:29 PM
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Our weather here is all altitude driven. I live at 1300 feet above sea level and up at Pierce there's still two to three feet of snow on the ground. Folks here are planting gardens hoping that the last frost will be over when stuff starts to come up and folks at Pierce are still snowmobiling and cross country skiing. Pierce is 40 miles from my front door.

When folks ask me about where I live I always like to tell them there are only two directions in this country, straight up and straight down and the rivers are either a mile wide and an inch deep or an inch wide and a mile deep. That's not really true though, We have farming country up on the Prairie country a few miles above where I live at 2000 to 3000 feet elevation and then the mountains go up from there. On the Pierce side in the Clearwater river drainage it's all logging country and durn good elk hunting given you can stand the wolves trying to kill everything they can now.


I used to get to Florida when I was driving truck, but do like it out West where I grew up better.

Here's the little town of Orofino on the Clearwater River where I was born and went to High school.



This is the Prairie country a few miles above the house with the mountains in the background. Great deer and coyote hunting up here. The deer feed off the edge of the grain fields and we have both whitetail and Mulies here.



Here's some kids playing in the South Fork of the Clearwater above Kooskia.



This is elk country 35 miles from my place.

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Spring is springing here, although we've had almost nothing for any warm spring rains yet, and the south-facing hills are getting dry. Some north and east-facing slopes are still holding quite a bit of snow. And even though we're still freezing at night (only mid-20's though), I turned on my sprinkler system today to get the yard going....hope I don't freeze some heads. First lawn mowing is probably 2 weeks away yet.

I was sort-of in your country last weekend Bob, around the little towns of Stites and Clearwater, and that country was really getting green, so I imagine you've got even more of a head start on the growth where you're at. My Mom grew up where that McAllister rest stop is at, on the South Fork of the Clearwater, a little ways upstream from where the road from Grangeville drops down the the South Fork.

Took a hike yesterday and came across some bear tracks in the snow, so they're starting to emerge down here.

My Canada cherry tree is starting to bud, but nothing else is even thinking about it yet.
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Old 05-04-2008, 02:07 PM
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Hope you got a chance to get a turkey Shawn. I've been out once and haven't got one yet. Perhaps this week. Being retired my old shooting partner and I can hunt when other folks are at work.

That's sure some pretty country where your Mom grew up. I was up there last year when the river was running really high and it's impressive in that little canyon with the water going full bore.
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Didn't fire a shot at any turkeys Bob. We saw plenty, but they were crossing roads, on private property, etc. And, they were not talking at all this year, and the decoys repelled them. Saw some great toms and a lot of jakes and hens. Since they weren't talking much we would spot some, then try to set up in the general direction they were moving, but never connected. Was still a lot of fun though. Can get a hen tag in some units for May now, but with gas prices, it would be a $200 turkey. I'm thinking Idaho should have a shotgun season first, then a rifle season.
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Bob, I'd be the first to admit those pictures represent country that will give our mountains a run for their money ..... actually, I meant corn fields!

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When I was trucking cross country I used to get thru Iowa on I-80 a bunch. For an Idaho boy I never seen so much corn in my life and all the dead raccoons on the highways. I just wasn't used to so much flat country. It sure saved me from shifting a bunch though.
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Spring has done sprung here in North Florida. 86 degrees yesterday on a camping trip, road the Jet Skis, even caught a few fish(also took a top water lure to the forehead, couple of hooks went in past the barbs, but that's another story).

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Just thought I'd throw in a few more of this beautiful country I live, play and hunt in. This is the Camas Prairie about six miles from the house.



The Middle Fork of the Clearwater River.



Four miles above my house on the Melrose Grade. Wintertime.



Old house on the canyon edge. The wind has been blowing here for a long time.

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Wow!
And your windsheild is less cracked than the one in my truck!
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Faucettb, those are beautiful pictures and what beautiful country. Thank you very much for posting the photos.
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Here is some winter to cool down you guys suffering from this summer heat.

Big Canyon above my house.



The Clearwater River about a mile from home.



Coyote tracks from a mousing expedition.



Winter Sunrise out coyote hunting on the Camas Prairie about six miles above the house.



Getting to a coyote set before daybreak, that's the moon in the background.

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I don't want to think about Winter! We are having a cooler and much wetter August and mom said she heard that "As goes August, so goes December." I hope that is wrong or I will need a snowplow on my tractor. We got over 5" in just one rain and they are talking rain about every other day for the next week!
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Our weather here is all altitude driven. I live at 1300 feet above sea level
Here is a surprising fact. My house in west central Georgia is about 1,000 feet above sea level and sits at the base of a hill that goes to about 1,300 feet.
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Old 08-09-2008, 07:27 AM
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From my place at 1300 feet in the bottom of Big Canyon There's five grades that wind up to the prairie and several more if I cross the Clearwater River. It takes but a few minutes to go from my elevation to 3000 feet. Then the mountains begin.



Most of the country right around me is dryland farming, Wheat, barly and like crops. The deep river canyons hold lots of game that most folks only see in passing and because of the impassableness very few folks hunt them.





The deer that wander and live on the Prairie eat on the edge of the grain fields and are as good of meat as any prime fed beef you could ever want. The rough edges and deep canyons provide places for them to bed and hide from predators and us hunters where they can really thrive.





Dwarshak Lake starts about 8 miles from my front door and runs better than 70 miles into Idaho's back country feeding from the spine of the Rocky Mountains that separates Idaho from Montana. Not one town or city lives along it's banks and many folks camp on the edges and hunt and fish there. If I get my old aluminum boat running by hunting season I'm going to elk hunt from the water this year.

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I sure enjoy seeing the Camas Prairie and surrounding canyon photos, Bob. While I live in a very fine area for hunting, there's nothing like 'going home' to where you grew up and see the country, and hunt there. I only get up there 1 or 2 times a year now, usually for turkey in the spring, and ducks/goose around Thanksgiving.

Spent quite a few weekends boating and camping with the family on Dworshak reservoir growing up - haven't been 'on the water' for probably 20 years now. With the '96/'97 winter kill on the elk, then the bear population, logging shutting down, and now the wolves, the elk have a tough time in that region. Seems like a good 1910-style forest fire is needed, as much as that galls my sensibilities.
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:28 AM
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My old hunting partner and I are going out tomorrow to look at some elk country. Were taking the little Suzuki Samari and will be looking at some country around Dwarshak and Up Orofino Creek, one of our favorite places to hunt.

I've grew up on Orofino Creek about 6 miles above Orofino where I was born. My dad and older brothers made their living logging. I was probably six years old before I ever even tasted beef. Dad kept us in meat from the local deer population where we lived.

Talked to a friend who works for fish and game and he says poaching is up a bunch as groceries and gas prices rise. Clearwater county has alway had one of the highest unemployment rolls in the state and things don't look to be getting better. Lots of folks that wouldn't think of plinking a deer are now doing so for the meat.

I'm also seeing more and more folks living in campers parked along the river and in places where they won't get run off for staying to long. Spoke with a couple that lost their house and haven't had any work for a while. Their living off welfare and the Indian food program here on the reservation. I'd bet there's a couple hundred family's in the same boat here in Clearwater County. They told me their dad gave them the camper. Such a shame so many folks living in poverty here and were funding so much give away money to other countries.

With the closing of most of our local sawmills over the past 30 years and the drop in logging in this country populations still seem to grow. Were seeing more tourist orientated industry and lots of folks that commute the 40 or 50 miles a day to Lewiston to work at the paper plant and for CCI and Speer bullets. The gas prices must be killing them.

With the Forest Circus now letting fires burn in areas where no homes or buildings are threatened it's helping the elk some, but I don't think we'll ever see any more really big fires that really opened up this country to the elk again. One thing for sure is the face of our hunting has changed forever with the wolf re-introduction and I don't think it will change again in my lifetime.

It's easy to take this country for granted til you go somewhere else. I've spent time in Alaska, Hawaii, Arizona, California, Washington and Montana and when I was trucking drove across every state in the Union and all the Canadian Provinces and have yet to find a place I like as well as right here. When I retired I could have lived anywhere we wanted to, but gravitated back to "home". It was a good place when I grew up, it was a good place when I was raising my son and it looks to be a good place to raise my grand daughters. In the end it looks like a good place to be buried.
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