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Old 04-21-2002, 03:04 PM
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I have to say that, other than the Eastern woodlot/farm field hunting I did growing up, hunting the plains of Eastern Montana has been my favorite hunting so far. Until my mother-in-law passed away last year, we often went and hunted on the cattle ranch she and my step-father-in-law ran out there. The open country is absolutely beautiful to me, although some folks think it's kind of desolate. I don't know whether or not we'll continue hunting there now that she's gone.
* * But the hunting we did there was very enjoyable. We hunted pronghorns mostly, along with some mule deer some years. I really like it because you walk a lot, you can see forever, and you see game a lot but it's not really easy. You can see them, but they can see YOU! It's a great challenge to find a good stalking route to get close enough to make a shot! And though the prairie is rugged and broken, it's not like humping up and down the timbered mountains where I live. I gotta be honest, I'm not one of these macho he-men who thrives on risking my life on icy, steep mountain logging roads and enjoys chugging up and down steep slopes all day. I hunt here because I live here, and in it's own way the hunting here is superb. There are certainly magnificent critters up here! *But I grew up where deer hunting was a gentle, enjoyable pasttime spent with family and friends, not such hard work.
* * *Hunting at my in-laws' ranch provided the thrill of hunting the great wide-open West and the cameraderie of hunting with family. Some of the best times I've ever had while hunting! And I love pronghorn meat!
* * *By the way, the longest shot I've made on game in this wide open country was *just over 200 yds, with a .308. * * * * * * *IDShooter

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Old 04-21-2002, 04:00 PM
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Sounds great ID, I read an article years ago about mulie hunting in southeastern Colorado. *Can&#39;t remember the name of river nearby (Purgatory perhaps), but it sounded like a wonderful hunt. *Ever now and then I get kinda aggravated with busting through alder, salmonberry, willow, blueberry and devil&#39;s club thickets, not to mention dog hair spruce, but I just can&#39;t complain when I get above the timberline. *I&#39;d really like to do some real plains hunting someday. *Closest thing we&#39;ve got to is this liquified land in the muskeg and tundra that absolutely kills your legs and ankles. *Sometimes I wonder if about half of Alaska isn&#39;t just out there floating around.
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Old 04-21-2002, 05:14 PM
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IDShooter - &nbsp;where did you hunt in eastern Montana? Our ranch is located just north of Miles City. Every year we host about 200 hunter-days. My favorites are the guys who just want to get out and walk where they will not see another person and they&#39;re not real concerned if they kill anything or not.
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Old 04-21-2002, 07:56 PM
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Ya got that right&#33;

If I want to eat meat, the grocery stores are open 24 hours a day...

When I go HUNTING I want to kick back, relax, and get away from the TV and phone&#33; &nbsp;Walk a lot and enjoy the peace and quiet, sounds good to me&#33; &nbsp;Could not care less if I fill a tag or not.

Get a critter, that&#39;s just a bonus.

Course that&#39;s easy for me to say, we have wild hogs up to our ears in Texas, and I shoot quite a lot of those (note &#39;shoot&#39; not hunt). &nbsp;But deer hunting, if I get one or not, not a big deal.

Went to Colorado in 1995, did get a mulie, but still would have had a great time even if I had not.

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Old 04-21-2002, 10:37 PM
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&nbsp; &nbsp; Their ranch is about 45 miles north of Forsyth. The closest actual town is Ingomar. Not too far from you if you&#39;re north of Miles City, relatively speaking&#33; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;IDShooter

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