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Bigdan 05-Jul-17
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From: Bigdan
05-Jul-17

Bigdan's embedded Photo
Bigdan's embedded Photo
Bigdan's embedded Photo
fire that started on the 4 of july
Bigdan's embedded Photo
fire that started on the 4 of july
Bigdan's embedded Photo
Yellow flowers is all that's left
Bigdan's embedded Photo
Yellow flowers is all that's left
Drove down into the breaks this morning to check out some of the tanks I hunt. It real dry last year we got 38 inches of rain between june 1st and the end of sept this year we only had 1/4 inch in all of june. The sweet clover had flowered and dryed up it looks like the river will be were the elk will be this fall. we have a big fire behind zortmen in the Little Rockys

From: Rickm
05-Jul-17
Wow does that look different than last year. How far from Zortman is that fire?

See you in a couple months!!

From: Bigdan
05-Jul-17
1/4 mile

From: LKH
05-Jul-17
Parts of the state are in extreme drought and even over here by Lewistown it's getting pretty dry. Little rain and we are looking at maybe 10 days of 90+. Almost glad I don't have a permit. I hate sitting in bugs on the river and won't do it.

Be careful with fire. I never have a camp fire in the Breaks and here's an idea for burning trash. I have a metal 5 gal bucket with a small hole about half way down. I cover it with a 1/4" mesh screen while burning. You light the fire on top and place the bucket in an open dirt area.

Watch while burns and put water on the ash. It's important to light from the top. That way there is no "lift" to carry embers.

From: Jaquomo
05-Jul-17
Dan, glad this thread is from you. For a minute I suspected it was crabby old "Missouribreaks" posting about how bowhunting is "ruined" because some 12 year old kid is using a crossbow in Ohio.

Seriously, that looks like how it was down here a couple years ago. Do you get an August "monsoon" or are you too far north there? Hope things improve..

From: Bigdan
05-Jul-17
we get rain in aug but june is our wettest month and only 1/4 inch is bad

From: TD
05-Jul-17
If the fire gets too close I hope they let the prisoners out of the Zortman jail for safety.......

How are the wells holding up? If not much feed on the ranges....I sense more cow tags on the horizon.....

From: Bigdan
05-Jul-17

Bigdan's embedded Photo
Bigdan's embedded Photo
I went into Zortman this morning the town is safe all the timber around town is burned so there is no fuel left the fire is moving south east of Zortman headed our way they have about 1000 more fire fighters coming in today and two choppers working the head of the fires

From: hobbes
05-Jul-17
Just read about this fire on the Helena Independent Record's website. I wondered if your place was in danger. There was a small fire north of Helena yesterday but they knocked it down quickly. This extended hot and dry forecast is not welcome.

From: ArrowM
05-Jul-17
Yikes! Last year was so wet we could not get to our camp on 3 different trips...we'll see

From: Bigdan
06-Jul-17

Bigdan's embedded Photo
Bigdan's embedded Photo
its getting closer this was taken on my deck at 1030 pm We named this photo the Last Text

From: Huntcell
06-Jul-17
News report of earthquake Montana.

Somebody has irritated the High Commander!

From: ELKMAN
06-Jul-17
Yeah it was a bad one. Shook the whole house and knocked stuff over.

From: hobbes
06-Jul-17
Dang......that's too close.

Just saw that there has been a mandatory evacuation of Landusky as of this morning.

From: TD
06-Jul-17
Geez Danny that's close! Any homes in danger? I think Steve is over there now, tried to call him but I think service is kinda spotty.

06-Jul-17
Stay safe big Dan, sorry to see you have a bad fire up there. 410 has been burned out for the last 10 years with all my good spots void of timber, I'm afraid it's going to be a bad year for fire

From: TD
06-Jul-17
oops, got a hold of Steve..... he's back here now but following the fire closely. Kind of a helpless feeling. You guys stay safe and good luck!

From: Bigdan
06-Jul-17

Bigdan's embedded Photo
Bigdan's embedded Photo
Took this photo about 1/2 hour ago just above Landusky 1/4 mile away

From: LKH
06-Jul-17
When the BLM did tree core studies on the Breaks in the past they could show that the entire Breaks area burned about every 50 years. Big problem now is that the juniper is so bad it gets the fire into the upper story and takes out too many pines.

From: Rickm
06-Jul-17
Which way is it moving from Landusky?

From: LKH
06-Jul-17
Go to the weather channel and you can get a wind report for the area. They have a chance for thunderstorms later on. I'm near Moore, MT and we have gotten .3 or so and more coming. Hopefully it will hit them.

From: DL
06-Jul-17
Anyone that has fired nearby make sure your rain gutters are cleaned out if you have them. Plug the gutters so they can't drain and fill them with water. Embers roll off roofs and into gutters. Out west here you see stucco houses with tile roofs catch fire and that's the reason. Sad to see hunting areas go up like that. This is only the beginning.

06-Jul-17
Dan, can you back burn then, cut the tall trees around your residence to get a wide fire line of burnt fuel, before the fire gets there, to protect your stuff? A fire can't burn when it has no fuel.

06-Jul-17
Prayers to all of you out there dealing with this.

From: Bigdan
06-Jul-17

Bigdan's embedded Photo
Bigdan's embedded Photo
The wind was blowing to the north west all day it turned to the north about 6pm The fire got into town but there is a ton of fire fighters there with about 20 big water tenders we lost a couple of out buildings but all the homes are still standing. you can't get into town You can see the cat line they put in as a fire break they back burned every thing above the break last night looks like it mite have been the tool they needed

From: Rickm
06-Jul-17
Good luck Dan. Fingers crossed and prayers with the kids tonight.

From: Scoot
07-Jul-17
Eesh that is terrible! I'm glad all is ok so far. I'll include you and all involved out there in my prayers Dan.

From: Brotsky
07-Jul-17
The hard work and effort these wild land fire fighters put in to save homes and property is amazing. They truly are every day heroes. Prayers for you Dan and those effected by the fire and for the safety of those fighting all the wild fires. The hot dry weather we are getting in a lot of the west is going to see all too much of this over the next couple months I'm afraid! God bless!

From: Rut Nut
07-Jul-17
Prayers for everyone involved! Man that is too close for comfort! : (

From: jdee
07-Jul-17
I wouldn't wish that on anyone. Are they evacuating people ? In 2012 we had a big wild fire and my neighbor wouldn't go. He hid out at his place when the deputy's came to evacuate him and some other neighbors. He stayed until that fire ran his place over and burnt his house, barn and horse stables to the ground. He lost everything except his horses . He didn't have insurance either. In one barn he lost about 5 years worth of some of the biggest elk shed antlers I have ever seen. There is not a day that goes by that he doesn't talk about that fire and what he wishes he had done different. Good luck !

From: ELKMAN
07-Jul-17
Hope all is well

From: lewis
07-Jul-17
Dadgum son thats an attention getter stay safe Lewis

From: buc i 313
07-Jul-17
Glad you and yours are safe

From: SBH
14-Jul-17
TTT.....How ya down Big Dan? Hopefully things have calmed down with that fire. Let us know when you get a chance.

From: Bigdan
14-Jul-17
There in the mop up stage now I took a drive to Zortman two days ago most of the public in the Little Rockys is burnt I don't know how the sheep made out but most are on the mine this time of the year The Zortman side of the mtn the mine area did not burn like the Landusky side did the south side were most of the game winter is black as burnt toast

From: Hunter42
16-Jul-17
Glad to hear your place and Zortman missed the fire. Hope to see you this fall in the breaks

From: SBH
16-Jul-17
Glad to hear it's calmed down.

From: ELKMAN
17-Jul-17
Any rain? We have been getting hit in the evening down here sporadically.

From: Bigdan
17-Jul-17
We have only had 1/4 inch sense June 1st

From: Bigdan
23-Jul-17
We have another Fire burning in unit 700 this is a big one 200.000 acers there is so much smoke here you can't see. Its burning north off Hwy 200 and Fort Peck Lake I have never seen it this bad this early

From: sawtooth
23-Jul-17
Friends said the " Crying Fire" is now west of the Musselshell river hammering away in Unit 410, north of Blood Creek.

23-Jul-17
I'm headed to Billings today, with the Alaska Type 1 Team. We are scheduled to stage and pre-position there in BIL, but I would not be surprised if they give us command of the Lodgepole Complex (includes Bridge Coulee, South Breaks, Square Butte and Baker fires.)

Pete

23-Jul-17

Missouribreaks's Link

From: Matte
23-Jul-17
This has burned through my sister and her husband's family ranch. It is a very bad deal right now.

23-Jul-17
The Crying fire started north of 79 Trail at the prairie dog town and burned both to barrel springs and east to the Mussleshell River. It burned mostly grass because there is very little timber left after the last fire. The Lodge Pole fire is becoming a monster for the locals. Be safe

From: ELKMAN
24-Jul-17
Bad bad bad

From: Z Barebow
24-Jul-17

Z Barebow's embedded Photo
Z Barebow's embedded Photo
Here is a current screen shot from NIFC (National Incident Fire Command). Note the % contained.

25-Jul-17
The Lodgepole Complex is in better shape than it was. I thought my team might take command of that fire, but instead, they are sending us today to the Buffalo fire, SW of Broadus, up the Powder River near the WY border.

Pete

From: Bigdan
26-Jul-17
The Lodgepole fire is now 250,000 acres but there saying 20% contained

From: Rut Nut
26-Jul-17
Broadus- I remember that from 2011. A buddy and I hunted mule deer in that area.

Prayers for everyone involved! Residents and firefighters!

From: cubdrvr
27-Jul-17

cubdrvr's Link
Haven't been there yet, but sounds like most of the timber on east side of Musselshell from Germaine to the rest area is gone.

From: cubdrvr
27-Jul-17

cubdrvr's Link

From: APauls
27-Jul-17

APauls's embedded Photo
APauls's embedded Photo
Oh man big fires are so scary. All the best.

From: Rut Nut
27-Jul-17

Rut Nut's Link
Is it just me? But I haven't seen any reports of these fires in the National News. If I hadn't seen it here, I would not have known.

From: Bill Obeid
27-Jul-17
Is that elk... standing in the river?

From: HUNT MAN
27-Jul-17
That picture is from 2000 in the Bitteroot . And yes it's elk in the river. The fire behind the house doubled in size yesterday . Smoke is terrible.

From: Bigdan
27-Jul-17
we just had about two hours of rain temp droped from 95 to 68 feels good

From: LKH
27-Jul-17
That's great, watched what was probably your rain on the news. Tight cluster of red and yellow areas moving east. I feared more dry lightning so this is good. My place west of Lewistown is bone dry and the alfalfa has completely withered in some areas. Thankfully most of the haying is over so that fire risk is gone.

From: ELKMAN
31-Jul-17
any updates

From: Bigdan
31-Jul-17
105 here yesterday to hot to go out

From: owl
31-Jul-17
Secretary Zinke announced that they will use the CMR as emergency grazing pasture for the cattle displaced by the lodgepole fire. Don't know how that will affect the hunting, but it may save a lot of ranchers.

From: sbschindler
31-Jul-17
the pastures the cows are using will displace the elk but these are tough times and its the right thing to do

From: Bigdan
29-Aug-17
Its hot its dry most of the dryland hay has burned up do to the weather The elk our down on the river big time. bring a boat canoe and a stand. Its going to make the hunting different this year but some of my best years hunting the breaks we never got a drop of rain in bow season. There will be no camp fires that's no big deal but you will not loose any hunting time to the MUD

From: midwest
29-Aug-17
Good luck to all the Breaks tag holders! I hear you might need some bug repellent down in the willows!

From: lewis
29-Aug-17
Good luck old friend get a biggun Lewis

From: TD
30-Aug-17
Let the fighting in the willows begin!

Goodness..... I really hate that mess......

Danny, you think later on in the rut the bulls will take their girls up and out in the middle of the night, Slippery Ann and such into the CRM? Or is there just no water at all for them?

From: Bigdan
30-Aug-17
There is no green feed up in the breaks There is still tanks I have a couple of stands up on my regulars and I hope to have a lost bull looking for love show up at one of them most of the mo cows or down on the river to

From: Bigdan
30-Aug-17
I was out this morning putting a stand at a water hole tons of elk and deer tracks and no moo cow tracks the road was like driving on Flour

From: Bigdan
31-Aug-17
We are on a stage 1 no smoking out side your car no fires no chain saws no off road driving there was a new fire start in the bears paw that went from 500 to 8000 acres over night

From: Rickm
31-Aug-17
Stage 1 is manageable. 2 makes it a little tougher. Looks like it is supposed to cool off a day or two before we get there.

See you a week from Sunday!!

31-Aug-17
Stage two south of river.

From: ELKMAN
01-Sep-17
This weather is NOT GOOD!

From: wisco
01-Sep-17
Sounds bad, it will probably rain 10 inches once season opens like last year.

01-Sep-17
I heard there is no driving after 1 pm even on established BLM roads during Stage 2 restrictions and driver is responsible for all costs related to damage and fire control.. That would be Petroleum county, anyone know if this is true?

From: tradmt
01-Sep-17
Don't know for sure but I believe I read that somewhere. We need rain, like a week of it.

From: hoyt-6190
01-Sep-17
So I've read that there's a stage 2 in place but the refuge is still stage 1....

From: wisco
01-Sep-17
I have never hunted the dang bottoms, but is everything down there this year based on feed?

From: Bigdan
01-Sep-17
and water

From: wisco
01-Sep-17
Well that that puts 2000 hunters in about a third of the huntable area. I hate to bring my boat all the way out there...

From: Bigdan
02-Sep-17
Its 100 right now headed out to set at one of my water holes

From: wisco
02-Sep-17
Anything?

From: Bigdan
03-Sep-17
Just deer never heard and elk sound with the lack of feed they must all be down on the river I stoped and bugled several times not a peep

From: hoyt-6190
03-Sep-17
Got into a small group of bulls yesterday morning. Called the spike into 40 yards no shot.

From: Rickm
03-Sep-17
Dan's computer got hacked and he can't post anything until it fixed. He is out glassing g through the smoke tonight. Hope for some moisture and cooler temps soon!!

From: wisco
03-Sep-17
I know it will rain when I pull in for sure, my airmattress was floating in my tent last year! Three years prior same thing, at least I learned to put my clothes in plastic totes!

From: Rickm
04-Sep-17
Wisco,

Yeah it was wet last year. Near or broke a record. We only lost a couple days to it but after we left it was pretty much shut down.

From: Bigdan
05-Sep-17
Well the puter is working again. The other night I went down to Slippery Ann and there was not one elk there. by this time last year it was full of elk the big open bottoms look just like the rest of the breaks dry as a popcorn fart. there is green under the cottonwoods. if your hunting any were near were the rancher is putting water on his hay its full of elk. the bugs are not as bad as last year but with 38 inches of rain there was lots of bugs we have only had about 1/2 inch total this year

From: bigswivle
05-Sep-17
Welp, the way Irma is headed, they'll be one less elk hunter in the breaks.

From: Amoebus
05-Sep-17
Looked at the forecast for Winnett - highs in upper 80s/low 90s and 0% chance of rain for at least 10 days. Not good.

From: Bigdan
05-Sep-17

Bigdan's embedded Photo
Bigdan's embedded Photo
It was 39 in Zortman Monday morning and the high today is going to be in the mid 70s Last night I set in the stand over my tank with a lite shirt and pants

From: lewis
05-Sep-17
Nothing like the ole Buffalo spring days good luck Danny we have our fingers crossed worrying about that damn hurricane Irma again kill a biggun Lewis

From: Elkoholic41
05-Sep-17
How's the river level looking up stream from crooked creek?

From: ELKMAN
06-Sep-17
Is there any Elk up in the breaks at all? Or are they literally all down on the river?

From: Bigdan
06-Sep-17
Last night I seen them on the river and on the way out I saw some in the breaks but I think in the most part most or going to the river at night and heading to the breaks to bed there is one ranch that has a pivet going there is about 150 elk on it every night. its being hunted so the elk or moving in and out

From: Bigdan
06-Sep-17
I just came from a meeting that the BLM had in Zortman As of Sept 8th the Little Rockys Burn area Will be Closed to Public access Till Next Spring so no Hunting, Hiking, Atv riding, Horse Back riding. I don't know why they had a meeting they made up there minds before the took any public input. They already have most of the Little rockys closed for mine clean up So we lost the rest now

From: highmarkX
07-Sep-17
I spent the first few days in 410. There were 4 guys in camp. Elk were sparse. We saw a few cows and only 2 bulls that were pushing the 300 mark. We ended up leaving early. We hunted the willows and the hills. It is dry, feed is hard to find, river has a lot of the islands under water and anywhere that there is a water hole has 4 people sitting on it. No bugles. Elk were only moving an hour in the morning and after dark in the evening.. One thing I can say is if you kill one you better have a good plan on getting it out. 1st 2 days of the season were pushing the 100 degree mark. Good luck.

From: hoyt-6190
08-Sep-17
highmarkX-what part of the river were you on?

From: ELKMAN
08-Sep-17
It's brutal heat this year

From: highmarkX
08-Sep-17
The 4 guys in camp were spread out along the river between turkey joes all the way back to ul bend trying to find the elk. Then a couple went over along the mussels hell while the others hit the hills.

From: Bow9
09-Sep-17
Just spent 7 days in 410... like someone else said they have to be on the Missouri cause they are not where I usually hunt which is a little south. Absolutely no bugling and after many many hours behind glass only a few spotted. The spots I usually hunt always and I mean always have elk in them. Even when the bugling is dead you can still glass them early and late. Nothing this year with the big lodgepole fire. I'm shocked myself and didn't realize it could affect them that much and the already dry conditions coupled with fire it's just wild. I haven't been up to the river yet but my guess is that's where they all headed and don't know if I want to be one of the 1900 down there battling b-52 mosquitoes. Anybody up on the refuge or crooked creek?? Hunting is probably phenomenal up there just based on numbers....

09-Sep-17
Just got back from a week sheep hunting in 482-20. Very hot , very dry lots of sheep with 2 rams around 180" and low 190" class ram at 12 yards while sitting on a waterhole. Woulda , coulda , shoulda, dambit !

From: cubdrvr
10-Sep-17

cubdrvr's Link

From: cubdrvr
10-Sep-17

cubdrvr's Link

10-Sep-17
I heard there were good herds of elk near crooked creek and the landing area south of the river, have not been there myself. A lot of the lodge pole fire area elk went east to greener pastures.

From: ELKMAN
11-Sep-17
Rain is coming!

11-Sep-17
Heading out tomorrow for my second time sheep hunting on the south side of the river. They are calling for an inch of rain. I had really good success hunting over the few waterholes there are. I want a do over on the big ram that came in. Unfortunately there are do overs quite like the opportunity I had.

11-Sep-17
Heading out tomorrow for my second time sheep hunting on the south side of the river. They are calling for an inch of rain. I had really good success hunting over the few waterholes there are. I want a do over on the big ram that came in. Unfortunately there are do overs quite like the opportunity I had.

From: Bigdan
13-Sep-17
My brother scored last night over water the bull is a younger bull and is an 8x8

From: Bigdan
13-Sep-17

Bigdan's embedded Photo
Bigdan's embedded Photo
Forgot photo Thanks Rick Mike & Dj for help finding it an packing it out

From: Scoot
13-Sep-17
Awesome- congrats to your brother, Dan!

13-Sep-17
Very nice, congratulations!

From: flybyjohn
13-Sep-17
Those are some good genetics. ("Young bull , 8x8") Hope he was able to breed a few this year. Great bull!

From: HUNT MAN
13-Sep-17
Good job guys. Hope you get a couple more. Rain is coming!

From: Bigdan
13-Sep-17
We got 5 min of rain this morning

From: TD
13-Sep-17
I remember years ago hunting ID with your neighbor Steve and we glassed up a hunter on the MT side. We both said gosh that guy looks and walks like Bigdan! But then decided, no it wasn't Bigdan. A while later another hunter walks through higher on the face...... we shook our heads and said this guy looks like him too! About then Maggie comes running out behind him, yep THAT was Bigdan. The first guy was his brother..... small world.

Congrats to your brother Danny! That's a real good bull. Hope you folks get more rain..... but not so much it gumbos things all up for weeks......

13-Sep-17
Awesome bull. Congrats to your brother. God Bless

From: Medicinemann
13-Sep-17
Congrats to your brother, Dan. Strong family resemblance between you guys....

From: jordanathome
14-Sep-17
You should have him mimic your straddle shot. Great job! Glad to hear you got rain!!!

From: SBH
14-Sep-17
What a cool Bull. Congrats to your brother Dan.

14-Sep-17
Rain is falling, a welcome sight!

From: Bigdan
14-Sep-17
.008 so far today yesterday we got .006 yesterday was a good day and a bad day after the guys found the Bull I jumped in my razor to go get it got about 3 miles from my cabin and the drive belt broke I could not get my cell to connect with the guys but I was able to make a call to a land line and had a friend come down and pick me up and take me back to the cabin To get my Brothers Rhino There is one steep hill you drive up to get to were the bull was I put it in 4wd low and headed up the hill 1/2 way up I heard a big bang And the Box fell off the Rhino I drove up to were the guys were waiting with 1/2 a rhino we had so ratchet straps so we put the box back on loaded the elk and we were on our way

From: lewis
14-Sep-17
Congrats to your brother great bull Lewis

From: lewis
14-Sep-17
Congrats to your brother great bull Lewis

From: lewis
14-Sep-17
Hell that bull is worth a double post Lewis

From: Bigdan
14-Sep-17

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A little rain changes things

From: 12yards
14-Sep-17
Holy Heck! That fast it gets muddy!?

14-Sep-17
Well MT needed rain. I'm sure it will dry up pretty quick if it warms up and you don't get more.

From: BackStraps
14-Sep-17
Roads were pretty rough getting out this AM. After a brutally hot week of hunting, I'm guessing things will finally pick up in the breaks this week. Bulls were still bachelored up all week. I was 7' tall by the end of our hike out today. Gumbo shims.

15-Sep-17
The badly needed moisture is still coming down, let it rain.

From: Bigdan
16-Sep-17
3rd day of rain roads are turning into a mess went south to Roy and guys were coming out looking like they had just won the Mud Bog race

From: hoyt-6190
16-Sep-17
Hope they are passable by Tuesday night!

From: Bigdan
16-Sep-17

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DJ got one this morning

17-Sep-17
Nice bull ! Hey Dan I am headed up sheep hunting on the river on Thursday for a week. If you get down to the Powerplant and see any decent rams would you call me and leave a message ? We will be camped at Stugin Island down to Woodhawk.

17-Sep-17
Nice bull ! Hey Dan I am headed up sheep hunting on the river on Thursday for a week. If you get down to the Powerplant and see any decent rams would you call me and leave a message ? We will be camped at Stugin Island down to Woodhawk. Thx, Tom

From: Bigdan
18-Sep-17

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Tonight I spent two hours watching two Mtn Lions trying to catch three deer they made three runs at them none were even close one cat stayed up wind while the other tried making a loop behind the deer down wind. I have never seen cats work but it was fun to watch I thought one doe was pushing her luck walking right to the up wind cat to mabe 30yds but when the cat came at her she left the cat in there tracks fun night Also when we got back to camp these guys were in the back yard

18-Sep-17
This get me going ! I had a 190" at 12yards at a waterhole opening weekend , two more steps and I would have had a 10 yard shot. Past on him at 30 yards. Had the 5 rams at 40 yards for an hour but did not take pictures as they were so close. I will have pictures next time

From: sbschindler
18-Sep-17
glad you got a permit Tom, very nice

From: Bigdan
19-Sep-17
More rain last night mite be a little set back on the roads yesterday afternoon they were good on 1/4 inch but to much for me to go out today

From: 12yards
19-Sep-17
12yards is perfect! ;^D

From: hoyt-6190
19-Sep-17
Did the whole area get rain? I see the radar was kinda spotty.

From: jeck66
21-Sep-17
I am headed to Montana on September 25th to hunt the Breaks... Area 410. I have hunted out there before, but I would really appreciate some information from anyone that has been out there in the past week or so, or is currently out there. We are debating on hunting the river/willows or a little further from the river. I am curious what effect the recent rains have/or will have on the elk. Please feel free to PM me. Thanks in advance!

From: Pat Lefemine
21-Sep-17
Cool story Dan. Not many people every witness anything like that!

From: Bigdan
21-Sep-17
It was about 1/2 mile away if I would have been closer I could have got it on camera First time I have ever saw anything like that. Last night I went down to the river to set a stand on a small Island I was in the stand about 5 min when I heard a strange sound Then I made out what the sound was It was a camp of flouters singing they had set up camp just across the channel about 60 yds away wasted night

From: lewis
21-Sep-17
Ouch

From: Scoot
21-Sep-17
Haha that really sucks Dan. All you can do is shake your head and laugh at deal like that.

21-Sep-17
Hey guys. Congratulations to all those who have had success so far and good luck to those who are still hunting.

So, I spent 9 days in a tent in the breaks hunting elk and on day 3 had a very nice bull 35 yards from me executed a good shot. My hunting partner and I saw him turn with the arrow still sticking out his side. After waiting the appropriate amount of time, we examined the spot where he was shot but no blood, found the arrow 15 yards with hair all over the broad head but no blood we were perplexed. No blood trail either, then we heard the same bull 50 yards away barking and contemplating coming back but he decided against it. After making a diligent search for blood we found none.

It took a few hours but we realized I had purchased G5 Montec preseason broad heads. They look almost exactly the same as my regular G5 Montec 125s and were in near indentical pacaking. I don't touch my broad heads generally, to avoid getting cut and put them on with my wrench. Long story summed up, don't be an idiot like me and purchase preseason broadheads, they essentially bounce off of elk. Ha, ha. I had never heard of preseason broad heads, wish I had.

Anyway I am back home for a couple of days and then heading back out tomorrow. Anyone out there have any information on whether the rut is still on and what the weather on the ground is like?

Thanks and I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful time of year. Any help is much appreciated.

22-Sep-17

From: Rickm
22-Sep-17
Dan, Made it home safe around 10:30 my time. Thanks for the hospitality again, had a great time as always. Helping get the stand set up and Ron getting a great bull made my trip!!

Hope Paul, you and the rest of the guys do well. They should light up during daylight at some point.

Good luck with Poppy! Maggie will get her in line eventually.

Once the campers leave that stand should be hot.

If you run into the black Denali let me know??

From: Bigdan
22-Sep-17
More rain this morning

22-Sep-17
Thanks Dan.

From: Rickm
23-Sep-17
Good luck Dan, Paul, Neil.

I expect another bull or two will fall.

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