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Forum: Around the Campfire 09-15-2019, 11:49 PM
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Posted By Bill
The Eternal Flame - Keep it Burning

Solo elk hunt today. Didnít see anything, but since I passed 3 grizzly bear caution signs at the trailhead it worked out just as well.

Views of Madison Valley, MT south of Ennis. Hard to believe...
Forum: Around the Campfire 09-14-2019, 05:04 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,302
Posted By Bill
I read your question and scrolled down to see...

I read your question and scrolled down to see what answers you got. This ad appeared, which is my recommendation.

BTW- Sitka is here in Bozeman where we now live. I left Kuiu behind in CA, said a...
Forum: Around the Campfire 09-14-2019, 03:57 PM
Replies: 6,191
Views: 502,432
Posted By Bill
I hunted in Gallatin NF yesterday. Only found...

I hunted in Gallatin NF yesterday. Only found prints. No wonder- 50 of the elk were 1/2 mile from our house.

Theyíre no dummies. :)

I spoke to the land owner on this side, nice guy but only...
Forum: Around the Campfire 09-14-2019, 03:52 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,805
Posted By Bill
2 years later. Before retiring, I Ďinvestedí in a...

2 years later. Before retiring, I Ďinvestedí in a bunch of Kuiu gear, including their 0 degree bag and Thermarest pad. I was able to save a few $ on a sale.


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Forum: Around the Campfire 09-12-2019, 11:07 PM
Replies: 6,191
Views: 502,432
Posted By Bill
Nice work. There were a hundred elk down from the...

Nice work. There were a hundred elk down from the Gallatins near our place on private land, Iím going up early tomorrow to see if I can find them on public land.


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Forum: Around the Campfire 09-10-2019, 10:55 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 10,725
Posted By Bill
Foundation being dug. We did not hit the granite...

Foundation being dug. We did not hit the granite boulders we were fearing. I have a hunting room in the house between the garage and kitchen for out of town hunting visitors.
...
Forum: Around the Campfire 09-09-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 1,349
Views: 133,852
Posted By Bill
Happy birthday swig elk hunting in Montana....

Happy birthday swig elk hunting in Montana. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190909/f8b51e88d4a5d33decbff07aec858997.jpg
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Forum: Around the Campfire 09-07-2019, 08:46 PM
Replies: 6,191
Views: 502,432
Posted By Bill
Atta boy! Great bull Day 1- no elk, lots...

Atta boy!
Great bull

Day 1- no elk, lots of antelopes but no tag.

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Forum: Around the Campfire 09-07-2019, 01:17 PM
Replies: 6,191
Views: 502,432
Posted By Bill
Great to meet you and your friend- I donít...

Great to meet you and your friend- I donít remember her name! I hope the job lead I gave her gets you folks to Montana.

You know- as you pulled out of the parking lot- without a picture it didnít...
Forum: Around the Campfire 09-04-2019, 10:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 588
Posted By Bill
XX75s! Itís been a long time since I thought...

XX75s!

Itís been a long time since I thought about aluminum arrow shafts.


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Forum: Around the Campfire 09-03-2019, 08:25 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 10,725
Posted By Bill
We spent Labor Day afternoon at the property,...

We spent Labor Day afternoon at the property, first time we were there for a sunset and took in the views. We can see 7 different mountain ranges, hereís sunset.
...
Forum: Around the Campfire 09-02-2019, 10:38 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,566
Posted By Bill
We put vinyl planking in our San Jose house when...

We put vinyl planking in our San Jose house when we fixed it up to sell- the decor is 100% staged- it did not look like our home.

It looked good, free floating and itís water resistant with a...
Forum: Around the Campfire 09-02-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,000
Posted By Bill
Logically........ If a guy who thinks heís a...

Logically........

If a guy who thinks heís a girl feels uncomfortable going into stall in a menís room to pizz and a guy could be in the next stall......

How come for a girl who thinks sheís a...
Forum: Around the Campfire 09-01-2019, 11:41 AM
Replies: 6,191
Views: 502,432
Posted By Bill
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Where?


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Forum: Around the Campfire 08-31-2019, 07:00 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 10,725
Posted By Bill
Taking a break scouting. Bumped a big mountain...

Taking a break scouting. Bumped a big mountain lion- the difference is we can shoot them unlike Cali. All I saw was a tan rump and loooong tail. No picture. My hand went for XD45 - with bear...
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-30-2019, 09:05 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 10,725
Posted By Bill
Fast forward 1 month. We bought 30 acres in a...

Fast forward 1 month. We bought 30 acres in a county with 9,500 people and no stoplights!

We laid out the location of the house today. This will be the view out the large windows in the living...
Forum: Photography 08-27-2019, 09:58 PM
Replies: 449
Views: 65,985
Posted By Bill
Big sky sunset from upstairs window, Bozeman. ...

Big sky sunset from upstairs window, Bozeman.

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Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 08-25-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 4,636
Views: 591,867
Posted By Bill
I just had to post it. Grenadeís still full. ...

I just had to post it. Grenadeís still full.


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Forum: Around the Campfire 08-24-2019, 05:52 PM
Replies: 6,191
Views: 502,432
Posted By Bill
2 thoughts- 10 minutes from our place- a...

2 thoughts-

10 minutes from our place- a small bull has gathered his harem. Time to hunt elk.

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Think bears if...
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-22-2019, 09:32 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,772
Posted By Bill
I noticed you dispensed with the mesh above the...

I noticed you dispensed with the mesh above the door panels as well.

While Montana does not require a helmet, after a bad accident in 2015 and a concussion, plus seeing how a vacationer in a...
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-20-2019, 10:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,158
Posted By Bill
Shows why some animals eat their young. They...

Shows why some animals eat their young. They deserve each other.


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Forum: Around the Campfire 08-20-2019, 08:24 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,772
Posted By Bill
Good to know that size fits. Iíll probably do...

Good to know that size fits. Iíll probably do rear spacers at least to stabilize it if higher with new tires.


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Forum: Around the Campfire 08-20-2019, 04:44 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,772
Posted By Bill
Stock tires are 8Ē front, 10Ē rear x24. 12Ē rims....

Stock tires are 8Ē front, 10Ē rear x24. 12Ē rims.


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Forum: Around the Campfire 08-20-2019, 04:41 PM
Replies: 6,191
Views: 502,432
Posted By Bill
I found 1 pole was a life saver going up hills,...

I found 1 pole was a life saver going up hills, and helping to keep upright/ balanced on rocky/ scree areas. It also transfers work from legs to shoulders. Especially when the meat bag was added. I...
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-20-2019, 03:26 PM
Replies: 6,191
Views: 502,432
Posted By Bill
If youíre hunting Montana- check your license. ...

If youíre hunting Montana- check your license.

There was a bad batch of paper sold to FWP and all the printing fades away to invisible with a little heat.

It happened to mine and I just...
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-20-2019, 03:23 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,772
Posted By Bill
So- +1 inch wider than stock in front, and +2...

So- +1 inch wider than stock in front, and +2 inches wider on rear?

Iím more concerned with raising center of gravity with the racks up top.


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Forum: Around the Campfire 08-19-2019, 09:40 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,772
Posted By Bill
Do The 27s fit without spacers? What rims? ...

Do The 27s fit without spacers?
What rims?


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Forum: D-I-Y Projects 08-19-2019, 08:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 985
Posted By Bill
:) Krylon! I canít find/buy a tow hook to...

:) Krylon!

I canít find/buy a tow hook to fit the rear 1 1/4Ē receiver for my Honda Pioneer 500. Can you weld one for me?


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Forum: Around the Campfire 08-18-2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,772
Posted By Bill
Honda Pioneer 500 experience?

This year Iíll look less like the Beverly Hillbillies!

I bought a Strongmade front hood basket. Bad idea- blocked my vision on the trail. Due to dumb luck, I was able to move it to the top, and...
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-15-2019, 09:02 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,639
Posted By Bill
Can I introduce him? Sent from my iPhone...

Can I introduce him?


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Forum: Around the Campfire 08-15-2019, 08:57 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,017
Posted By Bill
I have my grandfatherís model 94 in 30-30. Shot...

I have my grandfatherís model 94 in 30-30. Shot my first deer with it with my son on the hunt. He said that day in his childhood changed his life.

I left it in my will to my grandson, with the...
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-14-2019, 01:16 PM
Replies: 6,191
Views: 502,432
Posted By Bill
Iíve not purchased a pair (yet) but the go-to...

Iíve not purchased a pair (yet) but the go-to boot for hunting here living in elk country are the Kennetreks. Bozeman-based company, right next to Simms fishing products.


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Forum: Current Events - Politics and Such 08-14-2019, 09:57 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 4,283
Posted By Bill
Letís get past the insults, gentlemen. I...

Letís get past the insults, gentlemen.

I read an article and saw this quote. I needed to create a meme.

The problem is not the firearms.
...
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-14-2019, 07:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,383
Posted By Bill
I put ghost ring sights on the 450 Marlin for elk...

I put ghost ring sights on the 450 Marlin for elk season (griz and mt lion defense). Sighted it in yesterday in the back- with 2 mulie does on top.

I expected them to take off for the mountains...
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-13-2019, 08:35 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,592
Posted By Bill
My childhood knowledge of Czech, which Iím told I...

My childhood knowledge of Czech, which Iím told I demonstrated at a large gathering when asked ďBilly, do you know any Czech wordsĒ was a stream of profanities.

My Parents friends reminded me of...
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-13-2019, 08:31 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 986
Posted By Bill
Prayer sent. Hypertension is manageable with...

Prayer sent.

Hypertension is manageable with medication.

Hope sheís better.


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Forum: Around the Campfire 08-13-2019, 08:28 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,153
Posted By Bill
.... maybe if youíre living in the public dole ...

.... maybe if youíre living in the public dole homeless and donít like humidity

Been there
Done it
Left


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Forum: Around the Campfire 08-08-2019, 10:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,383
Posted By Bill
Doing my morning hill climbs, they got up 30...

Doing my morning hill climbs, they got up 30 yards from me and were fascinated watching me.

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Forum: Around the Campfire 08-06-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 6,191
Views: 502,432
Posted By Bill
The Elk Thread

I keep mine on a paracord lanyard around my neck, with a small container of wind direction threads.

If I need to take-off up a hill after a bull, or Iím hunkered in a ground blind, I can drop my...
Forum: Current Events - Politics and Such 08-06-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 4,283
Posted By Bill
Outlaw guns and only tennis players will be able...

Outlaw guns and only tennis players will be able to defend themselves.

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Forum: Current Events - Politics and Such 08-06-2019, 12:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 874
Posted By Bill
It confounds me that the Chief of Police has...

It confounds me that the Chief of Police has apologized.


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Forum: Around the Campfire 08-06-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,383
Posted By Bill
Some mule deer pictures for ya. Weíve been...

Some mule deer pictures for ya.

Weíve been watching the 2 fawns grow this summer.

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Forum: Around the Campfire 08-06-2019, 08:37 AM
Replies: 6,191
Views: 502,432
Posted By Bill
Good boots- broken-in Smartwool socks ...

Good boots- broken-in
Smartwool socks
Synthetic, (thin) sock liners
Foot powder

Hydration bladder in pack

Nothing made of cotton.

Good, thin gloves you can shoot your bow the same as...
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-05-2019, 10:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 588
Posted By Bill
Iím fletching helical blazers on Onestringer...

Iím fletching helical blazers on Onestringer wraps now. I found when I put the blazer in the clamp I leave the base about 1/16Ē proud. Then when I put it on the arrow, the middle gets pushed towards...
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 08-05-2019, 07:57 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,737
Posted By Bill
Somehow Iím having trouble making the jump from...

Somehow Iím having trouble making the jump from those pictures to myself. Maybe my gray hair?


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Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 08-05-2019, 08:26 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,415
Posted By Bill
I bought a Tikka T3 Hunter in 7mm Rem Mag when...

I bought a Tikka T3 Hunter in 7mm Rem Mag when the T3X models were coming out for $500. I donít know current pricing.

I put a Vortex on it on sale at Cabelas on top. Shooting off a folding table...
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 08-05-2019, 08:19 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,737
Posted By Bill
Following. After living in Montana for 4...

Following.

After living in Montana for 4 months, I can get a concealed carry permit in 2 more months.

After years of wondering how any of these can really be comfortable and not jabbing into...
Forum: Current Events - Politics and Such 08-05-2019, 08:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,259
Posted By Bill
This was posted on one of my Ďotherí daily read...

This was posted on one of my Ďotherí daily read web sites, Stiltons Place. Stilton Jarlsberg is a Texan. I think heís ďhit the nail on the headĒ.

Iím old enough to remember my first look at the...
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-04-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 6,429
Posted By Bill
Iím still struggling with the Ďwhyí question. I...

Iím still struggling with the Ďwhyí question. I just saw this article- taking a break fletching arrows for elk season and cleaning some guns.

One out of five millennials claimed to have no...
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-04-2019, 10:14 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 6,429
Posted By Bill
Take God out of the schools and education, out of...

Take God out of the schools and education, out of public places and raise a generation that does not believe in absolute standards of right and wrong. My opinion.

ďAll practices are governed by...
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