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Old 05-09-2019, 07:59 AM   #151
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next time you go to town, Café Zydeco has some incredible Cajun groceries: gumbo, etoufee', jambalaya, fried oyster crawfish or shrimp po-boys, NOLA style muffelatta, andouille sausage, red beans and rice, friend catfish topped with etoufee, shrimp n grits, beignets, etc.... The original owner if from Abbeville (Lafayette) and the food is the real deal authentic

They have one in Helena as well. Have to agree on the groceries. Great grub!!!!

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Old 05-09-2019, 08:01 AM   #152
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I’ll have to check-out Cafe Zydeco in Bozeman. I’ve eaten at the McAllister Inn several times.

At the risk of driving people crazy, this video was taken from our front porch on Monday. Without a picture it didn’t happen.

Elk herd on Portnell Road - YouTube


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Old 05-09-2019, 05:58 PM   #153
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The Mulies were out there this afternoon.

I was doing my hour of hill climbs this morning and they were watching me a couple hundred yards across the hill.




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Old 05-11-2019, 09:02 AM   #154
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I tried fly fishing the creek- not a good way for a newbie fly fisherman to catch a trout.



It wouldn’t be hunting if you could walk up to 40 yards from the mulies in a t shirt and jeans and they just look at you. I’ll bet ifI put on camo- they’d have taken off.




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Old 05-18-2019, 07:56 AM   #155
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..... just another Saturday morning in Montana. We had a hundred elk moving past the house before sunrise.

I need to get my game cam set up on the hill for some close-ups. We saw a couple young bulls with button antlers in the herd.






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Old 05-20-2019, 05:22 PM   #156
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Bill next time you go to town, Café Zydeco has some incredible Cajun groceries: gumbo, etoufee', jambalaya, fried oyster crawfish or shrimp po-boys

Went there for a business/ networking lunch today. Great food. Thanks!





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Old 05-20-2019, 05:28 PM   #157
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imagonnahaveto check that place out, Bill!
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Old 05-21-2019, 08:52 AM   #158
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I’ll be up there I a couple of weeks, but the closest I’ll get to you is probably Philipsburg. Gonna have to go check out Bozeman one day.


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Old 05-24-2019, 09:30 AM   #159
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I got out in the Madison for the first time yesterday. Nothing caught and a newbie trying to cast in 30 mph wind was challenging. At least I was warm and dry- duck hunting waders and elk hunting pullover. I had Canada geese 50 yards away and green heads overhead.

On Mothers Day I caught a nice rainbow on Ruby Reservoir on fly gear from a kayak. Made a nice dinner for us.






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Old 05-24-2019, 10:09 AM   #160
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Livin' the Dream - you and the Mrs. deserve it brother
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Old 05-24-2019, 10:16 AM   #161
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Looks like you are enjoying yourself, which is the whole point! Congrats again
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Old 05-24-2019, 10:26 AM   #162
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Wow, I had ignored this thread up until now. I don't get envious often, but to you sir I am! Living in Montana for a full calendar year is on my bucket list. One of these days it will dang sure happen.

Keep the pictures coming.
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Old 05-25-2019, 10:32 AM   #163
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Thanks! I’m working on the P500 getting it ready for summer riding and fall elk hunting. Last Sept we were 17 miles up a snowmobile/ atv trail to our camp. Coming out at night with boned-out elk will be easier with the led light bar. I moved a front basket to the top since it badly blocked my seeing the 5+ feet in front of the Honda.



It’s a great feeling living in a free state and being able to open carry my XD and have it in a vehicle. I’ll be at the Sheriff’s Dept Oct 2 to apply for my concealed carry.




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Old 05-28-2019, 10:43 AM   #164
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I’ve got a lone elk cow hanging out with the mule deer behind the house this morning.

Having a species identity problem?

Can you see a ground blind in those small trees?






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Old 06-02-2019, 03:36 PM   #165
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Sunday afternoon, sitting on the front porch with my lab watching the storm front coming from the south over the Gallatin range and the Spanish Peaks. Thunder rumbling in the distance, the wind chines are starting to serenade us.

We found a 30 acre parcel yesterday in the Ruby Valley which ‘may be’ the place to build. Cattle range land now, amazing views of 4 different mountain ranges, and 6 more miles past the land is the access to the National Forest.




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Old 06-10-2019, 04:05 PM   #166
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I read today that ammo sales are going crazy in Cali since on July 1 you’ll need a state-issued card to purchase ammo, need a background check, they will track purchases and there’s restrictions on quantities.




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Old 06-11-2019, 07:29 AM   #167
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^^^^^^ Great photo and caption............

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Old 06-11-2019, 06:37 PM   #168
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Old 06-17-2019, 08:52 PM   #169
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We put in an offer today for 30 acres of land in the Ruby Valley. IPhone pictures do not capture the views of the surrounding mountain ranges.







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Old 06-18-2019, 12:02 AM   #170
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Good on ya, Bill! That's some awesome country.
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Old 06-27-2019, 09:37 AM   #171
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End of the rainbow yesterday.



The trails in Gallatin National Forest were finally opened last weekend, got the Pioneer out for a ride.



View of the ‘flats’



We’re meeting both Realtors and seller tomorrow at the property to talk about some contingencies in our offer- I think they’ll accept and we should have an accepted offer tomorrow. Meeting with the first architect today, spoke with the well driller yesterday. Spoke with president of the local search and rescue group to get involved. Looks like we’re building and retiring in Sheridan, Montana!


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Old 06-27-2019, 09:39 AM   #172
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Gorgeous Pictures. Good on you for making it happen! Enjoy yourself.......but you better keep posting lots of pictures this Summer and Fall.
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Old 06-27-2019, 09:49 AM   #173
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love seeing the pictures Bill! beautiful country up there!
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Old 06-28-2019, 07:12 AM   #174
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Great photos as always and best of luck on the purchase and build.

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Old 06-28-2019, 07:54 AM   #175
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End of the rainbow yesterday.



The trails in Gallatin National Forest were finally opened last weekend, got the Pioneer out for a ride.



View of the ‘flats’



We’re meeting both Realtors and seller tomorrow at the property to talk about some contingencies in our offer- I think they’ll accept and we should have an accepted offer tomorrow. Meeting with the first architect today, spoke with the well driller yesterday. Spoke with president of the local search and rescue group to get involved. Looks like we’re building and retiring in Sheridan, Montana!


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Old 06-29-2019, 11:21 AM   #176
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Our offer on the 30 acres was accepted yesterday. With 6 weeks to get a well drilled and just started talking to architects, getting in before winter is challenging.

I told my wife we could pop up a yurt and live like Siberian nomads. No.


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Old 06-29-2019, 02:11 PM   #177
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Your wife will be fine. At least you gave her the option.
Beautiful scenery! Down here with this 100+* heat index, just looking at those pictures will help me to cool off.
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Old 06-29-2019, 02:12 PM   #178
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Pretty cool Bill. Thank goodness you were able to leave California in the dust. Those lawmakers are ruining the state. Keep us posted!

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Old 06-29-2019, 03:52 PM   #179
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I always follow this thread. Congratulations on still reaching for and achieving yalls dreams. As you know very few achieve their goals imo.
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Old 07-03-2019, 09:51 AM   #180
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I do the back hill with a 30# elk pack to get my legs ready. Five up and downs yesterday.

Mule deer (cousins of CA blacktails) are goofballs. This doe popped her head up from deep grass to watch me, then started walking closer to my lab Sage and I. Incredibly curious animals.

Archery is 1 mule deer either sex, rifle is buck-only. I nicknamed her Taco.




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Old 07-03-2019, 09:58 AM   #181
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Congrats on the land, Bill! You will be just west of Virginia City. That is a cool old mining town!
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Old 07-03-2019, 10:19 PM   #182
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Across the highway and 1.5 miles from Saint Marys of the Assumption Church in Laurin, built 1901 and on the National Register of Historic Places.

Here’s a picture taken from higher on the mountain, arrow is where the home will be built. Power company contractor was trenching today bringing in the electricity. The Ruby Range is to the west- pictures do not capture the enormity. Sage walked out and into the panoramic picture so she appears 2x.




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Old 07-13-2019, 08:03 PM   #183
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If we confirm the power was installed and there were no additional charges for bringing in a jackhammer excavator to bust through some subsurface granite- we should close Wednesday.

We’re meeting with Architects, and wouldn’t you know it- the guy we’re going to work with is a bowhunter? The only one in all the architects we’ve met with.

My wife has put her foot down- We will have a separate room above the garage with it’s own full bath for my hunting gear, bunk beds fir elk hunting buddies visiting and I think I can add a used big stainless sink from a restaurant and a butchering table.

Yes, dear!


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Old 07-13-2019, 08:59 PM   #184
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Darn the luck!
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Old 07-13-2019, 09:30 PM   #185
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Old 07-14-2019, 09:17 PM   #186
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The 2 bulls left today to breed at the neighbor’s family ranch 3 hours from here.

Big sky country!




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Old 07-17-2019, 06:12 PM   #187
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We’re Montana land owners, deed recorded this afternoon.




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Old 07-18-2019, 07:29 AM   #188
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You and your pup sure look happy............

Congrats on the property purchase. If you have not already started, when do you think you will start scouting for the up coming seasons?

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Old 07-18-2019, 07:47 AM   #189
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Congrats!! How exciting! Been silently following along...
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Old 07-18-2019, 07:56 AM   #190
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Congrats Bill!
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Old 07-18-2019, 10:24 AM   #191
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Congrats on the property purchase. If you have not already started, when do you think you will start scouting for the up coming seasons?

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Scouting now. Hiked in a couple miles yesterday and found elk, moose and bear skat.

Here’s the sign at the trailhead- notice the bullet holes in the griz claws.




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Old 07-29-2019, 12:45 PM   #192
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Just when I thought ‘how can this get better’, I spotted a sign up the road.





We did a 20 mile UTV/ATV ride Sunday, found elk tracks in multiple places.


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Old 07-29-2019, 01:26 PM   #193
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Now you really are gonna be a dental floss tycoon. Congratulations on the land purchase. Looks like a beautiful place to build your home on. Please keep us updated, especially the pics. It's getting kinda hot here and everything is about to turn brown.
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Old 07-30-2019, 02:10 PM   #194
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A young Montana mule deer buck turned up in the yard, the does we’ve been watching all summer are ‘head turners’






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