Roughing it in Montana

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When we’re away camping in our trailer, I want to retain at least a few of the comforts of home. Staying warm is one of my big priorities. Our friends kindly let us park our rig at their house and one evening we had a camping style supper together.

In October, days in Montana can still be very warm, making me forget that summer is over. But as soon as the sun goes down, there’s a definite chill in the air.

We put our dogs in their kennels and pulled them closer to the fire. Notice the very smart, impromptu bonfire set up by our Montana hosts. The propane tank is definitely American. It’s BIG!

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We were all thankful for the warmth this little bonfire threw, especially one of the residents’ dogs. The picture is blurry, probably because the dog was shivering, but she was warming an important  part of her body.

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We were going out to hunt pheasants the next day, but we were somewhat handicapped. Ruby had a cut, still healing, on her shoulder, and she had something in her toes that was causing her a lot of pain, so we would be limited to using her only in emergency situations, like finding a lost bird. The bulk of the work would be done by our new addition, six-month-old Emma.

Emma had learned what a pheasant was only a few days earlier. We showed her a picture to remind her of what we were after.

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She bounced around the fields with great enthusiasm and actually put up a lot of birds. She very quickly figured out what to do. Amazing what genetic markers will do.

Back home in the trailer, she was tired and happy, if not too sophisticated with one ear flopped over her head, seeds in her eyes, and a feather stuck to her mouth. But she showed a huge amount of promise.

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34 thoughts on “Roughing it in Montana

  1. You call that “roughing it”? Looks pretty danged civilized to me! And oh, for the taste of pheasant on the table again. It was a fall ritual when I was growing up, and the corn fields were thick with birds. The guys loved the hunting, and we all loved the eating.

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  2. Need to introduce you to a South African fire for warmth…. love the bird photo and the dog looks as though it knows what to do… are the pheasant tasty eating or are they a bit wild like ours…??

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    • They’re VERY tasty. I’ve tasted gamey meat but these are like organic chicken minus the mushy meat. They’re tender and tasty and I know I’m not eating antibiotics and steroids. Also, they haven’t lived in a cage all their lives and we only shoot what we eat. It’s not about numbers or egos. Actually it’s more about spending the day walking through wonderful grasslands.

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      • Oh I can go with you on that Anneli, not downing the shoot, in fact it can be very relaxing… I do it all the time but with a camera… our pheasant are very wild tasting and even tough… our guinea fowl are almost inedible they are so tough… have to put them through a special treatment to make them nice eating…. as for chickens we only eat free range, otherwise you can keep the bird….

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        • There are so many birds because of the grassland and wheat farming that there’s a large new crop of young birds every year, and since they mostly walk around and don’t fly a lot, their meat is tender and not at all gamey. I’ve had my share of gamey birds and don’t care for them much at all. A tough bird is the exception here.
          It’s also a camera shoot as much as a hunting trip. There is so much beauty out there if you take the time to look. I don’t like to see things get killed but a few have be sacrificed since I still like to eat meat. Better than thinking about what our domestic chickens endure.

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          • I have been on a few game bird shoots here, but never ate what we shot as the birds had been hand raised and released for the paying customers… some how just felt wrong, but then I spent more time with my eye to the camera than over the top of the shotgun…. lol

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  3. Yay, Emma. I sure hope Ruby is doing okay now. BTW, the collar I see on Emma in that photo looks like the exact same one as Piezon’s that I still keep nearby be in remembrance of him. They are such identicals (aside from breed). I wonder if Piezon was reincarnated in her. Ha! Actually, her personality sounds a lot like my Max, but her looks are like Piezon. My Max may be a herding dog, but he seems to love to sniff things out more than herding. And, I don’t know why I’m babbling, so I’m done now. Heh. Hope you’re having a nice weekend.

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    • Lori, I’m so happy that Emma reminds you of wonderful times with your dogs. You’re so right about personalities. Each dog is different, just like people. We love our dogs. Ruby is all fixed up and feeling fine now, but she missed out on a lot of the fun this year. It was good for Emma because she had to step in for Ruby much more than we expected. She had a ball!

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    • It’s an AMERICAN propane tank. They have everything bigger and better. It’s a joke we always use, but often it’s really true. We loved it in the States. I’m glad you liked my blurry picture. I wouldn’t use a photo like that normally because of the blurriness, but I had to get that one in there for the sake of the humour. And yes, can’t wait for dynamite next year. Thanks for visiting, Bente.

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  4. hahaha yes, that’s a HUGE propane tank. You’re right–very American. 😀 I’m an American but I live in Germany now, and when I first moved here I constantly thought everything was so SMALL, but now after living in Europe for 6 years, when I go back to the States I’m shocked by how big it all is.

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    • I like it that way. We joke about how Americans like everything bigger and better, but in many cases it IS better. Not always, but often. We love to visit the States. Love those BIG wide open spaces too. Thanks for visiting, Dana.

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