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First one is the Lamar Valley late in the afternoon. The second is of a cow moose that was grazing willows 30 yards from our friend's cabin. Our kids had just started skiing and were about that far away when they spotted her. They know not to approach them and came back inside to tell us. The funny thing was we were just discussing not having seen any out in the meadow for several years. When the owner was building the cabin he said he regularly had to take refuge inside. Once there were seven moose at a time.

Personally, I've decided never to hunt moose here in Montana. They've never been plentiful and haven't been doing all that well in the lower 48 the past few years. I saw a magnificent bull in August at about 9000' elevation and it was cold enough up there for there to be frost on the creek. There aren't a lot of places like that though. Someday, I'd like to go up to Alaska where the biggest ones are anyway.




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Very cool. My daughter (ie family) just got back from there. They went skiing and sightseeing and had similar, neat pics. One day, before I croak, I'd like to get out there. It looks beautiful.
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Originally posted by bugsNbows bugsNbows wrote:

Very cool. My daughter (ie family) just got back from there. They went skiing and sightseeing and had similar, neat pics. One day, before I croak, I'd like to get out there. It looks beautiful.
You gotta see it (at least once) in the summer and in the winter, when there are far fewer people...really changes the character of the place. Kudos to them for making the trip this time of year. Not many people think of it.

Now Glacier, on the other hand, is mostly inaccessible in winter. West of the Divide, it's also cloudy. East, while you might see the sun, your eyes would be watering from the constant wind. We've only been there twice in winter during all the time we've lived in Montana.
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Originally posted by jonoMT jonoMT wrote:

Originally posted by bugsNbows bugsNbows wrote:

Very cool. My daughter (ie family) just got back from there. They went skiing and sightseeing and had similar, neat pics. One day, before I croak, I'd like to get out there. It looks beautiful.
You gotta see it (at least once) in the summer and in the winter, when there are far fewer people...really changes the character of the place. Kudos to them for making the trip this time of year. Not many people think of it.

Now Glacier, on the other hand, is mostly inaccessible in winter. West of the Divide, it's also cloudy. East, while you might see the sun, your eyes would be watering from the constant wind. We've only been there twice in winter during all the time we've lived in Montana.


My ex has a place in Montana that they all trek to fairly often (mainly to ski). Believe it or not, my wife was invited and went out there a few months ago (and I was even invited)! But, alas, I had to work and really did not have the extra $ for the flight. Maybe I'll get invited back. LOL
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Very cool! I love Yellowstone NP!

Does your friend own a cabin right next to the northern Yellowstone boundary, or were you referring to a rented cabin within the park?
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His cabin is about a mile outside the park and right on the edge of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. So great views and no one can ever build in front of it.

Interesting bit of history: Every time we hike or ski down the trail there we're passing the same way General Howard and his men did in their pursuit of the Nez Perce.
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I bet if you left the truck door open that moose would climb inside and snuggle with you.
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Where do you go skiing at? Red Lodge?
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Originally posted by Sparky Sparky wrote:

Where do you go skiing at? Red Lodge?
I've skied a lot of places, but never tried there...other than a little x-c skiing right outside town. You ever been there?
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Originally posted by jonoMT jonoMT wrote:

Originally posted by Sparky Sparky wrote:

Where do you go skiing at? Red Lodge?
I've skied a lot of places, but never tried there...other than a little x-c skiing right outside town. You ever been there?


Skied MT many times. Lately I have been going to Big Sky and in the past I have been to Red Lodge and Bridger Bowl. Where I go skiing in MT is generally where I have a PSIA event to go to. In Red Lodge have you ever eaten at the Carbon County Coal Company? Great steaks there!
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Originally posted by jonoMT jonoMT wrote:

His cabin is about a mile outside the park and right on the edge of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. So great views and no one can ever build in front of it.

Interesting bit of history: Every time we hike or ski down the trail there we're passing the same way General Howard and his men did in their pursuit of the Nez Perce.


Man, that's an awesome setup! That basically describes my dream get-away place. So, he has direct, private access to the Absaroka-Beartooth? Does he hunt in there?




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I am Moving to MT at the end of this month. Red Lodge will be just a couple Hours away. Now to find some places to shoot long range!!
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from SD to MT.... frying pan into the fire???  Or would that be ice chest into the deep freeze. Smile
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Originally posted by TRP_Operator TRP_Operator wrote:

I am Moving to MT at the end of this month. Red Lodge will be just a couple Hours away. Now to find some places to shoot long range!!

I too am working my way out there. 
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Will you be able to stand the cold Mark?
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Montana's wonderful.  I guess the oilfield is moving along.  How's the cost of living doing?  
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Son of Ed, I am not sure about the oil as I am on the Indian Reservations. I know it is around and up in ND and such, but living on the reservations the cost is cheap since most are poverty level or below.

They do have lots of open land for long range shooting thoughSharp Shooter
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I did a job on the Fort Peck Assiniboine Reservation up in Poplar long ago in 1984. I figure Obama has screwed up the drilling on BLM land.  Unfortunately, oil booms bring Klondike Gold Rush-type inflation!   

I used to occasionally do jobs in Broadus and Biddle and the Custer National Forest.  
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Helo18 would have a pretty educated opinion on all that by now. I last worked in that area in 1987.

Sparky, if you're out here again, let me know. I will show you all my favorite pockets of snow at Bridger Bowl...although the place has been discovered now for quite some time. I used to be up there 60-70 days a year.
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Will do Jon! I would like that very much. I probably will not be through that area until next Dec when I need to be at Big Sky. Bridger Bowl is a great area. I used to love hiking up on the ridge and skiing down the chute up there. I'm having a geriatric moment and can't remember what it is called right now.
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

Originally posted by TRP_Operator TRP_Operator wrote:

I am Moving to MT at the end of this month. Red Lodge will be just a couple Hours away. Now to find some places to shoot long range!!

I too am working my way out there. 

Cheaptrick, is your move permanent or temporary, vacation etc.
What area? I will be about an hour from Billings
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Great pics.

A fellow I work with is coming to Yellow Stone this summer for his 30th wedding anniversary.
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