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Offline JC

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Friday 13th from Montana: Bad day for gophers...
« on: August 24, 2004, 08:08:00 PM »
Well I finally got caught up at work and recovered from my fishing trip to Montana 8/7-15th.  Fishing was awesome, country was just how I remembered it...absolute paradise for the outdoorsman. Course had to take my bow so I could wander the national forest stumpin when not fishing.  

One evening there we got to talking about hunting while watching 6 mulies graze from his front porch. Conversation quickly turned to him talking about most of the bowhunters he guided not being able to hit anything. Well, seeing an opportunity, and after having a couple of cold beers, I thought maybe I would change his mind. I strung up my bow and proceeded to perforate a can in his pasture...much to the amazement of 3 montana cowboys. "Ferget fishin, we're going gopher huntin tomorrow!" the man says.

Next day dawned cold and sunny, warmed quickly and the gophers on a section in the valley he had planted in alfalfa were everywhere. Needless to say, it was a very good day.  First shot was a crusher, and the fellers hooted and hollered with much glee at the sound of that hex head smackin the hole digger. For the next 4 hours I hammered em until I had slimed arrows to the point of being useless, broken, or lost em in the thick vegetation and rocky soil. I missed a lot, but not by much...many coups were counted that day. April 13th: the gophers will remember it and shudder!

Rest assured, they now think trad shooters are a step above those fellers with training wheels...I tried real hard to make ya'll proud. Glad to be back, was fun but ready for deer hunting in a couple of weeks and hog chasin until then.

Happiness is a bloody arrow...especially in Montana!  More pics to come, but here's a couple fer now:   Gopher Pile    Purdy Ranch  

Joe
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Offline Van/TX

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Re: Friday 13th from Montana: Bad day for gophers...
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2004, 08:18:00 PM »
Too cool Joe  :D  Man that sounds like fun  :wavey:  ...Van
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Re: Friday 13th from Montana: Bad day for gophers...
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2004, 08:49:00 PM »
Nice pile of gophers my man!!!! that is fun!!!

Van, I think the answer to that is... "YOU can!!!"   "[tunglaff]"
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Offline frankb

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Re: Friday 13th from Montana: Bad day for gophers...
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2004, 09:16:00 PM »
You can also eat glass, tinfoil, toothpics, or a broadhead.  

Question is:  Would that really be a good idea?

Frankb    :)

ps-Great job on the the dogs, Joe!  Musta been a lotta work/fun... to say the least.  Out this way... the dogs we hunt are a bit bigger... and a BEAR to stalk.  Easiest with two people [one to distract-one to put the sneak on 'em].
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Re: Friday 13th from Montana: Bad day for gophers...
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2004, 09:04:00 AM »
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Offline JC

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Re: Friday 13th from Montana: Bad day for gophers...
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2004, 09:19:00 AM »
Van, MPS said it, "YOU can eat em." Them ranch hands didn't even want to pick em up, and they insisted I borry a glove to throw them in the truck until we took the hero shot. They'd ride anything on the planet but askeered to touch a lil gopher.

Frank, I cheated some: we would drive through the field with me in the truck bed; spot one and drive within 15-20 yards of the hole, I'd slip out while the truck was still rollin and wait while the truck pulled away slowly.  Them little rats would wait until the truck pulled away to about 75-100 yards then pop right back up....only to get a 590 gr hex headed pill from 66# of Morrison death for their trouble. I could hear those boys giggle from a hundert yards when they heard that satisfying "WHOP!".

They's like tree rats though, take killin way out of proportion to their size.  :scared:
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Re: Friday 13th from Montana: Bad day for gophers...
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2004, 10:23:00 AM »
Van,

And this coming from a man who won't eat scrapple!?!  :D  Won't open packages for fear of it?

Now that's jes plain rude!  :bigsmyl:  

JC,

Dang, Son, you'se just a pup! Sure is a fine reminder of that country I used to run...course, I was way younger then!   :rolleyes:
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Re: Friday 13th from Montana: Bad day for gophers...
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2004, 11:01:00 AM »
Doc, I told ya I's only 35....I jes feel a lot older than that at the end of a workday! I'll post more of the fishin pics tonight on webshots and email you the link.  

Shore was some kinda beautiful country but after getting home and hangin a couple of stands on Saturday...I wouldn't trade the dark green oak river bottom I hunt in for anything.
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