I may have spent more daysÂ huntingÂ in 2010Â than any other year. From a spring bear hunt in Montana through waterfowl and pheasant season to a elk hunt in the hills it has been a great, and successful hunting year for me.Â
My 2010 hunting season really started in May when I traveled with my dad outsideÂ Thompson FallsÂ Montana to take in a spring bear hunting. This wasn’t your sit above bait bear hunt.Â Â Hiking over 10 miles a day along logging trails, drainage ditches and hillsides this was hard work but in the end it was worth it.Â The second to last day I took this matureÂ brown phase black bear and I couldn’t be happier.Â Â One side note.Â Bear ham is delicious.Â
Montana, as I said in my last post with the Black Hills, should be on every hunters bucket list.Â Whether you are hunting, elk, bear, deer or fly fishing along one of it’s blue ribbon rivers it’s a wild place that anyone who loves the outdoors would enjoy.Â
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When SD GFP upped the early goose hunting limit to 8 this year I knew there was possibility for some great hunts and that is exactly what we had.Â Whether it was with Luke, My dad and brother, or Father in law and brother in law we never got skunked when we went out this year.Â My most successful day was hunting over a small dugout the geese were using to rest after feeding.
Luke and I spent a lot of days this year duck hunting and we had some great times.Â I estimate I bagged around 80 ducks this year by myself and I know Luke exceeded that number.Â Whether flooded corn, sloughs, picked corn or big water if Luke and I had a day off together during the season we were probably out in the field trying to shoot ducks.
I didn’t get to deer hunt as much as I would have liked but it was no ones fault other than my own.Â I have yet to fill my archery tag and I have doubt that I will.Â After passing on some small bucks on my days spent on the stand rifle season was here before I knew it.Â I took a respectable buck on the opening weekend. HeÂ tastes delicious.Â
Pheasant hunting since I can remember has been good.Â We took large numbers of birds throughout the season, but perhaps more important than shooting birds is the time I get to spend with my family, great memoriesÂ are made stomping through the fieldsÂ every year.
I can only hopeÂ my 2011 season is as successful both in game taken and memories made as this year was.