Archives For Nature

ftd-lonwolf-620x330To many people’s surprise, we do not live in the 1950s Walt Disney fantasy, and, sadly, all the stereotypes about the concepts of “wilderness” and the “balance of nature” are largely rhetorical and mostly theatrical and literary fantasies, perpetrated by the desire for some meaningful order and even some element of kindness and generosity in our vision for the natural world.  Order, predictability, and the notion of an overriding virtue are attractive ideas and my have certain validity in a truly natural state, and perhaps me be validated statistically over thousands of years, but definitely not decades or even hundreds – and definitely not in the world in which we live today.  The wolf does not cut the sickness from the bone, but merely kills the thing in front of him – good, bad or indifferent.  In fact, it has been well established that wolves kill injured or infirm animals in about the same percentage as they occur within the population in general.  In other words, if one in ten animals in a herd is compromised, about one in ten kills will involve these individuals.  In large part, Mother Nature is simply not a nice lady.  She holds little regard for logic, and conservation, and defiantly not for compassion.  That which is “natural” needn’t be presumed to be somehow righteous or confused with distinctly human concepts of good or bad.  There is extraordinary order in the natural world – that order is often achieved by way of a paradox that can be profoundly chaotic. Nature, although exquisite, magnificent, and somehow ultimately elegant, is likely – perhaps even predisposed – to be messy.

Joe Hutto, Touching the Wild: Living With the Mule Deer of Deadman Gulch


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Video of My Elk Hunt

December 29, 2014

Just saw that Cottonwood Outfitters, the outfitter who guided my MT hunt, put up their year end video and footage of my bull elk is included.

The first 58 seconds are pretty cool.  Great footage of bull elks on the high prairie bugling.  The first one is just the bull.  There follows couple of still shots (the one with the two hunters standing next to a tree is meant to show a “rub.”  Notice how high the rub goes on the tree compared to the two hunters) and then in the next one some bulls can be heard bugling off screen and then the onscreen bull is seen replying.

At the 6.01 mark is video from my elk hunt.  You’ll see a herd of cows moving across the face of a hillside followed by Ted Ford posing next to the cow he harvested (I took that picture).  From 6.18-6.49 is video of the bull I harvested along with a picture of me with my bull followed by a picture of Ted and me with my mule deer.  At the 7.12 mark is footage of Edmund Frampton’s shot on his mulie (300 yards) and then a photo with his mulie.  At the 7.26 mark is a photo of Donnie Buhrmaster with his mulie.

The guys at Cottonwood are great guys.  Can’t say enough about them.

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Photos of My Elk and Mule Deer

November 17, 2014

I harvested this nice 7×6 bull:



And, this 4×4 mulie:



A few years ago Aaron and I were walking out of the woods long after sunset under a clear and starry sky.  Surrounded by darkness and about a mile from the car we heard a pack of coyotes behind us start to howl.  Immediately, from every direction near and far, we heard other coyotes respond.  It remains one of our coolest experiences in the woods.

I was reminded of that where I saw (heard) this video.  As part of a segment filmed for MFK GameCalls, Jason Groseclose, two-time world coyote calling champion, lets loose with his best coyote howl from a chair in the middle of a forest. Just as his call finishes echoing through the trees, the woods erupt with a string of responses. Moments later, you will see a few young coyotes making a beeline to his position.  Pretty cool.

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A place I’ve long wanted to visit:

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