Earlier this summer, I shared with all of you my plans to make the move to the eastern side of Montana ... once the house in Missoula sold. I now have an entirely new plan. I really don't like the idea of "owning" a small parcel of land ... to which I devote my entire life. Sure, that has always been my dream as well ... to have my own shooting range ... on a piece of property with game ... and a productive tree stand within sight of the house.
Well, there's absolutely nothing wrong with such a plan. It's most hunters' dream. As I worked to fix up my late wife's home for sale, to give it the facelift she and I always wanted to give it, I had plenty of time to think about how I wanted to spend the rest of my life. And the more I thought about it ... staying in one place sounded less and less appealing ... so ... I now have a new, entirely different plan!
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Oh, Montana will always be home for me for the rest of my life. But ... I have truly missed hunting in the Midwest ... Southeast ... Midsouth ... and the Southwest as well. As I write this, I have been shopping for a good used 4x4 pickup with lots of miles left on it ... and a 25 to 27 foot travel trailer that's efficient, but still has some room in it. My goal for 2018 will be to "Follow the Seasons". That will start with some late winter coyote hunting here in Montana, followed by some turkey hunting in April ... and some black bear hunting in May.
Then, during the summer, I want to get in some shooting for ground squirrels and prairie dogs. My first "out of state" hunt next year will be for, of all things, fox squirrels and gray squirrels back in Illinois and Missouri - something I have truly missed since making the move to Montana in December 2007. I want to traipse through some of the same hardwoods I hunted as a kid ... who was always dreaming about living somewhere like Montana. I'll probably plan this one for September, when the hickory nuts are ripe ... and when dove season is open as well. I want to give my Pedersoli side-by-side 10 gauge a good work out!
If I can draw a tag this next summer, I might even swing through Wyoming on the way home to muzzleload for a pronghorn ... then head up to eastern Montana to do the same. And if I didn't get my bear in the spring, Montana's fall bear season opens mid September as well ... and I know where I'll head. Then, It's also fall turkey season and grouse season ...plus in October waterfowl hunting begins. Later that month, deer and elk season get underway ... and I hope to be right over on the old Musselshell River once again.
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