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July 8, 2016
KUNTZ: Weekend in Yellowstone country
Motoring southward up the Paradise Valley toward Yellowstone National Park, the Yellowstone River is running strong and fairly clear along the highway, and floaters of all sorts are on the river — fly-fishermen in rubber rafts and river boats, recreational floaters and guided...
July 8, 2016 - 6:50am
July 1, 2016
KUNTZ: One-week trip to Amisk ends
(Last of two parts) “I think you are giving me cheap, 39-cent lures so I don’t catch anything,” Keith says in jest as he casts out a Finnish-make Rapala. “Yeah, cheap lures alright … those Rapalas are nine bucks apiece, the Dardevles five to seven dollars each. Keep fishing...
July 1, 2016 - 6:48am
April 15, 2016
KUNTZ: Bad luck with boats
It was an afternoon I'd just as soon forget, but it happened and reinforced my long held notion not to trust anything mechanical. John, Laurie and I had spent two wonderful weeks fishing in Saskatchewan last June, and were 50 miles from home and 2,250 miles into the 2,300-mile trip...
April 15, 2016 - 6:39am
February 26, 2016
Opinions, other drivel
When one gets as old and crotchety as I am, he generally has been “up the creek and over the mountain.” I may have not done it all in the out-of-doors but I have done most of it, and I have some definite opinions. I had some of them published in this space a year or two ago. Following...
February 26, 2016 - 7:19am
January 15, 2016
Thinking of old-timers
When it is cold and I am looking outside from the warmth and comfort of my home at snow banks and bare trees, I think of them, my ancestors who homesteaded in southwestern North Dakota in 1901. My father’s side came from Austria, my mother’s from Germany and they migrated to Russia...
January 15, 2016 - 7:39am
December 31, 2015
A pocketknife for grandson Ben
Dear Ben, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! It was wonderful having your Mom, Dad and sister Erin up here in Montana for the holidays....
December 31, 2015 - 8:04am
December 4, 2015
Discussing the rifle sling
U. S. Army Col. Townsend Whelen, who lived from 1877 to 1961, was a hunter, explorer, adventurer and writer who modified the sling of the old Springfield rifle into what became known as the “Whelen sling.” I had a variation of the Whelen sling many years ago and will tell you...
December 4, 2015 - 9:08am
November 27, 2015
Visions of hunting pheasants again
A couple hundred yards away I can see a black-and-white springer spaniel hunting quickly through tall grass and willows, plenty far ahead of its master, a young-looking fellow who is following the dog and carrying a shotgun. The first rooster flushes ahead of the springer, swings...
November 27, 2015 - 7:42am
November 6, 2015
Some thoughts in the rain
About an hour ago I fired at a whitetail doe with my old .270 and killed her with one shot at about 150 yards. My friend John Thorp said, “I am going to drop you off at the horse corral and leave you there until dark. Maybe you can shoot a buck too. I’ll come back and field-dress...
November 6, 2015 - 8:11am
October 30, 2015
Pheasant guns and loads
(Last of two parts) My first pheasant gun was a dreadful bolt-action .410 made by Mossberg for Montgomery Ward. Dad bought it for me when I was 10 years old. Somehow, even with its full-choke boring, I managed to kill some birds. When I was 13 Jake bought me a Remington Wingmaster...
October 30, 2015 - 7:55am
August 28, 2015
Getting off the dime
His name was Harold, and he came into my office about 20 years ago and introduced himself as a retired high school superintendent, mid-70s in age, and trying to make up for all the hunting he had missed in his lifetime by having to work in the autumn. Harold must have been 6-foot-3,...
August 28, 2015 - 8:44am
August 7, 2015
No better time to explore the high country
Right now, in early August, and until the first snows fly in the mountains next month, is the finest time of the year to be in the high country. Insects usually are not a problem as they were in June, and as much snow has melted as is going to melt, giving the hiker and backpacker...
August 7, 2015 - 8:02am
July 17, 2015
Final day on McKenzie Bay
For three or four glorious days we fished The Big Island, as Saskatchewan locals call it, twice trolling around the entire island and catching numerous walleyes and northern pike on diving wobblers. It was a pleasure watching the fish 10 or 12 feet beneath the boat, battling in the...
July 17, 2015 - 7:59am
June 13, 2015
Some thoughts on boats
My first boat was a 14-foot Herter's fiberglass that my father bought in the 1960s, and gave to me in the 1970s when he bought a used 18-foot Lund. I was living in Grand Forks at the time and remember a partner and I driving to Lake of the Woods for a weekend fishing trip. Four-foot...
June 13, 2015 - 7:18am
June 5, 2015
Time to thin the herd
It has occurred to me the last several years that I have accumulated an inordinate amount of outdoor gear in my lifetime, and that it is time to liquidate some things. So about a year ago I gave all my ice-fishing gear to a young guy who works at a local grocery store and doesn’t...
June 5, 2015 - 8:12am