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PostPosted: June 26th, 2012, 5:29 pm 
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I've been reading this one from the start. Thanks for sharing your adventure Dan, looking forward to seeing where you guys finally drop anchor. Love your pictures, makes me want to go pack up the truck and head west.

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Whoa! Has it been two years!? Ok so we found a great place in Trout Creek, MT about 20 miles toward Rob from Thompson Falls. We closed in Nov so we are still unpacking boxes and putting our stink on the place. Its a modest home with a three car garage on private acreage - three sides large private tracks and FS on one the SW corner. It also has a land locked 40 acre section to the west adjacent. Most of it is timber so we are clearing ground for the stock.The house is small but its just Dianne and I so we really don't need much.
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So what you really want to learn is about the hunting.......
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Sorry those shots came out so random. The draft looks right but they come out in a different order.
Anyhow. No hero shots yet. I did kill a lion but that story is on the meat pole thread. Lots of close calls with elk two years in a row. This year will be it though so stay tuned.

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I'm jealous, hope someday to escape with my wife to the wild west like you did. Well done!

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You certainly look Happy. Mindy and I have plans to hunt elk in Colorado this year, it will be Mindy's first time west of Illinios! Congratulations keep us posted.


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Great pics, Dan and Dianne. I love the photogenic bear photo!


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Yeah Kevin. That bear is a real clown. He goes by that camera about once a week and slaps it around or slimes it. I think we have a close up of most of his anatomy. I always break out the cleaning kit and reset the camera after a visit.
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Love the pictures Dan!

Thanks for sharing!


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Thanks for the update Dan. Look like you are enjoying your new home.


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Dan:

It appears that you and Dianne have found what you were searching for. It couldn't happen to a nicer couple. Enjoy your new home.

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Dan and Diane
You may just have found your paradise,looks great .
Looks like you are enjoying it.

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Beautiful place you have there Dan. I'll keep checking in to get updates as the season rolls on. Good luck with the elk this year.


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quick question, is the lot next to you for sale? I'm packing up now... :lol:

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Congratulations Danman....you're living the dream 8-)


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Thanks Biggie. Roger living the dream. Some days I wake up and I can't believe it all came together.



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Dan what a fantastic view . I wonder do you have a stand setup by that park :)))

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Melvin F. Gregoire wrote:
Dan what a fantastic view . I wonder do you have a stand setup by that park :)))

Of course. :D

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Dan, to cool...I wish you and Diane the best of luck this fall!

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Dan, to cool...I wish you and Diane the best of luck this fall!

Thanks Mark! Good luck to you as well!

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Awesome pix Dan.

Getting wound up and ready to head out there next week.


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Sooooo... not as much time afield as we had hoped, but the stock has a nice new pasture and fencing and our house addition is all dried in and insulated. Still looking for volunteers to do that barn raising. I called a real nice 6x6 bull in to Dianne, but just outside of her range. She thinks it was forty yards away, sooooo we will go with that. We worked on two bulls for over 90 minutes before this one committed. I believe there were cows involved and the responder was the alternate. In any case, it was very intense and exciting and about 300 yards from the house. Covered some more distant ground we found elk in last year with little to no sign, although we did find a nice moose shed and a couple white tail sheds for our den. Called in a nice WT buck in Oct but no shot. I mmmmmmmissed a cow in Oct also. Located some new wallows and other interesting territory. Several huge deer rubs showed up on the property late in the season. So, mixed action, but we love it here and look forward to next season. Trapping for wolves, coyotes and bobcat right now.

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Looks like you're living the dream Dan. Looking back, it sounds like a wonderful year in review.


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Yes they are living the dream. I regret not making the time to visit, when I was hunting in Wyoming this past fall.

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