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    Close out of the sage grouse project has left an empty spot in the spring schedule. Got the call to tag along on a trip to check out some sharptail leks for a potential upcoming study. Had just enough time to do a couple loads of laundry, get some groceries, gas up the truck, reload the trailer and head back across the divide. Driving the Deuce



    Flathead still looking good but warmer weather ahead will change that






    Glacier's Southern exposure






    Bob's Eastern flank




    Touchdown



    Base camp established




    Campground crapper; this could be a problem. I donate a few rolls to the cause




    Poking around a bit until the rest of the crew arrives

    Just a tourist passing through


    SBS Index updated 2/21/18

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    An ex-coot




    The gang shows up; one of the few times Rock's motor isn't redlining

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    The consequences of open (jerky) carry; I give birth to a fully formed shorthair




    Nice evening




    Next morning it's out to scout for sharpies on some Block Management ground






    Only 2 birds sighted, neither on a lek; they're around but this isn't a meeting place




    Plenty of curlews






    Afternoons are time to explore the countryside
    Taking advantage of a plentiful resource

    Just a tourist passing through


    SBS Index updated 2/21/18

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    Ferruginous nest




    One pissed off parent






    Duck central; ended up counting 11 varieties, plus various and sundry grebe, merganser, etc. Hard to get any close ups; all the spent shotgun shells may provide a clue










    House band




    Backup singers

    Just a tourist passing through


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    Next morning, on to another site. Pay dirt; a prairie pick-up bar. Birds are vocal and active; 23 total, including 3 hens. Apologies for pic quality; terrain and land ownership preclude any more favorable camera angles, they're in that stubble just beyond the puddle





    A curious curlew seems more interested in the dance moves than the hen standing to the right




    Last night out




    Closing up camp the next morning. Mushroom season; proximity to ICBM sites always increases pucker factor but it's just the last few days of open burn.




    Good grub




    Pronghorns




    Heading back to the trees; cue the Immigrant Song




    The last few warm days have added a good bit of color; 5 rafts were putting in at Moccasin Creek for an adrenaline rush




    Dropping in to Stumptown; I already miss the snipe winnowing




    Regards,
    Scott
    Just a tourist passing through


    SBS Index updated 2/21/18

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    Thanks for the pictures, Scott.
    Fished the Flathead once. Brother in law bought a house out there some time ago. Just sold it this year. Probably couldn't make that drive again. Enjoyed every minute of it though.

    George

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    Thanks for taking us along on the trip. God was sure creative with all of the varied terrain and wildlife.
    xfishcop Dick

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    Thank you for taking us with you! What a glorious country! A much needed trip for me, by the way!!
    Trouts don't live in ugly places.

    A friend is not who knows you the longest, but the one who came and never left your side.

    Don't look back, we ain't goin' that way.

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