Montana Whitetail Hunting Rocky Mountain Front

Wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. Hopefully you’re busy with family and not reading this on Thanksgiving morning. I am truly thankful for all that I have. Some days I wish I had a newer rig, other days my house seems too small, other times I’m wishing my house in Ennis would sell. Mostly, my lament comes from not having my daughters around me all of the time. They’re elsewhere this Thanksgiving, which is tough to deal with, but I see them all the time and I am taking them to Seattle for Christmas this year. Next year, I’ll have them for Thanksgiving. So I’m focussing on the positives and I feel very fortunate today.

I also was fortunate on Tuesday when I sneaked away from the desk and cruised to the Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front to hunt whitetail deer with a great friend of mine. I wanted to hold out for a true giant whitetail but I couldn’t do it. I was still hunting through a cottonwood bottom, keeping my eyes wide open for deer and for grizzlies, which often frequent the area. I stopped at the edge of an opening in the brush and trees and ticked some antlers together. Then I used a grunt call to mimic a buck’s sounds. And then I used a little doe call. I saw a doe flash away and I took a few steps forward to see if a buck was with her. Didn’t see anything there, but when I turned to my left I saw a buck moving fast, coming towards me. I threw the binoculars up, saw that it was a good buck, but it was heading quickly for thick brush. I had to make a quick decision and raised the rifle. took another glance at the antlers and said, “That’s a good one,” and pulled the trigger.

At first I didn’t know if I hit the animal. I looked to my left and kept my eyes on a hole in the brush, but the buck never came through. So I walked forward and saw a leg in the air. Sure enough the buck was dead, a one shot kill that wasted very little meat, and only neck meat at that. An hour later I had the buck dressed and in the pickup truck and was headed to my friend’s house to hang it. Yes, I’m feeling pretty lucky today and I hope all of you are, too. Have a great day, sharing stories with your families. Me? Right after this post I’m headed out for hot buttered rum batter, and the Lions are playing football right now. I’ll watch ball all day. Later, I’m headed to a friend’s house for a full Thanksgiving dinner. Take care. GT



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7 Responses to Montana Whitetail Hunting Rocky Mountain Front

  1. pete pritzlaff says:

    “Nice Buck” !

  2. Nice Greg, thats a good buck anywhere!

  3. Great Job good pictures, I know where that is.

  4. Annonymous says:

    It is a nice buck! And you sir are an idiot!!! Its people like you who’s flagrancy gives all of us hunters a bad name. Just because we can all appreciate and see that buck as a beautiful trophy and celebrate the harvest, there are a lot of people out there who are on the fence and whether you like it or not it is our duty as hunters to protect the integrity of our sport. Im sorry guy but the days of tossing your buck on the hood or roof and intentionally leaving it uncovered are long since over!!! Have a little respect not just for others but for the animal itself, you wanna show it off? thats fine you just need leave the rack exposed and anyone can stillsee thats a decent buck. Come on man, really? Show a little class…

    • Greg Thomas says:

      I sure respect the opinion of the AT audience, but use a little tact, especially if that’s what you’re demanding others to do. Yes, maybe it was a little grotesque but I didn’t have a way to keep the inside of the car clean. And the buck is covered by a blue tarp. I’m totally a fair chase hunter and mostly hunt on public lands. Never cheated the limit or any game laws. Hate it when I see the guys on TV acting like they hit the game winning shot when they shoot an animal. I have a lot of respect for the animals I’ve taken and I always take a moment after I’ve killed something to think about the gravity of the event. I tell my daughters, who want to hunt, that we are the Thomas’ and we don’t shoot anything that we don’t eat. When my oldest daughter wanted hunt squirrels this past fall she asked, “Dad, if I get one would you make squirrel stew because I’m not going to shoot anything if we aren’t going to eat it.” I was fortunate to grow up in a family with much respect for hunting and wildlife and that’s what I hope to pass on. Are you offended at the image and how I had to transport that animal to my house. Yes. Are you tactful. I would argue no. But thanks for the comment. I’m glad you’re passionate about hunting and the ethics of it.

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