Got an invite from a friend to spend some time in the mountains looking for antlers. He’s a dedicated antler hunter and had done some serious research to find spots that could be productive. So we took off yesterday and hiked our tails off, from the absolute bottom of a canyon to nearly the top of the mountains. It was a tough, tough climb and I’m paying for it today via the aches and pains in my knees and feet. It was a productive hike, however, as we actually found eight whitetail deer antlers that had been shed the previous year or even the year prior to that.
A bonus to the hike was getting to watch a yellow labrador, Cracker, work the timber and slopes for grouse. He has an amazing nose and ended up finding a half dozen grouse for us. We had our shotguns along and my friend was able to hit three birds, two ruffed grouse and a blue grouse. Yours truly? Goose-egg. To my defense, I never had a clear shot at any of those birds so I’m not feeling too inferior today. Here are some pics from yesterday. If you’re looking for exercise and, possibly, some good eating, hike into the mountains before December 15 (when grouse season closes in Montana) and work the ridges for birds while keeping your eyes open for sheds. Could be a great weekend activity with friends or your kids.