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The Moose Hunt

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Go West U.S., Montana, Places to Trek | 0 comments

I stared up towards the top of the mountain as Dan (the hunter who I was filming a television show for) disappeared into the fog as the beginning of a long snow storm rolled over me.  I was now alone. Dan was supposed to be guiding me towards the moose that we had shot two hours earlier, but we were unable to find so far. Now, as I stood in waist deep snow hundreds of yards down a steep incline in the Northwestern Montana Rockies, the hunter who was supposed to be leading me in the direction of a wounded moose, had disappeared into a white-out. Earlier, we had first seen the bull-moose with a cow-moose grazing below us.  We moved across the crest of the mountain and ,because of the distance of the shot, laid down to shoot. There...

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Cedar Creek Battle

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Civil War, Journalism Today | 0 comments

Printed in Civil War Courier Magazine What Reenacting Means To Me Imagine it’s an October night time in a Virginian field and the stars fill the sky. You march, from the warmth of the campfire, into the darkness.  No one speaks and the only sound is the soft putter of brogans on rock and grass.  You hold your Springfield rifle in your hand and stare off into the darkness when, suddenly, your captain whispers sharply to “Halt!” Your captain stares off at tree line in the distance, which begins to excite your fellow soldiers.  “Fire!” A voice booms out and a flash of fire, followed by the sound of rifles, erupts from the tree line.  Everyone begins to scramble into line as the officers try to shout orders.  A huge shrill cry comes forth from the tree line, and...

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Missouri Breaks

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Go West U.S., Montana, Places to Trek | 0 comments

Trekking deep into the wilderness in search of Elk can bring you to places where no other human has traveled in years. One great place to do this is in the Missouri Breaks in Eastern Montana.  The desert terrain of the land, with the addition of the constantly moving mountains of sand and dirt carved from the overflowing Missouri river, makes the land very difficult to explore.  The first European’s to explore into this territory were the Lewis and Clark expedition which warned of the perils of land the land including the prickly pears(whose thorns caused Lewis’s foot to swell with infection), the Grizzly Bears, and the threat of the “Gumbo” when it rains (Gumbo refers to deep slippery mud that forms in the Breaks even with a small amount of rain). Lewis concluded that no one would ever settle on this land....

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Eastern Montana and the Missouri Breaks

Posted by on Sep 7, 2012 in Go West U.S., Montana, Places to Trek | 1 comment

About to leave for Colorado for 3 weeks to hunt elk at high elevation. Sadly I will not have cellphone or internet to keep in contact with the outside world. But, in the meantime here is some photos I was able to take in between filming elk hunting in the Missouri Breaks and Antelope hunting in eastern Montana. We began this trip by staying at a Hutterite community in an old abandoned farm-house in the middle of the plains. The Hutterites who thrive off the profit of their vast amounts of land and farming live here disconnected from the world. They rarely make contact with outsiders,so to say the least they enjoyed our company. When on the farm, however disconnected from the world, the world still finds you in the form of nuclear missile silos. Supposedly, very anti-war even...

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Go West Continued…Western South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Go West U.S., Montana, Places to Trek, South Dakota | 0 comments

Left Brookings, South Dakota and my great girlfriend on Saturday and headed West towards Montana where I will be filming a wildlife/hunting show for the next three months. During the 12 hour drive to Billings, Montana I moved through the plains of the Northwest and watched the gradual change in the landscape.  While travelling many of the same paths as the Lewis and Clarke expedition I felt as if I was living a history book. Many of the rivers and mountains I stopped to photograph were historical markers where either Lewis, Clarke, or Sacagawea had paved the way West. While travelling across the plains I began to grasp the harshness of the terrain. The dry climate has caused a land void of life and full of run down remnants of past boom days.  Old crumbling ranches, abandoned cars, and rusty farm equipment litter...

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