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Question by Ontario Honker .... Uploaded on November 10, 2012
I don't know if the Montana State Mental Institutions will have that kind of clothing. If you can't find it there, try Cabelas.
Over the last two days we have had two blizzards back to back here. A bit of a break this afternoon so I took the dogs out. Guess what? The third one hit while we were out. Getting caught in that mess a challenge! A bit scary. Fortunately I knew of a Devon Company natural gas shed at the end of the creek. They are usually heated and accessible (heated to facilitate the dewatering system to remove condensation from pipes). Unfortunately, the gas was turned off in this shack and no heat. But it did supply sufficient shelter for me to get my hands and dogs warmed up before charging on to my vehicle about three miles distant. The wind was howling up to 30 mph in the open places. Walking along the creek was more sheltered and that's where the pheasants were but the snow was drifted in there and miserable to navigate. Often the snow was waist deep. I possibly made a near fatal and very stupid mistake wearing my cotton canvas pants. Plum forgot about the wool pants in my gear bag. It's been several years since it's been cold enough for me to wear them hunting so I am in the habit of suiting up with the canvas ones. Second near fatal and very stupid mistake was not throwing some food in my bird vest game bag. This is just not like me. I made it okay but my damned pants were frozen stiff and made things even more difficult. They thawed in the gas shack which proved to be more of a hazard than a blessing. Nevertheless, it was a memorable afternoon. Beautiful out there in spite of the nasty conditions. The dogs enjoyed themselves. Through most of the episode anyway. The little pup became quite chilled and I was nearly to the point of stuffing her in the game bag. Coral could barely keep her head above the snow much of the time. When we finally arrived at the Jimmy after dark she literally howled while waiting for me to open the door! Poor little stinker. We're all none the worse for wear. A couple of ranch houses were not too far away so I did have an escape plan or two. Provided I didn't stumble over something hidden (which I did a lot!) and break my leg. A bit of an adventure but worth it - even though we came home empty handed. At least we came home.
Sheels might have that item. They should. Would be the perfect Christmas gift for spouses who are crazy about hunting.
Ontario, that last sentence about coming home says it all. Take care out there. :)
OH I think you said it very well. An adventure that on the surface might seem unpleasant; makes you appreciate life all the more. May God Bless and keep you!
Did you put any deranged pheasants out of their misery out in that kind of weather?
There is a new-fangled invention called the Weather Channel that one can use to find out about impending hazardous weather conditions before venturing out. I thought you didn't believe in camo? Max4? A white jacket with no sleeves would have done you just fine! LOL
Apologies, just noted you came home empty handed.
I read this post this morning before we left for services. And it left me thinking about how blizzards (and a cold rain), are Mother Natures way of reminding you, you're still alive and she is still here. On the way to church, while we were waiting at a particularly long stop light, We watched a women (who looked a few years younger then me) in bedroom slippers and apparently PJ’s shuffle from her house get into her SUV, drive the 100feet to the end of her driveway, pick up the morning paper and get back into her SUV and start back up the 100 feet. The light the changed. The contrast to your story was stark. Which one of you is living and which one is existing? Which one of you knows all the characters of a reality TV show? Although I would never say this to the wife, and I certainly don’l have a premature death wish. But I hope when my time comes, I go with my boots on. To misuse the phrase “It is better to have lived and lost then never lived at all”. Congrats on getting out alive and getting re-acquaint with Mother Nature.
ive hunted pheasants in nasty blizzards before. 10 degrees out with 40 mph winds (so that 10 is not including wind chill). probably didnt get as much snow as fast as you did today but ive killed birds in some miserable s#$%
There's an answer to that cold. It is called Wild Turkey. If your disposable income is less than par you might try Yukon Jack. :)
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