How different was the Captain’s third week in September compared to this year, you ask? Well, he can tell you in his own words in THE BEST of the Captain’s Column right here! Let’s just say this Captain’s Column was titled “Lack of Moisture Makes Hunting More Challenging”.
We are now in the third week of September and if you are like me you are really wishing for rain. The last time I looked at the Missoulain precipitation gauge, on the weather page, it had a big goose egg for the month.
In fact, for the first time this year, we are at the annual average precipitation. The lack of moisture is making the hunting conditions more challenging, especially for archery hunters.
However, the elk are starting to bugle and a few area hunters have had success, despite less than ideal conditions. Mark Anderson, of Missoula, is one of those hunters. Anderson is no stranger to archery elk hunting and was successful, in the past, getting his elk with a bow.
This year, Anderson in his own words said, “he got lucky again.” Anderson’s definition of lucky, only describes what every bow hunter wants. That is to be lucky enough to, at least, get a chance.
If you’re wondering how the fishing was, then check this out:
Fishing is still very good. I took the opportunity to head over to Holter Reservoir to try my luck on the trout fishing. I heard the fishing was very good and to my surprise the information I received was correct.
The Captain also just came back from Holter. He added:
I have always said, I can catch fish when the fish are biting. So during the three days I wanted to find out how many lures in my tackle box I could actually catch a trout on. We fished with four rods and changed the lures on each rod about every hour or two. The final lure count (tally of lures that caught at least one fish) was ten.
You can view a picture of the lures that we used here on MontanaOutdoor.com
Does this mean Montana is predictable? Well, being that we just got snow and rain within the last couple of weeks, the weather is different, which makes hunting conditions different–but, the fishing seems to still be good!
To read the full article from 2012, click here.