Solace (with Colonel Smoothbore)
By angelamontana

Posted: April 19, 2020

Easter Sunday has passed, but there are other rites of spring we all can enjoy. With that in mind I believe a short missive is in order. I wish all of you, be well, be safe, and I hope, at the very least, you are able to call, chat, or even just text your family and friends in these troubled times.

Like so many of us I have been stuck in my house and quite honestly, I’m sick of it. So what might we do to alleviate the boredom? Here are a few activities that can help us cope; I hope you find one that works for you.

Turkey season opened April 11th  and there are many areas where one can buy a tag over the counter. These are large wily birds and quite a challenge to harvest. The turkey regulations can be found and downloaded at http://fwp.mt.gov/ You can also buy a tag online. One note of caution, turkeys practice extreme social distancing, you will need to be quite savvy to call a big tom to your lair.

Ice out is occurring on most of our lakes and rivers and in many parts of the state, streams are open for fishing. Access is really good and during the week, there are few people to interact with. Buy a license, dig out your tackle and get back to nature, I guarantee you will find it highly cathartic.

While the next few days may or may not be unseasonably cool, a hat, coat, and a pair of gloves make great company on a stroll. It’s springtime and the air is fresh, the grass and trees are greening, and the annual rebirth of spring is in full swing. Get out and enjoy it.

Even in these difficult times we can find some solace, it is just outside the door.

Be safe and good shooting.

Colonel Smoothbore