John Price

Date: September 01, 2014
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Location: Picket Pin Mountain, Montana
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Trophy Species: Upland Birds
Story: My buddy Ron and I have always set aside opening day of upland bird in Montana to take a trip up Picket Pin Mountain. We met three years ago when my wife and I relocated from Atlanta to Red Lodge, Mont. We struck up a great friendship based upon a bird hunting conversation and set our plans to head up the mountain, and every year we get our daily limit! This year's trip was even more special to me because recently Ron has been having some health concerns, and to keep him focused, and positive about his recovery, I kept building him up for this year's trip. I think I was just as excited as he was. We met at 5:30 a.m. and enjoyed the early morning drive, watching the sun come up, lighting up the Beartooth Range of the Rockies, with a blaze of morning glory. We talked and caught up with recent events and scanned the fields and rolling hills to see who would spot more wildlife on the way to "our' spot. We eased up the dirt road, heading to the mountain, and laughed because we just knew we would be the first hunters on the mountain this morning! We could see on the drive in that there had been fresh snow at the top, and were a little worried about whether we would be able to get to the birds. The slow tedious drive over the scree field just edged our nerves up a notch. We gained altitude and started to see about an inch of snow on the ground and sure enough I spotted some movement on the edge of a clearing. I jumped from the truck and eased into the woods. There was the first bird of the day from about 30 yards. I leveled the shot and the rest they say is history! Before the day's end and before we even got above 8,000 feet we had our limit and I also bagged a fall turkey that tried to sneak by me.

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2 Responses to “John Price”

  1. Wayne

    Congrats Johnny,
    Your article was so well written I felt like I was right there as you were navigating through the beautiful Beartooth Mountains.

  2. John Price

    Thank you so much for the kind words. My first attempt at writing an article!