Monday, April 14, 2014

Around Tex Creek

Some more "remembering" (with pictures)about our 2 summers at Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area.

Traveling along on patrol one day I saw the vapor trail of an airplane. I noticed that if I got just right I looked like it was coming up from this extinct volcano. I call this the last active volcano in Idaho.

The proud fellow on the left is Craig he is with Trent and they are/ were interns at Tex Creek. Craig shot this young bull that Trent called in. A first for both of them.

This fine 3 point (6 point eastern count) was poached during the night. BUT when they went to retrieve it they found out that it fell into this pond that is nothing except silt. Almost like quicksand. So they left it. Notice the critter tracks in the lower left corner. Coyotes had eaten their fill during the night. I retrieved by throwing a rope and (luckily) got it over one antler and an ear and then pulled it out with an ATV and then took it to a disposal pile we had. 

This hunter shot this young bull moose on opening morning. Hunting license for a moose is a lottery system and you are allowed to only get one in a lifetime. The license was only $500.00 so they took what they can get in the very limited season. This particular moose was shot just about a mile from the road. I was out on patrol and did a no-no. I pulled it out to the road. I got chewed out as we were not supposed to leave the road except in an emergency. I tried to tell everybody it was an emergency to these 2 guys.
Just a fall picture on one of the roads as I was patrolling. Notice the golden Yellow Aspen.

Yours truly doing some manual labor. Repairing a hitching post the had been chewed/mistreated almost in half.

The finished project. Notice the old tractor tire that you could put hay in for feeding your horses. Each campsite had one of these, as there were no fences at most of the campsites.

Another fall picture of a little bit of color. This particular area had a few Ruffed Grouse and they tasted pretty good.

Looking across a couple of miles of semi arid  country in the Tex Creek WMA. Yes moose, deer, and in the winter Elk were plentiful. 
This fence was put up to keep the cows from coming into the  house (almost) of the Stucky's Cabin. Below is the cabin
This is one of the Kiosks that is put up at the boundaries of WMA. This particular one I was working on one day when I just felt something or somebody was watching me.  I turned around and there was a range cow about 15 ft behind me. I yelled and it left. Funny now but it scared the bejabbers out of me at the time.

This is the only pond on Tex Creek WMA that had water in it year around. I made the sign and used the name of the manager's wife. He did see it and then in a couple of days it was stolen.

This is part of the area that burned in our fire that we had while we were there. In the semi arid climate it will take years for the vegetation to come back. As I stated before the sage brush will have to be manually replanted.

The olde cowboy line shack out in the middle of nowhere.

Coming down "telephone hill" about a 1/2 mile from the top. At the top of this hill is where our telephone conversations were held. In other words if we wanted to phone anybody it was a 2 mi trip. 

At the top of "telephone hill" was the "red grainery". Through the last 100 years the paint has disappeared so there is just a touch of red in the cracks. Notice the boards- - -They are rough cut 2x8's laid flat (for more strength). Just 2 holes in the whole building. The one you can see for filling and one around on the left for unloading. No lumber in the area the lumber was brought in by train and hauled about 25 miles with horse and wagons.

Another 2 track on the WMA. Going up to the top!

 Once you got to the top and looked east you could see the Grand Teton's over in Wyoming. About 60 miles.

This is another campsite of about 3 acres and fenced in. It was originally set up for sheep shearing and the ranchers would bring in all of their flocks and shear them here. That wooley critter in the lower right is Aimee (dawg). She needed to be sheared.

 This is the road past the sheep pen, hence the fence.

 Some more of the Tex Creek just ever changing  vegetation.

 Another view from a higher elevation. Such an amazing country.
AHH! some colors.

I watched this cow moose give birth to a calf.  Then I went home and got Sally to see it. When it was all over and the moose started up the hill , we realized that it was twins. I was unable to get a picture then but we were happy to see them. They were reported several times during the summer so we knew they made into winter.

This feller was lonely and he kept bothering us where we were working. A nice healthy looking yearling.

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