We arrived at the David Thompson Black Powder Shoot in Eureka, Montana to discover that the rest of our muzzleloading club was hiding out in their tents. The rain, which had started pouring down on the previous day, had proved to be a bit much for everyone. After getting some supplies together, we […]
Powder, patch, and ball, or there’s no spark at all.
Week 1 The orange sign with the green 4H clover was propped on the rural mail box marking the turn to Lapp’s farm. After a long cold winter the snow was melting and the road to the farm-house was muddy. As we passed the white farmhouse, I noticed that it looked empty and said that […]
Gimme a Break! Don’t Give me a Break
Gimme a Break! Don’t give me a break. How do you learn to be good at something? Is it by being given advantages based on your present inability to execute the task at the same level as more experienced people? I’m constantly perplexed by people’s immediate desire to give unfair advantages to those […]
A Muzzleloading Bulls Eye
Well, it’s muzzle loader season again. The original low capacity magazine!
Have a Mountain Man Rendezvous in Your Own Backyard!
The mountain men were a lonely breed. But when they had fun, they really had fun. After Lewis and Clark’s 1804-1806 exploration of the West, fur trading posts opened up all around this harsh land and attracted men who weren’t afraid to brave the isolation and danger of the wilderness. These mountain men had some of […]
A Couple of Kidders: David and I Celebrate 39 Years of Marriage
Years ago when David and I were in our early twenties, we received an anniversary card from my mother in-law inscribed with these words, “Happy Anniversary to a Couple of Kidders”. With three little ones at the time, and plans for only one more, I had no clue that I would still be raising […]
Muzzleloading Rendezvous on the Frontier
The setting for the David Thompson Black Powder Shoot in Eureka was held on a golden prairie surrounded by mountains with spectacular views into Canada. The scenery was out of this world. It is no wonder that the Lakota loved this land. As we entered the rendezvous grounds, I beheld a sweeping landscape […]
A tipi (also tepee and teepee) is a Lakota name for a conical tent traditionally made of animal skins and wooden poles used by the nomadic tribes and sedentary tribal dwellers (when hunting) of the Great Plains. – Wikipedia It was indescribably beautiful at last weekend’s Mountain Man Rendezvous in Eureka, Montana. Tipis dotted the vast […]
The Art of Fire Making – How to Make A Fire Using Flint and Steel
The art of fire-making is something that everyone can learn. You don’t have to be a manly man or even a man to know how to start a fire without matches. Knowing how to start a fire is a useful skill for human beings of either sex. Let’s face it, you never know when you […]
Muzzleloading: A Dream
Powder, patch, and ball, or it won’t shoot at all. Follow this and you’ll be okay, unless a dream gets in your way. I’ve been down more muddy Montana roads this spring than ever before and the narrow one-lane road to the muzzleloading range can be particularly scary because it is winding and steep. I am […]