Just found this forum. WOW! Finally a group in MT.! My name is Ed Caffrey. I'm located in Great Falls. I'm retired from the MT. Air National Guard, and now operate my own business as a full time Bladesmith/Knifemaker. I'm one of approx. 100 American Bladesmith Society Mastersmiths in the world.
Most of my waterfowl hunting is done at either Freezeout, near Fairfield, or Benton Lake Wildelife refuge just north of Great Falls. Without a boat it's tough, but a couple of times every year I hunt the Missouri River with friends when the lakes/ponds freeze up.
My last couple of trips have been very good. Hunted on Benton Lake last night and dropped 4 ducks. Last Saturday (21 Oct), my dog Hammer and I had a great day at Freezeout....
The swan weighed in at 24 1/2lbs. Hammer is only 84 lb, and the little guy actually got the swan all the way back to my side! Good Boy!