Buzz Tatom

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Here in Montana I will go out on public land and forage for Huckleberries. I don't sell the Huckleberries that I pick, but I do use them for a variety of foods around my house. Huckleberries are great in smoothies, pancakes, cookies, muffins, and just about any other food item that uses fruit. Huckleberries are delicious and my family enjoys eating them whenever we have them around the house. We will usually go out for a couple of weekends and try and pick a few gallons of berries for the upcoming year. We just freeze the berries we forage in gallon zip-lock bags. they might get a little freezer burnt but that doesn't affect the flavor of them too much. Huckleberries have their own industry here in Montana. Some stores dedicate their entire operations to creating huckleberry based goods such as huckleberry chocolate and jam. Some people do go and pick huckleberries in order to sell them but I am unsure of how much they can sell them for and in what quantities.
1 year ago
What a great hobby to have. I too enjoy winter camping. Once hunting season rolls around I usually spend a week out elk hunting in Montana. I use a similar set up as you with a wall tent and a nice wood stove for those cold winter nights. Another form of winter camping I've participated in is snow caving. A group of us went out and found some large snow drifts out in the backcountry and dug down and into the snow drifts. Once the entrance is made you start constructing the inner portion of your snow cave. It is a time and labor-intensive process. Every piece of snow that is extracted to create the area you sleep in must be throw out of the initial tunnel. Once the cave is constructed you can move your things in and get ready for bed. The beauty of snow caves is that the air temperature inside of the cave will generally be 20-25 degrees warmer than the outside temperature. Don't get me wrong, it's still a cold night sleep and will test your will power. Snow caving is pretty unconventional but may be of interest to someone like yourself who enjoys winter camping.
1 year ago
Great resource, Socrates Raramuri!

Another way that you can actually make water for yourself is to dig a hole in the ground about a 12"-18" deep by about 12"-18" wide and place a can at the bottom of the hole. Make sure that the hole will get direct sunlight. Then stretch a form of plastic over the hole and secure around the edge of the hole so that the entire hole is covered and the cover is tight and doesn't have any wrinkles in it. Once this is set up, place a small rock or object on top of the cover just above the can. Make sure the rock or object indents the cover about an inch. Once everything is set up you just leave it for a few hours. As the cover and hole are exposed to sunlight, condensation will build up inside of the hole. As everything condensates, it will collect on the cover and drip down into the can underneath the indent. Depending on how large of a cover you have, will determine how large of a hole you will need to make or the number of holes required for you to collect water.

Fortunately, I haven't had to use this strategy but I am glad I am prepared just in case I ever run into a situation where I run out of water. When I am out hiking, hunting or camping, I always make sure I have my day pack with me just in case. One of the necessities in my pack is a large plastic poncho. You never know when you might run into inclement weather. I also make sure that I have one in case I get stranded or lost while looking at some of those ranches. I just like to be prepared and if I ever get lost I'll at least have my plastic poncho and the ability to collect fresh, drinkable water.
2 years ago
it's a really novel idea to have domesticated Moose working on farms. I'm not sure how well that would work out. I'm sure there are stories of Moose becoming aggressive. They are very dangerous animals, especially when they get angry.
2 years ago
I had absolutely no idea that Chlorine caused such a problem in ferments. On it's own Chlorine is a very deadly element but for some reason I always overlook that fact that it really isn't the best for you.
2 years ago
Bozeman and Big Sky haven't quite gotten hit with this amount of snow as North West Montana but we got a good amount yesterday. It sure has been awhile since we've gotten snow like this!
2 years ago
I love using my cast iron skillet! One of the best kitchen purchases you can make hands down. Plus it makes a great cobbler!
2 years ago
Great idea for reusing that cow horn! Make sure to post a picture after you finish the detail work!
2 years ago
Never been more proud to call Montana my home! Speaking of weather, Big Sky and Bozeman sure have been getting hit with some cold snaps as of late. Good Ol' Montana winters!
2 years ago
Nice hog! What all did you have him made into? My favorite is Brats and sausages along with bacon of course!
2 years ago