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Hunter numbers lower but success rates good in north-central Montana

From the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP)

GREAT FALLS – Although the number of hunters stopping at FWP’s Region 4 check station in Augusta this season is lower than average, success rates for those hunters have been good, and substantially better than the success rates at this point of the season last year.

Through the second weekend of the general rifle season, 551 hunters passed through the station which is approximately 20% below the ten-year average. Almost 28% of those hunters had success harvesting game, compared to the ten-year average of 20% hunter success.

While opening weekend saw warm, dry weather, a significant winter storm during the middle of last week brought areas of heavy snow and sustained temperatures well below freezing. Hunters who braved the weather and took advantage of the cold and snow enjoyed good success, and as of Sunday evening Oct. 29, a total of 145 deer and elk had been checked at the station, which is about 10% above the ten-year average, and a 50% increase over the number of animals checked at this time last year.

Mule and white-tailed deer harvest numbers are both very near recent average, but also well above the harvest numbers of last year. 35 antlered and 31 antlerless elk have been brought to the station this season, which is approximately 27% above recent average, and 65% higher than last year. Most elk checked have come from the Sun River herd, largely due to weather conditions causing an increase in their movement toward winter range.

Elk quotas tied to hunting districts 424 and 442 remain open to antlerless harvest. If those quotas are reached, antlerless harvest will close, but the brow-tined bull season will remain open through Thanksgiving weekend for those hunting districts. Hunters can check the status of the hunting district quotas by calling the check station at 406-562-3467.

The general deer and elk seasons run through Nov. 26. The check station along Main Street in Augusta is the only biological check station operated by FWP in Region 4 and operates seven days a week from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10 p.m. on weekends. Biological check stations like the station in Augusta are intended primarily for biologists to gather trends and statistical information about animals and hunters. Hunters are reminded that they must stop at any check station they pass while hunting, regardless of if they have harvested game.

Productive Chill Music — Night at Work Mix

Sometimes I’ll set the mood for the music and sometimes the music sets the mood for me.

Some of the music that sets the mood can be found here, from the Chill Music Lab over on Youtube.


Some nights late, I’ll be at my desk working on Reddwebdev projects and I’ll flip over to this channel and just listen.

Here is the perfect soundtrack to play in the background during late night sessions. The neutral mood of the tracks, deep reese bass plus the slow rhythm will help to calm down after a long day, forget about the daily stress and anxiety, and concentrate on your project.


00:00  Future Skyline – Silent Moon
04:33  aLone – come
08:02  VonnBoyd – La Luna
12:43  Diedlonely – Neoma
16:00  VonnBoyd – Monarch
18:43  Fox3r – Dive
21:07  Athene – Sorrow
24:47  Barefoot – Murmurs
26:41  Samuke – Prairie
28:50  Owlong – Coming Home
32:06  Rushkeys – Sand Dance
35:15  Glo – Perfect Love
38:55  Himalia – Timing
41:45  Foxer – Natural Light
45:58  Nomyn – Tenderness

Gone Wireless

After digging to a depth of 10 feet last year outside Buffalo, New York, scientists found traces of copper cable dating back 100 years.

They came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the New Yorkers, in the weeks that followed, a Los Angeles, California archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet somewhere just outside Oceanside.

Shortly afterward, a story in the LA Times read, “California archaeologists, reporting a finding of 200 year old copper cable, have concluded hat their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the New Yorkers.”

One week later, a local newspaper in Butte, Montana reported, “After digging 30 feet deep in his pasture near the community of Bozeman, Montana, Caleb Olson, a heck of an engineer and a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing. Caleb has therefore concluded that 300 years ago, Montana had already gone wireless.”

Just makes a person proud to be from Montana.

Trying out my new DSLR EOS Rebel T7 18-55mm camera

DSLR EOS Rebel T7 18-55mm camera
DSLR EOS Rebel T7 18-55mm camera

A while back I bought a new camera.

Nothing real fancy of course — A mid range DSLR EOS Rebel T7 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 is II.

Figured I’d try it on some of our recent road trips to see how it all worked out. Still not real good at all of this picture taking stuff but I’m sure that I’ll eventually get the hang of it.

I’ve got a list of lenses I want to buy for it, but in the meantime, here are some photos I took with the lens it came with.

… from our travels around to places like Canyon Ferry, Neihart, and Elkhorn.

Sci-fi: Meet the Igigi – The Ancient Astronauts who rebelled against the Anunnaki

Myths and tales being what they are sometimes serves as somewhat of a distraction from our seeming ordinary mundane lives. Sci-fi has always had it’s place in civilization over the centuries and the story of the Igigi and the Anunnaki is no exception.

The story could be considered as old as time itself and over all, it’s a pretty good read from the stand point of Sci-fi.

Imagine for a moment, a great star ship descending on to a pyramid just like in the show Stargate SG1 (an excellent show by the way — Richard Dean Anderson was the best).

I could see the guys in Hollywood making a great Sci-fi movie out of the Anunnaki myth if they decided to really put their minds to it.

As the story goes:

The Ancient Anunnaki are said to have created the human race by genetically modifying early humans in order to use them as a labor force. But before humans were created, the Igigi were used by the ancient Anunnaki as their main labor force.

It is said that the Igigi (they who turn and see) were the ancient astronaut gods of the younger generation, the servants to the mighty Anunnaki who came to earth to mine gold.

The so-called terminology used to describe the gods is extremely complicated and still (apparently) needs quite a bit of study.

Researchers believe the term Igigi is of Semitic origin and indicates the group of gods in the Mesopotamian pantheon. It is still unclear which ancient gods belonged to the Igigi, but some scholars suggest Mardik, the patron god of the city of Babylon, was one of the Igigi.

Mainstream scholars use the term Igigi to make reference to the Sumerian mythological deities. According to these mainstream scholars, speaking of the mythological, the Igigi were the younger servants of the Anunnaki who initiated a rebellion against their masters and the dictatorship of Enlil. Eventually, the Anunnaki replaced the Igigi with humans.

In the myth of Atrahasis, the Babylonian story of the Flood and a precursor to the flood story in the Gilgameš Ep, the Sumerian paradise is described as a garden where lower gods (the Igigi) were put to work digging a watercourse by their masters, the Anunnaki:

“When the gods like men bore the work and suffered the toil, the toil of the gods was great, the work was heavy; the distress was much.” (Source)

“The Seven great Anunnaki were making the Igigi suffer the work.”

“When the gods, man-like, Bore the labor, carried the load, the gods load was great, the toil grievous, the trouble excessive. The great Anunnaku, the seven, were making the Igigi undertake the toil.”

The ancient astronaut hypothesis suggests that the Igigi were similar to the Anunnaki, remaining in constant orbit around our planet. They were basically considered as intermediaries between our planet and Nibiru, home of the Anunnaki.

Many believe that the Igigi remained in constant orbit around our planet in giant platforms which processed ores which were delivered from Earth. After processing the minerals, the material was transferred to other ships and eventually transported to the home planet of the Anunnaki.

The Igigi were apparently never encountered by mankind. It is said that several texts make reference to them, saying the Igigi were “too high up for mankind”, and consequently “were not concerned with the people.”

After years of tenuous and hard work for the Anunnaki, the Igigi rebelled against their masters. It is said that they “set fire to their tools and surrounded Enlil’s great house by night” forcing the ancient Anunnaki to find another source of labor.

This is why the ancient Anunnaki replaced the Igigi after genetically engineering ancient humans creating a greater workforce.

Many authors suggest that the human “slave race” was created after the ancient Anunnaki genetically modified the genes of early humans nearly 500,000 years ago.


I suppose that some of the names and places mentioned in the old Sumerian texts actually existed, but we simply can’t escape the notion that some of these stories were subject to the very same kinds embellishments that the later Egyptians practiced with regard to their Pharaohs, or even as late as the Roman times. Suffice it to say that though a Pharaoh or an Emperor of Rome might have been worshiped as gods, they were, at the end of the day, very much human, just like the rest of us.

The story of the Igigi and the Anunnaki could very well have been the Sci-fi of it’s time, just like Star Trek was the Sci-fi of our time — Presenting humans as being more than what they actually are is the stuff of Sci-fi — Sci-fi used for anything other than pure entertainment purposes can lead us down the road to delusion. A delusion that might lead to any good number of assorted religions and deceptions.

One day the human race may end up looking at Star Trek through the same lens as our so-called scientists are looking at the Igigi and the Anunnaki now — Seems that presenting myth as fact by some is what we’ve come to. We’re really no better off now than in the times of the Sumerians I guess.

In closing, and not to put too fine of a spin to this, I’m just willing to bet that there are those even today that think Star Trek is just as real as those who think the story of the Anunnaki is.

Thanks for the read.

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