Forest Fires

Something I’m not used to growing up with are forest fires. And there are plenty of them out here in the northwest this year. We actually had the opposite problem and would have to worry about hurricanes and massive flooding back in the south.

There are currently 26 active fires in Montana right now and 33 in Idaho. Below is a screenshot of the Missoula region as well as eastern Idaho where they are being hammered with fires.

NW Fires

Additionally there is a pretty large fire east of Kalispell called the Bear Creek fire.

Though Montana has a few fires, they don’t seem to be near the severity of Idaho and Washington’s. Their states are literally burning to the ground. A friend of mine I met through hunting out here lives outside of the Kamiah Idaho region and told me the town has lost multiple homes to the fire as well as rancher’s livestock.

Three firefighters unfortunately lost their live’s in the Chelan fire in Washington as well. They’re saying this has been one of the worse years for fires in quite some time now.

How Does This Affect Wildlife?

Well it depends, so the fires themselves burn underbrush and actually open up the canopys to provide sunlight for the vegitation that will regrow. The ash also adds carbon and nutrients to the soil.

On the flip side of the arguement aside from the tragic destruction these fires cause to humans and their homes, many animals are also killed in these fires. I heard stories of some of these fires in Idaho burning deer alive because the deer were too stunned to move, much like when they see headlights.

If the fires burn enough of the vegetation then the animals that do survive the burn will struggle to find food as well.

For those concerned about the fires and want to keep up on the status visit this site here to monitor the progress the firefighters are making with each fire, the containment percent, number of people assigned to it, and more helpful information.

I’m worried that this fall could be a long tough one since September and October are the worst for fires and they say the budget allocated to fighting forest fires is already depleted.

Stay safe everyone. #Prayforthenorthwest

Why Missoula

There are a ton of places out there that have a wide range of outdoor oriented activities so why did I settle with Missoula?

The people. Coming from down south we had that southern hospitality and I haven’t traveled too much but when I have I noticed most other places just aren’t that nice in terms of how the people there treat outsiders. New England particularly was a cold place not only in temperature but in the attitudes up there as well.Missoula

The people of Missoula are more than willing to give the shirt off their back to you and give you a ride to wherever you need to go. I loved it.

Not to mention all the outdoor recreation around the city. I can kayak and fish the river that runs right through the middle of the city at ease. Mt Sentinel is one of many places for great hiking with a nice overview of the entire city. And most important the hunting is great and easy to get to. You can see herds of elk along the ridges in Rattlesnake (right outside Missoula).

Now the winters are pretty brutal, especially for a southern like myself yet all the perks of this great city definitely outweigh the cold winters. Anyone lost with where they want to settle down should check out Missoula before deciding on where to live…it may just be here.

Welcome – My Story

Childhood Hunting

Thanks for expressing interest in hearing my stories. My name is Wade Lennex, an avid outdoors man who spent most of his childhood trolling the murky swamps of southern Alabama looking for over sized lizards. Gators that is…

Alabama

I was brought up in a small house as an only child. This had both it’s perks and downfalls. It was great in the aspect that when my parents weren’t working they were always spending time with me. The downside is they were usually working quite often which didn’t leave me with any siblings to hangout with.

Living in a rural Hurricane Alabama (yes that’s really the name of the town) I grew up right on the river. You won’t even find this town Googling it but it’s right outside of Bay Minette. Having a gator cross our yard wasn’t our of the ordinary, in fact some days it meant dinner came to us.Hurricane AL

My father is a mechanic/handy man and my mom worked as a waitress a couple towns over meaning both of them were gone during the day making money any way they could. This meant a lot of time for me to either be playing by the creek or riding my bike up and down the roads with my friends.

My father really enjoyed fishing and hunting therefore took me out whenever he had time. He taught me a lot about the swamp lands and appreciating our surroundings. I was taught to never kill anything without having a good reason for doing so.

I didn’t have much growing up but also didn’t need a lot. We got by with what we had and that was just fine with us.

Montana

In my late teens we had a neighbor move into the trailer a few down who had family outside of Missoula MT. Him and I became pretty good friends and both enjoyed hunting.

I showed him how to hunt gators, shared my advice on what the best gear and techniques were for having successful hunts in the swamps, and in return he told me he’d take me on an elk hunt back on his family’s ranch, something I definitely made sure he kept good on.

At 20 years old I took him up on that elk hunt he promised. We flew into Missoula MT which was a beautiful city, much larger than the town I grew up in. The people there had that same hospitality I was used to in southern Alabama.Missoula

I’ll save my first elk story for a different blog post but I can tell you it was a completely different experience than what I was used to in Alabama and involves some fancy HECS camo that little did I know at the time would be some of the best hunting clothing I’ve ever used.

This trip would be the start of my transition to going from being a good ole southern boy to a big sky Montanian…I decision I do not regret one bit!