Montana Pranksters Troll Curious People with Gigantic Elk Antlers
It's the most wonderful time of the year. Fall means hunting season here in Montana. As new hunting seasons continue to pen each week. Montana's archery season has been going on for nearly a month, and waterfowl hunting season just opened up this past weekend. I am excited for opening day of pronghorn antelope this Saturday. And, many Montanans are gearing up for the general big game hunting season coming up on October 22nd.
Here in Montana, when a sportsman bags a beast, they typically enjoy showing off their trophy during the trip back from hunting camp. During hunting season, you will see that the critters were loaded in such a way as to display them to passing motorists. Just this past fall, I was fortunate enough to bag a bull elk. Temperatures overnight got cold enough to freeze the elk solid. Making it hard to fit in the truck. Which made for an interesting drive home, with an elk-cicle hanging out of the back. Sometimes, when gassing up or getting a bite to eat, curious people will stroll by and peak in the back of your truck just to get a glimpse of your haul.
Back in 2019, a couple in Bozeman decided to have some fun with their curious neighbors. They put together what appeared to be a comically large set of elk antlers. They then threw the "rack" in the back of their pick up and paraded it around town. It is obvious that most people just had to get a closer glimpse at a set of antlers that big. The result is hilarious, and looks like a fun way to spend the day.
Like many Montanans, are you curious to see what a successful hunter bagged? I learned it depends on where you are in the state. For example, my elk-cicle got different reactions from people in different towns. In Helena, I was getting multiple honks and thumbs up from people at stop signs. In Missoula, people were more likely to flip the bird.