Indian Summer October, the Last Gather

 

Dates:      Sunday,   October  21 -  Saturday, October 27.

Cost:  $2695 per   person $4495 per couple.  Groups of 3 or more discounted.   Limited to  ten guests.     Some  riding experience required.

Indian Summer   October ,  The Last Gather

During the   course  of our trip this past season, as shown in the accompanying photos, I spent    quite a bit of time  riding and visiting with one of the owners of the cattle we were gathering, Ray Champ.   Ray is  one of the states'  most accomplished rodeo announcers and in addition raises quarter horses and cattle as well.      He matches my enthusiasm for the guest business while at the same time is always looking for ways to spend his time horseback.  One can be in Ray's company  for five minutes and feel the  infectious energy he has for  riding and getting to know  complete strangers. You'll see what I mean next fall!    We'll be joining forces with Ray and  his family and spending the later October days gathering and moving more their herd from the Mitten Lake  Country on the Blackfeet Reservation , some of the most awesome country you'll ever have the pleasure of riding in, out of the mountains and foothill country, and taking them east .     

Montana Cattle Drive - October
 
Montana Cattle Drive - October


This trip begins with your arrival  at Bear Creek Ranch by plane to Kalispell or driving directly to the ranch just west of East Glacier.  Arrive that Sunday by mid-afternoon, get settled in your cabin, meet myself and Diana,  Ray, and the crew, and we'll be off to the barn and arena  and will begin matching you to the right horse for the week.   This trip in particular will require some good riding right out of the gate!  On Monday we'll begin gathering the Mitten  Lake herd and will slowly but surely be moving them all in the right direction!    At times, you will want to  get after a stubborn cow or calf, or a bunch of them, not wanting to move just because you want them to!      You'll need to use  your horse  and yourself as best you can and push that bunch towards the  rest.   Our horses will be  ready for the  job at  hand and so will you!   Every hour that goes by horseback will  build your   confidence   level  and by the end of the first day you will be good to go .

We'll be  gathering cattle  for at least   two   days while moving the main  herd to a smaller, holding field, and then going back and finding and pushing strays and smaller groups of cows and calves to the same field.     We should be ready to take the whole bunch cross country on   Wednesday or Thursday and will be then be taking them  cross country to the  Lunak Ranch on Seville Flats,  a two day  trip horseback and with any luck, the wind at our backs.      On that  note, you will notice a bit of snow  in the  pics from this past October,    Well, we   had a blow alright but we kept on riding and had  some absolutely   gorgeous days as well.     We did have some wind but for the most part it was at our backs!     Mornings   in this part of Montana will be pretty nippy   with the daytime sun warming things up.    You'll  need  a good coat, hat, and gloves.   You'll  love this time of year.

Chillin' on the Cattle Drive Montana
 
Bear Creek Ranch October Ride

If there  is a  trip with us that I'd say might   involve a few more hours in the saddle over the period of five days this one would be it.    We'll be needing to get  all the cattle  out of the foothills  by the time we're done.    We might have an easy day or two but may well have a  long day or so mixed in.   If you're in good shape and want to be there horseback you'll   get it.      Nevertheless,  I would recommend  some riding before you get here.   We'll put the right horse in  front of you  for sure.   You do your part as  well.     

Hey, you  are going to  absolutely  love the country, the riding, the folks you'll meet,  our ranch, and certainly  Ray Champ.      You might even enjoy my company.    We're going to have one  big adventure, one you'll remember as long as you  live, I kid you  not.  I hope you can join us next fall.    Give a call when you can  and I can answer any questions you might have and I might ask  you a few myself.    We'll go from there!

Here's to you having a great winter.

Bill Beck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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