The creek bottom
plunges deeper and the still, pooled water in the channel laps at the suspender hooks at the top of my waders.
We leave early and drive along the creek bottoms
, thick with sycamore trees that have brown and white bark spots swirled together like camouflage, and pass Sugar Run Picnic Area, named after the sugary water that ran downstream from old moonshine stills.
I saw a buck that same day, in the same creek bottom
, taking it with a vintage Mannlicher 9x56mm carbine.
When the barn, feeding shed and twin silos were destroyed by a lightning bolt during a late July thunderstorm in 1922, Dad somehow traded for the mill and its 20 hp Case steam engine, and had it reassembled on the south edge of the back 20-acre creek bottom
Wade into that water for a few minutes, sense the chill - now imagine putting in 10 hours a day there, bending to scoop gravel and dirt out of the creek bottom
If they're working, say, an alder-choked creek bottom
, they can stay on the fringes, let the dogs get in the thick stuff, and then they don't have to get up on the dog to flush the bird.
Shortly after their return trip, a very respectable 10-pointer would start feeding into a small creek bottom
behind some houses.
The entire creek bottom
is one big thicket, hard to push through, difficult to get a clean shot.
The new proposal excludes the contested concrete floor along much of the creek bottom
, allowing the soft-earth floor environmentalists say is needed for natural habitats.
We were running out of ideas for places to search, and for some reason we'd take an occasional drive past a particular creek bottom
Then, on the Fifth afternoon of the hunt, I was walking up a dry creek bottom
when I found a couple of scrapes that had not been there that morning.
I'd scouted this creek bottom
in western South Dakota for the past several weekends.