- R2MemberDecember 20, 2016 at 3:52 pmPost count: 2309
I’ll gitter goin’ again folks and see if this works.
Had a nice day today, tad chilly but calm winds. A rarity..
So I was out back dinking around, missing my ol’girl dog being back there with me but gettin over that. Slowly..
Maybe I can make this work???
If not, it’ll be the first mistake I ever made… :-)))
Maybe mistake cause I posted it but life ain’t gotta all be serious….. :-)))))
- R2MemberDecember 21, 2016 at 8:01 amPost count: 2309
I copy and paste to image and it seems my camera shooting blanks too🙄
- Robin ConradsAdminDecember 21, 2016 at 1:32 pmPost count: 801
R2 are you on a phone or a computer? On a computer, you would click the image icon, then click the camera and navigate to the photo on your computer and select it, just like you would if you were attaching it to an email. Sorry if I’m confusing you. My previous post was for a phone.
- Robin ConradsMemberDecember 21, 2016 at 1:23 pmPost count: 5
I’m on an iPhone so this might be different than an android.
Tap the image icon, then look for the camera icon at the end of the source box. I had to turn my phone sideways. Then you get these choices for the image you want to post. I hope that helps.
- R2MemberDecember 31, 2016 at 5:36 amPost count: 2309
Hey David. Good luck.
There’s a range fire blocking the hiway going to my hunting grounds. Dang…
Last I heard it had burned around 7000 acres. Open country ranch land so hopefully no lives lost and no structures.
Cows maybe couldn’t get out of the way but I hope they were able to.
Season ends tomorrow and I was going to try spot and stalk turkeys today.
Gotta be way sneakier than me usually for that to be successful but sometimes lady luck walks beside me.
- Stephen GrafMemberJanuary 1, 2017 at 4:41 amPost count: 2118
The kids go back to school tomorrow. This empty nest thing really sucks 😞
Deer season ends today. No hunting for me. But squirrel and rabbit go on till Feb, so let the good times role…
I did manage to get a 4 pointer back in late Nov when my kids were home for Thanksgiving. My boy helped me dress it out and drag it back to the house (which means after I dressed it, he dragged it 😀 )
I have two kids quivers and a kids bow on the work bench that need finishing up. One more quiver to go for a birthday present. So that will keep me busy while I am suffering the immediate affects of ENS.
- peter VermouthMemberJanuary 1, 2017 at 10:58 amPost count: 916
We need to start a new thread. Something like the Autopsy Report, or The Good, Bad, and Ugly 2016. Where we can share our success (the good ideas that worked) and failures (the good ideas that didn’t work) . I’m going thru my notes, and memory. Seems like what didn’t work doesn’t stick very well but it is good to remember so we don’t try the same thing again. Off the top of my head…Rattling didn’t work, doe blats did. To be continued…
- peter VermouthMemberJanuary 1, 2017 at 11:00 amPost count: 916
OMG MY PIC ISN’T THERE!!!!
HOW WILL ANYONE KNOW ME??
- David CoulterMemberJanuary 1, 2017 at 11:20 amPost count: 1983
All we need is your prose, grumpy!
Took a New Years stroll looking to trails. Set up a stand in a place I’ve been looking at for years. When I first to to the spot, an old hemlock sitting over a slow spring, two doe started heading my way but winded me out about 150 yards. Lots of tracks. Hope to see some deer there in the next week or so. Happy New Year to you all! Dwc
- James HarveyMemberJanuary 12, 2017 at 2:03 pmPost count: 1095
I’ve had a really busy couple of years and am really looking forward to getting my fingers on a string a bit more this year. And maybe getting to post here a bit more again.
I hope everyone had a great holiday season!
Webmom, the new site looks awesome!
- Stephen GrafMemberJanuary 17, 2017 at 4:36 amPost count: 2118
It was 0 deg and we got 14 inches of snow on Saturday, by Thursday it was 70 deg.
My icicles are bigger than your icicles 😜 (these emoji’s suck) Just playing with this picture inserting thing. I like that the pictures can be interspersed with the text. I was gonna go squirrel hunting in the snow, but chickened out ’cause I didn’t want to lose my few arrows that I’m shooting now. Getting lazy about making them.
OK, I’m done now.
- William WarrenMemberJanuary 19, 2017 at 7:30 pmPost count: 1365
Maybe Webmom can explain why I only have 2 posts. Did my post count start over with the new website? Or did I just do something wrong like set up a new profile? Hmm. Now where are those confound emoticons? **insert the one hitting itself in head with hammer here**
- Robin ConradsAdminJanuary 19, 2017 at 8:27 pmPost count: 801
Hey Duncan, so nice to see you back with us. You did have two accounts, but not because of anything you did. I think it happened during the conversion. I deleted one and linked that Duncan’s posts to you. So now you have a lot again.
Emojis seem to be an individual thing within your keyboard now. Phones and mobile devices generally have them built in; look for the little smilie face near the space bar when you’re typing.
Here is a document that explains it for all devices; mobile and desktop/laptop computers. This probably isn’t the answer you were hoping for, but I am really having a hard time finding something that works on our site. I found that a quick keystroke combo gives me tons of choices.
Keep it “G” please. My grandson’s favorite emoji is the poop. 😂
- William WarrenMemberJanuary 22, 2017 at 8:54 pmPost count: 1365
I check the site often but sometimes I don’t make comments. I’ll always read the magazine. I’ve been shooting trad since I was a kid and years later when I first saw this magazine on the racks in the bookstore I was thrilled because I was still shooting trad in a world that seemed to have gone all compound. I bought every issue I could get and I still love it.
- R2MemberJanuary 20, 2017 at 6:00 amPost count: 2309
😁Hey mom, thanks..
I went stumping at the range yesterday. Beautiful day it was with light wind.
I was diddling with shooting 3 under. Not bad with some practice methinks. One thing though, I’ll think twice before again I try to use my split shooting tab for a three under shot. The string ate on the tip of my middle finger, ouch…make one do like the jerking the trigger deal.
Today, dang, 30+ mph sustained, 50+ mph gusts.
Glad I got all my misses in yesterday so I don’t have to mess with’em today.
Of course yesterday I could only blame them on moi, no “d*** wind” excuses. 😎
- Stephen GrafMemberJanuary 23, 2017 at 5:33 amPost count: 2118
Hey Duncan, that looks like our very own Eno River walk in Hillsborough… Seen many deer, rabbits, and groundhogs along that path.
- Bernie ClanceyMemberFebruary 21, 2017 at 11:14 amPost count: 82
Completed work on my fly tying desk this morning and have a good start on some steam bent wooden dip nets. Keeps my hands busy during the winter and keeps me hoping for spring.
A lot of hand sanding to be done to the nets before they are completed.
- Bernie ClanceyMemberFebruary 22, 2017 at 7:41 pmPost count: 82
Hi Steve, I do not tie my own nets. I do purchase netting but I have to sew it into a bag shape. I think the proper term is knit it into a bag shape. This year I did order three clear rubber replacement net bags to try but I think the Chinese supplier from Alibaba might have ripped me on that purchase. Three months since I ordered and they are still not here. That will teach me a lesson about ordering from them.
I make the nets and give them to friends and family who are into fishing. I also host a fishing derby for our cottage lot owners association and put one on the prize table. They have proven popular and I was asked to make a couple for people at the lake. It’s just a hobby thing and I’m not going commercial with them. Too many hours work invested in them.
- Stephen GrafMemberFebruary 23, 2017 at 5:30 amPost count: 2118
Knit, or maybe crochet? I’ve watched a few fellows make fishing nets. I bet its not hard once you learn…
I sure do like to see people make their gear by their own hand. Thanks or sharing and Good job!
- Bernie ClanceyMemberFebruary 26, 2017 at 4:40 pmPost count: 82
Knit, or maybe crochet? I’ve watched a few fellows make fishing nets. I bet its not hard once you learn…
I sure do like to see people make their gear by their own hand. Thanks or sharing and Good job!
I like to make my own gear. In each of the above nets I managed to sneak in a piece of Bo-Tuff glass. Had some left over from past bow projects. Here is a pick of some nets I finished last year.
- R2MemberFebruary 23, 2017 at 12:12 pmPost count: 2309
Maybe that’s where all the basketball goal nets disappeared to down at the park y’spose?
Kinda takes the thrill outta those ‘nothing but net’ shots.
- peter VermouthMemberFebruary 25, 2017 at 7:27 amPost count: 916
Still suffering from a cold I got about 4 weeks ago. On the second round of germ killers. Thinking about eating moldy bread on a daily basis…
Got bow staves from the ash trees the town cut down in the cemetery next door. Drying down cellar now. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
- RiverwolfMemberMarch 1, 2017 at 1:25 pmPost count: 23
Thanks R2 , kinda just tried the first two out of a folder to see if the picture posting was gonna work for me 😉
Nice pictures all . Those are some mighty fine nets …Do they come in smallmouth size 😉
Like to try my hand at making one of those myself …
- R2MemberMarch 2, 2017 at 4:55 pmPost count: 2309
I’m standing in the middle of Willow Creek which “flows” through the middle of our archery range.
I dang sure ain’t getting my feet wet.
I’m thinking the drought is seriously back around here.
Was a calm day for a rarety though.
- Bernie ClanceyMemberMarch 6, 2017 at 6:42 amPost count: 82
That is a mighty nice bass. I think my nets could handle that although you might have to fold him a little to get him to go in. Lots of info on the web on how to make a steam bent wooden dip net. Its a simple process, but the sanding is time consuming. Just finished the rough sanding on the drum sander and now ready for the hand sanding. Might wait for a nice day and do it outside. The dust from wenge really bothers me.
- Stephen GrafMemberMarch 3, 2017 at 4:41 amPost count: 2118
I noticed the wind picking up around here too. So I did a little digging and found that the average number of windy days, the average maximum speed, and the average speed have all been increasing for 20 years or so….
Been dry here too. Had some rain day before yesterday though 🙂
- R2MemberMarch 3, 2017 at 2:53 pmPost count: 2309
I noticed the sheep and goats out back were all bedded down the other day when the wind was gusting to 63 mph.
I watched for awhile and every time one of them got up it was blown back down.
Didn’t figger you’d believe that….. :>)) But on the treeless plains………..
I figure that’s why bison grew so big.
- peter VermouthMemberMarch 14, 2017 at 3:15 pmPost count: 916
Snow is slowing down we got something over a foot (depending on where you measure) hard to tell we get the wind off the lake here (Gusting over 50 mph).
Thus far I have broken 3 bows from those Ash staves. I cut them out of big trunks (15″ in diameter) by setting my circular saw at 45*, dropping the blade down, and 2 rip cuts 4″ apart. That gives you a long triangle. Made them 6′ long, and dried them in a tube that I hooked up to our forced hot air heat. 🙂 Not cheap, frugal. I’m making them as per THE BENT STICK. Works as long as you don’t bend them before they are ready. Unlike THE BENT STAVE I am backing them with fiberglass. Tendons and raw hide are kinda rare around here. I have one that I just fiberglass which I suspect will be about 55#. If I don’t break it.
Working with ash has problems getting the bark off without damaging the sap wood. I have two sources for hickory which should work out better. The ash is good practice.
- Stephen GrafMemberMarch 15, 2017 at 5:08 amPost count: 2118
Back in the day, there was a material called foristan. I think that’s the word. Anyway, it wasn’t much more than heavy construction paper. It was a very popular material to back bows with.
I’m thinking the heavy duty rolls of paper you can get at Lowes and Home Depot in the paint department would work as well. Way more cool than fiberglass imho.
Glue it on with titebond. Color it as you see fit. I’ve seen some old bows backed with it and it looked real nice.
- R2MemberMarch 16, 2017 at 4:21 pmPost count: 2309
Hey folks, I want to make an apology to everyone for being testy and argumentative here awhile back.
We ought to be able to debate, cuss and discuss all factors of traditional archery, never argue. No one ever wins an argument except in their own mind but I won nothing in my mind, perhaps only lost some friends and compadres.
I have too many years of shooting, mostly longbows, building everything we use in our pursuit of traditions, too much to share and also to learn (my bow building experience, well there’s this funny feel, little crack..nuff said on that). Too many years hunting, good things happen, bad things happen, but all happened and I learned from all.
I need not alienate anyone. I don’t want to.
I also have too much orneriness to share. . Perhaps a picture or two now and then.
I’m sorry if I caused any trouble or stepped on any toes..
That said, dry around here??????????
- R2MemberApril 2, 2017 at 3:54 pmPost count: 2309
A much smarter choice.. I cain’t run fast enough to catch a turkey, cain’t outrun a pissed pig. Best they not know I’m around methinks…
The white feathers are way visible as they pass by a turkey………..
Fred Bear had better white fletched arrows, seemed they always went to the critter. Mine seem to bypass the critters.
Has to be the arrows..
- Stephen GrafMemberApril 3, 2017 at 4:02 amPost count: 2118
You are a wild man Ralph.
I like yellow feathers, they are even better at passing the critter by…
- R2MemberApril 6, 2017 at 5:40 pmPost count: 2309
To borrow a bit from Edna St. Vincent Millay:
All I could see from where I stood
Was largest elm tree in the woods.
Then I turned and looked the other way
And saw the hell that man can play
- R2MemberApril 12, 2017 at 5:29 pmPost count: 2309
I hate to be sarcastic but this is gotta be one of the most brilliant scientific discoveries of all time…
Imagine a bear using it’s nose to find dinner.
And it only took 11 years of research to figure this out.
Ya spose there’s a reason we hunt into the wind?
- David CoulterMemberApril 15, 2017 at 7:44 amPost count: 1983
For some mystery of the universe I’ve not been able to log in to this site. I’m sitting at the garage getting tires put on a car and behold, I have access.
R2, love that article on the bears. None of us would have guessed! Seeing lots of deer, lots of turkeys, lots of eagles. Watched a couple of mergansers flapping off the water through the morning mist on the creek early this morning. Shooting quite a bit and sometimes pretty well. It’s a great time to be in the woods. Tomorrow will be a good morning to hide eggs in the dark.
All the best to you all. peace, david
- David BeckerMemberApril 20, 2017 at 7:28 pmPost count: 110
The only upside to “mandatory overtime” is that in addition to our new kitchen, I gave myself permission to buy a hand made longbow. Up till now I’ve been shooting a Samick Trailblazer, and while glad to have it, I was curious if I was shooting to the limits of the equipment.
RMS Gear had a Dwyer Original Longbow (68″ 53@28) which I ordered Friday. It got here Monday and I have to say, it’s a dream. Since I work from home, it’s easy to take a break and fling a few arrows. Over the course of this week, a “few” has turned into a couple hundred in the odd moment here in there. Some moments have been a little more odd than others, but I think I made a good choice with the bow. There’s an ineffable something about this bow that is letting me shoot better. I still have to do my part, but it makes it much easier to do my part, if that makes sense.
The only downside is where my arrows used to be more, shall we say, “evenly distributed” on my Rineheart 18-1, I’m starting to chew the centers out. They already sent me a free one, so I guess the next one is on me.
- peter VermouthMemberApril 23, 2017 at 4:23 pmPost count: 916
Great here. No snow, no cold, no bugs… Opps I had the first tic the other day. But really nice out in the woods. Too bad I have the garden to get ready, the lawn to mow, just changed oil in both cars, mine needs disc pads… When I get all of that done…
- Col MikeMemberMay 2, 2017 at 6:27 pmPost count: 905
Hi folks, excuse the long absence. Linda and I just returned (for her 5months and for me 2 months) down in Boca Chica on her boat (I’m just crew). With flying back to Annapolis to testify in the state senate and finally after 7 year battle we won the fight to ban fracking in MD, the schedule has been hectic. Boat maintenance and getting her tied up for the hurricane season, auto breakdowns and such it was an adventure.
Good news our national capitol region (DC, MD, VA,) just got accepted into BHA at the rendezvous. And for some strange reason I am on the board of directors—just goes to show that anybody who volunteers can raise to the top. Anyway we are already working issues back east concerning pipeline access through our public lands and in our county taking water from streams that support wild trout (with TU) for unsustainable development at a ski resort housing site.
And finally my friend Kenny (proud owner of a Gregg Coffey Elkheart) and I will be meeting tomorrow for a stumping hike and then planning session over lunch for our road trip to visit Dave in Durango end of May through first two or three weeks in June.
Dave is doing well and we are looking forward to the trip. Should be some good campfire stories to tell when we return.
And then of course we have ETAR coming in July—Robin are you coming or are you sending Carrie again?
Stay safe all of you.
- Robin ConradsAdminMay 3, 2017 at 10:34 amPost count: 801
Sadly, I will not be going to ETAR this year. Kerri and Amanda did such a great job last year that they wanted to go again. Two young moms getting out of town for a week? I can’t deny them that. I know you’ll keep an eye on them.
Say “Hi” to Linda and Dave.
- Charles EkMemberMay 13, 2017 at 6:01 pmPost count: 522
May 3rd was opening day for spring turkey hunting in New Hampshire. I set up at the end of a monster hay field, 550 yards long, surrounded by mixed forest. Access is by foot only, and on this morning it required knee boots to get there, so I had 2500 acres all to myself. 🙂 Heard early gobbling at the far end. Eventually called him down the length of the far side of the field, but right when he would have crossed to me, a group of coyotes started choir practice a few hundred yards away. He was done moving in the open, and I didn’t have enough time free to try later in the morning. (Shooting ends at noon during the spring season.)
I went back last Friday and had the most fun possible without actually shooting a bird. Called in the same gobbler and a jake from the opposite corner of the field. The jake came into the midst of my decoys, at ten yards or so. Passed on him as I waited for the gobbler to commit.
Which he didn’t do, preferring to hang back about 12 yards from the decoys. The two of them hung around for the better part of an hour, but I never had a shot on the gobbler. He was gobbling but not thundering, almost continuously. I had two hen and three male decoys – might have been too much maleness for him. He had a very heavy breast but a moderate fan and beard. In other words, not Boss Gobbler.
I’m going to give him a few days off and try a less threatening decoy setup.
- R2MemberJune 4, 2017 at 2:13 pmPost count: 2309
Hey Steve, if we all carried one arrow Robin Hood would never have existed?
Typical R2 dozen now, any number shy of twelve.
My new Lonnie Dye composite bow, my new (11 now) dz arrows, a new string I built for it.
I would feel really special could I do that on demand instead of just blind ? luck?…
- Stephen GrafMemberJune 5, 2017 at 4:18 amPost count: 2118
“Typical R2 Dozen”, that’s a hoot! My dozen’s seem to be like that too. Not too many from the problems you’ve been having though (rolling eyes emoji)
I’m working on a new dozen (10 after initial spine test). Gonna be my usual canary yellow with 3ea 5 1/2 inch parabolic turkey feathers (from this year’s birds collected around here). They will be affixed to the shaft straight with no offset or helical. Last 10 inches or so of the shaft tapered from 11/32 to 5/16.
These are going with me to Montana next month. I’m taking a class with John Schulz. This being his last summer of teaching, so he says.
- R2MemberJune 5, 2017 at 5:37 amPost count: 2309
Sounds like a great deal, lesson from John Schulz. I’d probably come home with a bunch of knots on my head from learning things the hard way. 😀
The arrows I just made are for the new composite bow I won in a raffle at the Memphis TBOT shoot. I was smiled upon to win the bow for sure. Lonnie Dye makes a very, very good composite bow. They’re in high demand.
It’s 39# at 27 1/2″. Being a 70″ long bow it casts arrows so beautifully it’s almost an insult to it when I do one of my boo boo short draws.
It’s been awhile since I built some delicate little 5/16″shafts. My big old hands have a tendency to overpower the little guys. :-))
The bow shoots some of my heavier and stiffer shafts well but I’m wanting to experiment with (I’m ducking) some lighter and speedier shafts.
Enjoy your trip to Montana and learn well.
- David CoulterMemberJune 9, 2017 at 5:44 amPost count: 1983
Steve, enjoy that class with John Schultz. I found his videos online a few years ago and they were entertaining as well as very inspiring. This is a great opportunity for you. Perhaps you’ll write a piece to share with us. All the best , david
- Stephen GrafMemberJune 10, 2017 at 4:17 amPost count: 2118
I will let you know how it goes! I’ve been committed to the swing draw for coming up on two years now. It’s a long term thing to get right for an old timer. But I hope to have 3 or 4 more decades to enjoy the results.
I will post some pictures.
Glad to see you swinging through these here parts again David!
- David CoulterMemberJune 10, 2017 at 6:33 amPost count: 1983
Thanks, Steve. I’ve had issues loading the site on my computer and phone. Something with the server/connection. I have to turn the wifi off on my phone to get on. Then a lot of the time the tip of the month screen pops up uncontrolably and I just get frustrated. I guess it keeps me working instead of playing!
All good here. Shooting almost every day, getting ready for hunting as always. It’s time to get this years license again and fill out the forms for doe permits. Another trip around the sun! Dwc
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- Col MikeMemberJune 22, 2017 at 2:38 pmPost count: 905
Greetings to all.
Just back from delightful road trip with my friend Kenny all the way to Durango and 10 day visit with Dave (Elkheart) Petersen. Some great stumping in the San Juan mountains (Kenny adds new meaning to stumping as he lost both legs below the knees 68 at Khe Sahn) Doc Dave Sigurslid joined us on one outing—some of you may remember him as co-author with Dave of the campfire philosopher section in Trad Bow mag.
Many campfire stories each night and a side trip to Cedar Mesa. Most of the conversation is unsuitable for posting here–well it did include some brown beverage. And for a change I was the youngest of the group.
Next event is ETAR and hope to see some of you there. Kenny will be coming with me and I’m sure Brennan Herr and Wojo will be with us.
Must admit that the west has an inspiring panorama of views, but like Kenny we where happy to see our green mountains come into view.
Dave sent his best to you all. Oh yeah we where all shooting Elk hearts (thank you Gregg). And yes I out shot them all, just ask me.
- Charles EkMemberJune 23, 2017 at 6:02 amPost count: 522
“Many campfire stories each night and a side trip to Cedar Mesa. Most of the conversation is unsuitable for posting here–well it did include some brown beverage.”
Now that would have been an occasion to have an audio recorder running! And I’m serious, as well as deeply envious. 🙂
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