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    • Crookedstick
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      Let’s start with a little teaser photo…mostly because I am whipped and it’s too late to work on the others. More photos to come, but for now here is (big bow to small) LimbLover, Ripcord, Patrick and Crookedstick.

      Kinda funny to me…sort of a bow evolution photo right up to the big boy with the big boy bow, except somebody had to turn their bow the wrong way. It was great to meet you guys. You were right, the course we were on was pretty sweet! Yet another really nice 3D course, and in spite of some bad shots I came away with the same number of arrows I started with…I think:)

      Great venue for the GLLI, my first time there. We shot that course late enough in the day that nobody else was around and the history of those woods seemed to come alive around us.

      LimbLover, thanks for giving us a shoutout from across the poison ivy field!

      Stay tuned…

    • Ripforce
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      Great to meet you guys too, most fun I have had shooting all summer, I wish we could have stayed longer and shot a round with you guys! maybe we could have smoked that youth course LOL! I never donated any arrows but LimbLover had the arrow gnomes steal one of his! It was great fun I will definitely go back next year!

    • Patrick
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      Although Nick recognized us because of CrookedStick’s hat, I’m sure that the flash of bright, white light (I usually refer to them as my legs), is what caught his attention (and distracted him, which may caused him to miss).

      It was nice to FINALLY meet you guys in person!

      Although the humidity was oppressive this morning, I finally redeemed myself and beat Tyler.

      Tyler was there too, but he hung out at camp due to a sore wrist (the reason he didn’t make the photo).

      Here’s our camp. Note the versatility of a longbow: πŸ™‚

    • Crookedstick
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      Here’s another camp angle so you can see the flash of bright white light mentioned above:D

    • Ripforce
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      You know there has been a lot of sun this summer!

    • Patrick
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      😯 There should be a disclaimer before someone views this thread:

      “DANGER!!! Please make sure you have welders shield in place before proceeding!”

      What can I say, I very, very rarely wear shorts.

    • Ripforce
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      I don’t think I have had long pants on once this summer except at my nieces wedding!

    • Crookedstick
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      Here’s more of the story with pics if ya want to come along with us through a course at GLLI:

      As I said before, I like signs. A bit of irony here though, the lawbreaking idiots that shot up the park sign at least used shotgun slugs, thus following the ‘shotgun zone only’ rules in that area! Idiots.

      And since this is TradBow, I figured I’d better get da back o’ da hat. (He’s shooting a Yooper bow, so ya gotta get da language right.)

      I’ll call this one ‘Father and Son: A Study in Concentration’.

      Yet another 10-ring…smokin’ the ol’ man.

      A pretty darned cool little cabin/hunting shack greeted us on the back 40 between targets. It was quiet and nobody else was on the course…and it just finished raining. History…you could just feel it.

    • Crookedstick
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      Ok, more shootin’ pics. We’re gonna have to get with some other folks on the range just to get pics of other folks on here. C’mon guys, I know others had cameras on the course. Post ’em up!

      Here’s Patrick…and there’s that neat log hut back there on the wood line.

      There’s that crazy hat again…

      Had to throw in this one to show the aiming points I gave him to shoot at! When I finally make a good shot, or two, I take a picture!

      This is how we stupid city boys shoot at skunks…quartering AWAY…DUH.

      No caption needed.

      And here’s the sucker bet I took. Patrick said I had to aim at a spot on the deer JUST to the right of the tree and see if I could do it. So instead of cheating, I did it. That fresh green hole in the center just below the knot is the result:cry: The fat bullet point smacked and bounced right back. The second shot, however, was right on…and hit only about 3/4″ to the right of the first one…but in the kill zone!

    • Crookedstick
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      Last batch I think. And this one is a little photo story…

      Mr. Patrick goes for the two bucks fighting in the clearing.

      Sooner or later all of us discover the targets are one arrow short so we have to make that inevitable trip behind the critters to look 8)

      After a bit of searching under the leaves, ya gotta remember to look up. 😯

      And of all things, ol’ Patrick punched right into a giant poison ivy vine (dang, there was a LOT of poison ivy!).

      So since I was the designated arrow puller outer on that course, I made Patrick clean off that poison ivy juice so I could keep on tightening his field tips when I pulled arrows.

      The END. Thanks for coming along.

    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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      Great pics! Looks like you guys had great time out shooting.

    • Ripforce
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      Here are a couple of our pics, here is LimbLover by a funny looking critter!

    • Ripforce
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      Here is me by a badger of all things! I love the targets on this course!

    • Ripforce
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      Actually I think that was a Wolverine, never was a Michigan Wolverine fan! Ha Ha!

    • Patrick
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      Crookedstick wrote: So since I was the designated arrow puller outer on that course, I made Patrick clean off that poison ivy juice so I could keep on tightening his field tips when I pulled arrows.

      It tasted like chicken

    • Crookedstick
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      Glad to see you guys finally took care of that Jackalope. Wait til you see the video Patrick shot of that thing kicking my butt!

    • Ripforce
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      Can’t wait to see it!

    • LimbLover
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      You didn’t mention that I hollered across the field at the two of you walking….”HEY…IS YOUR NAME PAT!!!???”

      “Yeah!?”

      “SMEATON??!!”

      “Yeah?!”

      lol…lucky I’m not a shy person. It was definitely Bernie’s hat that gave yall away.

    • 3blades
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      Looks like a good shoot. Thanks for sharing…:)

    • Patrick
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      LimbLover wrote: You didn’t mention that I hollered across the field at the two of you walking….”HEY…IS YOUR NAME PAT!!!???”

      “Yeah!?”

      “SMEATON??!!”

      “Yeah?!”

      lol…lucky I’m not a shy person. It was definitely Bernie’s hat that gave yall away.

      Yeah, that freaked me out a bit. When you yelled “Is your name Pat?”, I was thinking, OK, maybe it was someone I chatted with earlier that day. When you said my last name though: 😯 as I wouldn’t have thought anyone there would have have known/remembered my last name! πŸ˜†

    • Crookedstick
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      I’m not sure if I can embed a video here, but I’ll give it a try. Here is the long-awaited video of the elusive jackalope. Wow, does that thing have some armor-plate skin.

      Side benefit: depending on your bandwidth, the sound and video aren’t necessariy in sync. So it looks like an old Godzilla video! πŸ˜† Yup, it’s ok for me to say that πŸ˜‰

    • Stephen Graf
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      You boys are A-OK!

    • coyote220
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      That’s great! Be careful, I’ve heard stories about gut shot Jacks going for your throat.

    • bruc
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      Enjoyed it all guys! This weekend and last weekend as well. You know that saying “a picture equals a 1000 words” certainly demonstrated.:DI would like to post pictures of my equipment and little humble feats but I need to learn how to get the picture from the camera entered here:oops: Hoping my daughter will help. Enjoyed it all:!:
      Shot to Jackelope 16 yds. plus or minus 7″ for first prize!!!!
      Bruce

    • Patrick
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      BRUC wrote: Shot to Jackelope 16 yds. plus or minus 7″ for first prize!!!!

      πŸ˜† I don’t recall the distance well enough to say.

    • Crookedstick
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      I used my 16-yard pin and glanced the arrow off it’s back:D

    • Patrick
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      Crookedstick wrote: I used my 16-yard pin and glanced the arrow off it’s back:D

      I was thinking it was closer. More like 12.61935 yards (I like to mix my metric and English units). I might be off by a 100,000th though.

    • Patrick
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      I must say, we sure are blessed with alot of traditional shoots here in Michigan. I REALLY want to go to the Superiorland shoot in Marquette next weekend, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. I love the UP, and if I never get to move out West, it’d be a most excellent consolation
      prize.

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