RalphModeratorDecember 20, 2016 at 3:52 pmPost count: 2520
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….. :-)))))
RalphModeratorModeratorDecember 21, 2016 at 8:01 amPost count: 2520
I copy and paste to image and it seems my camera shooting blanks too🙄
Robin ConradsAdminDecember 21, 2016 at 1:32 pmPost count: 898
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 ConradsModeratorDecember 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.
RalphModeratorModeratorDecember 31, 2016 at 5:36 amPost count: 2520
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: 2322
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.
grumpyMemberJanuary 1, 2017 at 10:58 amPost count: 960
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…
grumpyMemberJanuary 1, 2017 at 11:00 amPost count: 960
OMG MY PIC ISN’T THERE!!!!
HOW WILL ANYONE KNOW ME??
David CoulterMemberJanuary 1, 2017 at 11:20 amPost count: 2247
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: 1119
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: 2322
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: 1380
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: 898
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: 1380
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.
RalphModeratorModeratorJanuary 20, 2017 at 6:00 amPost count: 2520
😁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: 2322
Hey Duncan, that looks like our very own Eno River walk in Hillsborough… Seen many deer, rabbits, and groundhogs along that path.
David CoulterMemberFebruary 8, 2017 at 10:15 amPost count: 2247
I spent a few minutes watching the Lancaster Archery Classic Barebow Recurve finals on youtube this morning. That’s a different world than I live in for sure, but really neat to see these guys shooting so well. Cool stuff. dwc
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: 2322
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.
RalphModeratorModeratorFebruary 23, 2017 at 12:12 pmPost count: 2520
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.
grumpyMemberFebruary 25, 2017 at 7:27 amPost count: 960
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 …
RalphModeratorModeratorMarch 2, 2017 at 4:55 pmPost count: 2520
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: 2322
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 🙂
RalphModeratorModeratorMarch 3, 2017 at 2:53 pmPost count: 2520
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.
grumpyMemberMarch 14, 2017 at 3:15 pmPost count: 960
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: 2322
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.
RalphModeratorModeratorMarch 16, 2017 at 4:21 pmPost count: 2520
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??????????
RalphModeratorModeratorApril 2, 2017 at 3:54 pmPost count: 2520
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: 2322
You are a wild man Ralph.
I like yellow feathers, they are even better at passing the critter by…
RalphModeratorModeratorApril 6, 2017 at 5:40 pmPost count: 2520
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
RalphModeratorModeratorApril 12, 2017 at 5:29 pmPost count: 2520
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: 2247
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.
grumpyMemberApril 23, 2017 at 4:23 pmPost count: 960
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: 910
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: 898
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.
RalphModeratorModeratorMay 10, 2017 at 12:30 pmPost count: 2520
Hold, hold, hold……………….
Think you ain’t gonna like not holding there ralphie boy…..
Supporting Red Nose Day :-))
Charles EkModeratorMay 13, 2017 at 6:01 pmPost count: 550
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.
RalphModeratorModeratorJune 4, 2017 at 2:13 pmPost count: 2520
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: 2322
“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.
RalphModeratorModeratorJune 5, 2017 at 5:37 amPost count: 2520
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: 2247
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: 2322
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: 2247
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
Col MikeMemberJune 22, 2017 at 2:38 pmPost count: 910
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 EkModeratorJune 23, 2017 at 6:02 amPost count: 550
“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. 🙂
David CoulterMemberJuly 2, 2017 at 6:55 amPost count: 2247
Col Mike, that sounds like a great trip. I would’ve love to sit and listen around that campfire. I have ETAR in the calendar. Best case for me will be an early run on Saturday for the day. I’m booked that Thursday and Friday and so far still off on Saturday. It would be great to get a few handshakes in and put some faces on these handles. All the best to ya, dwc
RalphModeratorModeratorJuly 3, 2017 at 4:35 pmPost count: 2520
Shooting my old Shakespeare all glass bow. I think it’s a Hunter. There’s some script still on the limbs and “Hunter” is an educated guess from what is left in that area of the limb.
I researched and they quit putting leather wrapped handles on them in 1961 so it’s at least a 1960 model at the latest.
55# and is surprisingly smooth.
David CoulterMemberJuly 27, 2017 at 8:47 amPost count: 2247
It’s been raining here so much and even the good days are cloudy and don’t allow us to dry out much. Slacked off on shooting a bit to let me finger heal up. Shot yesterday and it was wild for the first couple of shots, then back to my normal near misses. Not to be confused with near Mrs. Anyway, all good here in the Poconos. Still have ETAR on the calendar, but it’s shaky if I’ll go. Would love to meet up with a few of you critters. Maybe… All the best, david
Stephen GrafMemberJuly 28, 2017 at 5:32 amPost count: 2322
Dry as a bone here. Had our first rain in a month last night. I’m guessing near an inch. Have to check the rain gauge still, so we’ll see. Enough to green up the grass I am sure.
We don’t get events like ETAR in our area. One of these years I’d like to make the journey. I expect it will have to wait till the kids are fledged…
David CoulterMemberJuly 28, 2017 at 9:26 amPost count: 2247
Howdy, ETAR is not in the works again. Work is in the works, til midnight tonight and then an appointment at 9 am tomorrow. Well, like I said last year… next year maybe.
Just watched a new George Stoudt video on YouTube. I love George’s understated presentation. Focusing on our gear is very important and yet George reminds me that it still ain’t the engine, it’s the engineer. I didn’t copy/paste a link here, but you can type in his name and it’ll come right up. His bow does the talkin’.
grumpyMemberJuly 30, 2017 at 10:27 amPost count: 960
Humidity is so high here (rains every other day) that the moisture content in my staves/billets is to high to tiller. Got a dehumidifier for the cellar, ran constant for over a week. Moisture was still too high, so I hooked the exhaust to the drying box. Got the moisture so low it doesn’t register on the moisture gauge.
Think I have the cellar stable at 50%. Waiting for staves to soak up enough moisture so I can tiller.
Far cry from the drought we had last year.
Wish the dam lawn (weeds actually) would stop growing.
David CoulterMemberAugust 3, 2017 at 11:08 amPost count: 2247
I hope by on my way home you weren’t referring to the cemetery, ha! I have enough trouble hitting rock without hunting in a cemetery. Fortunately, that’s illegal in PA.
Got my first doe tag in the mail on Monday, plus a DMAP tag for a local state park for a back up. Final applications are due on Monday and there’s just 5700 left for my area, 3D.
Seeing some deer around. Saw four doe this morning, but not a buck in sight. I’m sure they are rehearsing their hiding from me during the season.
Steve, are you back from the seminar? Wondering how that’s going. best, dwc
Stephen GrafMemberAugust 4, 2017 at 4:48 amPost count: 2322
The seminar was back in early July. It was very interesting to spend the day with John Schulz. John learned the swing draw from Howard Hill and has been teaching it ever since. This year is his final year teaching, or so he says. Last year was supposed to be the last, but enough people pestered him (like me) that he decided to go “one more year”.
What the swing draw is, is hotly debated. In a nutshell, it’s a method of shooting that depends as much on your muscles as it does on your bones. It requires a different mindset from that which accompanies the more static target style of shooting. It also requires more work. But the benefits of perusing the swing draw are many and in my case they include relief from target panic, renewed joy in the flight of the arrow, and no doubt what will happen to a deer that decides to wander near.
Stephen GrafMemberAugust 5, 2017 at 5:25 amPost count: 2322
One of the interesting things we talked about was what got Howard Hill started on his path to crazy good shooting. He was always a good shot, but something happened….
John said he thought maybe it had to do with meeting the Wilhelm Brothers. According to John, It was shortly after meeting and hunting with them that he entered his heyday.
If you haven’t watched this video, it’s pretty impressive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np8u69YfSA8
On an historical note, there is a scene where a fellow throws his hat down on the ground and the brothers shoot at it blind from behind a big bolder. The fellow (the producer of the movie) never figured the brothers would hit the hat. That’s why he threw his $100 hat in the dirt. As you can see, the hat came out the worse for wear.
Note the brothers shooting style…
David CoulterMemberAugust 5, 2017 at 6:45 amPost count: 2247
That’s a good film. I never heard of these guys before. Love the shooting from the hip style. Nothing like being exposed to the right influence to push you ahead. Have you seen you shooting improve since the workshop? Dwc
Stephen GrafMemberAugust 5, 2017 at 11:59 amPost count: 2322
Not really. Taking the class was more about completing all the angles, and meeting a person who is a part of archery history in this country. Taking the class mostly confirmed what I knew were weaknesses (me with bow and arrow to start with), and was a lot of fun.
I think you mentioned that you were buying a copy of the book I wrote. There is a chapter in the book which outlines the thought process and exercises I used to learn (still learning) the swing draw. The big hurdle to learning the swing draw is the commitment to invest the time and the willingness to believe that it can work. It’s greatest strength is that it is indeed a system with a simple set of rules and exercises.
IMO, the biggest setback to learning the system came from those that have been its greatest masters (including Schulz). They universally understate how long it will take to learn and how much effort it requires. But if you take the long view and have patience, what is a few years?
If you haven’t seen this JS video, you might find it interesting. This is the swing draw in a nutshell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rel4Q_VT_Fo&t=32s
David CoulterMemberOctober 11, 2017 at 9:28 amPost count: 2247
We had our season opener in my section of PA a week and a half ago. First morning we had 7 deer come in. The only two that were in range for me were spikes, so no shot. I had two standing behind me in the brush eating acorns, crunching away at about 5 yards or so. They were making quite a racket just to tease me. Last Saturday I didn’t see deer while on the stand, but heading down the long driveway to my car I smelled that funky deer smell and there were two doe about 40 yards down through the woods. I wished them well and promised to connect with them next time. Fun stuff. best, dwc
RalphModeratorModeratorOctober 11, 2017 at 1:30 pmPost count: 2520
Here ya go David……….
SOUTHERN FRIED RATTLESNAKE
Oil for frying
1/2 to 3/4 c. milk
Skin rattlesnake. Clean and wash meat. Cut in 4 inch lengths. Beat egg and milk. Mix salt, pepper, garlic salt, Accent and flour. Preheat deep fat fryer with cooking oil. Dip snake into egg mixture and then in flour mixture and place it in hot oil. Cook until golden brown. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
By the way, this works on lots of critters and walleye…………With fish sub flour with cornmeal
My trick? Just a tad (well maybe a tad more than a tad) of chipoltle powder added with the salt and pepper..
Haven’t got to get out hunting here yet but I’m planning a recon trip tomorrow.
We’ve had gobs of rain resulting in gobs of mud so tomorrow I’ll go see………….I hate mud……..
Good luck all with the hunting….. and life!
David CoulterMemberOctober 29, 2017 at 9:22 amPost count: 2247
Had a very nice 8+ buck come up the hill about 30 yards out. He was supposed to make a left but ignored the memo. I tried a couple of grunts and he ignored that too. I went out at first light and moved my stand over about a hundred yards. I’ll give that spot another go in a few days. Seeing some deer, including a few nice buck, but only forbidden spikies have come into range. Squirrel watching has been better than ever! Dwc
Stephen GrafMemberOctober 29, 2017 at 5:27 pmPost count: 2322
Man that sounds like a GREAT time! But I have to warn you, so you won’t be disappointed or surprised when it happens, your old stand location is now a buck magnet. It happens when you move a metal stand up and down a tree. As you move the stand up, it de-buck-magnetizes the tree. When you move the stand down it re-buck-magnetizes it.
My advice to you is this: Bring a 30 foot extending ladder into the woods along with a friend and your best treestand. Tell your friend that he will receive a free grilled steak if he will but carry your ladder just into the woods. When you get just into the woods, pretend you can’t hear him as you walk steadily towards your intended deer magnet tree. When you get there, your friend will undoubtedly begin to show some frustration and be catching on to you. Don’t worry.
Place the ladder against the tree. Have your friend climb to the top of the 30 foot tree and then ask him to pull the stand up and loosely strap it to the tree. Then lower the stand to the ground. Once on the ground, unstrap the stand and have your friend pull it back up. Once there, repeat the lowering process. Do this as often as you can before your friend finally throws the stand at you.
Once the stand has been thrown at you, duck. When you stand up, smile. You have now buck-magnetized the tree for sure! And as for your friend and your promised steak, no worries. Your friend will think you are so crazy that he will forget about the steak all together.
One last piece of advice – don’t forget where your buck-magnetized tree is. Since the tree doesn’t have a stand in it (wouldn’t be magnetized that way) it is often hard to spot again. I have magnetized several trees and been unable to find them again. The best way to find them again is to sit and wait by any other tree. A buck will usually walk by the magnetized tree shortly. Usually is is too far away, or behind another tree. I attribute this tree loosing phenomenon to the need to walk hastily out of the woods (without adequately marking the tree) before my ladder toting friend drives away without me…
I hope this advice helps.
Stephen GrafMemberOctober 30, 2017 at 6:56 amPost count: 2322
Ralph, you definitely are at a disadvantage with regard to deer tree magnets!
David, I did kill a little buck a couple weeks ago. Been in the woods sporadically as it has been so warm. Maybe it is cool enough now for some regular hunting…
Stephen GrafMemberNovember 1, 2017 at 3:57 amPost count: 2322
Hill style for sure… For the first time in two years, I climbed into a tree stand, and wouldn’t you know it? I saw a few deer. Our local doe and yearling wandered through, and I figured that was it for the evening, but then this little 3 pointer payed a visit.
The first arrow was high (predictably) and dropped his rear end. The second arrow was in the chest and dropped his front end. Time between arrows was less than 10 seconds. This is the power of the swing draw made famous by Howard Hill.
I’ve been sticking to the ground for the last few years as a change of pace and to give the deer some room. I love treestand hunting for its strategy, views, and effectiveness. But our local deer can’t take the added pressure. While I have 6 tags on my license, I will not shoot another deer here this year (I’m headed up to VA this friday to scratch that itch some more 🙂 ).
I struggle with the idea of posting pictures of dead animals. I take pictures sometimes, sometimes I don’t. But I never intend to share those pictures with anyone who isn’t standing next to me. Therefore my pictures are not “magazine ready”. They are usually bloody. Death is a bloody business, and I don’t think we should cover that fact up. So I won’t apologize for the blood in the picture, but if it is inappropriate, I won’t take offense if MOM takes it down.
I share this picture not to boast about killing the deer that feeds my life, but instead to show the equipment I used. Thank-you little buck, I am in your debt forever.
grumpyMemberNovember 4, 2017 at 1:27 pmPost count: 960
OK, spent the morning on Farmer Jim’s north forty. Its flat, a managed wood lot, so lots of saplings, can’t see 10 feet in the summer, but now that the leaves are down it is not bad.
Sat in my new tripod swivel seat (birthday present) so I could relive the boredom by spinning around….ADD.
When I go out I put dew pee on a rag that is dragged by my foot. OK, so I smell like a doe, and do all of the other stuff so I don’t smell like me.
Two hours into the sit, I looked up from my Cliff Bar and there was a deer right in front of me!! My mind automatically said it was a doe, and it was right. Actually four of them wandered by. Three meandered on down, the fourth stopped to check me out. Since I smelled like doe pee I’m thinking she thought I was Aunt Martha. She went through the stamp the foot thing (actually it splashed), then the head bob. Never saw either before, just read about them, but they really do that. That was at about 15 feet in front of me. Yup sitting there for an eternity eye to eye with a doe, so close I could see her eye lashes. after she wondered off I resumed breathing and was thinking that was the excitement for the day, when half an hour later the BUCK showed up. He was almost in the footprints of the does, and wondered around in front of me for another eternity. When he presented me with a broadside shot while looking the other way….
You would think it was the first time I ever shot a bow. Had to think out every move, and the arrow went over his back. (Took somebody 10 seconds to get off another shot.) he only moved a few feet, bit I was sitting there thinking “Oh, yeah bow quiver??” Never got off a second shot. Not that he raced away, just wondered off.
What is major tho is that they didn’t see, smell, or hear me. All those little details are finally coming together.
David CoulterMemberNovember 4, 2017 at 7:11 pmPost count: 2247
Steve, nice deer and a fine hunt. Grumpy, great hunt. I had a sort of similar hunt this evening. No bucks, but plenty of doe. Had a button buck come close but a little too far. His doe buddy came in closer and I rushed the shot. Beautiful arrow flight right over her back. Obviously a clean miss. Felt like a fool missing a ten yard shot. The deer didn’t panic and they stayed in the neighborhood. Eventually a doe came down in front of me. I had talked myself back from the edge and was able to concentrate right behind her shoulder. I had to bend forward to get around a hemlock branch but it should have been a simple shot. It felt good and sounded good. I watched her and watched her until she disappeared over a rise. How cone she didn’t lie down? It was about dark so I climbed down to retrieve my super clean arrows from the dirt. No animals were harmed in the making of this hunt, only one ego, ha! Dac
RalphModeratorModeratorNovember 6, 2017 at 9:38 amPost count: 2520
Sounds like y’all having fun despite the missed opportunities.
What I love about traditional archery is the being out there and the experience.
I do often though see the arrow flying over the back of the 7 point with the drop time………………argh!!!!!!!!!!! And he didn’t “duck the arrow”.
Like Grumpy says, “I own it”.
Stephen GrafMemberNovember 12, 2017 at 5:40 amPost count: 2322
All these high misses… We all do it. But why?
I draw my conclusions from my own experience, but I think they might apply more generally. When I shoot at critters, I tend to short draw. When a bow is short drawn, the top limb is still in control. When the top limb is in control, the arrow flies high. The problem is compounded when shooting from a tree stand where we find it hard to get our upper body into alignment with the deer. So the arrow flies doubly high.
Got back from VA last night. Shot a nice buck with my smoke pole. All the leaves fell of the trees while I was gone and nobody thought to get them up. Oh well, I guess I’ll do it.
David CoulterMemberNovember 12, 2017 at 9:32 amPost count: 2247
Steve, good thoughts on shooting high. I know for sure that I released before I was at anchor, before I picked a spot, before I had my dang head on straight. I spent the next week reviewing my shot sequence, mostly in my mind, but also in practice, getting ready for the next opportunity. The sun went down on the early season last night. No more shots, no new deer in the freezer. I have to say I had a good year so far. Saw a lot of deer. Saw some nice bucks in the woods. Had a record number (3) of spikes come into range. Missed (dang it!) two doe within a half hour of each other. Had good hunts with a good friend. Came home to some excellent suppers.
Rifle season is two weeks away. I went out this morning calculating where the best spots to post are stand during orange season. With no fresh venison in the freezer you might find me with Dad’s 270 in the woods. I resisted the past couple of years, but it was easier with a fuller freezer. Still love to rifle hunt, but the bow really calls to me.
Steve, congratulations on your smoke pole buck. The flintlock was my gateway drug to traditional hunting. A friend just bought a flinter and we’ll be spending some time getting him set up. He wants to hunt with a bow and just doesn’t have time to practice enough yet. I have a DMAP tag for a local state park, so I might take sparky for a walk there in January. By the way, DMAP is a PA special issue tag that can be purchased for areas where they are trying to thin the herd.
I love the search. Looking for the right place to be at the right time, trying to figure it out to tighten up the chances. One thing I love about the bow is being able to get into small woodlots where a rifle just isn’t safe. The bow is very safe (even for the deer this year!) and it’s quiet.
Yeah, there’s also leaves to rake now between seasons, not to mention firewood that still needs to be collected…. All the best to ya, dwc
Stephen GrafMemberNovember 12, 2017 at 5:24 pmPost count: 2322
How could you say no to those eyes Ralph? No way I say…
David, an empty freezer is hard on us bowhunters. I know how you feel… And as for firewood, I get the year off. Last year was so warm, we didn’t burn much. So the woodshed is mostly full. Might have to fire up the stove pretty soon… Good luck during gun season!
David CoulterMemberNovember 14, 2017 at 9:11 amPost count: 2247
Steve, I thought more about your shooting high comment. You really understand how a bow works. It’s interesting. Technology aside, it still comes back to me in deciding I’m gonna hit a proper anchor and consistently use proper form so I do what the bow needs me to do to work the way it’s designed. Thanks, dc
RalphModeratorModeratorNovember 21, 2017 at 4:22 pmPost count: 2520
Next time, someone remind me just how far from the ground the tailgate is on my 3/4 ton Dodge.
I didn’t throw my old ramp in and me, myself and I was the only help around.
At 72 some things just heavier than they used to be…but I got him in there…
I guess I did the proper thing and squatted rather than use my back cause my thighs were so sore…………
The para cord/wood handle pull rigs I build sure come in handy. You can see them on the base of the antlers.
Stephen GrafMemberNovember 22, 2017 at 4:34 amPost count: 2322
Ralph, you sly old dog, I knew you weren’t showing of that dandy buck. You were showing off your woodie handle (emoji’s sure would be good here…)
Nice deer! So… What happened, do tell. He doesn’t look like road kill so how did you come into possession of such a buck?
RalphModeratorModeratorNovember 22, 2017 at 9:15 amPost count: 2520
Really didn’t advertise deer but I’m tellin ya, he was heavy and I’m tellin ya I’m glad I didn’t stay home on a super windy day like I started to do.
Like my old bowyer friend always tells me, “You cain’t find’em if ya ain’t out there lookin for’em”.
This guy was so busy trying to put rocks in his pocket he didn’t know I was around. 40+ sustained winds, 55 mph gusts.
Actually he was buried up in the mesquites with only an antler tine sticking out.
The wind can be a good thing sometimes.
That’s all I got except I’m going to fetch the meat here in a b
RalphModeratorModeratorNovember 22, 2017 at 4:36 pmPost count: 2520
Have a great and blessed day everyone.
I’ve been blessed with life.. I’ve been able to enjoy and love the earth that God gives us…Enjoy the love that God gives us to receive and to share..More to give than to take..Can’t say enough ever how I grateful I am for so much, simple as it is, it’s grand…
Thanks to all of you all for your friendship.
Ralph and Shirley
RalphModeratorModeratorDecember 9, 2017 at 2:40 pmPost count: 2520
Gettin a tad dry around here again folks.. No moisture since early October..
A couple of spike muley bucks down there. They look far but they were only about 100 yards away.
I wish my camera could do justice to the size and ruggedness of this canyon but take my word for it. And this is just part of it.
Get a deer down in there it may seem as large as an elephant by the time you get it back to the truck.
Not anyplace down there to stop and get a drink either..
The deer above are in another area by the way.
David CoulterMemberDecember 24, 2017 at 3:51 pmPost count: 2247
Celebrating Christmas Eve with one of this year’s backstraps on the grill. Late season archery and flinters starts up Tuesday.
I wish you all a wonderful holiday season. Whatever you celebrate enjoy well deserved peace and good health. Best wishes, David
Stephen GrafMemberDecember 25, 2017 at 5:31 amPost count: 2322
Thanks David! I’m trying to have my coffee before the wee-ones (not so wee anymore as they are both young adults) get up.
We had an early x-mas with the extended family over the weekend. I went on a rove with one of my nephews with whom I made PVC bows a few summers ago at the beach. Well, he’s turned into a real robin hood…
He made the best shot of the day as follows: He was standing on a blowdown and bouncing the tree up and down. My son joined him and they attempted to bounce each other off the tree. As my prefrontal cortex seems to be stitched together a little better than theirs, I could tell that this activity would likely lead to some puncture wound on a branch or blunt force wound to the pumpkin from the rocks below. So I yelled up to my nephew: “Hay, boy! see that stump (6 inches tall, 2 inches wide, 18 yards or so away) why don’t you shoot it? So while my son kept up his efforts to dislodge his cousin from the log, the boy drew an arrow from his back quiver and proceeded to center punch the stump.
I had no tools left in my daddy toolbox except for this: ” Now get off that dang log afore you kill yourselves!” Before the weekend was out though, I did manage to get the measurements I need to make him a “real” bow for his birthday.
David CoulterMemberDecember 25, 2017 at 7:20 amPost count: 2247
Cheers to an early rise! I was up about 2:30 to make water with the reindeer and took care of Santa’s predawn duties then. I turned off the alarm and was then able to sleep til the kids woke me. Nice change of pace.
You’ve got a fortunate nephew. I look forward to photos of the “real” bow, assuming you’re to follow the course set out in your book. That was a great stump shot. unencumbered by the efforts to make a good shot, he just got it done! We should all be so free. Peace, love and good grub to all!
RalphModeratorModeratorDecember 25, 2017 at 7:57 amPost count: 2520
We only have one child around here anymorebut she’s a handful. Easily made happy though :-)) A little loving goes a long way.
For people too if’n we haven’t forgotten that these days..
We get to go to the kids place for holidays these days. Kinda nice as it takes a big load off of Shirley.
Best wishes to all and be blessed…
Yesterday I proved something…..at 4* windchill my archery equipment worked great. The archery equipment handler…. not so great. I still think it was equipment failure though why an arrow got broken on the fence…..
Ralph and Shirley
grumpyMemberDecember 25, 2017 at 9:45 amPost count: 960
On her way to bed Arwen (she’s 13 now) told us she was going to wake us with coffee in bed. We waited for what seemed like days, then finally went down and on my second cup of coffee Arwen dragged herself down the stairs. Not sure what I did at 13, but seem to remember waking being sent back to bed at least 3 times before sunrise.
Not going to bore you with all my gifts (yours are better anyway) except to say I got a new hat. Arwen did say it was the best Christmas ever, THAT is the important part.
Broke a bow and slammed my head into the tillering post Friday. Bow is wasted, biggest hurt to me was pride. Girls were real quiet for a few hours. I was back working on another Sat AM. I’ve become much better at making bows (thanks to TBMB). I made 5 out of a hickory I harvested last spring. Traded one for a 10″ pig nut hickory which gave me 20 staves. They are dry and ready. Have 3 kid bows to make, and 3 adult bows to make, kids are free, adults are for $ and more hickory trees. I’m building an inventory and expect that by next year I’ll be making bows and tying flies, and s full time.
I’m working (in my head) on a post about tools, some conventional, and some I have come up with. Hunting is now primitive firearms. I can hunt but have to wear the clown vest. That will end next week, and I’ll spend more time building bows, tying flies, and posting on forums. Didn’t get a deer, closest was the miss I tole you about. Saw lots of deer, and have several new areas to hunt. One is over 1,000 acres (that’s a lot here in Mass).
Going out now to shovel 2″ of snow off the driveway.
Wishing all of you a Merry, and a Happy. Hope you have as much to be grateful as us.
David CoulterMemberDecember 25, 2017 at 1:44 pmPost count: 2247
Ha! David was either too skinny or too smart to play football. Let’s be safe and say too skinny. 129 lb soaking wet asa high school senior. Rifle team was more suited to my style. Just you and ten bulls, earmuffs, in the dark, never, ever any spectators. Perfect.
David CoulterMemberDecember 25, 2017 at 5:13 pmPost count: 2247
Had a great ham dinner and we went for a hike along the creek after dinner. There a great roost about a half mile back and we probably saw nearly 15 bald eagles. At times there were 5 circling overhead checking us out before heading into a big white pine up on the ridge. I came home one evening last winter and my son said he saw 26. I wanted to see that! The next evening we counted 16 different birds. The rhododendrons beneath that roost are splattered white. Quite a comeback considering ddt was still used when I was a kid. I didn’t see my first eagle til I was in college in the mid-70s. Quite a day.
It’ll be a balmy 5 degrees for the opener of the later season tomorrow. I’m just hoping the wind isn’t too bad.
All the best to you! Dwc
David CoulterMemberJanuary 4, 2018 at 9:56 amPost count: 2247
One more weeks of late season in my section of PA and I haven’t been out once. Just got over bronchitis and now getting over a cold and I just couldn’t muster sitting in 0 degree weather and think I would get better. Tomorrow and Saturday we’re due for some big winds and highs in the low single digits. Well, maybe next week. I hope you all are having a great new year! best, david
RalphModeratorModeratorJanuary 4, 2018 at 2:43 pmPost count: 2520
Sorry you’ve been under the weather David. Sucks to be sick anytime but some times it’s a bit more frustrating than others.
Maybe you’ll be able to get out next week.
Weather on/off cold/warm up/cold/warm up here. Man must make sure he has his layers close to hand. Wind blocker style preferred.
People think of Texas as a warm place, it is compared to some others, but up here in the panhandle we be a bit of an orphan to the rest of the state. 0* and lower winter temps and way minus windchill factors is cold methinks.
What’s sad right now is we’re, as of today, on our 83rd day of no measurable moisture. It’s drier than a popcorn :-)toot around here.
Hunting nearly over here, this weekend basically. Some youth hunts around and I think some game management areas open still for awhile.
Be well and if’n you ain’t, get thata way OK?
Stephen GrafMemberJanuary 6, 2018 at 4:19 amPost count: 2322
Quite the cold snap we are having! When it gets into the 20’s late afternoon, I do some shooting. Seen lots of squirrels, but just don’t seem to have the desire to shoot at them. Supposed to warm back up Monday, so maybe I’ll get in the shop and work on that bow for my nephew. Been walking 6 or 7 miles a day trying to keep that cabin fever at bay- Tractor won’t start in this cold, ground frozen, shop too cold for glueing, harsh wind, no duck hunting, kids going back to school. At least the sun is shining 🙂
Stephen GrafMemberJanuary 8, 2018 at 4:54 amPost count: 2322
Took a walk along our popular Eno River walk Friday afternoon, and the river was frozen over. We’ve lived in NC for 21 years now and I don’t remember seeing a river this big frozen over so you could walk on it. Smidge chilly. Today, the cold snap breaks!
David CoulterMemberJanuary 8, 2018 at 6:58 pmPost count: 2247
Steve, that river looks just like the creek out back here. It’s creeki g and moaning with the current. Supposed to warm up a bit, then rain on the two last days I have to hunt this year. Might get lucky. Been seeing deer moving along the roadways a good bit the last few days. Maybe they sense this cold is breaking up and Ralph’s rainbow is headed our way. Dwc
Stephen GrafMemberJanuary 9, 2018 at 4:42 amPost count: 2322
I hope you get some rain soon Ralph! We’re dry too, for us anyway. I think its gonna be a hot dry summer.
Good luck with the last few days of hunting David. I hope you see something. Looking forward to getting some stuff done today now that it will be warmer.
David CoulterMemberJanuary 14, 2018 at 9:55 amPost count: 2247
Sun went down on the last day of archery in my part of Pa last night. Had a decent season. Saw a bunch of deer. Missed two easy shots, but no harm done except to my ego, ha!
Two groups of deer busted me on the way to my stand last night. But it was late and I thought maybe a dumb one might saunter along, so I climbed up into my stand. Had one stick her nose out at me way up on the ridge and prance away. Four bald eagles flew right over head and I had a peaceful couple hours in thr fresh air.
My buddy called me right before I turned in and suggested I stop over. A visiting friend made a very nice shot and brought in an 8 point with absolutely massive times and beams. Terrific deer. I ended up staying there til about 1 am getting some butchering tips while they took that buck apart. Nice end to season celebrating the success of a friend.
Gotta start getting ready now, October is only eight months away! dwc
David CoulterMemberMarch 10, 2018 at 8:39 amPost count: 2247
We “suffered” through a power outage here for four days. I say that with the quotes as we have a generator to give us the comforts of home and a lot of people went a lot longer in much harsher conditions. I put in a stationary generator several years ago and it operates the well pump, septic pump, frig and freezers (with a brand new 1/4 grass fed beef ) and the boiler. We run it judiciously and use very little propane. We’re fortunate to have a woodstove so the boiler does not have to run all the time. The situation was perfect for storm damage. It was above freezing when the storm started to the snow stuck to every limb and needle in the woods. Then we had high winds with gusts reported over 60 mph. Most of the trees that went down were white pine and mostly hemlock. There will be some soft woods mixed into the firewood for next year.
The good part is that perhaps my wifi router reset itself or maybe Robin made a change to the website and now I can open this site at home. I went for a year or so where I had to be on someone else wifi to connect. Anyway, I’m back up and glad for it. Nice to be able to check in more easily and see what some new members are adding to the mix.
Just did a recipe to corn a brisket of beef for next Sunday. I have to work on St Paddy’s Day so the following day will have to suffice.
Here’s a couple of photos. One is one of my ladder stands that a tree didn’t fall on and the other is our new pal Penny. All the best to you all, dwc
David CoulterMemberMarch 11, 2018 at 7:28 amPost count: 2247
Hi Steve, once I got over that fact that it isn’t actually Spring, I’m back on board with winter. It’s been beautiful. We got lucky with at pup. She had very few accidents in the house, sleeps all night, and only chews her toys. It’s almost like she’s twelve, not 10 months.
Looks like there’s a storm headed your way later today. I think we’ll miss this one and that’s okay, too.
All the best, dwc
RalphModeratorModeratorMarch 11, 2018 at 9:14 amPost count: 2520
Sad to hear about all the rough weather you guys having back east. Lots of folks suffering.
David, glad you were set up to cope with the problems.
Our weather rough here too, only in the opposite I guess. We have, at the weather bureau, .01″ of moisture since Oct. 13th. Here at the house, nada.
It’s so dry….there’s been a few fires but nothing catastrophic like in years past…yet, pray not………..The worst fire season is yet to come….
We’ve delayed trad shoots at the archery range until we get some rain and that helps to alleviate some of the fire danger. It’s a big time fire hazard to drive vehicles on the tall, dead grass. We’re really leery even of running the tractor and mower on it right now for fear of a spark.
Be blessed and be well. Be careful also. I think a lot of people need to be staying close to high ground..
David CoulterMemberMarch 11, 2018 at 9:53 amPost count: 2247
Hi Ralph, yes, that generator was up there with the best $3300 I ever spent. Would hate to see the venison and beef lost and it’s nice to remain fairly civilized. Hope you get some rain before too long. It’s good that you are being cautious. I’ll take a snowstorm over a wildfire any day of the week. All the best to you, dwc
Stephen GrafMemberMarch 12, 2018 at 5:59 amPost count: 2322
When we bought our cabin I installed one of those $3300 generators. 12KW of peace of mind… Well our power didn’t so much as flicker for the first 8 years we lived here, so, well, you know, the battery for the starter got neglected. Power went out…. Had to use the trolling motor battery to crank the generator. Worked like a champ.
Since that time we’ve lost power every year for at least a week, sometimes two. But I guess that’s what to expect from a system that hasn’t really improved since the 1880’s… Ah, well.
My son and I just finished up our first shakedown hike in preparation for our attempt to through hike the Appalachian Trail next year. Got rained on, got snowed on, got lost. Saw elk, bear, deer, pig, turkey, grouse, and all variety of birds. Did NOT get a single blister.
David CoulterMemberMarch 12, 2018 at 8:22 amPost count: 2247
Hey Steve, sounds like you had a great hike. PA has a bad reputation for a rugged, rocky section of the AT, but I actually think it gets worse when you get into Jersey. If you think of it and if you can, give me a heads up when you are heading into Delaware Water Gap. I lived upstairs in the old Houser store for twelve years and the AT literally comes down the hill in front of that place. A few times a week I started my day hiking to the top of Mt Minsi and back before breakfast. I believe you’ll want to hit Water Gap on a Wednesday when the Presbyterian Church of the Mountain has their picnics. The Deer Head Inn is there for a beer and some jazz and the Edge of the Woods store should have some fresh socks for you. Pizza, a diner and if you can get a ride or want to walk an extra mile, the Minisink Hotel for a good beer selection, a game of pool or darts, and an big menu of big meals. Tell Frank and Kevin I say hello if I’m not there to join you.
All the best, dwc
Stephen GrafMemberMarch 13, 2018 at 5:57 amPost count: 2322
Thanks for the advice! Sounds like a neat town. As we get closer to our start date, I plan on putting a list together of the people I know along the trail for visiting purposes. We have six months to hump the trail out before my boy has to get back to school. The average time is around five months, so we should be good and have a few days to spare. Corse, these old bones don’t get out of 3rd gear much anymore so there’s that…
RalphModeratorModeratorMarch 12, 2018 at 10:35 amPost count: 2520
Just a reminder folks that when hooking a generator into your home power system without going through a transfer switch or disconnecting in some means from the main power grid (be very careful!!!!!, probably best to get some knowledgeable help), back feed can be very deadly to those who are trying to restore the system.
When we were on storm breaks and heard a generator running we’d shut down and find the thing and make sure it was safe for us.
Generators don’t like it much either when back feeding the grid when we slapped a ground set on the lines for our protection from such.
I know most permanent generators are properly installed through a transfer switch but the portable type?????.
Back feed is for example: the transformer on the pole out back of your house that is possibly converting (example)12,000 volts on the high side from the lines to 240 volts on the low side to your house will also work the opposite way, put 240 volts into it on the low side and it will have 12,000 volts on the high side going down the lines..
I lost one of my journeymen electricians to back feed years ago and it still hurts. Back feed still scares the hell outta me. Be safe and well,
David CoulterMemberMarch 12, 2018 at 10:45 amPost count: 2247
Ralph, good advice. Thanks for posting this. I’ll wire a lamp, but a generator? Nope. I had my electrician come and put in a separate box with a disconnect switch to the grid when I had a portable. With the stationary set up, it was waaaaay over my head.
Safety first, no matter what you’re doing. When someone gets hurt all the fun goes with it.
RalphModeratorModeratorMarch 22, 2018 at 1:16 pmPost count: 2520
We be worlds apart now eh?
One of four fires going the other day. This one burned to the parking lots of the medical center west of town.
These range fire don’t leave much to stump shoot at.
Fortunately we’ve had no harm to humans yet this year.
We pray that it stays that way.. We have another bad day for fires forecast for tomorrow.
My wife and I were using our snow shovel yesterday to scoop up the dead grass we raked up out of the yard and load it in the wheelbarrow.
By the way, a snow shovel works good to scoop up dead leaf piles also. :-))
David CoulterMemberMarch 23, 2018 at 3:21 amPost count: 2247
Ralph, all the best to you with those fires. I’ll take a snow storm any day, although I’m not actually asking for one disaster instead of another. I watched a news program about guarding your home against wildfires and they had folk clear at least a 100 yard perimeter of anything flammable. I hope you get some rain soon. dwc
David CoulterMemberMay 17, 2018 at 6:35 amPost count: 2247
Yeah, nothing like 18 miles in the rain! I did that distance on time in North Central PA during a drought. All the springs were dry and we hiked to a creek. We put our packs down and then decided the best spot was on the other side of the stream. Never was putting a pack back on so much fun! Keep me posted when you’ll be heading through Delaware Water Gap. I want to get my book signed! dwc
RalphModeratorModeratorJune 3, 2018 at 3:53 pmPost count: 2520
It’s good that folks are getting rain as long as it’s not too plentiful.
We’re still drier than all get out and plenty warm. Spring? Never happened here other than the calendar saying so.
We broke a high temperature day before yesterday, 108*. That’ll shut down bow shooting. Been nicer last couple of days, cool, like 90* :-))
I’ve been shooting one of my recurves some here lately. I’ve changed my grip a little and it’s not killing the arthritis in my thumb base. Totally anyway. I’m sticking to my 40#er for now. Not pushing my luck on the bow hand.
I think I’m going to shoot my 40 +/- # bows for the summer, longbows and recurves. I need to be working on the draw,ANCHOR, part of archery again. My 73 year old muscles and a ‘173 year old brain set’, it seems at times, don’t need to be fighting bigger #’s until the two of us get our s*** together again…
Enjoy your rain. When one lives in an semi-arid region like I do and last year’s nearly 10″ behind in rainfall and over 5″ behind this year already, I can’t help but be a bit envious.
David CoulterMemberJune 3, 2018 at 5:49 pmPost count: 2247
Ralph, I didn’t complain about the cold this winter, but I’m first in line to gripe about the heat. 108 would have down for days. When it’s 90 here it’s more than enough for me. It’s 59 here and overcast. Perfect summer evening. Might be my Scots-Irish heritage kicking in.
Going light is a good idea. It nice that you have a choice. I do, too, between 46 and 45.
Did some blank bale and some let down work for a few minutes this evening. Starting to think more about October. Dwc
Charles EkModeratorJune 17, 2018 at 5:57 amPost count: 550
At the end of May, my wife retired, we sold our home in NH and we relocated to Duluth, MN, where I was born. (Couldn’t convince her to move a third time to AK.)
Next Saturday I’m attending a 3D shoot to be held by the Duluth Archery Club. Wish I had someone recording their reactions when I show up to shoot the course with a selfbow made by one of their founders for my father in 1943. 🙂
Stephen GrafMemberJune 18, 2018 at 5:23 amPost count: 2322
Oh I hope you don’t bust it….. Enjoy the good life!
Charles EkModeratorJune 18, 2018 at 9:09 amPost count: 550
At the risk of boring those who have already seen it, I’ll tell the backstory of this bow again.
My dad got me started in archery when I was a kid. We shot field courses together but never hunted. I was never able to draw this 48# bow as a kid before I drifted out of archery.
When he passed away in 1998, the bow and another one of 40# were left for me to take over, as my sisters had no interest in them. The two bows were left unstrung for the next ten years.
I took up rifle hunting in 2006 after many years as a volunteer SAR dog handler (an activity which consumed thousands of hours). In 2008 I looked at the bows and decided to see whether they could be used for hunting. I found some online advice about bringing old bows back to life. After ten years of just looking at them, I was fully ready to accept the risk of breakage in exchange for a chance to shoot them.
One (made of lemonwood) did not survive being drawn the first time despite some gentle coaxing beforehand. The other one (probably hickory) HAMMERED the first target it was pointed at in earnest, and it shoots as sweetly as any bow I’ve held since. It has been shot on a regular basis for the past ten years. That bow made me into the trad bow fanatic I am today.
I’m hoping to kill a deer with it here in Minnesota this year, now that it’s 75 years old. It’s had one chance at a turkey in NH that I muffed, but that’s another story.
David CoulterMemberJune 20, 2018 at 3:27 amPost count: 2247
Charles, great story. It’s amazing that bow held up so it’s being draw within its design limits. My hunting buddy here has been using the same hickory bow he made more than 10 years ago. Every year it fills the freezer. Good luck with it! Dwc
RalphModeratorModeratorJuly 6, 2018 at 10:57 amPost count: 2520
We had a fun shoot day down at Memphis, TX Wednesday.
Set up 1/2 dz. 3D’s and had “follow the leader” rounds.
Burgers and some delicious peach cobbler. MMMM…
Was only 106* when I got in my little car to come home. Dang. Humid too. AC in my car was a wonder for the 85 mile drive home.
Was way fun day, totally grateful for the freedom that we enjoy to have such days, and thanks to Repel to keep the ticks away!!!!!!!!!!
We drylanders from up here on the caprock in the panhandle, Amarillo, can dang sure tell ya when the humidity is over 12-13%. We suffer. Don’t wanna even think about moving to a humid climate. Kudos to y’all that have acclimated to humid weather.
It’s fun to watch momma nature at work 1st hand.
Our spare bedroom is our puzzle room. We nearly always have a 1000 piece puzzle going in there.
Eyeball high in our big rosebush, just outside a window, there’s a mockingbird nesting. We keep the blind cracked just a tad so to watch. Hopefully with the nest in the rosebush the ****cats won’t get the babies.
Be well folks and shoot safe and smart………..
David CoulterMemberJuly 6, 2018 at 11:10 amPost count: 2247
R2, I’m not that big on puzzles, but I love a Mocking Bird. There was one on my paper route when I was ten. Always in the tree at the same house. I marveled at the repertoire that thing had. Very cool bird indeed. Humidity here has dropped down to about 68% right now. It was worse for a few days and too dang hot. Front moving in to give us Easterners a break for a few days.
Today I mail my first doe permit application. It’s a special time in PA!
All the best, dwc
RalphModeratorModeratorJuly 6, 2018 at 12:57 pmPost count: 2520
Good luck on the doe permit David.
Seems mockingbird fledglings around here have a tendency to hop out of the nest before they can fly much so they hop around on the ground making tempting targets for the dog and stray cats. The latter being good targets for my……… :-))cat trap.
It’s a good thing doves are so prolific. They sit in the road until the last minute, sometimes their last minute.
Sometimes they sit where I gotta clean up after them. :-))
RalphModeratorModeratorAugust 2, 2018 at 3:28 pmPost count: 2520
I was sitting here pondering some of the this’s and that’s of life, sweating, thinking of a cool day hunting when the tip about wearing biker shorts popped into mind.
Ummmmmmm…………those things got a fly?????????
Good be a troublesome thing if not when a pair be the bottom layer under longjohns, pants, a pair of bib overalls or a pair of coveralls. Especially in cold weather, wind blowing and perched in a tree..
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Stephen GrafMemberAugust 6, 2018 at 7:18 amPost count: 2322
First acorns!!! Seems early, but there were some real beauties under two trees which were on opposite sides of the mountain. One on the east, one on the west. Both dropping a bunch, and most eaten by deer. Nice to see, except by the time deer season gets here, they will be tired of acorns already.
Had a spike stroll through my shooting range the other morning. He couldn’t care less that I was standing there. I had the wind in my favor, and so I got to watch him browse through for 5 minutes or so. When he was 60 yards away, I started shooting again. Didn’t seem to bother him one bit.
Raymond CoffmanModeratorAugust 6, 2018 at 8:10 amPost count: 878
Sounds like you are off to a good start on the approaching season back east.
The scrub oaks at my house aren’t showing many acorns this year. But, it was a weird spring out here in the Southwest. I have some quail wandering about, but the hatch was small for my area.
Looking forward to the fall — starting to amp up my practice. I need to refurbish my backyard range/ “field course”
James HarveyMemberAugust 7, 2018 at 4:32 amPost count: 1119
Hey guys and gals,
I’ve been offline and busy as all get out for far too long, which has kept my archery tackle in the shed and me off the ol forum.
Well I’ve missed it all so much I’ve actively decided to refocus myself on our beautiful pursuit. Where else would I start but checking in here? And lo and behold webmom welcomes me back and asks to hear about what’s been up.
I havent got much to tell except that I’ve been commanding some very big artillery pieces in some of Australia’s first genuine amphibious efforts in quite a few years (read: since ww2). It’s been busy and rewarding but I’m back on dry land and should be for some time.
I can’t wait to have some more archery tales to share here. And I very much look forward to reading all yours!
Raymond CoffmanModeratorAugust 7, 2018 at 6:58 amPost count: 878
Good to see you here, and back in the traditional Archery pursuit.
Sounds like your career is going strong and eventful. The big guns are fun to run and an art form in their own way —–good luck in your endeavors there.
Looking forward to hearing of your adventures
RalphModeratorModeratorAugust 7, 2018 at 6:09 pmPost count: 2520
Hey Jim, glad you’re back. Been awhile..
I just been gettin’ older, shootin’ bows, lovin’ life and mostly stayin’ outta trouble.
Went to the ranch (lease) today snooping and low and behold my favorite hunting area is full of yearling calves. Hallelujah…bunch of teenage cows……crap….
Maybe they’ll find somewhere to sell’em soon.
Anyway, glad your back and waiting to see what comes out of the land down under…
David CoulterMemberAugust 9, 2018 at 8:37 amPost count: 2247
Took a week off to make a shore trip with my family. Great time. Picked up a cheap rod to give surf fishing a try and love it. Caught a few small fluke and some other surf dweller I can’t get an ID for. Beautiful fish, only about 10-11 inches long with beautiful spiny fins. When I released it instead of swimming off it dug right down and disappeared into the wet sand. Really cool. Back to the mountains later this week, back to work and back to getting ready for deer season. Got my license, one DMAP permit and one doe tag with another application in the mail. Making my annual donation to hunter land management and a ticket to some time in a tree.
David CoulterMemberAugust 10, 2018 at 12:30 pmPost count: 2247
R2, that’s an awesome target! I’ll be sure to shave before I hunt in your neck of the woods. Still chillin’ at the beach, til tomorrow morning. Caught three little fluke and a Stargazer yesterday morning. Haven’t fished yet today, but I just might. Reading another chapter of The Island Within. Been reading a few pages at a time of this book for a few years now. What a great read.
There’s also an excellent article in the NY Times called Losing Earth, The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change. Also, Art Lee, fly fishing writer, passed away on July 25.
Best wishes to you all! dwc
James HarveyMemberAugust 10, 2018 at 4:16 pmPost count: 1119
Dave, good luck with your hook and line today!
I found some photos of a little excursion from autumn 2017 that I thought I might share. I was down in Victoria (south east corner of Australia) for a little while and got my state license while there (one of only two states down under with public land hunting).
Central Victoria is a truly beautiful part of the world, wet with snow fed rivers, the rolling foothills of Australia’s alpine region, with the ghostly, twisted, eucalypt forests described by English explorers. For particular interest to hunters, our English forbears who settled there were hunting enthusiasts themselves and intentionally imported many game species from Europe. The list includes rabbits and hares, the cunning Mr red fox, Sambar Deer (Cervus unicolor), Hog Deer (Axis porcinus), Red Deer (Cervus elaphus), Fallow Deer (Dama dama), Chital Deer (Axis axis) and Rusa Deer (Cervus timorensis). All packed into Australia’s smallest mainland state (about 90,000 sq miles). Neat.
James HarveyMemberAugust 11, 2018 at 10:47 pmPost count: 1119
Not a single thing David 🙂
I’d never been there before and had no one around to give me any guidance. I’d identified that there was a very healthy fox population in the district but I knew nothing of the deer there abouts. So I basically ventured out with the goal of shooting some foxes and keeping my eyes open for deer sign.
I got a couple of shots on a couple of foxes but the best I got was a little ruffled fur. Meanwhile I did see a lot of deer sign (particularly around water holes), but never any deer. I also saw a lot of hunters sign. Lots of empty shell casings etc. Australia has much less restrictive hunting laws in general than the US, so there is no particular season for deer, no particular season for bows or rifles. So in short I think the deer are under constant rifle hunting pressure and consequently quite sneaky. They certainly out witted me. I would often revisit water holes at first light and find fresh sign, suggesting they’re out and about at night.
But I did see lots of native fauna, cover a lot of ground and had several enchanting naps in the afternoon sun 🙂
James HarveyMemberAugust 13, 2018 at 4:32 amPost count: 1119
Ralph, I suspect in Texas, like downunder, pretty much everyone is having a siesta just after lunch. I did get woken up by some of the biggest trophy buck blow flies I’ve ever seen though. They were thick as mosquitos in some of Victoria’s forests, and would draw blood when they bite you. First time I went out I didn’t have insect repellent. Was a very long couple of days!
RalphModeratorModeratorAugust 13, 2018 at 7:07 amPost count: 2520
Jim, from an old guy I promise, not everything is forgotten’.
When I first went bow hunting in the Texas panhandle, like 1966-67, I knew very little about the area other than that some of public land was on the Canadian River north of town about 20 miles. Also, I knew very little about bow hunting. I’d rifle hunted in Idaho for the years I lived there, my bow of the time was only used for missing shots at rabbits..
I had driven the to area where I planned to go hunt, very little road access, and had decided when I went to hunt I’d get there way early, trek way back up some big canyons and poke around for mule deer (at that point in my life I’d never seen a whitetail deer in real life).
So here I go, way early, I mean so early that a sheriff deputy stopped me on the hiway to check me out. He said normally only people headed home from the bar are out and about at that time of the day.
Anyway I get to my parking spot, saddle up and take off into the dark unknown. Good to have picked a moonless morning, duh. Flashlights of those days were bright enough to see where your feet were, not where they might be headed.
I get back in the canyons and still at least an hour before daylight so I settle into some sagebrush and go to sleep.
Later I was rudely awoke by by a deer that had stumbled across ‘my bedding area’ and had a snorting and stomping good time figuring out ‘what the hey’!!! When I rapidly sat up all I saw was a long white tail in full erection hauling butt. That was all the action I saw that morning, a rude awakening and a glimpse of my first whitetail deer.
Now for the bugs……………..that night and the following morning were total itching agony…What???????? I had no idea………
I went to a pharmacist and showed him some of the welts I had (I just showed some, I had welts from the neck down and, I swear, a billion in the area of the unmentionables). He grinned and said those are chiggers my friend. I don’t know what he sold me but even the temporary relief was a blessing.
All the years I tromped the California hills, the Colorado mountains and the southern Idaho mountains (mentioned I was an AF brat so we were everywhere, along with a 3 year stretch in Morocco (another tale sometime, I graduated from high school over there) I had never encountered or heard of a chigger.
I hate’em!!!!!!!!!!!!! And the little suckers :-)) spread the word that my blood was tasty and to this day they still seek me out.
Jim, Texas is like your part of the world, lots of bite ya’s, sting ya’s and poke ya’s.
Most places I go hunt, I worry not about all the de-scent stuff and all. Hunt into the wind and go for it.
I do not like a full body itch and don’t plan on inviting another. Hurrah for insect repellent..
P.S. The mountains and hills SE of Timberon, NM. has a rather hungry herd of chiggers also…
David CoulterMemberSeptember 30, 2018 at 6:20 pmPost count: 2247
Well, yesterday was the opener in PA and I went to work instead. Such as it is. However, the weekend bonus for me was that our friend Steve Graf just happened to be driving by for a wedding and stayed about 2 miles from my house. I had the pleasure of meeting him and his wonderful wife over coffee. I even got my copy of The American Longbow signed by the author. We had a good conversation of things game related and life in general before they went for a breakfast with family before the long drive home. I feel like I got to shake the hand of a friend I never met. Such as it is on Tradbow. It’s a good group here. All the best to you all, dwc
RalphModeratorModeratorOctober 1, 2018 at 9:31 amPost count: 2520
Cool y’all got to hook up…………
Opening week end in Texas too. First time in I can’t tell you how many years I wasn’t out and about with bow in hand.
Doc had to go in me Friday and remove my kidney boulder and left a stint in me and left orders “to not go and do anything fun”.
The stint was removed this morning, a way more peaceful process I guarantee, but still got “Give it a few days”
. That’s OK, it’s still too warm right now anyway. Close to 90* during day.
Get me over this rock thing then I can get it on!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good hunting to everyone..
Stephen GrafMemberOctober 1, 2018 at 9:41 amPost count: 2322
Ouch! I’m glad you are on the mend 🙂 Look out deer…
Visiting with Dave was a good and much needed break from wedding goings-on. I had my morning coffee in in a cup adorned with one of Dave’s scenic photos. A reminder of our visit and the fringe benefits of meeting and getting to know our brothers and sisters of the bow.
David CoulterMemberOctober 3, 2018 at 5:54 pmPost count: 2247
I’m in nyc today for work and there has been a near constant scream of sirens. It’s always interesting to visit this island and great to get back to the relative quiet of the Pocono woods. It’s hard to find a place anywhere that you can find silence. It’s a very special place when you can find it. I suppose it’s just a sign of age. When I was younger I sought crowds and excitement, now watching the woods come to life from the pitch black to the form of the horizon and shape of the trees to the texture of the bark coming into view in the quiet of the morning is at the top of the list. Cheers to a cool breeze in the pines. Dwc
RalphModeratorModeratorOctober 4, 2018 at 7:21 amPost count: 2520
Ahhh, the “Sounds of Silence”.
Your’re right David, blessed when found but hard to come by sometimes.
My favorite “pasture” to hunt (11oo acres appx.), the one I’m most familiar with on the lease, right now has at least 300 head of cattle on it. Needless to say nowhere on it is there quiet, deer just kind of mosey off and old Ralphie be changing plans where to hunt.
I finally can get to go in the next few days after all said and hopefully done with med problem.
What constitutes a cool breeze? :-))
What we have 25-30 mph “breeze” thru the sage that’s a bit cooler than cool this morning!!!
Thank goodness for all the windbreaks on the plains.
David CoulterMemberOctober 4, 2018 at 9:32 amPost count: 2247
THAT is a great shot! Perhaps you’d like a better shot on a 4×4 buck but that’s a great photo. You outta post that in the photo section and use that for your Christmas card. Hope you got rid of your stones. Keep drinking lots of water. Good luck out there in the breeze. Dwc
what I should have said… come on Ralph, that’s a tree , show me a telephone pole bending like that and I’ll know it’s windy..
Stephen GrafMemberOctober 4, 2018 at 1:13 pmPost count: 2322
That is an interesting picture, I can’t quite figure it out… There is a lot going on with the sky as well. I did notice that the grass isn’t bending as much as the tree. I wonder if that tree is bent over the same way I am? There were forces that hunched me over, but they are long gone. Only the hunch remains 🙁
RalphModeratorModeratorOctober 9, 2018 at 7:13 amPost count: 2520
How’s y’all’s archery season faring?
Mine, well, it ain’t yet. 1st my med problem then when the doc said go have fun the much needed rains have come to us….all at once!!!
Even more rain has fallen on the hunting grounds…
Wonder if there be a traditional speargun on the market?
Stalking in flippers?…………………………..
Stephen GrafMemberOctober 9, 2018 at 1:32 pmPost count: 2322
Hang tough Ralph! It will all come together for about 2 seconds at some point, and it will be worth it!
What an odd pastime… We spend 98 percent of our time getting ready, and if we are lucky we spend 2 percent of our time humping meat and processing. Then there’s the 0.000001% of our time spent in between the two doing what we really set out to do.
Charles EkModeratorOctober 13, 2018 at 5:59 pmPost count: 550
Update after an absence:
My wife retired and we moved to my hometown of Duluth, MN, this summer. This past Thursday I slept in my truck and hunted my late grandparents’ farm in Embarrass, MN for the first time in my life. Did I mention that in the midst of a monster storm, things got real quiet during the night, just as I hoped?
Stephen GrafMemberOctober 14, 2018 at 4:44 amPost count: 2322
Congrats on your good life! That snow looks great. I think we’ve finally turned the corner on our late summer temps in the 80’s after the last hurricane blew through. Two hurricanes in as many weeks is enough for me.
My grandparents lived in MN and so I spent several summers barefoot and happy around the shores of white bear lake.
David CoulterMemberOctober 18, 2018 at 6:18 pmPost count: 2247
Charles, I’m just a touch jealous seeing you with that snow. Looks wonderful. Congratulations on your move.
PA archery has been open two weeks and I’m finally getting out tomorrow afternoon. Can’t wait to stand still and watch the squirrels. Seeing deer will be a bonus. All the best, dc
RalphModeratorModeratorOctober 19, 2018 at 7:27 amPost count: 2520
David, I’m finally going to get out tomorrow. I get to see if mud will allow me to get into my preferred areas.
Sometimes though, I’m surprised what I find in places that I’m thinking aren’t so preferred by me but are maybe preferred by what I seek. Could be a reasoning behind this, ya think.
RalphModeratorModeratorOctober 21, 2018 at 10:10 amPost count: 2520
Well, saw no deer, no turkeys, no quail, 2 doves and at least 300 head of cattle.
Must be some correlation there y’spose?.
Top it off, if’n you get bored, look up ‘Dodge Death Wobble’ (there are some videos) and you’ll see what scared the peewadden outta me on the way home and why it took me a long nervous, tense time getting there. 60 miles can be a forever.
I don’t scare to easily but when the front end of the truck went crazy at 60 mph I got ‘skeered” big time.
Stephen GrafMemberOctober 21, 2018 at 5:45 pmPost count: 2322
Been there, done THAT!!! I have a jeep cherokee, which is KING of the death wobble. Bought it new in ’96 with 1 mile on it, and now it has near 400K on it. Still drive it. I find that if the tires get out of balance I am in for trouble. My tire store has only carried chinese tires for years. So I switched stores and got some good old american tires and I haven’t had a scare since.
I suppose people think I’m driving like an old codger, but I find that if I keep the speed below 60, I don’t have so many near death experiences 🙂
RalphModeratorModeratorOctober 22, 2018 at 6:56 amPost count: 2520
That’s why it’s so great to go snooping around with my longbow in hand, my biggest worry is what I can get into all by myself, not have added human interference.
I’ve slowed down too. Not particularly interested in any Ralphie wobbles….
James HarveyMemberNovember 27, 2018 at 2:48 pmPost count: 1119
Hey all, down to the local range the other day with the trusty old Samick Sage (Elkheart Too is currently with Mr Coffee of Javaman Archery getting refinished after some water damage). Was introducing a new person to the joys of archery and she had an absolute blast, although she wasn’t excited by the three ticks I found on my legs driving home. That time of year around here!
Raymond CoffmanModeratorNovember 28, 2018 at 7:08 amPost count: 878
Nice looking outdoor range – does it have any field courses or jungle lanes ?
Damn ticks seem to be every where on the planet except Antarctica ( might be there too if it thaws)!
James HarveyMemberNovember 29, 2018 at 8:45 pmPost count: 1119
Hey Scout, yeah its got two nice field ranges. One winds down by a creek, which isnt averse to drowning a misplaced shaft, the other follows the boundary fence to the local pony club, so you often get inquisitive four legged visitors judging your arrow placement.
Yep, those darned ticks are ubiqutous for sure. I once bedded down in some long grass in the dark. Just rolled out my sleeping bag and lay down. A minute later I turned on my torch to fish something out of my pack and there were ticks coming out of the grass like ants. I lost count at 30. My bug repellent was tested that night and lucky for me was not found wanting!
RalphModeratorModeratorNovember 29, 2018 at 5:47 pmPost count: 2520
I went to the ranch where I hunt today, with longbow and wood arrows and big plans.
I’d decided I was gonna try to spot and stalk turkeys, to see if any that I spotted were good enough to get away from me ( 🙂 yeah, really) )…..
Turns out the the only turkey I saw was the one that kept looking at me in the rear view mirror.
Had a good day though, killed a few cow pies, some bushes here and there and got out before the weather goes south here in the Panhandle.
Raymond CoffmanModeratorNovember 29, 2018 at 6:39 pmPost count: 878
Sounds like you had a great day !
I can’t think of a more difficult challenge then fall turkey with a bow – still working on that one myself —
The weather people say the big blue norther is coming this weekend so “batten down the hatches” sir !
RalphModeratorModeratorDecember 1, 2018 at 7:32 amPost count: 2520
Here I sit this morning, looking out the kitchen window. Watching the tree limbs bend in the wind and the fallen leaves scurrying across the winter brown Bermuda grass.
Coffee cup in hand I ponder the wit and wile of the Rio Grande turkey, the bird that can disappear behind a blade of grass and outrun a Ferrari.
I’m thinking I could make another 150 mile round trip, I could grab another weapon besides my longbow, then as I recall the weather forecast, maybe 50 mph gust of wind I’m second thinking, not today.
If’n I ever take another wild turkey, it’ll be with my longbow. I have taken one with a traditional bow years ago (a running shot with a recurve) but I attribute that mostly to blind luck. For one thing turkey was not my plan for the day, another, running turkey, recurve bow? Well, even a blind hog finds an acorn now and then.
When I think logic and expense and all that, taking the personnel challenge out of the deal, I like spiral cut ham way better than turkey. I could buy a couple of them for the price of a round trips worth of diesel fuel.
Just another excuse though, like those excuses of wind affected misses. Like if wind blowing from left to right and I shoot to the left. Wind right? :-)) Like awww, that turkey didn’t have a big enough rack :)))) (Like that was ever a concern of mine any with deer either. Racks probably don’t have much flavor and they’re hard on the teeth I’m sure.)
But I still, no matter, will continue my quest for the feathery, sharp eyed, fleet of foot, *#*@#* wild turkey.
Just not today.
Stephen GrafMemberDecember 2, 2018 at 5:05 amPost count: 2322
Good luck to you Ralph!
Thankfully, I have never developed much interest in turkeys. I tried a few spring’s worth of seasons, but it didn’t take. Growing up, turkey was just something you shot while deer hunting. I never lost that point of view I guess.
Grouse on the other hand, boy I wish we had them around here. They are my favorite part of elk hunting…
RalphModeratorModeratorDecember 2, 2018 at 6:56 amPost count: 2520
Steve, I don’t much care for turkeys either, it’s just the challenge in this country for me to try with my longbow. It’s not like sitting with one’s back to a tree and calling birds in.. Different country. The Rio Grande turkeys run around in herds like schools of fish going here there and yonder. And they get in the plumb thickets which are absolutely impregnable to human beings. If one goes through those they come out leaving a blood trail.
I could shotgun, .22 rifle, whatever almost always but that’s not my goal.
It gives me something to do besides get old. :-))
Raymond CoffmanModeratorDecember 2, 2018 at 8:46 amPost count: 878
I started hunting turkey in the fall during deer season ( still hunt them in the fall, schedule allowing). Got into spring turkey to have a hunt during that time of year, after spring bear went away down here. I still enjoy hearing them and calling turkey in the spring. Mostly chase Merriams in NM . However have hunted Rios in Texas off and on. Seen the Goulds in the SW corner of NM but couldn’t hunt them. Turkey are a very difficult challenge with a bow and I am always impressed by any one who consistently does it. I also like wild turkey on the table ( way more than the domestic product). I imagine i’ll chase em again this spring.
As Steve mentioned, chasing grouse is a hoot also. Here in NM, like Colorado you have to get high in the mtns to find them. Which makes it more problematical for me these days. I remember the first time I hunted in Alaska and a friend of mine from PA ( big grouse hunter) ran into grouse and they all floped around running into each other and flying into spruce at about head height. Dave was aghast that these famously wily birds could behave so comical. Always an entertaining species to hunt.
Great pic Ralph – the Canadian?
RalphModeratorModeratorDecember 2, 2018 at 10:55 amPost count: 2520
Yup, Canadian, and NE of Borger, Tx.
That’s a place where I sit and eat lunch quite often. I like the view.
Just that day there was a couple of young muley bucks and 4-5 does bedded in that plumb thicket. They have a habit of that and when they do they become a non existent creature if’n you know what I mean.
I used to like chasing those fool’s hens myself.
I looked up the area on Google Earth around Mesa, Co. where my folks, my aunt and uncle lived and I still have a cousin living there. …My old stomping grounds. I spent a lot of time up there.
I haven’t been up there in many years so I was curious.
Good grief…it has changed so much. Houses everywhere, gas (I guess, not oil) well locations all over the place. It has changed so much my old landmarks are gone.
Where I used to leave the folks and go to hunt or just roam, I’d probably get nailed for trespassing nowadays.
Mom and dad used to be ditch riders, all that country uses water from the Grand Mesa, and as they got older, the title and income was theirs but the work, well, it was worth it to get to get into places where most don’t.
The critters got used to us so we did see a lot of nature in it’s natural self.
If they’d heard the language coming from that old, I mean old, Toyota Land Cruiser, the critters would’ve of changed counties though. That thing used to beat the crap outta me trying to get it through the country. Bless the folks who finally invented power steering>>>>>>>>>>.
Was some good fishing holes back in there though.
I’m just glad I got to see a lot of this country as it was, prime and uncrowded, in my lifetime.
Don’t even wanna talk about the times the chickens got out, roosted in the juniper trees and at midnight, with mom in full panic mode about coyotes eating chickens, we’re out there at midnight fetching chickens…..bet it was really comical but damned if I thought so.
Raymond CoffmanModeratorDecember 3, 2018 at 10:07 amPost count: 878
Nice place to have lunch.
I Havn’t spent much time in that country but have passed thru it a lot. It is interesting to see the change in that river as it flows eastward thru the plains. You can jump across it near Raton.
Unfortunately CO and the rest of the SW is getting pretty crowded. Enjoy and protect the public lands as much as you can everyone.
RalphModeratorModeratorDecember 11, 2018 at 8:41 amPost count: 2520
I was doing some ‘selfies’ the other day while I was working on form, drawing back at the 5 second point of the countdown timer, holding til I heard the shutter then releasing. Trying to better develop my back stretch into the shot.
My phone always does a burst of photos when I’m using the timer. Normal?? Don’t care but I do get some interesting pics out of the deal sometimes.
1st one of these pics you can see the arrow still on or fixin to not be on the string. Another you can see the arrow in paradox. That one looks like the arrow is porpoising but the bow is canted so ??????
The last is just me……………;-)) I followed thru>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
By the way, the holding for 5 seconds is just waiting on camera thing. I don’t hold long, I try to hit anchor, stretch back muscle into draw and shoot. I need only to make sure my bow arm is where it’s supposed to be.
I’m one of those “You study long you study wrong” people. If I take time to think things over, uh duh, not…………
David CoulterMemberDecember 24, 2018 at 6:26 amPost count: 2247
Merry Christmas to all in this traditional archery community! I hope Santa brings you everything you wish for and more importantly a refreshed spirit and peaceful time with the ones you love.
PA late season opens Wednesday. I gotta knuckle down as we’re strickly on last years venison. Great hunts to you all!
Robin ConradsAdminDecember 24, 2018 at 10:11 amPost count: 898
Merry Christmas to all of you from me and T.J. It’s fairly quiet around here, but we’ll have brunch with our daughter’s family tomorrow. Looks like we’ll get snow overnight. I love a white Christmas.
Many blessings to all of you!
David CoulterMemberDecember 30, 2018 at 6:58 amPost count: 2247
I got a couple hours in the woods yesterday afternoon. Nice to stand still and watch. Saw three deer and no shots. No tags punched yet this year but I’m optimistic as you need to be going into the woods to hunt.
My wife got me a membership to Back Country Hunters and Anglers for Christmas. This is an organization dedicated to keeping public land public. If you go to http://www.backcountryhunters.org/meateater to sign up up you can get a free Public Landowner tee shirt as well as supporting a good cause. That’s my plug for yhe new year. All the best, dwc
Raymond CoffmanModeratorJanuary 1, 2019 at 2:51 pmPost count: 878
Havn’t got out much here in NM, back to back blizzards. Unusual to get a lot of snow at my elevation ( 5300 ft) in NCentral part of the state. But its best, need the snowpack for spring thru early summer, been too dry last few yrs.
Good deal on becoming a BHA member. Great organization. I became a member as soon as it showed up here. Gotta keep the public lands public and open.
Happy New Year to all members ! Good luck on all future hunts !
David CoulterMemberFebruary 8, 2019 at 6:08 pmPost count: 2247
That’s a great shot! I rolled into the last week of the season with an increasingly empty freezer so I decided to up my technology on giant step. I ended my late season with an 8 point taken with my flintlock. It ok to mention that here?? I gotta say though, it was interesting. A nice buck came in about 40 yards to feed. I glassed him to make sure it was legal and it turned head on to feed, so no shot. Within a few minutes I saw more legs in the brush and another, larger buck came out to the same place. In a few minutes another set of legs brought another large buck to the same place. Three nice bucks within a few feet of one another and no shot due to their angles or behind logs or brush. The second one turned broadside and I decided to take that shot. Click and nothing. First time my sparky didn’t fire in the woods. I thought, well this is awkward. I look and the powder was in the pan. By that time number three was behind a little white pine, number two stepped behind a tree and number one turned broadside. This time we had smoke and a 60 walk to fresh venison.
Got a great place to put a tree stand for the fall!
Robin ConradsAdminFebruary 8, 2019 at 9:18 pmPost count: 898
That’s great David. It’s okay to post it in this thread, as it’s kind of off topic stuff.
Speaking of off topic, I finally got to go to France with T.J. Two weeks with some time in Paris and some in the countryside. It was wonderful! I definitely felt like an Idaho hick in the big city! This was taken on our last night in Paris at, as my granddaughter calls it, the Awful Tower.
Stephen GrafMemberFebruary 9, 2019 at 6:10 amPost count: 2322
David- Maybe you found a Nexus! Every now and again I’ve found a spot in the woods that the deer pass through for no explainable reason. No food, no terrain, no nutten’. Yet the deer are always passing through. The only way to find them is by accident. Nothing to attract the deer, or other hunters makes them great spots.
Robin- I’m glad you had fun in Paris! My wife, mom, and daughter went for 2 weeks last year. I begged and begged to go, but they said I had to stay home. I sat around for two weeks with nothing to do but drink beer and shoot bows and arrows undisturbed. Boy did I lose out (rolling eyes emoji)
David CoulterMemberFebruary 9, 2019 at 6:18 amPost count: 2247
Robin, thanks! What a great photo. I hope to take my family there some day.
Steve, there was a little bit of grass growing behind that blowdown so maybe with the cold they were stopping by for some salad. It’s definitely a place were there will be a stand next year. Yep, Steve you got the feathery end of that shaft…
RalphModeratorModeratorFebruary 9, 2019 at 7:09 amPost count: 2520
Good going David. I had to also take deer by other than archery this year due to medical probs with both myself and my truck.
Ahhhh, gai paree!!!!!!
Bet things a bit different in Europe now than when I was there around 1961 eh? :-))
I too found a neat travel route for mule deer this year and next year I may not have my hunting place anymore…grrrrr……..sob…sob…sob
Glad we have this “goof off thread”…
aeronutMemberFebruary 9, 2019 at 10:21 pmPost count: 162
Just read through this whole thread. Glad to see there are a couple of forums that haven’t died the Facebook death.
Nice picture of you two at the ‘Iffel Tower’ Robin. I have no desire to travel overseas. There is still more I want to see in our country. I retired a year ago and made a return trip to explore more of the Smoky Mountains. Spent some time at the Twin Oaks Classic on the way there and it rained every day. Some friends of mine were there as vendors and said that was normal weather. After that I spent five days hiking the trails in the Smoky’s and the weather was great. It was a return trip for me. We were there 25 years go and I’ve always wanted to return. I still didn’t see enough.
I’ve spent the last couple of days listening to the limbs crack from the ice we got. My poor bobkitty grew a beard.
Since it was so cold outside I decided to make a coyote howler.
aeronutMemberFebruary 10, 2019 at 8:56 amPost count: 162
That call is for imitating the howl of a coyote. You can use it as a locator to hear where the ‘yotes are when they howl back so you can move in closer to set up. You can use a howler to call them in too. They will come and investigate who is intruding in their territory.
Look up MFK calls on YouTube to see them calling in ‘yotes with a howler. They use diaphragm calls along with a cow horn and they call in all kinds of predators with diaphragm calls.
Notice their camo hunting clothes.
Robin ConradsAdminFebruary 10, 2019 at 9:07 amPost count: 898
Aeronut, I agree that there are more places in America that I’d also like to see. I also seem to remember you had a crazy busy work schedule, so I’m glad to hear you have retired and get to travel around a bit. Hopefully you are still making beautiful wood arrows too! I’m glad to see you back on the forum.
aeronutMemberFebruary 10, 2019 at 9:52 amPost count: 162
Hi Robin. Yeah, I was busy at work. My last year with Westar Energy I had over 480 hours of overtime. Retirement has been like driving 65 mph and hitting the brakes. Time to get out of the truck and just walk around a bit.
I was also the track photographer where my youngest daughter raced BMX (bicycle motocross). I shot race photos at a lot of the area tracks almost every weekend. She got out of racing for a couple of years because her job had her working weekends so I backed off the photo trips for a while. She is back into racing now and is in Tulsa, Ok for the Sooner Nationals this weekend. The track she started racing on is now closed and they are building a new one in Pryor, Ok. so I will be back on the track shooting some more races again this year.
Yeah, I’ve been pretty busy the last five years especially. It’s nice to kick back a little bit and just tinker in the shop. I’ve got a new bow in the works, Curly Tiger Maple with a Hickory core. I’m videoing the process and plan on making a build-along video.
I’m still making arrows. I’ve been shooting bows for 52 years now. It is kind of addicting. I just made a batch of Hickory arrows to use when I hunt ‘yotes or coons. I posted a picture of them on the Bows and Equipment thread under New Arras. I’m now gluing feathers on a batch of bamboo shafts for this year’s deer season.
Yep, I’m still busy.
aeronutMemberFebruary 10, 2019 at 1:11 pmPost count: 162
Here is one example of a trouble call I went out on. Lots of lightning that night and I grabbed one of my GoPro cameras as I headed out the door. I had to switch out a 69kv line and was going around to patrol the line while headed back to the service center. It was about 3:30am and the strikes were less than a 1/4 mile away.
RalphModeratorModeratorFebruary 10, 2019 at 6:53 pmPost count: 2520
Great video…the beauty of such destructive power.
I know your deal after working 40 years for a power utility company, mostly substation construction as the wiring crew foreman but I have had a stint as a high-lineman also. My lineman’s belt up in the loft of my little barn still reeks of creosote.
Getting the lights back on during ice storms and getting the high lines back up after a tornado rips them apart are some hard earned memories.
A little vibration in the wrong place and the result being a 3 unit coal power plant going down is vivid also. Not my doing but as the foreman on the job my responsibility. Simply amazing how quickly one’s popularity dwindles………. :-))) It was determined later that is was faulty equipment and that saved my hide….
I can tell you sometime, when one is the only one working in a substation east of Carlsbad, NM and the lights go out at the WHIP project (the nuclear waste dump). S***. Wasn’t me, some driver knocked a pole down, but some folks can put the fear in one for awhile…
Much of my career was working away from home and when I retired there was a spell of everyone getting used to me 24/7.
No matter where I worked though I always had a longbow or recurve with me.
I met lots of people, messed around the country in the Carlsbad and Artesia, NM area with bow in hand for years. I used to bow hunt in the Guadalupe’s every year.
My wife is from Artesia…….
In those days a non-resident archery license was $33 and no draw system. Kinda different nowadays.
Enjoy your retirement and the more time you’ll behaving with your family and time with bow in hand.
Nuff rattling out me, it finally warmed enough I got to shoot for awhile this evening.
Windy some but that’s pretty much a norm for Amarillo.
Stephen GrafMemberFebruary 11, 2019 at 5:16 amPost count: 2322
I hear the electric utility companies are having a real hard time recruiting people to fill the lineman’s job as they retire. There’s a can of worms, in so many ways…
My closest experience with lightening was in my 20’s as I was driving north on interstate 95 in Florida. A bolt hit the median, rocked the car, and threw dirt up on the hood and window. It was like a grenade went off.
RalphModeratorModeratorFebruary 11, 2019 at 4:38 pmPost count: 2520
Amarillo Windiness. Wind is an ever present condition gardeners (archers too) know they have to live with. Amarillo had been name the windiest city in the United States, according to a Weather.com report last spring
No wonder I’m having hell with draw, anchor, squeeze shoulder blades together, release… Time I do all that I’m pointing in the wrong direction. :-)) -><-
The wind has really been aggravating for a spell now. Gripe, gripe…….
Draw, anchor, target acquired, shoot…………….guess that’ll work for me……….
aeronutMemberFebruary 11, 2019 at 4:55 pmPost count: 162
Been a steady drizzle here for the last two days ans foggy. Been wanting to go see if I can call coyotes.
My youngest daughter Heather was headed to visit friends one evening and called and said she needed help. There was a pretty good lightning storm and her Jeep Wrangler died. A passing motorist turned around to see if she was alright because she saw lightning hit the Jeep. It fried the computer but everything else except the tach worked OK. Never could find any mark on the Jeep where the lightning struck.
I started working for the electric company as a boiler fireman at a power plant. Things get pretty hectic when you hear the stop valve slam shut on the steam line feeding the turbine. When that happen steam pressure climbs very fast. It turns into a race to get everything down where you can control the steam pressure and you won’t scour the bearings on the turbine and get everything set up for a restart. If you have trouble walking up stairs this would not be a job for you. It was a hectic run up and down three flights of stairs for the burner valves alone all in about a ten minute or less time frame. It happened to us twice and I was the one on shift both times.
RalphModeratorModeratorFebruary 11, 2019 at 5:44 pmPost count: 2520
So the little ol’wireman that caused the lockout relay to trip and dumped the plant not on the most popular list eh? :-))))
Those in the know, know why I thank God for ground sets on the hi-lines. On the distribution lines also. There be lots of folks that fire up generators up and know not of back feed.
When it’s a lights out situation and we’d hear a generator ginning, we’d hunt it down and help isolate it.
Pissed some off but better than dying.
RalphModeratorModeratorFebruary 25, 2019 at 6:11 amPost count: 2520
Looks rather chilly!!!!
Glad you got to get things going for the coming months.
Activities for the summer months are starting around here next weekend. Snow? We be drier than a popcorn **** around here….
A shoot here in Amarillo this coming weekend, Leedey, OK the next and then on the 23rd/24th it be OJAM at the Rutter farm near Stillwater, OK.
richard roopMemberFebruary 25, 2019 at 1:00 pmPost count: 133
When I first saw the picture that you posted, my first thought was “I don’t remember shooting that shot”.
I’m running 2213 golds out of a zebra-wood Damon Howatt Super Diablo. Same white cap & yellow or white fletch.
It’s tournament time around here. A few more shoots in Globe and then the Trad Challenge in Southern Calif. at Conejo. Bowfishing should take off toward the end of March here in Arizona.
Shot rather well at the Calif. State Traditional Championship. Took 1st in men’s senior recurve even though the posted score is way wrong, I still got a buckle.
RalphModeratorModeratorMarch 1, 2019 at 7:40 amPost count: 2520
In regards to Steve’s reference to the book about beavers, they can make some pretty spots in our relatively dry climate.
They have moved us out of some of the area that we used to set targets in at Memphis, Tx. but we have plenty of room to adapt.
To me it’s worth the pretty view here to have them but I know they can be troublesome.
At the northern foot of the Grand Mesa my uncle and I had to make a yearly spring trip up the creek to clear dams so folks could get their irrigation water for their hay fields and such.
Raymond CoffmanModeratorMarch 1, 2019 at 8:32 amPost count: 878
Congrats on your winning score. Keep the pressure on !
Only beavers near me are in the Rio Grande. Game and fish traps them periodically, and removes them for placement in more wilder regions of NM. This is due to the home / land owners in the valley complaining. I see their works in the mtns around here, always impressed by the magnitude of it. They are industrious .
RalphModeratorModeratorMarch 3, 2019 at 7:46 amPost count: 2520
Primed and ready to go, but…………………………..for those who think of Texas as warm and sunny, it’s 13* and a chill factor of -4* with snow flying.
No sense in practicing musk ox hunting.
Can’t afford that anyway so mite as well stay in and snuggle…
Other places colder? Yup but they be snuggling too.
Not driving for sure hopefully from what I’ve seen on TV of some areas.
Y’all be well and have a good’un…
David CoulterMemberMarch 3, 2019 at 8:35 amPost count: 2247
Good call Ralph, no harm is staying warm when it makes no sense to go out. We’re looking at another storm on the East today. Was hoping some of the ice would melt away before the next storm, but no such luck. The woods are beautiful and I’m seeing tons of deer lately. Probably due to them congregating in places where there is some greenery that’s exposed by the sun. All good here. Looking forward to October already but truly in no rush for the time to pass. best, dwc
David CoulterMemberMarch 4, 2019 at 2:17 pmPost count: 2247
Hi Folks, Steve Graf’s wife sent an email with a youTube link. You can see Steve and his son Liam on the approach to the trail. This is already a bit dated, but you can at least see the before to compare to the after photos to come a few months from now. You’ll see the interview with Steve and Liam start at minute 3. Best, dwc
David CoulterMemberMay 12, 2019 at 8:02 amPost count: 2247
Cheers to the moms out there! When my wife became a mom, I became a dad and I will be eternally grateful for that gift. I had no idea how rewarding it would be and without her guidance through this parenting life, I’d be lost. When people tell me how much they like my kids I can only reply, I married the right girl. Happy Mother’s Day!
David CoulterMemberMay 21, 2019 at 6:31 amPost count: 2247
Yesterday, on our anniversary, my wife spotted my new deer tick target tattoo. Off to the doc for three weeks of meds for Lyme. Little buggers are out in force this year. Permethrin going on a dedicated set of outdoor clothes today. Good health to you all, dwc
Raymond CoffmanModeratorMay 21, 2019 at 8:57 amPost count: 878
Best good luck for a quick fix and full recovery for Lyme—I bath in bug juice before I wander around in any woods known to harbor the evil blood suckers! Living and wandering about the SW desert mountains they aren’t much of a bother. When I go to TX I have to mind my Ps and Qs. Good luck!
Although we do have the Nile virus here – not sure what’s worse – dang zombie bugs
Scout aka Ray
RalphModeratorModeratorMay 21, 2019 at 12:51 pmPost count: 2520
That’s a bummer David.
Hope all goes well for you.
Scout, I don’t know about ticks in NM. I’m sure they’re out and about.
I can tell you for sure that the worst batch of chiggers I’ve ever had were collected the first time I went bowhunting in the Timberon area.
From the armpits to big toe.
I used to hunt the Guadalupes out of Carlsbad/Artesia area, never chiggers.
You know how long that’s been? :-)) I tell you that a nonresident archery license was $35 and over the counter.
Back to David!! Hope you get well soon.
Raymond CoffmanModeratorMay 22, 2019 at 8:42 amPost count: 878
I am sure there are ticks and chiggers somewhere in NM , I just have not found them ( luckily). One of the reasons I like it here , haha. Spent a lot of time in the mtn ranges of NM and AZ, rainy season mosquitos are what I end up putting anti bug ointments on for (bugs are going to get us in the end)! An acquaintance I know died of complications from Nile so I am kinda alerted to protecting against same now.
Started hunting in NM in 1971 – yes on the way cheaper license, and over the counter for deer / bear and rifle turkey* in the fall. Hunted the Guadalupe a couple times when I first arrived, but found it too crowded for me- Gila is still my preferred stomping grounds.
* hunting turkey with rifle in the fall went away many yrs ago and now its back. Not sure what the reasoning for that is, since we are not overpopulated with turkey at this time —getting real hard to draw here – I did not draw any licenses. Have to hunt otc archery deer in AZ this fall and visit friends to hunt deer and pigs in TX.
Scout aka Ray
RalphModeratorModeratorMay 23, 2019 at 7:45 amPost count: 2520
Longevity? Affected by a damp dewy day? I understand a rainy day prob not good.
I’m curious before I attempt to build one.
Got little to do right now but keep an eye on the weather.
This happened in Wellington, TX , on the watch for similar here today.
David CoulterMemberMay 23, 2019 at 12:46 pmPost count: 2247
Just had lunch at the Minisink Hotel with these two vagabonds. Great to have a bit of time with Steve and Liam. They’re more than half way to Maine now and enjoying a rainy day rest at the motel. Back on the trail for them tomorrow morning.
David CoulterMemberMay 25, 2019 at 5:23 amPost count: 2247
Yes, the Mini is a great place. Very eclectic crowd, golfers and bikers and the occasional real estate agent dining and drinking side by side. Very close to the Delaware River, it attracts a lot of fishermen. There was a time I had personal influence on their bottom line, ha!
RalphModeratorModeratorJune 1, 2019 at 4:32 pmPost count: 2520
Sorry about the two posts above. I was trying something, didn’t work and now I can’t get rid of my trail.
Dang, now that I open my mouth, they’re gone.
Think I be better off being a frisbee tosser this eve than be on the internet.
Just cause I cannot remember how to post a video…………………………..
Robin ConradsAdminJune 2, 2019 at 7:57 amPost count: 898
R2, I don’t think it was you, I think there was a problem with our site when putting links to videos. I got an error when I tried it too, so I made a change on our site to allow them again. (New security, so everyone please let me know if you have a problem.)
Here’s a refresher for linking to a video. If you have questions, email me at email@example.com and I’ll be happy to help. Now I want to see the video of the frisbee dog. 😉
To post a video go to YouTube and find the video you want.
Under the video, click Share.
Then click Embed.
Copy that code and come back to the forum page.
In the reply box, in the upper right corner click the Text tab.
Paste the code (see below). Here’s a new video from The Push Family.
Click the Visual tab and you should see the video. Type in any message you want and then click Submit.
RalphModeratorModeratorJuly 31, 2019 at 10:08 amPost count: 2520
I just spent the weekend before last at Wellington, TX helping my friends at Sagebrush archery set up a 30 target 3D course, and more time doing so last Friday then spent Saturday and Sunday enjoying the shoot and the company of 250 or so trad folks.
Never heard a cross word, except for a child unhappy because she had to stop shooting her bow for the day :-)).
There are always those at 3D shoots that are dead serious about winning, but what I love is that there’s a way bunch more that are dead serious about having fun.
I can’t say though, that it’s much fun trying to find a misbehaving arrow in the shinnery, but that’s my fault it got there.
It was really hard to admit that the wind effect or an arrow with bad manners can misplace it’s self. Usually.
I refuse to always take the blame. :-))
By the way, there are those who know that there is much more to setting and putting on a tourney than just setting the targets. The setting is done when the weed eaters and tractors and tools are at rest.
Also, there are the folks who get the awards and prizes and food and water etc all organized and gathered up. It’s a group chore.
Gotta give thanks to all who helped.
David CoulterMemberSeptember 14, 2019 at 11:20 amPost count: 2247
I’ve taken a few weeks off shooting with my right clavicle out of whack. The pain was literally a pain in the neck all across to the shoulder and made drawing my bow virtually impossible. Three trips to the chiropractor and I’m hoping to shoot a little this weekend. Three weeks til archery opens here in my part of PA. Looking forward to it. Best, dwc
David CoulterMemberSeptember 18, 2019 at 6:56 pmPost count: 2247
Took a few hours yesterday afternoon to prep a couple stands with my huntin buddy. I had to leave and he went back into the woods to finish up and ended up stumbling into a yellow jacket nest. Got a mess of stings. Doing ok but it was a frenzy.
Seems like those things are always worse late summer. Any idea why? Dwc
Stephen GrafMemberSeptember 19, 2019 at 4:32 amPost count: 2322
Which is it, the hornets, wasps, and yellow jackets are meaner in the fall, or the stings hurt worse?
Shoulder problems, bug problems, that’s a bunch of bad omens. I’m glad they aren’t getting to you. There’s a dead deer walking…
Robin ConradsAdminSeptember 19, 2019 at 5:34 pmPost count: 898
Wasps and the like, and even some bees get feisty in the fall because there is less food. Bees winter over, but the others don’t, from what I understand. They know they are going to die… I hope your friend is feeling better soon. That’s awful.
Anyway, my daughter and I each got a beehive this year and it’s been fun. Never expected honey since we live out in the desert, but I’ve collected nine frames twice now. They are amazing! So that’s my “What Did You Do This Summer?” story. Hope you are all having a great fall.
David CoulterMemberSeptember 19, 2019 at 8:23 pmPost count: 2247
That looks like a nice batch of honey. Thanks for the perspective on the stingers. It all depends on your tolerance. I’ve been stung a few times and no problems. My buddy got stung up pretty good and he’s fine. Another friend had 29 stings while weed whacking and that almost put him in a coma.
Keep a sharp eye peeled when stumping. Yellow Jackets are ground nesters and I’ve seen them in the base of stumps. I was saved by my laborador one time. Before I got to the stump to pull my arrow, the YJs stung him which gave me a heads up. I was grateful to that pup for sure. Best, dwc
Raymond CoffmanModeratorSeptember 20, 2019 at 9:30 amPost count: 878
Robin the beekeeper
That’s really cool. I like trying honey from different places. As mentioned it can taste quite different depending on what the bees were visiting. I like desert honey a lot. We probably all should do this, as I understand the bee population is dwindling!
Scout aka Ray
David CoulterMemberOctober 4, 2019 at 8:35 amPost count: 2247
Yes, it’s crazy dry here, too. Had a couple of very wet years, then all the sudden there was a big slurping sound as the ponds and streams ran low. But archery opens tomorrow, so that’s the good news! Life is in the woods, the rest is waiting… to paraphrase the Great Wallenda.
aeronutMemberOctober 20, 2019 at 1:27 pmPost count: 162
I haven’t seen the bee numbers here in SE Ks. like I used to in the past so I started keeping bees last July. I’ve got four hives set up now. I robbed five frames of honey from them this year. Leaving the rest for their winter feed.
I went out to fill their feeder and decided to wait until after dark.
aeronutMemberOctober 27, 2019 at 7:01 pmPost count: 162
Ralph, these bees are really docile. The reason for waiting until after dark is not that I might get stung but the fact that the bees will fly into the liquid stream as it goes into the feeder and I have had to rescue a lot of them from drowning. I have since changed from the chick feeder to a bucket modified to sit upside down. The number of drowned bees has gone down substantially.
This is one of the modified bucket feeders. Less mess. This is one of two I have and set it on the end of my picnic table by my wood shop. I work on the other end of the table and they don’t bother me a bit. The wasps are the ones I watch out for.
My hives are right out in my range and I shoot my bows around them all the time. I always have one or two bees checking out the bright fletching and cresting colors on my arrows.
aeronutMemberOctober 28, 2019 at 12:37 pmPost count: 162
I recently made these practice blunts to shoot at my hanging bottle targets. They are Poplar shafts and weigh the same as my hunting arrows. Had to wait about four days for the rain to quit so I could go out and shoot them.
My bees really like the yellow fletchings.
I make my blunts by pressing a 125 grain 11/32″ field tip into a .38 Special casing.
Raymond CoffmanModeratorOctober 29, 2019 at 8:29 amPost count: 878
Love the swinging tgts — going to make some for my own use. I think I will set them up with a back stop behind, to make the arrow recovery a little easier- haha
R2 —better “batten down the hatches” early blue norther heading your way —
Scout aka Ray
RalphModeratorModeratorOctober 29, 2019 at 10:38 amPost count: 2520
Ahhhh, swinging plastic bottles…………………we set up 5 of various sizes in our shoots sometimes. A 30 second time limit and a nickle for each one hit. Witnessed bounce off considered a hit.
We’ve had problems sometimes with wood arrow hitting wrong and breaking and also we pull after each shooter because with any breeze at all the sails (fletches) on the arrow can turn the bottle any direction and make an existing arrow in bottle a broadside sitting duck. Murphy says that 5/16 thru 23/64th inch shaft inside that bottle will be hit by another arrow.
Yup on weather. After 5″-6″ of snow the other day, lots of mud.. Have I ever said more than once that I hate mud?
Cold today and more cold coming, this time maybe with maybe snow and maybe freezing rain. The latter I hate.
A lot of people have a misconception about winters in Texas. The Panhandle is an entirely different nation. :-))…..We’re noted for blizzards and freeze your butt of winds. Maybe the wind stuff comes from that Amarillo is quite regularly the windiest spot in the country and a barbed wire fence the best windbreak around.
The other day we were the coldest area in the country. Of course that doesn’t consider high mountain stuff………………
For an old spot and stalk bowhunter………………..it would be nice to have trees to stalk through rather than knee and thigh high sagebrush and yuccas and cat claw and prickly pear and…………..but I love it. I just don’t crawl and stalk………….usually see far or fleeing critters…..every now an again things work out for me.
David CoulterMemberJanuary 1, 2020 at 12:16 pmPost count: 2247
I closed the year with a bang, as opposed to a swoosh. Facing a venison shortage, I opted for a step up in technology to put the odds a little more in my favor. A little before 8 am I watched a couple doe come past on my left, but way out there despite the advantage. Just a bit later, what turned out to be an antlerless buck, came along on my right. He sauntered around nibbling here and there and started giving me the eye as I tried to shift into position. Within a few minutes he gave me the broadside view I needed at about 35 yards. When the smoke flew, so did the deer and what seemed like dozens of turkeys roosted across the two track.
The result will be a whole bunch of ground venison and a couple nice back straps.
Happy New Year!
richard roopMemberJanuary 3, 2020 at 6:53 pmPost count: 133
Javelina this morning. Adult dry sow.
Spot & stalk @ 25 yards. 60# Damon Howatt Super Diablo. 2213s & Zwickey 2 blades. Double lung pass thru. Saw it go down.
The pig was actually behind a bush half way between us. This is one of my fun practice shots on my range and there was no doubt that the arrow would clear the bush. Gotta love it when fun work pays off !!!!!
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