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  • RalphRalph
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    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….. :-)))))

  • Stephen Graf
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    Your new handle should be : Dances with Bows!

  • RalphRalph
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    IMG_3710.JPG

    Tryin to copy and paste from my phone😜

    Ha! Bowdancer!!!

  • Robin ConradsRobin Conrads
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    Trying to post from my phone using the image icon.

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    I copy and paste to image and it seems my camera shooting blanks too🙄

    • Robin ConradsRobin Conrads
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      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 ConradsRobin Conrads
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    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.

  • RalphRalph
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    I constrained the size of the picture here and it’s better it seems.

    I just been wanting to say “Happy Solstice Day”.

     

  • RalphRalph
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    Just trying to see if this will fly.  :-))

     

    Ha!!! It worked.  Way to go mom……………..

  • Dave Nash
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    Sitting by the fireplace dreaming of wild places.Be well guy’s and gal’s

  • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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    20 degrees out with a fairly fresh snow on the ground. I have to go to work this morning and hope to get in a new stand this afternoon. It’ll be a beautiful evening for squirrel watching. All the best, dwc

  • RalphRalph
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    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.

    Maybe tomorrow……………….

  • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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    R2, go get em. I might pass on my hunt today. I got two more weeks to get some time in.  All the best, dwc

     

  • Stephen Graf
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    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.

  • grumpygrumpy
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    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…

  • grumpygrumpy
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    OMG MY PIC ISN’T THERE!!!!

    HOW WILL ANYONE KNOW ME??

    • Robin ConradsRobin Conrads
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      Hi Grumpy! Glad to see you here.

      If you click on your name or your generic image, and then select Edit, you should see a section where you can upload an image for your avatar. Let me know if you need help.

  • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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    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

  • RalphRalph
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    Boy, we be dry.

    Shirley and I went snooping today, it’s wt doe and spike buck for a couple of weeks but we weren’t hunting, just getting out. Saw lots of quail….

  • RalphRalph
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    “I shot an arrow into the air,

    It fell to earth,

    I knew not where………………”

    Who’da thunk  this pertained to horizontal shots too???…….

     

  • James Harvey
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    Hey guys,

    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!

     

    Jim

     

     

    • Robin ConradsRobin Conrads
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      Thanks, Jim. It’s good to see you back here.

  • RalphRalph
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    Welcome back Jim…….

    I’m hoping we really get some of the promised moisture that the weather geeks are promising in the next few days. I was out to the range today and it is so very dry.

  • RalphRalph
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    Getting the moisture but to ease the boredom I thought I’d hang a few icicles out to dry.

    I.m glad it’s not as icy here as it is NE of here.  Y’all be really careful would ya.

  • Stephen Graf
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    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.

  • RalphRalph
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    Nice pics.

    We got 3-4″ of snow on top of the ice.  Was pretty “slickery” for awhile.

    Squirrels are hard enough on arrows without the added problem of snow.  At least to me that be a truth.

  • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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    Steve, it’s easy, just remember where you shot and go back the next day when the snow melts! Ha! Nice shots. I was wondering how you were making out with that weather pattern.

    R2, nice laundry you go there. Sparkling clean!

  • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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    Been doing some walking and thinking. Can’t hunt here but it is a good place to walk and think.

  • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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    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 ConradsRobin Conrads
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      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.

      https://codex.wordpress.org/Emoji

      Keep it “G” please. My grandson’s favorite emoji is the poop. 😂

      • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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        Thanks Webmom,

        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.

        Duncan

  • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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    Duncan, that’s a beautiful place for walkin’ & thinkin’.  A fellow is blessed to have such a place. dwc

  • RalphRalph
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    Hey Duncan!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Howdy….

     

     

  • RalphRalph
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    😁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. 😎

  • Cameron UnruhCameron Unruh
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    I was blessed to spend some time out here last week- beautiful California country!

    Can you determine what we were chasing from looking closely at this pic?

  • RalphRalph
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    Looks like pigs been tearing up the turf.

     

  • Stephen Graf
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    Hey Duncan, that looks like our very own Eno River walk in Hillsborough…  Seen many deer, rabbits, and groundhogs along that path.

     

    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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      Yes Steve, it is the Eno River walk in Hillsborough. We go on it often.

  • RalphRalph
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    The weather here is unreal this year. My winter attire whilst stumping at the lease today.

    Yesterday I wouldn’t have been able to stand up- 63 mph winds.

  • Stephen Graf
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    40 mph winds here yesterday and 70 deg.  Same today.  Tomorrow back  to a low of 20 and high of 40…

    I like a fellow who appreciates redundancy in his quivers 🙂

  • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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    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

  • RalphRalph
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    There’s quail out there………..

    Somewhere………………….

     

  • Bernie Clancey
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    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.desk

    A lot of hand sanding to be done to the nets before they are completed.

    nets

  • Stephen Graf
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    They look good! Do you tie your own nets too?

  • Bernie Clancey
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    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 Graf
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    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 Clancey
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      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.

       

  • RalphRalph
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    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.

    • Bernie Clancey
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      I never thought of the basketball courts as a source for nets.  Hmm………

  • grumpygrumpy
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    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.

  • Stephen Graf
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    Oh yes! Bow staves…  If you haven’t read Dean Torges Book on Hunting the Osage bow, you owe it to those staves to do so.  I expect there is no better way to beat a cold 🙂

    I hope you feel better!

     

  • RiverwolfRiverwolf
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    "Sun Rise Valley"

    Photo test 😉

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    Locust stand ......

    A  Locust tree named “Meat” 😉

    A group I have known , and spent countless hours with over the years ……..

     

  • RalphRalph
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    Nice pictures…….

    This is a simple picture but it means something.

    After all the high winds, dust storms,wildfires and weird up and down temps here in the panhandle, a blue sky and signs of spring are way welcome…

  • RiverwolfRiverwolf
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    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 …"Quetico ways "

  • RalphRalph
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    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 Clancey
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      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 Graf
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    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 🙂

  • RalphRalph
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    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.

  • grumpygrumpy
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    Nice bass…

    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.

    Pete

  • Stephen Graf
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    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.

  • RalphRalph
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    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..

    Ralph.

    That said, dry around here??????????

     

     

  • grumpygrumpy
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    Even Yankees love you Ralph.

    Grumpy

  • RalphRalph
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    Not professional by any means but I was having fun with my old piece of wood. (Hickory Grumpy)

    I let the headless one get 12 yards from me just to be a fair person. :-))

    Yeah, the last shot did destroy a nock.

     

     

  • Stephen Graf
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    They sure do have some strange looking critters skulking around texas.  I’m glad you took care of that one Ralph.  Looks a might tough though 🙂

  • RalphRalph
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    Seems the stalk was awful easy.  Shoulda known something was amiss..Or missing???

  • grumpygrumpy
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    Is it dead yet??

    Grumpy

  • RalphRalph
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    Thinkin on going purely trad after turkeys and pigs next week..

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    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 Graf
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    You are a wild man Ralph.

    I like yellow feathers, they are even better at passing the critter by…

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      Yeah, I like yellow, except when the birch leaves fall. I thought I had parabolic, but I got birch leaf pattern. dwc

  • RalphRalph
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    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

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      Nice use of the poetry. It’s all around us. It’s good to find a place in the woods where we can hide from it now and then. peace, dwc

  • RalphRalph
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    How do you edit?  That’s “Borrow” not bowwow.

    Used to say edit at the bottom of as post??

  • Robin ConradsRobin Conrads
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    On mine it’s at the top of the post. Let me know if you can’t edit and I’ll do it. I thought I fixed that but this silly system does things I’d never do!

  • Stephen Graf
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    My experience is that you have about 5 minutes to edit.   Then that option is gone forever.

  • RalphRalph
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    If you would please Robin. I see no choice other than where it says insert/edit image.

    Thanks..

  • RalphRalph
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    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?

    https://phys.org/news/2017-04-polar-prey.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter

     

  • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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    Howdy folks,

    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 Becker
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    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.

  • grumpygrumpy
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    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…

  • RalphRalph
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    Nice at the ranch today.

    Yuccas are soon to be really bloomed out despite we had a freeze here last night. Probably the last one????

  • Col MikeCol Mike
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    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.

    Semper Fi

    Col Mike

    • Robin ConradsRobin Conrads
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      Hi Mike,

      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.

  • David Becker
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    Col Mike,

    Good to “see” you here. That’s some good work you are doing over there on the other side of the country. Give my regards to Capt. Linda, and DP when you see him.

    David

  • RalphRalph
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    Hold, hold, hold……………….

    Think you ain’t gonna  like not holding there ralphie boy…..

    Supporting Red Nose Day :-))

     

    • grumpygrumpy
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      We use those red noses for a bulls eye.

  • Charles Ek
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    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.

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    Our new pup.  She’s already using her feminine wiles…………..

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    That’s a pretty pup! Congratulations! All the best to you, David

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    She is a darling. How can you resist? Just give her the whole bag of treats!

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    She’s not a replacement for the love in my heart but she sure is a wonderful continuation of it..😀

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    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?…

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    “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.

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    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.

     

     

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    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

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    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!

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    Thanks, Steve. I’ve had issues loading the site on my computer and phone. Something with the server/connection. I have to turn the wifi off on my phone to get on. Then a lot of the time the tip of the month screen pops up uncontrolably and I just get frustrated. I guess it keeps me working instead of playing!

    All good here. Shooting almost every day, getting ready for hunting as always. It’s time to get this years license again and fill out the forms for doe permits. Another trip around the sun! Dwc

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    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.

    Semper Fi

    Mike

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      “Many campfire stories each night and a side trip to Cedar Mesa. Most of the conversation is unsuitable for posting here–well it did include some brown beverage.”

      Now that would have been an occasion to have an audio recorder running! And I’m serious, as well as deeply envious.  🙂

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    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

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    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.

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    That’s a beaut! Nice part of the collection. Looks like it shoots fine, too. Happy Fourth! Dwc

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    Hi,
    I’m back. Been down in the cellar making sawdust.

    Actually have a couple of hickory bows that work. Lots of gory details…

    Good news is I haven’t hurt myself… Well not bad enough to go to the ER.

    Grumpy

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    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

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    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…

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    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’.

    best, dwc

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    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.

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    Got a text at work.  Arwen saw a deer in the cemetery (next door).

    Told her to ask her to wait, I’m on my way home.

    Grumpy

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    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

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    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.

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    If it gives you confidence and more fun, who can argue? Sounds like you’re making them fly right, but then you also had a solid background going ito the course. Got photos?

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    The only picture taken was a the end.  We’re standing in his daughter’s yard, where the course took place.

    John is 85 and spry as a spring chicken.

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    That’s a great photo. I hope that finds its way into your book, perhaps on the back cover. That must have been a great experience. I’m happy for you to make that opportunity. Best, dwc

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    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…

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    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

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      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

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    Yes, after reading you post a couple days ago I looked that up and started watching it. I’ve seen all of the series that I coukd find a few years ago. Good stuff. It was good for you to make that pilgrimage. Best, dwc

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    Some things I can’t just leaf alone……

    But some things ain’t as easy as they look. Shooting at just a couple paces from one’s feet takes more concentration than one might think, especially when ones got company

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    Nice bow backing there Ralph!

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    Ralph, do you have a good recipe for that shaker?  Very nice, dwc

     

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    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

     

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    Here ya go David……….

    SOUTHERN FRIED RATTLESNAKE

    1 egg
    Salt
    Garlic salt
    Oil for frying
    Accent
    1/2 to 3/4 c. milk
    Pepper
    Flour
    Rattlesnake
    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!

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    Sounds delicious! Too bad, but glad, I don’t see too many rattlesnakes here. They’re around in a few areas, I just don’t see them. Enjoy, dwc

     

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    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 Graf
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    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.

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    That’s excellent! A good laugh. One thing I know is every tree is a good tree, it’s all about timing. Ha!

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    Have you been hunting yet this year? D

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    I’m having a bit of an issue with this ladder stand philosophy.

    My problem is the dang muley bucks can out stod my old butt nowadays.  Cain’t run with’em anymore.  😒

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    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…

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    Cooling down nicely here. Might get out Friday evening and then Saturday. Gotta test those magnets! Been seeing deer like crazy along the backroads.

    Congratulations on the buck! Still hunt, Hill style? Please tell. Dwc

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    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.

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      Congratulations on the deer. I’ve got no problem with the picture here. ~ Mom

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    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.

    Grumpy

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    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

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    When I got home I put 4 broadheads in a 4″ circle,  Nothing wrong with the bow or arrows.  I own it.

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    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”.

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    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.

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    Congrats on buck Stephen………………

    Is it not a primitive fact of life that some things just seem to get leafted for others to do?
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    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

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    When one is trying to concentrate on one’s form so one maybe will not shoot high, one sometimes, like real regular like, has a bit of mental interruption ..

    Let’s play Frisbee pop!

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    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!

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    Man it’s getting so at 10 yards that I can put that blue Frisbee in the kill 9 outta 10 times.

     

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    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

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    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.

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    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?

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    Yeah, R2, nice deer! No shame in a roady either, ha! Some of the venison in our freezer was co-sponsored by the Pa Dept of Transportation and the Ford Motor Co. Let’s hear the story. Best, dc

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    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

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    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

     

     

     

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    R2, back at ya. I always look forward to your comments. This  community is a wealth of knowledge and friendship. Enjoy a terrific holiday. All the best to you, dwc

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    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.

     

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    Any rabbits in there?  Sure is a pretty place.  Camera’s rarely come through is such surroundings…

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    Maayybee

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    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

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    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.

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    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!

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    Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!

    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

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    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.

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    Grumpy, is there an age limit to qualify for a free kids bow or just attitude?

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    Ralph, funny how that works. I always think he weather will effect the wood in the bow and it’s always me that crumbles first.

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    Too tall David…

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    Too Tall Jones played football.. Too Tall David don’t get a bow.  How’s David at football?
    Bow and Arrow on EmojiOne 3.1

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    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.

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    You guys have a great holiday season!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    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

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    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

     

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    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?

     

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    Hey Ralph, thanks for your well wishes! On the mend. Funny, if I felt  good, I’d head out in the chill, feeling even a little under keeps me by the fire. All the best to ya and I hope you get some rain or snow soon. Dwc

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    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 🙂

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    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!

    Eno River

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    Brrr Stephen…

    We’re on day 87 of no moisture but yesterday we got this. To the north of all the unusual directions….

     

     

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    Dang, forgot how to put a video in. Working on it.

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    Maybe???

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    Hi Folks,

    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

    Penny on alert.

     

    Ladder stand still standing

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    Sounds like you are set up to weather most any storm!  Glad to hear things are going well, and that sure is some pretty snow.  I hope that puppy doesn’t chew a hole in your favorite hunting britches 🙂

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    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

     

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    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..

    Ralph

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    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

     

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    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.

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    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

     

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      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…

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    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,

    Ralph

     

     

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    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.

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    Wagon loadThis might not look like archery, but some of the stuff I left behind will be good for stumping. Dwc

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    David,

    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.  :-))

     

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    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

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    What a thing to meet today… :-))

     

    Glad things were working for me….just in case…………..

    Actually the little guy was only about 4″ long..Tail and all.

    Made me think though, lizard out….snake out????

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    we had a fast and furious storm blow through yesterday. Knocked out power again for a few days and busted up a lot ot trees, mainly white pine. Didn’t get cleaned up from the last storm. At least it’s warm and there’s longer days.

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    My boy and I took a hike on the AT this week, and got some of that weather.  We walked 18 miles in the rain yesterday so we could skip setting up camp in that deluge.   Dog’s are barking this morning!

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    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

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    For sure David!  I plan on putting a call list together for the trail.  I have not started that chore yet, but when I do I will put you on it.

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    Sounds good!

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    Got a rainy sort of Sunday today. Good excuse to be lazy. Might shoot a little later on. Gonna read a little now and then. Gonna watch some tube. Made a venison meat loaf, which is makes an all around loafers day.

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    Rain?????????????????

    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.

     

     

     

     

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    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

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    Ah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It rained!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Not rain Ralph.  That is the sweat dripping off your brow.

    Grumpy

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    Ha, Grumpy :-))

    Slow as I am anymore if’n it twas my sweat it’d be a puddle.

    I did see one flash of lightning and heard a roll of thunder.

    Guess you call that “a spit and a promise” eh!!

     

     

     

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    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.  🙂

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    Charles , that’s a beautiful thing! Sounds like a great time and an opportunity or some folks to hear stories they never heard before. Congratulations on your wife’s retirement and the move back home. All the best to you , dwc

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    Oh I hope you don’t bust it….. Enjoy the good life!

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    Mr Ek

    Congrats to your wife on retirement. Good luck on the move.

    Way Cool, bringing the old bow home — enjoy the shoot.

    Scout

  • RalphRalph
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    Homeward bound……………

     

  • Charles Ek
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    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 CoulterDavid Coulter
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    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

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    Happy Fourth of July folks! Careful with those firecrackers or you’ll be using a very deep hook on the bowstring this fall! Best, dwc

  • Raymond CoffmanRaymond Coffman
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    Happy Independence Day to all !

    Have a great day ! Limited fireworks around here in the Southwest.  Too much fire danger.

    Splice the mainbrace!

    Cyberscout aka Ray

     

  • RalphRalph
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    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………..

    R2

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    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

     

  • RalphRalph
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    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. :-))

     

  • RalphRalph
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    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..

    Just wondering?
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    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.

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    Stephen

    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”

    Scout

     

  • James Harvey
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    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!

     

    Jim

  • Raymond CoffmanRaymond Coffman
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    Hi Jim

    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

    Scout

  • RalphRalph
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    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…

    Ralph

  • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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    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.

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    Sounds like you had a good time David.  Also you be getting ready for fall…

    Pre-season football was on last night..prelude to hunting season, right…………..?

  • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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    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 Harvey
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    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.

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  • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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    What a beautiful trip! Did you manage to take any game? dwc

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    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 🙂

     

    jim

  • Stephen Graf
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    There is nothing better than an afternoon nap!  I always count a hunting trip successful if I manage to bag one (or two)  🙂

  • RalphRalph
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    None of the 8 points that walk by have ever bothered to wake me to say “howdy”. Mighty nice of’em not to disturb me…

  • James Harvey
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    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!

  • RalphRalph
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    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…

     

     

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