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    • Ralph
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      Saturday morning, off to chase turkeys this evening (camo is too prove that you’ll not be seen if you don’t move:roll: )actually, I’ll shoot while they’re standing still gawking in shock. 3D tomorrow so I can practice missing again what I’ll probably miss today.. πŸ˜€

      What’cha y’all got goin’? Jim be shootin longbow, Neil be watchin it rain on soccer team ……………Ralph be freezin his hiney off in new camo outfit.

    • Jason Wesbrock
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      I have a little work around to thouse to do today and a bunch of us are shooting the IBO state championship tomorrow. Next weekend I’ll be heading up to our property in WI to see about filling a turkey tag, planting about a hundred spruce seedlings, install the well pump, and de-winterize the camper.

    • grumpy
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      Well, we did laundry, went to dentist (she has diamonds in her mouth now), waiting for some guy to come and till the garden, and she is insisting she cut up my bandannas to make doll clothes, and of course the mouth hasn’t stopped since she woke up at 7:30 this morning. I MEAN SHE KEPT TALKING WHILE THE DENTIST WAS FILLING HER TEETH!!! Is it nap time yet??? AUS don’t teach those kids to talk!!!!

    • paleoman
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      Am On Call 24/7 for a large Mi. utility. They got me good last night with some wind damage issues. Not worth much today. On the “re-charger” (couch) hoping to be left alone tonight.

    • Cameron Unruh
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      I decided to trade in my morning view of the backyard…

      For a more open and fresh perspective…

      I took the new Spalted Maple bow our for her first adventure…4.5 mile hike

      A break for lunch…

      I am finishing the day full circle back in my backyard…Good Day!

    • Raymond Coffman
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      Cameron –

      Bravo! – truly a great day, wish I could have joined you —

      Scout

    • coastalbendbows
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      I crossed off three bows on my todo list. Now I’m only seven behind.

      Kids soccer games and weightlifting meets keeps us pretty busy around here. Turkey season is over. I went one time and didn’t have any luck. There will be another season to try again.

      I’m getting excited a out this years Wyo elk hunt. Trying to put together all my gear. I got a list but don’t even know where to start there’s so many choices. I figured the frame pack and tent are top priorities.

      Shawn

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Just lots of practice shooting right now, and getting ready to go scout for turkeys next week…

    • Ralph
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      Well, the best laid plans of mice and men….. Forgot about senior prom and senior papa be official picture taker.. Some things way more important than turkey hunting.

      Did do 3D today but, I thought I gave away range cap’n but I get called to set up targets.. Dang. Was planning on helping but not setting them all up by myself. Set 10, shot 3x’s different stakes, easier on me than 15 shot twice.Glad for help taking down. Old guy does get tired once in awhile.

      Found out my wounded hand ain’t fit for duty with my 50# boo/osage wood bow. Ouch, swelled up now. Better stick w/45# recurve and longbow. Better for me, better with them. Anyway, alive and well and happy and blessed. What more??? Wish same to y’all.

    • Col Mike
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      Finished up the last of our tours this season with a tour bus of 33 seniors about the age of R2 and me. After 3 days of finishing the season will be out tomorrow Hunting turkey. May not have mentioned in my previous drivel about First Hunt- but for those of you who are interested–I am in position at least 2 hours before sunrise–and the last 1/4 mile to the selected ambush spot is reached on my hands and knees. Trust I will have some entertaining posts tomorrow evening—I see that many of you have a very low entertainment threshold:) For all have a good hunt.

      Semper Fi

      Mike

    • James Harvey
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      Ralph, in my limited capacity to soldier I was left out on a lonely sentry post at a live fire range back gate while the lads were playing army. Anywho, one rainy night I heard some very unusual animal calls… and they were onto my little camp because I could hear them boxing around me. In the morning I went out and found a heap of fresh tracks, that looked to me a bit like cattle, but maybe washed out and softened by the rain. When I got back to civilization I checked online for tracks compared to some sketches I made. I also explored some animal calls and I reckon I have may have come across some feral camels. There’s heaps of them in Australia but I’ve never heard of them being this far east.

      The most exciting part of that for me is that I’ve been angling to get permission to hunt on a pretty big cattle station that borders the army range. I’ve never even seen a wild camel and the chance to hunt camel has me pretty excited. I need to find someone who knows anything about camels. Because I don’t know a thing πŸ˜•

      And they could have been cows πŸ˜‰

    • Ralph
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      From my experiences with camels that I recall in Morocco from my youth, they didn’t like me much and the feeling was mutual. Matter of fact, I couldn’t see where they liked anything much, even each other. They sure can slobber a bunch! Yuck!

      In the dark on sentry duty is spooky to get surrounded by anything. I think I’ve been surrounded by my imagination a few times cause there were no tracks:wink::wink:

      Good luck on the “fishing”:lol:. Everyone needs a place to hunt.

    • James Harvey
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      Ralph, this is a pic I took by holding my camera up to my spotting scope while I was hunting something entirely different. I’m kicking myself now for not paying more attention to the marks they left behind πŸ˜›

      Oh and I’m a shameless coward mate, the number of times I’ve thought something is stalking me when I’m alone at night.. I think my 2 year old has less fear of the dark than me πŸ˜€

    • Ralph
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      Jim, where you’ve been you’ve well earned that fear of the dark my friend. Thanks for that service.

      I lived in eastern Colo. when young, 13 mi. east of Aquilar. No lights at night except moon and stars. Lots of rattlesnakes and only outdoor facilities. At least those snakes usually made noise. Yours don’t!

      You learn to always know where the flashlight is.

      Things that make noise in the dark still get my attention.

      Wished I’d bow hunted then. Lots of prairie land but the canyons held some monster mule deer bucks.

    • Raymond Coffman
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      Ausjim-

      I think you will have trouble finding someone who has hunted Camels {but you never know}Most parts of the world it would probably get you in trouble like “horse stealing/killing”. If you get a chance to hunt them, make a great batch of Articles for Tradbow. They’re pretty big, better get those efoc arrows worked up – haha.

      I have eaten camel –it is OK –but like we say here in the SW you can eat just about anything with good Chile Sauce on it.

      PS — Maybe Dr Ashby will chime in– he is one of the few who might have had a run at Feral Camels in his work “Down Under”

      Scout

    • Wexbow
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      Hey Ralph I hope you’ve bagged one of those gobblers since. I was “standing” for my first godchild over the weekend, proud moment! And guess what, it didn’t rain! In fact 20C and sunny here lately, spring has finally sprung πŸ˜€ Been crazy busy with work lately so haven’t been on here much so I’m slow on the replies these days.

    • Ralph
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      Hey Neil, played photographer for prom grandson and didn’t get to go. Better place I was tho. Kids need dad even if it’s old grand dad that’s dad. My kids, her kids, our grandkids… If those boys bring home some more kids to raise………..:roll:

      Good tourney Sunday even if my beat up hand got beat up more shootin my all wood composite bow. I can’t really feel hand shock much with it but it beats me up after a day shooting.

      89 deg yesterday, 35 today w/35 mph N wind. Brrrr….

    • Mark Turton
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      Been cleaning the truck off and on since Saturday youngest son has another passing out parade this Friday so the girls have all got new dresses and I got no money left!

      Saturday too early driving to Switzerland 12 hours plus stops via France and Germany, factory tours and meetings all week, must be on best behavior.

      Jim, my grandad was in Egypt during WWII and developed a deep hatred of camels that I knew nothing about until he took us to the zoo when I was a kid, he stood in front of the enclosure and described every kick, bite, spit and nasty bodily function he had ever encountered, took a while. If you bag one your going to need a bigger barbie.

      Mark.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      We’ve just finally gotten to a point where some south-facing hillsides are free enough of snow to get out for the first stump shooting session of the season yesterday.

      My buddy Kevin who just made the leap from compound to trad:

      Those darn uphill shots…:(

      This little Kanati has really been growing on my lately:

      It felt great just to get out and stretch the legs with a bow again!

    • Ralph
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      Need to move that stump a yard closer. πŸ˜† Nice looking bow. It peaked my interest so I went to Mr. Kendall’s website and found he his full up for 2013. Good to be busy.

      My “wassup” today here in Amarillo is to watch the wind blow and hope the 20% chance of rain turns out to be a 100% at my house.

    • Mark Turton
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      Good to be out stretching the sinews and feeling the sun.

      Mark.

    • Ben M.
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      I’ve been renovating the upstairs bathroom in our 115 year old house. *whew* What a project! Knob & tube wiring, cast iron plumbing, lath and horsehair plaster. Haven’t taken the time to do much shooting lately and I’ve missed the whole first half of turkey season. Been running quite a bit lately, too. Gearing up for some summer distance races.

      Hope your leg heals up completely, Jim. If you kill a camel, post a lot of pictures. Better hope it’s good meat; you’ll have a bunch to eat.

      Thanks for keeping us all engaged, R2.

    • Ralph
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      Camel be “whale” of a mount! Probably have to get a new house and wife and all of that if I wanted to put one in my house πŸ˜†

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      ausjim wrote: Oh and I’m a shameless coward mate, the number of times I’ve thought something is stalking me when I’m alone at night.. I think my 2 year old has less fear of the dark than me πŸ˜€

      You’ll have to fight me for first place on that one. πŸ˜† I have absolutely no issue with the fact that I do not hunt until the sun has been up for a long while. 😳 I watched too many horror and nature movies. It’s either got fangs and claws or will infect me and turn me into one of the undead minions. No thank you! If it don’t walk around in daylight, I don’t want it! Can’t wait for my moose trip in September. Wake up at noon, fish until dinner time, try to spot one on the way back in the boat. And you know darn well I’ll be complaining when I get home that I didn’t get anything. πŸ™„ Be well.

      Alex

      πŸ˜•

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      R2 wrote: Need to move that stump a yard closer. πŸ˜†

      Ha. No kidding. We were “stretching out” pretty far on those shots. πŸ˜€

      R2 wrote:

      Nice looking bow. It peaked my interest so I went to Mr. Kendall’s website and found he his full up for 2013. Good to be busy.

      Thanks. Jason makes a great hybrid, but I don’t think he makes a whole lot of them (which is good, ‘cuz I’d probably order another one…). For being 56″ inches, I’m impressed that there is no stack or pinch at all, and it flings a 620 gr. arrow with plenty of authority. After shooting my recurves exclusively for a while, it’s nice to go back to a bow that is so quiet and ridiculously light.

    • James Harvey
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      Smithhammer, I am constantly disgusted by the plethora of beautiful bows you trot out like a Saudi king parades his wives. Do you know there are children in Africa that don’t even own a bow? My god man, think of the children!

      Incidentally, I happen to be an African child, so if you want to make amends I’ll give you my mailing address and you can change a child’s life πŸ˜‰

      Guys, if I kill a camel, it’s likely I’ll be sharing a camp with a few other fellas, so as much as possible will be used as camp meat. I’ve eaten camel in a restaurant before, cooked much the same as goat, so I guess that will be the go. It’s a big animal though, so I’d like to think I’ll separate the left overs into a few different piles so it’s not just the big dogs that get a scavenge. There are a number of endangered cat sized native predators up here abouts.

      Of course there is every chance I just saw some washed out cow tracks πŸ™„

      It’s great hearing what everyone is up to btw. Thanks for the thread Ralph πŸ˜€

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      ausjim wrote: Smithhammer, I am constantly disgusted by the plethora of beautiful bows you trot out like a Saudi king parades his wives….

      I have been known to refer to them as “my harem” on occasion… 8)

      ausjim wrote: Incidentally, I happen to be an African child, so if you want to make amends I’ll give you my mailing address and you can change a child’s life

      I like to think it’s never too late to have a happy childhood…

    • Ralph
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      Saw not turkeys today but what a rare Panhandle day, calm water, a rare thing.

      And a windless windmill

      rare indeed but oh so nice.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Took a drive through Yellowstone last weekend, on our way to meet up with friends in Paradise Valley. Traffic was horrible:

      Our humble abode for 4 days:

      Other than catching up, hitting the local hot springs, mtn. biking, doing a little fishing, and blasting clays, we enjoyed a profusion of ‘adult beverages.’

      Bulleit Rye, a whiskey with enough character that we decided it needed a mustache:

      More local residents:

      The “Moscow Mule” – a specialty in these parts, served in a gen-u-wine copper mug (warning – it is very easy to drink a lot of these…):

      Another view of the homestead:

      And one very tired pup:

      Not much to do with archery, but I figured if I threw in enough wildlife, it would qualify…:wink:

    • Ralph
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      Looks like you’d find something not quite so boring to do. πŸ˜†

      Nice pictures and glad you had a good time.

      Ralph

    • paleoman
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      Those were worth seeing and posting. Now I gotta Google Moscow Mule and see what that’s about:wink:

    • Vintage Archer
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      SMITHHAMMER Those pictures are great I bet that was a fun trip.

      That Mosco Mule looked very interesting.I had to check it out. Found this recipe on OPRAH.com….What kind of bar did you say that was??:D:lol:

      Servings: Serves 1

      Ingredients

      1 ounce vodka

      1 tsp. sugar syrup

      Fresh lime juice

      1/2 cup ginger beer

      1 sprig fresh mint

      1 slice of lime

      Directions

      In a copper mug, pour vodka over ice. Add sugar syrup and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with mint sprig and lime slice.

      Read more: http://www.oprah.com/food/Moscow-Mule-Recipe_1#ixzz2SZYEC7hM

      Maybe Robin can use this as the tip of the week:D

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      That’s it, Joe!

      Oh, and the bar in the pic is @ Chico Hot Springs, north of Gardiner, MT. An old resort with a lot of history. Definitely worth a stop if you’re in the area. But don’t wait till then to have a Mule….:D

    • Ben M.
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      Thanks for the update, Blacksmith.

      There’s a special place in my heart (and stomach) for that Bulleit Rye. I try to reward myself with a double after every whitetail. Sometimes a double-double. I’m still taking care of my kids, working on my bathroom, and running my ass off in this Kansas wind.

      -Ben

    • Ben M.
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      Shewt! Where’d that asterisk come from?

    • Steve Sr.
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      Waitin’ (AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!) on something to show up that I dumbed into on “the auction” about 12minutes after it was posted to see “how good/bad it is”.

      Shouldn’t have but I CAN STAND ONLY SO MUCH TEMPTATION (broke or not!)

      PB&J sandwiches for two weeks….at least. πŸ™„

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Some high quality stumpin’ was had today! Went on a 7-mile hike back into the hunting grounds to see what sort of fresh sign might be around, and of course, to mercilessly lay waste to every stump in our path.

      On the hike in:

      Spring is finally coming to the high country (this is at about 7000ft):

      A little lunch break:

      And then it was time to get down to business:

      Came across some not-too-old elk sign:

      And some pretty old elk sign:

      What else is there to say? It was an awesome Sunday, and good to finally stretch the legs with the Quick Styk!

    • Ralph
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      I see you guys had considerable more fun than I :~{

      Good pics and nice bows!

    • Ben M.
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      I had the honor of shooting with these young archers today.

      They each shoot like their posture suggests: On the left, “As long as I look good with my tackle, what’s it matter?” Middle, “As long as I get to see the arrow fly, who cares where it lands?” Right, “Stick that sumbich!”

      Loosed nearly 300 arrows, lost only one.

    • Ralph
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      πŸ˜† Well done! Good they’re on your side????:D

    • tailfeather
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      This is a great thread. lol:D

    • T Downing
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      Awesome pics…Tailfeather is right, great thread!

    • Ralph
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      Hey, I got one of those (grandson) that’s still a shootin buddy. The two older brothers, 18, 17 have more important things other than Papa goin in life right now but they’ll be back. I remember as a lad that there were other priorities in life that didn’t include dad’s and grand dads, but I learned better. Miss’em.

      At lunch with 17 yr. old today and we were discussing college plans, it hit me like a truck, dang it’s been a half century since I started college.

      So “what I got goin”? Three fine young men and my 3rd set of kids. Whoa!

    • James Harvey
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      Ben, the photos of the boys is a classic. Looks like a pack of lads ready for adventure!

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Been shooting just about every day in the backyard, still trying to decide which bow I want to use for the upcoming elk season. More and more, I’m reuniting with my Kanati:

      56″ AMO

      #53 @ 28″

      This sweet little hybrid gives nothing up to my recurves and throws a 650gr. arrow with authority. And it’s so light and maneuverable, that I’m finding it increasingly hard to go with anything longer or heavier. Jason certainly builds a sweet bow.

    • Ptaylor
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      Jim,

      Camels have a long track that splays a lot to help with traction in the sand. And the soft pad takes up most of the space in the foot, which gives the bottom of the track a wavy appearance (instead of being a flat footprint). The hard toenails are just a little of the track at the front.

      Compared to cattle, which have a hard toenail that runs down almost the entire track, they rarely splay very much, and the bottom of the track is totally flat.

      Hope that helps. preston

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      Went to Borger, Texas yesterday and shot in a T.H.E. tournament. What this is is an outfit that has basically redrawn the kill area somewhat on 3D targets, established another scoring system and included their version of “ethical education” of prpoer shots in their program. I enjoyed, just a different view. Took nothing away from “killing” shots on 3D’s other than where the lines were drawn. What was different than the “norm” was similar to what we call “Fred Bear” shoots where negative points are received for body hits other than the vitals scoring areas. We all know there are fatal areas outside these “heart, lung, liver” parts of critters but we also know that is not what we are trying to shoot at. More apt to wound by a big percentage than doing fatal.

      It was fun, just another mans game in attempt to reach the same goal. I heard some mumbling and grumbling “if it was our system that woulda scored” but it didn’t in yesterdays game. The way I see it, if you’re gonna play another mans game you just play in the spirit you’re gonna beat him at his own game and have fun tryin’ to do it.

      Nope didn’t win but maybe 2nd.

      What was cool is that they had kill area drawn on critters for angle specific conditions, broadside, 45Β° angle away and facing (there is a shot for that but not for my expertise and probably not most of us) and also and extreme angle away shot. To me it was a lesson in what my skill level is at times and what would possibly be pure old luck if I were to make a shot like that so don’t shoot it if iffy.

      I started coming back on my scoring when I quit worrying about the score and shot to “kill”. Heart shot scored 15 (which is not very big and not what I be thinking when shooting at an animal), heart lung 12, liver (only on larger animals) 10, a body hit neg. 5 and a miss 0.

      But a whole bunch of what would have been “edge” 8’s on this system were -5’s. Learn, learn and I enjoyed it.

      I know the normal 3D targets are scored as such in order to try to get people to shoot center mass of heart-lung area on animals and then up, down, forward, back there is a margin of error figured in.

      Just another way to enjoy the day!!!!!

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      We decided this morning, after a couple of hefty egg burritos and a gallon of java, to check out a new trail a friend had told us about, but that neither of us had hiked before. More importantly – I’ve been thinking that elk season starts at the end of next month, and I better start pro-actively working on getting my @ss in shape….So up into the Big Hole mtns we went:

      Lots of wildflower action going on right now:

      Getting near treeline and better views:

      Hank the wonder mutt, topping out:

      And me catching up (in the distance, you can see the Grand Teton)…

      The obligatory couple of knives I brought along – a Great Eastern “Boy’s Knife:”

      And a Bark River “Trail Mate:”

      Some cool lichen on a big old spruce we found on the way down:

      And that’s all she wrote.

      Cool to check out a new trail so close to home.

      And now it’s time to hit another cool place close to home…

    • David Petersen
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      Richardson’s geraniums

      Injun paintbrush

      lupine (the subject of a great Monte Python skit)

      Mariposa (Nutall’s) lily

      I like the looks of that Trail Buddy … can you post another pic showing the blade better?

      I would hope that at timberline here we still have wildflowers too, but with the damn drought I don’t know and can’t bring myself to go check and be disappointed.

      Yes, for those of us who start hunting the last weekend of Aug., the time in well nigh to get our acts together. I’m doing plenty of indoor exercises but not nearly enough walking thanks to the heat.

      Good stuff, thanks.

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      David Petersen wrote: Richardson’s geraniums

      Injun paintbrush

      lupine (the subject of a great Monte Python skit)

      Mariposa (Nutall’s) lily

      Thx for the flower ID! I appreciate them, but I suck at retaining names. Well, #2 & #3 are easy, but I was pretty curious about the 4th one in particular, which I don’t see very often, and which, of course, I always forget to look up by the time I get home…

      David Petersen wrote: I like the looks of that Trail Buddy … can you post another pic showing the blade better?

      You bet. I love that knife – Bark River’s interpretation of the Marble’s classic “Fieldcraft” knife, dressed in some lovely bocote. 6.8″ overall, with a 3″ blade (it’s actually the “Trail Mate” – they also make a larger version called the “Trail Buddy”). Here’s a better pic of the blade:

      David Petersen wrote: Yes, for those of us who start hunting the last weekend of Aug., the time in well nigh to get our acts together. I’m doing plenty of indoor exercises but not nearly enough walking thanks to the heat.

      Good stuff, thanks.

      Yeah, it’s been pretty hot here as well, but at least we’re getting somewhat regular afternoon thunderstorms. I hope that continues. And I hope it cools off by the end of Aug…

    • David Petersen
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      Bruce– Have you had the chance to field dress a big animal with that blade? Say, WalMartian size or bigger? πŸ˜› I absolutely love the way it looks, but am also aware that looks don’t always equal utility (yes, that can be taken as a wide-ranging metaphor). The handle being longer than the blade is my first requirement for a go-to skinner, and perhaps because the handle is slender it makes the blade look “fat.” But too, it seems possible that the blade in fact is a bit too wide for max maneuverability when working on and in an animal? And what is the steel quality? Now, if Helle would just design a knife that looks that great and performs like a Helle, they could rule the world! I’m yet to find any knife that holds an edge anywhere near like a three-layer Helle blade, but for the most part they are plain if not downright ugly, IMO. If my pal Doc Dave Sigurslid was still frequenting this site I’d make an appropriately rude Norsky joke at this juncture, but poor guy has gone to the dark side and retired from hunting.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Dave –

      Haven’t field dressed a large animal with it, as I only got it last winter, after hunting season. But I’ve done lots of other work with it (it has a nice patina on it since I took these pics shortly after I got it), and I think it would work great for game.

      The blade is a full-tang, A2 steel, with a convexed edge. I have a number of other knives of the same steel, and same edge grind, and I can tell you that it holds up really well. I prefer a convex edge on all of my field knives now. It’s a more durable edge to begin with, imo (as opposed to a Scandi, for example), especially when combined with a good high-carbon tool steel like A2. And easy to touch up in the field with a strop loaded with some compound, which I always keep in a ziploc in my hunting pack.

      Though for big game, such as elk (and beyond), it might be a toss up between the Trail Mate and its larger cousin, the Trail Buddy for something more capable of all around processing, more than just skinning. I think either could work, it just comes down to preference. Here’s a size comparison:

    • Ptaylor
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      Bruce, great photos. Looks like a nice place to hunt. And Dave good plant ID!

      I spent the weekend up in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Took my gal “camping” to a place I look for deer too…:wink:. And here’s a few of the many flowers that were going.

      Columbine

      Monkey flower

      Lily- not sure which one.

      Arrowleaved Balsamroot

      Firecracker flower.

      preston

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    • Ben M.
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      Darn my hide! I took my boys out froggin’ today and didn’t even think to bring the camera. Didn’t have much luck but we had a heap of fun skipping rocks.

      Smithhammer wrote:

      David Petersen wrote: Mariposa (Nutall’s) lily

      Man, that Nuttall went everywhere, didn’t he? We came upon a patch of Nuttall’s Death Camas today and I dug one up to show my boys how closely it resembles wild onion. Best to start ’em young.

    • Ben M.
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      Put together a little bench for bow building. Makes it a little easier to chase a ring on a stave.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Why is it that those first few arrows in a fresh target feel especially good? πŸ˜€

    • Ralph
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      It’s not that I live in and hunt in Texas that would cause this rock to catch my eye or anything like that when I was stumping at my lease but…….Top is how I found it laying, bottom, I turned it and silhouetted it at home.

      Not as pretty as y’all’s flowers. I like the saw/vicehorse:D

      You don’t suppose some ancient Indian had a premonition whilst chipping on flint…..:lol::lol:

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      Been thinking about scouting a new area lately, and it was cool enough this morning to get me off my butt and go check it out.

      Great looking country, with promise, but much of the stuff down low is really thick, and up high I couldn’t find any springs or water sources. Still, it could be a really good place to pack farther in to, and install and spend a few days. Decisions, decisions…

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      Good stuff there, Bruce. Beautiful country! I’m looking forward to your elk season again this year.

      R2, I have never seen folks so darned proud of their state as Texans. You folks have Texas-shaped waffle irons and bags of Texas-shaped chips. I even saw an article once on a guy growing fruit–pears, I think–that had mould clamped on it to force it to grow into the shape of Texas. Maybe you oughta haft up that Texas point and see what kind of luck it brings you.

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      Just ‘stretchin’ out’ on a hot afternoon…

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      Me too! Put a cornbread casserole together, using deer burger, then been out back shootin’ “The Boss”, my Boo/Osage that David Knight built for me 3-4 years ago. It’s a beaut! 49# @ 28″ and shoots as fast or faster as many glass bows do that I’ve been around for it’s weight.

      Agree on the hot afternoon, 95ΒΊ and 35-45% humidity which is hard on we dry lander’s. Calm winds too which is total unlike Amarillo.

      Looks like I need to fork out for new innards for my deer!

    • David Petersen
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      Durn Ralph that’s a gorgeous bow! I’ve built a dumpster full of boo-backed-osage bows and some pretty ones and even a few r/d’s … but nothing that pretty and nothing that lived so long. Likely because I used osage boards rather than staves. I figure if I’m going to shape a stave it might as well be a selfbow. I must however forewarn you that it is bound to break someday. But to save you that heartbreak I’m willing to take it off your hands … just a nice guy, me. :P:lol:

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      Yep, composite like self, not if but when. But, maybe it’ll outlast me then you can wear it out the rest of the way. You gotta pay postage though. Couple Texans want it but you know Texan’s will trade bout anything they got if you provide nuff beer! Maybe that’s why I get shafted, I don’t drink anymore πŸ˜†

    • Ben M.
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      Hard at work on this year’s hunting tackle, though I should probably be refinishing that wood floor. Enh. I’ll make that my next project.

      River cane stalks, osage stickbow, tonkin cane stalks, wild turkey feathers.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Nice, Ben. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

    • grumpy
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      When I finally got a bow in the 50 to 60 lb range, I felt a ping in my right shoulder. To make a loooooong story short, I went to the Dr., to the physical therapy, then the surgeon, and they are going to fix the rotator cup on August 18. Thus no archery, or fly fishing until after I recuperate. Six weeks in a sling. Dreading more physical therapy, seemed silly. They had me doing exercises with a 3 pound weight. Arwen was doing the same exercises with the same 3 pound weight, and made fun of me.

      Arwen is still torturing me. Her latest trick is to scream in my left ear (the one that works) and whisper in my right ear (the one that doesn’t work).

      footwear Saw another thread on footwear. Again I like non-skid footwear made for restaurant workers (search the web). I spent yesterday working on a slate roof, and didn’t slip once, and could feel every slate under my feet. A good second choice would be skateboard shoes. They are made to grip the top of skateboards, and work. Again you can feel everything you are stepping on. As for waterproof, put a plastic bag over your socks and inside the shoe and your feet will stay dry, sans perspiration. Or, you can make socks out of gore tex fabric to go over your socks, as I did.

      As I said in BUILDING THE BOW there is not much doing here in the winter. LOTS doing in the summer, so I haven’t been here much (also getting hard to get computer time from my constant companion). Been going to outdoor concerts (cheap), trucking Arwen around (theatre rehearsals, swimming lessons, play dates, – I never had the social life this kid has) and working a lot more. I also have Audry to put a big grin on my face on rain days.

      This weekend we are going to take “dirty old hat” pics for a thread. I know I’m not the only one here with dirty old hats, so you take some pics too.

      I do miss you guys, but don’t want to burden you with my troubles, and haven’t worked on anything you would be interested in. Will try to stop by more often, as I have noticed I have been missed, just to leave a few wry comments when needed.

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      Get well. Sounds like you got a cheering squad of the best kind!!!! I enjoy your dry humor.

      Ralph

    • James Harvey
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      Hope the surgery goes well Grumps!My main job this year has been administering wounded warriors. One of the commonly occurring problems is motivated guys pushing their rehab so they can get back into what they love quicker. Often enough, guys trying to short cut two weeks off their rehab programs end up spending an extra month or two missing out because of reinjuries.

      My small advice is to be patient and commit to the post surgery strengthening exercises. If you can afford it, Human Growth Hormones are about the best thing in the world for rehabbing, but I don’t know what legalities surround it there, or costs. Here it’s expensive, and for soldiers illegal. But it works wonders.

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      HUMAN GROWTH HORMONES!!!!

      I wanna be 6′ tall!!!!!

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      More scouting this morning. One month to the day till ‘game on’….

    • David Petersen
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      Bruce — If that’s you in the last photo, what’s with the bandaged right hand? Did you injure it in the big jewel heist in France the other day? πŸ˜›

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      In about 2 hours a man is going to drill a hole in my head to anchor some kind of artificial or ‘robotic’ tooth in place. So I’m basically going to be robocop. Alas I will no longer be kocher or halal, as some portion of a pig is getting grafted onto my face to rebuild some bone as well. But seriously, who doesn’t love bacon?

      Looking into my crystal ball I foresee much bed rest and ice cream in the next 24 hours πŸ˜‰

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      David Petersen wrote: Bruce — If that’s you in the last photo, what’s with the bandaged right hand? Did you injure it in the big jewel heist in France the other day? πŸ˜›

      Naw, that’s an elk hunting buddy who took a good spill on his bike a couple weeks ago. Ended up with some pretty bad road rash.

      And I was never in France, just for the record…8)

      ausjim wrote: In about 2 hours a man is going to drill a hole in my head to anchor some kind of artificial or ‘robotic’ tooth in place. So I’m basically going to be robocop. Alas I will no longer be kocher or halal, as some portion of a pig is getting grafted onto my face to rebuild some bone as well. But seriously, who doesn’t love bacon?

      Wait – what? Yikes – good luck with it all, compadre.

    • James Harvey
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      Smithhammer wrote: Wait – what? Yikes – good luck with it all, compadre.

      Cheers mate, all done. I’ve even got a few days off work, which I was hoping I could spend tuning some new wood shaft/head combos. Alas my face is swollen like a melon so I don’t think the string will get past my lips. Also I’m fairly heavily doped up on painkillers so I probably shouldn’t be handling any weapons πŸ˜€

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      Don’t over stress yourself while recoperating.

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      Got my ribteks, got my brew and got my safety supervisor.

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      Ahhh, the ribteks! I have 9 left. You and your safety man figured out how to go after those axis yet?

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      Not legally Ralph πŸ˜• Not allowed to hunt them on the public land I found them on and all the properties up there are cattle stations. Cattle farmers in my experience have always been more accepting of ferals and less accommodating for hunters, all for understandable reasons. There are some properties that offer guided axis hunts but I’ve avoided guides so far, I’d like to hold off on that still. I’ve met a few local bowhunters hereabouts now, I’m hoping I can meet someone who knows someone who’s uncle runs a station, or something like that πŸ˜‰

      By the way, I was out there recently and most of the cattle are brahman, but they have some Texas Longhorn as well, including apparently, the world record holder for longest horns, JR:

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      Be a hell of a loop to throw if heading that one. That’s the front half of a head’n and heel’n team Jim! :D:D

      Good luck on finding hunting place. Some people take it for granted how fortunate we are here in the states.

    • Ben M.
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      That’s alotta horn right there.

      I’m in the slow process of making and testing cane arrows. It’s a beautiful day here, 83*F and 75% humidity; perfect for working outside. The Mississippi Kites have been flying over all day with their fledglings. A good day and good place to be alive.

    • William Warren
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      Wow! Ausjim, hope you heal up soon. Thats some long horn there.

      Ben, I’ve been procrastinating on some cane arrows. You make me want to get to work on them.

      Well the wife has me stripping wall paper and painting the master bathroom. Gotta sand the walls and paint this evening. I’m fixin’ to make a knife sheath. More on that later.

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      Glad to see you got some cane, Ben. How’s it working for ya? Was working on some yesterday too. I’ll be cutting another batch this fall, lemme know if you want any.

    • Ben M.
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      That’s a generous offer, man, and I’d like to take you up on it. I’ll PM you. I got some medium-quality cane from SE Missouri, species unknown. It’s hollow & rather flimsy. It only makes low-spine arrows. I’m having better luck with tonkin cane. So far my knapping sucks. Might be hunting with trade points this year.

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      We have green this year! I went out snoopin in the hunting grounds today.

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      We have green this year! I went out snoopin in the hunting grounds today.

      Even beauty in the weeds

      Saw lots of tracks. Ready I am. The second pic is a well used draw for mule deer going from one drainage to another. One of these days!!!!!

    • James Harvey
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      Looks much nicer than usual Ralph. Has it been a good season for rain?

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      We’ve had more but still behind. ‘Some’ is the key here. For the past couple of years I’ve pretty well patterned the deer in the drought conditions, watering/feeding routes/etc. Now that it’s green and water standing in tanks and whatnot I get to spend more time out snooping :). Carrying my bow and stumping while scouting and oozing around I enjoy as much or perhaps more than hunting. That’s when I usually see and find the neat stuff.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      More productive scouting this morning:

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      That puddle looks like Bigfoot might have lain in it πŸ˜€ Mighty purty country.

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      Trying to work off a summer’s worth of pints and tacos before my elk tag starts in 9 days…

    • Ben M.
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      Smithhammer wrote: Trying to work off a summer’s worth of pints and tacos before my elk tag starts in 9 days…

      *Like*

      Looking good, Bruce. I’m excited for your elk season this year too. πŸ™‚

      I’ve been busy getting my kids settled in to a new school routine. My youngest started kindergarten this week. Hard for this stay-at-home dad to believe. Not ready for him to be that grown up yet, I s’pose.

      Spent the week cutting firewood. I’m way behind for this year but it looks like we’ll make it just fine.

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      Stiches out today. Itching less, down to dull pain (tylenal)

      , PT starts Wednesday, same day Arwen starts school. OK, I’m going to start scouting Thursday. Know where there are deer and Turkeys from seeing tracks while fishing. I can walk with my arm in a sling can’t I??

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      Sorry, pics not that great, one of those deals when good camera needed it needed fresh batteries. Anyway at the archery range this AM, about 3 hens and 10-12 half grown poults.

    • Ben M.
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      Anyone heard from Elkheart lately? I’m sure he’s busy getting ready for the upcoming season. Just wondering.

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      Ben M. wrote: Anyone heard from Elkheart lately? I’m sure he’s busy getting ready for the upcoming season. Just wondering.

      Got a scouting report from him a couple days ago, and it sounds like he’s been busy getting his woodpile in before the season starts…

    • Cameron Unruh
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      Made a new bow form for a R/D 58″ longbow and glued up the first attempt. I have been using the Bingham form for their 62″ Hybrid. This form has more R/D and I am looking forward to seeing how it shoots…

    • Ben M.
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      Cameron-Looking good on the new bow. I’m interested to know how it turns out.

      Smithhammer wrote: Got a scouting report from him a couple days ago, and it sounds like he’s been busy getting his woodpile in before the season starts…

      I can relate. This was my haul for the day. Some of it is potential bow wood.

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      πŸ™‚

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      Ben M. wrote: πŸ™‚

      Well… Now we know where your bows really come from.:D

      That’s smart, how’d you get those kids to make your bows for you? Most parents have to do the work so the kids can shoot.

      Seriously it’s great to see kids doing something productive instead of playing video games. That’s good parenting! πŸ˜€ looking forward to seeing the finished product.

      Troy

    • paleoman
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      [quote=ausjim]Got my ribteks, got my brew and got my safety supervisor.

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      Love that Rabbit Hash mug. Kentucky has some of the best place names around. Hope you’re doing well. Saw that about being all swollen up.

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      Working on some new shafts, tapered cedar from Braveheart. Nice! Thinkin on those guys out chasin and I gotta wait til the 28th. Could chase doves but they’re smarter than my arrows.:D Too hot for pigs in daytime.

      Go out later this week and do some scouting, stumping and may have to take bang, bang. Dove breasts good with jalapeno stuffed inside and grilled. Can’t even imagine how good a bow shot dove would taste!!!:lol::lol:

      That ol’hacksaw was my dad’s, so it’s older than most of us. Even me and David!

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      Paleo, Rabbit Hash is one of the little pilgrimages I do every time I go to the US. Beautiful Kentucky hills all the way down to the Ohio River. Australia doesn’t have any inland rivers quite like the Ohio. It’s filthy now but I always sit and wonder about the men who explored the river on canoes, paddling into unknown lands. It must have been beautiful pre-industry.

      The last time I went though I think ownership of the general store changed hands. They used to always have a backroom full of old tools and bits and pieces. Now it’s all full of new age merchandise. The way of the world I guess.

    • grumpy
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      There is a REAL General Store just west of Manchester Vt, hasn’t changed, next time you are here I’ll take you. Yup, you can get muskrat traps, .22 rimfires, trout flies, seeds, gingham, and a bridle for your horse. Only way to find anything is to ask. Not just the back room, its tha whole store. If they don’t have it, you don’t need it.

    • Ben M.
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      tradhunter1 wrote: Well… Now we know where your bows really come from.:D

      Hmm… Maybe that’s why they keep breaking.

      These kids are amazing. They just jumped right in and started working. Only downside is that I own only two drawknives.

      R2, I chop wood with a pair of brothers who are in their late seventies. Their favorite, and most used, wedge was handed down to them from their grandfather. It looks like a mushroom.

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      Now what:? πŸ™‚ Still have 3 weekend to go. πŸ™

      Last pic shows why we clean the inside of new glue-ons with cotton swab and alcohol.

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      Just for fun!! . πŸ˜‰ Obviously no chance of rain!

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      grumpy wrote: There is a REAL General Store just west of Manchester Vt, hasn’t changed, next time you are here I’ll take you. Yup, you can get muskrat traps, .22 rimfires, trout flies, seeds, gingham, and a bridle for your horse. Only way to find anything is to ask. Not just the back room, its tha whole store. If they don’t have it, you don’t need it.

      I bet there’s a healthy contingent of old men who sit around drinking coffee, too. Sounds awesome.

      Ben, those yellow shavings are killer, good luck with em. That’s next on my list.

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      Was out stumping at the range with a couple of buddies this morning. At about 20 yds., shooting blunts I “blunt” Robin Hooded this arrow. Kinda different. The other arrow bounced back about 3 feet.

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      Pssst…..Asbell wool plaid hooded vest for sale in the classifieds…

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      R2 wrote: That ol’hacksaw was my dad’s, so it’s older than most of us. Even me and David!

      That is really something.

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      Interesting find. Download the link below. This is one bad a***** eagle.

      http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/thoughtful-animal/2013/09/25/golden-eagle-versus-deer-eagle-wins-photos/

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      That is truly remarkable!

    • Ben M.
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      http://youtube.com/watch?v=j6Nwdpa5PcU

      I watched the movie “Epic” with my kids this evening and it was so good I can’t wait to watch it again tomorrow. It seems more and more movies being produced are weaving a traditional archery theme into the plot and this one has some great stuff. If you’re looking for a great family flick this is one. My kids raved about the archery scenes all evening till bedtime.

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      Out bird hunting the other day, a piece of obsidian near where I placed my foot grabbed my eye. Bent down and uncovered it and lo and behold:

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      That is a fine find. Way to go!

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      Painting, has to be done…….so I’m told.

      Tomorrow will be good some friends coming for breakfast and an update on their hunts for elk, whitetail and pig.

      Mark.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Got out yesterday for a little hike, searching for grouse. Even lost a few arrows shooting at one…:roll:

      This is a crappy pic, and the track is a little melted out, but we came across some grizz tracks up on the plateau down the road from the house:

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      Smithhammer wrote: Out bird hunting the other day, a piece of obsidian near where I placed my foot grabbed my eye. Bent down and uncovered it and lo and behold:

      Man, a guy could spend a lifetime looking for that. Too cool! Back in from a 2 pm til dark hunt. Zilch now the last 3X out. Always fun groovin’ with Ma Nature but….there is a point to this at end of my arrah that needs work.

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      Scott

      I hear that. Wonderful fall day, set up ambush site top of ridge bordering soy bean field, sun just setting over the ridge when two doe walk out and start feeding 80 m out. To far to stalk before end of shooting light–so I just watched through those great bino’s smithhammer put me on. What a wonderful end to the day–what the heck does anyone see in “outhouse channel”?

      Good hunting

      Mike

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      Ha, didn’t get picked for jury duty! Hunt tomorrow. Not that I wouldn’t rather be doing my civil service or anything like that………….

    • James Harvey
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      I managed to get myself on a 4 week army sea kayaking course starting next week! Not exactly hunting related but I’m keen to get canoeing and figure this is better than nothing πŸ˜‰

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      Might be interesting shooting a longbow while sitting in a kayak!:D

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      I was thinking of packing my Sage Ralph. Put a little reel on it. Also I think we’ll be island hopping through some pig and goat infested islands πŸ˜‰

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      Nantucket sleigh ride in a kayak behind a 20′ great white. That be a story to share. Bury that shaft deep!!!:D:D Big reel perhaps? “Young man and the Sea”. Different guy, different fish.

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      ausjim wrote: I managed to get myself on a 4 week army sea kayaking course starting next week! Not exactly hunting related but I’m keen to get canoeing and figure this is better than nothing πŸ˜‰

      Jim–Good for you. Trust your army uses either the Klepper or Nautiraid folding kayaks and not those plastic things. Our guys use the nautiraid–filled with a weeks provisions dropped from 15 feet from helio jump in and go. Linda and I have the 17′ nautiraid–you can stand up in it–try that in a plastic kayak. Great for fly fishing or bow. And another of like soul crossed the Atlantic in one some years ago–a Brit of course.

      If you have the time–Cockleshell Heroes, C.E. Lucas Phillips–There is also a 1950’s movie of the same name–good one if you can find it. I had the honor of being the XO for Col John Ripley USMC (Navy Cross Viet.) who had the pleasure of training with Lt.Col “Goldie” Hasler–while John was on an exchange with the Royals.

      And just to bring it back on thread if webmom is hovering–traditional transportation and I believe there was a bow somewhere in the book to take out sentries.8)

      Keep us posted on the trip and stay away from the croc’s.

      Semper Fi

      Mike

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      Don’t forget to bring a pee can!!

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      grumpy wrote: Don’t forget to bring a pee can!!

      Not to be confused with a pee-kahn. 8)

    • Ben M.
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      You guys, an amazing and beautiful thing happened yesterday evening and I was there to witness it. I’ll just copy the post I made on FB because I can’t sum it up any better than that:

      I’m a lousy photographer, but an amazing thing happened this evening that is truly worth sharing. I was walking out of some hunting grounds in total darkness (no flashlight, a habit of mine) and happened upon a glowing speck on the ground. While trying to locate the source of this ethereal glow I came to realize that I was standing in a small sea of glowing, pulsing hay meadow. Glow worms: the larvae of fireflies! Like their adult counterparts, these small creatures are bioluminescent. Apparently, the magic combination of moist earth, unusually warm temperature, and hatching time of this species led to their dense and active population in this one place at this one time…and I happened to bumble into it. It is one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever seen. I really, truly, wish you all could have seen it. A meadow transformed into a carpet of glowing speckles; it was like the ground became a mirror of the night sky. There is no end to the beauty in this life.

      When I got home I called my friend Colin, a professional photographer (https://www.facebook.com/KansasLandscapePhotography). We went back to the meadow to get a picture (a thing I could never do myself), but several hours had passed and the temperature had dropped fifteen or twenty degrees. The meadow was not the same as it had been. Colin later posted this on FB:

      This evening, Ben Miller was walking back from a deer hunt in the dark and ended up in a field of what turned out to be hundreds of firefly larvae. He called me up to see if we could go out and get an exposure. This photo was taken at 11:48pm.

      Find more information on the larvae here: http://bit.ly/1bazyGq

      Surely, awareness is the greatest gift of hunting.

      -Ben

    • mhay
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      I’ve never seen nor heard of that . I would like to have seen it myself . When I was young the firefly was everywhere here in southern Ohio . Now we only seem to have very few in certain locales .

      Guess while I on this thread I’ll answer the title question .

      Started full time training on Sept. 9 for Residential Electrician . It has been some experience too . At 56 I am not so accustom to CRAMMIN’ as the young fellers say . My ol’ walnut size brain ain’t as quick as it once was .

      And to make matters worse , I haven’t been able to hit the woods as often as I would like to . But , still am able to shoot every day , even if for only a few arrows , and hunt on the weekend .

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      “As for the Zen and hippies… that is one pretty Zen-like commentary for your signature line, there! Ooommmmmmm” from another thread!

      Um, electrician training uh? Well you’re gonna learn that Doc cain’t spell:D, it’s oooohhhhhmmmm.:wink:

      Glad you have time to shoot.

      I got out yesterday and the only place in the panhandle it chose to rain was the quadrant I was in. We need the rain but preferably not when I’m hunting. Didn’t get too wet…….

    • paleoman
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      Went out all day yesterday and saw the big SKUNK again:) Ah well, it’s going to take my area near home a few more years to recover from EHD. I did see 5 coyotes moving single file past me at 25′(from the ground) and a big mink (and 3 bushels of squirrels – I know dang well if I took the .22 after them I’d see a deer). With the guns set to start banging away next Fri. I fear I’m done with the bow very soon if not now. I haven’t seen but 4 deer all season so far and those on the first time out. Looking forward to heading E for Thanksgiving and the following week of deer season there. Parents are still alive and well in the 2nd 1/2 of their 70’s and I can walk right out the door and have several sq miles and more all to my lonesome. Not many deer but every year rubs as big as my thigh keep me on my toes! Good luck, patience and persistence to all those still pounding the ground!

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      Ben that is a spectacular photo.

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      I was out yesterday and saw does, and does, and does. I’m not against does at all but now I am chasing a buck. I wasn’t going to get up at 3 AM again this morning but I told myself last night if I wake at 3AM I’m going. Danged if I didn’t wake up at 3AM. You know how it is, any old excuse…….Anyway this morning I see one little spike buck being stupid and one doe in another draw being just as stupid. What the???? Where’s all the deer I saw yesterday???? I was oozing around trying to figure things out and whoosh. Damn wind, never blows here :wink:, about 45-50 mph. They knew what I didn’t. All the smart animals were already bushed up. So I ended that excursion. Monday again for me I guess. The 12 year old, I’m amazed how the football jocks chauffeur gets info in bits and pieces, has some kind of regional tournament game tomorrow 50 miles away and if they win, another game at the same place Sunday at 0815. They keep this up they may be playing the Broncos in the Superbowl. 5th and 6th graders be being pretty tough!! As far as archery, he shoots!!!

    • James Harvey
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      colmike wrote: Trust your army uses either the Klepper or Nautiraid folding kayaks and not those plastic things

      Mike, we do have and use Kleppers but this isn’t a tactical course. We have a wing in the army called Adventurous Training Wing. So this course will qualify me as an adventurous training leader and allow me to take out completely inexperienced seakayakers and give them ‘adventurous training’ in sea kayaks. We use a range of civilian plastic and fibreglass kayaks.

      I am LOVING it πŸ˜€

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      I did a little overnight trip to one of the islands off the coast here a couple days ago and tomorrow we set off on a 10 day expedition, island hopping up the coast. The best part is I’m getting paid for it πŸ˜‰

      Alas we’re bouncing from Nat. Park to Nat. Park so I can’t bring my hunting gear. Can’t win em all!

      Jim

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      Are the salt water crocs an issue where you are? I’ve seen the aerial views of those in the water and OMFG I wouldn’t want to be closer than I had to!

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      We’re right on the bottom of the salty’s range here. I pucker up a bit every time I wade across a creek (I waded a very dodgy looking estuarine creek about a week ago to get to a delicious looking mango grove on the other bank… I hope the crocs don’t get wise to that!), but they’re not very common here. Tiger sharks are all over the place though and the stinger season has just started (1 metre worth of tentacles on you is enough to kill a healthy adult), and we are paddling a long way north, which puts us deeper into croc country…

      Should be fun! I just bought a waterproof camera so hopefully when I get back I can post some pics to help get you through winter πŸ˜‰

      Jim

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      ausjim wrote: We’re right on the bottom of the salty’s range here. I pucker up a bit every time I wade across a creek (I waded a very dodgy looking estuarine creek about a week ago to get to a delicious looking mango grove on the other bank… I hope the crocs don’t get wise to that!), but they’re not very common here. Tiger sharks are all over the place though and the stinger season has just started (1 metre worth of tentacles on you is enough to kill a healthy adult), and we are paddling a long way north, which puts us deeper into croc country…

      Should be fun! I just bought a waterproof camera so hopefully when I get back I can post some pics to help get you through winter πŸ˜‰

      Jim

      So just to sum up….saltwater crocs, tiger sharks and lethal jellyfish. Right…

      I’ll take bears any day. πŸ˜€

      Have fun, Jim!!

    • grumpy
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      If a croc swallows the waerproof camera, will it still work when Peter Pan gets it?

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      :D:D:D

    • Ben M.
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      Whipped up another two dozen arrows for my kids:

      Not that they really needed them:

      …but I had the extra supplies and, anyway, kids can never have too many arrows.

      Worked up a few dozen wild turkey feathers too:

      They’ll make great fletching.

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      That’s eye candy for sure!!!! Nice work.

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      Geeze Ben, make me some arrows πŸ˜€

      I’m going to try and restrain myself from posting too many pics from my little adventure as there isn’t a spec of hunting in there… But there was one place that was pretty special that wanderers, outdoorsmen and romantics can all appreciate I think.

      We came paddling up to this bay and couldn’t believe our eyes….

      You may not be able to see it in the above photo so here’s a close up…

      It was like jurassic park. So this place was a high end eco-resort to the stars. But in the last 10 years or so we’ve had some epic cyclones and there are only so many times you can afford to repair and rebuild. For the last two years it’s been abandoned. Windows are smashed, the jungle has overgrown staircases, parts are falling down, cabins have been looted and destroyed by idiots.

      Right at the top (out of view in the close up shot) after an Indiana Jones style adventure including bypassing rotting stairs by climbing a cliff face, battling snakes (ok it ran away when it saw me… because it wasn’t a snake it was a goanna) and some other misadventure I found one perfect cabin, untouched by tropical storms or filthy looters.

      It was a truly special night, staying in this tiny piece of civilization in the midst of destruction and decay, all framed by some of the most beautiful wilderness I’ve had the pleasure of seeing.

      Here’s a shot looking across the bay..

      Another expedition next week πŸ˜€

      Jim

    • Ben M.
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      Wow, Jim. Did you have any idea this place existed before you stumbled across it?

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      Ben, none of the trainees (my peers and I) knew and while the old sea dogs running the course knew they gave us no hints beforehand so it was still a magical discovery for us πŸ˜€ The old fellas were quite jealous of my untouched cabin though, none of them had found it before!

      Here is another pic because it is just so nice. Except all the tiger sharks. And irukandji. At least you get to see them coming in that water πŸ˜‰

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      irukandj

      Looked that up. Nasty little buggers are they not.

      Not only is swimming and kayaking “adventurous” in Australia, bet stumping can get you bit or stung by something unpleasant.

      I think that’s cool what you’re getting to do Jim. So many things I’ve seen in my lifetime the next generations will not see. The same as you’re getting to do and see.

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      Befriended a goose hunter. An endless supply of feathers begins…

    • Ralph
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      Nice.

      Now you can hunt in the rain! πŸ˜‰ I need some feathers that are windproof. πŸ˜€

    • Ralph
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      I have a new Samick Raider longbow. 60″ bow, 45#’s, bamboo front and back with black glass in the middle,rosewood riser. Put a fastflite string on it. Nice, shoots good but not for very long. 3 sets of 4 arrows at 12 yds at 19 deg, 15 mph wind, me in a t-shirt is all it could handle just now. Me, didn’t bother me. I just felt sorry for the bow being out in the cold.:D

      G’day to ya!!!!

    • James Harvey
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      Hahah, your poor bow Ralph!

      Here’s a neat Christmas tree I found on the Internet…

      Jim

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      That’s neat but no plugy inny. πŸ˜€

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      “…my true love gave to me…

      12 DOUG FIR SHAFTS!

      11 brass inserts

      10 Bunny Busters

      9 spiral flu-flus

      8 Hairy Beavers

      7 Carbon collars

      6 Big Shot gloves…

      5 GOLD TIP NOCKS!

      4 Flemish strings

      3 Tuffheads

      2 Asbell hoodies

      and a partridge STILL sitting in a pear tree (after three shots…..)” 8)

      ausjim wrote:

      Here’s a neat Christmas tree I found on the Internet…

      Jim

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Sold a couple bows this fall, and I have a new one on the way shortly, courtesy of Jason Kendall (JK Traditions). He sent me this pic tonight. I already own one Kanati from Jason, and it’s become one of my absolute favorites. This one will be 58″ AMO, and #53 @ 28″, walnut riser with elm limb veneers, action-boo cores, red/black phenolic accents. Can’t wait…

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Today’s wonderful archery lesson:

      Hitting aerial targets when it’s 26deg. outside is not easy. 8)

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      Running targets not a problem I suppose? :D:D Been cold here too!

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      I should just stick to shooting them on the ground. Much easier. πŸ™„

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      You wouldn’t believe how hard of a time I had trying to track down a target like this one. πŸ˜‰

      I’d probably have to be hunting along the road to find a flying one.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      R2 wrote:

      I’d probably have to be hunting along the road to find a flying one.

      I usually have the best luck when I can bust up a covey, and mark where they went down. πŸ˜‰

    • Ralph
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      What’s those coveys worth a pound nowadays? πŸ˜€ I was gonna go out a shoot a few with temp in the 20’s but the wind is up to 20-25 mph and I ain’t that interested now. I don’t mind cold, I do mind windchill.:x

    • Troy Warner
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      Ralph,

      Do you do any hog hunting around where you are.

      I’m working in Clovis, Fort Sumner area for a few months and am looking for something to extend my season.

      Troy

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      I woulda said come on up but we, for some unexplained reason have not seen nor gotten a picture of a hog in three months. I know we’ve not exterminated them. I think it’s drought related and we’ve no water or muck in the river bottom right now. I was hoping to hunt pigs. I bought a hog squealer call and was ready to go for it. When-if it comes rain I bet they’ll be back cause we had a bunch and some pretty darn big ones. I guess a pig’s back as high as the 4th wire on a 5 wire fence be pretty darn big. Maybe damn big. πŸ™‚ Will keep in touch and when we start having life at the archery range here I’ll let you know too.

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      That sounds great. I’m still looking into the area I’m going to be in for places that have some hogs that they want to scare.

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      Troy, from what I research and from knowledge of the Pecos River area from years of working in the Roswell south to Carlsbad area (my wife is from Artesia), pigs are plentiful along the river drainage. There is plenty of access to the drainage, you just have to find the right roads and when you do you can go for miles. Of course the pigs move around so locals probably help. I don’t think the pig hunting in NM has gotten way commercial yet. In one area yes, around Pinyon. Had a friend/acquaintance that once welcomed me to bow hunt pigs in that area but he became an outfitter and I can no longer afford that “friendship”. Anyway, I’ll stay in contact. I have a contact or two down there and will dig into things.

    • wahoo
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      I just picked up a bow too – I don’t know what it is but I take them any way. Been hunting deer above the home stead and having big fun – Merry Xmas to all

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      wahoo wrote: I just picked up a bow too – I don’t know what it is but I take them any way. Been hunting deer above the home stead and having big fun – Merry Xmas to all

      And here Dave is giving me grief about my small “collection.” I’d love to see your entire collection someday!

      I did some basement shooting today with the new Kanati, and the love affair deepens.

      And then I finished up an atlatl:

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      Nice piece,Bruce…..Wish I were that handy! Hope you are having a Merry Christmas! Wayne::D

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      At least he got close enough to my camera.

      But not to me and my bow. I was up on the hill to the right but I couldn’t see him in the fog. I was too far up the hill anyway if I could’ve seen him. This is my honey hole that I keep a camera in all the time. One of those deer gathering points as the do their thing. I rarely ever set up in it. I enjoy the pictures I get. Now if he goes about 50 yds. up the hill to right on the trail, story changes.

    • Troy Warner
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      That is a very nice pic, the fog adds a little surreal feeling to it.

    • strait-aero
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      Nice one,Ralph……..we’re nearly snowed in here. Wayne

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      Yeah Wayne, I see snow is bad in places. We’re about to blow away and again for the next few days with cold. You guys be careful. It’s a deadly storm. Thx about pic.

      Gonna go look for that guy in the morning but 40 mph winds out of the arctic will probably have everything holed up. I gotta go kinda that way before the morning is over so might as well go take a look around.

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      Strait-Aero wrote: Nice piece,Bruce…..Wish I were that handy! Hope you are having a Merry Christmas! Wayne::D

      Thanks, Wayne. Now it’s time to fletch and mount points on the 6′ darts!

      R2 wrote: At least he got close enough to my camera.

      Very cool pic of a beautiful buck, R2!

    • Col Mike
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      Bruce

      Nice work–when you get the time how about posting some details on construction, what’s the leather loops for? I understand the atlatl and concept but the details would be helpful. Perhaps a short video–now that I have the long bow figured out:shock: and the throwing stick:roll: would like to try something new. However I’m not real handy kinda like that bull in the shop–my idea of finesse is to get a bigger hammer. Any help on building one appreciated.

      Mike

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      Mike –

      I actually built this one from a rough-cut kit sold by Thunderbird Atlatl. They offer several kits of various designs, as well as fully-finished atlatls and darts.

      Mine is made out of ash with a rosewood spur, and the sinew lacing provides extra strength. With the ‘kit’ version, all I really needed to do was sand it down, finish it (I chose to just use several coats of linseed oil), mount the spur and lace it up.

      The leather strap allows you to get your thumb and forefinger ‘locked in’ for a little more leverage on the throw.

      They also have a good YouTube channel that explains a lot of their designs, how to use them, etc:

      http://www.youtube.com/user/Thunderbirdatlatl?feature=watch

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      Wow, great picture. I totally agree that the fog adds to the “mood”. Just knowing he’s out there waiting for you must be unbearable. Definitely would love an update at the end of the season. πŸ˜€

      Be well,

      Alex

    • Col Mike
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      [quote=Smithhammer]Mike –

      I actually built this one from a rough-cut kit sold by Thunderbird Atlatl. They offer several kits of various designs, as well as fully-finished atlatls and darts.

      They also have a good YouTube channel that explains a lot of their designs, how to use them, etc:

      http://www.youtube.com/user/Thunderbirdatlatl?feature=watch

      Bruce

      Thanks great links and now another trad en devour. Great video’s—I guess they would consider us high tech:D

      Mike

    • skinner biscuit
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      Down to a R2 dozen πŸ˜€ time to make a few arrows!

      attached file
    • grumpy
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      nice hot water heater.

    • skinner biscuit
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      Nice hot water!

    • James Harvey
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      My wife has been doing some conditioning to hiking with packs and today we went for a 15km hike through pig country..

      A lovely morning hike with plenty of sign, fingers crossed the City Council opens this area to bow hunters this year!

      Jim

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      Good luck on the hunting possibilities Jim. Is that marshy off track there?:?

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      It’s marshy in the wet season Ralph. Right now the wet season is very late coming so the dark brown patch just to the right of the trail is churned up mud full of wallows. To the left of the trail (out of shot) is like a lake once there’s some rain but at the moment it’s not even marsh it’s so dry.

    • Ben M.
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      Ninety-six handmade arrows, ready to deliver. Four dozen for neighborhood kids, six half-dozen for nephews and a niece, and one dozen for a brother in-law. Thats alotta arras.

    • James Harvey
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      That’s a lot of arrows Ben! Well done mate. Your neighbourhood must be cooler than mine πŸ˜‰

      Jim

    • Ben M.
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      Haha… Yah, Jim, the kids in my neighborhood are becoming more and more armed. Fortunately, there’s no sign of revolt.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Wow – impressive, Ben! An army of little archers could be extremely useful. πŸ˜€

    • Ben M.
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      Ha- They’re starting to sound like hobbits. Well…barefoot, eat six meals a day, avoid work whenever possible…yah, I s’pose hobbit is about right.

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      Yea, but hobbit’s habits keep us hopping right! πŸ˜€ That’s a batch of arrows there.

      I’ve got a dz. surewood shafts brewing but it’s not conducive for drying finishes out in the barn right now. I’d bring them in the garage but the lady who shares this house with me doesn’t have the same opinion of the odors of wood, stains and finishes that I do.

      Patience young man, patience. πŸ˜€

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Too snowy to shoot outside the last few days (though I’m glad we’re getting the snow). So instead I’m playing around with filters/effects on some photos from last season. I particularly like the way this one turned out:

      And I need to get started on fletching more arrows…

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      That’s cool!

    • James Harvey
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      That’s a beauty Bruce! I remember that photo from last year. I thought it looked properly steep then and the filters have done nothing change my mind πŸ˜€

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      ausjim wrote: That’s a beauty Bruce! I remember that photo from last year. I thought it looked properly steep then and the filters have done nothing change my mind πŸ˜€

      Thanks. My “winter coat” and a seasonal abundance of malted beverage have done nothing to make it look any less steep, either…8)

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      Closing the day out, good and proper. Hope you all are having a fine weekend.

    • James Harvey
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      After a cyclone and another tropical low in a two week period we’ve finally had some rain, which means creeks flowing with fresh water again…

      Animal sign has dispersed a lot, what with the sudden abundance of water I guess.

      I spotted a couple of feral dogs out today though. I tried calling them with an Ishi style finger kiss, but they were too far and didn’t hear me. Or heard me and thought “what’s that idiot human doing?” πŸ˜‰

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      ausjim wrote: …Or heard me and thought “what’s that idiot human doing?” πŸ˜‰

      I get that a lot. πŸ˜₯

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      Jim, that’s gorgeous scenery. But where’s the snow? πŸ˜›

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      Bruce, when I gave up my pitiful little squealing, I looked up and saw a Kite sitting high in a tree some 50 metres off and it gave off the distinct vibe of “Stop that nonsense.. Bumble around in the bush some more and spook out some rodents for me!”

      So even if the dogs didn’t judge me, someone did 😳

      Dave, the mini Ice age gripping North America is steering well clear of tropical north Queensland and the ‘mountain’ that these creeks run from reaches the dizzying heights of some 600 feet… a touch below snow line… πŸ˜€

    • Col Mike
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      So even if the dogs didn’t judge me, someone did Embarrassed

      I really get that one alot8)

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      A fresh dozen. Feels good…

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      And whilst ye olde wind doth blow I keepest busy.

      Remeninencse of days when skunk screen was all the rage :D.

      Think I’ll use these when the weather stinks. πŸ˜‰

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Felt like spring here today! Had to get out and close the day good n’ proper:

    • grumpy
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      Heard we are getting over 20″ of snow Mon. When I made the comment in front of the girls I got a horrified look, and they said “We only have 3 rolls of toilet paper!!” No worry about food, water, fuel, just need toilet paper. Hoping to go snow showing in while it snows. Haven’t heard the snow falling in the pines in years.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Whipped up a fresh batch of stringkeepers today for friends and family:

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      Decided to put a leather grip on my Quick Styk this morning. Feels great, and I like the extra thickness:

      In fact, I liked it so much I went ahead and put one on my Kanati as well:

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      Nice.

      I like a leather grip also. I have one longbow without so I went by Tandy’s today to look for scraps and the store was gone. Dang, I was just there a couple of weeks ago.

      Guess I’ll go searching.

    • James Harvey
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      I’ve been shooting my longbow almost exclusively this year, pouring lots of practice and time into it. This morning I decided to check the brace on my recurve, and once I’d done that I thought I may as well shoot a couple of arrows.

      I would be lying if I said this was my first 10 yard group in months. It was my second such group and reminded me why I’m so much more confident with my recurve πŸ˜•

      In other news I got certified by Australian Canoeing as a Sea Kayak Guide last week which is kinda cool. Now I just need to become competent at bowfishing and I would have one of the tiniest and most niche markets in my pocket… sea kayaking/bowfishing guide for tropical north Queensland, haha. Good luck with that business idea pal πŸ˜€

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      Nice shooting multi-guide to be!!!:D

    • James Harvey
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      Had a nice little family hike/scout today. This bit of public land is one of the parcels set to be opened up to bowhunters in the near future.

      I found a healthy amount of pig sign without trying too hard. Fingers crossed it opens up soon!

      This was our end point and found some likely bowfishing spots as well, rocky outcrops and big sand bars.

      The little fella was very proud of his ‘dinosaur bone’ and ignored all my suggestions that it may have belonged to a wallaby πŸ˜€

      Next time I come this way I’ll have a bow and fishing rig πŸ˜‰

    • paleoman
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      Ah, the sun is a’shining on you Jim. Nice pics and a great time of life with little ones like that. Enjoy every minute. Ever see a Great White out there in your kayak? I hear a few of you down under get chomped on every year?

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      Ah Jim, y’all’s trek was a whole lot more refreshing looking than my stumping one was through our archery range was a couple of days ago.

      Good luck with the pig hunting.

    • James Harvey
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      Paleo,

      I’ve been wildly disappointed with the lack of big shark attention I’ve received kayaking. I’ve seen reef sharks and plenty of big sea turtles (they are suicidally curious), but never a big shark or croc that has made me poop my pants. That would be a thrill!

      Whites have been gps tracked coming this far north outside of seal breeding seasons down south but I don’t think they spend much time in around the beaches, I think they are more out in the open waters near the reef. Plenty of bull sharks and tiger sharks, but like I said, none have come and said hello πŸ˜•

      My wife is a marine biologist and tells me you can pretty much guarantee every time you hop in the water on Australia’s east coast there is a shark big enough to eat you that has caught your scent. That’s a nice thought isn’t it?

      I paddled all around Australia’s biggest island national park, which is notorious for big salties, and not one of them was nice enough to come and scare the bejesus out of me either 😑

      Ralph, yes, it does look a bit more luscious in my part of the world doesnt it? Don’t worry, the first time I walked down the track pictured, every blade of grass was brown and there was no water, just caked mud. It’ll back to that by September or October I reckon. In the meantime I’m going to enjoy the tropical feel πŸ˜€

    • Ralph
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      Snow shovel?????????

      Sometimes ya just gotta do what ya just gotta do.:wink:

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      ausjim wrote:

      I’ve been wildly disappointed with the lack of big shark attention I’ve received kayaking.

      Plenty of bull sharks and tiger sharks, but like I said, none have come and said hello πŸ˜•

      I paddled all around Australia’s biggest island national park, which is notorious for big salties, and not one of them was nice enough to come and scare the bejesus out of me either 😑

      These statements really do bear further scrutiny. Probably by a professional…

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      Bruce

      I have seen these Aussie’s in combat. They require no further scrutiny. Other then the obvious–don’t go kayaking with Jim.:D

      He is welcome in my home anytime :D:D And some one you want backing you up in the crap holes we have experienced:shock:

      Mike

    • James Harvey
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      Mike, you’re too kind!

      Bruce, one of the games we played on my army kayaking course was that if anyone saw a shark we all had to do a roll. We only ever saw reef sharks, I don’t know if we would have stuck to the rules if we saw a tiger πŸ˜‰

    • paleoman
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      I see a woman got chomped in Tethra in New South Wales. Is that a longs ways from where you are?

    • James Harvey
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      Paleo, it is a long ways. About as far as Boston is from Miami. 1500 miles or so. I imagine going into the ocean here is a bit like going into brown bear country, every time it’s a roll of the dice, but most people win, most of the time.

      When I was 8 we moved to a coastal city from the country and I thought the big river was awesome. I was forever racing my brother across it after school. It wasn’t until I went to university a decade later that I found out that mature bull sharks bred UP stream of where we used to swim and would regularly be swimming up and down the river. But this bite sized snack never got eaten, not even once πŸ˜‰

      I know a navy diver that met a bull shark on an exercise in Sydney Harbor, a stones throw from Bondi and other outrageously popular Sydney beaches. Cheeky bugger pinched an arm and a leg off him. Roll the dice eh?

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      Got out for my first hike of the year into the high(er) country behind the house today. Snow is still pretty deep so I didn’t go that far, but I wanted to at least get over the ridge to a good glassing spot and see what’s out and about.

      Bumped about a dozen muleys on my way up the hill.

      Glassed a moose bedded down across the drainage, and watched a couple harriers doing their spring aerial dances. No sign of elk or bear at all.

      Looking back toward the homestead:

      Lots of snowshoe hare tracks criss-crossing my path. Gotta love it when the only tracks you see are non-human…

      A few more weeks, if the weather stays like this, and it will be time for more exploring and shed hunting…

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      You sure have pretty country to take pictures of. The memories of my years in southern Idaho as a youth are etched in my mind.

      I’ve learned though all through the years and in all of the places in this country, north Africa and central Europe that I’ve been that there’s some kind of beauty everywhere. You just have to sort it out and recognize it.

      You have chosen to live in a place where that is easy to do.

      I’ve been in some places though, when thinking back on it, that it make me wonder why I just said what I said.:D Dust storms have been bad around here this year but until you’ve been in a Sirocco on the edge of the Sahara…the beauty of that is when it’s finally over and you’re still alive.

      To me the beauty of things, I guess, is that which you can pull out the dark and into the light and appreciate where it all comes from.

      Just me thinkin, Ralph.

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      R2 wrote:

      To me the beauty of things, I guess, is that which you can pull out the dark and into the light and appreciate where it all comes from.

      Well said, compadre.

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      My son and I went out to a buddy’s place to shoot at our 3D deer…we had a hard time breaking up a new friendship. We would chase her away and get a few shots off and before long she would be back for more…

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      Cameron wrote: My son and I went out to a buddy’s place to shoot at our 3D deer…we had a hard time breaking up a new friendship. We would chase her away and get a few shots off and before long she would be back for more…

      Ain’t that the way it goes? Just trying to have a little fun and somebody always has to stick their nose into your business.

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      So nice here today. Wind is nil for a rare time.

      Shooting my “Great Plainsman”, 52# @ 28″. It was built by the mentor of Great Plains Archery, Reece Field.

      Osage can get some of the neatest colors. This bow is about 26-27 years old. She’s called “Yobow”. When Reece handed it to me he said “Here’s yo bow” πŸ˜€

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      Great looking bow, R2. Juniper limbs?

      And Cameron – that pic is classic. πŸ˜‰

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      She’s Osage Bruce.

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      Packin’ to go to Denver for a week on business….any good bow shops there?

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      Critch wrote: Packin’ to go to Denver for a week on business….any good bow shops there?

      Yes. Rocky Mountain Specialty Gear:

      https://www.rmsgear.com

      Good folks.

    • James Harvey
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      Well, I had been planning on a day trip kayaking and bowfishing today…

      But I’m sitting in the eye of a little cyclone right now so there’ll be no paddling πŸ™

      I did just watch Clay’s new vid about serving your bow string and figure I might as well give his nocking trick a go, so the day is not a complete loss πŸ˜‰

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      Got out today with a buddy for our first stumping session of the season. Still too much snow in the forest, so we stayed out on the open slopes, picking off sage bushes and what not.

      The Thunderchild, taking a rest:

      We had some pretty good views along the way:

      And even found a little shed:

      Great to finally get out and stretch the legs, and our shooting range!

    • Brennan Herr
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      Got out scouting today amd found this. My first impression was the tire had to be cut. A closer look showed it wasn’t and the tree had grown inside of it.

      A little coffee (it is an elkheart made by greg coffee)to go with the very gorgous thunderchild. πŸ˜€

      Brennan

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      Stunning photo’s! Darn I do not need another bow:lol: I already have two of the coffee variety . Bruce will the thunder child be at ETAR this year?

      Hammer and Clay–have you seen this book,” Super Volcano–The Ticking Time Bomb Beneath Yellowstone National Park.” Greg Breining.

      As Lin and I downsize our business and look for another place

      your area has always been my top choice, Linda wants a boat and condo in Fl. I have already cautioned against–because of all the people and rising seas8) and besides we lived aboard for some years–to much stress.

      But then this book spells out the possible events in your area–and as a geologist before the Corps–I’m thinking property values will go down if this book becomes more wide read and thus affordable:D

      Again great photo’s, snow still on our ski sloops and more headed this way on Wed. We have had over 160″ this year with another foot or so of the wet heavy stuff on Wed. But the daffodils are in bloom:lol:

      Semper Fi

      Mike

    • James Harvey
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      One of the things I enjoy most about sea kayaking is getting in real close to rocks, where the waves etc are and playing around with fine control skills. Well, I’ve discovered an almost analogue to that in rivers. Paddling up little tributaries until you just can’t paddle anymore, it’s not quite as exciting but it’s a fair bit more peaceful πŸ˜€

      Some guys I’ve spoken to use this in what they call ‘paddle and stalk’ hunting. If you’re careful with your paddle you can be very quiet. I sense… possibilities πŸ˜‰

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      Jim,

      I have thought of that method but haven’t been able to try it yet. Maybe this fall.

      Was at work dispatching an injured deer when a fellow worker said his sister in Australia said they hit kangaroos there like we hit deer. Well then the questions of legal hunting and taste came up.

      So Jim can you hunt kangaroos and if so how do they eat?

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      Well, you’re not allowed to hunt roos with bows. You’re not allowed to hunt roos on public land. Strictly speaking, you’re not allowed to hunt roos on private property either, with one exception. That being if you’re a property owner (or his/her agent) and you consider that a population of roos is reducing your capacity to produce livestock/crops etc. In which case you can cull them with rifles.

      The upshot of that seems to be that there is little government management of roo populations, no ‘recreational’ hunting of them and widespread shooting of them on private properties (generally spot lighting).

      There is fortunately a legal capacity for commercial harvesting for food/leather which means we can buy it (cheaper than beef). The big roo harvesting business here says that they entered the US market about a decade ago briefly before a PETA campaign got a US federal ban on selling their roo meat in the US. Go PETA.

      I wrote up a little eating guide to roo in Dave P’s recent thread ‘darned elk’. Probably safer to read that than get me writing about it again πŸ˜‰

      I’m keen to give the paddle and stalk a go… something that I can’t figure out is how you’d keep your rig on the deck of an exped kayak like mine and keep it quiet. It’d be easier with a fishing style ‘yak. I think maybe an unstrung longbow strapped to the deck could be out of the way and could be quickly/quietly strung on the river bank before the stalk. Experimentation required πŸ˜€

    • Brennan Herr
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      Thanks Jim…I went back to darned elk and read over you assessment of roo. Something I hope to try someday. I don’t know how I missed that very well written explanation of roo the first go around. 😳

      I think boating in would be like riding a horse hunting. You have to do one at a time. That is boat then get out and hunt. Would seem to me that this method would cut down on the mishaps of unwanted baths. Not that it can’t be done but I like to keep things simple. This would also lend to keeping the bow and such secured until the hunt is on.

      But again I have never done it…yet!

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      brennanherr wrote:

      What a cool pic!

      colmike wrote:

      Hammer and Clay–have you seen this book,” Super Volcano–The Ticking Time Bomb Beneath Yellowstone National Park.” Greg Breining.

      As Lin and I downsize our business and look for another place

      your area has always been my top choice, Linda wants a boat and condo in Fl. I have already cautioned against–because of all the people and rising seas8) and besides we lived aboard for some years–to much stress.

      But then this book spells out the possible events in your area–and as a geologist before the Corps–I’m thinking property values will go down if this book becomes more wide read and thus affordable:D

      I have seen that book, Mike. And I’m well aware of the ‘ticking time bomb” that we live next to. Supposedly it’s on about a 600,000 year cycle, and we’re about due for another one…give or take a 1,000 years. But trust me – I do everything I can to further the rumors that this is an extremely dangerous place to live…. 8)

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      Jim – I used to do a lot of ocean paddling before I moved from the coast. And as I tend to do with most things, I got really into studying the history (and pre-history) of kayaking, and the cultures it came from. The Inuit were very adept at hunting from their craft, though it seems they usually used a lance or atlatl:

      But they also had some interesting bows as well:

      One of my biggest concerns would be the bow’s frequent exposure to moisture (and salt?) if you were paddling with it on your deck. Might be the perfect use for an old, short fiberglass bow if you can find one!

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      Like this old 55# Shakespeare uh!!!

      There’s a good program on the TV series “How the Earth Was Made”, I think that’s the one, about the super volcano under Yellowstone. When it blows you’re gonna be pretty much shafted πŸ˜€ no matter where you live. The end just quicker in some places than others.

      I need to find the book and read also.

    • skinner biscuit
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      Yard work up the ying yang,a combination of rider,push mower and weed eater.Fixed a broken well water line and working on the driveway.Been too pooped to shoot a few arrows but on the plus side I’m losing my winter fat.Speaking of volcanoes,my sister and a few friends went to mount St.Helens and were going to stay the night.For some reason they decided to pack up and come home instead.The next day she blew.Lucky for her.

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      Bruce,

      I share your concern re: exposure to salt water. I reckon the Sage will serve as a bowfishing rig as I can keep it stowed en route and set it up when I’m in location. I reckon I might look for a very short once piece as something I can keep on deck while on rivers. I saw a review Jeff Cavanaugh (sp?) did on the Bear Supermag and that may be a good option, especially if I can find a second hand one down here. I figure a well sealed one piece will be fine in fresh water. Plus the very short bow would have obvious advantages with deck stowage and shooting from sitting.

      It may have been in Art Young’s Alaskan Adventure film that I saw some Inuits (I’m not clear on the right name for those folks) rolling their kayaks for the camera. I do rolls for fun here, but the water is refreshing. Those guys are mad, that water must put hair on your chest!

      PS

      Is that a big float bladder on the back deck on a line to the spear? That is awesome.

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      ausjim wrote:

      PS

      Is that a big float bladder on the back deck on a line to the spear? That is awesome.

      Yup – typically it was made from an inflated seal’s stomach, and sealed with fat. It would then be attached to a long line and the harpoon. I can imagine that things could get ‘interesting’ real fast when you stuck a walrus…

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      Yeppers:D

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      Ralph, I can’t tell you how many hours of my life have been wasted pouring over my dad’s old collections of BC’s and Wizard of Id’s. I love it :D:lol:

      Bruce, I read in an old TBM from a few years back a story by a fella (Clint Miller) who doesn’t live too far from me who took a pretty decent tiger shark and hammerhead with his recurve. As I recall he had a custom pronged broadhead with the line feeding onto a rod and reel. I’m really taken by the idea of this big float business though. Having to pursue the animal after its been shot could be a grand adventure. But I’d worry about losing it πŸ˜•

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      Yup – I remember that article. Pretty impressive.

      When I worked in Southeast AK we would fish for halibut from kayaks with a handline. They are incredibly strong fish, and I went for a few “Nantucket sleigh rides” before the jerk at one end or the other cut the line. We would use inflated paddle floats tied to a several feet of floating line and a gaff, and when you would get one to the surface, you’d sink a gaff into the fish, and then let it fight against that for a while till it was tired enough.

      A buddy of mine still holds our informal record for landing one from a kayak – 125lbs. It took a team effort with four inflated paddle floats gaffed to this fish, and over an hour, to finally drag it to shore where he killed it. He said that even with four floats attached to it, it would still dive and pull them all under.

      Good times….8)

    • Col Mike
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      Turkey seasons opens tomorrow. Broad heads are sharp gear is all ready and in day pack. I’ll be out there 1 hour before sunrise. Thanks to my good friend David Petersen who reintroduced me to this addiction some 4 yours ago.

      At least hand lining for halibut won’t result in being eaten maybe drowned nice story Bruce.

      Jim, Tiger sharks with recurve from a kayak? Sounds like a prime candidate for a Darwin award:lol: What was it the Capt said in Jaws “He’s a big one” just before the shark ate the boat

      At least if I get a turkey I won’t need a seal skin bladder to slow it down and haven’t heard of someone being eaten by one yet.

      I believe you can still get a copy of “Nanook” black and white made in the 20’s or 30’s great flick of the Eskimo’s and their skills.

      Mike

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      But, then there’s Roy Scheider’s thoughts on the matter, ” I think we need a bigger boat”. πŸ˜€

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      Bruce,

      that Gaff and paddle float game sounds pretty exciting. 125lbs of anything would be a challenge in a kayak, let alone 125lbs of unimpressed fish!

      Mike, lucky for me sharks come in all kinds of sizes and if you ever hear me brag about a shark I took you’ll notice I won’t mention how big or small it was πŸ˜‰

      I got out for a paddle this fine Easter morning, with a bow stowed in the yak and some bowfishing in mind. After setting off from a place I went a ways and along a lonely stretch of beach something about it made me think it was worth a look.

      I just had to take this photo as I love these things… this was a LONG stretch of long beaches and I’m pretty sure these are the only human footprints laid on them today…

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      Turn around though and there are signs of other kinds of life…

      What was particularly exciting about that collection of tracks is the canine (unaccompanied by man) using the beach as a highway. That could be a dingo (which has just been classified by a group of zoologists in the Journal of Zoology as it’s own species..another tale) or a feral/wild dog, the latter of which would be fair hunting game.

      Something about the lay of land begged further questions though so I let myself be further distracted from my bowfishing purpose and trekked in a ways to find this…

      I don’t know if you can see it but leading from bottom left of shot, through center of shot and and curving back to left is fresh little piggy track leading into the mangroves there. There was actually a little piggy highway over another rise but I liked this shot of a clean single track.

      Noting this spot for another time I climbed back into my yak to find a sandbar I had noticed on another little adventure. I got out there and set up my rig. I don’t know if you’ve ever put together a recurve on a sand bar surrounded by ocean but there is something a little surreal about it… My leather tab, armguard and flemish twist string seemed a little out of place.

      Out of place or not I set off on a lap around this ‘archipelago’ of sandbars with bow in hand. I skewered a several clumps of seaweed but only had one shot at a real fish. Notched up another miss. I’m an Ace at that πŸ˜‰ But I didn’t get stung by any box jellyfish and some pelicans came and hung out on my way back…

      A nice morning in the sun πŸ˜€

    • Brennan Herr
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      Wonderful adventure Jim! Great pics as well, thanks for sharing.

      Good luck Mike and be safe.

    • James Harvey
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      Smithhammer wrote: The Inuit were very adept at hunting from their craft, though it seems they usually used a lance or atlatl

      For those interested I came across an interesting old film of an Inuit walrus hunt.

      http://aifg.arizona.edu/film/eskimo-walrus-hunt

      I was particularly impressed by the bloke at about 2 minutes who paddles off with a pipe in his mouth… that’s multitasking πŸ˜‰

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      Thanks Jim. That was cool to watch. It’s amazing how innovative people can be when it comes to surviving and also how quickly bad habits can be picked such as tobacco. πŸ˜€

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      R2 wrote: Thanks Jim. That was cool to watch. It’s amazing how innovative people can be when it comes to surviving and also how quickly bad habits can be picked such as tobacco. πŸ˜€

      I picked a lot of tobacco for that habit! CCC. Consolidated Cigar Corp. Dirty rotten job. I bet some of those old “straw bosses” could come close to matching the cuss outs you guys in the military got:lol:

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Just got back from a quick trip down south for turkeys which opened a few days ago. Had lots of good action on the first day, including a really fired-up gobbler that we called in, but he hung up in the cover on the edge of the clearing, not 15 yards from me, and wouldn’t come out. Still, it was a really fun hunt.

      And I finally got to put my Seek Outside stove to good use. Worked great for cold nights/mornings:

      Our season is just getting started – more to come…

    • David Petersen
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      I got out midmorning for a few hours today with Dave Sigurslid, my first turkey hunt this year. Heard a couple of distant gobbles, saw lots of fresh sign, but no close action. And no matter! The grass is green, willows are heavy with catkins, the wildflowers are gorgeous, all the birds are singing their spring love songs, the woodpeckers hammering everywhere, the creek running cold and clear, elk fat with calves and standing around in grassy meadows by the hundreds and it just smells like spring everywhere. It was hard returning to the quiet empty cabin. Soon, I’m going to take the dogs up the creek on a super short backpack trip and bivouac there for a night, near a small waterfall. It’s something I’ve talked of doing for decades and just never got around to. Now is the time.

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      David Petersen wrote: I got out midmorning for a few hours today with Dave Sigurslid, my first turkey hunt this year. Heard a couple of distant gobbles, saw lots of fresh sign, but no close action. And no matter! The grass is green, willows are heavy with catkins, the wildflowers are gorgeous, all the birds are singing their spring love songs, the woodpeckers hammering everywhere, the creek running cold and clear, elk fat with calves and standing around in grassy meadows by the hundreds and it just smells like spring everywhere. It was hard returning to the quiet empty cabin. Soon, I’m going to take the dogs up the creek on a super short backpack trip and bivouac there for a night, near a small waterfall. It’s something I’ve talked of doing for decades and just never got around to. Now is the time.

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      Dave, sounds beautiful there.

      Bruce, that stove looks a touch heavier and less packable than the kidney stoves we discussed :shock::D

      I got out for another early paddle today, caught the sunrise while on the water…

      I set out thinking more about mangrove pigs than fish, so pulled the boat up and hid it in the trees so I could go for a wander. I often think of all the kinds of things I should take when I’m exploring, first aid kits, good knife, bug spray etc. Of course, once I got there I thought bugger it, I’ll just take my binos, a brew and my little waterproof camera..

      This is the kind of break, or rise, between the mangroves that’s giving me the best view of what the piggies are up to… in this approx 200m x 50m rectangle of grass was abundant ground sign that the mangroves obviously do a pretty good job of hiding. You can see some pig tracks in the bottom left of shot heading away from where I’m standing. In this single small break I found 3 distinct and well used pig crossings. Seems promising πŸ˜‰

      And these little doggy tracks get me excited. I’ve never hunted a predator. But there was a lot of sign just behind the beach line in the trees, with occasional forays out into the open, maybe to investigate something interesting that washed up.

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      There’s hope for all of us!!! Good luck Jim, be blessed David. Hope it rains on me.:)

    • David Petersen
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      5pm in SW CO, snowing and sticking. As I type this, there’s a hen turkey (a hen jake, it appears) pecking and scratching around under the bird feeder. I wish I could go out there and shake some sunflower seed down for her. Now that they know it’s here, the seed, they, or she, will be back. Turkeys are among the easiest “wild” animals to tame and yet another reason baiting them isn’t hunting. Of course I don’t have a camera out here in the office. But you’ve all seen turkeys before. This reminds me of all the times over the years when I would head up the mountain on foot before daylight to hunt elk, and almost immediately encounter a herd behind a summer neighbor’s cabin, who keeps out a salt block. How weird it felt to have to dodge around those elk and keep going up the mountain looking for animals I didn’t feel I was taking unfair advantage of. In the fall season when all turkeys are legal, a young female would be my pick every time for the table. There is no trophy value in turkeys, no matter how some try to make us believe there is. The trophy is hunting them square and fair and once in a while, winning. Whoever says you can’t love to hunt and love wild animals simultaneously, is pretty darn clueless. What a lovely spring snow!

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      Sounds like a good day David and I’m glad your getting moisture and seeing a bird.

      We’re having another dirt storm.

      I started to go out this morning but the weather folks put out an extreme fire danger warning and my hunting grounds are very dry tinder right now. With 40+ mph winds it’s my choice to stay away. Wildfires scare the peawadin out of me.

      In these kind of winds I don’t feel that one needs to be shooting at critters anyway. I was out back experimenting awhile ago and even at 5 yards arrows were kicking and it was impossible to hold my bow hand steady.

      Good day to work on my new dozen arrows I got going.

    • paleoman
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      Dave – glad to hear you’re out and about. I understand the sentiment of your last sentence, but edit out the last word. Some of us will heave if we see one more flake:D

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      paleoman wrote: Some of us will heave if we see one more flake:D

      Don’t worry Paleo, winter is only 6 months away πŸ˜‰

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      Punxsutawney Phil say six more weeks of winter? Or months? πŸ˜€

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      Paleo: You never would be able to fully appreciate spring, summer, and fall without winter. But then I do love to ski so I guess I need all the seasons.:D

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      I think bow shootin’ out of the picture around here today . πŸ˜‰

      I was just joshin’ earlier. For real now.

      Pretty much sucks. Anyone got any snow they wanna trade?

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      ausjim wrote:

      Bruce, that stove looks a touch heavier and less packable than the kidney stoves we discussed :shock::D

      Just a touch heavier. It’s made out of titanium, packs flat, except for the stove pipe which rolls up to about 8″ long and 2-1/2″ high. The whole deal weighs 2.5 lbs.

      Here’s the stove broken down and in the stuff sack, with a 1L. bottle for scale:

      Combined with the tipi tent (150sq. ft.), the whole thing is just shy of 10 lbs. Split it between a couple people and you can carry it just about anywhere into the backcountry.

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      Ive looked a tipi’s a couple of times, been canoe and tentless for a couple of years might have to do something this spring, the kids are getting fed up with me borrowing their tents.

      Mark.

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      OK, puttin bow up today. So dang much wind and dirt my bow’s getting dusty while I’m shootin it.

      I come in the house and my wife says I smell like dirt and I haven’t been plowing, just shooting.

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      R2 wrote: OK, puttin bow up today. So dang much wind and dirt my bow’s getting dusty while I’m shootin it.

      I come in the house and my wife says I smell like dirt and I haven’t been plowing, just shooting.

      On the + side you’ll have a “good” mosquito season?Sorry to say we have had so much moisture we are going to get hammered with the biting hoardes this year.

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      It wouldn’t surprise me to see them dang skeeters rise out of the dust like the Phoenix out of the ashes. πŸ˜€

    • James Harvey
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      Smithhammer wrote: Combined with the tipi tent (150sq. ft.), the whole thing is just shy of 10 lbs. Split it between a couple people and you can carry it just about anywhere into the backcountry.

      I’m actually super impressed. What’s that tipi like in hot weather? Can you partially roll up a side or something for more airflow?

    • David Petersen
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      Jim — your end quote, Yes! πŸ˜€ And politics doesn’t qualify, unless it’s necessary in service to what’s truly important, like conservation. Check Hammer’s end quote, Leopold, for something that’s truly important.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      A few pics from a hike today:

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      ausjim wrote:

      I’m actually super impressed. What’s that tipi like in hot weather? Can you partially roll up a side or something for more airflow?

      Jim –

      There is built-in vent at the top of the tipi which helps with ventilation, but isn’t enough on its own in hot weather.

      You can also order the tipi with two built-in doors/screens (as I did). The doors are large and allow for a fair bit of airflow:

      You can also pitch it high (the central pole is adjustable) so that air can flow in underneath.

      All of that said, I have yet to try it in truly hot weather – just warm Idaho summers. Some friends of mine took the 12-person SO tipi on an expedition to Myanmar last year, and said that between the heat and the humidity when they were at low elevations in the jungle, it didn’t ventilate all that well, and created a fair bit of condensation inside. But I’m not sure if they had screen doors on theirs or not.

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      Paleo is dodging skeeters, R2 dust storms, Jim is rolling with finned fishes, mom is basking in the sun down south, and Bruce as always is beating us up with those awesome scenes and great gear=$.:D

      I trust all of you feel as I do, I have only met personally a couple of this tribe, but I feel closer and more family with you then—well, you make life fun and this trad addiction, sanity in a world of chaos.

      Thanks to Dave and Caroline and my short time with Larry and Belinda–and the rest of you bums–you saved my life.

      Hammer when you get the time send some real estate info on your grid–you have the home e-mail–it just might happen:shock: Wouldn’t it be fun to be there when the big one blows:roll:

      Semper Fi

      mike

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      Hammer, tell us about the Indian nickel bow. If you already have, sorry but I missed it.

      Mike, who is Russell Kirk? I’ve heard of Kirk Russell … or maybe it was Kurt. Guy who made that great ’50s film “Lonely Are the Brave,” based closely on Abbey’s great novel “The Brave Cowboy.”

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      David Petersen wrote: Jim — your end quote, Yes! πŸ˜€

      My problem is Dave, I’m torn between two great passions. How can a man decide between coffee and whiskey?? They both offer so much to the world…

      Bruce,

      I the fly screens look like the way to go. I’m used to using a hoochy (you might call it a fly or light weight tarp) which is basically a square sheet you can use as a roof. It’s great for light weight backpacking but I’m looking at light weight family friendly options now and that looks just the ticket.

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      colmike wrote: I trust all of you feel as I do…

      I know exactly how you feel Mike. This place draws a great crowd.

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      Dave

      http://kirkcenter.org/ . Movie was, Lonely are the Brave–Kirk Douglas. And yes your right based on Ed’s novel and after the screen play was a hit –Kirk never even acknowledged Ed (as I remember Ed had a cameo in the film).

      Why do I remember all this–first movie me and my dad went to all by our selves–think 58 or so. Good memories–one of those times when the old man said–good questions–you think about the answers.

      Hammer, what darn Nickel bow I missed that one to, too, two.:lol:

      Warning the link to the kirk center may be disturbing to those who haven’t spent time in the wild:twisted:

      Semper Fi

      Mike

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      colmike wrote:

      Hammer when you get the time send some real estate info on your grid–you have the home e-mail–it just might happen:shock: Wouldn’t it be fun to be there when the big one blows:roll:

      Will do, compadre. It’d be great to have you in the ‘hood! The Teton Valley Traditional Archery Club needs more members!

      ausjim wrote:

      My problem is Dave, I’m torn between two great passions. How can a man decide between coffee and whiskey?? They both offer so much to the world…

      You don’t have to choose – with diligence, hard work and extensive practice, it’s not hard to transition straight from one to the other. πŸ˜‰

      David Petersen wrote: Hammer, tell us about the Indian nickel bow. If you already have, sorry but I missed it.

      Dave –

      It’s a Big Jim’s Thunderchild – 2 piece, 56″ AMO, #55 @ 28″, bocote riser and mango wood limbs. You didn’t miss anything – I’ve been keeping it under wraps…8)

      Jim embeds a Buffalo nickel on both of his current models – the Thunderchild gets the Native American portrait side, and his Buffalo bows show the flipside of the coin. Pretty cool detail, in my totally biased opinion.

      ausjim wrote:

      I know exactly how you feel Mike. This place draws a great crowd.

      It really does.

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      Smithhammer wrote: [quote=colmike]

      Hammer when you get the time send some real estate info on your grid–you have the home e-mail–it just might happen:shock: Wouldn’t it be fun to be there when the big one blows:roll:

      Will do, compadre. It’d be great to have you in the ‘hood! The Teton Valley Traditional Archery Club needs more members!

      Hey Jim, half a cup of coffee and half a cup of whiskey put hair on the bear. Best of two worlds.:lol: Not anymore though πŸ˜€

      Hey Jim, some of the best of both worlds? I was in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco fishing one cool morning and came across a French couple camping out. A half cup of coffee and a half a fifth of whiskey:D was not a bad “end” to the morning.

      It’s bad to wake up at 5:00 PM with a headache! πŸ˜‰ You’d think an 18 year old woulda known better.

      ausjim wrote:

      My problem is Dave, I’m torn between two great passions. How can a man decide between coffee and whiskey?? They both offer so much to the world…

      You don’t have to choose – with diligence, hard work and extensive practice, it’s not hard to transition straight from one to the other. πŸ˜‰

      David Petersen wrote: Hammer, tell us about the Indian nickel bow. If you already have, sorry but I missed it.

      Dave –

      It’s a Big Jim’s Thunderchild – 2 piece, 56″ AMO, #55 @ 28″, bocote riser and mango wood limbs. You didn’t miss anything – I’ve been keeping it under wraps…8)

      Jim embeds a Buffalo nickel on both of his current models – the Thunderchild gets the Native American portrait side, and his Buffalo bows show the flipside of the coin. Pretty cool detail, in my totally biased opinion.

      ausjim wrote:

      I know exactly how you feel Mike. This place draws a great crowd.

      It really does.

      Hey Bruce, you know Warm Springs Creek? Not so warm when you fall in!:cry:

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      We had a TBOT shoot at Memphis, Tx. this weekend and I had a good time. I also made a decision about split or 3 under.

      I’ve shot split finger most all of my shooting years but about six months ago I decided to try 3 under and it seemed to be working, in the backyard and stumping around the range any way. But shooting a tourney that was set up with hunting type and shots and situations, my mind went to s..t. I kept wanting to grab the string like always and with the tab I made I couldn’t, (no split.:)So duh!

      I guess at my age I oughta just keep doing what I been doing and be happy. Kinda got a lot of years doing split finger and my mind is trained.

      Here’s one of the targets I set though. I set the 20 target “fun” and Selfbow/wood composite bow championship course (I’m trying to retire from that job but seems a generation or two behind me would rather show up at shoot time and leave when done):evil:

      Here’s my desert sandgator!!!:wink:

      Can you tell it’s dry? This shot is set up in the creek bed. Creek beds are supposed to be green in spring.

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      R2 looks like you guys had a nice setup for that shoot.

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      Looks like a fun day Ralph! I like the desertgator πŸ˜‰

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      I hope everyone can get outside and do something FUN today, with bow in hand!!

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      My wife’s definition of “bow” differs from mine.:D

      Done though. πŸ˜† Shower time, shoot time!!!!

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      A fine evening of stumping with good friends:

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      Looks like a great afternoon Bruce!

      I spent most of yesterday paddling a river looking for river access to a particular piece of land to hunt on. I forgot to bring my camera but I had my first ‘croc right next my kayak’ experience! So close I could have reached out and touched him with my hand. The story is kind of spoiled by the fact that it was a a little freshwater croc, about 2 feet long πŸ˜‰ But it was still pretty neat!

      Ralph, I’ll be doing that same chore this afternoon πŸ˜•

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      Two days ago I’m sitting in a great spot 3 trail intersection turkey sign all over the place and I know there roosting about 100yds down in the ravine. Sitting in my hammock seat–thank you Mr. Smithhammer–that has to be the best piece of gear I have ever carried in the field, sets up in seconds and so comfortable you just don’t move. There I am enjoying the sunrise when a black coyote walks by 15 feet from me (measured it later) never saw one all black. He was hunting and about 20 min. later 5 turkey flush down trail and fly right over me:shock: Gave it about a half hour then went down to check it out–no sign that he had any more success then I did:( Now some may call that an unsuccessful hunt–but I figure I will remember it for a long time.:lol:

      If you hunt on the ground check out that seat best $49 I have spent.

      Mike

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      I see some of y’all having another snowstorm. Be careful. We’re having another dust storm. YUK. Ain’t too lovely out. πŸ‘Ώ

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      Wildfire!!! Panhandle!!

      It was headed to my hunting grounds at 40+mph then the wind shifted from the north at higher speeds and hit some populated areas. Bunch of burned houses, at least 75.

      The people’s lives changed by the fire way more important than my hunting grounds. Bless them.

      I chose not to go hunting, snooping and stumping up there this past month because of the high winds and fire danger.

      It pays to be cautious and aware of conditions. Where I hunt I’m down wind from fire sources with nowhere to run.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Got out looking for bear yesterday morning. It’s a little odd at this point, but I still have yet to see any bear sign at all in the usual places, and yesterday was no exception. Still a fair bit of snow on north-facing hillsides and the dark timber, so I opted to get up on a ridge with a good view and glass down into some good looking drainages.

      Saw at least half a dozen moose, a few elk and a bunch of muleys, but no bruins at all. Still, it was a fine morning in the mountains, with no one else around for miles.

      And then on the way out I came across these very fresh tracks on a muddy 2-track:

      They weren’t there on the way in. I kept one eye over my shoulder till I got to the truck…8)

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      Smithhammer wrote:

      That’s a good shot Bruce, but I think the idea of stump shooting is to hit the stump with you arrow, not your bow.

      I always enjoy the photos of your hills mate. Keep us updated on the bears, I love reading about bears and lions and all the things we don’t have here πŸ˜€

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      Ralph, I’m glad you dodged the fire mate. There’s no mucking about with them.

    • David Petersen
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      Mike, your black coyote encounter reminds me that after numerous occasions when I had to say to myself, “I’d trade my bow for a camera right now,” I finally started carrying one in my right-hand shirt pocket (the left pocket is for binocs). I’d trade every dead turkey in the universe for a close sighting and good photo of a black coyote. It’s the unusual in nature, as with people, that has always intrigued me most. We had a black “red” fox here some years ago, but I’ve never even heard of a black coyote. Depending on species, melano animals can be even more rare than albinos. Thought I saw a black spike bull elk once, but on closer inspection he was fresh from a mud wallow.

    • Brennan Herr
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      Smithhammer,

      Great pics and stop with the bow shots…The Humphrey knife pissed off the wife enough. Can’t imagine what would happen if a thunderchild made it home. I still don’t think I am out of the woods yet on the Elkheart and it has been over a year!

      I would love to sit at that place in your picture just for a hour and take in that scene. But I would probably linger for days!

    • Col Mike
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      😳 Well Dave my camera was sitting on top of my map pouch (possibles bag) right next to my left thigh inches from my hand. Once he moved into the gloom I thought–I should have gotten a picture of that. Then I glanced down. Probably a good thing Smithhammer would have just critiqued my attempt at art:lol:

      R2 stay clear of those fires–heard it on news this morning wondered how close it was to you. Stay safe

      Mike

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      Ralph – hadn’t seen news of the fires until this evening. I’m glad you got missed. Up here seems a good year for tree frogs with all the moisture we’ve had. They’ve been making those loud chirps they do from all directions. I love the sound of spring. Even walking out to my truck in the pre-dawn to go to work on a nice spring morning is not 1/2 bad.

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      I’m glad for y’all that are not “droughting” :D. Enjoy the spring.

      Scott you give me inspiration.

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      Yesterday’s after-work project:

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      Nice work.:D

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      The wind finally laid today after a week solid of it and we got to get out and play.

      The bases of these yuccas make fine targets.

      Some things havin’ a hard go of it in the drought.

      There are things like this mesquite branch that neither your foot nor your truck’s foot need to find unawares.

    • paleoman
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      Any of you Texans need ice:lol:? Here is a pic of Lake Superior ice near Marquette, Mi. on 5/13. It snowed just N of here yesterday and was down below freezing last night.

      attached file
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      Man, that looks a mite nippy. Trade with ya, go 50/50?

      Somewhat more refreshing looking than this. πŸ™‚

      Actually not quite that bad but nearly.

    • Ben M.
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      Hi, folks. I haven’t been around much since deer season. Been tending to family matters. Sure was a hard winter. We set a new record in firewood use this year; matter o’ fact, there’s a fire in the stove right now. It must be over for sure now though: the tips are worn off the feathers of every turkey wing my friends have brought me.

      It’s gonna be a good summer. I can feel it.

      -Ben

    • James Harvey
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      Glad to see you’re back Ben πŸ˜€

    • Col Mike
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      Hey Ben welcome back:D.

    • Ben M.
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      Thanks, guys. That’s very kind of you. Ya’ know, in a way, it’s nice to look back through this thread and see that life goes on without you. I ‘spect that’s a thing my dear old Grandad would have wanted me to know. Sure do miss that guy.

      Hey, how ’bout a kitchen tip? I’ve tried two new ways of using wild turkey meat this week and they were both blinding successes.

      1) Hamburgers. Great way to use the thigh and leg meat. Remove as many sinews as practical before grinding.

      2) Fajitas. Slice the tender inner breast meat into very thin strips. Toss in a cast iron skillet with ample olive oil, thick sliced onions & sweet peppers, and spices. Add chunks of fresh tomato in the last minute of cooking. Fantastic!

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Great turkeys tips, Ben. Unfortunately, it looks like my spring turkey season is over – we made another stab at it last week, but the gobblers weren’t very fired up at all, and the hens and toms we were seeing were still very separate. It felt like it hasn’t even really kicked in yet. We called a couple gobblers part way in, but they hung up in the thick stuff and wouldn’t close the distance. So I moved in on one, and got very close to him without a clear shot, and then he disappeared. Still it was a lot of fun.

      Here’s the Better Half, schooling the boys with her Alaskan the other day:

    • Col Mike
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      Smithhammer wrote: Great turkeys tips, Ben. Unfortunately, it looks like my spring turkey season is over – we made another stab at it last week, but the gobblers weren’t very fired up at all, and the hens and toms we were seeing were still very separate. It felt like it hasn’t even really kicked in yet. We called a couple gobblers part way in, but they hung up in the thick stuff and wouldn’t close the distance. So I moved in on one, and got very close to him without a clear shot, and then he disappeared. Still it was a lot of fun.

      Here’s the Better Half, schooling the boys with her Alaskan the other day:

      Bruce

      It appears that the better half could use a new bow and what about a side quiver:lol: A balanced inventory!

      Mike

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      colmike wrote:

      Bruce

      It appears that the better half could use a new bow and what about a side quiver:lol: A balanced inventory!

      Mike

      I know what you’re up to, Mike.

      Thankfully, she doesn’t read this forum. Yet….

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      You guys would not believe how nice it is to smell something besides dirt in the air. It’s raining!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • James Harvey
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      Ralph, I know how beautiful the clean smell of rain can be on a dusty day, but I think what you’ve been going through is a whole all ball park. Must be a relief πŸ˜€

    • Ben M.
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      I’m happy for you, R-Squared. You and your folks have had it harder than I ever have.

      Been making arrows here. Between soccer and baseball, I spend a lot of time at my kids’ practice sessions. I’ve taken to working on arrows while they’re working on sports. On the right are sixty-six shafts lacquered, tapered, bundled, and ready to finish.

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      Busy man Ben. Looking good.

      Thanks for well wishes on the rain guys.

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      Glad to hear you got some rain Ralph, and I hope there’s more on the way!

      Got out stumpin’ with a buddy last night. It was a much-needed good time, but the skeeters are coming out something fierce in the woods right now!

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      It’s good they come by every now and then.

      Maybe I oughta be a little sweeter and they’ll come by more often. :D:D

      Bruce I been dried and pruned too many days, the type of quiver you have pictured? I want to order one methinks.

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      R2 wrote:

      Bruce I been dried and pruned too many days, the type of quiver you have pictured? I want to order one methinks.

      R –

      It’s made by Big Jim, and I’ve been really happy with it. Here are a few more pics:

      https://www.tradbow.com/members/cfmbb/messages.cfm?threadid=9AE90C16-1422-1DE9-EDFCCB184FBBA6AA

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      Ben, you’ve racked up some serious fletching experience by the looks of things mate! Well done, no wonder we haven’t seen much of you lately πŸ˜€

      I’ve been wheeling and dealing all week, I’m run pretty ragged (that doesn’t take much, I’m pretty lazy!), but I’ve got myself signed up to be a guide for a 700km sea kayaking expedition through tropical Queensland for Aussie veterans who received serious physical or psychological injuries in Afghan/Iraq. The best part is I’ve got my CO’s approval which means I’ll be getting paid by army for the pleasure. Sometimes I seriously love my job πŸ˜€

      I’ll leave in late August and be gone pretty much all of September. One of the guys who lost his legs on the trip with me in 2012 did a similar paddle last year with the same organisation and loved it. I’m really looking forward to it!

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      That’s a big thing you’re doing there Jim. Gung Ho!:) I respect the hell out of that. Thanks.

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      ausjim wrote:

      I’ve been wheeling and dealing all week, I’m run pretty ragged (that doesn’t take much, I’m pretty lazy!), but I’ve got myself signed up to be a guide for a 700km sea kayaking expedition through tropical Queensland for Aussie veterans who received serious physical or psychological injuries in Afghan/Iraq. The best part is I’ve got my CO’s approval which means I’ll be getting paid by army for the pleasure. Sometimes I seriously love my job πŸ˜€

      I’ll leave in late August and be gone pretty much all of September. One of the guys who lost his legs on the trip with me in 2012 did a similar paddle last year with the same organisation and loved it. I’m really looking forward to it!

      Fantastic, Jim!! It’s a great thing you’re doing, and I bet it’s going to be a helluva trip! Can’t wait to hear more about it – I used to spend a lot of time in a sea kayak myself before I moved inland. Such a great way to travel and explore.

      Btw, have you ever heard of a Yank named Chris Duff? He was an acquaintance who was really into doing these BIG kayak trips, usually circumnavs. He wrote two books that you might enjoy – one about paddling around Ireland, and the other about paddling around the south island of NZ. The latter, in particular, had no shortage of hair-raising moments:

      http://www.amazon.com/Chris-Duff/e/B001IXTP3Q/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

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      Thanks fellas πŸ˜€

      Bruce I haven’t heard of Duff but Southern Exposure is now on my reading list.

      I read a story (don’t remember if it was in TBM or an Aussie mag) of a fella hunting elk in NZ. He got to the hunting ground by water and I’ve been dreaming of an NZ hunting kayak exped ever since. Stalking around Hollywood’s Middle Earth for deer bigger than I’ve ever seen with no roads or people within cooee sounds pretty spectacular to me!

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      Jim when we dream we might as well dream big.

      I hope you can make it happen someday.

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      Jim

      That sounds like a lot of fun and for a very good cause. We do similar thing here next month Team River Runner all wounded vets will be here for a few days of white water kayaking, my duty is less dramatic, man the grill cook the burgers and chicken and ensure the keg stays pumped up:D

      Trust we will see some great photo’s come Oct.

      Semper Fi

      Mike

    • Cameron Unruh
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      I am just finishing up a bow that was supposed to be for a friends birthday – surprise gift from his wife. The weight came in a little bit high for what he likes. I could taper the back and bring it right to where he wants OR I just might keep this one and start another one for him. This is my first bow using Cocobolo and I fell in love with this wood.

      This bow is 58″ ntn – 53# @ 28″

      I am planning on hunting a new zone this coming deer season and I think this bow might need to accompany me.

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      Mighty purty bow. I think you thinkin’ right!!!:D

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      Got out yesterday and put some arrows in my backyard target. And a few into the hard maple logs behind it.

      Busted one off right at the field point, which is still stuck in the maple. Had one splinter and still have only found the feather end, you’ll think a nice red shaft would stand out in green grass. And had a feather come off one.

      Thanks to you fellows on this forum I built these arrows myself and now have the equipment and know how to fix two out of three. Unlike years previous when a busted arrow was a serious thing, now I just put these aside for repair or replace and carried on shooting. It is a nice feeling.

      Now I am going to try to pry the youngest out to shoot some with me.

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      Jim, I’m jealous. Tomorrow I get to “guide” two 10 year old girls to a Memorial day parade.

    • Ben M.
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      That’s all good news, fellas.

      I did some more of this over the weekend:

    • Cameron Unruh
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      Ben – You are an arrow making machine. Are you storing up for Zombie Apocalypse or do you provide arrows for all your friends and family? LOL 😯

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      S-L-O-W-L-Y but surely, Cameron, I am getting an archery business started out of my home. Once I get ~300 arrows stockpiled I’m going to start making kids’ bows out of PVC and selling them off with a half-dozen arrows. I’ve been staying home with my kids for six years now and I always sort of figured I’d go back to school when my youngest started kindergarten but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. They still depend on me to be the anchor here at home. But, like everyone, we could use a few extra bucks. This little side business gives me the flexibility to be available for all my kids’ needs while earning a little coin doing something I love. (That’s the idea, anyway.)

      Speaking of kids, they’re bugging me right now. Gotta go. Time to fire up the grill.

    • Cameron Unruh
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      Sounds like a plan…Ben

      Your arrows look good!

    • Ben M.
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      Say, guys, just to be clear: I wasn’t trying to market to anyone. My plan for this is so small and so locally focused that it simply didn’t occur to me that I was advertising here. I wasn’t trying to sell anything and I won’t post about my business venture anymore.

      -Ben

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      Ben M. wrote: Say, guys, just to be clear: I wasn’t trying to market to anyone. My plan for this is so small and so locally focused that it simply didn’t occur to me that I was advertising here. I wasn’t trying to sell anything and I won’t post about my business venture anymore.

      -Ben

      Ben –

      Fwiw, I didn’t take your post that way at all. Good luck with the new business venture!

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      I just figured you took a likin’ to building arrows and came upon a small fortune to buy all those feathers with. :D:D

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      Good luck Ben, I guess Fred Bear started by making a bow and a handful of arrows.

      Mark.

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      OK folks, nuffs enuff!!!!!!!!

      I am definitely tired of this target panic crap I’ve been fighting for a year or more.

      I’m putting things down, revamping my pea brain and starting as a new student. I know all the supposed cures but none are effective till the brain disengages from the shot process. I need to Zen the deal, get it out of the right side and let it flow through the left. Funny though, when stumping I rarely miss. Right now though I’ll leave the critters alone till I get over this malady.

      I got into this aim while drawing, shooting then faking a hand trip by an anchor point. Aim, draw, shoot, anchor is very sporadic when it comes to getting an arrow where one intends for it to go rather than arrow going to where it’s pointed.

      Anyway, newbie here for awhile. πŸ˜‰

      It’s hard on one’s pride when you look at your wall of fame filled with trophy’s, pins, awards etc. and now last place is nearly out of reach.

      Never give up, just take another approach. πŸ˜€

      Never unhappy, just a bit peeved now and then.

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      You make some fine looking arrows, Ben. Nice work.

      When you get ready, lemme know. I’ll buy some of those kid arrows from you.

    • tailfeather
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      It’s fishing season now, but I’ve been shooting the bow some in the evenings to stay somewhat on point…..the better half is doing pretty well with hers, so that’s fun. Got a 5 day river trip coming up on the Buffalo River, Ark in July. Really looking forward to that! I’ll get in a hog hunt or two in June and August, but other wise hanging around the water.

      Speaking of turkey recipes, we’ve been doing wild turkey barbacoa lately…..and it’s really good. Just use Hunter, Angler, Gardener, Cook’s venison barbacoa recipe but chunk in turkey instead (and use chicken or turkey broth).

      http://honest-food.net/2013/10/28/barbacoa-recipe-venison/

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      tailfeather wrote:

      Speaking of turkey recipes, we’ve been doing wild turkey barbacoa lately…..and it’s really good. Just use Hunter, Angler, Gardener, Cook’s venison barbacoa recipe but chunk in turkey instead (and use chicken or turkey broth).

      Turkey barbacoa sounds awesome, and HAGC is a great resource for all things game and forage. So many excellent recipes on there. Hank Shaw’s two books are also good reads.

      Ralph – good luck with the ‘target panic!’

    • paleoman
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      OK…my wife wanted to do something together…so I got dragged into a tai chi class. I felt out of place at first but am starting to “get it”. This could be very helpful with lots of things related to generally sneaking around the woods. It is uniquely humbling when you think you have mastery of your own movement to try it anyway..

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      Paleo

      Linda wants to know if you fell on your face:lol:.

      Grasshopper, I have learned when the ladies invite you to do something be prepared to have your butt kicked or embarrassed. Or learn something–which we can never admit:shock:.

      Watch out for those MI knife and gun shows.

      Mike

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      Ain’t much that tastes worse than one’s pride just before one swallows it, uh? πŸ˜€

      Been there with yoga. It’s not meant for things to bend like that.

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      Wife and I are moving to Logan, Utah for work. Be there on June 8th…Anyone local or close. Need some new shooting and hunting partners…

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      Went stumpin this morning.

      I believe this guy was telling me who that belonged to that he was sitting on.

      People been sneaking in the back part of the archery range and using 4 wheelers illegally. Our recent rains sure make the damage they can do shine out.

      Bet you find plenty of archers in Utah.:D

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      colmike wrote: Paleo

      Linda wants to know if you fell on your face:lol:.

      Grasshopper, I have learned when the ladies invite you to do something be prepared to have your butt kicked or embarrassed. Or learn something–which we can never admit:shock:.

      Watch out for those MI knife and gun shows.

      I didn’t fall in my face:D I’m a stump jumper extraordinaire, but when it comes to balance without lots of movement I think it might help. I do wish there was some contact though. Guys just wanna hit something!

      Mike

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      Mohawk13 wrote: Wife and I are moving to Logan, Utah for work. Be there on June 8th…Anyone local or close. Need some new shooting and hunting partners…

      I believe there is a very active club in that area. Contact Guy Perkins at Camp Chef and he can point you in the right direction.

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      Thanks Webmother. Good looking out for a stranger in a strange land.

    • Brennan Herr
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      Passerby called in a large object on a road. This is what I found.

      I washed him off and turned him loose in a little better area

      I put a quarter on his back for reference.

      Biggest one I have seen to date. Web mom

      I did shoot my bow today!

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      Wow, Brennan. What a coincidence: my kids found a snapper just the other day and I took a picture with the same reference.

      By the way, how’s your boy doing with that kit? It’s been a couple years and I’ve changed my profile name but I still remember the arrows.

    • Brennan Herr
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      Ben,

      The arrows are great and working well. He loves to shoot any chance he gets. Thanks again to you and Troy for taking the time to add great experience to his life.

      Brennan

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      I like the big quarter, little quarter posts. πŸ˜€

      Mine don’t swim, he just roams the countryside looking for lost change. πŸ˜†

    • Cameron Unruh
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      I was out doing some scouting in prep for deer season saw three does but no bucks this round but did however get some great fishing in.

      The first lake pic is where I started my hike and the second is my favorite fishing spot. At just under 10,000 ft and a little bit of a climb with only foot or horseback access I rarely see others up there at the same time I am there. Makes for a quiet get away!

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      Great looking country, Cameron! Sierras?

      And it looks like a tasty lunch as well!

    • paleoman
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      Ya don’t need no words with pics like that! Little bit of heaven right there.

    • Cameron Unruh
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      Smithhammer – it is the Sierra’s above Courtright reservoir. It is a four mile hike back and is typically my first night of a several day journey to several high mountain lakes with awesome fishing.

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      Just gotta say it’s one beautiful morning here in the Texas Panhandle!!!! Wonderful to go stumpin” but………..someone has to mow. πŸ˜€

      Hey, that guy looks older than me:wink:

    • paleoman
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      Beautiful here too after a rainy, t-stormy week. The past 3 weekends have been perfect weather. I may mow today. I may not:wink: Enjoy the day!

    • Joseph Miller
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      Rockford isn’t that far from Berrien Springs. Were you at the Compton Rendezvous? I think it was the best ever with great speakers.

    • paleoman
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      No, I wasn’t there. I’d heard of it but didn’t know for sure it was in Michigan:roll: Getting me in a vehicle on a weekend is a challenge with all the miles I log for work.

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      Ha! New string on bow, new adjustable nock set, new wool silencers, pouring rain. Darn the luck but rain way more important than me playing. I have no desire to be a lightning rod!!!

      We’ve actually gone above our yearly average, ta da!!!! But got a few years of make up to go though.

      How nice it is to see green,

      Different than the mountains where I’m from but for where my life is now it’s wonderful.

      My life too!!!

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      Glad to hear you’re getting rain, Ralph! Sounds like that part of the country could sure use it. Let’s hope it’s a trend.

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      Yup, maybe mud and skeeters but I’m retired and only have to put up with those when I choose to do so. Ha!!!

      Shootin’ in the mud way more fun than putting high lines back up in it.:D

      Or other mud activities, some of which pictures of not apropos for some places. πŸ˜€ Not bow shooting related. πŸ˜‰

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Beautiful day here in the Tetons – got out stumpin’ with a couple good friends. Brought along a classic Marbles ‘Sport 99″ knife that recently came my way (15 years old and unused, in the original box!). Double-dose of cocobolo for ya:

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      Nice!!!

      I like cocobolo.

      Sprinkled here but dumped buckets 50-100 mi. west.

      I shot my 50# Yellow Jacket,Osage/glass, longbow very well, my 45# Samick Sage, not so well, and was playing with a Samick Red Stag, 40#, when the mosquitoes won the battle. What’s worse methinks is the biting flies. Those peckerwoods enjoy mosquito repellant as an hors d’oeurve before the bite!

      Me and longbows just get along better than me and recurves. Not saying one better than the other, just saying I’m better with one than the other. Neva, neva open that debate:D.

      Me and skeeters and flies don’t get along at all.

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      Was out stumping today and came across these little guys.

      Good to have had rain and see turkeys running around again.

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      Today I hiked into here:

      And caught lots of these:

      But in order to qualify this post, I thought about my longbow quite a bit today. And I think there are lots of parallels between trad archery and fly fishing…

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      Nice.

      Your fishing rod “bows” with a fish on the end of the line right. πŸ˜€ The bow of the rod!!!

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      Got out for a bit of stumping with two of my best mates…

      30 metre shot at a piece of a car… point of aim was the hole just above the arrow there.. these little supermags are plenty accurate

      A wider angle shot of this little Mad Max style stumping ground

      Big game stump hunting…

      Nice spot down by the creek… where the bank is too steep for crocs πŸ˜‰

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      Bruce and Cameron, thanks for sharing those photos… American forests look so exotic to me, and trout in mountain streams… beautiful stuff πŸ˜€

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      ausjim wrote:

      Great pic.

      ausjim wrote: American forests look so exotic to me, and trout in mountain streams… beautiful stuff πŸ˜€

      I feel the same way about your pics, Jim! I’d love to get down there some day.

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      Leaving on a three day river trip Tuesday, camping on sandbars. The best part of summer.

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      Was out stumpin’ this morning. One has to be very selective with one’s shot choice since we’ve had some rain.

      Ragweed is killing me!!!!!!!!!

      I’ve been taking pics of this majestic old dying tree for many years.

      The tales it could tell.

      30 + years worth of me tromping around it. πŸ™‚

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Nice to see how green it still is there, Ralph!

      I got out for a stump hike behind the house this morning as well. Did my brain and my body good…

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      I found a 2 week gap in the employee prison fence:D This was the 1st of 2 so far. If I’d have had my bow I’d have shot him….for compliance reasons here:lol:

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      Nice! I can eat the heck out of those yummy crustaceans! Are you in Maine?

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      Smithhammer wrote: Nice! I can eat the heck out of those yummy crustaceans! Are you in Maine?

      Looks like it:D

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      Backpacking wood stove for my tarp and this years hunts in the northeast tn southwest va deer seasons. No chimney yet.

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      Interesting looking stove – how much does it break down? Weight? Love to hear a little more.

      I got out yesterday for a hike across the state line into Wyoming with the mutts. It was a good stretch of the legs up a trail that isn’t maintained anymore, and doesn’t see much traffic at all.

      There’s a trail here somewhere…

      Up above 7500′ the wildflowers are still in full effect:

      Seems like most of my hikes this time of year are a quest to get somewhere off the beaten track, ideally near some flowing water, and then find a good spot to pitch the hammock and enjoy the view:

      I had a very tired shorthair by the time I got back to the truck.

      Saw some big elk tracks, spooked something large above me that kicked boulders down uncomfortably close to us and found some old bear sign. But honestly, every time I saw a stump, all I could think of was “I wish I had my bow with me…”

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      Gorgeous country and pictures Smith! The stove will weigh about a pound and a half with the foil roll chimney. It’s two steam bar pans 2.5″ deep by 6″ wide by 10″ long (I think) haven’t put a tape to it yet. It nests together and is about 4″ thick broken down. Boiled a tea kettle of water in under 10 min. Last night. Hopefully I’ll get to put it to good use this season!

    • Cameron Unruh
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      Here is a video of my day on Monday this week…

      Oh well – I could not seem to get that working…

      Awesome pics Smithhammer!

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      Molly, the kids, and I spent three days and 34 leisurely miles on the river. Not much better than a river trip. Some pics:

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      Last ones…..Quickie tarp shelter from pm thunderstorms

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      Hey cpbiv- that’s a really slick little stove. Very cool.

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      cpbiv – I like it. Looking forward to hearing more once you get it all together and use it for a while. I used an ultraralight wood stove on a turkey hunt this spring, and man, it sure was nice on chilly mornings.

      Cameron – if the video is hosted on YouTube, try just copying and pasting the “Share” link.

      Tailfeather – looks like a fine trip! And I agree, there’s nothing like a good river trip. I’m due for one this fall – hopefully we’re going to float the Middle Fork of the Salmon in early Oct. which is a great time – hardly anyone on the river, fall colors, and lots of chukar…

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      Nice pics gents! Love to see other areas of the country.

    • Cameron Unruh
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      Ok I will give this video effort another try…

      http://youtu.be/iy76oHlYJr0

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      Well done!:) Nap and peach well deserved.

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      Thanks R2 – this was kind of a joke video in that my brother is not the kind of guy that understands solo time in the woods and is always giving me a hard time about disappearing in the woods on my own…asking what in the world do you do all day? So I thought I would give him a window into my world.

      BTW – The bow is a three piece takedown that I just finished up. It is my second three piece attempt and I am loving it! 57# @28″ 62″ All Cocobolo wood with Red Elm core wood.

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      Now that’s just good livin’ right there. Nice little vid, Cameron.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Got out for a nice stumpin’ session this morning.

      Two well-exercised longbows, taking a rest:

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      Good looking bows Smithhammer! Glad you got to hit some stumps…

      I was out this morning as well and got into a stare off with this lovely lady…This pic was taken with my phone so it is not super clear but look just right of the tree in the middle of the pic.

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      Cameron

      That video brings a :D. gonna have to try a hammock usually just lie on the ground–oh well old habits die hard.

      Thanks for the effort.

      Mike

    • Cameron Unruh
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      Colmike – The hammock is awesome for day use. I spent 8 nights last year and discovered that for night time sleeping comfort I am a ground guy. But the hammock is great for daytime relaxing and I use as a chair as well.

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      Guess I be sticking to the ground,

      Very selective of location however,

      :D:D

      Bed of my pickup???????????????:wink:

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      Stumpin’ at the range today.

      Floating bear:D, actually our running animal target.

      Got some rain and the turkeys are back

      Some things not good but this a good knot

    • David Petersen
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      Finally hiked up to check my two long-neglected game cams yesterday. One had dead batteries and no photos. The other had 1587 shots, all but about a dozen of which were wind in the aspens. Total take was just two fat bears (or the same one twice) and a very pregnant elk cow on June 26, two weeks beyond normal end of calving season and a bad indication that the recent trend of late-born calves continues.

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      David, what’s the thinking on the late calving? Weather changes, human pressures, drought conditions?

      It doesn’t look very drought like there.

      That bear hasn’t been without for sure. Food anyway.:D

    • Ben M.
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      I’m at the 2014 MOjam primitive archers gathering right now. Great company, great food (I just ate enough pork chops to choke a goat), great moonshine. Great weather, too. Come on out if you’re in the area.

      Watch it with the moonshine, though. That stuff means business.

      The osage log I brought yielded six adult staves and one youth stave.

      My first bow in progress.

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      Moonshine blew him outta his sandals. Wow!

      I missed the Ojam, in Oklahoma this year but by golly next spring I’m going. I have a hankerin’ to build a bow!:D And I know nada.

      Looks like a good time at the Mojam too. I’ve heard it is great.

      Have fun. Hope it shoots well.

    • David Petersen
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      Ralph — This is the third year I’ve seen this here: elk calves by Sept. are long weaned and spotless and bigger than most deer … now we have spotted calves in Oct.! I think you hit all three primary problems: excessive hunting pressure during the rut, climate change and drought, with the latter two being likely the same at root. You’d be surprised how skinny some of these “fat” bears become when they get wet, or skinned-out. But yeah, since we outlawed baiting and hounds here, now long ago, we have lots of beautiful big bears. It’s a joy to behold. A cup of my wife’s ashes are in the little spring the bear is headed for … I like that a lot, and so would she. The bear isn’t commenting, just trying to cool off on a warm summer midday.

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      Thanks David. I’ve been seeing some of that around here, whitetail fawns with spots at Thanksgivings and still suckling. Of course we’ve been in extreme drought so I expect a lot of abnormal.

      Another factor of drought I never thought of is, one of many of course, the decrease in bigger whitetail bucks last year.

      A game biologist explained that the bigger bucks get totally worn out during the rut and with the lack of forage due to the drought they can’t handle the winter and many prime breeding bucks die of malnutrition. The younger bucks aren’t as beat up and worn out so they continue on. He explained that when, if, the drought ends there will be a couple of year gap before it gets back to normal.

      I haven’t observed much effect of the drought on our mule deer. Mule deer are by nature a dryer climate type animal and seem to be more adaptable in a semi-arid land becoming more arid.

      David that is a beautiful place for part of her to be and for you to spend time with her. Be well and blessed.

      Be careful too. We’re becoming old timers you and I!!!!:D

      Tornado warning. Bye

    • William Warren
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      Battling the yellow jackets on 2 fronts. Eliminated the threat next to the septic tank lid but they still reign supreme in my foam block. I’ve absorbed 2 stings and they drank 2 cans of spray unfazed. There’s piece of cardboard partially covering the opening. Working up the courage to run by and snatch it off 😯 I’d burn it but that foam would probably burn down the woods so that is out as a tactic. Once they are gone I’m thinking I’ll replace it as this is not the first time they took it over.

    • David Petersen
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      It was N.C., in 1984, when I got the 50-some yellow jacket bites that now curse me with a potentially lethal allergy. I’ve gotten many more since and now have to carry a “bee sting” kit everywhere in the ‘jacket season. There are many different species, but here, with our two main varieties which I cleverly called big and little, Black Flag wasp killer spray works like a nuclear blast. They don’t even twitch but just fall like gravel. If you can find their nest, usually in the ground, wait until almost dark when they’re all in, spray in a good dose of BF and cover the exit hole. Good luck and bee careful.

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      Dave,

      I find they can be difficult to kill when they are above ground like these are. They will build their entrance looking down and the nest will actually be above the entrance so you have to get the spray to go up into the nest. That cardboard is blocking the hole so I’ve got to get that off. I always go after them after dark as you said when they are all in. I’m not afraid to get up close with the spray at night to be more accurate.

      Duncan

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      There is an arrow of mine lost at our archery range due to a nest of ground wasps claiming the surrounding territory.

      Good luck.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      The Better Half and I got out in the woods for a little stumping session last night. Good times…

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      Supper: Homemade wild turkey tamales (leg/thighs) with fresh salsa from the garden.

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      OK, since we’re on the topic of traditionally collected food:

      Gotta have something to enjoy it with (not anymore me, but for y’all…):D

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Woke up way too early this morning, and with 5 weeks to go till the elk/deer/bear opener here in Idaho, I decided I better tick some places off the list that I’ve been wanting to scout (and start getting back in shape for daily hill climbing…).

      Heading up the hill at first light:

      Spent some time sitting and glassing at the top of the ridge in the pic below, but even though it was early in the morning, I didn’t see much. Still, not a bad view… 8)

      Came across several patches of wild mint along the way:

      Obligatory bow shot:

      And then from the top of the ridge I ducked into the forest in a place I hadn’t explored before. Lots of good, ‘elk-ey’ looking timber, above a known water source:

      And some nice little meadows mixed in with the thicker cover here and there:

      Not much fresh sign, unfortunately. But I’ve hunted the next ridge over many times, and watched plenty of bulls and bears head up this ridge. I think it’s just a little too hot right now, and most of the animals are hanging at higher altitudes (I was at about 7200′ ft.).

      Still, it was great to add more info to the mental map, and I’ll definitely be spending some time up on this ridge come fall. Of course, I brought some stumping arrows along, and had a great time on the hike back out lettin ’em fly.

      All in all, not a bad mornin’…

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      Thar she is, Tonkin bamboo.

      46# @ 28″. Yellowjacket Longbow. Gerald retired several years ago but he still had some new bows he’d built stuck back.

      Brand new she is.

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      That’s a great lookin’ bow! Myrtle limbs? What’s the length?

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      Not Myrtle, it’s Tonkin bamboo. Pretty stuff. She’s 62″. At 69 years old I’m way happy shooting 45# to 50# bows. Got nothing to prove and they’ll do the job I need to do.

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      Apart from its shooting qualities, I found the 66 inches of my longbow handy once when I sat down next to an underground nest and shed my pack for a lunch break. The locals came boiling out looking for a fight. I fled and had to use the longbow to retrieve my pack when I came back.

      Raspberries are at peak here. Which is undoubtedly why we had a furry black, yearling visitor last evening. Went to the neighbor and suggested it would be a good idea to put the goats and chickens in their respective sheds for the night. Got a dozen eggs in return. πŸ™‚

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      Figured out how fast you could move eh. πŸ˜€

      Untold times my longbow has probed the snaky looking bushes ahead of me.

      Fried eggs from friendly advice. That’s a good deal.:D

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      My next door neighbor is an Idaho Fish & Game officer. They were trapping a grizz yesterday to put a radio collar on it. It’s a 500lb boar. This is what the grizz did to a tree before they got there:

      😯

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      Was he in a trap when he that took place or what? Mad at the tree? Just wonderin’. πŸ™‚

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Yup. Apparently they’d been trying to coax him into a culvert trap (like this) for some time, and he just wouldn’t do it, so they had to set a foot snare. I don’t think the boar was terribly happy about it. He’s fine now, and out roaming the mountains again, with a snazz new collar.

      It’s always a bit of a sobering thought, whenever I see pics like this, that I could run into one of those when I’m out bowhunting, and doing everything exectly the opposite of what is recommended in grizz country…

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      Get me caught in a foot snare and I might feel the same as the grizz, might PO’D.

      I’d be a bit more peaceful you come to help me though. The tree be OK too. πŸ˜€

      I understand the sobering thinking there. We’d be nothing compared to the tree.

      Thanks Bruce for satisfying my curiosity.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Glued up the new Meatheads today, combined with a 75gr. steel adapter, and a 100gr. brass insert for a total head weight of 365gr.

      Total arrow weight – 660gr. They flew rock-solid.

      18 yd. shot:

      I think they’ll do just fine.

      Thanks for making a great broadhead, Joe!

    • Charles Ek
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      Forty-six days to deer and turkey openers here in NH. In the meantime, whenever practicing where granite is way more common than corn and bean fields, remember these words:

      “Always bet on blunt.”

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      Got up to the lease Saturday. Didn’t stay as long as I wanted cause the 4×4 cratered on my truck, but better now than when nasty and I got in a bind. Here’s some pics: I can hunt all that can be seen in the picture. I’ll be awhile doing it. Hopefully. I’ve tramped most. Across in the breaks on the far side I’ve not worked as much. Hard as all get out to get into. Which is a good thing.

      Piece of petrified wood and a way old point.

      Love it when it works, 27 paces. makes for sticky arrow though.

      I always wonder why this pile of rocks. There are no others around for a couple hundred yards. My 50# Osage Yellow Jacket bow.

      Another big canyon area on the east side, looking north

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      That is some good looking wide open country your in. Critters would see me coming for 11 miles.

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      That country is so full of little draws, deep draws, little gullies, dips and such it’s unreal. Deer can and do hide in any or all of them.

      But point well made, the mule deer get high and bed in the brush with the wind at their back. Very hard to get close. The whitetails bury up in the draws closer to the riverbed and down in the riverbed itself (that is the Canadian River or what’s left of it).

      Those mulies will bed in the brush in the river to. The salt cedars down there are almost impossible to move through and visibility is zero.

      Glad I have it.

      One is liable to find the Rio Grande turkeys anywhere. They roam all over the place.

      Pigs, mostly down in the bottom but they get around some too.

      It’s a game of spot and stalk, ambush, or sometimes luck. I do a lot of looking and roaming about.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      That’s some cool looking country, Ralph. I’d love to go stumble around in that for days on end looking for Rio Grandes and pigs. And maybe conclude the day with a Shiner Bock or two. πŸ˜‰

      A buddy and I got out for a bit this afternoon and reminded the uppity stump population ‘who’s boss.’ But then the rain rolled in thick and heavy, and Mama Nature put us in our rightful place…

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      Wouldn’t some rain be nice again. We’re back in the extreme drought category. A least we had a break and Momma Nature let it be green for awhile.

      I intend to get back out soon, just ain’t got my truck fixed yet. May not like what I hear when I hear. Yuck!!!

      Your country looks good to me! Might be hard to get back to not being able to see the forest for the trees though. πŸ˜€

      Went stumping at the range yesterday, suffered today from the effects of chest high ragweed.

      P.S. I got a whole bunch of Indian Head nickels. Trade you a couple for the bow. πŸ˜€

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      R2 wrote:

      P.S. I got a whole bunch of Indian Head nickels. Trade you a couple for the bow. πŸ˜€

      If by a “whole bunch” you mean 80,000 of them, then you got yerself a deal, hombre. 8)

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      You get the right buffalo nickle might be worth it ya spose? πŸ™‚

      80,000 x .05= $4000 πŸ˜€

      Better hang on to that bow hadn’t ya? πŸ˜‰

      Now if your interested, I have at least two that I’d let go for half that much. Throw in an arrow or two proven to hit a stump or two. πŸ™‚

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      This is what it’s like to haggle with me after a couple IPAs.

      In the cold light of day, I’m willing to drop the price to a mere 20k nickels. πŸ˜‰

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      What I found out on truck today you’re going to have to give me the bow and throw the 20K nickels.:cry:

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      R2 wrote: What I found out on truck today you’re going to have to give me the bow and throw the 20K nickels.:cry:

      Deal!!

      A couple scouting pics from yesterday of some nice elk country:

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Another scouting hike this morning, and I wanted to check the condition of a few ground blinds I’d built in years past.

      Found some old wolf sign:

      Lots of bone material in this one:

      Brought along my bolo for trimming some limbs and adding more branches, etc. to my ground blind spots. Every time I use this beast, I’m blown away by what an effective and effortless chopper it is. I like big blades…

      The highlight this morning was coming across a Great Grey Owl. It’s unusual to see one around here, and they are really impressive birds. For those of you familiar with Great Horned Owls, a Great Grey is even larger. With a wingspan of 5ft. and measuring approx. 32″ from head to tail, they are the largest owl in N. America. This photo was taken from about 50ft. away:

      The light was horrible for pics, and all I had with me was my phone. But I decided to see how close I could get, and so every time it turned away from me, I took a few steps closer and then froze again. It definitely saw me, but didn’t seem concerned at all. It would look at me with those intense yellow eyes, and then go back to preening and looking around. Finally, when I was no more than 15ft. away, and it still didn’t seem to be the least concerned, I decided to chance one more pic:

      I didn’t dare get any closer, in no small part because if this bird suddenly decided I was in its space, it could probably rip my head off in seconds. I slowly backed away. It never spooked at all. What a cool interaction with an amazing bird.

    • Brennan Herr
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      SH,

      Great pics, especially the owl. They are such awe-inspiring creatures. Thanks.

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      Welcome to the jungle

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      colmike and I went stumping on some great property across from his. The weather could not have been more perfect!

      Wish I could have spent the whole day. I envy you guys that live in such beautiful places.

      We even stocked 2 bucks and got pretty close. The 6 pointer was a shooter for sure!

      Mike’s shooting was on par as well. We were calling shots on random flowers. He was so in the zone, he was shooting the stems and not the flowers!

      Mike, next time put that camera you brought to use!

      These guys like to see pictures!:D

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      Of course my camera wasn’t where I was today, twice.

      I got on a muley doe with two fawns then a little while later I got another muley doe up with one fawn. The fawn bleated and so did I and momma started looking for another little one. That was fun.

      I honestly believe prey critters have a 7th sense that let’s them know whether I’m hunting or not. Kinda like the pictures of herd animals in Africa just watching the lions walk about. Those deer all were within 50 yards of me, they studied me for awhile, then just moseyed off.

      Like the herd animals in Africa though, there’s always a leery eye peering at the lions and at me here in my world.

      P.S. I got to play with an atlatl some. That ain’t as easy as it looks. Got me to wanting one though. I figure if I lived to 96 I might get proficient with it. πŸ˜€

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      I was out snooping today and saw several mule deer does with youngun’s.

      Go figure how they can disappear down there in those salt cedars:D,but they’re darn good at it. Whitetails thrive down in that jungle. The government and ranchers are trying to get rid of the salt cedars. They’re terrible about consuming ground water. Another non-native species problem, along with the tumbleweeds. They’re non-native also.

      Didn’t go stumping here:D

      In here was good for stumpin though. No stumps but plenty of “brush bucks”.

      My old dog was ready for the truck. She don’t do hot weather to well. She’s 13, pretty old for a pit.

    • Ben M.
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      Hi, all!

      Been busy here lately. Whitetail season, as with many things recently, has snuck up on me. My bow has gathered a bit of dust but I’m fixing that. Lots of good stories and pics while I’ve been away. Tailfeather’s hog taken with all handmade tackle is probably my favorite. Great scenery pics from everyone, too.

      A portion of my recent work:

      Two culinary delights designed to induce introspection: Reaper Juice, made with the fury of carolina reapers, and my life-altering Reaper Madness: a tomato juice made with a hodgepodge of 15 of the world’s hottest known peppers. One sip and you’ll walk away with a different perspective.

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      Ben, you’re going to need a bigger table mate πŸ˜€

      Ralph, I love those rocky hills you’ve got. I bet you could hit one of those rocks if you really tried πŸ˜‰

      I’ve been pretty flat out with work lately, but got away for a 2 week kayaking trip. I had originally packed my take down bow but as one of the guides I pretty quickly started having to jettison my own gear to make way for various safety things. In place of my bow was this reverse osmosis pump in case we got stranded on a deserted island somewhere πŸ˜• . Oh well, it was still nice paddling.

      This was a nice beach we pulled up on for lunch…

      There were so many beautiful points where we were paddling… but as a guide I was too busy usually to take many photos, but this was a nice one…

      And a view of my office for the two weeks out there… tough life eh?

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      Strong work, Ben! ‘Reaper Madness” sounds like something I need to try at some point.

      Great pics, Jim. I bet that sail makes 30-mile crossings a little easier! πŸ˜‰

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      Bruce, I’d never used a sail before and this thing was awesome. Our biggest day was 55km, which was a long day, but I’ve worked harder paddling 20k’s I reckon. Once there’s a bit of tail wind, even quartering wind, and you’re in paradise!

      The only downside is that if you capsize with the sail up, you need to take it down, underwater and upside down, before you can eskimo roll. That’s a hassle πŸ˜‰

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Yeah, there’s no rolling back up with a sail rig, in my experience. Were you just using the rudder for steerage when under sail?

      I used to play around with a foil kite for downwind sailing in a kayak, and it worked pretty well. You get easily pick up a couple extra knots with it. And you could tie it to a cleat and paddle at the same time. Fun stuff, though I remember a few times that it became a handful when the wind built quickly!

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      Hey Jim, there’s a really rocky island you could practice on. At least my hills have a little bit of dirt.

      For the record, I’ve never hit a rock. πŸ˜‰ More than once with the same arrow anyway. πŸ˜€

    • Ralph
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      I was helping Doc do a little house hunting this weekend. Found a little fixer upper.

      With an outdoor privy

      Just a little work but he said NO!:)

      Actually, all that’s left standing in an old ghost town on the Whittington Center in NM.

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      Jim, I just cain’t get enough rocks it seems.:wink:

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      R2 wrote: I was helping Doc do a little house hunting this weekend. Found a little fixer upper.

      So much potential!!

    • David Coulter
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      I can feel the potential blowing through that place like a stiff breeze. Location, location, location!

    • Ralph
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      Ahhh!! But the picture window……………..:)

    • James Harvey
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      In the spirit of outhouses… here’s one I found on my recent kayak adventure… on a private island no less…

    • Ralph
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      That’s kinda like taking one’s privacy to extremes eh mate.:D

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      Reminds me of the book ‘Dunkem Dunnies’ I think. Outhouses of the Outback.

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      I was out trying to stump at the archery range today but it’s sad what invasive species can do for the country. From this,

      To this, full of tumbleweeds. I can’t even see the yuccas now.

      plus ragweed. Ragweed is not an invasive species except to my body.

      Needless to say that part of the range ain’t stumpable πŸ™‚ for awhile.

    • James Harvey
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      Smithhammer wrote: Were you just using the rudder for steerage when under sail?

      The rudder is another thing I’d never used before really. I quite enjoy paddling without one, you pretty quickly figure out if you have a stroke imbalance between left and right. The only time I found it a pain to not have a rudder is in quartering seas, as just about every other stroke is a sweep stroke. This trip we had quartering, following seas pretty much the entire journey, so I pretty much used the rudder the whole time 😳

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      ausjim wrote:

      The rudder is another thing I’d never used before really. I quite enjoy paddling without one, you pretty quickly figure out if you have a stroke imbalance between left and right. The only time I found it a pain to not have a rudder is in quartering seas, as just about every other stroke is a sweep stroke. This trip we had quartering, following seas pretty much the entire journey, so I pretty much used the rudder the whole time 😳

      Agreed. I spent many years paddling yaks with no rudder, and it’s the best way to learn boat control and proper steering strokes. And rudders represent a number of additional things that can break on an otherwise simple boat. Even when I had a yak with a ridder, I paddled with it retracted most of the time.

      But sailing represents additional steerage/leeway challenges that can make a rudder a handy item.

      Sometimes I can’t believe I now live so far inland, after all the time I spent on the coast in small boats. But I ain’t complaining – I love where I live now.

    • James Harvey
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      Smithhammer wrote: Sometimes I can’t believe I now live so far inland, after all the time I spent on the coast in small boats. But I ain’t complaining – I love where I live now.

      I don’t know why… all those photos I see of the country around your place your look horrible… hideous evergreens over unsightly hills and mountains… separated by disgustingly clear streams… makes me sick just thinking about it πŸ˜‰

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      I got out for a little stumping this morning. I really love this style of side quiver (even though this is my dodgy, home made out of an old army pack quiver). I had a big pack on this morning and the quiver just tucks behind your arm for when you’re in walking mode, then slips down under it when you’re ready to shoot/stalk. Fletching stays out of sight behind you and the whole thing just slips through the close stuff tucked into your body.

      I may have to buy one of the nice leather ones from big jims or go to my local saddlery shop with the plans Duncan gave me for this one… I love it πŸ˜€

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Been bowhunting almost every day since the opener, for at least part of the day. Experience has taught me that if I keep that up, I can burn myself out. So today I got some work done, and since Hank needed a good run, I had a healthy change of pace:

    • Brennan Herr
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      SH,

      I grew up on ruffs and dogs with a few woodcock mixed in. That is a photo that really gets me excited for the up coming seasons! Great looking bird and congrats! Thanks for sharing, it really brings back some great memories.

      Brennan

    • Carl Brickey
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      Nice .16 ga Smith. Nice bird too!

    • paleoman
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      I did quite a bit of field work yesterday and must have walked at least a few miles of chest high, ragweed and bullthistle infested right of way. I think it really pissed off my immune system because only now has my nose stopped running. There was greenbriar mixed in and and at one point I said, out in the middle of nowhere “I hate the f’in outdoors”! I will poke my head out in my hunting area near home this weekend, but not today..

    • David Coulter
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      Smithy, nice photo, nice scattergun and really nice bird! Paleo, man, we have those days. our Season starts in about 20 days. Oh yeah! good luck you guys, dwc

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Thanks, folks. Gotta mix it up now and then.

      But my bird hunting season is a lot longer than my archery season, so it’s time to get back in the game!

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      I just fletched new arrows. I’m going Orange this year, in honor of T.J Conrads, who introduced and addicted me to traditional archery 10 years ago through his great Handbook! I I’ve been fletching White and Traditional Barred White since started making arrows, but I thought a change was in order for this 10 year Anniversary!

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      Alex

      Very nice. Happy 10th my friend.

      Now with a good pair of bino’s you can find them when you miss.:lol:

      Mike

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      Thanks Mike! See you soon!

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Today I pulled all of our carrots and beets out of the garden, shot my bow, and then went to the “lawnmower races” in our city park:

      Always a good time. And then I rode my bike to get a hot dog and a beer, and then shot my bow again, and got my stuff ready for an early morning start for elk tomorrow. Hard to imagine a better Saturday.

    • grumpy
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      Didn’t know they had elk in Idaho. Thought it was just potatoes?? Do Elk eat potatoes??

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      There are no elk in Idaho. I highly recommend Colorado. 8)

    • James Harvey
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      Out for a little afternoon stroll. I’ve been so impressed with this little bow. First shot of the walk was at a sapling about an inch in diameter at 30 yards. I wish I could say I split that sapling… but I only nicked it.

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      Smithhammer wrote: There are no elk in Idaho. I highly recommend Colorado. 8)

      Colorado’s got ‘funny pot’taters’ too I hear. Not recommended by me though.:P:P

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Phrank.

      R.I.P.

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      But, but, but, bruce…can you do that on the wing???:D:D:D

      What an honorable death to a 3d!?!

      EXCELLENT…I’d say you’re dialed in!

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      alexbugnon wrote: I’m going Orange this year, in honor of T.J Conrads, who introduced and addicted me to traditional archery 10 years ago through his great Handbook!

      Happy 10th Anniversary Alex πŸ˜€

      Bruce, I think the second coming of Phrank could be achieved through the liberal use of duct tape πŸ˜‰

      I was outfitter and guide for a Billy Berger inspired afternoon hunt today…

      Hiking into the hunting grounds:

      Checking for sign:

      Game claimed! (It’s possible dad knocked it out of the sky with his hat and handed it to the little adventurer when no one was looking.. but we’ll never know)

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      Too Cool! made me smile!:D

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Doc Nock wrote: But, but, but, bruce…can you do that on the wing???:D:D:D

      !

      I’ve only hunted pheasant with a bow once, and I bounced one off a rooster in flight. They are such tough birds. I’m going to spend a little more time trying to get one with a bow this year, but with a different head setup.

      We have an area west of us where there is pretty good pheasant hunting, and not far beyond that is some good sage desert full of jackrabbits. Once big game season is done here, I’m thinking that could make for one heck of a fun “combo” day.

      ausjim wrote:

      Bruce, I think the second coming of Phrank could be achieved through the liberal use of duct tape πŸ˜‰

      Jim – it’s hard to tell in the pic, but he has several layers of duct tape around his neck. In addition to a counter-sunk screw, that was bored into a hole filled with gorilla glue! That lasted for almost a year, but alas, all good things come to an end. πŸ˜₯

      Great pics too – start ’em young!

    • Doc Nock
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      Now, Bruce, you know I was just messin with ya on the aerial shooting!

      Briar Chickens are tough hombres! Trouble is if you hunt with a dog, pointer or flusher or retriever, IS the type head used! It can hurt the dog when that big ole rooster is thrashing around with the arrow in it!

      They’re danged near bullet proof. I used to say hunting them with shotguns, “Keep bustin caps till they stop flappin flaps!”

      I doubt I have enough confidence or whatever to even try to hunt them with bows! I can bust a few aerials now and again, but the cackle birds?! I’d be intimidated and you’d have to have a very target -rich environment I would think… danged preserves here cost too much and clean farming has near wiped out wild populations…

      Another good reason to move!:roll:

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Doc –

      Yep, when bird hunting with my dog, there is no way I would use a broadhead, for obvious reasons. And I don’t have a lot of faith in blunts when it comes to roosters, as noted above. I’m experimenting now with a combo bodkin/Zwickey Scorpio setup. Not much to hurt the dog that way, and with this combo you get penetration along with an arrow that ideally stays in the bird to bring them down.

      Luckily, we still have a number of WMA’s in my part of the state with good pheasant #’s, and at lower elevations, prolific populations.

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      I’ve seen on other sites where guys even used field points and the fingers behind… or ones that slide up the shaft… finding them for carbon arrows is not easy, but those with larger dia woodies probably are in luck!

      I used these gizmos made to drive into wood so you can screw legs onto a table or something. I imagine if you could affix a field point with it over, it would be an ugly wound channel!

      Good luck! They are still built like tanks!:shock:

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      That’s a good idea, Doc! I’m headed to the hardware store later today anyway, I’ll look for some.

    • Doc Nock
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      Never tried it, for birds! The “inside” is threaded to receive all-thread or a bolt. Might not fit behind or over a field point, but, Bruce, if anyone can jury rig it, I’m betting on you, Hoss!

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      Received Clay Hayes book ” Traditional Bowhunting ” today!

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      I’ve been sorting hunting gear today and trying to assist Doc find a mover.

      Since he’s trad like we are, I was thinking this might be OK. A traditional mover for a traditional guy:

      πŸ˜€

    • paleoman
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      Day 7 of heaven here in Michigan! Sunshine, cool mornings and mild days. 7 days in a row. I wish I could press the hold button! The foliage ought to be fantastic this year and is coming along nicely. Too bad we lost most of our ash trees and the yellows they brought!

    • David Coulter
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      Hi Paleo,

      I’m sad to hear about your ash trees. I friend in Mass. is loosing his. He’s cut many for firewood and lumber as to get some value out of them. I have a few on my property and they are still doing well. I want to watch them everyday to enjoy them. Enjoy your time in the woods, dwc

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Rainy morning, so I decided to knock out a new batch of string keepers:

    • David Coulter
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      Very nice. It’s fun to put together things you’ll use. Looks like about six lifetimes worth there, dwc

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      dwcphoto wrote: Very nice. It’s fun to put together things you’ll use. Looks like about six lifetimes worth there, dwc

      Actually, that’s just about the right number for the bows I own at the moment.

      But it’s a good way to kill time on a rainy day after too much coffee, and I keep a bag of them on the shelf to give away to friends. Been playing around with making my own leather grips for some of my bows as well – easy once you get the hang of it and learn a few little tricks.

    • David Coulter
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      Yes, I forget some of you own a room full of bows. I suppose I own more than I can use at one time, too. I also suppose if I had the cash I’d own more bows, too! Nice work. Take a photo of your grips when you get a chance, dwc

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      Been waiting for the first true front to blow through with winds out of the north and cool (85Β° yesterday). I have 2-3 areas where I love to hunt mule deer but the way the terrain lays and with a rising sun being a challenge, the only way practical to hunt them is into a north wind.

      Got one!!!

      But, I have an obligation to tend to. Durn.

      Tomorrow though, north breeze instead of 30+ mph, 40’s temp, ha!!! I’ll be goin huntin’!! :lol::lol:

    • Joseph Miller
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      Wednesday was the opening day of my 60th season of archery here in the beautiful Northern Michigan woods. In those 60 years I have only missed 2 opening mornings. One in 1962 when a jerk professor scheduled an 8:00am exam and the other in 2002 when Christine was putting up a valiant battle against breast cancer. She gave me hell for not being in the woods but I couldn’t leave her.

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      By the way, the reason I’m not out this morning is because it is raining like crazy! I will sit in the rain on opening morning (if it is raining hard I won’t shoot) but not after opening morning. I am a retired guy and have plenty of time to hunt when it is not raining.

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      jlmiller wrote: Wednesday was the opening day of my 60th season of archery here in the beautiful Northern Michigan woods. In those 60 years I have only missed 2 opening mornings. One in 1962 when a jerk professor scheduled an 8:00am exam and the other in 2002 when Christine was putting up a valiant battle against breast cancer. She gave me hell for not being in the woods but I couldn’t leave her.

      Nice story, Jimiller! The Michigan Northern Woods! What an enchanted place! Stuff of dreams!:roll:

    • paleoman
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      jlmiller wrote: Wednesday was the opening day of my 60th season of archery here in the beautiful Northern Michigan woods. In those 60 years I have only missed 2 opening mornings. One in 1962 when a jerk professor scheduled an 8:00am exam and the other in 2002 when Christine was putting up a valiant battle against breast cancer. She gave me hell for not being in the woods but I couldn’t leave her.

      One Michigander to another, keep those arrows straight! Congratulations on all the years you’ve enjoyed.

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      Three days in a row, up at 3:30 driving an hour each way to hunting grounds. Having fun even if two days were hot. Today was cooler, on/off rain showers. Muley does is all I see game wise but the country, God how I love being in the country.

      This 69 years+7 month old child is tired tonight though.

      jlmiller, glad you’re still going strong. I’ve been hunting since I was 9 but not with bow. That’s about 35-40 years worth but not inclusive with a longbow. I like to hunt with guns also. But when it comes to archery my choice of weapon has been a longbow for a long, long time.

      I just like to hunt.

    • paleoman
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      Ralph – is that up at 3:30 pm?:lol: I’m not familiar with Mulies…do they rub and scrape like whitetails this time of year down there or do you get a later rut period?

    • Ralph
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      Excuse me, 0330 πŸ™‚

      Mulies are a lot different fellers than whitetails. They rub but it could be anywhere as they are more of an open country animal. By that I mean not in thick of the woods type critters. They do the canyons and flats and stuff. They like to bed just under the top of a hill with a view of the world and the wind at their back. When you spot one that makes a tough stalk. I get busted a lot. Those guys also got the does spread around as lookouts too. Stinkers! You’d think they didn’t like me.

      Cool today though, I spotted an eyeball before I got spotted. Turned out to be a doe but ‘eye spy first’:)

      The mulies rut here pretty much in Dec. into Jan. They start hanging with the does around Thanksgivings but the main rut is after season closes. Probably a good deal cause when they’re rutting, they don’t disappear with a doe like whitetails, they seem to try to take on the whole batch at once. Dumb as me back in my drinking days in the CW bars. :P:P

      Maybe I can find the bachelor group again that I saw Monday, nice, nicer and damn nice. I’d of tried any one of the three but the last one was as big as any buck I’ve seen in Texas and there’s some big deer around here. I been seein’ him at night when I’m supposed to be sleeping and I’m not a trophy hunter but if he gets in range I’ll become one in a heartbeat and care not what some may think. πŸ˜€

      We have whitetails too, I’m just hanging cause they ought to start roaming and getting girly in a couple of weeks. I usually have some of that time to myself before rifle season opens early in Nov.

      Tough hunting in these hills and draws and gulleys and winds but I love it no matter the end results.

      And speaking of 1530 πŸ˜€ when it gets colder and darker, about that time of day “them ol’deers”, like my old buddy likes to allow, just start popping out of those gulleys and draws. Problem is with that is I’ve had some bad experiences with late evening kills and retrievals. My hand still ain’t happy. I don’t know if I want to arrow a buck late day again.

      I’m not as young and chipper anymore, the country is rough and has a lot of hazards (I’ve put pics on here of the dang cactus patches) and I also have concerns with coyotes getting an animal if I can’t recover it that night. Also too warm for that to happen right now. Spoilage.

      But if MR. Big becomes stupid and I get lucky…………

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Good luck on those mulies, Ralph!

      After a morning of driving and meetings and an afternoon of mundane tasks around the house, I needed to get out this evening and whack a few stumps and hopefully stumble across a grouse or two before dark. None of the latter were seen, but many of the former were laid low by the Primal Styk. I know of few things more therapeutic than a little stump shooting in the woods…

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      Nice pic Bruce but you’re looking a bit thin:D

      Weathered in today here. A day of catch up and rest is in order so it bothers me not.

      I’m amazed at how much stuff that I don’t use gets stuffed in my bags and my truck.

      At least I’ll have what I don’t need if I don’t need it. πŸ˜€

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      R2 wrote: Nice pic Bruce but you’re looking a bit thin:D

      Weathered in today here. A day of catch up and rest is in order so it bothers me not.

      I’m amazed at how much stuff that I don’t use gets stuffed in my bags and my truck.

      At least I’ll have what I don’t need if I don’t need it. πŸ˜€

      Although you’ve never said, Ralph, you WERE an English Professor at one point in life with the syntax you use, huh?!:shock:8):roll:

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      Syntax??? Is that what I paid on alcohol and tobacco back in my other life:?: Ain’t sure if it’s the right syns we’re speaking of here. πŸ™„

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      πŸ™„ Lordy, lordy… yeah, ralph, that’s it!:lol:

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      R2 wrote: Nice pic Bruce but you’re looking a bit thin:D

      After a month of chasing elk, and cutting most carbs and dairy out of my diet, I’m down to my fightin’ weight, bruthah!

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      Good to be a lean and mean huntin machine!!:lol: Just don’t bugger up the first 3 fingers on your right hand there Mr. Fiesty!!!!!

      Is that your quiver from Big Jim? I think I’m remembering correctly.

      Doc should that be hunting? πŸ˜€

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      R2 wrote:

      Is that your quiver from Big Jim? I think I’m remembering correctly.

      It is. Love it for stumping and small game. And I bet I’ll be handing it down to someone someday, cuz its definitely built to outlast me.

      A little bird recently told me that Jim is having a 10% off sale on lots of stuff, including quivers…

    • Doc Nock
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      Yup, Bruce,

      You be looking thin as a rail post and so straight you can hang yer hat on ya (it) 😯

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      Here’s a couple from my world. I had a few more but they exceed the 200kb size so I have to resize sometime. I saw a bushel of squirrels yesterday and that was it. So go figure, I’m walking out to get the mail today and about to cross the road, and I hear the screech of brakes locking up and 4 hooves flailing in the ditch by my mailbox. No one hurt and the doe got up and limped off. I sure hated to see that. Off to Michigans’ UP this coming Saturday for a week. A lot of this seasons’ eggs in that basket. Less is more for some reason these days.

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      Here’s 2 others I’m sure no one wants to miss:lol:! A little foliage and the view from my seat. I’m finding a lot of joy in just going out and taking pictures of my hunts. I always bring something home that way.

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      ‘Purty’ country!!!!! I can see why you guys don’t worry bout shooting over 10 yards. You’d never get thru all the trees at 11. πŸ˜€

    • paleoman
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      R2 wrote: ‘Purty’ country!!!!! I can see why you guys don’t worry bout shooting over 10 yards. You’d never get thru all the trees at 11. πŸ˜€

      and…I ain’t kiddin – that’s the best open shot I could find! Acorns were falling like rain too.

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      Bruce, here’s mine. Similar. I got mine from Raptor Archery 20 + years ago.

      I like it.

      In case anyone might be interested, I spotted some bling camo today.

      That’d probably hide ya in the woods.

      If you’re wearing that you might wanna hide in a hole til dark.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Aw, c’mon, Ralph – we know that hoodie is hanging in your closet right now…

    • Ralph
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      Wat you sayin Bruceee? :D:D

      I think anything would work in here.

    • grumpy
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      That’s not Texas.

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      Nope, I’m glad. I like to see where I’m goin and where I’ve been. πŸ˜€

      But I bet they wear pink camo in that mess and nobody knows the difference. πŸ˜‰

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=AhDG_WBIQgc

      One little solution to the problem.

      Maybe some kind words to those who train raptors:wink:

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      Gotta be a story behind this:

      I was fixing to peek into a canyon looking for deer when a little glint of light caught my eye. I found this porcelain, broken, partly buried in the dirt and brush

      I’m talking in the middle of nowhere.

      It would be interesting to know how that got there.

    • Doc Nock
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      Alien space debris fell outa orbit!?:shock::roll:

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Doc Nock wrote: Alien space debris fell outa orbit!?:shock::roll:

      I’m going with drugs being smuggled inside porcelain figurines.

      Or chupacabras have weird collection fetishes.

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      Y’all making me feel real comfortable.:D

      I guess I better save one arrow for me uh:? In case the goin gets tough.

      S’pose that’s one of Cynthia’s trinkets that Quanah gave her. πŸ˜‰

    • paleoman
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      Here’s another “middle of nowhere” thing I saw a few days ago in Michigans’ U.P. There wasn’t a house in sight. There was only one quite a ways down the rd. Must be an old goat there sick of being hit by gravel from logging trucks.

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      T’was so foggy this morning that the spot half of spot and stalk was totally out of the picture

      So I went looking for bedding areas of smaller game πŸ™‚

      Heck, it ain’t always just about the hunt. πŸ˜€