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#352911 Summer is over ????

Posted by glenway on 22 October 2020 - 03:12 AM

How humble can a man get?

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#352907 Finally

Posted by glenway on 22 October 2020 - 03:06 AM

Who needs beef anyway?  Gotta be one happy hunter.


Magnificent, Cam!

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#352905 Quick Stands

Posted by glenway on 22 October 2020 - 03:03 AM

A cooperative critter for sure.  

#352857 Close, but...

Posted by glenway on 20 October 2020 - 02:42 AM

Went out archery hunting in the afternoon shift yesterday for my first time out this season.  I don't have any trail cams out, so I knew I might be in for a surprise.


Action was non-stop right up to dark, when I had to scare the turnip tasters away.


This buck was chasing does all over the place and grunting all the way.  He came within 30 yards of my hideout but never halted for a second.  No good shot, so I just took videos.


Pic (frame grab)  shows him entering the field and chomping on some turnip greens. 


Here we go. 

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#352767 47 Point Colorado Whopper

Posted by glenway on 16 October 2020 - 02:41 AM

The Pope and Young Club is excited to measure this bruiser in 2 weeks, but the green score is 338 7/8.


More information and story here:  https://thinkingafie...-mule-deer.html


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#352717 Lone Wolf...

Posted by glenway on 15 October 2020 - 02:54 AM


#352609 Top Dogs

Posted by glenway on 11 October 2020 - 03:47 AM

I was asked to shoot ducks for the Michigan Flyways retriever club and came away with a better education and a sore shoulder.  Shot the smoothbore for just under 6 hours in front of some of the top dogs anywhere.


The collection of some 60+ Master level dogs was impressive and nobody got a better view of the action.


Here's how the competition works in a nutshell.  Once the dog is on the line, the first station flings a dead duck into the field as a blank shotshell is fired.  Dog watches and takes note.


Second station does the same.  Dog watches and takes note.


Then comes the live duck station (my turn), where live ducks are sent into the air with a huge slingshot and it's the shooter's job to knock 'em down before they fly off to freedom.  Dog watches and takes note.


Then, on command the dog must find all the ducks in tall alfalfa some 2-feet high and our duck in the corn stubble.  The handler or owner can only direct the dog for one of these ducks.  The dog must remember where the others are on its own.


Once these 3 ducks are retrieved, and while the dog is bringing back the third bird, 2 other ducks are planted in the field by workers and the handler/owner must direct the dog to the hidden birds.


There is a lot of pressure at our station with the live ducks (another shooter and me), because missing, or worse yet, wounding a duck that runs off messes things up.  (And, you don't want of bunch of big-money owners squawking.)  Some person would have to chase the escaping duck down and kill it; otherwise, competing dogs may pick up the scent and chase after it to parts unknown.  Fortunately, it never happened to us.


Between the two of us shooters, we dropped every duck. 


Today is day 2 of the event and the top dogs will retrieve over water and land.  No shooting for me today.  One day is enough.


Gun is a Browning Silver and optic is an  EOTech.  A bit difficult with the sun in the face (all morning and into the early afternoon) but I could still see the red electronic reticle. 


I was saddened when one of the best dogs ran the circuit flawlessly and was kicked out of the event after a perfect job.  Here's why:  Once the dog is finished, it must sit and watch the next dog.  It's called honoring.  As soon as the first station flung a duck and shot the blank, the honoring dog broke for the bird.  That's it.  Go home disqualified.  Dang shame. 


Bullwinkle usually shoots with me but he declined this year.  But, I had a very good shooter alongside me and we didn't disappoint.  Our pay:  a free lunch and some thank you comments as we departed.






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#352559 ** Bend Over--- Again Folks **

Posted by glenway on 06 October 2020 - 03:19 AM

Across the country, the same thing has happened, including Michigan.  Because hunting/trapping is declining at the rate of 2 percent each year, as the old guard quits participating, the ones still in the pool (us) must pick up the slack of the lost revenue.


In Michigan, we now have to purchase a "base license" before purchasing any other tags and it costs $11.  Interestingly, that same $11 covers small game hunting and that's $4 less than it's been for years.  However, when you add the cost of big game tags, which they themselves have gone up in cost too, the end result is more costly.


Get used to it, because the trend has yet to bottom out.

#352557 **** Got Smoke ****

Posted by glenway on 06 October 2020 - 03:09 AM

Oh well.  


I may make a small table out of some of the BS I have. 


Interesting how the stain only penetrates a few inches and how it stops precisely at the same growth ring across the entire diameter when looking at a cross section.  It amazes me how this happens.  Of course, when ripped, it runs the entire length of the board.


Geez.  Just had a flashback to the 5th grade.  On the grounds of our elementary school, large oak trees were felled.  My teacher gathered some of the cut up sections, which were 2 to 3 ft. diameter and rolled them into the classroom's back room.  There, the ol' boy would have me sanding the wood surfaces day after day with his belt sander, while the other kids did the book learnin'.   Yeah. Child labor.


I never saw the finished product, which was meant for some type of table, but I did learn early on never to let that book learnin' to interfere with my education.

#352543 **** Got Smoke ****

Posted by glenway on 04 October 2020 - 10:54 AM

Learned something with that, Kiyote.  Thanks.  Gonna keep my eyes open but tyically don't cut the softwoods and never for lumber.

#352485 **** Got Smoke ****

Posted by glenway on 02 October 2020 - 02:57 AM

What I say when someone asks if something's for sale and doesn't have a "for sale" sign attached:  It could be.


Your move, Murph.  But, don't be surprised if you don't find a motivated seller.  Better check your pockets first.


That blue stained wood is beautiful.  Never found any of it around these parts.

#352377 Drought help for a friend

Posted by glenway on 27 September 2020 - 02:59 AM

Now, that's not a handout but a hand up and that's all it takes to pull a person out sometimes.


Dang good thinking and even better to act on it.


You are a true friend, Murph.  


Hope to get an update next year.  We are all pulling for both of you and for Mother Nature to cooperate.

#352333 Our Hunt to POW island

Posted by glenway on 24 September 2020 - 03:05 AM

To get that heart pumping (like I know it did) and to feel that adrenaline rush is a kind of excitement non-hunters may never experience.


I really enjoy your posts as our only Alaskan connection, because it gives us an honest view of a land far away.


Best of luck with the knees.

#352317 Our Hunt to POW island

Posted by glenway on 23 September 2020 - 03:23 AM

Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences, Barry, and for posting all the pictures.  I love the looks of that moss and have seen it only on Alaskan TV shows.


I guess we'll never know where those bullets went or what really happened.  However, I doubt that you actually needed to consider where to hold on a bear that was so close other than to point and punch the kill zone.  Holding over or under at that range would not be necessary, considering the large bull's eye on a bear.


Here's the thinking:  On any angle - up or down any significant hill - the bullet will always hit higher than it would on the same target on level ground.  So, if you shoot up a 30-degree angled hill or down the same angle, the bullet will always hit exactly the same amount high.  But, this consideration would not apply in the situation you described, because you were so close.


Because of this, I wouldn't be surprised if the bullet(s) found their mark(s) and simply did not exit and provide any clues.  At least, that's my theory unless you flinched under the excitement of the moment.


I mention this because I've shot deer that disappeared without a trace - not a drop of blood to follow, but found them dead with perfect shots that did not exit.  Very common on anlged shots with expanding bullets.

#352191 Good Morning Predator Talk.

Posted by glenway on 10 September 2020 - 10:34 AM

A little smokey here, too; got the outdoor furnace running with the cooler nights in the 40s.  Burning some green pine for air freshener.


This morning, picked a dozen watermelons and some cantaloupe and sold them all to a friend who owns a tractor/equipment shop down the road.  Lots more on the way next week.


Food plots look great.  Deer agree.