I did something fun yesterday. I don't why, but somehow I ended up buying dosens of aluinum arrow shafts then someone else gave me a bunch more. I read on line about recurve this and recurve that and i bought a few of those. I am an ASL shooters that shoots wood arrows and nothing else. I am breaking all ties to anyone or any institutions that differs from my Howard Hill and John Schulz base. I parted company with perhaps $1000 or more stuff yesterday, it left town and I don't want it back. A guy that likes junk metal is coming by to grab my son's tree stands that he left here sometime this week, worthless clunky land hog tools. Let's see what else can I get rid of? I re- injured a bicep tendon, heavy over head work, and it is perhaps taking me out of deer hunting with a bow for a time. I was thinking that i could shoot a gun left handed, nope that ain't gonna happen, I can't even get a bb gun up on a shooting stick. Never say never, if and when I get it back, my focus and associations will be singular and narrow and I will be speaking my mind like never before.
I'll be spending several weeks at my cabin in the north woods of Wisconsin. About a week bird hunting. Not as much as I used to, but my last bird dog departed two years ago, and I'm too old to get another. Not the same without a dog. And a couple of weeks bow hunting during the rut. Life is still good. 😀
Went Bear hunting in Maine.
How'd the bear hunt go, Jim?
I wish I could do something archery related this Fall. I feel the outdoors calling but I am unable to go afield.
To be honest, I haven't made much time in the past three years to launch any arrows at all. The rigors or life and family had curtailed and limited my free time. However, now I am currently off work and home, recovering from shoulder surgery, which only increases my desire to be out in the woods. I see my bows, and my quiver full of arrows, sitting dormant and I wonder if I'll be able to use them again.
Recovery is slow. The damage was extensive and I will not return to work until March 2024. But I resolve to be out in the woods, with bow in hand and arrows on my back, as Fall returns in 2024. I owe it to myself and to my equipment to make time for that which feeds the soul.
I look forward to crossing paths with you again; maybe on another Maine bear hunt, or in a S. Texas pig patch. Until then...
Take the time needed and get well Andrew. It does take time, but i'll tell you, doing the therapy makes a difference. As does keeping focus that eventually you will be vack...maybe limited a bit, but back. In the meantime...i carry my bow and shoulder quiver every single time i run Fred, which is every second or third day. For a large chunk of this year i never even drew an arrow from the quiver. Didn't need to, just enjoyed the road.
See you somewhere....
I am going to take an entire week off for once and go hiking and camping in my gmu solo. Our elk and deer season overlap so I'm going to be out trying for elk but if one of our ghostly blacktail makes the wrong move, my hike out will be lighter than if the elk make a wrong move. Lol, I'll honestly just be happy to be in the woods alone for a week, hoping I can make it happen though.
Good luck! A week in the woods is always good no matter what you end up bringing home.
Yes sir, it is! Thank you for the well wishes. I think I'll need them with all the pressure in the areas I'm going.
Planning on heading up to the elk woods in September. Well I should say the people woods because they are crawling with people all summer so the elk find better places to be far from where I am able to get at my age. Oh well the stumps are still there and I will give them some trouble.
Those stumps never seem to learn their lesson no matter how many times they get shot. That said, they do seem able to duck at the last moment more often than not 😜 I suppose that since they are always in season, they stay skittish.
I still have a lot of venison in the freezer from last year, so I'm going to focus on bears early season. Hopefully I can find some bears before the hound hunters put everything in the mountains on high alert. I also normally meet my midwest buddies I've known for 40 years for our annual deer hunt in either OH or MI
How about we post some pix of our hunts.
Going bear hunting in Maine, and will hunt deer in my state and Im thinking Michigan.
My back is shot so no hunting for me this year. Only "fun" thing I see is stopping by Black Widow on way to Bronson, MO. Who knows I may find something to buy.
What are you doing this fall? Hopefully enjoying a connection to nature in pursuit of game with a bow in hand. Remember when the outdoor magazine were leading the charge to defend hunting and the planet from paid off politicians polution and corporate hoarding? I wonder what brain washing took place to make such discussion 'dirty talk' on forums. Archery is under attack at the school levels. heck, i used to hang my shotgun and hunting bow in my locker in school, so I could head out hunting straight from school. What are you doing this fall to help keep archery and hunting alive for the future archers and hunters. I know, I can hear it now, 'we don't talk about such things here'. Even sheep that follow the lead goat in the field are not that brain washed. Our sport is under attack, what are you doing about it? Time is shorter than you think.
Most of the time chasin' whitetails in Pa., with a few trips to NY to do the same.
I'm going to colorado to see if I can get a grouse or two to run into my arrow. Then a week in the george washington national forest near the end of the deer season. These are my two tried and true weeks for fun and friends. The rest of the time will be spent somewhere on the farm looking for a homegrown deer or skwerl.
Can't wait for Fall myself Chuck. Skwerlz and geese sound like fun. Been way too hot in the woods lately but shooting out back at home keeps the spirit up.
Illness in the extended family means no biggies this fall, but i intend to hunt the cabin this fall as well as actually drop the string on several deer (if given the chance) back home. Got a pocket full of tags at the ready. If i find someone to go with i intend to chase skwerlz and geese too.