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|Former Seller: c3shooter(21-0-0)||Post#11 - Posted: 12/24/2005 at 03:55:10|
|Elitist- enjoyed the black powder article. Sorry to hear about the sink. J-B Weld fixes a lot of things. (GRIN) Bit of black powder trivia- the ingredients require CHARCOAL. Carbon from any other source will not work. And no one, including the powder makers, seem to be sure why that is. Ran short of patch material one day at the range, and by chance found what has been (for me) the best patch there is- old, well washed T-shirt fabric. And don't ask how I found THAT out! Best wishes for a merry Christmas to you and yours from us folks in Powhatan VA-|
|Thread Admin: Elitist(59-0-0)||Post#12 - Posted: 12/24/2005 at 06:57:09|
|Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Blacksburg, and if you find yourself in this area give a shout.|
|Seller: argentine(18-0-0)||Post#13 - Posted: 12/24/2005 at 08:02:30|
|Got to throw my two cents in from "Upper Virginia"....sure have been banging the whitetails....too bad for you guys west of the Blue Ridge, we are still going strong...Merry Christmas!|
|Thread Admin: Elitist(59-0-0)||Post#14 - Posted: 12/24/2005 at 12:04:46|
|We don't resent you guys having three or four more weeks of gun season than we do, no, we don't, uh-uh, NOT A BIT! Nor do we mind that your black powder season opens a WEEK earlier than ours AND that you can kill either sex FULL SEASON, no, that's JUST FINE WITH US. Really. Honest to God.
On the other hand, you have to deal with the DC Beltway and I-95, and living in close proximity to Washington DC. Nobody here minds if you drive a round with a rifle in the rear window of your truck. There are compensations for being isolated out here in the wilds of southwestern Virginia.
But truly, we DON'T MIND having to watch you guys contine to hunt when se can't. NOT AT ALL!
|Thread Admin: Elitist(59-0-0)||Post#15 - Posted: 12/27/2005 at 21:31:01|
|Have just posted "Josh Gets His Deer," about a novice hunter's start in The Grand Sport. Enjoy!|
|Former Seller: truncatedcone(3-0-0)||Post#16 - Posted: 12/31/2005 at 11:13:04|
|Elitist, God has blessed you very richly with such great places to hunt and a keen intellect. Thanks for taking Josh hunting and for being known as the "gun guru" of your realm; these are things that some of the more "rough hewn" of our ilk would be ill equipped to handle. Great stories too. As a point of reference: I went with a friend to his uncle's cabin this year for opening day of the firearms deer season. My friend admitted to me he didn't feel any exictement on the eve before the hunt - to him it's just another day hunting. I told him I felt sorry for him if he was telling the truth. Obviously that's not the case with you. I'm glad you still celebrate such occasions. Each day here is a gift and a day spent hunting with a friend is a rich gift indeed.|
|Thread Admin: Elitist(59-0-0)||Post#17 - Posted: 12/31/2005 at 14:50:53|
|Thanks for the kind remarks, I appreciate them. As to your comment:
My friend admitted to me he didn't feel any exictement on the eve before the hunt - to him it's just another day hunting....Obviously that's not the case with you. I'm glad you still celebrate such occasions....
After 40+ years of hunting I still get excited about Opening Day. Autumn always seems to me to be the start of the year, not the end of it. The September squirrel season is the beginning of my calendar, and there are several other "High Holy Days" in it, Opening Day being one of them.
In years past Virginia had muzzle-loading rules that prohibited scopes and in-line rifles; you had to use a sidelock gun with iron sights. That Opening Day was always a great time because it was so quiet and there were so few hunters in the woods. The Opening Day of the rifle season two weeks later had its own excitement. Since the rules change some years ago, the deer season now opens on the first day of the ML season, and the "old" Opening Day has lost its magic and symbolism. Maybe that's why your friend didn't think of it as special, I suppose too many Opening Days sort of dilute the excitement.
I have no quarrel with the abundance of game we have today, but one thing that's also been lost is the introduction of new hunters with small game, especially squirrels. Nowadays the deer hunting is so great that kids start out with deer and turkeys, and bypass the art of squirrel hunting altogether, which is a shame. They don't know what they're missing. I even had a kid in a Hunter Ed class (I'm an HE Instructor) ask me WHY I hunt squirrels, as if there were no reason to do so! As in other aspects of life some of these kids "mature" a little too fast and don't ever savor the initial phases of any activity and the learning process that goes with each new discovery and success.
Another thing I wish would change is the emphasis placed on getting the biggest, baddest buck with the largest set of antlers in the woods. I've heard stories (I hope they're not true) of headless carcasses being left in the woods, the hunters having shot Old Mossyhorns, and taken the head to the taxidermist, leaving the rest for the crows. I'd turn a man in to the DGIF for that if I saw it happen. When I did my first African hunt last year, I told the PH that I didn't give a damn about Rowland Ward or SCI or any other "book," and all I wanted was any legal animal. He was a little nonplussed, I don't think he'd ever encountered an American before who felt that way.
I have no objection to trophy hunting as such, but I'm a self-taught hunter. I had no instruction whatever. I worked so long and hard for my first deer that even now, after having killed dozens of them, I regard ANY deer as a "trophy," whether it has antlers or not. I eat what I kill and I can't eat horns anyway.
|Former Seller: c3shooter(21-0-0)||Post#18 - Posted: 12/31/2005 at 18:03:24|
|Elitist- I have looked all over, and never have been able to find a good recipe for antlers. Rather have a good doe any day- but I hunt for the freezer! Have a great New Year-|
|Former Seller: fred1939(69-0-0)||Post#19 - Posted: 12/31/2005 at 18:35:29|
|(no avatar)||Antlers sell for high dollars in the Orient. I hear they grinde them to powder an mix it in thier tea.|
|Seller: axolotl(33-0-0)||Post#20 - Posted: 01/01/2006 at 18:08:58|
|Elitist; my compliments for having the ability to hit a nail squarely on its head once again. axolotl|