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Old 07-30-2018, 06:08 PM   #1451
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One of the coolest threads on TBH, I don't shoot traditional but man this makes me want to learn.

In for the next round of sign ups...by the time it comes around maybe I'll have my own.

Awesome job guys....
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Old 07-31-2018, 12:31 PM   #1452
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One of the coolest threads on TBH, I don't shoot traditional but man this makes me want to learn.

In for the next round of sign ups...by the time it comes around maybe I'll have my own.

Awesome job guys....
***WARNING*** This Trad game is very addicting! but a lot of fun.
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Old 08-03-2018, 02:19 AM   #1453
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Look what the mail man dropped off. The wife called me at work asking what did I order now lol. Going to try and shoot this weekend if the rain holds out.
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Glad to see you got here in your hands DCT!!! I look forward to hearing more from you!

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Old 08-28-2018, 01:47 PM   #1455
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She is on her way to DRT. Due to work I didn’t get to shoot her much. As soon as I get some time I’ll get a write put together.
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Old 08-29-2018, 08:44 PM   #1456
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Well she's here. In good shape and already on the backyard range. Let's just say I'm surprised by how well, how quiet and how smooth she shoots even with these too stiff arrows.
I'll post some more later. Now I'm going to fletch some 600s to see if I can get them to fly better out of her than my 500s for my TT.
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A quiver full st 12 looked okay so I moved to 15. That wasn't too bad so I tried a couple of groups at 20 . . . That faded 1" dot isn't easy at that range with my recurve but I was glad to see I could shoot her even with over spined arrows.

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Old 08-29-2018, 10:28 PM   #1458
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Then a couple of quivers st the pig target while grilling dinner.

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My name is Gerald, aka Gary, Cook and I'm an arch-a-holic. I have been in Texas since the mid 80's and have been married to my wife for 32 years, have two kids of our own and one we adopted through scouting.

My first archery experience was when I was in grade school. Growing up in a small hamlet in the Adirondack mountains I had plenty of daily immersion in the outdoors. At a young age I was popping red pine squirrels and chipmunks with a Daisy BB gun and terrorizing all the starlings and cowbirds I could get close enough to. Fishing, trapping and hunting were the basis of life for me from my first memories until the day I left for boot camp.
Archery was not something I was well versed in at an early age. John Hulburt (sp?), a neighbor up the road, had three kids and was a forest ranger. One day he had his girls, one of whom was my age, out shooting some of the typical fiberglass youth bows and when I wandered by he invited me to participate. Soon I was there on a regular basis shooting with his family. I knew them well as most Sundays they stopped on the way by and took me to Sunday school with them at the Oswegatchie baptist church and I owe them a debt I can never repay just for that. Unfortunately the archery thing was a passing fancy as we were poor and I couldn't afford my own bow so other than his hay bale and one unlucky pine squirrel that was right there by his house I never really got to do much with the new interest.

Fast forward to the late 80's and I acquired an old Bear bow from one of my wife's relatives and proceeded to shoot in my yard. I never had any formal instruction, although at some point my friend Ronnie came over to shoot and gave me some pointers, but I got good enough to pass the test on a day lease where you were required to put 5 of 6 arrows on a paper plate. However, except for one armadillo in eat Texas no critters fell to my hunting with that bow.

While at the Lake Worth K Mart I picked up a Bear Whitetail 2 compound and even though I shot it bare bow with fingers for a while my stint with a "traditional" bow ended for a long time.
That year I got on an archery only lease in Llano county and killed my first 5 archery deer, the first shooting fingers as I had dropped my release somewhere on the way to stand, and I was hooked. However on that same lease there were a couple of fellas who were "traditional" archers and belittled those of us using training wheels. Funny thing was that between the two of them they shot at least 10 deer that year and only recovered one each that I knew of. Wounding to them was no big deal because "there ate too many deer in this area anyhow". I knew a couple of trad guys at Cowtown bowmen who were really good but they freely said they have to shoot a lot to maintain good form and I knew I didn't have the time to commit to traditional archery with a family and working two jobs so it got left by the wayside as a someday for me. I shot my compounds once or twice a week for much of the year, more approaching hunting season and was hooked on archery. Soon I was shooting deer with a bow on day leases, good leases and some bad leases. What really helped me was knowing a couple of guys who had properties with MLD permits that I could go and shoot several deer in a weekend (doe and spikes). In the last ten years I've shot maybe 5 deer with a rifle but most of those were after a surgery when I couldn't shoot a bow.
Fast forward to 2016 and I started to get more and more interested in going to traditional equipment. In all honesty the compounds I've owned the last few years are killing machines and I could go out in my back yard to practice at 50 yards and comfortably keep the arrows in under a 6" group without much regular practice. Don't get me wrong, I still killed my animals under 30 yards, but I started to yearn for that challenge I didn't understand. Retirement from my city job gave me the time, and mental relaxation, to start exploring that need.
I have on old Bear bow and I took it to my local archery shop and got some arrows. I proceeded to shoot and realize I sucked. I couldn't hit the bag target consistently and even though guys here gave me well intended advice I couldn't apply it because I didn't understand some things. I got frustrated and was just about to give up trying when I went to Big Oak and hunted with Ryan (CRM95) on the first weekend of archery season in 2016. Ryan had his longbow, Buff had his Widow and I had a brand new Hoyt Carbon Spyder. Excellent weekend of hunting as always there (Ryan got his first trad big game animal) but more importantly I got some great advice from Marty that encouraged me enough to try again and find what could work for me.
I bought a Samick Sage and proceeded to make mistakes, learn that a compound bow set up was not necessarily gonna work for a trad bow even if it was a close shot, and how bad it hurts to wound an animal because I wasn't quite ready to hunt even though I wanted to be. Then, in the last week of the extended season I did take a doe on our new property near Hawley and even though it was 17 degrees outside the fire was burning hot in me with this new trad addiction.
Since then I've taken a couple more deer, although a broken finger side tracked me last season a bit, I've kept shooting and bloodied some pigs as well.
Most importantly shooting a bow has again become the highlight of my day. Before I head out to work on a boat lift or while grilling dinner I shoot. After dark with a flashlight shining on the target or mid day when I come home from lunch I shoot. Putting together arrows, working up different arrows and playing with all the spine, length, point weight combinations has turned into satisfying time spent.
I have a Black Widow PSA that I don't shoot much anymore because most of my shooting is with my Tall tines recurve that I'm a more accurate with for some reason and is a few pounds heavier in draw weight. I currently and waiting on a bow from Randy and am looking forward to a longbow I can shoot well to have in my arsenal. It will allow me to shoot in a second class at TBOT events and that is something I'm looking forward to for next season. The three I shot at this year were fun and the people that shoot them are a lot different in attitude then what I had experienced in the compound 3D shoots.
I'm extremely grateful to the guys on this forum for the information they provide, and putting up with me as I know I can be aggravating at times, because without you I couldn't confidently grab a strange bow like Sacajawea and shoot it like this.
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Old 08-30-2018, 10:56 AM   #1460
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Good write up, Gary!!!!

Have fun with her.

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Old 08-30-2018, 05:26 PM   #1461
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My name is Gerald, aka Gary, Cook and I'm an arch-a-holic. I have been in Texas since the mid 80's and have been married to my wife for 32 years, have two kids of our own and one we adopted through scouting.

My first archery experience was when I was in grade school. Growing up in a small hamlet in the Adirondack mountains I had plenty of daily immersion in the outdoors. At a young age I was popping red pine squirrels and chipmunks with a Daisy BB gun and terrorizing all the starlings and cowbirds I could get close enough to. Fishing, trapping and hunting were the basis of life for me from my first memories until the day I left for boot camp.
Archery was not something I was well versed in at an early age. John Hulburt (sp?), a neighbor up the road, had three kids and was a forest ranger. One day he had his girls, one of whom was my age, out shooting some of the typical fiberglass youth bows and when I wandered by he invited me to participate. Soon I was there on a regular basis shooting with his family. I knew them well as most Sundays they stopped on the way by and took me to Sunday school with them at the Oswegatchie baptist church and I owe them a debt I can never repay just for that. Unfortunately the archery thing was a passing fancy as we were poor and I couldn't afford my own bow so other than his hay bale and one unlucky pine squirrel that was right there by his house I never really got to do much with the new interest.

Fast forward to the late 80's and I acquired an old Bear bow from one of my wife's relatives and proceeded to shoot in my yard. I never had any formal instruction, although at some point my friend Ronnie came over to shoot and gave me some pointers, but I got good enough to pass the test on a day lease where you were required to put 5 of 6 arrows on a paper plate. However, except for one armadillo in eat Texas no critters fell to my hunting with that bow.

While at the Lake Worth K Mart I picked up a Bear Whitetail 2 compound and even though I shot it bare bow with fingers for a while my stint with a "traditional" bow ended for a long time.
That year I got on an archery only lease in Llano county and killed my first 5 archery deer, the first shooting fingers as I had dropped my release somewhere on the way to stand, and I was hooked. However on that same lease there were a couple of fellas who were "traditional" archers and belittled those of us using training wheels. Funny thing was that between the two of them they shot at least 10 deer that year and only recovered one each that I knew of. Wounding to them was no big deal because "there ate too many deer in this area anyhow". I knew a couple of trad guys at Cowtown bowmen who were really good but they freely said they have to shoot a lot to maintain good form and I knew I didn't have the time to commit to traditional archery with a family and working two jobs so it got left by the wayside as a someday for me. I shot my compounds once or twice a week for much of the year, more approaching hunting season and was hooked on archery. Soon I was shooting deer with a bow on day leases, good leases and some bad leases. What really helped me was knowing a couple of guys who had properties with MLD permits that I could go and shoot several deer in a weekend (doe and spikes). In the last ten years I've shot maybe 5 deer with a rifle but most of those were after a surgery when I couldn't shoot a bow.
Fast forward to 2016 and I started to get more and more interested in going to traditional equipment. In all honesty the compounds I've owned the last few years are killing machines and I could go out in my back yard to practice at 50 yards and comfortably keep the arrows in under a 6" group without much regular practice. Don't get me wrong, I still killed my animals under 30 yards, but I started to yearn for that challenge I didn't understand. Retirement from my city job gave me the time, and mental relaxation, to start exploring that need.
I have on old Bear bow and I took it to my local archery shop and got some arrows. I proceeded to shoot and realize I sucked. I couldn't hit the bag target consistently and even though guys here gave me well intended advice I couldn't apply it because I didn't understand some things. I got frustrated and was just about to give up trying when I went to Big Oak and hunted with Ryan (CRM95) on the first weekend of archery season in 2016. Ryan had his longbow, Buff had his Widow and I had a brand new Hoyt Carbon Spyder. Excellent weekend of hunting as always there (Ryan got his first trad big game animal) but more importantly I got some great advice from Marty that encouraged me enough to try again and find what could work for me.
I bought a Samick Sage and proceeded to make mistakes, learn that a compound bow set up was not necessarily gonna work for a trad bow even if it was a close shot, and how bad it hurts to wound an animal because I wasn't quite ready to hunt even though I wanted to be. Then, in the last week of the extended season I did take a doe on our new property near Hawley and even though it was 17 degrees outside the fire was burning hot in me with this new trad addiction.
Since then I've taken a couple more deer, although a broken finger side tracked me last season a bit, I've kept shooting and bloodied some pigs as well.
Most importantly shooting a bow has again become the highlight of my day. Before I head out to work on a boat lift or while grilling dinner I shoot. After dark with a flashlight shining on the target or mid day when I come home from lunch I shoot. Putting together arrows, working up different arrows and playing with all the spine, length, point weight combinations has turned into satisfying time spent.
I have a Black Widow PSA that I don't shoot much anymore because most of my shooting is with my Tall tines recurve that I'm a more accurate with for some reason and is a few pounds heavier in draw weight. I currently and waiting on a bow from Randy and am looking forward to a longbow I can shoot well to have in my arsenal. It will allow me to shoot in a second class at TBOT events and that is something I'm looking forward to for next season. The three I shot at this year were fun and the people that shoot them are a lot different in attitude then what I had experienced in the compound 3D shoots.
I'm extremely grateful to the guys on this forum for the information they provide, and putting up with me as I know I can be aggravating at times, because without you I couldn't confidently grab a strange bow like Sacajawea and shoot it like this.
Well. When we takin her hog huntin?
I don't reckon you'll be throwin her in the bed of the truck like we usually do huh?

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Old 08-30-2018, 05:52 PM   #1462
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Good write up Gary!! And good luck with Sacajawea!!
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Old 08-30-2018, 06:02 PM   #1463
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Well. When we takin her hog huntin?
I don't reckon you'll be throwin her in the bed of the truck like we usually do huh?

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Nope. You'll have to ride in the back so she can ride shotgun!

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Old 08-30-2018, 06:15 PM   #1464
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No kiddin! I don't even want to touch her. Wife says I can tear up a steel ball, that's why I've never got on the list.

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Old 08-30-2018, 06:32 PM   #1465
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No kiddin! I don't even want to touch her. Wife says I can tear up a steel ball, that's why I've never got on the list.

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You should get on the new list Ronnie! It’s pretty cool playing with her and becoming part of the story!!!

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Old 08-30-2018, 06:38 PM   #1466
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I know it Bisch, but seriously, with my luck a meteor would fall and land on it.
It really would be kind of an honor to get it but NO WAY !! Lol

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Old 09-03-2018, 09:18 PM   #1467
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Well I spent the weekend drinking too much Modelo, not shooting enough birds and working on chopping out cactus and putting up a feeder pen. Tonight I'm putting together some arrows for her and get back to shooting her tomorrow.
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Old 09-05-2018, 07:08 PM   #1468
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I think I found a set up that will work for me. Still tweaking the brace height. Shooting 500 spine GT Warriors. Full length (30.5") with a standard insert and GT nock. 150 grains up front gives me about 9.2gpp. This is a group at 17.5 yards.

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Old 09-05-2018, 07:21 PM   #1469
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That’s 3 dead pigs right there!!!!!

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Old 09-05-2018, 07:48 PM   #1470
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I'd take one. Time to find a place to draw some blood with her.

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Old 09-13-2018, 10:40 PM   #1471
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Headed to Fairfield tomorrow afternoon. Going to spend some time with a good friend, eat some good seafood and hopefully bloody an arrow. Bad time of year I know but I gotta try.

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Old 09-14-2018, 10:13 PM   #1472
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Well the rain and cooler temps had the pigs moving but the 20 sheep/goats at the feeder made getting a clear shot tough. I finally got an 80lb boar clear walking between two goats and let fly with a pile driver. He ran about 75 yards but ended up 50 yards from the feeder. A pass through quartering slightly to me at 12 yards or so.

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Way to get ‘er done, Gary!!!

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Old 09-15-2018, 07:42 AM   #1474
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Way to go Gary!!
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Old 09-15-2018, 08:01 AM   #1475
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Attaboy DRT.
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Old 09-18-2018, 05:29 PM   #1476
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Congrats on the pig DRT!
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Old 09-26-2018, 11:36 AM   #1477
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She is on her way to Spidermonkey. I enjoyed shooting her but the last few days she has set on the rack because I've been shooting my bow in prep for the season. Hopefully Rusty will have an opportunity to take a deer with her as his fortune is to have her during archery season.
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Well Gary, got home from work tonight, and Sac has arrived... safe and sound!! To the “write-up”, the name is Rusty Schulz, I’m 50 yrs young, married to the love of my life for the last 28 yrs, and have 3 wonderful daughters, ages 25x2 (twins), and one that’s 21. Anywho, born in Dalhart, Texas in the NW corner of the panhandle to Dennis and Nona Schulz. We were a 3rd generation farming family and my dad, uncles, and grandpa farmed right at 4 sections in Hartley county. I grew up/went to school in Hartley (Ryan and Randy no all about Hartley now! ) My dad got me started huntin with a .22 after the local jackrabbit and prairie dog population when I was just a little fart. We ended up moving to Throckmorton, cuz my dad got out of farming when it got super slow in the late 70’s, he bought a lumber yard, and he ran that for a few years, and for some reason we moved again, and we ended up here in Sulphur Springs. Through all this he kept all his grain harvesting equipment, and we’d travel “custom harvesting” all summer every year. On to the hunting passion! I got my first bow, a fiberglass green/white Bear recurve that looked like Irish spring soap! I had a handful of mismatched aluminum arrows, and was on the prowl daily for whatever I could shoot at. Killed my first rabbit with that bow when I was in the 5th grade, and I’ve been on fire about it ever since! Still remember skinning that sucker, salt drying the hide, and then cuttin it down/making a grip wrap out of it. My Irish spring soap colored bow with a rabbit fur grip wrap... I was THE master bowhunter! I hunted a lot with my grandpa for the cat squirrels and fox squirrels with my trusty Savage 410/.22 OU. I officially got bitten by the archery bug in 1981 when I was shooting that ol green and white Bear and got to thinking “I want to kill a deer with one of these!” The first year I “bowhunted” was the fall of ‘82 with an old Grayling Bear Supermag 48 that a friend gave me. Scott prob knows the bow I’m talking about! No deer were killed that first year, or the next, but in August of ‘84, I thought “I had to have” a compound. I saved up all my hay-hauling money, went to Kmart, and bought me a Bear Whitetail with the lever wheel arms and everything! That year I killed my first deer ever, an awesome 5 pt buck! I was sooo excited when I shot him, when I went to climb down, I skipped the first step, and fell to the ground out of the 10-12’ wooden ladder stand. I bounced up, and went to get my deer. (I was a little younger then!) I was THE ONLY person that I knew that bowhunted, which made it hard, cuz I had no guidance. That Bear Whitetail was not even close to the right draw length for me, it was waaaay too long. But, I made it work! I learned most everything from my big paperback “Bowhunters Bible” by Chuck Adams. I first came to find out that with that draw length being way too long for me, I absolutely could not get my pins far enough to the left to hit where I wanted, so I had to “hold right”. I came up with the redneck idea of taking a fairly long piece of baling wire, making a small half loop in one end, and putting that loop eye behind a sight pin nut. Then I bent it straight out like a sight pin, and “sighted it in” using a pair of wire cutters! One small snip at a time, until I was putting them where I wanted! Started shortly after that hunting with the bow all season, as in keep bow hunting when gun season rolls around. Boy, that’ll get you some funny looks! Killed tons of critters over the years with that ol Bear, and several other compound after that. Then, in 2004, after many summers of bowfishing with a recurve, I said AGAIN, “I’m gonna start hunting with a traditional bow!” Once again, I had nobody that hunted with traditional gear that I knew, so I had to rely on books, and what little I could find/understand on the computer! And like I’m sure LOTS of y’all get, I got the “you’re gonna hunt with THAT, instead of your compound??!!” Cuz by then, there were a few bow hunters around, but they were compound hunters. Whew!! It took several years and lots of learning, but finally got my first deer, a big fat doe, with my Checkmate Crusader LB! It’s been Katy Bar the Door ever since! The 2017 season was pretty tough for me cuz I had my rotator cuff surgery bout 10 months before. That whole season, even though I was shooting “ok”, I just was not to the point of where I was like in 2015, before the injury/surgery. But I’m relieved to say, that FINALLY this year I feel like my old self again! I’m not 100%, but I’m shooting soooo much better than last year, it just makes me warm and fuzzy all over. I still have some rough pain days, but all in all it’s like night/day! I haven’t got a chance to shoot ol Sac yet, I have to work tomorrow till 3, but then I intend on getting here together, stringing her up, and slinging some before huntin tomorrow eve! Don’t know if she’ll go tomorrow eve, kinda hard to kick the Blueridge to the curb, but, she’ll be going soon! Sorry bout the novel guys! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 09-28-2018, 10:16 PM   #1479
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She shoots easy. Good right up. Good hunting this season.

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Old 09-29-2018, 07:58 AM   #1480
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Good writeup Rusty. Wishing you success with Sac.
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Old 09-29-2018, 09:21 AM   #1481
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I feel like I know you better now, Rusty! Good write up, and good luck!

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Old 09-30-2018, 05:19 PM   #1482
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8Great write up Rusty!! Good luck with Sac!!
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:31 PM   #1483
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Great writeup Rusty... and yeah, I know what bow you are talkin about. In fact, I am hoping to get some arrows tuned up real soon.

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Old 09-30-2018, 10:09 PM   #1484
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Finally got to get Sac put together, strung up, and shoot her abit. Shoots a little different than my Blueridge, especially the fact of the dual shelf riser. Still felt good, no shock, and quiet. May still tune on her a hair, but she's real close. Think I may be able to kill something with her if the critters cooperate. This is right at 20 yds. Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 09-30-2018, 10:20 PM   #1485
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I still feel more comfortable shooting my Blueridge, but Sac and her SR version Blueridge is growing on me. I hunt most everyday once season starts, so I have a feeling she’ll get a chance at something! And I have NO DOUBT she can do it, she’s a shooter for sure, if I can just do my part! And hope ya get something killed with the little Bear Scott! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 09-30-2018, 10:59 PM   #1486
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How did I get skipped? I've been waiting a while.

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Old 10-01-2018, 12:33 AM   #1487
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That’s a GOOD question Mike!?? I went back and looked at the list, and sure nuff... you were in between DRT (Gary) and myself. Maybe Bisch will get back on the thread and set us straight! I have no prob sending it to you now, or next, or whatever. I got a message saying it was headed my way, and never thought twice bout where I was on the list! I’ll keep checking on the thread, and will text Bisch tomorrow and try and get this straightened out. Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 10-01-2018, 01:22 AM   #1488
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Good luck with her, hope she does you right.

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Old 10-01-2018, 08:54 AM   #1489
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How did I get skipped? I've been waiting a while.

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That was totally a mistake on my part, and I’m very sorry! You will be next after Rusty. PM sent with explanation and apology!

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Old 10-02-2018, 01:05 PM   #1490
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bowtecmike, did you see my PM????

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Old 10-02-2018, 01:07 PM   #1491
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I got it, no worries. I'm good with whenever.

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Old 10-02-2018, 01:42 PM   #1492
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Good! Rusty will send to you, and you will send to StoneColdBobby!!!

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Old 10-04-2018, 03:22 PM   #1493
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Good write up Rusty. I hope you get a chance to stick one with ol Sac pretty soon!
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Old 10-20-2018, 05:59 PM   #1494
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Just got a text from Rusty...today it’s Sacajawea’s turn and they’re in the tree as we speak. Hope they get it done this evening!!



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Old 10-20-2018, 06:01 PM   #1495
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Good luck Rusty

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Old 10-20-2018, 06:29 PM   #1496
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Make em bleed!

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Old 10-20-2018, 09:06 PM   #1497
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It’s dark now! I hope y’all got to play!!!!

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Old 10-20-2018, 10:23 PM   #1498
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Sorry Bisch/guys! All I saw was one small 8pt, no does this eve. He got to within 10yds. I’ll try and make this a little more “live” than I’ve been doing. I’m terrible!! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 10-21-2018, 10:33 PM   #1499
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Me and Sac gave it another go this eve. No kills, but a good hunt nonetheless! Saw 6 deer total, two young 8pts, two does, a fawn, and a small 6pt. Had the two 8pts sparring for bout five or so mins at one point. Course the only thing in range was the small 6pt! Anyway, great hunt, nice cool air, and good breeze. Be after em again tomorrow eve after work. Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 10-21-2018, 11:09 PM   #1500
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