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Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 10-12-2018, 11:11 PM
Replies: 402
Views: 15,934
Posted By FeetDown
For me I meant shot opportunities at a legal deer...

For me I meant shot opportunities at a legal deer (e.g., doe, spike, or 13"+). I'd say on average I see a deer maybe 1 out of every 4 sits. From your posts though I can tell you have a way better...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 10-12-2018, 06:30 PM
Replies: 402
Views: 15,934
Posted By FeetDown
^^^This. I'd be willing to bet the vast majority...

^^^This. I'd be willing to bet the vast majority of us don't see deer most sits? I get one or two decent opportunities a season if I'm lucky.
Forum: Around the Campfire 10-04-2018, 10:21 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,222
Posted By FeetDown
Ran a spread following your approach. -...

Ran a spread following your approach.

- Distances: 20, 30, 40 yards
- Arrow Speed: 250, 275, 300 fps
- Reaction Time: 0, 0.06, 0.12 sec (0.06 is twice as fast as world class athlete using your...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 09-17-2018, 03:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,077
Posted By FeetDown
The LBJ projects will be at Black Creek Lake from...

The LBJ projects will be at Black Creek Lake from 8am-2pm on Saturday 9/22. TX BHA will provide lunch from Leeper Creek BBQ as well.

You can find more information (and please RSVP!) at these...
Forum: Equipment and Tuning 07-18-2018, 09:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 571
Posted By FeetDown
Thanks, everyone. I recently added molle shoulder...

Thanks, everyone. I recently added molle shoulder straps and waist belts to my climber and hang-on. Should’ve done this years ago. The attachment straps weren’t long enough for my climber so I hard...
Forum: Equipment and Tuning 06-15-2018, 09:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 571
Posted By FeetDown
Climber stand backpack straps

Has anyone replaced the straps on their climber stand with a more hiking-backpack-like strap setup with a waist belt? Any recommendations? What do you like / not like about your setup?
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 06-10-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 492
Posted By FeetDown
Caddo-LBJ Grasslands Article

Hi everyone, please enjoy this article I wrote for Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. I'm (clearly) not a journalist, just have a passion for public lands and thought I would put pen to paper.
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Forum: Around the Campfire 05-13-2018, 07:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 458
Posted By FeetDown
I fished with Wolf Creek Anglers out of Pagosa...

I fished with Wolf Creek Anglers out of Pagosa back in August 2011. It was a great experience. We hiked several miles into the Weminuche Wilderness Area to a creek close to where you are staying. I...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-03-2018, 08:31 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 3,765
Posted By FeetDown
One theme I am seeing in this thread is that a...

One theme I am seeing in this thread is that a lot of folks think a degree is not very useful if you do not use it in your current profession. It may have opened some doors, but no longer has any...
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-02-2018, 08:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,455
Posted By FeetDown
We have one too. It's great. Doesn't get boring...

We have one too. It's great. Doesn't get boring and holy cr*p those workouts will kick your butt!
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-22-2018, 07:08 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,631
Posted By FeetDown
I believe the rationale is to provide a diversity...

I believe the rationale is to provide a diversity of fishing experiences. Also, some fisheries, especially small mountain trout streams, cannot sustain much fishing pressure so allowing fly fishing...
Forum: Traditional 02-21-2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 335
Posted By FeetDown
Nice! Save some deer hair and duck feathers this...

Nice! Save some deer hair and duck feathers this fall and tie some during the winter months. Nothing like catching fish on flies you tied yourself (and even cooler when tied with materials from your...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-04-2018, 09:09 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,699
Posted By FeetDown
Just made my first chili using ragin blaze's...

Just made my first chili using ragin blaze's seasoning and recipe. Best I've ever had. Not sure how he came up with the idea of using zing zang but it really adds a great flavor. Thanks Blake, I'll...
Forum: Around the Campfire 01-31-2018, 09:19 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,756
Posted By FeetDown
Headed to WY for archery. Horseback on public...

Headed to WY for archery. Horseback on public with an outfitter. First elk hunt ever, really pumped. Would have preferred rifle for my first time but late to the game and archery had best odds.
Forum: Around the Campfire 01-29-2018, 05:49 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,300
Posted By FeetDown
Another vote for this method. A bonus: Make...

Another vote for this method.

A bonus: Make a simple maple bourbon sauce. Simply put some maple syrup (the real stuff) and some bourbon in a pan on low heat and simmer until it reduces to a good...
Forum: Around the Campfire 01-09-2018, 09:40 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,413
Posted By FeetDown
I bought my wife a can of bear spray. No doubt...

I bought my wife a can of bear spray. No doubt she can and will be able to use it effectively should the need arise. Cleanup would suck but that is pretty low on my list of concerns in this situation.
Forum: Around the Campfire 12-19-2017, 08:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,266
Posted By FeetDown
This. Provisional will also give you more freedom...

This. Provisional will also give you more freedom to discuss the invention with others. If you disclose to others before you file, you run the risk of having your patent invalidated down the road.
...
Forum: Around the Campfire 12-18-2017, 06:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 407
Posted By FeetDown
Open-water duck hunting

I recently went sea duck hunting in the Chesapeake Bay, and it got me wondering how many guys use a similar hunting approach in Texas lakes and larger rivers. Rather than setting up along a...
Forum: Around the Campfire 12-18-2017, 06:04 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,889
Posted By FeetDown
When the $40K runs out, I would not be surprised...

When the $40K runs out, I would not be surprised if she comes back for more via divorce. Stop the bleeding now (freeze accounts, cards, etc) and lawyer up fast. Could be a lot more at stake than the...
Forum: Around the Campfire 12-17-2017, 11:57 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,300
Posted By FeetDown
Slow clap. Thanks for that Burnadell, I am a...

Slow clap. Thanks for that Burnadell, I am a grammar nerd myself (<-- see what I did there?).

Separately, did you encounter any Grammar Nazis when you stormed the beaches at Normandy?
Forum: Around the Campfire 12-17-2017, 11:53 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,191
Posted By FeetDown
Neck roast is one of the best (and most...

Neck roast is one of the best (and most under-appreciated) cuts of meat, aim for the engine room instead :)
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 11-23-2017, 08:57 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,342
Posted By FeetDown
Thanks everyone, hope y'all had a great Turkey...

Thanks everyone, hope y'all had a great Turkey Day!
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 11-23-2017, 06:02 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,342
Posted By FeetDown
I'd prefer not to say, sorry

I'd prefer not to say, sorry
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 11-23-2017, 05:55 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,342
Posted By FeetDown
Public land buck

I was fortunate enough to take this buck on public land yesterday. Watched him travel about 60 yards as he dropped down into the creek bottom where I was set up. Waited until he was at 15 yards to...
Forum: Around the Campfire 11-23-2017, 06:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,022
Posted By FeetDown
Looks like you cleaned that up to display on the...

Looks like you cleaned that up to display on the bookshelf? Cool idea!
Forum: Around the Campfire 10-22-2017, 12:18 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,650
Posted By FeetDown
Any idea how much that buck weighed? Big bodied...

Any idea how much that buck weighed? Big bodied deer. Congrats!
Forum: Around the Campfire 10-19-2017, 07:31 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,763
Posted By FeetDown
Massachusetts state law allows you to hunt on the...

Massachusetts state law allows you to hunt on the land of another without permission so long as the land is not posted. I believe they offer a property tax break for not posting your land, which...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 10-17-2017, 07:08 AM
Replies: 778
Views: 58,179
Posted By FeetDown
Hogman and JoeC - I hunt that unit as well. Was...

Hogman and JoeC - I hunt that unit as well. Was on the other side of the property Saturday morning and saw Hogman's truck when I checked a camera afterwards. Will be sure to say hi if I run into...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 10-14-2017, 05:14 PM
Replies: 778
Views: 58,179
Posted By FeetDown
http://a123.g.akamai.net/7/123/11558/abc123/forest...

http://a123.g.akamai.net/7/123/11558/abc123/forestservic.download.akamai.com/11558/www/nepa/105912_FSPLT3_3926004.pdf

LBJ Savanna Restoration Project. I thought this was interesting reading.
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Forum: Around the Campfire 09-17-2017, 08:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 935
Posted By FeetDown
This is perfect. Thanks to all. Come to...

This is perfect. Thanks to all.

Come to think of it the trail cam photos were mostly sow with piglet in tow, so maybe that explains the aggressive response.
Forum: Around the Campfire 09-16-2017, 09:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 935
Posted By FeetDown
School me on hogs

The public land I hunt seems to have had a recent influx of hogs. Sign everywhere and have several on camera. Bumped into one today scouting and it got pretty aggressive.

Keeping in mind that...
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 09-13-2017, 07:10 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,875
Posted By FeetDown
Curious, how would one shoot birds/rabbits with a...

Curious, how would one shoot birds/rabbits with a scope on it? Or maybe your grandfather had it set up as a large-game-only gun (i.e., shoot buckshot or slugs out of the shotgun barrels)? Very cool...
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-29-2017, 06:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 900
Posted By FeetDown
A lot of guys up in the northeast swear by tree...

A lot of guys up in the northeast swear by tree saddles. Possibly because most hunt public land or often-trespassed private land, making taking a stand in and out each hunt a hassle. I've watched...
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-02-2017, 07:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 329
Posted By FeetDown
I just went through this exercise myself. It came...

I just went through this exercise myself. It came down to the Millennium M100U and the Hawk Helium Pro. I ultimately chose the HHP and it is being shipped right now.

These two were the finalists...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-26-2017, 08:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 462
Posted By FeetDown
My wife and I just moved back from a 3 year stint...

My wife and I just moved back from a 3 year stint in Boston. You're staying in a great area - it's called Back Bay. We lived a few blocks from your hotel.

Charles River Esplanade: Walk a few...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-17-2017, 08:47 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,005
Posted By FeetDown
Had the same thing happen to me with a few ducks...

Had the same thing happen to me with a few ducks from my first season. The taxi screwed over a lot of people.

Redemption: Some lady hauled him onto Judge Judy. He was supposed to mount her late...
Forum: Traditional 06-17-2017, 08:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,199
Posted By FeetDown
Fanny packs are great, especially if you need to...

Fanny packs are great, especially if you need to carry something else on your back (or don't want your back to sweat) or if you want quick access to tools/binos/compass/calls when scouting or...
Forum: Around the Campfire 06-05-2017, 07:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,253
Posted By FeetDown
Good stuff! This may sound weird, but try the...

Good stuff! This may sound weird, but try the cheeks next time. Tastiest part of a bluegill in my opinion. Just fry it up whole like you did and flake off the cheek meat.
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 06-04-2017, 08:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,535
Posted By FeetDown
Thanks for your input and advice, fellas. I've...

Thanks for your input and advice, fellas. I've slept on it and think I will run both setups :D

There have been a several areas over the years that I have not been able to hunt at all for want of...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 06-03-2017, 10:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,535
Posted By FeetDown
I think the most convenient and quietest approach...

I think the most convenient and quietest approach would be to leave 2 or 3 hang-on stands up in the trees and just carry in climbing sticks. I'd be willing to take the risk of one of my stands...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 06-03-2017, 04:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,535
Posted By FeetDown
Climber vs. Hang-On for temporary stands

I've used a climber on public land for 10 years now and often have trouble finding a straight tree in the areas I'd like to hunt. Considering switching to a hang-on and climbing sticks setup.

For...
Forum: Traditional 04-26-2017, 06:57 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 980
Posted By FeetDown
That trad bow has taken you on lots of local...

That trad bow has taken you on lots of local adventures. Very cool!
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 04-23-2017, 12:37 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,812
Posted By FeetDown
Burned some boot leather hunting our Texas public...

Burned some boot leather hunting our Texas public lands this morning and stumbled upon a Rio Grande hen on this nest. Snapped a quick photo and skedaddled in hopes she'll find her way back and raise...
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-13-2017, 07:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,322
Posted By FeetDown
Do you feel passionate at all about the new job...

Do you feel passionate at all about the new job prospect?

What exactly is attracting you to the "better opportunities" down the road? Is it being a manager generally, or is there something unique...
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-12-2017, 06:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 817
Posted By FeetDown
Be very careful to check the laws of the state...

Be very careful to check the laws of the state you are flying to. Make sure your gun is legal there. If you flew into a NYC with that pistol, you would immediately regret it (and may very well be...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 03-24-2017, 01:31 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,812
Posted By FeetDown
Good luck Kirby. I too will be after them on...

Good luck Kirby. I too will be after them on public near DFW, though most likely with the boomstick as it is already challenging enough. Cannot wait to put some miles on the boots, I love springtime...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-19-2017, 05:50 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,144
Posted By FeetDown
Call it Yoo-hoo. The name literally beckons.

Call it Yoo-hoo. The name literally beckons.
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-19-2017, 05:25 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,144
Posted By FeetDown
The Casbah. You should rock that name.

The Casbah. You should rock that name.
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-11-2017, 08:28 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 2,944
Posted By FeetDown
This, given the tight quarters and smaller fish....

This, given the tight quarters and smaller fish. Resist the urge to compromise on anything longer unless you also see yourself fishing wider rivers where casting distance is a factor.

I also echo...
Forum: Around the Campfire 12-24-2016, 09:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,594
Posted By FeetDown
I really like the fence post plaque. Good stuff.

I really like the fence post plaque. Good stuff.
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