philoshop

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  1. Venison stew with cornbread biscuits tonight. Stew has been in the crockpot all day while I was working. Biscuits are just about ready for a late dinner. I should have picked some berries for dessert. Epic fail on my part.
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    Fur and feathers

    Post some photos of your fly-tying along the way. It's fascinating to see how people do that stuff. get some photos of your
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    Fur and feathers

    We have a Hammondsport in this area. But I had never heard of Hammond. Good to know, and thanks for the info.
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    Fur and feathers

    This a very low-cost get-together. An envelope full of feathers costs 50 cents to mail. A squirrel tail without the bone costs 50 cents to mail. Stuff a small piece of bear hide in an envelope and 50 cents will probably work. Tape the bear hide to the bottom of the envelope so they can run it through the machine. They get really annoyed when their machines don't work.
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    Fur and feathers

    We'll be expecting some pics come spring! Pygmy tails and Philo feathers taking some trout. Where the heck is Hammond, BTW?
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    Fur and feathers

    I have a feeling Dave is going to be tying a lot of flies this winter!
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    Is technology helping or hurting the hunt.

    I would never intentionally ruin a day in the woods with a cell phone. Then again, I didn't grow up with a cell phone surgically attached to my hand either. I know how to live without it. I carry one in the woods for emergencies. We used to use CB radios, but that generally entailed making it back to your vehicle. Could be difficult if you're bleeding to death from a chainsaw wound. The last time I used a cell phone in the woods was when my mother was passing a kidney stone. She couldn't get in touch with my Dad and called me. I called her an ambulance. Technology is okay, sometimes. Old school is cool. You'll learn a lot more about what the deer will teach you if you stop looking at their pictures and start looking at how they actually live. Break out the old walkie-talkies just to keep in touch!
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    Is losing deer an inevitable occurrence?

    I think I went my first 15+ years without ever losing a deer. Granted I was hunting in swamps with a shotgun and most of my kills had powder burns on them. My first non-recovery crushed me, though. I almost gave up hunting all together, and it haunts me to this day. I don't know what happened. What went wrong. Maybe the animal's will to live was just a bit stronger than my attempt to kill it on that day. Who knows. You do your best at recovery out of respect for the animal, and then you put it behind you.
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    Fur and feathers

    I don't have any fur since I stopped trapping. I have a few turkey feathers I picked up during walks that I could send you if you're interested. Shoot me a PM. What you really want is a squirrel tail. I haven't been out yet this year but I'll keep you in mind when I go. Good luck with your fly-tying.
  10. I picked that out of a truck load of hard maple we got into the shop one day. There wasn't very much with any real "curl" or character to it except for the 3 foot end of this one board. I snagged it, because I had that privilege. Not enough to make a full gunstock out of but just right for a few pistol parts.
  11. The fore stock just hasn't gotten the same amount of sunlight. I'll need to make it a tanning bed next summer so it can catch up. I've been looking for a photo of the 16" .223 that gets the woodchucks. Varmint artillery baby! Pushing 300 yards!! Whack 'em out so far you need a ride to verify.
  12. .44 Mag. Custom grips by the PhiloCustomShop, from which my screen name comes. I need to get that forend out in the sun a bit more. The grip stock is on there year 'round for woodchuck duty, but the forend stock doesn't get much sun during deer season.
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    Breakfast of Champions

    Thanks Paula! I'm not kidding about any of it either. Truth is way funnier than the stuff I can make up. I'm actually thinking about switching from political commentary to straight comedy. It really doesn't involve more than shifting a few words and phrases in what I write. That's something scary to think about. I can publish a serious piece in the morning and with very minor changes make it a satirical piece in the afternoon. I won't do that, of course, but it speaks to where we are in the current discourse that it can so easily be done. God help us all.
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    Breakfast of Champions

    Bowl of cheerios this morning. No milk, so I poured in a bit of Old Milwaukee. Somebody once called that beerios. I should add that I had been up writing since about 10:30 last night so this was more like dinner for me. Not sure this really helps my image at all. Especially buying the OM at 10 am from the gas station. The staff know I work nights and don't hassle me about it, but I get some weird looks from the customers.
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    Ladder stand rebuild

    I love American ingenuity!! Got a problem? Fix it! Nice work Taco. Sorry you didn't make the GTG at Parker's. We'll do another one.
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    Chasing already? 10/20

    It's kind of an interesting dynamic. The younger bucks are eager for GO and the older does are eager for GO. The bucks are looking for ANYTHING that might be a receptive doe. I've had them come after me for farting in a ground blind. The older does seem to be hoping that if a young guy gets the deed done she won't have to have some 250 pound 12 point buck climbing on her back. Wild kingdom!
  17. I have little doubt that you actually believe that kind of BS. Carry on.
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    Live from the butcher block

    My grandparents used every part of every animal they ever raised. The feather-crested head of a rooster was used to spread oil around the frying pan. The only part of a pig that didn't get used was the squeal. I'd be a bit cautious with bone marrow today, though. It's where a lot of of the GMO and artificial hormone stuff ends up. I haven't done any deep research into the subject, just a casual heads up.
  19. Industrial engineer. He used to design the really cool machinery that gets cans of coke or bags of potato chips out the factory door. Now he does trouble-shooting of the systems he designed. People are more than happy to to pay him $1500 an hour for advice over the phone.
  20. It's my understanding that you're allowed to work a certain number of hours while collecting SS benefits. I don't believe there is any cap on what you can make or charge. My friend makes a cool $1500 per hour for about fifteen hours a week while he collects his $2300 a month SS check.He donates the SS check to worthy causes.
  21. The only person I know who put it off until seventy is my Dad. He was a working Dentist until he was 78 YO. He cared about his family and he cared about his patients. Now he's 80 YO and drawing a nice government check for the money he's paid in over the years. The Alzheimers makes it a moot point, however. He doesn't know or care where the check comes from, or even what it is. The long goodbye has begun. It terrifies me to see my Dad like this.
  22. I'm fully in at 62. Two years and a little bit away. It's my money. I want it now. And waiting for five or ten years to see what sort of idiocy might take over this country is not a comforting thought. Send me the check, thank you.
  23. I went out to just sit and watch the woods wake up. Forgot the camera, even. Lots of squirrels, a couple of bunnies, a "possum who looked like he had something stuck in his mouth. Might have been the taste of 'possum. A few does came through just browsing, and then a small buck who looked like he didn't know what to do next. The little guy just stood there looking confused. I finally laughed out loud and he snorted and walked off. Fun morning.
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    Favorite stand snack

    Those peanut butter cracker snacks. I've actually lived on them for several days. And if you munch them just right all the squirrels will gather around in awe.
  25. We in the US don't eat our domestic pets because we're not yet forced to. I'm not going to eat my neighbor's springer spaniel largely because I can go to the grocery store and buy a pack of meat. And the dog is cool.