Rebel Darling

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Rebel Darling last won the day on October 12 2016

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    Sand Lake, NY
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    Reading, Music, Songwriting, Hiking, Traveling

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    In the 4's
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    Browning A-Bolt, .270
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    Hoyt Charger 60#
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  1. Congrats on the family addition! Rest up now, fella. Ha.
  2. You bet! I have the Tethrd Mantis saddle, and their Predator Platform. I also picked up their tree tether and their lineman's belt, as well as one of their haulers (gear sack). I didn't need to buy their tree tether, nor the lineman's belt. I realized that quickly. Other linemans ropes I had on hand would have done the job. I already had Lone Wolf climbing sticks for a hanging stand I have. They are the most difficult part of the hauling in. They're weighty (as sticks go), and long. Hope to have a different option in the next couple of years, but I did get a decent set-up going with a new pack and compression straps. I've not been fatigued in the saddle, but I haven't sat an all-day sit with it. Longest I was in was about 6 or 6.5 hours early in bow season. Killed a deer and hauled out without feeling strained, nor pained. I might pick up a pair of light knee-pads so I can "kneel" against the tree with more comfort, but that's pretty much it. Given the range of motion I can get out of the set-up, I imagine I could get an all day sit out of one no-problem. I can stand, sit, hang, side-saddle the tree, hug the tree, twist around for stretching (and shots!), etc. On all-day sits, though, my wife, and son (& one on the way!) typically have different ideas on how I should spend my time, so doubt I'll be able to test that out this year. Ha...
  3. Personally, I'm more comfortable in the saddle than in my climber. This past year, I fell asleep "hugging" the tree while in my saddle. My bridge had me tied tight onto the tree, so there was no fear of falling, because I couldn't. I laid my arms across my bridge and laid my head into them. Out... I literally can't fall unless I'm actively trying to flip myself over. For the record, I'm not fond of heights, and I feel "locked in" while in the saddle. I also credit a run and gun doe kill on public this year to the saddle. I was able scout and then set up in a crooked tree, which was the tree I needed to be in. My climber would not have gotten me in that tree, nor any other in the immediate area. I would not have been in range for the shot if I brought the climber that day. I probably could have set up with a smaller hanging stand. I don't have any experience with some of the larger climbers like the Summits. I have a Lone Wolf hand climber which is super-light and easily pack-able. It's a great option if you know the tree you're going to get in. I often don't have the time to scout like that. The tree selection mandates presented by my climber (it'll be the same with any climber) pushed me to invest in a saddle. It hurt the wallet, 'cause it ain't cheap, but I'm glad I did. I will also say that a few of my favorite hunts have been #fromtheground I really like that challenge and "ease" of set up. There's a few topic threads on here on saddles, and you'll get a wide variety of opinions. Search them up, and sort through. I'm sorta infrequent on here during seasons other than the fall 'cause of the seasonal nature of my work, but I'm happy to answer any other questions if you want to post 'em up, or send me a message. Good luck!
  4. Roost pitting. Excellent. Very grateful to know. Thank you...
  5. Total newb to turkey hunting, having only been a couple/few times on my own. I have little idea as to what I'm doing, in part because I haven't done much of it. Hoping to learn more. Went out yesterday morning, and found a gobbler on the roost. Lucky strike. He didn't think much of my calls, or I spooked him walking in. He flew down, and then gobbled all the way off my neighbor's property... Barred owls jumped trees and then through the scene around the same time. After they left, I thought another hunter started incessantly calling with clucks and purrs. Couldn't see him, and each time I moved to take another look, the call intensity increased. This went on for 40 mins. Real good calling from what I've heard. I got fed up, and thought he was trying to tell me to get out. So, I stood up to go find him and at least meet him. Haven't met anyone else on my neighbor's that has rights to hunt. Right as I took my first step, the hen roosting above me blew out of the tree in a panic. Ha. Should have sat still. This morning, I went back, hoping that the tom would roost there again. No dice. Two beautiful dawns in the woods, though.
  6. Lone Wolf Assault Hand Climber: 3 seasons old, only two seasons of use. I didn't use it this past season. Total use maybe 40 times. Comes with Third Hand Archery bow holder (currently set for left-handed, but easy switch to right-handed). Comes with F&S padded shoulder straps. Minimal wear. Some camo duct tape on solid pieces to break up lines, as well as cast bow holder for when I used it to dampen sound. Very little wear showing on traction belts. Asking: $235.00 Cash on pick-up, or check by mail. Buyer pays shipping. Willing to meet somewhere in region 4. Based out of 4L, Rensselaer County. PM me here if interested. Selling because I've taken to hunting from the ground, and using a saddle for run-and-gun.
  7. No Mow May. Violets, strawberries, dandelions, prunella vulgaris... We’re also at 1500’, so I can get away with not mowing until June. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. On QAD Hunter issues: I have a QAD Hunter drop rest. The other day, and in preparation for a Western hunt, I upped the draw weight on my bow, and the fletching started hitting the rest, leaving marks on the fletching undersides right at the rest's "U" points. The contact also put a funky wobble on the arrow at close yardages, before it could balance out. Today, I adjusted the timing cable, loosening it a 16th of an inch, and the arrow no longer contacts the rest, and the arrow flies like a dart again. I've had the QAD since I bought the bow (my first) almost 6 years ago. I had it adjusted once, before I knew what I was doing, and made the second adjustment this morning. Otherwise, the rest has worked well for me, and I haven't "needed" to replace it, just tinker with it. A friend has already had to replace his whisker biscuit that he bought new around the same time because of wear in the whiskers. Something to consider...
  9. Roger Wilco, Grampy! Hope to send some bull antler pics!
  10. Thanks, All! Currently buried up to my planning depths, and keeping my head down, and pennies purposed. Going to Idaho to bowhunt Elk this Fall!!!
  11. Friday, November 8: I headed out at 8:00 a.m. with my bow and a folding stool. Cold wind cut across my face a bit, but mostly head on. I walked over to where I had seen a couple of scrapes, and with fresh overnight snow on the ground, I was curious to know if bucks had freshened them up. I was hunting does, but I was still curious. The scrapes were covered in snow. I followed some track along an old logging road. Fresh snow partially filled the tracks, so it looked like deer had walked the path sometime during the night. When I came to within 20 yards of my neighbor's field edge, I stopped, leaned up against a tree and took a look around. 10 minutes passed and then I saw movement. 30 yards to my right through thick pine saplings, a doe. She was walking with the wind to her back, and I didn't move. No shot opportunity through that thick stuff, and I wanted to learn where she was headed. As I watched her through the binos, I saw a few more doe ahead of her. They'd get downwind of me in a couple hundred yards, but I wasn't concerned. I figured they were well on their way, and, being downwind, they weren't viable hunts for me anyway. Gotta let them go. After I could no longer see them moving through the trees, I cut across their tracks, got the wind in my favor and walked on. Maybe they were feeding on a specific oak. Maybe there was some other browse they were interested in. Basically, I wanted to know where they were coming from and figure out why. As I traced their tracks backward, I came to a pinch point, looked up, and saw a doe broadside at 20 yards. I froze in a half-kneel, un-nocked bow in one hand, and the stool in the other. Guess I'm gonna do the mannequin. She came towards me to about 15 yards, walking the worn track a little above me and to my left. I could now see she was the lead doe in a group of three. She saw me, and locked on. The two doe behind her stopped in their tracks and watched her for a queue. She stalled, stomped, head-bobbed, stomped some more, but never blew out. After a while, the two does behind her got bored, flicked their tails and pushed her on. I held my stance for as long as I could, and when I looked behind me, they were long gone. I checked my phone, and it was about 9:20, and I decided to set up. I found a good "hole" with some shooting lanes. It was going to be tight, but that means it was also going to be challenging and exciting. I was sitting for 5 minutes when I caught movement from my right about 30 yards away. The deer walked closer, putting a few trees between us. I drew back and held on the trees, hoping that the deer was a doe, and that it would walk to my right of the trees. I won half that bet. She popped out from behind the trees at 15 yards, coming just to my left, almost straight at me, below the well worn track. There were a few hemlock saplings between us, but when she came to the opening, she spotted me and stopped. I had my pin on the back half of her shoulder, and I steadied my focus there. She was slightly quartered-to, and so close that I could see her individual muscle strands tighten up. I let the arrow fly before she could figure out what to do, or what I was. POP! Double-lungs. I watched her bound once, trot, stop, flick her tail, walk, and then fall over. Dead deer. Seconds after she fell, a Golden-crowned Kinglet landed on a branch just over my right shoulder and started singing, and not long after that, another doe came walking through on the well-worn path. She never saw me, and wandered off, maybe oblivious, maybe just moving on in a most natural way. The woods then returned to its standard winter calm, and I sat there and thought more about death as an offering of life, waiting to walk up to a bounty of fresh kill that will help sustain my friends and family through the winter calm. I stood at the site where I shot her, and took a photo of my setup. She was 9.5 yards away.
  12. Thanks very much for volunteering your time! As an adult onset fella, I know that I would have benefited from a program like this! Very glad it's up and running, and I hope to be able to contribute next year...
  13. I'm outta likes, but I LOVE this. Were you in attendance? I had hoped to be able to volunteer (through BHA), but the schedule didn't work out for me.
  14. May your focus realize your reward! You got it, man!
  15. 9.5 yards. #fromtheground #noblind What an awesome morning and hunt.