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Topic: introductions -
Posted By: TasunkaWitko
Subject: introductions -
Date Posted: 22 June 2003 at 10:41

we do this now and then, so anyone who wants to participate, feel free!

for those of you who know me, this is all review, but for those of you who don't, allow me to introduce myself!

i'll try to keep this short, probably won't succeed though!

born in wurzburg germany, son of an army sergeant from killdeer north dakota, and a fine red-headed woman from canon city, colorado. said birth happend in 1971, which makes me old enough to know better, but still a little too young to care sometimes.

we quickly moved to montana, and i spent my early childhood in glasgow, then attended grade school in havre. junior high and high school in chinook, all in montana. went to jamestown, north dakota to start college, and met my wife there, from sand coulee, montana. i did one year in jamestown before coming back to the chinook/havre area to start a family, and spent several years bouncing between the two towns, 20 miles apart. did a couple of years at northern montana college (now MSU-Northern)and then decided to move to spearfish, south dakota. lived there for four years, and finished college at black hills state university with a BS in history (BS being the operative phrase). as beautiful as spearfish was, i spent the whole time wanting to move back to montana, and when i finsihed college, we did.

after bouncing around living in havre for four more years and lewistown for two, we have ended up in sand coulee, montana, about 8 miles southeast of great falls. it's a nice area, surrounded by mountains, plains and prairie...all within a few minutes, and the people are great too. fishing and hunting opportunities look great!

the same woman has been putting up with me for 14 years, and we have been married for twelve of them. hope to keep this trend going for the rest of our lives! i have four boys ranging from almost 13 to just over a year old, and i am happy to report that we have finally found out what was causing them!

my wife is a registered nurse, and i have worked in the hospitality industry for the last 12 years. it doesn't have much to do with a history degree, but you would be surprised how much it comes in handy. any degree is a good one, but living where i do and working where i work i am glad i went towards history instead of business.

as far as interests, there are the obvious (hunting, fishing, camping, travel, shooting, and history) and the not-so obvious (computers, dungeons and dragons, music, geology, and cooking). in short, i'll give just about anything a try.....

now to the good stuff! my rifles!

i own a marlin m781 .22, which was my first gun and still my favorite.  sitting on top is a little tasco 3-7 .22 scope, which has served me well.



next up i have a marlin 336cs in .30-30 that i bought new-in-box for 200$. it was unfired until i took it to the range. shot six shots, all in a one-inch group that surrounded the bullseye, except for one which went right through the bullseye. to put it simply, i LOVE this rifle! 



sitting on top is a simmons 44mag 2-7x44mm scope, which in my opinion has to be the perfect deer scope for the perfect deer rifle. the 2-7 magnification is just right for .30-30 ranges, and the 44mm objective is just the ticket for dawn and dusk, which is when i do most of my deer hunting. nothing fancy or expensive, but very effective.....


next up, we have a cz m550 american in 7x57. jack o'connor speaks quite highly of this chambering, and i am looking forward to load development and hunting with it this year. this rifle was manufactured in the czech republic and is a very nice rifle in all respects.

the scope will be a sightron s1 3-9x40mm that i think will do well on this rifle.

finally, we have my pride and joy; a herter's model J-9 in .308. manufactured in yugoslavia by zastava in the mid-to-late 60's, this rifle has a mauser 98 action and a 23.5 inch (supposedly) douglas barrel. accuracy is GREAT as long as i am not shooting it, and it is pretty good when i am the one pulling the trigger....(i need more practice!!). french walnut stock (awesome refinishing job by rob1), milled-steel action, floorplate and triggerguard. this is the same rifle that charles daly is now importing, and i highly recommend them. sitting on top is a tasco world class plus 3-9x44mm, which makes it a great muley and antelope scope and rifle combination.




i see i did not live up to my promise to keep it short!! hope i didn't bore you all totally to death, but i have to admit i am rather proud of my rifles and my family, which we have managed to keep together for quite a few years thanks to hard work and the grace of god.

peace to all -

ron

p.s. the handle tasunkawitko comes from the sioux (lakota) language. translated it means crazy horse, the name of a man whom i believe to the greatest patriot on this continent. sure, he was on the losing side, but so was william wallace......



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TasunkaWitko - Chinook, Montana

Helfen, Wehren, Heilen
Die Wahrheit wird euch frei machen



Replies:
Posted By: NH_Hunter
Date Posted: 22 June 2003 at 10:54

Ok guys, my introduction will be much shorter because i have lived a much shorter life than tasunk. Well here it goes.

I was born in Newport, NH, or actually Claremont Hospital, NH at 6:33AM on 9/11/88. I have lived in Newport all my short life. At first i lived on a farm, but that house was a piece of junk. I lived there until 6th grade. We then moved into town, god damn i hate it here, and we ended up with a much nicer house. We are living on .8 acres of land. I am going into my sophmore year of high school and school ended on friday for the summer.

I have 4 firearms. I have a Ruger m77mk2 aught six lefty. This rifle is sweet, but i havent shot it yet. I also have a Marlin 336A made in the 50's. It is chambered in .30 WCF. A Winchester 94 made in the same caliber, post 64, accompanies them. To close up my firearm collection is an old Savage Stevens model 94C single shot 20 guage. My dad cut down the stock and the barrel, and added on a Ruger recoil pad. I hope i didnt bore you guys too much.

NH_Hunter



Posted By: Spot shooter
Date Posted: 22 June 2003 at 15:02

Hell, now I'm feelin old, born in '64 in Western NY (upstate), worked the far till I was 18 and took off (sorry) for the Air force.  Spent nearly 12 years traveling, shooting, and just enjoyin myself.  Got out went to college at Iowa State Univ., made it to Kansas worked there 3 years, then got hired out for a year in Colorado.  Got hired back at the old firm in Kansas so now I'm back.

  Gun's taught by a ex-navy guy (friends dad) on how to load, shoot, and work a bolt.  I mostly owned Rugers 223, 25-06, 30-06,  300 win mag,  to name a few.  Had a couple of Remington a 778 in 223, and 700 in 30-06.  Now I have a abolt 300wsm (still breakin her in).  Shot Skeet, trap, rifle and pistol competitively while in the military, don't really like competition as much as shootin with friends, and building up the skill set.  Enjoy accurizing rifles, and building loads for friends.

Hunting - NY, Delaware, NM, Texas, Louisana, Kansas, Iowa, and PA.  I have hunted whitetail with bow, blackpowder, rifle, and shotgun.  Birds - turkey, dove, pheasant, quail, duck. Love bird hunting cause you get good company, even if your only out with the dog alone -have a good dog (vizla).  Hunted just about everything but elk, brown bear, and boar in the lower 48.  Love trout but can only find them in the supermarket here in KS.  

Married 15 years, got a 13 year old (just got his first shotgun) we shoot on weekends.  Mentioning time, I'm part of that generation gap right after the baby boom.  Not many my age around it seems, grew up with the old salts twice my age, but you probably picked that up from my posts.  Last but not least I'm in Telecom, been doing everything from phones, to IP, and ATM, Web, .... since 82.    

Spot    



Posted By: waksupi
Date Posted: 22 June 2003 at 15:52

Good heavens, you're a bunch of kids!

I was born in Iowa in 1954, and grew up on a farm. Got out as soon as I could.

I've been a welder, a carpenter, built missile complexes, owned a shrimp boat that operated out of Key West, Florida, throughout the Bahamas. ]

I've done road construction, cowboyed, wrangled, been a farrier on the race tracks and on the ranches.

I'd been a logger until I broke my back. I've been a saloon swamper, and a bartender, and a bunch of other low down no good jobs I had to do to eat.

I've been in gun fights in foriegn countries, and known some very, very bad people, and still do, along with a hell of a bunch of really, really good ones.

I've been a moonshiner, and a bootlegger in years past. I build fiddles and mandolins, guns, and my main hobby is cast bullets and shooting.

 I play mandolin in a few different bluegrass groups when needed, and where ever I can when not needed!

Now I tan hides, and do Indian artifact restoration and reproduction work. I lived in a teepee two years here in the mountains, and then built a little cabin  back up here in the hills.

I've been a life member of the NRA since 1984, and was a regular member for years before that.

I'm past president of the Flathead Valley Muzzleloaders, a member of the Flathead Freetrappers mountainman bunch, and a founder of the Crooked Creek Plainsmen.

I'm a Thirty Secound Degree Mason, and Past Master of a Masonic Lodge.

Ain't no ones business how many or what kind of guns I have. 

 

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Posted By: EDip
Date Posted: 22 June 2003 at 18:32

For some reason I got bumped out before I finished. Maybe another time.

Gene



Posted By: D.F.C.
Date Posted: 23 June 2003 at 01:24

I was born in AZ a long long time ago, my father was stationed there during one of those wars.  When he was released from active duty, the family moved back to New Mexico. I grew up on a ranch in my formative days, where a mans word was his bond,  somewhat different from today's standards, but I have adapted.  I went to grade school, high school and college in New Mexico. After college, I moved to Arizona, mainly because I found employment I was interested in, but in reality it was a money thing.   While in AZ I worked for a firm doing structural design on high rise buildings and manufacturing plants. I also honed my skills as an amateur gunsmith and shooter. My career was interrupted so I could serve some duty time in Viet Nam.



Posted By: Triggerguard
Date Posted: 23 June 2003 at 04:56

I'm Triggerguard, Charley to my friends. Born in Dallas, Texas in 1954, which comes close to making me a certifiable old fart. Been marries for 29 years, have two sons, 17 and 21.

I work in the pest control industry, I'm the service manager for a family owned business. In pest control, think of hunting on a small scale. We do structural pest control (insect pests, termite work, etc) of course, but also do a large amount of bird and bat work, and a lot of animal trapping. San Antonio has a huge animal population that most folks have no clue is there. Lots of raccoons, ringtail cats, possums, and skunks. Pass that roadkill skunk, and take a deep sniff...smells like money!

I'm a shooter and a hunter. Have been a reloader for 25 years, and a bullet caster for about 20. I do almost all of my own gunsmithing...good friends with a local 'smith and his son. He passes on to me a lot of guns he takes in trade and doesn't have time to mess with, along with assorted parts and other 'junk' when he cleans his shop periodicly.

Amature historian, particularly aviation history. Been an IPMS (International Plastic Modeler's Society) member off and on for lots of years. Did pattern work for a small plastic molding company out of Dallas a few years back. I made the master for our kit of a Caproni CA-3 we did about ten years back.

Also do wood working.

There isn't much I'm not interested in.

Have a bunch of rifles and handguns, and even a couple of shotguns. I like muzzleloaders and military rifles. My wife refers to me as an accumulator, not a colector.

Life member TSRA, conditional life NRA.

Triggeguard

 



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"...A moral compass needs a butt end.Whatever direction France is pointing-towards collaboration with Nazis, accomodation with communists,...we can go the other way with a quiet conscience"-O'Rourke


Posted By: Muleskinner
Date Posted: 23 June 2003 at 06:10

I'm 46 years young an' my mule's only 2.  I reckin' he'll last 'bout as long as I do, long as he lives to be 30.  I worry 'bout breakin' in new stock when I'm old an' brittle.  Anyhoo, my kin hails from Glasgow, KY.  Ancestors pioneered what's now Clay County, TN (Dale Hollow, Lake) and Monroe and Barren Counties in KY.  I moved out west in '81 when I couldn't find no more rabbits or decent squirrels to hunt, first to Arizona, then when that got too crowded, Wyomin'. 

Got two growed kids, a boy an' a girl, back east where my first ol' lady moved.  Got 'nother almost 15 year old female yard monkey that's drivin' me outta my friggin' mind!  Will gladly trade her for a good lab pup (OBO).  My new ol' lady is a gem.  Kinda young, which makes her able to keep up with me, almost. 

I figur thet as soon as the doctors tell me I got cancer or some life endin' desease, I'll pack into the park, cook up a lil' rancid bacon, an' pick a knife fight with a griz.  Seen too many fellers go out with tubes up their arse an' a pathetic look in their eyes to play that game.



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Mule


Posted By: saddlesore
Date Posted: 23 June 2003 at 06:47

OK youngsters, I'm turning 60 in August. Born in 43

I was born in the coal mining country of soutwestern Pennsylvania, outside of a little town called Monongahela, same as the river. My father was an Italian immigrant who came over when he was 5yrs old a little after the turn of the century. He started working in the mines at 9 for 3 cents a day and his father got 9 cents a day. He put about 30 yrs in the mines and walked out after being trapped three times and put another 25+ yrs in the steel mills. with only a 6th grade eduaction, he learn machine shop ,trigonometry and geometry himself for figuring angles on the lathes and mills. I mention him becasue I'm damn proud of him. I have 2 sisters and  a brother. The oldest sister died of cancer at 44

In 61 when I graduated from high schol there wasn't a job to be had, and my father said he wouldn't let me go into the mines. I signed up for the Air Force, but flunked the physical due to a bad back. The state sent me to trade school and when I graduated, I went to work for Sandia National labs in Albuquerque. Darn good thing, because I would have been in Vietnam in the hot times. This is real ironic as they promptly sent me off to Nevada to work in underground nuclear testing, which I did for 10 yrs and then got a job in Colorado where I did the same thing until 92, when Clinton shut them down. So I spent about 18 yrs underground. I now work as a physical security integrator where I design and install high tech security surviellance for large facilities, but only until August 1 when I'm retiring.

I have a littel place 25 miles outside of Colorado Springs, Co

My wife of 27 yrs is still putting up with me , but my first wife decided she needed another boyfriend when I was traveling. I have  daughter and son, and 4 grandchildren.

My interest are raising, training and using good mules, and elk hunting.

I have been up and down the scales of quite a few rifle calibers, but have settled on an 06 for about everything,  but have been known to pop a few elk with a muzzleloader.

I have taught quite a few handgun classes for Concealed Carry permits here in Colorado Springs, and I'm NRA certified to teach rifle, pistol, shotgun and home defense. I have shot competitiion big bore rifle, handgun and some Cowboy action, but  I'm not too proficent at it as my eyes age.

We plan to fix up the place after I retire and sell out, maybe moving to Wyoming or Montana. We are looking around Cody, or west of Billings. Too darn many people here.

If you youngsters want to know anything, ask me. I don't know anything, but I make up alot as I go along.

 



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Saddlesore
If God wanted you to walk and carry things on your back, He would not have invented stirrups and pack saddles


Posted By: Muleskinner
Date Posted: 23 June 2003 at 07:55

Waksupi,

I did my military service at NAS Boca Chica.  Spent many a night in bars full of shrimpers an' marines down on bone key.  If it was still like it was back in the early 70s, I'd live there 'stead of in Wyomin'.  Dam Jimmy Buffet ruint a good thing.



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Mule


Posted By: soggyshooter
Date Posted: 23 June 2003 at 09:44
Ok, so I'm an old fart too! Born Bozeman MT. in '55. Moved to Washington when I was a kid. Have wife and three girls. 9,11, 18. Got to grow up fishing and hunting. Did all kinds of stuff outdoors. Learned how to bow hunt on neighbors chickens. First game I shot with pellet rifle was neighbors chickens. Don't worry, the neighbor took the meaning of "free range chickens" to new heights. No coop just let them run all over the country. Which in our case was our corn field and vegi garden. Spent three years in the Army in W.Germany keeping Boris on his side of the line. Have driven tankers for 18yrs. I shoot trad. archery, trad. BP, and modern firearms. Don't have any fancy, pretty guns. All mine work hard. 

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There's a village in Kenya that's looking for their idiot...


Posted By: CB900F
Date Posted: 23 June 2003 at 10:02

Fella's 6/23/03;

Where to start, why at the beginning of course.  Born in 1947 & today's my combined 56th birthday & 31st anniversery.  It's hard to get in trouble forgetting the anniversery when it's on your own birthday.  I was the product of two WWII veteran U.S. Marines.   Before somebody makes a smartie remark about that, I'll also tell you that the old man was at one time the middleweight boxing champion of the U.S. Marine Corps.  But I learned how to fight dirty from my mom.  She was one of about 2000 female Marines at Cherry Point N.C. with about 35,000 men.

Attended Natrona County High School in Casper Wy.  This was a public school with a junior ROTC program.  Shot rifle team & got all the gongs for NRA indoor smallbore.  After graduation, I decided I'd had enough of the Corps & joined the U.S. Army in 1965.  Although I wanted to become an armourer, the recruiter talked me into the Intelligence game.  Became a Military Intelligence Coordinator.  At least Mom's education didn't go to waste.

Got out in '68, married in '72, took up roadracing motorcycles in the late '70's thru the early '80's.  Then about '83 or so got a viral infection that destroyed the nerves controlling one of the muscles that moves the left eyeball.  My master eye, of course. Punching into turn 1 at 140mph & starting to see double is when you know it's time to give it up.  Fortunatly I had a back-up plan.  Started being a professional ski instructor in the winter of 77/78 & did that for 21 years.

Then the mega-company I'd been working for for 17 years decided to de-mega our operation in Wyoming.  We moved to Montana 'cause the wife's from around here & in a round-about way I became a locksmith.  And there it sits, warts & all.  But it's my life & I can live with it.

900F



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Birth certificate!? He don't need no steenkink birth certificate!!


Posted By: waksupi
Date Posted: 23 June 2003 at 10:18
Originally posted by Muleskinner Muleskinner wrote:

Waksupi,

I did my military service at NAS Boca Chica.  Spent many a night in bars full of shrimpers an' marines down on bone key.  If it was still like it was back in the early 70s, I'd live there 'stead of in Wyomin'.  Dam Jimmy Buffet ruint a good thing.

The Bucket of Blood was my main hangout in Key West, mainly shrimpers, and Greek sponge fishermen. Not your most gentile place. The casual tourist, or weak of heart didn't do much more than stick thier noses in the door and leave. There was another pretty decent bar across from Ernest Hemingways that was pretty decent for young nubile touri Chickies.

I was in and out of Bone Key several times loading the holds with ice, also Marathon quite a bit.

Yep, Jimmy done let the cat out of the bag. The Keys are over run with Butt Pirates now.

 



Posted By: SelwayPacker
Date Posted: 23 June 2003 at 10:27

Well, I started out in wildlife and range science and worked for a few years for the Utah Div. of Wildlife Res... and then decided to go a different direction.  The career counselor asked what I wanted to be and I said I didn't know.  So she asked what was my favorite thing and I tolt her "figures" (since girls was all I thought about back then).  So the counselor put me down as an accounting major... and somehow I stuck it out.  So by day I'm the controller of a company.  But after that 5 o'clock whistle blows (as well as on weekends and holidays and vacations), I run me and my folk's cattle ranch in SE Idaho.   

My legs is bowed from a hangin' on a horse and my wife says I'm like a "true western movie without any star".   We got us three young Selway packers and a baby girl. 

I play a little guitar and mandolin myownself.  Been teaching myself and practicing in my spare time.  My wife says I would sound better singing my cowboy songs in the "Acapulco" style.  I figgered that meant, without instramental accompanyment.  She corrected me and said that she'd enjoy my singin' more if I went to Acapulco (without her) to sing my songs.

At 40, I may have lost a step or two but  I still  talk as big as I used to...  'specially when I gets that squint in my eye and I starts talkin' 'bout the HIGHHHHH country.....

 



Posted By: NH_Hunter
Date Posted: 23 June 2003 at 10:32

At first, it didnt seem like this topic would be very popular. For a day no one else had responded except me. It is interesting to read all this stuff about all yall different people.

NH_Hunter



Posted By: huntin1
Date Posted: 23 June 2003 at 11:23
Dang there's a lot of us old farts here. I was born in 1958 right here in Jamestown ND. Graduated high school in 1976, had a few odd jobs until 1979 when I was drinking with a few buddies who bet me 20 bucks that I wouldn't apply for an opening at the police department. I did, got the job, and I'm still doing it, guess it grew on me. I've been hunting one thing or another since I was old enough to hold the gun up by myself. Started out on ducks, rabbits and tree rats. In 1977 I started bow hunting deer, went three years before I killed one, but then I was hooked. Other than varmints deer are about the only thing I hunt anymore, with a bow, a muzzleloader and a high power rifle. Every now and then I talk my wife into an elk hunting trip. Speaking of wives, I'm on my third, the first two couldn't stand the fact that I hunted.(they didn't much care for me being a cop either) Gave them a choice, accept it or hit the road, they hit the road. I have a 15 year old son by my second wife, and three step kids, 15,16,18. Among other things I am the firearms instructor for the police department and I teach Hunter Safety to young hunters. I've shot competition with muzzleloaders and with handguns although I don't compete nearly as much as I used to. I also enjoy amature photography. That's enough bandwidth for now.

Take care!

huntin1

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"Never corner something meaner than you"


Posted By: chikee
Date Posted: 23 June 2003 at 15:08

Gee Ron,

All that talk of family, and not one word about your sister.  . . . . 



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Posted By: EDip
Date Posted: 23 June 2003 at 15:29

Well I’ll try again and try not to be too much of a braggart.

 

-          Born 1936 in Pontiac, Mich – man, that’s old.

-          Grew up in a small northern LP Mich rural town with a population of 2200.

-          Nuns thought I’d make a good priest. Tried for one year in 1950

-          Graduated H.S. in 1954 in a class of 33.

-          Graduated at Mich Tech (Mich College of Mining & Technology then) in 1958 with a B.S. in chemical engrng.

-          Completed navy OCS in Newport, RI in July 1959(same place that “pocketnavy” attended). Served shipboard duty for 3 years.

-          Worked in engrng and design in pineapple industry, aerospace, then automotive at Ford then GM.

-          Retired from GM Feb 2002 with 28 years service at age 65.5.

 

Wife and I raised 5 children – 4 daughters and youngest a son.

 

-          Oldest daughter  is an inactive HS teacher and wife of a 2 star general in Army Special forces.  Has a son  graduating from FL State in Aug.

-          Number 2 and her husband are air traffic controllers of many years in FL.

-          Number 3 basically housewife/mother and part time teachers’ aide. Our only local offspring.

-          Number 4 is an inactive speech pathologist and wife of F/A 18 navy pilot on the Roosevelt who is a squadron executive officer. (See, those highly educated daughters don’t work anymore since Bush, Jr took all our savings and gave it to those military dudes Ha! Ha!)

-          Son was a 1st Lt platoon ldr in the 82d Airborne when Bush, Sr regained oil control of Kuwait. Medically released from service with permanent back injuries and now a commercial painting contractor in east Altanta, GA area.

 

Interests - Many in different phases

 

-          Hunting, fishing, reloading, amateur gunsmithing – basement a gun shop center.

-          Long distance bicycling 1982 thru 1986 – 200 mile marathons and many centuries and 200 K’s – basement a bike shop and roller riding center.

-          Most enjoyable was time in Coast Auxiliary – 1987 – 1992. Many skipper missions with my own 25 ft boat – basement a boat storage area.

-          Unable to move around in the basement anymore.

-          Only boat now is a new 14.5 footer. Had to get rid of expensive toys, now live a very austere lifestyle since Bush, Jr is in charge. I VOTED for him. Can’t afford gun powder anymore.

 

Well I babbled enough, Gene

 

 



Posted By: macca
Date Posted: 23 June 2003 at 21:09

Hi guys,the above posts make for interesting reads.My dad was a WWII vet(sniper).Two  of my uncles had 40 years army each.My bother 20.I did 6 in the reserves.I currently have three nephews and one niece serving.Dad has passed on but my mum turns 80 next year and is still going strong.

I was born in 1961 in NSW Australia.I have lived in the bush for all my life except one winter of trying to make it as a professional rugby league player in Sydney(a knee injury finished that).For five years I worked as a professional shooter in feral and pest animal culls for the government and private land holders.I shot everything from bull camels to rabbits.Gave shooting away after that for a brief period,guess I had killed enough things for awhile.Now I run rural properties chasing sheep and cattle.

I am married with a son and two daughters.All of whom shoot.My wife is our cheer section though she is also an acomplished shot.Many snakes to her credit.

My interests are my family,shooting competitively,hunting with firearms,bows and camera.I read history,play chess,watch sport and I just love life.its for living.

I am opinonated,determined and I prefer not to take crap from anyone.I love to talk and learn more about firearms and hunting when I am not doing it.

Have a good one macca.



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Posted By: pocketnavy
Date Posted: 24 June 2003 at 02:59

Whew . . . EDIP is older than me . . . that took some doing.  If you think I am going to spill the beans . . . you are mistaken.  DFC told me to travel incognito.    Rumor has it that I live in Colorado . . . could be.  Everybody in the world is moving there - might as well be me too.  Another rumor has it that I own just one rifle . . . could be . . . remember reading an article that included the statement: "Beware of the man who owns just one gun!" . . . or something like that.

I hunt wookies for a hobby . . . usually roam around Montana, but, just recently have had to add one of those Eastern States to my itinerary . . . that's "huntin' list" for MULESKINNER.  I do have a "hate" list.  I dang near despise anyone wearing somethin' sold by L.L. Bean. Add to THAT list: people who drive ATVs, BMW SUVs, and people who won't loan me their Sendero.

Would rather shoot quail and ducks than Bambi.  Strikes me that huntin' good ground Buffalo is a lot easier in Safeway . . . can you imagine dressin' one of those things?  Have hunted in Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, and a couple of other places.  Dang near got killed by a tree stand in Texas . . . thing swarmed on me!  Guide named Jesus set me up for that . . . "Haysoos" . . . damned near got shot.  All-in-all, Uvalde is a good place to hunt . . . especially those dirty little pigs [not the two-legged variety] . . . Man you guys got dirty minds! 

Hunted with a muzzle-loader too . . . carried a pistol too - and a revolver.  All-in-all . . . that was only three shots [well . . . 5 in the revolver].  From what I have seen, I need at least four or five shots to shoot a deer . . . that's what I told Hillary when I told her that the Easterners needed AK-47s to hunt with.  She said she would mull it over!

Reloading is a must - especially for shootin' a shotgun.  Dang near burnt down a wheat field one time with a 20 gauge reload.  Shot flames a hundred yards or so.  Something about excessive wad pressure.  Oh well . . .

Well . . . as usual . . . blabbed too much . . . did that to irritate someone . . . I guess!  So you don't know too much . . . DFC said to keep you all guessing!  His agent won't let him talk.  I don't have an agent, but maybe I should.  Somebody tell Ed Weatherby to send me a new Weatherby, one made in Minnesota, and I will be as happy as a

 



Posted By: Muleskinner
Date Posted: 24 June 2003 at 04:21
Selway's in SE Idaho?  I thort my new place in Victor was SE Idaho, almost East Central actually, an' yer North of there?  Ain't no Selway mountings atwixt Victor an' Utah.  You sure you live in Idaho?  Maybe yer in Iowa an' jus' git the two mixed up.  Anyhoo, I been knowed to dabble in debits an' credits a lil' myownself.  Doin' a lot these days with June 30th comin' up fast.

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Posted By: SelwayPacker
Date Posted: 24 June 2003 at 05:24

Yeah, I got me a good day's commute hauling the horses to the Selway-Bitterroots, God's finest sculptures.  Now that we're neighbors, I can swing by and pick you up on the way up north to the HIGHHHH country... as soon as Bocephus is ready for the challenge.

I hope them auditors take a real close look at yer books... old accountants never die, they just lose their balance!

 

 



Posted By: Drae
Date Posted: 25 June 2003 at 01:44
Looks like I am the third oldest by posts so far.  I am retired & have been for 5 years. I love guns. I have been trying to downsize. I have sold 3 & traded 2 so far. I really didn't need 7 rifles I could hunt deer with. I found the right shotgun for my needs (Beretta untralight 12 ga) & I don't need those other 4! My main hunting is with a shotgun. Ruffed grouse, pheasants & quail in AZ.   I go on a p. dog shoot once a year & hunt whitetails.  I love too rough it in my motorhome & that where I should be!   But a family illness has but all summer plans on hold!  The motorhome doesn't mean I am  rich, just good credit!


Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 25 June 2003 at 06:43
OK OK
Now that I'm not the olny old fart here.
Born in San Francisco in 19 and 54,was an OK place till the ferraners moved in and got all the rights we had to give up,then in the 60's came the dadburn hippe's and them fruity folks and it was time to leave,went to northern Calif. for a bit great place and high taxes.Spent alot of my childhood at my Uncles ranch in Colo.thank you Mom and Dad.
Work for Dupont out there till the state got heavy on wanting more cash for what we did there and my buddy Clinton sent most of our work down Mexico way. So by the grace of God they put me in Tenn working for them I guess they felt sorry for an old crusty guy out looking for another job,been here lovin' life and the southern way of life since 97'.
   Got 3 great boy's probaly my best buds in the world,28,22 and 15 going on 30. Two grand babies a boy and a girl both born last year(that makes me officaly old) by the way. Three labs two good ones and one just learning whats going on,quite chewing on that.
   Love hunting and just being outdoors and pretending I'm hunting. Got a thing for old street rods and the blues.
    Oh yeah got a great lady that puts up with me and shoots way better than I do.


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Posted By: North Logan
Date Posted: 02 July 2003 at 06:22

Okay everybody here goes.... I was born [1958] & mostly raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada [except for a brief period in the early '60's when we lived in southern Germany]. My Dad had immigrated from Germany to Canada as a young man, after he served a brief hitch in the U.S. Army. My Mom's family goes back to pioneer stock in balmy British Columbia right here on Vancouver Island. I completed high school and two years of college here.

I am a career law enforcement officer with the oldest police department in Canada, west of the Great Lakes [even pre-dated the Northwest Mounted Police, later RCMP, by 15 years]. In 23 years of service I have held a variety of interesting positions but the past 13 years have predominantly been plainclothes/investigative work. 

I was previously married & divorced. Remarried again in 2000 to a wonderful gal that I have known for over 20 years. She is also a career law enforcement officer. My 15 year old son lives with us and we also share our lives with 3 Akita [Japanese Bear] dogs, that are my wife's babies.  

I've had a lifelong interest in firearms & shooting sports. Didn't actually go hunting until later in life though [my late 30's]. Haven't been out hunting since '97 when my hunting partner moved to another province for work. Been working on getting my loading gear set-up again to start shooting more.

 

Regards, Marcus.



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Posted By: Moose6
Date Posted: 15 December 2003 at 01:23

Nice meeting all of y'all.

Thankfully I'm not an old fart.... yet.  I was born in 1969 in Fairhope AL (right across the bay from Mobile).  I grew up fishing for sure.  When I was still young though, I moved to Memphis TN.  Grew up there for the most part, but still made many trips to south AL to visit family and go fishing.  My father always hunted growing up and started to get the itch again when I was in college, so that would be when my hunting habbit took off.  Once I graduated in 1992, I started working as an engineer in the auto industry.  Work brought me to Knoxville TN (fartherst north I've ever lived).  Met a wonderful lady at church and got married in 2000.  She's a CPA and I'm an engineer, so don't get into a numbers conversation with either one of us, especially her... she'll thow a spreadsheet on you so fast your head will spin .  She's a dang good shot too... loves my .300 Win.  Anyway, I got tired of getting pounded by the big three and went back to school a couple years ago.  Just graduated this past Saturday with my MBA from Univ. of Tenn.... GO VOLS!!!

I love hunting, fishing, guitars (the louder the better), and I get pretty dang scientific about reloading.

It's been a pleasure reading and learning about each of you.  I know we'll all get a chance to chat more.



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Y'all shoot straight!!!

Moose - Knoxville, TN


Posted By: maxpressure
Date Posted: 15 December 2003 at 10:02

I am Kansas born and will die in Kansas but not any time soon. I have lived long enough that I don't hate anything anymore, altho I still have some strong dislikes. Walmart and manual Prostate exams are equally disagreeable, but at least the Prostate exam has some lasting value. I prefer old guns and old friends but continue to pursue newer models of both. Once I acquire either one I never trade them off. I have never had to bail out any of my offspring and wish the reverse were true. I enjoy the varied blatherings of posters on here and naturally begin to form a mental image of some of them according to the nature of their posts. Some of them are extremely homely. ( You all know who you are).

max

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Posted By: dakotasin
Date Posted: 15 December 2003 at 15:11

ok, i'll refresh the memories of those who don't remember last time i did one of these...

i was born in 1973 in los angeles, ca. was raised there, and stayed there until the early 1990's, when i joined the navy. went to iraq part 1 (on the uss constellation, cv-64 - was a boiler tech, and anybody who knows what a bt is/was is at least as old as i am!!). wasn't enjoyable.

after the navy, i moved here - south dakota. discovered hunting as soon as the greyhound (actually, greyhound didn't come this far - took a sub-let bus from greyhound called jackrabbit lines) let me out the door. also discovered that people thought you were weird if you didn't have a gun - quite a switch for me, coming from the strong anti-gun state of california. had to rectify the gun situation so i could be normal.

did the fishing thing, too... but for the life of me, can't understand why people do it on purpose.

shortly after my first gun purchase, discovered pheasant hunting. then i discovered deer hunting, which led to big game hunting. pheasants are now just something to do when nothing else is open. after my big game discoveries, i discovered prairie dogs, which led to precision shooting. precision shooting led to long range shooting. and with each discovery, my gun collection increased exponentially. discovered waterfowl, and really took to goose hunting. then i figured out the thing w/ hunting dogs, and got a pair of labs... then i discovered bowhunting...

then i got married, and had 2 kids. discovered that my wife didn't have a gun, and was therefore weird... she is normal now, however, and has accompanied me on a few 'dog trips with her 223, and shot a pheasant or 2 w/ her 20 ga., might have dumped a few skunks w/ her s&w 686 in 357, and killed a rabbit or 2 w/ her 22... didn't want my kids to be weird, so my first-born (now 4 years old) has a rem model 7 in 243, and my second born (now 8 months) is getting her rem model 7 next month. probably be a 243 also, but since i don't care for the 243, it could be a 7-08...

guess that brings everybody up to date on my hunting bio... been a relatively brief hunting career, but i learned the ropes quick, and have drawn an average of 5 big game tags per year since my 2nd year of hunting deer... probably have killed an average of about 4 big game critters per year since my 2nd year of hunting. haven't killed a turkey or elk yet, but both those will change in the next year or two (finally have enough points for sd elk tag to be a possibility soon, and wife wants to do a turkey hunt in the spring)...

for reloading... as my gun collection grew, i discovered that 1- i couldn't afford to feed all those guns, and 2- i wanted accuracy. the obvious answer was basic gunsmithing stuff and handloading.

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Hunting is not a matter of life or death; it is much more important than that.


Posted By: jjlizzard
Date Posted: 15 December 2003 at 15:47
I'll chime in -- I've been enjoying this thread. I think I fall to the old fart side of the bell curve. Born 1951 in Tokyo Japan (hey, we don't pick where we're born) of missionary parents. Father died when I was 11. He had grown up in the backwoods of Arkansas and taught me a tremendous amount about shooting, stalking, and killing game. I spent a couple of years in the States with him and we hunted with the "family" in Arkansas. Squirrels for food, Coons to sell their hides, Crows for the bounty on their feet and gophers and moles for their bounty as well. The county we lived in paid something like a dime for a pair of crow feet and a nickel for a pair of gopher feet. We stayed in soda pop money that way. There weren't really any deer to speak of in that area -- I was sixteen before I killed a whitetail.

I lurk mostly on this board -- chime in when I know something but mostly I just listen cause it seems you fellas know an awful lot about hunting.

I had the pleasure of teaching my son to shoot (Chipmunk 22 when he was 4) He'd shoot all day till his fingers were blistered from cocking the gun. He worked his way up to a .308 and he's pretty scary with it. Anybody thinks a .308 is undergunned in North America -- well I have an opinion about that.

When my son was 16 I took him on our first elk hunt in Routt County Colorado. We're hooked. He got a great 5X5 (ok it was a raghorn but we felt 10ft. tall) with a fantastic shot on the last day of the season. I stood back and had more pleasure watching him than if I had tried to shoot. Since then we've killed 6 Elk between us and he is 20 now.

We don't live in the "country" and it is a pain in the ass to find somewhere to hunt or shoot near where we live (Texas) as most land is private. Nevertheless we reload and shoot a thousand rounds or so in a year with a hunt or two each winter. Slim hunting pickings but right now he's in College and I work some unholy hours. We tried whitetail hunting here but the generally accepted practice is to shoot them off of bait and neither one of us got one speck of enjoyment out of it. Couple of times we've had access to enough land to do some still hunting and stalking and that my friends is fun.

While I've made many very close shots -- counted coup on both fox, deer, and squirrel (touched em) I enjoy the long shot. I realize in some folks mind that turns the hunter into a shooter but I don't see the distinction. A clean shot from a distance in a hunting situation is a thing of beauty to me so I mix some of that with some of the closer variety. There have been plenty of times I've ranged a critter and when I set up the shot it just doesn't feel right -- I might be too excited or can't get braced just right so I don't shoot -- doesn't bother me a bit. I figure if you pull the trigger it ought to fall over dead.



For work I am a veterinary cardiovascular surgeon (that's a mouthful) so when it comes to anatomy or the particulars of animal parts and pieces I maintain some expertise.

Enjoyed it -- hope I can squeeze in many more hunts.

jjlizzard


Posted By: Wing master
Date Posted: 16 December 2003 at 16:40

I have a web page kinda describing my life history. Here is a link if you might be interested.

http://scottysparkplace.20m.com/ - http://scottysparkplace.20m.com/

Wing master



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I have always considered myself to be quite the bullshitter, But ocasionally it is nice to sit back and listen to a true professional......So, Carry on.


Posted By: The_Mountaineer
Date Posted: 18 December 2003 at 03:11

Interesting topic and interesting folks, I've enjoyed it!

Well, guess I better throw my words down too for introductions sake! 

Born in 1974 in Ohio, just across the river from my home in West Virginia.  Aint too young, aint too old neither, guess Tas and dakotasin are about the closest in age to me.  Grew up in Point Pleasant, WV, actually about 10 miles south on my family's farm where I learned to hunt, fish and live from my old man and his brothers.  Graduated HS in 1992, joined the US Army where I spent 8 years as a Special Forces Weapons Specialist, Infantryman, Indirect fire infantryman.  Pansy ass brass and change towards a politically correct and crippling fighting force made me leave.  Went to West Virginia University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Biology.  Worked in different government settings trying to protect the things I like to hunt and fish to include, West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland.  Plan to go back to school and get a masters in wildlife management or something similar, where and when is unknown.  Got a girlfriend that I love and has put up with me for 4 years, the m-word may be in the near future????

Hunting, shooting, reloading are my biggest hobbies.  I've hunted deer, wild boar, turkey, and all sorts of small game and upland birds back here in the east.  I hunt with everything - bow(compound, recurve and longbow), rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader (percussion only).

Would really like to get into some outta state hunting, especially out west where there's true big game hunting. 

As far as guns go, in the way of rifles I have a 22 Marlin 39A lever action, a 22-250 Remington 700 VLS bull barrel varminter, topped with a Leupold 6-20 X Vari-X III, a 257 Roberts Ruger 77 that I absolutely love for most of my hunting topped with a Leupold Vari-X III 1.5-5 on top, a Win. Model 70 XTR 30-06 with a Burris 3-9X, a chinese SKS which really just collects dust in my gun cabinet as I don't shoot it but was a gift from the old man, a 7 mm STW in Win. Model 70 with a Weaver grand slam scope for it, a 7 RUM in Remington 700 Sendero Stainless Fluted with Sightron SII 6-24X, a Winchester Model 70 Classic Featherweight in 270 Winchester, I also have a few shotguns Remington 870 and 11-87 as well as some singles and old pumps.  Also got a few handguns - 22, 44 and 9 Luger.

Really enjoy this forum more than any other that I've found.  Good company good advice and good times.



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Paritur pax bello - Peace is obtained by war.


Posted By: mr mom
Date Posted: 18 December 2003 at 04:00
 mr mom here:  born in michigan 1955. lived here all my life and dont want to leave. married 17 yrs and have 3 boys who all like to hunt and fish. the wife works and i have stayed home with the kids ever since.  i have done enough shooting so i have been watching the kids.  it just kind of scarry , at least what the wife says  to see what these kids have picked up. more then i did at their age. i will put up my kids on the trap range or the the firing line and they will keep up with the big boys. the are 16,14,and 12.

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Posted By: Kingpin
Date Posted: 18 December 2003 at 15:10
GEEZE, I just noticed this and it's been here since waaaaaaaay back. Well, here goes, I was born in western Pa, in New Eagle in 1951 and grew up in Bentleyville. How do you like them apples saddlesore? I graduated highschool in 1969, after a not to glamorous education. About the best thing I did in school was play baseball. As a kid, I was always interested in guns and hunting. I bagged my first deer when I was 6 with a snare that I saw plans for in a hunting magazine and copied. I got my ass beat for a month after that, and settled down some after that. I bought my first rifle when I was 12 from a K-Mart store. It was a 1903-A3 and I paid $69 for it with my fathers signature of course. After highschool I joined the US Army and became a Cavalry Trooper, in tanks. After that I got a job in a coal mine and was sort of happy, but I joined the Army after 7 years to become a helocopter pilot. That just didn't pan out. Do you know that they have a rule that you have to be able to hear the chopper running? Well I couldn't, and they let me go, but not before I had a second trip through Basic Training. I went back to the mine until I got laid off in '86 and went to gunsmith school. I had been working on guns for a long time before that, but, I got a diploma so the world wouldn't think I'm a bullshit artist. I applied for and got a job in Va Beach, working for the Navy (not my favorite institution, I bleed olive drab) and have been here since 1989 fixing guns for them. That being said, I have been married since 1975 to the same woman and have one grown son who moved out a few years ago, but came back home two years ago and won't leave. I think I am going to break his plate so he'll move out. I am a gun collector of sorts, and over the years, have amassed a rather large collection of guns that the insurance companies don't want any part of. I also own a Basenji, the "barkless" dog of the Congo. All that said, I didn't get a chance to do much of anything this hunting season except kill a few doves. I am a steel silhouette shooter, small bore and high power rifles in both. I also shoot IPSC, trap, skeet, sporting clays and a bunch of other stuff like that too numerous to mention. In the last 10 years, I haven't bought a gun that I need, I just buy them because I don't have that kind. I hopes this covers things ok..........Kingpin

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There are times when a normal man must, spit in his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.


Posted By: Chief RID
Date Posted: 21 December 2003 at 06:18
I am the new kid on the block. Looks like a great site to visit. I live and hunt in S.C. We have the longest deer season in the country and I try to use it all.

I was born in 53 right here and plan to die here if possible. Married with 3 kids with 2 still at home. My oldest is a computor geek and keeps this piece of junk running. He lives in W.V.

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The more you think you know, the less you know.


Posted By: Ranch Dog
Date Posted: 21 December 2003 at 12:29
Hey folks...
Missed this when I started on BSB, so here goes...

I'm a Texas native, born in '54 in Victoria. Grew up in Corpus Christi and after three years in the Army landed in Harlingen.

I'm a pilot and spent a few years back in Corpus Christi flying pipeline patrol over most of the big buck country of South Texas. Ended up living 17 years in Houston while flying for a pipeline company based there. The whole time I was there I spent every single, free minute somewhere in South Texas on a deer lease.

In 1995, said to hell with it... bought my deer lease and moved to Karnes County which is SSE of San Antonio. I also switched jobs, now flying for Southwest Airlines. They don't give a rip about where you live as long as you aren't late for your flight. I fly for SWA out of Houston and commute to and from work in my airplane.

In 1999 and after my last daughter graduated from High School, we moved to Cuero which is a 44 mile drive from the ranch. I also sold 526 of the 641 acres I owned... that was a mistake but at the time it seemed like a good idea. I kept 115 acres that lie along the San Antonio River and Hondo Creek.

I'm just returning to rifle hunting after some shoulder problems have pretty much ended my bowhunting. I have been hunting with a '68 Wing Thunderbird recurve. Rifles.. I'm a lever-action guy and favor the Marlin's. Right now I'm hard pressed to choose between my 336-A or 444P. The 444P was bought for my grandson #2 as it was manufactured the year he was born but I like it so much I think I will keep it if I can find another NIB 444P. I also have a 336D, that's a special run Guide Gun in .35 Remington that was manufactured in 2000. It's destined for Grandson #1. I've got more guns but these are the ones that get the workout.

Reloading is another pastime of mine. I'm one of those fellows that shoots so he can reload! Even though I've been primarily a bowhunter, I've reloaded for about 35 years. I've shot rifles and handguns all these years but still prefered my bow for hunting.

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Posted By: 'Zonie
Date Posted: 21 December 2003 at 17:30
As a newcomer to the camp fire I'll just say I am what some of you would call "one of the old farts" here.
Born in Iowa in 1943 I moved to Arizona in 1950. Been here ever sense.
Grad of Phoenix College and Arizona State University.
Work in Aerospace for 37 years as an Engineering Designer.

Hobbies: I build custom re-creations of 'Kentucky Rifles', Shoot almost anything I can hold, own more guns than "a sane person would ever need" (from an origional 1842 Springfield to a Weatherby), Reload and Cast my own bullets. I've been shooting Black Powder guns,(both Precussion and Flintlock) for over 30 years and rate them as the most enjoyable of all firearms to shoot.

I enjoy all forms of auto racing and drive a GMC 4X4 and a Miata. (My BMW Motorcycle tried to kill me 2 weeks ago so I am giving up riding after 38 years).

I don't shoot competition because of my eyesight and because too many people take it so seriously that it's not fun for me anymore.

This sounds like an interesting Forum and I am sure you will be hearing from me from time to time.

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Just Jim

Keep your eyes peeled


Posted By: Orion
Date Posted: 25 December 2003 at 13:57

Ok, here we go. Born in NW Missouri, my dad was a conservation agent for the state. After only a few years, dad went t o work for Gulf Oil/ Ag div. and we moved to Aledo, Il. and then across the river to Burlington, IA.

From there to Mexico, Mo. After H.S. graduation, (1980) and a failed or preempted trip to MU, I married and moved to Texas, the land of the free. I worked for a major musical intrument retailer/distributor for five yrs, divorced and headed for the Permian Basin.Moved back to the D/FW area and went to work for Boeing, Vought, Nokia and Transnorm. Though I might add, not concurrently.

Did a lot of traveling, millwrighting, instructing and so on for Transnorm. I developed happy feet and felt the need to do something different. I freelanced and moved back to Mizzou on a temp basis for Spartan Light Metals and ended up staying.

Have worked for Quaker Oats (Pepsi), Textron-Automotive Div. and now the State of Mo. in the Dist. 5 Signal Div.

All of the most recent positions have had me performing as a Maintenance Tech. electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic. The job ends the 31st of the month and it is back to job searching again.

Been shooting for a very long time and enjoy silhouette, all clays, smallbore, the Bianchi Cup is held every year about 25 mi. from me and I enjoy taking in the sights there. Hunting is of course at the top of my list. I enjoy wild game at the dinner table.

I am primarily an admirer of rifles and shotguns, though there are a few revolvers and pistols I enjoy. I do a bit of gunsmithing, limiting myself to repairs, replacements and some stock work. I still play and enjoy music of many styles, learning as much as I can as often as possible, reading and used to restore and race Mustangs.

Nothing particularly outstanding. Just an ordinary average guy with a lust for life.

Orion



Posted By: Dave Skinner
Date Posted: 25 December 2003 at 22:06

Hmmm.

Born in 1959 in midtown Manhattan to an uppity Hi Line Norveegun, then she divorced dat vun and moved to Minot where she met this fighter pilot, okay?

So we Air Forced around the country, winding up at Malmstrom and finally at Kalispell AFS in the Flathead. Graduated Flathead High, then MSU, working on the railroad in the summers in Alaska. So I couldn't help being a sporting sort.

Had no debt out of school (thank you Alaska Railroad Overtime) so I hit the ski bum circuit, working commercial construction, then sewing patrol vests, then working on skis, then going on a mud-season trip, then back to construction. In retrospect, shoulda gotten married somewhere in there, let some good ones get away. And they call me and let me know that once in awhile  . So do their husbands!

Arthur Itis eventually got my hands to the point where I knew I wouldn't be able to do construction forever, and I'd been writing ski mag articles for quite a bit more than beer money. About that time Clinton got elected, I discovered "environmentalism" the hard way in the Steamboat Springs area at the same time, so I landed a job in Pueblo writing for People for the West, a multiple-use group. Did that for three years, it was a lot of fun but more crisis-driven than my blood pressure could take.

Moved home to Montana, I get by freelancing on natural resource issues and civil liberties, but it's sparse for two reasons. All the money in the environmental game goes to people who will lie for money. And if you want to be a reporter, you can't think for yourself...but are supposed to listen to people who are lying to you and then quote them correctly.

What the heck, I haven't starved yet. Keeps me reasonably svelte, in fact.

I have way more guns than I need and far fewer than I want.



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Up hills slow, down hills fast, tonnage first and safety last


Posted By: Eagleye
Date Posted: 17 January 2004 at 15:16
Well, Guess I fall into the certifiable "OLD FART" category, too. Born 1945 in Kelowna, British Columbia, moved to a small town in the Shuswap soon after and basically grew up within 20 miles of that town. Graduated from High school in 1963, and tossed around for about 3-4 years before deciding to become a tradesman. Graduated College as a Automotive repair technician in 1972. In the meantime, also got married and started raising a family [three girls, one boy] Went through a divorce after 20 years with that gal. Worked in several locations in B.C. and Alberta between 1974 and 1986. Remarried in 1992 to a real sweetheart, who values loyalty. She and I have a son who is just over 2 years old...he's the apple of my eye! I have been teaching at a local Community College for 14 years now. Always loved guns, had my first at age 8 and never looked back. I'm a pretty laid back guy, who tries to see the best in others, and I love spending time with friends in the great outdoors. I have strong religious convictions, and am an active member of my congregation. Hope to retire very soon, then I'll have yet more time for the "important" things! LOL Regards, Eagleye

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Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level & then beat you with experience!


Posted By: Wing master
Date Posted: 17 January 2004 at 16:26

Hey Orion,

When were you in the Permian basin? Just wondering, I lived in Odessa from 1985 until 1992.

Wing master



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I have always considered myself to be quite the bullshitter, But ocasionally it is nice to sit back and listen to a true professional......So, Carry on.


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 18 January 2004 at 10:44

Sorry I got on this late guys, but here goes…

My name is Russell Dempsey and I am 27 years old. I live in Geelong, Victoria Australia. I am married (no kids) and work as fitness Instructor/personal trainer at Splashdown fitness centre. I am also studying at the theological college and my aim is to be ordained in 4-5 years.

I am also a weightlifter and was meant to compete in January but contracted hepatitis (which I beat) so now I am competing at the end of this year. I am also heavily involved with martial arts but am focusing on boxing at the moment.

I shoot nearly every weekend and my quarry is rabbits and foxes mainly. I also take my centerfires out and put a few rounds through them to keep my eye in.

For the future I am planning a hunt in the Northern Territory for Water Buffalo (with a few pigs etc.. thrown in) and to hunt Cape Buffalo in Africa. My parent in laws are missionaries in Tanzania so we have accommodation and I have to just finish all the other details.

My 2 favourite calibres are .303 British and .458 win mag and these are the two rifles that will be accompanying me to NT and Africa.

I am always available if anyone wants help on anything so feel free to buzz me.

Take care guys and god bless.

Russ.



Posted By: papajohn
Date Posted: 26 January 2004 at 15:12

Hello all, fairly new to this forum, allow me to introduce myself.  Been a gun nut all my life, but Mom and Dad were city folks who feared guns and irresponsible kids, so I was allowed only archery stuff as a kid.  Once I moved out and started a 7 year career in radio, I started buying guns, a lot of 22's in the early days, and I still love them.  After the radio gig got old, I got into the police biz, and stayed with it thru 14 years and three departments, the last one soured me on it.  Political correctness was the order of the day, and I was a long way from it, so I left.  Since then I have worked in the print industry and am currently carrying a handgun in the interest of corporate security.  It ain't glamorous, but neither am I, and in the bass-ackward midwest, where CCW's are non-existant, it allows me to carry in the inner city, where I work.  I'm also known to (always) have some kind of bullet launcher with me at home, as I live in the middle of several thousand acres of farmland.  Right now I live with future ex-wife #3 and her uncle, and have a picnic table in the back yard to shoot off of, lately my interests have ranged into leverguns, and I currently own four, three of them Marlins. I own one homely OLD shotgun that will likely outlive me and my kids, several handguns, and a few strays of one persuasion or another.  Along my travels, I have also accumulated two ex-wives, four kids, and one absolute jewel of a woman, whom I currently reside with.  She wasn't a shooter when I met her, but she's coming along nicely!  The Marlin 357 I got her for Christmas may have something to do with it, she shoots it far better than she has any right to, except that I taught her, and so can therefore take some credit.  The kids are also shooters, my youngest daughter (17) dotes on my Remington 22 rifle and my Browning Buckmark, and my youngest (11) son is a lot like me, if it goes bang he likes it.  He likes 22's and the Mini-14, but is lobbying hard for me to upgrade to an AR-15 or something similar.  We'll see. 

Not sure if I fit into the Old Fart catagory based on age, but my better half assured me I do, so that's settled.  She, by the way, is exactly half my age this year, and so coincidentally, I am twice her age, and almost as smart as I think I am.  She, however, remains skeptical.

I'm not a gunsmith but I am an avid tinkerer, and plan on tearing my Marlins down soon for a bit of polishing and smoothing.  I have been reloading for 20+ years, mostly for pistol and revolver, and my ugly Lee Turret press has over 105,000 rounds to its credit, and still works like a charm.  I like experimenting with new powders and loads, but I'm no longer a velocity freak, accuracy and consistency have become my mantra.  The only problem with that, is that my eyesight is abysmal compared to 20 years ago, and after buying 6 guns last year, most of this year's budget is going for scopes and mounts, plus the usual bullets, powder and primers.

I am proud of some things, less proud of others, but when I figure out how to post pictures, you folks will be subjected to my kids, my guns, and my kids shooting my guns.  Suffer through it, I personally think they (kids AND guns) are enjoyable to look at.

Not much else to tell, I'm an avowed conservative and one-issue voter, and I'll bet you can figure out which one.  I'm also highly opinionated, crotchety, and don't suffer fools silently.  As my Dad used to say, "I may not ALWAYS be right, but by God, I am NEVER wrong!"  He's been gone five years now, and I miss him every day.  Mom still hangs around, 78 this year, and both her parents lived past 95, so I plan on keeping her around for a bit longer.  God forbid I go before her, she'd never forgive me.  No parent should ever have to bury their own child, at any age. 

Gotta go, time to cook some obscenely good dinner, likely the best reason my honey keeps me around.  It's been enjoyable learning more about you all, and you can expect to hear from me if there's a question I remember the answer to, or something I feel strongly about.  And if my responses stir you to respond directly, feel free.  I ain't proud, but not much bashful, neither!

Papajohn (aka PJ)  



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Posted By: macca
Date Posted: 26 January 2004 at 19:29
Welcome PJ and I think you will probably fit in well.I think the bulk of BSB's are straight talkers and shooters hopefully..Have a good one macca

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 27 January 2004 at 02:27

Hey There Ya'all

   Frist off welcome to all the new folks,I just gotta say one thing about all ya new feller's. Ya'all sound like very interestin'  folks,so come on and post some. Sounds to me like the knowlege on this board is growing in leaps and bounds and we would really like your input.



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Posted By: TasunkaWitko
Date Posted: 27 January 2004 at 03:08
macca and tikkabuck said it very well! good to have all of you guys here, and we hope to hear from you!

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Helfen, Wehren, Heilen
Die Wahrheit wird euch frei machen


Posted By: fish
Date Posted: 06 February 2004 at 07:09

well, well, well, look at all those old farts.

me, too. born in 1951 in victoria, texas (how do you like that, ranch dog?). raised in tennessee; graduated in 1969 from sewanee military academy; 1974 from tennessee technological university. been in alabama since 1974 as a newspaperman.

you can tell from my signature where my heart interests lie. head interests are family, messing on outdoors forums like this one, hunting (mostly deer; some squirrel), shooting, occasionally photography.

grown daughter in grad school in denver (it's her penny, not mine). one boy about to graduate high school. another in the 10th grade. oldest likes to hunt; youngest LOVES it. both like to shoot. daughter likes to hunt with her ol' pappy when she has time.

too debt poor right now to own much in the way of firearms. project right now is finishing a nice walnut stock for my sporterized swedish m96 (professionally done, by the way, by someone else on an unmatching rifle). next project after that is saving the money for a good piece of glass for the swede. i really can do a better-than-passable job of bedding and other simple gunsmithish type things.

good to see folks like kingpin are still here. t-sunk invited me back after noticing my original fish280 handle on 24hr.  

  

 



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Posted By: Kingpin
Date Posted: 06 February 2004 at 08:54

FISHHIEMER!!!!!!!!!! Just how have you been?? I was thinking about you the other day, I was thinking...........well, we won't get into that.....LOL Good to see you...............Kingpin

I'll wrap you up for that "old fart" crack.......LOL I am glad you're still in the land of the living



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Posted By: fish
Date Posted: 06 February 2004 at 09:39
it is so nice to be wanted

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Posted By: Rockydog
Date Posted: 07 February 2004 at 04:53

After being on here a couple of years I guess I might as well add my .02 worth.

Born in SW wisconsin in the Ocooch mountains in 1954. Raised on a farm 4 miles from the Mississippi River. Stated hunting as soon as I could hold a gun. Haven't missed a Wisconsin Deer opener since 1966. I work for a large Dairy Cooperative and again live in SW wisconsin after a nine year sabbatical into the great western state of Iowa. It is west of the Mississippi you know. If it moves in the woods I've hunted it. But shooting is really my thing. Shoot trap, Sporting Clays (which I stink at) and BR .22. Reload shotshells and rifle and my smokepole on occassion. Stated muzzleloader hunting in the early 70s. Long before it was popular. Married with two kids, Daughter lives at home and attends college to be a psychologist. Son is serving as a Seabee in USN 40th Battalion. I'm just a little guy about 6'4'' and 265  lbs. I say little because I just lost about 50 pounds this year in an effort to control newly diagnosed Diabetes. I used to post on here a lot but I confess that now I'm a bit more of a lurker. RD



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When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
Thomas Jefferson


Posted By: mr mom
Date Posted: 07 February 2004 at 12:09
fish: how is the wife doing? didnt you say something that she was going threw rought times awhile back. if so hope she is doing better.

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mr mom


Posted By: fish
Date Posted: 07 February 2004 at 12:14

hey mm:

mrs. fish came through cancer just fine. been cancer free - and chemo free - more than a year now.

hallelujah!



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Posted By: Muleskinner
Date Posted: 07 February 2004 at 14:34

I'm glad it went as planned.  My father-in-law passed away just before Christmas, one year and a month after diagnosis.  That makes the 3rd relative I've lost to that plague, wonderful to hear somebody got the upper hand for a change.



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Mule


Posted By: fish
Date Posted: 08 February 2004 at 02:25

so sorry to hear that about your wife's dad.

as for missus fish's fight, well, she would say, it is He who has the upper hand in our house.

even during the worst times, during the throes of utter torture caused by the chemo and the worst of depressions, kate always would say it'll be ok, whatever happens, because she knows how the story ends.



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Posted By: Muleskinner
Date Posted: 12 February 2004 at 10:00
Brave lady.  We need more class acts like you 'round here to keep us bottom-dwellers in line.  If tash is gonna go out recruitin' like a mad man, maybeso he can target fellers like Big Papa, WheelchairBandit, SSE, FVA, Delbert and some of those guys with wit an' a lil' common decency. 

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Posted By: macawber
Date Posted: 12 February 2004 at 21:45
I suppose it's about time I Introduced myself. I was born in Chicago Illinois in1947, mum australian dad american. I've lived in australia most of my life, but was called back from aussie as I was a US citizen . I served in Viet Nam until I was wounded and evacuated. in 1965. My dad had died so we all went back to Australia, best move I ever made.  I wanted to be a forester, but I achieved my dream somewhat,as I have worked in forestry now for over 30 years The last 13 years has been as a forest ranger, so I'm out in the bush everyday. I don't want to get promoted as you end up in the office. I've posted about an incredible forest fire I went through, and I like hunting deer. In april I'm headed off on my annual red deer hunt, and after that I'm after Sambar, they are number one down here. I'm back packing to get one this year, maybe. I'll be 57 in april but everyone thinks I'm in my 40's, the outdoor life sticks to ya. I made up my mind when I was very young that I would never end up in an office with all the rubbish that goes on in there. Anyhow I'm happy with my life of rangering and getting paid for it and thinking about or going hunting. Another thing yanks never lose thir accent, but my workmates are from the bush and I'm one of them. I like hunting this forum because you fellas are kindred.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 12 February 2004 at 21:52
  Welcome to the site.it's a good place to hang out,lots of good folks and lots of knowelge.

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Posted By: fish
Date Posted: 13 February 2004 at 01:11
yeah, mac, what t-buck said. funny, though, how your american accent does not come through the post.

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Posted By: macawber
Date Posted: 14 February 2004 at 19:51

Thank you all,

                    notice on one thread you like dog's Fish, I can't be without them. I lost two dog's last year, one in a bushfire the other was found dead, a lab only 6 years old, and my favourite. I didn't get an autopsy to expensive , but I figured he had lung damage from the fire. After the fire he was never the same dog. A dog who was a happy dog didn't look happy. It concerned me but I thought the fire scared him only. Well I have a Drahthaar and a yellow lab. Both good dog's, but they don't replace the other dog's I've had. I hope I can contribute to this forum, with something of interest.



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Posted By: HondoJohn6508
Date Posted: 23 March 2004 at 11:46
A good hello to you folks here from a south Texas city boy turned country many moons ago.  Born in San Antonio, Texas in November, 1942. I suppose that makes me one of the 'older' generation but thats OK as I feel I am young at heart.  Graduated HS in 1960 and did one year of gunsmithing education at Trinidad State Junior College, Trinidad Colorado.  One of the best years of my life as I saw everything from a .17 Javelina to a .458 WinMag built that year.  Spent lots of time on the Colorado prairie hunting 'pasture poodles' and Spotted Prairie rattlesnakes (Crotalus Viridis).  Spent time working as a bookkeeper and then almost 20 years with American Airlines as an Airport Passenger Services Agent.  Decided to take an early out when they were trying to get rid of some of us older personnel to do some freelance nature photography.  Did odd jobs as a substitute teacher at the local middle-school, did rough carpentry work during the time I was laid off from the airline, worked one summer near Jackson, WY on a "guest" ranch as a maintenance man. In 1969 traveled to Deerlodge, MT to visit the minister that had married my ex-wife & I and fell in love with the country and the folks I had the opportunity to meet.  Hope to get back to Montana one of these days as soon as I start drawing the SS check.  My dad passed on in November of 1996 and I quit my job to come back to Hondo to take care of my mom who passed on in July of 2003.  Coming back in 1996 I looked for a job that would allow me to take care of mom and work also but nothing came of it. So in 1998, I opened a one-man shop specializing in repair/modifications of bolt & lever guns and expanded the services to include new barrels on bolt guns and wildcat and Ackley Improved cartridges.  My favorite caliber is the 6.5 and recently have taken an interest in .323 and .338 calibers and with a friend and fellow experimenter developed a .338 wildcat based on the ol' 8mm Mauser.  Hopefully, his rifle will be in Alaska for the caribou hunt this year.  Just about finished and I am starting the load testing as weather and time permits.  My house & property are up for sale as I plan to relocate to my cousin's ranch in SW Llano county and move myself and the shop there to continue my riflesmithing there until I get too frail and/or old to do good work.  About covers it for now...Look forward to hopefully be a contributing member here.  Thanks for listening.....Ol' John

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Custom Riflesmith-Bolts & Levers only
Mark Twain was right -- "There ain't no such thing as too much good whiskey!"
Left-Hand Creek Rifles
Castell, Texas


Posted By: Triggerguard
Date Posted: 24 March 2004 at 16:28
Hondo, that's three of us in South Texas, we're catching up!

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"...A moral compass needs a butt end.Whatever direction France is pointing-towards collaboration with Nazis, accomodation with communists,...we can go the other way with a quiet conscience"-O'Rourke


Posted By: CB900F
Date Posted: 27 March 2004 at 12:43

Triggerguard;

You, Hondo, Texashooter,Timberghozt, & Rockydog.  I'm up here in Montana & seem to have more fingers in front of my eyes than you do.  Howcum?

900F



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Posted By: Timberghozt
Date Posted: 29 March 2004 at 15:03

Pardon, I missed this thread so I will try to do a short introduction. I was born in 71 in Virginia .My dad was in the service then and moved around a bit. I was raised hunting and fishing with my dad and grandad further back than I can remember when I started.I graduated in 89 from HighSchool and tried a semester of college.I did not like it much so I enlisted in the Army as a Cavalry Scout.After I finished training at Ft Knox, I went to Ansbach Germany where I was stationed with the 1st Squadron 1st Cavalry Regiment.(My Avatar is the regimental crest). I deployed to SouthWest Asia with the 1st Armored Division in 1990 after Hussein decided to spark a war.After I came back to Germany I was sent to Fort Hood Texas in the 1st Cavalry Division.I left the Army in 1994.I  married my wife in 1992 and I have 3 children, 2 boys and a girl.

I have been a heavy equipment operator since I left the service.I  have been reloading about five years after I got the bug for better accuracy.I hunt at every free moment.Whitetail deer, feral hogs and calling coyotes are my favorite along with dove hunting.I also enjoy fishing for flathead catfish.This is my wifes favorite pic so I will use it(thats my 300Win Mag in it).I hope I didn`t bore you all to death.Nice to meet you all. Gene Monk



Posted By: fish
Date Posted: 30 March 2004 at 03:14
nice to meet you, t-ghost.

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Posted By: Tatonka
Date Posted: 01 April 2004 at 17:07
I was born a poor black child.  My mother was a chamber maid, and my father was a carny with a penchant for buggery.  I educated myself by reading National Geographic and Good Houskeeping.  I grew my first marajuana plant in my toilet, and spent the next 9 months crapping in a bucket.  I only served 3 months of a 20 year sentence for stealing shopping carts and turning them into lobster traps.  I killed my first deer when I was 12, but it was with a tractor and I haven't been able to hunt them since, not because of the trauma, but because my tractor is permanently stuck in low gear and won't come near to catching deer anymore.  I was raised mormon, but converted to Catholocism at age 25, mainly because I like candles.  My favorite movie star is Pamela Lee, and my favorite movie is "The Life of Bryon".  I don't have a cowboy hat, but I wear spurs almost every night.


Posted By: pocketnavy
Date Posted: 02 April 2004 at 14:25
Dang "Mule" . . . I just have to say something to beat you to 400 posts!    Welcome to all the new faces . . . I don't get on here enough anymore to know who is who, but it all looks great.  Great happenings in the world: Weatherby Vanguard in .257 Weatherby Magnum appears on the scene to tantalize me, Pocketnavy got all interested in N-Gauge model railroading [spouse too!], Tash wants us all to be nice to each other [hope DFC gets the word  , it is raining in Colorado Springs  , and my 6.6 lb Border Collie now weighs 40 pounds!  Gawd she is a cutey!  Smart as a "whip" . . . . . . Bad happenings? . . . John Kerry . . . Democrats in general . . . and the CIA still can't get Osama bin Doo Doo    . . .  Yawl have a good weekend!


Posted By: Murf
Date Posted: 13 April 2004 at 16:16

Just got here. I live in southern Sask. I am a former farm boy that has lived in the city for the last 40 years. I have a BA and a B Ed. I moved to Toronto for a year but found pavement was not to my liking. Moving back to Sask I taught school until taking retirement which was followed with a spell of grain farming and then a short hitch at driving aroured truck. Right now I am deciding if a 4th career is in the future.

My interests include hunting for whitetail, mulies, antelope, elk, moose and game birds as well as fishing. I also do some muzzleloader and black powder cartridge rifle shooting.

 



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Posted By: TasunkaWitko
Date Posted: 13 April 2004 at 16:38
hi murf, and welcome to BSB! i grew up just south of you in chinook, montana (south of the port of turner/climax). are you around the prince albert area, or is that farther north?

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TasunkaWitko - Chinook, Montana

Helfen, Wehren, Heilen
Die Wahrheit wird euch frei machen


Posted By: Murf
Date Posted: 14 April 2004 at 08:30
I am in Regina now but the farm is almost straight south of Moose Jaw and only 40 miles or so north of the border. Pretty close to Plentywood or Scobey. In fact on a few antelope hunts we noticed all the farmers cars had Montana plates....whoops time to head north! One time we had to drive about 10 miles until we saw the concrete border marker. I suppose under todays increased border security we would likely end up being called illegal aliens amoung other things.

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Posted By: fish
Date Posted: 15 April 2004 at 08:28
welcome, murf.

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Posted By: sparky
Date Posted: 21 April 2004 at 12:34

Well..i thought I did this one already.  But here goes.  Born in 71, Dad was in the RCMP ( Royal Canadian Mounted Police) as a Forensic Identification officer and Mom was a nurse.  Went to school....graduated in 89.  Worked for a couple years with the Mentally Handicapped then went to college to be an EMT in 93,  was an EMT/Firefighter for 8 years.saw too much....burnt out and changed careers.  Went into Human Resources and Industrial Health and Safety and thats where i was  till November of last year.  At that time I was officially down-sized right out onto my ass.

I married in 96 and the divorce will be finalized this year....But my two biggest joys are my kids.  A daugter who'll be 6 this fall and my son who is 3.  Oh yeah..the ex told me she was leaving a week before i got turfed from my job.

Which, incidentally, is the reason i haven't been around for the last 6 months. BTW thanks for the e-mail Ron.

But I'm gonna go back to school and I'm happier than i have been in a long time and I'm already itching for hunting season.

Later !



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" Theres nary an animal alive tha kin outrun a greased Scotsman "
Groundskeeper Willy


Posted By: CB900F
Date Posted: 21 April 2004 at 13:43

Sparky;

I'm sorry to hear that you've been visited by 'the dark side'.  I certainly hope the the light at the end of the tunnel isn't the 4:05 comin' at ya. 

Thanks for comin' back & posting again.  We really do try to keep track of friends around here.

900F



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Posted By: sparky
Date Posted: 21 April 2004 at 16:04

Thanks  "Lefty" I missed you guys here and now that things are on track again I'll be posting again.  Everything happens for a reason.  Thats what i was telling myself when I missed a big buck last year anyway. lol



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" Theres nary an animal alive tha kin outrun a greased Scotsman "
Groundskeeper Willy


Posted By: Birdwatcher
Date Posted: 21 April 2004 at 16:12

Old Farts?  When I was born it was a good year for Chevys and men, and Elvis was King.  My grandfather came over from Ireland to work on the Panama Canal, became a diver in one of those lead boot and steel pot contraptions and suffered a crippling case of the bends. When his first wife died leavbing him with seven kids he married the 35 year-old spinster who ewatched his children (my grandmother) and had another five.

My dad was USMC on Okinawa (uncles on Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima), my mom was bombed out of her house in England during the war and sent to Canada, they met afterwards.

As a kid I grew up in the North of England to witness the Beatles, Carnaby Street, the Stones, the Mersey beat, and the 1966 World Cup (watch "Billy Elliot" or "The Commitments" and that is what is was like).

The family moved to suburban New York in the 70's (like dying and going to Heaven), I was usually off in the woods with the dog, hiking camping and bird watching.  Also got interested in guns.

Graduated from a Forestry School in New York but found that VISITING the woods in one thing, LIVING out there full time is quite another.  Got my heart broke, quit and lived in my car in New Mexico for six months.  One of the better times of my life.

Joined the Peace Corps and spent three years in a remote village in West Africa teaching in a high school and working at a local hospital (fixing stuff and driving Landrovers mostly).  The Peace Corps: "It ain't just a job, its an adventure".

Came back to the States and went for a Masters Degree in Agriculture at a "World Class University" :o) in Texas.  Agriculture was dull, no I mean DUUULLLL. Finished the degree anyway, and got extra hours for certification free by treaching lab classes.  During those years I was living rent-free watching a deer lease (one room cabin, running cold water, no electricity) and so was able to afford motorcycles.  Got heavily into motorcycles.

Moved to San Antonio specifically to chase Mexican girls (tough job, someone's gotta do it :o), married one three years later.  I teach in a lower-end urban school in the trenches on the front lines of education. My wife is a nurse.

Been married for twelve years, step-son is now 18 and in college.  Austere lifestyles don't bother me none and a 14 foot canoe fits on the car roof.  Sleep on the floor by preference, but ain't equalled Charles Goodnight's record of sleeping on the ground outside his whole life.

Prefer guns that are utilitarian and have found that I am NOT a collector, doesn't matter what it is if I ain't shooting it I have no use for it.

Favorite guns:  Smith Mod 60 3" .357,   Savage .22/20 guage Camper's Companion,  Marlin 336 .30-30 w/ straight stock,  Enfield No. 4 .  Curently looking for a .308.

Life flies by quick!!! but then every heartbeat is a gift.

Birdwatcher

 

 



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Posted By: fish
Date Posted: 27 April 2004 at 03:37
hey there watcher. not bored with the campfire are you? my 16-year-old son was in san antonio in march with our church's youth choir. 120 kids sang a lot of concerts and did maintainance and moving and such at some huge homeless warehouse shelter thing. had a blast. oh yeah, welcome.

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Posted By: pocketnavy
Date Posted: 30 April 2004 at 16:47

Well . . . 63 years is a long time!  I was born in 1940 . . . geez that seems a long time ago.  Was an aviation nut . . . soloed when I was 16.  Was in the CAP then graduated to the Air National Guard . . . worked on B-57s . . . remember those?  Neat aircraft.  After high school, not being able to get the school I wanted, in the Air Force, I entered the U.S. Army . . . training at Sandia Base during the Cold War and then on to Italy for a couple of years.  Frankly, I had it too good . . . it was a choice assignment . . . although scary at times.  Returned to civilian life to attend college.  Decided to go to OCS in the Navy at Newport, Rhode Island.  Spent 5 years in the Navy Reserve and returned to college to get my first Masters degree.  Eventually became a teacher, got married, and all that good stuff.  Taught in New Mexico, Nebraska, and Kansas.  Got the urge to serve our Lord and eventually entered seminary and received another Masters degree in 1992 and entered the ministry.  That was the end of my first marriage [or was it a real marriage?].  Eventually put the ministry aside, temporarily [I have hopes of continuing my call] and went back to college teaching.  Also work as a medical records clerk to make additional money.  Whew!  Hunted all my life until recently.  Bird hunting in Kansas, Nebraska, and Arkansas.  Blackpowder in Arkansas.  Love to fly fish . . . maybe an obsession.  Nuts about black powder hunting, but left that behind when I was divorced.  Member of the NRA [Aren't we all?].  Currently have a Howa .30-06, which, despite constant razing, will knock a flea off the wall at about any range you can see.  Helluva rifle for the money!  Yes, there are better rifles . . . I guess.  What is more important?  Am developing an interest in N-Gauge model railroading.  The spouse likes that too!  Have a wild-ass Border Collie that I dearly love.  Just put in a bid for a Love Bird today.  Geez . . . I must be crazy.  We live in Colorado Springs, but would like to move to a more rural area . . . maybe Big Sky Country?  Who knows?  Wyoming wouldn't be bad either!  Need some space . . . enough for my Border Collie to run wild . . . and maybe a Quarter Horse or two.  Geez . . . what a dreamer!  Ideal rifle?  Weatherby Mark V in .257 Weatherby Magnum.  Ideal fly rod?  Maybe an Orvis . . . but that is not necessary.  Caught a bunch of fish on far cheaper rods.  Latest activities?  Besides teaching and work?  Wife and I joined Bally!  Huff and puff!  On the South Beach diet too!  Lost a couple of inches around the waist!  Don't want to look like a computer geek!  Well . . . that is enough!  Take a breath Pocketnavy . . . oh yeah . . . for those who care . . . the Pocket Navy was a pistol made by Colt!  Had a web site on Civil War blackpowder pistols a few years ago.  Was great fun, but too much to keep track of . . . shut it down.  Well . . . had to tell the Border Collie to stop chewing on the oak gate to the family room.  Better shut-up and honor her wishes.  Oh yeah . . . I am a Republican . . . in spite of being a college teacher . . . vote for Bush and protect our rights as outdoors people.  Seems to make sense.  Yawl have a good evening! 



Posted By: deaddog
Date Posted: 08 May 2004 at 07:12

Howdy, Born 1962, Rochester, MN have moved away several times but always end up back here. I live on a 13 acre hobby farm with my beautiful trophy wife (12yrs younger) and 2yr old daughter and in about 2weeks a baby boy is due. Also have two German short hair pointer/ lab mix dogs, excellent bird hunters. I started flying at age 10 with my dad and haven't stopped since. I've done alot of different jobs from crop duster to airlines but now fly rich and famous people around. Lots of different pro athletes,actors, etc. I even used to fly a certain famous homemaker/stockinsider  that sold alot of stuff through Kmart. The stories I could tell!  I started shooting about the same time I started flying. I consider myself very lucky in that I get paid for doing my hobbies. I got my FFL not long ago. and don't make much money in it but I've been saving my money and should be able to retire from flying in about ten years and concentrate more on the gun business. I love to shoot and do so almost every day I'm home. I reload about 20 different cals. and 12ga. I spend alot of time hunting. Deer and pheasant are my favorite. Used to collect Winchester levers. Now I'm more into shooting than collecting. I've been shooting alot of 8mm Mauser lately. $44 for 940 rounds. I have a 6" metal target that I've been dinging about 9 out of ten times at 250 yds standing free hand. practice pratice practice... 



Posted By: DanWalker
Date Posted: 26 May 2004 at 15:54
Since this aint no time to be basful, I reckon I'll take my turn to bore y'all to death.
I was born in the summer of 1970 to a half breed Crow indian woman and a half breed Seneca man. Spent most of my youth growing up between western New York state and Central Florida. Joined USMC right out of high school. Spent 10 years of my life doing all the insane fun stuff I could find in uniform. Got out at 28 and went to college and got a Biology degree. Moved to Wyoming right after graduation, and couldn't find decent work. Wound up as a feral animal removal technician(paid pig hunter) in California.
Came back to Wyoming after that ran out, and worked for G&F here as a contract employee. Decided that was no way to make a living, so I wound up working as a salesman in a lumber yard. Been there just short of a year now, and really love it. I live in Casper right now, but it sure is getting crowded fast. As far as guns go, I've had more than my share. I'm an unapologizing advocate of Savage rifles. I built my own custom mauser in 35whelen(with a lot of help from a very patient gunsmith) I'm also a die hard fan of the 45 Long Colt. I aint into shotguns much, but really enjoy big bore handguns, (as long as they're 45's). I've dabbled in blackpowder, and archery has been a lifelong love affair of mine. I cast my own bullets, and have been reloading for about 7 years now.
I'm grateful to God for giving me just enough sense to know that I don't know anything.
I got a good Carolina girl that's been stuck with me for over 13 years now, and a daughter who's 12 going on 21.
Well, I reckon that's it about me. (No, the writing style isn't a quaint affectiation. I REALLY do talk like that.)
I'm a city boys worst nightmare. a Redneck with an education.

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(Forever a student of the gun....Always learning, always testing.....)


Posted By: Bojon
Date Posted: 22 July 2004 at 17:46

Glad to read about you all.

This is a great site and I enjoy the comraderie and most of the information exchange.

I was told a long time ago...

        It doesn't matter how young or old you are...if you  remain teachable.... you will continue to grow...

      if you are not teachable you will shrink...no matter what your age might be...

There is hope for us born in 1944 and earlier

Bojon



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Freedom is God given and our most precious Right
It seems as though Rifles have become measured as the automobile..."how fast can it go?"...


Posted By: BIG LOST
Date Posted: 31 August 2004 at 14:02

HOW-DO BOYZ!,Mausermann set me to this site and I must say that it is about the best I have run upon yet,,like talking to home folks.The name is tomas h. "liberty " valance,,my old man hung the nic on me 'cause the movie was my fav. as a youngster.Born 1,1,'68,in the bed my great great built in the house he built in McQueen Montana,folks died in car wreck at 6,passed around from place to place 'til I lit a shuck one nite and been on my own since just bumin' 'til about ten years ago when mausermann caught me stealing his truck,,I beat the crap out of him for about 3 seconds and that old man took a pick handle and worked up one side and down the other.He was 50 and I was 26 and thought I was hell on big red wheels,,he was short,fat and old,( still is ),he beat me till I couldn't stand,speak or wanted to,broke both my arms,1 hand, some toes,about tore off one of my thumbs,broke my nose and smashed my left foot so bad that I still have trouble with it,,then he took me in nursed me back to health and has been keeping me out of trouble since,,promising to give me another if I strayed.I love the big lonesome and the high lonely,anything to do with guns,good fishing,fine horses good mules, low population densities,homebrew and bar-b-q without sauce,hunting pards that dont whine, and stareing into a dying fire while lying under the stars,or falling asleep in a chair in front of a wood burner,dark hair on a girl with a new fashioned figure or any color hair on an old fashioned figure,,boots that fit,,friends you can count on and a truck that starts every time.

 

THAT ABOUT COVERS IT

GODS PEACE



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"....I LONG TO BE WHERE THERE IS NO LAW FOR THE BRAVE,....AND NO ASYLUMS FOR THE CRAZY.......AND I NEVER TAKE NO FROM A MAN WITHOUT THE AUTHORITY TO SAY YES........BUT I NEVER ASK ANYWAY......


Posted By: teal325
Date Posted: 08 October 2004 at 06:38

Hi - I come here by way of Tas. Seems to be a pretty good egg

Myself I am a family man that has had a fascination of firearms and shooting since I got my first 22lr when I was 6. Hope to go to Trinidad for gunsmithing (particular interests are quality walnut and blue rifles and shotguns - Krieghoff, Browning, Kolar ect.)

 

Pretty much it - hope to learn some and add to the comunity as it were, 



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Andrew



Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 08 October 2004 at 06:43

Welcome Teal, hope to see you post.  Jump in anytime, we all learn from each other.

BEAR



Posted By: teal325
Date Posted: 08 October 2004 at 07:19
Thanks - I appreciate that.

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Andrew



Posted By: Timberghozt
Date Posted: 08 October 2004 at 11:49
Good to have you here Teal..Join in on the discussions,there is always something interesting going on around here...

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"Don`t touch my .50 numbnuts" Me.....


Posted By: Gunrunner
Date Posted: 08 October 2004 at 15:18
Welcome to the club Teal.   Glad to have another shooter aboard.  

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Somebody better call the Secret Service. Let 'em know there's an illegal alien in the White House...and it ain't the cook!!


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 07 December 2004 at 02:08
Howdy


   I suppose its time to introduce myself to those of you here that I've not yet crossed paths with online.
My outdoor interests have dominated my life, first as a youth growing up in the Everglades type regions of Florida. I spent the bulk my days there hunting, fishing and trapping most everything that moved. Shortly after obtaining a valid drivers licenses at 17, I put on a pair of shoes, jumped in my car and made my way to the mountains of northwest Montana by way of Alaska on a 9 month road trip. My financial resources expired as I entered Kalispell Montana in the late 70's. Within a few weeks of being there I fell in with a commercial outfitter who introduced me to the Bob Marshall Wilderness. He had a very unique camp there just on the border of the Great Bear and the Bob at Shafer Meadows which allowed for me to stay in the backcountry for about 7 months a year. The balance of the year I would spend tending our stock, rebuilding saddles and other related equipment along with traveling the country selling hunting and fishing trips at many of out nations more popular sports shows. Well, that held out real good for many years....until the Californian invasion of the west slope started in. I could see things around me turning in to what they had never been as our small community started to grow. So I broke camp and headed back to Alaska where I hooked up with http://www.woodriverlodge.com -

Working with these guys offered me the opportunity to see southwest Alaska daily from the air in some of the greatest bush planes ever built, they had two Beavers and a single engine Otter. For this I will be forever grateful. But even with our http://www.bikernews.net/getoutlawnews.cfm?article=193 - - Wood Tikchik state park with my new found Yup'ik friends and neighbors. Through these people I was introduced to the Bering Sea fishing industry. Well always being one for a new adventure I jumped in headfirst, I started working as a engineer out on the crabbing grounds around the Pribilof Islands and have since been involved in many of the Alaskan fisheries. I am currently working the salmon season out of Bristol Bay for three months of the year and spend 9 months a year hunting and fishing and trying to learn how to get good photographs in various locations through out our fine country. Currently I am in the Florida Everglades where I have recently had the opportunity to purchase a hardwood hammock island in the middle of a swamp that I use to camp on in the days of my youth. With a little luck I'll get me a shack built here that will be suitable as wintering grounds for my tired old bones. It's as if life has made full circle with me finding myself back a the point from which I began. I look forwards to spending a little time here in this forum and seeing what we may have to share.



Posted By: deaddog
Date Posted: 07 December 2004 at 02:55

Welcome Jeff

Big change AK to FL. Nice pics you have there. Look forward to your posts.

DD



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Endeavor to persevere.


Posted By: Gunrunner
Date Posted: 07 December 2004 at 03:10
Hi Jeff.   Glad to have ya here, and I'm enjoying your stories and pictures.    GR

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Somebody better call the Secret Service. Let 'em know there's an illegal alien in the White House...and it ain't the cook!!


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 07 December 2004 at 04:21

Welcome aboard ~Jeff~.

BEAR



Posted By: waksupi
Date Posted: 07 December 2004 at 05:46

Hi Jeff, we know each other. I believe I was living at either Polson or Elmo when we first met. I have some pictures of you, taken up on Dolly Varden Creek many years ago. I'll see if I can dig them out of my albums and post some. Good to see you here.

Ric Carter



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Shooters Cast Bullet Alumnus
http://www.castboolits.gunloads.com/index.php?


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 07 December 2004 at 07:45
Good to hear from you Ric. I still have the hand axe and knife you built for me and my riding partner "The Beast From The East". You still in the Flathead? I have a pic of you here buried in my archives some where with them snazy dud's you were building back then. If I recall right the last time I seen ya you were building fiddles? So how goes life?


Posted By: waksupi
Date Posted: 07 December 2004 at 13:50

I'm surprised the knife is still in one piece. You must not have been opening any canned tomatoes with it. I seem to recall a small tempering crack in the blade. Or was it the hatchet? I don't recall, that was quite a few years back.

Yeah, I'm still in the valley. I bought a chunk of land above Somers in 1986, and have been here ever since. The yuppie slums have encroached on my little peice of heaven, but I shoot nearly every day to remind them they moved to Montana, and gunpowder is still the king. I've been through three pickups, three dogs, half a dozen girlfriends, and a wife since then. I'm probably 10-15 pounds heavier, but it is all solid loving muscle, so i don't worry about it.

Are you still guiding?



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Shooters Cast Bullet Alumnus
http://www.castboolits.gunloads.com/index.php?


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 07 December 2004 at 22:14
Ric,
I know the knife is in good order and sitting in my cabin in AK. I am most sure I also have the hand axe, I had talked the "Beast From the East" out of it unless I am mistaken. I have been spending the fall in Montana the last few years, I'll look you up next trip through. I still pack into the wilderness there but seldom guide. There is a good man that's bought up most the camps on the upper middle fork. I guided one of his trophy hunts for him a few years back. I don't truly enjoy it anymore, I rather take the kids in and show them how. I've avoided taking a wife but just barely, I became involved with a traditional Yup'ik shaman women for a few years in AK.. She showed me the way to the true insight's of life and she could butcher a moose quicker that anyone I ever seen as well. She'd have been the one if I was ever to have married. I run off and left her after I caught her trying to cast some kinda spell on me one night as I was sleeping. She just spooked me off.

I have very few photos of that camp up Dolly Varden creek. I do have some photos of the game we took out of there posted on one of my websites. I'd appreciate anything of that order you might have to share. Here's some links to my websites, My hunting stuff is http://www.Jeffalaska.com - here and http://www.intergate.com/~keoeeit/stuff/trek.html - keoeeit is some photos taken last year while I was on the road.

As I type this I can't shake this mental picture in my mind. Your one of the last people I would have every thought I would have run into online. Knowing you're a true man of tradition I just keep seeing you sitting beside a computer built of leather, elkhorn and grizzly claws.

                          Later, Bro


Posted By: waksupi
Date Posted: 08 December 2004 at 05:28

I'll dig through the pics sometime soon. I have a pile of orders to get out before Christmas, so am slaving away at that.

Here's links to my pages, so you can see what I've been up to.

http://www.geocities.com/waksupi1/UnNamed.html?953663499190 - http://www.geocities.com/waksupi1/UnNamed.html?953663499190

http://www.geocities.com/ric_carter59932/index.html?1080747208470 - http://www.geocities.com/ric_carter59932/index.html?10807472 08470

I get most of my orders over the internet, so a computer is a must. I just don't travel as much as I used to, so have to make customer contacts this way. It is kind of funny. I still have an outhouse, but also have the computer. Priorities!



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Shooters Cast Bullet Alumnus
http://www.castboolits.gunloads.com/index.php?


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 08 December 2004 at 09:38
I looked over your site's, truly outstanding work you do. It's a rare quality to find today. I'd suppose the berdache side of you that shows in your work has created to much of a challenge for the women that have come your way. To bad for them...It's their loss. Sorry to hear of the loss of your dogs, A good dog is hard to come by. You may find some interest in http://members.aol.com/klincoln45/mcarl.htm - the pages found here the Yup'ik Eskimos of the Bering sea coast are the only people that can trade in clothing made of hides such as these. As far as I am aware this is the only site you'll find online that offers this type of art and clothing. Good luck with your orders and may winter solstice bring good fortune your way.


Posted By: waksupi
Date Posted: 08 December 2004 at 13:04

The only one it presented a problem to was the wife. She insisted on being involved with the business, without having the skill needed. And a stubborn part that didn't want any instruction. So, as things went on, people would place orders, expecting the quality I put out, and getting something less. Business suffered tremendously, and a large part of our relationship ending, was me insisting she listen to instruction when she needed it. Now that she has gone, business has increased several times over, with old customers returning.

The others were more along the line of them moving away, or being a bit too liberal for me. Most of them have been professional artists in thier own right, so weren't threatened by what I do. I will say, the last one that moved away was as conservative as I am, and I do miss her. Fortunately, I still see her occassionally, and we enjoy each others' company.

Yes, loosing dogs is hard to do. I've always got along with animals better than people, and generally prefer thier company. My favorite was an old Chesapeake bitch, that I believe could read my mind. Absolutely the smartest and most obedient dog I have ever had the pleasure to spend some years with. She unfortunately died of cancer some years ago.

 



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Shooters Cast Bullet Alumnus
http://www.castboolits.gunloads.com/index.php?


Posted By: Timberghozt
Date Posted: 10 December 2004 at 11:49

Hey Jeff, I`ve been enjoying the pics you posted.Welcome  to the site.and keep posting  and pics.Fantastic stuff...

Gene



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"Don`t touch my .50 numbnuts" Me.....


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 11 December 2004 at 13:02
Thanks for the kind words, I have been truly impressed with the quality of information I have found in the threads here at BSB and will try to follow suit with my posts. I do feel a bit self conscious about some of my photos because I have posted some of them in other forums around the internet. I am sure a few of the members here have seen some of my stuff before. As feeble minded as I am these days I will probably forget what I have posted before and put them up here anyway. Thanks again and I am glad you are enjoying my posts.


Posted By: TasunkaWitko
Date Posted: 11 December 2004 at 15:04
Quote do feel a bit self conscious about some of my photos because I have posted some of them in other forums around the internet. I am sure a few of the members here have seen some of my stuff before. As feeble minded as I am these days I will probably forget what I have posted before and put them up here anyway.


jeff, do't worry about that, just have a good time and know that we're enjoying the posts!

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TasunkaWitko - Chinook, Montana

Helfen, Wehren, Heilen
Die Wahrheit wird euch frei machen


Posted By: Gunrunner
Date Posted: 11 December 2004 at 15:24
Jeff.   I don't go to very many web sites, so I for one have not seen your photographs.  You have some really great shots.  ( I like that Grizz shot a lot )  Don't be shy in showing them, and keep up the good work.   I have a strong feeling we can all learn a lot from your experiences. 

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Somebody better call the Secret Service. Let 'em know there's an illegal alien in the White House...and it ain't the cook!!


Posted By: Hudge
Date Posted: 18 January 2005 at 10:29

Well, I thought I posted to this, but guess I didn't. I was born in Arkansas in 1975 (New Years Eve), and grew up the trout fishing and hunting rabbits, squirrel and deer with my dad, unlce and cousins. I went to college for three years majoring in Forestry, but dropped out in 97 and joined the Air Force. I married my wife of 7 years 10 days before I left for basic training. I have been all over any where from Ft. Hood as my first duty assignment to several trips to the Balkans and others in between. I am now in MT, but will be leaving in March to go and teach at the school house in MS. I finally finished my BA only it was in Natural Science and Mathematics. I guess I can't get enough of school as I am currently trying to finish a BS in Management, and hope to start work on a MBA in Corporate Finance in about 2 more years.

My wife and I have two blonde headed boys, one is 5 and the other is 1. My hobbies include hunting, shooting, guns, and fishing. When I am not working on school work or participating in one of my many hobbies as my wife puts it, I like to spend time with the wife and the boys. I have been on this site for a little while now, and have even met CB900F. I hope to meet several more as well.

Hudge




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