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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    5 Hours Ago
    LOL...I'm more worried about ME not shooting chit, and I'm NOT good for morale, apparently, based on forum and contest participation, LOL. I'm sure we'll be able to find a solution that makes a few people happy. :p
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  • crookedeye's Avatar
    5 Hours Ago
    you could split the 3 of you up.. like put bluecat with someone and dparker on another team... we all no dparker isnt going to shoot chit, but he's good for moral..he has cooking methods.. you ever seen his smoked ox tails?
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    5 Hours Ago
    You'll just have to trust us... And no points for the catfish, but you'll gain fame and fans by posting the pic. And that's what it's all about. :grin:
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    6 Hours Ago
    Take a listen to a recent interview with John Eberhart, who some of you might know from books, articles and DVDs. A lot of his hunting style won't be for everyone, but there is enough good info here that is transferable to make it worth some time. It's a bit long, so settle in. You should take it to the end. The guy's impressive. I've listened to Episode 159, which is # 167 on the scroll for some reason, and will get to Episode 62 (#62) shortly. That one was done a while back. I've read one or possibly two of his books, and they're worthwhile if you're looking for reading material and have an open mind. http://wiredtohunt.com/
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  • crookedeye's Avatar
    7 Hours Ago
    so if i catch a catfish will that get me points for the contest? probally depending on whisker length i would asume.....but anyhow if you bluecat and dparker are on the same team some of us might think its rigged.. how do we no where getting a fare deal out of it?
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    19 Hours Ago
    Swamp Fox replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    19 Hours Ago
    Swamp Fox replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    It's pretty warm here..But I have the cooker going... <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/y27vBA68Zyk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    21 Hours Ago
    LOL... Although it has a particular bearing on this site, I forgot to include my analysis of alternative social media and their effect on hunting forums in my dissertation above, but I think I'll hold it back for now because I don't want our readers to get overloaded...LOL
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  • DParker's Avatar
    22 Hours Ago
    I deal with cliques by simply ignoring the fact that they exist. But then again it's been just over 38 years since I was a school kid, and I didn't pay them much mind even then.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Sign-ups have been shifted to the following thread, and you can see the rules for both the Whitetail Contest and the Photo contest there, too: http://forums.huntingcountry.com/forums/showthread.php?2504-Deer-Contest-for-2017&p=50239#post50239 Please, no further sign-ups on this thread! I can't keep up. Feel free to podunk, though. :p
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    The outline and rules for the Small Game/Other contest, also known as the Photo Contest. I have tweaked this to allow more fishing photos into the contest in hopes of increasing participation. Other than that, no changes. Notice that while fishing photos are allowed, you must participate in some non-whitetail hunting or trapping pursuit in 2017 through the end of the contest to enter a fishing photo. We have always required SG/O hunting or trapping in order to be in this contest at all, so this isn't turning into a fishing contest. We just would like to see the pictures! :-) So: This will be a photo contest with winners decided by votes of forum members in the general population. You do not need to be in the contest to vote, but you do need to be in the contest to submit pictures. I will automatically enroll you in the SG/O contest when you sign up for the Whitetail contest. If you would like to be in the SG/O contest but do not plan to hunt whitetails this year, please let me know so I don't put you on a whitetail team that needs all the trigger-pullers it can get. The SG/O contest will be an individual contest, rather than a team effort. The pursuit of any game, predator or varmint other than whitetail deer by any legal hunting or trapping method qualifies for SG/O status, and any legal weapon or trap may be used. You do not need to kill or take an animal to be able to submit a photo for the contest. The pictures you submit should be related to SG/O hunts or excursions you go on this year, but do not need to be taken on the actual hunt. Any hunting, trapping, fishing, camping, or working pics are eligible, as long as they have at least a shred of a connection to the outdoors and you did or will in fact hunt or trap something other than whitetails this year. The pics can also relate to whitetail deer or your pursuit of whitetails or your time in the whitetail woods, but should not be of whitetail kills. A picture of a fawn or you sweeping out your hunting camp in August or scouting this past spring would be okay, for instance, as would pics of almost anything else woods ‘n’ water-related. All that is required is that the picture should be at least loosely related to your SG/O efforts this year, and that the picture be taken this year. There is no limit to the number of pictures you can submit, but multiple submissions should be named or numbered by the entrant to promote easy identification. There will be six categories for photos: Scenery Game or Wildlife Pictures Hero/Dead Animal Pics Camp Pictures Cool Stuff (rifle against a tree, armadillo on its back, abandoned still, old house place, etc.) Buddy Pictures You decide what category you want to enter your picture in if it's close. For instance, a picture of your buddy at 4 AM before he's had his morning coffee could be a camp picture or a buddy picture. You pick. Post the picture(s) on the appropriate entry thread (when I post it) with its/their name(s) or number(s), and state your category(ies) and the details of the photo(s) (date(s), general location(s) and as much background story as you choose to tell. Members can give a picture contest points on this thread by posting that they "like" a picture and/or by using emoticons, or they can send me or the Contest Scorekeeper (Bluecat) a PM if they wish to "like" anonymously. I will consider multiple thumbs-up or positive emoticons (e.g., :tu::tu::tu: or :grin: :grin:) from the same voter as multiple up-votes, within reason. So, if you REALLY, REALLY like a pic, show it. At the end of the contest we will put all the photos in each category up against one another and have a "Best in Category" vote that will work the same way. I will take the "likes" and the "Best in Category" votes and announce the winner in each of the six categories. BiC votes at the end will be weighted more heavily than "Likes" tallied during the contest, but "Likes" can be used to pick a winner in case there is a lack or absence of final votes. Lobbying for likes and votes for your photos is allowed, as is recruiting new forum members to join HC and vote for your pics. Contest dates will run concurrent with the Whitetail contest (Aug. 15-Jan. 15) but pictures can be from any time in 2017 through the end of the contest. Management reserves the right to tweak the rules and use discretion in judging as we get this newish contest off the ground. If you have comments or suggestions, please start a separate thread, or send me a PM. If my inbox is full, notify me and I'll make room.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Here are the Whitetail Contest rules and scoring method for this year, with points of emphasis highlighted. Rules are the same as last year. No changes. The Whitetail Contest has two Divisions, a Vertical Bow Division and an Any Other Legal Weapon division. Vertical Bows compete in the Vertical Bow division. Crossbows compete in the Any Other Legal Weapon division if they are legal in your hunting area. 1) Teams will be drawn at random at 6 PM Eastern Time on August 14. We will shoot for a minimum of three hunters per team. Deadline for signing up for the contest will be 5PM Eastern on the 14th. See Post #1 for info on late sign-ups. Late sign-ups are discouraged. Hunters who sign up for the Whitetail Contest will be automatically enrolled in both the Vertical Bow Division and the Any Other Legal Weapon Division. They will also be automatically enrolled in the Small Game/Other Contest, aka the Photo Contest (details to follow). If you do not plan to hunt whitetails but do want to be in the SG/O contest, please tell me when you sign up so I don't put you on a whitetail team where you can't pull weight with teammates. I'll deal with any massive influx of Other Weapons hunters to the contest (if there is such an event) at my own discretion, so as to prevent confusion in the contest or detriment to the Vertical Bow division, and will do likewise if there is a massive influx of bow-only hunters causing harm to the AOLW teams, LOL 2) Each contestant will be able to score one deer, buck or doe, in each division. Shoot one with a vertical bow, enter it in the Vertical Bow Division. Kill one with anything else, it goes in the Any Other Legal Weapon Division. VB deer cannot be entered in the AOLW division. 3) Each contestant will be allowed to cull his own deer so as to register his highest-scoring deer in substitution of another deer he might have registered earlier. He will not be allowed to cull for the other members of the team. 4) All contestants must follow the hunting regulations applicable to the area they are hunting. 5) Any deer must be registered with the contest administrator no later than 10 days after the kill. You must have picture proof of your kill. Register your kill by posting a picture WITH YOUR WEAPON in the special contest kill thread we will set up. If you want to post a story with your picture, you can do that in a separate thread if you wish, but all kill registrations must be made in the official contest kill thread. You are responsible for making sure your kill is registered, for providing a score to the administrator when you post your pic, and for making sure that your entry shows up in contest reporting stats. 6) Contest dates are from Aug. 15 through January 15. Bucks will score 50 points for the kill and 10 points for each point of at least one inch. NO RING HANGERS. Must be one inch or better to score. Does will score 100 points. We would like to encourage contestants to shoot a doe rather than an immature buck. Let's let them grow. 7) You must choose a Team Name as soon as possible after teams are assigned. If you do not choose a team name, one will be chosen for you. It won't be pretty.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    As there were last year, there will be two contests: a whitetail contest and a “Small Game/Other” contest. The SG/O contest is really a photography contest where you can highlight your non-whitetail outdoor activities, whether hunting or not. You can also post pics related to whitetails, if you'd like. You are automatically entered in both contests if you sign up for the whitetail contest. However, if you’d like to be in the SG/O contest but don’t expect to hunt whitetails this year, please tell me so I don’t put a non-hunter on a whitetail team. The whitetail contest will have two divisions: Vertical Bow and Any Other Legal Weapon. Crossbows participate in AOLW, along with atlatls, spears, special forces fighting knives, shotguns, pistols and rifles. Teams selected will participate in both divisions. That is, your buds on your bow team will be your buds on the AOLW team. There is no need to sign up twice, or to choose which contest you’ll be in. Scoring for the whitetail contests will be the same as in the past, regardless of weapon used. The Small Game/Other Photo contest will have winners in each category selected by the votes of forum members. Categories are posted below, in a separate post. You do not need to be in the contest to vote. You do not need to kill an animal to submit a picture. The only three requirements for the SG/0 Photo contest are that you 1) sign up for the contest, 2) go on a hunt for small game or something other than whitetail, or that you fish or trap this year, and 3) submit a photo taken this year. You may use any legal weapon on your hunt. Bowhunters compete with everyone else. Deadline for sign-up for the contests is August 14 at 5 PM Eastern. The drawing for team assignments will be done at 6 PM. Team assignments will be random, as in the past. Late entries will be considered this year, especially for newcomers. However, this will be completely at the contest administrators' discretion. If late sign-ups have the whiff of even a smidgeon of corruption, or if they begin to be a pain in the ass, you will be SOL after August 14 at 5 PM whether you're a newbie, a regular or a returning veteran of the site. That is, there is NO GUARANTEE you will be accepted into the contest if you sign up after August 14 at 5 PM. Late entries (those after August 14) may have to wait for team assignment, and there is no guarantee of team assignment. You will not be able to enter a deer killed before you are assigned a team. If you wish a deer you've taken be counted for the contest, you must have been assigned to a team prior to the kill. No exceptions. Under no circumstances will a late-entry contestant be accepted after September 30. The rules will be as before, and the contest will run from August 15, 2014 to January 15, 2018, and we will have team names this year, as we did last year.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Yes, I think we're having one. You can sign up here, or read more here: http://forums.huntingcountry.com/forums/showthread.php?2490-2017-Deer-Contest-Seeks-New-Management The rules will be the same as last year, unless I'm asked to consider otherwise. The deadline for sign-up is August 14 at 5 PM Eastern, and teams will be drawn at random. If you miss the deadline, I'll see what I can do, but no guarantees. We discuss this at the link above, and in last year's rules thread. Outlines of the contests and the rules to follow, on this thread.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Before something happened to that post, I was making a few points I’ll try to recreate more briefly this time around : If the lurkers are not mostly the old crowd, I have no idea why they don’t participate, even on hunting/outdoors-related threads. I’ve put up a number of topics that I thought should generate discussion—and would have in the old days—that just went nowhere. A few that I thought were especially juicy got ZERO replies. (I can’t recall what the views were like. Modest, I want to say.) So what does that say if lurkers are the old crowd? What does it say if they’re new guys? I don’t think this place has horrible traffic for a small site that’s supposedly got nothing going on, so I don’t think non-participation is just the result of small numbers. Along those lines, I’ve noticed that if you look at the number of views on various other threads here, we have some monsters. Considering the number of posters we have, it’s a bit of a mystery. And almost none of those threads are hunting-related. SOMEBODY’s interested in them… The clique thing has come up a couple of times in these discussions, too, and I think there are a few problems with the argument that the feeling of a small, tight-knit club prevents people from posting. First, the clique accusation has been around as long as this site’s been up, and by that I mean going back to at least 2000, with Archery World and then BowCountry and now HC. (Hope I haven’t forgotten any incarnations. LOL) People were talking about cliques when the site was rip-roaring. Most of them were joking. You know how I know?---They were in the clique! I’m sure some people didn’t feel like they were “in the inner circle,” but it was a BIG inner circle. Feel free to argue with me about that, because if anyone *really* felt excluded or was treated unfairly, I’m unaware of it. And more to the point, cliques weren't preventing the site from having a lot of activity back in the heyday. Secondly, the way to deal with a clique is not to take your ball and go home to suck your thumb. If you want to participate, you participate. That said, sometimes dealing with a clique isn’t worth the effort. Someone might feel they have nothing to add. Or there might be some personal conflict going on. To each his own. But choosing not to participate just because there’s a clique out there somewhere is a choice we make. Cliques are everywhere. They’re just part of life. It seems to miss the point to be aware of a clique (notice I didn’t say “complain about”) and act like a clique is like a shut-off valve to participation. No. It’s a *barrier*--- but the shutting off or turning on is on each individual. Lastly, when you have a small group, you almost by definition have a clique. So here we are. :tap: It’s more than a little funny to hear people *complain* about a clique and use it as a justification for behavior (or non-behavior) that undermines expansion of the group. To quote our former president, “Let me be clear.” I’m not saying anyone who has brought this topic up is complaining. And just because you notice a clique doesn’t mean you’re trying to undermine anything. But walking away from a small group just because it’s a small group does say more about the walker than about the group. I think the last point I was trying to make in the post that got wiped somehow was about the state of hunting forums in general these days. Basically, I said I bet I’m not the only one here who has to dig pages-deep into any other bow/hunting forum to find any topic of interest. Most of us are beyond the basic questions and numerous other categories of threads that show up on your typical forum. I was gonna say “dumb threads” but dumb is in the eye of the beholder and I’m sure somebody somewhere thinks any particular thread is dumb, even on HC. LOL. So that’s where the cut-and-paste of other forums’ front pages came from. I hope they made my point. Seriously, I usually have to go at least four pages down on Archery Talk's bowhunting forum, say, to find something engaging, typically, if I’m even desperate enough to go over there in the first place. I’m sure that says something about me and my tastes and level of interest, but as fast as that place moves, it also says something about AT, and maybe about hunting forums in general. And that’s all I’ve got to say about that!
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Swamp Fox replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    Somebody stop me! <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sshhb5ISHvI?list=RDJSZvk7nRNHA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    1 Day Ago
    Swamp Fox replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/G8qnsK0PRmI?list=RDJSZvk7nRNHA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>......
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    1 Day Ago
    Swamp Fox replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JSZvk7nRNHA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> :grin:
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Whoa! What happened to Post 26??? It got cut off mid-sentence. Really, mid-word. I know the whole post was up at one point. I'm 99.99999% sure I didn't fat-finger a Delete during an edit of typos... It's too bad, because it was a fabulous post. Got into cliques and site traffic and the general state of hunting forums and current social media trends and everything. I blame Alex.
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    1 Day Ago
    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bitterly honored to have served <a href="https://t.co/MtaMUdkwVI">pic.twitter.com/MtaMUdkwVI</a></p>&mdash; Sean Spicier (@sean_spicier) <a href="https://twitter.com/sean_spicier/status/888484570546536448">July 21, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    BTW, I forgot to look at the pierogi packages this evening. Will try again tomorrow!
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Huh! Good find! When I was a kid, all my little running buddies and I thought the Alka Seltzer ads were the funniest things going. We quoted them and did the accents like they were Monty Python (which had yet to hit). LOL
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  • Wild Bob's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I'm gonna chime in here on this...just briefly. I think its safe to say that most, if not all of us at one time or another has wondered about this issue and tried to figure it out. I agree with Luv2; I wonder also about the old guys. I know first hand from visiting with several of those guys that left pre 2010ish that often someone would get fired up at one or more of the others and hit their saturation point and then that was it. Unfortunately, there were some really good guys that left BC along with more than a few that needed to go... Hey man, we are all human here...last time I checked, none of us knuckleheads walk on water. Obviously I've had my issues at times and even taken several extended walk-abouts from BC / HC over the years. My theory is that participation mirrors the attitudes and behavior of our society. We are (generally speaking) more polarized than we've ever been politically, in general we seem to be acting less tolerant as well, not to mention less spiritual (again, I'm stating this in general, so don't anyone in particular get getting their panties in a wad)....So what does that get us? Well, for starters - not many people that are willing to stick around and put up with information or opinions that are contrary to their own beliefs. Then, on top of that, you got a percentage of folks that tend to be more serious and just want to stick to the topic at hand. There are several occasional members here that fit that bill, and that's fine. Just as it is fine to joke around and cut up...I agree with Blue on that, humor is a good thing, when not taken too far or too personally. BUT, and here comes my big but in all this, and I've said it before, and I'll say it again...One issue I've seen on HC that has hurt participation in the past (just as it's created issues with untold numbers of people in all other venues of life) is when things get too 'Clicky' and exclusive. That tends to turn most folks off in a heart beat. Then add in all the other potential minutia...and is it any wonder we're still not all running around clubbing each other on the head with sticks??? Not to mention that no one wants to be slammed by a bunch of know-it-alls either. As is so often the case; it's not always what one says, but how they say it. And I don't claim perfection or all knowing on any of this. For example; I know that I royally, royally pissed Floyd off...even though I didn't mean to, and I'm still not sure just exactly what I did to do that....but I did. It's all relative I guess. And the older I get the more I realize the less I know. Sure I might have some valuable knowledge to share, but if in doing that I turn someone away, then am I'm part of the problem or part of the solution? I think as rational adults we all need to consider these things. And taking that a step further, if turning people away from me (whether in person or on line) is what I am doing, then may be I need to reexamine my values. Because ultimately, I and only I am responsible for my actions. Its all a choice - I can choose to be a jerk, or I can choose to be a know-it-all or I can choose to be decent. I can choose to listen, or talk or I can chose to be an island to myself. Or I can choose to hide behind the mask of obscurity offered by the internet...and that opens up a whole another case of issues for some folks, but I'm not touching that one... Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. So I'll shut up now. Oh man, I just heard Spicy called it quits today... I'm gonna miss that guy.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    And while we're at it, here's a bit of TV history trivia I never knew until just now. Gene Wilder (RIP) was the voice of this 1967 Alka Seltzer spot:
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  • DParker's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    This one too...
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  • DParker's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    LOL! What a brilliant series of ads that was. I was only 8 when this one aired, but I remember it like it was only 2,496 weeks ago....
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