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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Minute Ago
    You have to find the small victories somewhere...LOL
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    4 Minutes Ago
    Swampy, you have a lot going for you lately which must be nice.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    15 Minutes Ago
    I had it on my DVR forever, and finally screwed up the courage to watch it. I think the reviews did it a disservice since all I remember them saying was how the film was "brilliant" and all the other artsy-fartsy words they could think of. That's a sure-fire way to get people like me to wince before watching. If I'd remembered whether they said it was funny, it would have been a lot shorter journey for me. I don't know what film critics are thinking sometimes. I came across a ranking of the Spiderman movies not long ago. It ranked Amazing 2 higher than Spiderman 3 (which I thought was fine but others seem to rank low). Other than the last 30 minutes or so, leading into the final battle, I'd say Amazing 2 was "Crap!" and put it down as the worst of the bunch. I haven't seen Homecoming yet. It gets great reviews from what I've seen. Not sure I'm ready for a juvenile Peter Parker as opposed to the traditional high school sophomore or thereabouts, but hey, it might work. These rank the Spidey movies closer to my way of thinking. http://time.com/4834213/spiderman-movie-ranking/ http://www.indiewire.com/2017/07/spider-man-movies-worst-to-best-1201851340/2/ And as far as Bill Murray goes, he is the man! Two of my favorite movies of all time are Lost in Translation and Rushmore. I have Rushmore on the DVR at this very moment, so I have that going for me, which is nice.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    48 Minutes Ago
    Yeah, it's a great flick. I also liked the fact that the lead role was played by Ralph Fiennes...a brilliant dramatic actor...and that Bill Murray (comedy box office gold) popped up in only a brief bit part.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Huh. This is scary. WB and I are on the same wavelength today. Here's a second thread I was thinking about reviving. The Grand Budapest Hotel is worth seeing if you haven't already. I only caught it recently. Amusing, quirky comedy with great cinematography and an interesting story.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    That's an explanation I hadn't thought of! Thanks! :p
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  • DParker's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Maybe you didn't throw it hard enough?
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Hell, I missed a shot like that with a RIFLE...LOL
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  • Wild Bob's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    I hate to admit this, but since I'm among us fence posts - the biggest buck (whitetail) I've ever had a chance to kill with bow, I missed on a close shot like that. :re: It's not an easy shot IMHO.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    No, I agree with your point. Minimum height for 90% of my hunting is an estimated 24.5 feet to the platform, and it's more likely to be at least 25. Even with a "low stand" (20 feet) I don't want my anticipated shot 10 yards from the tree. One thing is the kill angle, and the other is shooting looking almost straight down to the ground. Homey has enough problems shooting from a standing position on a small platform without also bending toward the ground and leaning out while looking through a small peep from two and a half or three storeys up.
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  • luv2bowhunt's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    My big problem with the close shots is making sure you don't drop your bow arm. An 8 yd shot at 20' has you bent quite a bit at the waist. That same shot at 35' would have me bent in half, something would probably snap. I'll take your word that it's a 56 deg. angle. That would probably feel like 90 deg. to me at this age.
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  • luv2bowhunt's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    I do not recall that.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    I don't do tree stands, and I don't think I'd like an 8 yd shot from even 20' up...but I don't know if the difference between that and 35' up is as dramatic as it sounds at first. At 20' elevation you're shooting ~10.4 yds at an angle of ~40 below horizontal. Even at that close distance the margin for error is significantly smaller than with a more-or-less horizontal shot. At 35' up your angle is ~56 and the distance increases to ~14 yds. A worse shot, to be sure. But the shot at 20' up is already bad enough that I don't know that the situation at 35' is is so much worse that it would significantly alter my shoot/no shoot decision. But I hunt from the ground, so I'm viewing this from a purely theoretical perspective and could be way off on my assessment of the difference between those shots, even if just from a psychological perspective.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    Funny you should post this. I was going to put up something along these lines. For starters: Anything by Keith McCafferty, including essays. If anyone still reads the Big Three anymore, you should go back and look at his stuff in Field & Stream. You'll also find him in some hunting and fishing anthologies. I haven't read any of his mystery novels (set in the outdoors) but they're on my short list. I've read a little of the how-to stuff, and it's solid. He's just an excellent writer all-around. Here's the most recent essay I've read from him, about returning after many years to fish an old hole. It is excellent. http://www.fieldandstream.com/flyfishing-au-sable-river-michigan And his website, where you can get more info on him and his books: https://keithmccafferty.com/
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  • Wild Bob's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    I'm always looking for outdoor / hunting related books to read. Discovering good reads (or new to me anyway) can be a challenge, and often the best ones I've found tend to not always be easiest to find. So if you got any favorites, please post them up here! (Note: hunting or outdoor related only, now repeat...OK we clear on that?!?) :-)
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    LOL...I know the feeling....:laugh: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=quan
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    Mmmm, gyros...:-) I've heard the Turkish version-- "doner" or "doner kabab" (mit Umlaut uber das "O")-- is the most popular fast food in Germany these days. True story. Auf Wiedersehen bratwurst und currywurst. And this may or may not be true: In Africa they have a version they serve with tsetse sauce. :-):wink:p
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  • Wild Bob's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    Dark Tower coming out soon. I don't know how it can compete with the books...But I'll have to go check it out anyway.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    4 Hours Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Rabbit Hunt for Swampy in Small Game
    I'm always happy to help other people spend their money. :grin:
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  • Wild Bob's Avatar
    4 Hours Ago
    I'm more of a Quan kind of guy...:-)
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  • Wild Bob's Avatar
    4 Hours Ago
    Wild Bob replied to a thread Rabbit Hunt for Swampy in Small Game
    DParker, thanks for sharing your post about the rabbit on the rotisserie. That looks like a great way to cook one up. When I was a kid, my old man used to love putting a whole fryer on the rotisserie over some Kings-ford and cooking it most of the afternoon. I remember the sound of that old motor grinding on and the pop of him cracking open another ice cold can of Bud like it was yesterday! I just got a new grill for Father's Day this year and I've been thinking about ordering a rotisserie for it for a while now, this just gave me the perfect excuse to make that order. On another but related note; I make a mean Gyro meat from a venison and pork mix that everyone seems to really like, but the original recipe calls for cooking the loaf of meat on a rotisserie. Since I don't have one now, I just grill the loaf indirectly on the grill, and it comes out good....but I'd really like to try it on the rotisserie to see if it improves the final product. So there's support to get that rotisserie ordered up!
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    5 Hours Ago
    Yeah, and I haven't seen him go into that anywhere.
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  • luv2bowhunt's Avatar
    5 Hours Ago
    8 yd shot is tough because of the angle from 20' up. Can't imagine trying it from 35 ft.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    6 Hours Ago
    Well, to be fair to you, he does hunt a lot of private land. I don't know the ratios, but I suspect it's a bit more private than public. He spends a lot of time talking about how to get permission and maintain relationships, and he's been doing it a long time. Also, I suspect his dedication (including entry and exit strategies, getting in early and staying late), the way he works to pick the right time to hunt the right way, and what I take as his reluctance (at a minimum) to hunt somewhere he can walk to without boating, wading or crawling are more important than the ScentLok. I mentioned he hunts high, 25-30 feet. He actually mentions that 35 is fairly routine. You can get away with a lot up there, especially since he's setting up for close shots.
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  • luv2bowhunt's Avatar
    6 Hours Ago
    That's my take too, he's covered up with the stuff whenever he's hunting or prepping, except during Winter scouting. I can't see me wearing it in Aug. or Sept. when I'm hanging stands or checking cameras. 90+ deg. and 75 deg. dewpoint, I can barely handle it in shorts and tee shirt. I guess that's why he has all those p & y bucks from public land and I only have 2.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    6 Hours Ago
    Way out in backwoods Nebraska, a man's wife went into labor in the middle of the night. Their son went to fetch the doctor, who arrived just in time. To keep the nervous father-to-be busy, the doctor handed him a lantern and said, "Here, you hold this high so I can see what I'm doing." Amidst a lot of cursing and shrieking, the doctor delivered a health baby boy. The father was relieved, but the woman still seemed upset and agitated, so the doctor apologized for all the cursing and shrieking. "No, No!" yelled the woman. "I'm having another one!" Sure enough, within minutes the doc had delivered another baby. "Now don't be in a great hurry to be putting down that lantern, young man! It seems there's yet another!" cried the doctor, as a third baby began to appear. The new father grabbed his chest in bewilderment and yelled, "Do ya reckon they're attracted to the light?!?"
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    6 Hours Ago
    LOL... I'm flipping back and forth between his two books mentioned above, and also doing some reading on the blog he's been writing for ScentLok lately, which he claims he's not being paid to do. (I'm not trying to insinuate anything there, just sayin'.) Contrary to what I said previously, I did find some discussion of ScentLok care in Precision Bowhunting hidden away in the chapter on his game plan for June, July and August. The book is laid out as a year-long look at his preparations and his hunting strategies and tactics. This period is grouped together, whereas the rest of the book is month-to-month. Apparently, summer is the time to take care of your ScentLok, if you didn't do it right after the season ended. This is because Eberhart is getting ready to "speed tour" some of his areas in late August, to make minor final preparations like trimming summer growth and checking for fruit and mast, and he does this in full scent-control mode. He goes out in the middle of the day rather than in the cooler mornings, so as to avoid deer moving early and late. I'd burn up just standing in the shade if I were wearing ScentLok in August, forget about doing any work-- even in the mornings--but God bless him. No earth-shattering clothing care notes in this section either, but I think it's worth mentioning that in this book I picked up that he feels if you're not in "full ScentLok" you're doing it wrong. This means the gloves and head cover, in addition to the outer layers. I'm not sure ScentLok makes underwear, but if they do, he's wearing it. I haven't seen him mention it, but I believe SL also offers a mouth cover. He uses a ScentLok backpack for hunting, and his son mentions going back to his car to change into his "hunting ScentLok" from his "scouting ScentLok" when he got the feeling he should be hunting a particular property right then, when he had gone out merely to check a place he hadn't been in a while. (It was September and the original plan was to prep for early-to-mid November.)
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    7 Hours Ago
    A mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of a Harley motorcycle when he spotted a well-known heart surgeon in his shop. The surgeon was there waiting for the service manager to come take a look at his bike. The mechanic shouted across the garage, "Hey Doc can I ask you a question?" The surgeon, a bit surprised, walked over to the mechanic working on the motorcycle. The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, "So Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take valves out, fix'em, put 'em back in, and when I finish, it works just like new. So how come I get such a small salary and you get the really big bucks, when you and I are doing basically the same work? The surgeon paused, smiled and leaned over, whispering to the mechanic....."Try doing it with the engine running!"
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    7 Hours Ago
    Don't make me do it. I'll turn this thread around.
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  • Jon's Avatar
    8 Hours Ago
    Luv2, imagine the photo op if you just came clean....so to speak :wink
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