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  • bowhunter75richard
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    Originally posted by PigHunter View Post
    I've had a great time travelling with both my wives. The Ex was my SCUBA diving and fishing partner, PigHuntress is my canoeing and hunting partner.

    One of the best trips with my Ex was SCUBA diving in the Florida Keys. We'd dive one day and get drunk the next, rinse and repeat. We had a great saltwater fishing / beach trip where Country Road frequents - Gulf Shores Alabama. Also, did a little overnight backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. She and I would wade and fish small freshwater streams with light tackle.

    PigHuntress and I have canoed overnight in the Mobile Delta and on a few other rivers. I taught her to hunt and shoot so sometimes she's in the woods with me after Bambi and Porky. Last year we went to St. Croix for a week, me SCUBA diving and she sipping fruity drinks on the beach. Fantastic companion.
    Sorry, I did not mean to pry, was only expressing my envy.

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  • 99explorer
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    Originally posted by 99explorer View Post
    My first day deer hunting in the Adirondack Mountains of New York state, when our party collected two fine bucks during an organized drive on opening day.
    I helped drag the first buck down the mountain on a snow-packed trail that was almost as slick as a bobsled run.
    I don't remember, but we were near the town of Arietta in Hamilton County.

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  • PigHunter
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    Originally posted by PigHunter View Post
    I've had a great time travelling with both my wives. The Ex was my SCUBA diving and fishing partner, PigHuntress is my canoeing and hunting partner.

    One of the best trips with my Ex was SCUBA diving in the Florida Keys. We'd dive one day and get drunk the next, rinse and repeat. We had a great saltwater fishing / beach trip where Country Road frequents - Gulf Shores Alabama. Also, did a little overnight backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. She and I would wade and fish small freshwater streams with light tackle.

    PigHuntress and I have canoed overnight in the Mobile Delta and on a few other rivers. I taught her to hunt and shoot so sometimes she's in the woods with me after Bambi and Porky. Last year we went to St. Croix for a week, me SCUBA diving and she sipping fruity drinks on the beach. Fantastic companion.
    Thanks Richard. Of course things with my Ex were not always good and we had some really bad times. But, I'm a glass half-full kind of guy and get along with her ok now that several years have passed after our divorce. She had some good points and we did share some great times.

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  • bowhunter75richard
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    Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post
    Deer season started the first full weekend of November.
    One of my fondest memories is getting out of school on Friday afternoon and looking for my dad's white Ford truck as I headed to the bus. That white truck meant I would be in camp before dark. If I had to ride the bus home, that meant me and pop would be up at 4am to drive in for opening day.
    The two room shack deep in the Keechi creek bottom in Leon county would be full of hot meals, domino games and hunting stories.
    My dad, my grampa and Charles were constants. The other 2 in the group of five changed quite often.
    Charles always brought a pot of navy beans and a Queen Ann's cake (homemade!) for Friday night supper.
    Charles also had a Win M70 in .270 Win with a 4× Kolmorgen (sp?) scope. Forerunner of Redfield.
    Love to recall the hiss of the Coleman lanterns, the smokey heat of a wood heater and the aroma of bacon cooking on a kerosene stove on opening morning.
    I could go on and on and on......
    It's all a wonderful part of my past!
    Don’t we all wish there was a replay button that would allow us go back in the years and those wonderful experiences. What is in our minds is not quite enough to quench our hunger for more ! Good to read that many of us were able to have such times that now are so fondly recalled !

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  • Gary Devine
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    Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
    When I graduated from high school most classmates rented apartments or a house down the Jersey shore. My cousin Mark and I planned a two month trip to go out west. We visited the South Dakota black hills and took a helicopter ride over the badlands. Stopped at Mount Rushmore took a few photos.
    In Wyoming we visited the Devil's Tower, the Bitterroot mountains, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and took a raft ride down the Snake river. Stopped at Jackson Hole and saw the biggest elk antler arch crossing overtop of the road.
    We headed north to Glacier National Park and saw our first grizzly sow with two tiny Cubs.
    Went into Canada and visited Jasper and Banff National parks.
    We drove out in my cousin's Ford Pinto station wagon and slept in a real nice mountain pup tent.

    Two years later my next door neighbor friend Bob had a nice finished van and we did another two month trip. We went to Sequoia and Yosemite national parks. Went water skiing on Lake Tahoe with folks that were camped next to us. Visited my cousin in San Francisco and drove down highway One on the California coast. Went on our first nude beach in California.
    We drove through Death Valley and there was a heavy downpour with flash floods. We pulled the van over and waited it out.
    Drove down to the Grand Canyon and got thrown out of a casino in Las Vegas for taking a flash photo. No cameras allowed in casinos. We didn't know.
    We visited the painted desert and the petrified forest in New Mexico. Drove though the Texas pan handle and visited Nashville. Stopped at the Great Smokie Mountains.
    I will never forget those two awesome trips and camping out in pup tents everywhere we went. We also saw tons of wildlife.
    With met a few outdoor girls from Texas in Yellowstone, backpacking with Spokane sweeties in the Grand Tetons and Illinois honeys in Glacier. The three Illinois girls didn't know how to put up their tent so we helped them. I think it was a set up and they wanted to met next guys camped next to them. We Sat around their campfire drinking beer, eating s'mores and laughing late into the night.
    What memories.
    Jay and his four brothers were all tall guys. Six feet seven inches on up. Jay was the biggest at 6' 11". Brother George played college basketball for Temple.
    One Christmas mass, Jay and three of his brothers walked down the center isle in church.
    The mass already started and everybody turned their heads watching four giant redwoods walking the front of the church.
    I think the priest up at the alter, even paused. It was a sight to see. LOL
    I will never forget it.

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  • Gary Devine
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    Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
    When I graduated from high school most classmates rented apartments or a house down the Jersey shore. My cousin Mark and I planned a two month trip to go out west. We visited the South Dakota black hills and took a helicopter ride over the badlands. Stopped at Mount Rushmore took a few photos.
    In Wyoming we visited the Devil's Tower, the Bitterroot mountains, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and took a raft ride down the Snake river. Stopped at Jackson Hole and saw the biggest elk antler arch crossing overtop of the road.
    We headed north to Glacier National Park and saw our first grizzly sow with two tiny Cubs.
    Went into Canada and visited Jasper and Banff National parks.
    We drove out in my cousin's Ford Pinto station wagon and slept in a real nice mountain pup tent.

    Two years later my next door neighbor friend Bob had a nice finished van and we did another two month trip. We went to Sequoia and Yosemite national parks. Went water skiing on Lake Tahoe with folks that were camped next to us. Visited my cousin in San Francisco and drove down highway One on the California coast. Went on our first nude beach in California.
    We drove through Death Valley and there was a heavy downpour with flash floods. We pulled the van over and waited it out.
    Drove down to the Grand Canyon and got thrown out of a casino in Las Vegas for taking a flash photo. No cameras allowed in casinos. We didn't know.
    We visited the painted desert and the petrified forest in New Mexico. Drove though the Texas pan handle and visited Nashville. Stopped at the Great Smokie Mountains.
    I will never forget those two awesome trips and camping out in pup tents everywhere we went. We also saw tons of wildlife.
    With met a few outdoor girls from Texas in Yellowstone, backpacking with Spokane sweeties in the Grand Tetons and Illinois honeys in Glacier. The three Illinois girls didn't know how to put up their tent so we helped them. I think it was a set up and they wanted to met next guys camped next to them. We Sat around their campfire drinking beer, eating s'mores and laughing late into the night.
    What memories.
    My cousin Jay had a seventeen inch size foot. He hunted deer on top of Mount Tammany during December snow also. Can you picture that foot print size? ?
    The local sporting goods store had a plaque hanging up with his name and a photo, stating the largest Converse sneakers ever sold at Flynn's Sport Shop. ?

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  • Henry
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    Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
    When I graduated from high school most classmates rented apartments or a house down the Jersey shore. My cousin Mark and I planned a two month trip to go out west. We visited the South Dakota black hills and took a helicopter ride over the badlands. Stopped at Mount Rushmore took a few photos.
    In Wyoming we visited the Devil's Tower, the Bitterroot mountains, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and took a raft ride down the Snake river. Stopped at Jackson Hole and saw the biggest elk antler arch crossing overtop of the road.
    We headed north to Glacier National Park and saw our first grizzly sow with two tiny Cubs.
    Went into Canada and visited Jasper and Banff National parks.
    We drove out in my cousin's Ford Pinto station wagon and slept in a real nice mountain pup tent.

    Two years later my next door neighbor friend Bob had a nice finished van and we did another two month trip. We went to Sequoia and Yosemite national parks. Went water skiing on Lake Tahoe with folks that were camped next to us. Visited my cousin in San Francisco and drove down highway One on the California coast. Went on our first nude beach in California.
    We drove through Death Valley and there was a heavy downpour with flash floods. We pulled the van over and waited it out.
    Drove down to the Grand Canyon and got thrown out of a casino in Las Vegas for taking a flash photo. No cameras allowed in casinos. We didn't know.
    We visited the painted desert and the petrified forest in New Mexico. Drove though the Texas pan handle and visited Nashville. Stopped at the Great Smokie Mountains.
    I will never forget those two awesome trips and camping out in pup tents everywhere we went. We also saw tons of wildlife.
    With met a few outdoor girls from Texas in Yellowstone, backpacking with Spokane sweeties in the Grand Tetons and Illinois honeys in Glacier. The three Illinois girls didn't know how to put up their tent so we helped them. I think it was a set up and they wanted to met next guys camped next to them. We Sat around their campfire drinking beer, eating s'mores and laughing late into the night.
    What memories.
    “I wonder what other hunters think, when they see my gigantic snow prints. LOL”

    Perhaps that is how Sasquatch legends are started.

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  • jhjimbo
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    Originally posted by 99explorer View Post
    My first day deer hunting in the Adirondack Mountains of New York state, when our party collected two fine bucks during an organized drive on opening day.
    I helped drag the first buck down the mountain on a snow-packed trail that was almost as slick as a bobsled run.
    What mountain were you on ?

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  • jcarlin
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    Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
    When I graduated from high school most classmates rented apartments or a house down the Jersey shore. My cousin Mark and I planned a two month trip to go out west. We visited the South Dakota black hills and took a helicopter ride over the badlands. Stopped at Mount Rushmore took a few photos.
    In Wyoming we visited the Devil's Tower, the Bitterroot mountains, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and took a raft ride down the Snake river. Stopped at Jackson Hole and saw the biggest elk antler arch crossing overtop of the road.
    We headed north to Glacier National Park and saw our first grizzly sow with two tiny Cubs.
    Went into Canada and visited Jasper and Banff National parks.
    We drove out in my cousin's Ford Pinto station wagon and slept in a real nice mountain pup tent.

    Two years later my next door neighbor friend Bob had a nice finished van and we did another two month trip. We went to Sequoia and Yosemite national parks. Went water skiing on Lake Tahoe with folks that were camped next to us. Visited my cousin in San Francisco and drove down highway One on the California coast. Went on our first nude beach in California.
    We drove through Death Valley and there was a heavy downpour with flash floods. We pulled the van over and waited it out.
    Drove down to the Grand Canyon and got thrown out of a casino in Las Vegas for taking a flash photo. No cameras allowed in casinos. We didn't know.
    We visited the painted desert and the petrified forest in New Mexico. Drove though the Texas pan handle and visited Nashville. Stopped at the Great Smokie Mountains.
    I will never forget those two awesome trips and camping out in pup tents everywhere we went. We also saw tons of wildlife.
    With met a few outdoor girls from Texas in Yellowstone, backpacking with Spokane sweeties in the Grand Tetons and Illinois honeys in Glacier. The three Illinois girls didn't know how to put up their tent so we helped them. I think it was a set up and they wanted to met next guys camped next to them. We Sat around their campfire drinking beer, eating s'mores and laughing late into the night.
    What memories.
    Garry... so you're taller than a conversion van?

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  • Gary Devine
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    Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
    When I graduated from high school most classmates rented apartments or a house down the Jersey shore. My cousin Mark and I planned a two month trip to go out west. We visited the South Dakota black hills and took a helicopter ride over the badlands. Stopped at Mount Rushmore took a few photos.
    In Wyoming we visited the Devil's Tower, the Bitterroot mountains, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and took a raft ride down the Snake river. Stopped at Jackson Hole and saw the biggest elk antler arch crossing overtop of the road.
    We headed north to Glacier National Park and saw our first grizzly sow with two tiny Cubs.
    Went into Canada and visited Jasper and Banff National parks.
    We drove out in my cousin's Ford Pinto station wagon and slept in a real nice mountain pup tent.

    Two years later my next door neighbor friend Bob had a nice finished van and we did another two month trip. We went to Sequoia and Yosemite national parks. Went water skiing on Lake Tahoe with folks that were camped next to us. Visited my cousin in San Francisco and drove down highway One on the California coast. Went on our first nude beach in California.
    We drove through Death Valley and there was a heavy downpour with flash floods. We pulled the van over and waited it out.
    Drove down to the Grand Canyon and got thrown out of a casino in Las Vegas for taking a flash photo. No cameras allowed in casinos. We didn't know.
    We visited the painted desert and the petrified forest in New Mexico. Drove though the Texas pan handle and visited Nashville. Stopped at the Great Smokie Mountains.
    I will never forget those two awesome trips and camping out in pup tents everywhere we went. We also saw tons of wildlife.
    With met a few outdoor girls from Texas in Yellowstone, backpacking with Spokane sweeties in the Grand Tetons and Illinois honeys in Glacier. The three Illinois girls didn't know how to put up their tent so we helped them. I think it was a set up and they wanted to met next guys camped next to them. We Sat around their campfire drinking beer, eating s'mores and laughing late into the night.
    What memories.
    Henry, thanks for the good laugh. When I walking on snow with my Muck boots, my foot prints are even bigger yet.
    I wonder what other hunters think, when they see my gigantic snow prints. LOL

    Rich, I took a leave of absent from work for my first two month trip. My boss was pissed off and hired another apprentice.
    I return and he took me back. The other guy could handle the job. The second two month trip I quit my job as journeyman for another higher paying job. I told New boss I can start work in two months because I was finishing up a housing development.
    Total BS story.
    I think every young guy on OL and F&S should should try to take the same trip out west. Get a good gas vehicle. When I went out west gas was 32 cents a gallon.
    JM, Dewman and others young bucks should take trip.

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  • jcarlin
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    Originally posted by jcarlin View Post
    I got into hunting in my 20's. I was already a young father and working family man at the time (not that it's unusual, just saying that there were already other demands). Total city kid with generations of non-hunters ahead of me.
    I have no epic trips in my past.
    My paternal grandfather, with whom generations of JCarlins (including my son) share a name was a trout fisherman. Fishing with him on vacations is one of my favorite memories, even though he was a very quiet man.
    All of my hunting and fishing has been in my state with the exception of one offshore fishing trip.
    Almost all have their own special memories.
    But my 9 year old is starting down the path. I'm hoping to make some of those memories with him and his.
    We shall see.
    I'm with you there.
    From an outdoors standpoint my state has a lot to offer. Making the time is the hard part.

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  • bowhunter75richard
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    Originally posted by PigHunter View Post
    I've had a great time travelling with both my wives. The Ex was my SCUBA diving and fishing partner, PigHuntress is my canoeing and hunting partner.

    One of the best trips with my Ex was SCUBA diving in the Florida Keys. We'd dive one day and get drunk the next, rinse and repeat. We had a great saltwater fishing / beach trip where Country Road frequents - Gulf Shores Alabama. Also, did a little overnight backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. She and I would wade and fish small freshwater streams with light tackle.

    PigHuntress and I have canoed overnight in the Mobile Delta and on a few other rivers. I taught her to hunt and shoot so sometimes she's in the woods with me after Bambi and Porky. Last year we went to St. Croix for a week, me SCUBA diving and she sipping fruity drinks on the beach. Fantastic companion.
    Pighunter, I envy you for your great fortune of having two wonderful women in your life that you are able to speak so highly of, I only wish I could do the same. That is the biggest hole in my life, I am glad it is not also yours !

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  • bowhunter75richard
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    Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
    When I graduated from high school most classmates rented apartments or a house down the Jersey shore. My cousin Mark and I planned a two month trip to go out west. We visited the South Dakota black hills and took a helicopter ride over the badlands. Stopped at Mount Rushmore took a few photos.
    In Wyoming we visited the Devil's Tower, the Bitterroot mountains, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and took a raft ride down the Snake river. Stopped at Jackson Hole and saw the biggest elk antler arch crossing overtop of the road.
    We headed north to Glacier National Park and saw our first grizzly sow with two tiny Cubs.
    Went into Canada and visited Jasper and Banff National parks.
    We drove out in my cousin's Ford Pinto station wagon and slept in a real nice mountain pup tent.

    Two years later my next door neighbor friend Bob had a nice finished van and we did another two month trip. We went to Sequoia and Yosemite national parks. Went water skiing on Lake Tahoe with folks that were camped next to us. Visited my cousin in San Francisco and drove down highway One on the California coast. Went on our first nude beach in California.
    We drove through Death Valley and there was a heavy downpour with flash floods. We pulled the van over and waited it out.
    Drove down to the Grand Canyon and got thrown out of a casino in Las Vegas for taking a flash photo. No cameras allowed in casinos. We didn't know.
    We visited the painted desert and the petrified forest in New Mexico. Drove though the Texas pan handle and visited Nashville. Stopped at the Great Smokie Mountains.
    I will never forget those two awesome trips and camping out in pup tents everywhere we went. We also saw tons of wildlife.
    With met a few outdoor girls from Texas in Yellowstone, backpacking with Spokane sweeties in the Grand Tetons and Illinois honeys in Glacier. The three Illinois girls didn't know how to put up their tent so we helped them. I think it was a set up and they wanted to met next guys camped next to them. We Sat around their campfire drinking beer, eating s'mores and laughing late into the night.
    What memories.
    Gary, you and I have experienced many of the same places in the west and most of the same activities. I thank you for jogging my memory on many of those things that I did not include in my original answer. Your information made me think about all the fantastic happenings I have been fortunate to have had in my life and the friends that helped to make them so memorable. Our interests run deep, I wish I could have shared some of them with you ! Glacier NP was my stompping grounds in the mid 70’s and I walked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon in 2002 when I was 62, one fantastic adventure. Entered at Bright Angle trail head, gone for 6 days. I notice in your Grand Canyon photo that you are on the trail of Bright Angel trail head, your first stop would have been Indian Garden on your way to the bottom. The inner gorge was truly fantastic !!!

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  • bowhunter75richard
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    The memories that keep flooding back to me as I have grown from a young bugger to a almost inept geezer, are those of hunting camp with my grandfather in northern Michigan. Those times go back to when I was around 6 years old, with him and his hunting buddies in cabin during deer season. The stove was for both cooking and heat, was a 55 gallon drum with part of the drum removed and replaced with a flat metal plate that was used to cook eggs, bacon and potatos for breakfast. Coffee was also brewed there and when it boiled over, there was always coffee grounds in the entire mix, never any complaints from the old timers that I ever recalled ! The hunting stories that I was fortunate to hear as a child, molded my entire love ?? of the outdoors, hunting, the entire picture of what it is and was about. If it had not been for my grandfather and those experiences, I don’t know what my life would be like today !! Those times were some 70 years ago, still strong and never forgotten. Thanks Grandpa, love you for all !!

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  • FirstBubba
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    Originally posted by Happy Myles View Post
    Hunting is a way of life for me, not a past time. I have been blessed with so many wonderful adventures it is impossible to pick one above others and would indeed not be fair. A couple come to mind.

    My first official pack string mule deer hunt, not my first deer hunt mind you but I was allowed to go with my hero’s, Dad and his three best fellow huntsmen. I took a fine buck and can still vividly recall sitting next to the fire that evening with the shadows closing in and the strong feeling that I had found myself. That was was 69 years ago and I was 10.
    Another was my first safari to Africa. In those days I knew of no booking agents and there were no hunting shows to attend and gain information. I personally was not acquainted with anyone to lean on for advice. It was trial and error. International flights and a charter plane to a rough hewn landing strip in the middle of nowhere I arrived in camp and led by a total stranger to a grass hut to sleep. Lying in my cot that night I recall thinking I must be crazy, I wonder if I have been taken advantage of and it was all a farce. Just then outside a lion moaned and then roared. I smiled, rolled over and slept. I was home.
    jcarlin, mattm37
    My first recollections of deer hunting is at age three (3)!
    At that time, it was tree stands only.
    I can still see dad climbing the tree with a blanket and a rope.
    Then he would come down and piggy back me up into the tree, wrap me in the blanket and tie me to the tree so I wouldn't go to sleep and fall! LOL!
    I followed my dad and grampa for many, many miles before ever being allowed to carry a gun.

    The first camp I remember was a surplus Army tent with period appropriate cots.
    At six, camp became a 15'×15', tar paper covered shack with bunk beds.
    When I was 13, pop and grampa added a bunk room.
    Last time I saw "Camp", it was a crumbling pile of rotting lumber in 1996 during a squirrel hunt on the Keechi Creek WMA near Oakwood, Texas.

    All the memories are "special"!
    Some just come to mind more easily!

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