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#536258 Prayers Requested for Skyscaper

Posted by skyscraper on 22 December 2016 - 06:07 PM

Well well well... I don't even know where to start. I've been reading this post often, and I cry every time I go through the comments. I want to say thank you to everybody for keeping me in their prayers. I have met some of my closest friends on TOF and I really feel like us duck hunters are part of a family. The most important thing right now is I am alive. Everyday therapy kicks my ass but I look forward to it every morning despite that. I have great range of motion in my arms and they're getting stronger everyday. I can pick my nose with my thumb and can sort of use my phone, but I'm unable to move my fingers or make a fist at this point. Today with the help of electroshocks on my legs, I surprised the physical therapist and was actually able to move my leg voluntarily. As Eric Chan stated 8 days ago, I proposed to the love of my life and she actually said yes.

I honestly don't know what else to say at this point. I love everybody and I will see you guys out in the field again. Mark my words.

T-minus 10 months till Canada 2017 or 22 months Canada 2018.

I hope everybody has the merriest of Christmases. Don't forget to love your family, friends, and those closest to you. Without them, life doesnt really mean anything.

#551894 When my dad started slowing down due to age......

Posted by mouthcallinmatt on 29 January 2018 - 01:41 PM

I had to get him up earlier because it took him longer to get ready. That didn't bother him, he just slept more when things were slow in the field.

I'm referencing my Grandpa because he was the one I hunted with most. We never hunted big game together but did hunt birds, mostly waterfowl. At first I tried to pick areas that didn't require a long walk. Then when that got to be too much, we started hunting disabled specific blinds that we could drive too. Sometimes those were all taken or just weren't worth hunting so I started putting him in my decoy cart. Always had a good laugh out of doing that.

Bottom line is I had to change my expectations if how the day would go. If ge wanted to go in, we'd go in. If he wanted to stay, we'd stay. It wasn't easy but the time together in his waning years was a sweet time. Lots of reminiscing together.

#548477 What is your favorite part of the hunt?

Posted by wiggie on 31 October 2017 - 01:45 PM

When I've been sitting down and farting and then I stand up and the smell crawls up my waders and I get a fresh whiff.

#547392 I needed that.

Posted by mouthcallinmatt on 09 October 2017 - 10:04 AM

Went out to drop the trailer in the campground over the weekend. Something about driving through that valley that warms my soul & it wasn't the 99 degree temps. After getting the trailer set & leveled we got to do some scouting. It never ceases to amaze me to see how much life thrives in that place.

Mallards, pintail, greenwing teal, cinnamon teal, widgeon, spoonies, snow geese (8), specks, mourning doves, eurasian doves, quail, pheasants, coyotes, bobcat.

Those were just the game animals we saw in 1 day. Lots of other critters as well.

Anyway, it was just good to be out there again knowing that cooler temps, sleepless nights, & exciting days of hunting the Imperial Valley are just around the corner.

#555060 The more you know

Posted by Ducky's Dad on 18 June 2018 - 09:58 AM

After my recent Prostate Exam, which was the most thorough I've ever had, the Doctor left and the nurse came in. 
As she shut the door, she asked me a question I didn't want to hear.
She said,"Who Was That Guy?

#549320 Son's first deer

Posted by manny on 20 November 2017 - 06:42 PM

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I'm so proud of my son.  After two general rifle seasons, a deer-less Jr hunt season last year and three days of hard hunting this year; he finally was able to take a shot at a deer.  The deer may be small but he is so proud of himself, and I'm proud of him too.   He work so hard last year and this year; he earned this.  He spotted the deer on his own at 150 yard and made a well placed shot with his .243.  He learned how to field dress a deer and even dragged it out; well part of the way.  I helped him drag it out of the brush filled canyons.  


My son is so happy he has not stopped smiling and has talked about his hunt all day.  He even bragged to his mom how he was able to get a deer before she has (she started deer hunting a couple of years ago). 


I'm so happy I was able to experience his first big game kill with him; something I was not able to do with my dad.  I was an adult, had come back from military service, and had killed a few deer while stationed throughout the US before I was able to kill a deer with my dad.  Unfortunately my father felt he was too old and chose not to hunt this year, so he was not present with us on this hunt. 


This experience brought a tear to my eye, something that does not come easy for me.  This memory will stay with me throughout this life and the world to come.  

#545310 Opening Day Success!!!

Posted by hatchet1 on 12 August 2017 - 08:45 AM

Sweet Pea drops her 7th career Buck!! 06:32 T.O.D. some day I,ll get to shoot a buck again..some day...story coming up.. still taking it in..amazing..

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#535038 Prayers Requested for Skyscaper

Posted by Waterfowlsniper on 01 December 2016 - 09:58 AM

I'm going back to the hospital this afternoon I will post another update then, but this is huuuuuuge... they helped him up but still amazing. They started physical therapy yesterday and the words doctors and nurses started using changed from, "hope" to when he starts walking.....

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#533791 Post election depression

Posted by Hogskin on 10 November 2016 - 08:34 AM

A woman in my office that showed up and gloated after Obama won the last two times called in sick yesterday.  This morning when she walked in I said, "Couldn't come in yesterday cuz you were hungover from celebrating Trump's big win, huh?  Me too."  She looked at me for about two seconds and then burst into tears and then turned around and left.  It was very satisfying.

#519102 Hunter Harassment

Posted by mouthcallinmatt on 25 December 2015 - 09:49 PM

I just thought of something. We're asking Wister hunters to judge the height which these guys are flying? Does anyone else see the irony in that?

#554915 CA draw results are up

Posted by snoopdogg on 13 June 2018 - 02:55 AM

Finally drew pronghorn: Likely Tables!

#553638 Life goal complete

Posted by Ambush on 08 April 2018 - 11:26 AM

One of my prouder moments! Tradition passed on!!!!!

Called two from a distance off on the next property. They were hung up on a fence and small road looking for a way through when two walkers and thier dogs blew it. All went quiet.

We moved further off, waited, and started calling again. Quiet. After about a hour my son is bored. Tell him hang in there. A bit later I see them coming down the other side of the ravine, 100 yards and silent.

We get ready, a few calls gets them gobbling, hes set and ready. The strutter comes in first. We had discussed what tree was too far and which tree to not let them get to. They strut right to the close tree, hes shaking. At 7 yards I whisper take em'. The single shot 20 lays the smack down.

Couldnt be prouder, passed his hunter safety last year at 9 years old, its his 5 hunt this season, and he's had his ups and downs that go with turkey hunting.

My boys first bird.


#553487 Proud dad moment

Posted by Hogskin on 02 April 2018 - 08:56 AM

Yesterday we went to my nutty, leftist sister-in-law’s house for Easter Sunday lunch.  After lunch my sister-in-law said, “Okay, egg hunt for all the kids!”  My sons, “We’re too old for egg hunts.”  She said, “Well, I put money in a bunch of the eggs” to which they replied, “We’re in.” 


My sister-in-law told all the kids to wait inside while she hid the egg.  When she was done she told them, “Okay kids, we’re going to start now.  When you’re all done we’ll put all the candy and money together in a pile and we’ll divide it up equally.”  One of my sons said, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold it right there Bernie Sanders.  If I find it, I’m keeping it.”  She got pissed and said, “It’s my house, that’s how we’re doing it.”  My sons looked at each other and said, “Okay.”  So she hollers, “Go!” and my sons sat down on the grass.  A couple of the other kids were running all over the place and then looked at them and said, “if they don’t have to look why do we?” and then they quit.  My sister-in-law, now visibly pissed, just said, “Okay, you can keep whatever you can find.” And the kids went nuts, I mean they were running everywhere and having a blast. 


About ten minutes later my son was popping jelly beans and he looked over at her and said, “Jelly beans and teaching my old aunt basic political and economic theory, doesn’t get much better than that.”

#550891 My wish for each and everyone of you

Posted by outdoorplay on 01 January 2018 - 06:16 PM

My wish for each and everyone of you.

As the holiday bells ring out the old year, and young/old lovers kiss in the New Year, and as the cold weather chills you, may you have someone to keep you warm against the weather, May I wish you not the biggest and the best, but the smaller pleasures that make living worthwhile. 
Do something during the New Year, to keep your heart in practice, do someone a secret good deed and not get caught at it or tell them it was from you. When you see that person working harder than anyone else give them a tip that'll bring tears to their eyes, and may you be blessed enough for that person to chase you down in the parking lot and give you a thank you hug that you know you made their Christmas posable. 
I wish you find a little free time to read that book and call that old friend, write that love letter that brings tears to your eyes as you write it. 
May your next project that you work on, come out like a master of that trade and stay humbled in the congratulations.

I wish for you that all the friends that you support and have their best at hart remembered you when you just need their smile and friendship back. I hope your best talents win you smiles of approval from those you seek it and I hope those same people refrain from saying "I told you so". When things don't go right. 
May all the predictions you've made for yourself come true. My biggest wish for you is in that time of sink or swim, may you find that the water is not that deep and you can simply stand up and walk to shore. 
May you keep at least one ideal that you can pass along to your children that may change their life’s. For that day that has no time left in it may your days be off and it's not do tell tomorrow.
May you accidentally overhear someone saying something nice about you. If you order your steak medium rare, may it be served to you way it is still medium rare. And if you are on a diet, may someone tell you, "You look great and how the lose shows", without knowing you're on a diet. 
May that long and lonely night be brightened by the sound of the phone with the one you long to hear from.
When you reach into the coin slot to see if there is some change, may you find the coin. And sometime soon, may you be waved at by that person you have been wanting to meet, I wish you the moment that you are met by that overly happy wagging puppy that just loves you because you are you. May you be Ran to by a happy child that wraps their arms around you so tight that you can fill the love. I hope that you get the chance to be counted on by the ones you love and in that moment you step it way up.
My biggest wish is for all of us that have a loved one in God's hands at this very moment… may your prayers be answered.

I hope your new year is blessed and full of your hopes and dreams coming true.
Happy New Year
Outdoorplay (Michael Dickerson) 




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#549677 A first ~ tule cow

Posted by bearclaw on 01 December 2017 - 11:19 AM

After 10 years I finally drew a tule elk tag (cow archery) and got after it with my son for a few days before spending the last 5 days solo.


I was on the cow herds everyday but with 50 sets of eyes and wide open country getting within 100 yards just meant the start of the stalk.


In the end, it all came together but not in they way I had planned.  She went #265 field dressed and was estimated to be about 8 years old by the biologist.  First meal was tenderloin (the heart and tongue were in the bottom of the ice chest under two other ice chests) and it is the best wild game I have eaten, totally fork tender and amazing flavor.  Plenty of steaks, carpaccio, and the like coming from this old girl soon.



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Posted by hatchet1 on 25 November 2017 - 02:37 PM

Boys laid the smack down on um this morning..worst part was..no road in sight!!! Sure is nice to just stand there and do nothing these days..good times right here folks.. first season for any mammal for us since residency...next week ..the coues are gonna take a beating!!

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#547477 New blinds for Wister

Posted by mouthcallinmatt on 10 October 2017 - 08:18 AM


"For those of you who complained that its too hard to carry out your own blind material & build your own blinds, your voice has been heard. Inspired by the Parks & Rec department & the think tank San Jacinto Shooters & Bird Watchers Coalition, I give you the Urban Invisiblind 2000. The powers that be opted for the roof option to help shade hunters from those harmful UV rays. It will also aid in restraining hunters from taking those overhead shots that have caused so many accidents by not knowing when to stop following birds overhead which leads to falling over backwards & potentially into the water where they could drown if they don't know how to swim.

We also opted out of putting any siding bkind material on these blinds to keep you hidden you from low flying birds. Seeing the blinds that hunters make with a few sparse sticks of arroweed, we determined that its more important to you to see the birds rather than hide from them. This also allows your dogs to get an unobstructed jump start on retrieving. This may actually allow them to catch the birds before they hit the water.

In addition, these blinds come with the ability to use them as a table so you can shoot at birds comimg from behind your blind partner or you can sit on the table portion to get your feet off the dirty ground where snakes & crawling insect live. Eewwww.

We currently don't have these for the goose fields since we had no complaints about blind building in those areas but we are open to hearing them if anyone wants to speak up.

Happy hunting & don't forget your picnic basket"


#547432 Another Mammal!!?

Posted by nicapopolis on 09 October 2017 - 05:23 PM

Gosh, when does duck season start?

This animal died 3 miles from the house, I should have rode my beach cruiser...

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#537364 Prayers Requested for Skyscaper

Posted by skyscraper on 09 January 2017 - 07:20 PM

After 43 days in the hospital I am finally heading home tomorrow, can't wait to be with my son everyday now. It's like my parents and fiancé (feels amazing to say that) are bringing home a newborn except I can tell them when I peed and when I'm hungry lol Intense therapy starts later this week!

#535684 Full Moon worth it or not?

Posted by Reed on 12 December 2016 - 12:53 PM

Successful hunting is all about putting in the time. Make the reports don't chase them.