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  1. PappyHiker

    Hunting 2018

    Figured that much. 10 years ago Wyoming cost me a fortune. 15 years ago Idaho cost me a fortune too. Haven't looked into other states since.
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    Picture a day thread!

    My firewood stash................. gotta get to splitting.
  3. I know, it's an old post. But I'm posting anyway................. One item? For me it would be a knife, a fixed blade. It may not always be the best thing to have, just one helluvatool to have for a ton of reasons. Makes life easier when it comes to most aspects of survival. A good camp axe would be a close second. Add to that a rugged backpack, a wool blanket, a container for obtaining and storing water, and a length of paracord and you can hang in there longer. A 9'X7' square of canvas with a double sewn hems and 3 grommets on each side will buy you additional time. All items listed are part of my base kit. Definitely a firearm would make the list but not my biggest priority. You need ammo and ammo gets heavy, without ammo a firearm is useless. Also being mechanical, things can go wrong with a firearm, tools close by are essential. Not much you can do with a broken firearm.
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    Hey Trad Shooters

    That's actually kind of plain compared to many other bows I've seen out there. But thanks for the compliment. I got this bow from 'Kustom King'. The arrows I fletched them myself on the Carbon Express Heritage arrow shafts. Those are real turkey feathers in case you wondered. Got the arrow shafts from either 3 Rivers Archery or Lancaster Archery, don't remember there. But they are available from both.
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    Hey Trad Shooters

    Thank you. I think so too. And I just spent the last 4 days with her shooting in 3D, Block, and Turkey shoots. And let me say she is not only beautiful, this bow is also outstanding in performance too. I plan on taking a Whitetail with her this fall. Quiet and fast shooting. She's a fine bow. And if you are in a survival situation where you don't want to have your shots heard, this is definitely a way to go.
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    Hey Trad Shooters

    What are you using? This past weekend I was using my Bodnick 'Slick Stick' and Carbon Express 'Heritage' arrows. Quiet and smooth shooting. Love this bow allot.
  7. I don't know if I would consider nail clippers as an oddball item. Its more like an essential for personal hygiene in ones kit. However I pondered the question a bit while thinking whats in my bag. The only thing I can think of are the 4 clothes pins ( the spring activated ones ) I keep in my bag. I'm sure there are others that may carry them too, so maybe they're not oddball items. But being able to hang wet clothes when away is nice, and since most preppers carry an amount of paracord with them anyway it works even better. And I have used them already. I also have a mascara brush kit. No I don't dress in drag. But I seen the kit on a clearance table in a pharmacy one day and figured it could come in handy for something. Stuck it in my bag and have used a couple of the brushes on several occasions for detailed cleaning of some gear. I also carry a couple of Kotex Maxi Pads in a freezer bag. Again. not sure if you'd consider oddball items, there are others who may also carry a couple. However, they are an essential part of my trauma kit for stopping blood flow in an injury. Quick and easy to get to and apply as well as sterile too.
  8. PappyHiker

    Hunting 2018

    What mountains would an out of stater have to climb to get a license and tag?
  9. PappyHiker

    Hunting 2018

    YES! Elk. Here in Pa. the Elk population is so low that you have to win a lottery to get an Elk tag. Only around 100 people are selected each year. They're trying to manage the herd in a way that it grows each year so that in the future more may be able to hunt in this state. That most likely won't happen in my lifetime here. The only way I get to hunt Elk is to go out of state, way out of state. Even then opportunities are limited. Just wish those who came before us where more thoughtful about conservation and held to higher standards. Right now at least I can pretend to hunt Elk.
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    Hunting 2018

    You don't have a particular place you return to every year???? Do you have any places in mind? Have you scouted them yet?
  11. PappyHiker

    Hunting 2018

    With hunting season rapidly approaching us, what are you doing to prepare? I got out this morning to check the lands surrounding my hunt shack right in the middle of Deer and Turkey Central. Beautiful. Crops up everywhere insuring a well fed population. Shack in great shape. Swept it and got all the cobwebs out. Ready to go. Can hardly wait. Yes, I know. It's kind of a give me unlike a survival situation where you need to stalk game or wait it out in some unknown place. But hey, at least I'll get the shooting practice, both archery and rifle/shotgun. And stock my freezer/fridge with freah game.
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    A brief review of the walther PPQ m2 9mm

    Outstanding pistol for sure. I've not pulled the trigger on buying one yet, but have shot one on several occasions. It especially performed well on a few run and gun drills I took part in and I was competing with a couple of guys who'd dumped a couple of grand building their 'race guns'. And you don't have to put much miney into this to make it compete against the best. Impressive for sure.
  13. So interested in what this may be about. But I guess if it were any of our business you'd have told us. In any event. good luck in finding your new place.
  14. Figured I'd throw in my 2 cents on the subject.................. Been in the area I live in for my entire life.......... Everything I know and love is here. Pondered the question you ask. Don't think there's anything powerful enough to make me want to leave other than the area becoming inhabitable. Social/political/economical change????? Been living thru these changes my whole life.......... I've tolerated and survived all of lifes changes without having to resort to relocating to a place that will also change in time. I'm a survivor. I'll always find a way to do it. And the grass isn't always greener on the other side anyway. When one becomes discontent with life where they are a common illusion is that it's better elsewhere. It seldom is. Once you're away for a while you'll find that everything is pretty much the same. Well, unless you live in a war torn country, or a country where poverty is the norm. Perhaps if my little town became a haven for violence that could drive me away. But we live in an increasingly violent world these days anyway. Thinking no matter where you go violence can be found.......... I'm not young anymore, only a few years away from retirement. I figure when you reach my age you're pretty much where you are for the duration. Makes me want to say that moving is for young people. Those who are younger have longer time to adapt to change versus an older guy like me set in his ways. It's not easy starting over. But Thomas, you have Elise and that's important. With all the changes one has to go thru in starting over it's nice to have that one constant, ones life mate. I can honestly say that after 37 years of marriage I find strength in my wife, my one constant in an ever evolving world. No matter what happens I have her. Most definitely if I ever had to leave where I'm at, having her at my side would make anything possible. Okay....... I'm done. Just my personal feelings. Not all may agree........................
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    Picture a day thread!

    Not even June yet and this guy has already about a 6" start!