VOLUMES 129 & 130-----------MARCH/APRIL 2013
SHOOTIN', HUNTIN', AND RELOADIN'
WITH THE OL' MISSOURI HILLBILLY
April 20, 2013
Hello again everyone.
Well, I guess my tour of duty with the Elks Lodge has been extended for a few days! Even though my 'official' tenure as Board of Directors Chair has ended, I agreed to finish coordinating the work of the Contractor who is making the Lodge's required connection to the County sewer system. That has required a lot of hours spent at the Lodge over the past three weeks, but I believe that chore will be completed within the next few days! Thank Goodness!
The past three weeks have been interesting and humbling for other reasons as well. On March 30th an In-service training day was held for Hunter Education Instructors in the Spokane area. At the end of the day spent at Center Place conference center in Spokane Valley, I was caught completely by surprise by being awarded the Terry Hoffer Memorial Award as Hunter Education Instructor of the year for 2012!
Sergeant Carl Klein, Hunter Education Director and Me
On April 7th, Rich Landers, Outdoor Editor for the Spokesman Review penned an article about the award for the newspaper. I don't know how long the Spokesman keeps links to the electronic archives active, but as this is written, this will take you to the online article: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/apr/07/hunter-safety-group-honors-local-instructor/
For additional pictures and more information about this honor, navigate to the Hunter Education page.
I will mention here, that this award also includes a donation from the Washington Hunter Education Instructors Association that goes toward a gun of the recipient's choice! The reason that I was caught completely by surprise, is that in past years the chosen firearm was ordered in advance and presented at the time of the award. I was told that the reason they decided not to do it that way this time, was so I wouldn't have time to prepare a lengthy speech!
If you're reading this standing up, you may want to take a seat, 'cause I'm gonna brag some more!
On April 6th at the installation ceremonies for the 2013-14 Elks Lodge Officers, I was presented with an Outstanding Service Commendation!
Commendation for Outstanding Service
Wow! I didn't have any idea I was so important. Seriously, this was also a coveted honor, and the person who was very instrumental in making this one possible is my Better Half, and well known as Little Heifer! Thanks so much Ann, for putting up with my three years of spending so many hours at the Lodge and neglecting some things that needed my attention around the ranch.
In the last newsletter I reported on the deer hunting here at the ranch, but at the time, didn't have any information or photos from Brother Ed's hunting cabin back in Missouri. That has since been corrected, so here are some photos from one of the better whitetail deer hunting areas in the country!
Ed's two sons, Jason and Scott, several of their friends, as well as some of Ed's buddies all hunt from the hunting cabin that has been pictured and described in past Newsletters. (See January 2011.)
Ed says, "I didn't do a very good job of taking pictures this past season. These pictures only show 3 of the bucks that were taken"
(I only know the first names of those pictured)
Keeping in mind that population control efforts make multiple tags available to each hunter, and there were several other hunters involved, Ed had this to say about the 2012 season:
"In addition to these 3, there were 2 ten pointers, 2 eight pointers, 1 eighteen point, 2 nine pointers and 4 does. The largest buck field dressed weighed 197 lbs and the smallest one weighed 157. Had a pretty good year. I didn't hunt this year because of the problem I had with my right eye."
I keep saying that I'm going back home to hunt with these guys one of these years, but after hearing about the cabin fog after a couple nights of ham 'n beans and chili, I don't know if I could handle it!
Almost time to get the RV out of the shop for our first roundup with the Wheelin' Elks RV Club. That is to occur during the first weekend in May, but coincides with the windup of our first Hunter Ed Class of 2013, so we're not sure we can get everything ready to go by then. One thing we have vowed to do, is get in more RVing than we've done over the past two or three years.
With the weather warming up, both Ann and I have begun our respective golf league play. We've only been out once or twice, and dang near froze to death each time, but things are looking up temperature wise.
Gary, one of Rick's friends, has some time off work next week, so has inquired abut a session at the shooting range. Glad to see it get some use, since we haven't done much shooting for months. That's gonna change though when I have all that 'free' time again!
You were probably thinking you were going to be spared from one of my Soapbox sessions, but no such luck. In fact, my current hillbilly wisdom is inspired by the mindless so called 'gun control' legislation being proposed, debated, and in too many cases passed, by various legislative bodies around the country.
As I expounded upon last time, this is all 'feel good' stuff and will have zero effect on violence in this country. Witness the recent mayhem at the finish line of the Boston Marathon! Shall we now attempt to limit the magazine capacity of pressure cookers?
This month's hillbilly wisdom comes from a tee shirt inscription in one of Ann's catalogs and is directed toward those who just don't get it:
"I can EXPLAIN it to you, but I can't UNDERSTAND it for you!"
Well, It's time to shut down here, So . . . .
'Til next time, Keep 'em shootin' straight, shoot 'em often, and above all, BE SAFE!!!!!