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Both Days
Soul Hunter’s Outdoor Ministry – no info on times or location posted

Wildcat Archery and the Ogeechee Bowmen 3rd Annual Indoor @ Wildcat Archery – Click the link to go to the post with the PDF flyer.

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Saturday
GAA State JOAD – Click the link to get the registration form

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Sunday

North Georgia Traditional Archery Club

2295 Lee Land Road, Gainesville, GA 30507

All shoots are traditional equipment only (longbow, recurve, self bow).
Shoots are non-competitive with the exception of the August shoot, which it the Club Championship Shoot.

Shoot Fees
Members – $5 each
Non-members – $10 each
Family of 4 or more – members – $15 max
Family of 4 or more – non-members – $25 max
First time shooters at our club are always free.

Lunch is always available during the “lunch hour” for a $5 per person donation to help defray the cost of food.

Buckeye’s 3D – 1250 Jersey/Social Circle Rd, Covington Ga 30014 (MAP)

GAA State Indoor – Click the link to get the registration form
Diamondback Archery – Superior Way Thomson GA 30824

Classes will be known 50 money, Open money/trophy men/women, Hunter, Youth, Cub, Traditional, Crossbow Money class . Known $25, Open $20, Adult trophy classes $15 Youth $10 Cubs $5 There will be a top5 shoot down for the Known money. Registration 9-2 drinks and food available James 706-872-4336. Olin 706-361-1675

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Saturday

Christian Bowhunters of Georgia “Due to the weather we canceled last Saturday so we’re going to make it up this weekend!!!!  Registration is anytime between 8am-2pm. Due to the banquet following the shoot we have to have all cards in by 5:00 sharp so come early.
Everyone is welcome to attend the banquet. There will be pizza and dessert. We ask that your family bring a dessert if you’re coming. Again, ALL are welcome so make a day of shooting then feasting afterwards!! Www.cbg.faithweb.com for directions or info.”

Rock Branch Archery (NEGA Circuit) “NEGA Shooter of the Year shoot Saturday the 30th 8am until 2-ish. Hope to see ya here.
2969 green acres rd
Elberton, GA 30635
Bobby-706-318-0610”

 

Sunday

River Bottom Outdoors – *2016 ASA State Qualifier*

RIVER BOTTOM OUTDOORS 3-D SHOOTS
15475 Ga. Hwy 34
Franklin, Ga. 30217
E-Mail: riverbottomoutdoors09@yahoo.com

2016 Dates: Jan. 31 ASA Ga. / Al Qualifier, Feb. 21, Mar. 20, Apr. 23 & 24 Big 40, May 22 ASA Ga. / Al Qualifier , Jun. 12, July 9 & 10 Ga. State Championship, Jul. 31, Aug. 28 Hunt Shoot
Shooting Times: 8am to 2pm…Daylight Saving Time 8am to 3pm

Classes:

  • Open Money – $25 50% Payback – Max. 50yrds. – 290 FPS Max.
  • Open Known – $25 50% Payback – Max 50yrds – 290FPS Max.
  • Known Trophy – $15 Trophy – Max. 45yrds – 290FPS Max. *Open Trophy – $15 Trophy – Max. 45yrds. – 290 FPS Max.
  • Hunter – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, Magnification allowed, 12”Stabilizer, Any Release – Max. 40yrds. – 280 FPS Max.
  • Women’s Hunter – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, No Magnification, Any Release – Max. 30yrds. – 260FPS Max.
  • Bow Novice – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, No Magnification, 12” Stabilizer, Any Release – Max. 30yrds. – 280 FPS Max.
  • Youth – $15 Trophy – Ages 13 to 14 – Max. 30yrds. – 240 FPS Max.
  • Sr. Eagle – $15 Trophy – Ages 11 to 12 – Parental Supervision – Max. 25yrds. – 230 FPS Max.
  • Eagle – Free Medallion – Ages 9 to 10 – Parental Supervision – Max. 20yrds. – 220 FPS Max.
  • Jr. Eagle – Free Medallion – Ages 0 to 8 – Parental Supervision – Max. 15yrds. – 220 FPS Max.

    *FAMILY RATE for FUN CLASS ONLY – $ 30.00

    *FUN SHOOT – $15.00

    3-5 Shooters 1st Place, 6-10 Shooters 1st and 2nd Place, 11-500 Shooters 1st,2nd & 3rd
    Scoring is 5,8,10,12.

    Must be at least 3 shooters in each class to get Payback or Trophy

    Directions: Go 3 miles out of Franklin on Hwy 34 East, Driveway across from Heard County Elem. School. More Info Call: 678-378-0816

    Concession Stand with, Hamburgers, Drinks, Hot dogs, Candy, etc.

    Come meet new friends and have a great time shooting and enjoying the great outdoors.

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Gainesville Archery 3D “Our first shoot of 2016
Come out and join us Registration 8:30am – 2:00pm
Trophy and Money classes or shoot for fun
2125 Calvary Church Rd, Gainesville Ga”

It was very cold in the treestand this morning.  I’m from northern Ohio, and while people from places even further north can sneer about the cold there, I know about ‘being cold in a treestand,’ so when I say it was very cold this morning, believe it.

I sat in the stand, and over two hours, quietly added more and more Hot-Hands to my active collection. One in each boot, one in each thigh pocket, one in each hip pocket, and one in each jacket pocket.

Regardless, I have a reputation to maintain as something of a Sasquatch, so I’ll just say ‘it was very cold,’ and move on. :)

I saw a hog around 8:30 a.m., running back and forth along a fence line downhill of me, and the round little porker kept running the same trail, along the fence, then up the hill next to me, then back down the hill, then along the fence again, for almost an hour.

Finally, a larger boar came down the hill, and the first hog hauled ashes out of there for parts without a mean old boar to argue with.  I glassed the boar, and while I’ve never shot a feral hog before, I thought I’d let it pass and wait for something bigger.  The boar followed the sow down the hill, across the fence from left to right, but this time they both kept moving instead of turning around to come back.

There was a father and son team a few hundred yards further down the trail from me, and having spoken to them in camp the night before, I knew they had never hunted big game , so I was happy to hear a shot from that direction.   Then I heard two more shots, and thought that would mean that they were finishing off the boar, but to my surprise, the boar came back along the fence with a wound on its neck, just above where the guide said to shoot a boar for a certain, quick kill.

I don’t like wounded animals, and this one wasn’t going down with a flesh wound, so I shot it in the proper spot and that was that.

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The hunt was with Hog Wild USA, near Macon, Georgia.

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My goal was to at least shoot a 200.  I didn’t make my goal, but, as always with archery, I learned some more (or I should say ‘re-learned,’ since what I was doing wrong that cost me 10 points yesterday is something I know not to do, my release-hand wasn’t positioned correctly on my jaw, it was rotated flat instead of the first two knuckles being against my jaw.) and had a great time.   My eyes are getting worse though: the clarifier that worked just fine a year ago doesn’t work very well now, and all I’m seeing through my scope is a blur.

Eh, another year, more gear to buy, that’s archery in a nutshell. ;)

I didn’t take much in the way of photos, once we started shooting, I really didn’t think about it much other than one shot where we had three arrows in the 12 ring at the same time.

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My wife bought me a gift certificate to Hog Wild USA for Christmas.  Last week, I called and spoke to Tommy at Hog Wild, and we reserved a day next week for my hog hunt.

Because the rifle is new, I took my Mossberg Patriot .308 out to Advanced Bullets in Villa Rica last Saturday morning to make certain it was dialed in.

No worries, it’s shooting fine.

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Bucks 2 Beards

B2B is having their first 3D shoot this next weekend Jan 16-17 …located just north of Chatsworth GA this shoot will be a great place to go practice for Foley AL, set in mature pines and flat terrain. Look forward to seeing everyone there .

www.bucks2beards.com for details and directions

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Saturday

Sweetwater Archery Club –  8am – 2pm

Well it is that time again!!! Look forward to seeing everyone again. So come on out get the 2016 3-D season started and be brave and shoot some in the cold. And you can also kill some foam and get ready for the Hoyt Archery Pro/Am on February 26th-28th.

We have made a few changes this year, You can look at the 2016 Schedule here http://forum.gon.com/showthread.php?t=853877  just look under Sweetwater’s shoot dates for more details.

When: Saturday 01,16,2016

Time: Sign up any time between 8am-2pm (As long as you have paid and going to the first target by 2:00 you can shoot.)

There will be a Concession stand at this shoot.

Where: Sweetwater Archery Club
7201 Cedar Mountain Road
Douglasville, Ga. 30134

Blue Devil Archery – 8am – 2pm
Classes:

  • Open Money – $20 50% Payback – Max. 50yrds.– 290 FPS Max.
  • Women’s Open – $20 50% Payback – Max 45yrds. – 280FPS Max
  • Known 45 – $20 50% Payback – Max 45yrds – 290FPS Max
  • Open Trophy – $15 Trophy – Max. 45yrds. – 290 FPS Max.
  • Hunter – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, Magnification allowed, 12”Stabilizer, Any Release – Max. 40yrds. – 280 FPS Max
  • Women’s Hunter – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, No Magnification, Any Release – Max. 30yrds. – 260FPS Max
  • Bow Novice – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, No Magnification, 12” Stabilizer Any Release – Max. 30yrds. – 280 FPS Max
  • High School Pins – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, No Magnification – Max 30yrds. – 260FPS Max – Known
  • Middle School Pins – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, No Magnification – Max 30yrds – 240 FPS Max – Known
  • Elementary School Pins – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, No Magnification – Max 20yrds – 220 FPS Max Known
  • Fun $10

60 JB Medford Rd Tifton Ga 31793

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Sunday

River Bottom Outdoors

RIVER BOTTOM OUTDOORS 3-D SHOOTS
15475 Ga. Hwy 34
Franklin, Ga. 30217
E-Mail: riverbottomoutdoors09@yahoo.com

2016 Dates: Jan. 31 ASA Ga. / Al Qualifier, Feb. 21, Mar. 20, Apr. 23 & 24 Big 40, May 22 ASA Ga. / Al Qualifier , Jun. 12, July 9 & 10 Ga. State Championship, Jul. 31, Aug. 28 Hunt Shoot
Shooting Times: 8am to 2pm…Daylight Saving Time 8am to 3pm

Classes:

  • Open Money – $25 50% Payback – Max. 50 yards. – 290 FPS Max.
  • Open Known – $25 50% Payback – Max 50 yards – 290FPS Max.
  • Known Trophy – $15 Trophy – Max. 45 yards – 290FPS Max.
  • Open Trophy – $15 Trophy – Max. 45 yards. – 290 FPS Max.
  • Hunter – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, Magnification allowed, 12” Stabilizer, Any Release – Max 40 yards. – 280 FPS Max.
  • Women’s Hunter – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, No Magnification, Any Release – Max. 30 yards. – 260FPS Max.
  • Bow Novice – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, No Magnification, 12” Stabilizer, Any Release – Max. 30 yards. – 280 FPS Max.
  • Youth – $15 Trophy – Ages 13 to 14 – Max. 30 yards. – 240 FPS Max.
  • Sr. Eagle – $15 Trophy – Ages 11 to 12 – Parental Supervision – Max. 25 yards. – 230 FPS Max.
  • Eagle – Free Medallion – Ages 9 to 10 – Parental Supervision – Max. 20 yards. – 220 FPS Max.
  • Jr. Eagle – Free Medallion – Ages 0 to 8 – Parental Supervision – Max. 15 yards. – 220 FPS Max.

FAMILY RATE for FUN CLASS ONLY – $ 30.00

FUN SHOOT – $15.00

2-5 Shooters 1st Place, 6-10 Shooters 1st and 2nd Place, 11-500 Shooters 1st,2nd & 3rd
Scoring is 5,8,10,12.

Must be at least 3 shooters in each class to get Payback or Trophy

Directions: Go 3 miles out of Franklin on Hwy 34 East, Driveway across from Heard County Elem. School. More Info Call: 678-378-0816

Concession Stand with, Hamburgers, Drinks, Hot dogs, Candy, etc.

Come meet new friends and have a great time shooting and enjoying the great outdoors.

Davey Mountain – 8am – 3pm

Another Sunday, another hike!  I told the wife and Little Bear that I was hitting the White trail at Sweetwater Creek State Park this morning, even though it was a bit chilly out.   The wife had to work today, and Little Bear had a friend visiting, so I was going to solo the hike.

Great! Five miles of solitude and nature, all to myself!

Or so I thought.

See, the Georgia Ultrarunning and Trailrunning Society had a 30 mile trail race on the White Trail this morning.

30.

Miles. 

So, while I was doing my peaceful, solo, 5 mile hike… I kept getting lapped.  Which was hilarious, because it went from “Good morning!” or “Howdy!”  to “Good morning again!” and “That’s three laps!”  I know several of them lapped me four times.  That’s TWENTY MILES to my five.

My ‘Map My Walk’ fitness app said I walked 5.15 miles for 3,600 calories.  Even if they just WALKED that far instead of, you know, RUNNING it, that would put them at 20,000 plus calories for the event.

I made the decision as soon as I saw the sign at the trailhead that said ‘GUTS: Wrong Way’ to hike against the ‘flow’ of traffic, this let me see them coming and get out of the way, because I take up a lot of trail.

Still, it was a good hike. Not as much of an elevation change as the Yellow trail, but lots of rough terrain.

Here are a few of the photos, including one of the New Manchester Manufacturing ruins, the rest are in THIS ALBUM on the 323 Archery FaceBook page.

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I decided to hit Sweetwater State Park this morning for a hike – Little Bear (my 17 year old daughter) came out of hibernation around 10:30am (nearly five hours after I got up, and really, who could sleep that long when I intentionally STOMPED through the house for five hours?) and I said ‘get your hiking boots and let’s go.’

She got her hiking boots, though I didn’t think to tell her ‘and put real socks on, not those cute-almost-socks you like,’ and we drove over to Sweetwater State Park, which is only ten minutes or so away from the house.  I already had a map of the park in my truck from a visit a few weeks ago, so I asked Little Bear what trail she wanted to walk. My vote was for the White trail, which is about five miles long, but relatively flat.  She opted for the Yellow trail, which looks much shorter on the map, but has a lot of elevation changes that the White trail doesn’t.  According to the elevations on the trail map from the park, the White trail changes by approximately 150′ over the course of five miles.

The yellow trail changes by about four hundred  and fifty feet in three miles, ranging from 850 feet to 1200 feet.   This isn’t a ‘OMG!’ elevation change, but for a spur-of-the-moment hike by people who are out of practice, the difference is noticeable.

So, hike it we did, it took about an hour and fifty minutes, and according to my fitness app on my smart phone, it was 3.56 miles from the truck and back again.

Little bear? She went back into hibernation as soon as we hit the house.

A few months ago, I sold my Savage M110 30-06 to somebody who loves building rifles, he wanted a long-action Savage receiver to start a new project, and I wanted a .308.  After reading dozens of reviews and customer comments on various models of rifle, I decided to take a chance on the new Mossberg Patriot .308.

Being something of a geek, I just HAD to get it in Kryptek Highlander Camo, because I very rarely buy a new rifle, and this one was going to be my go-to big game gun for deer, bear and boar for a long time.

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Whenever I think about new firearms, I check prices using the Gun Genie at Gallery of Guns, it’s fast, and has inventory levels so I can really see if something is in stock or not without calling fifteen places. It’s also nice that when you purchase a firearm using this service, it’s shipped to the store you picked off of the list, where you finish paying for the firearm and fill out the BATF paperwork just like any other firearm purchase.

Of course, I’m a Gables Sporting Goods staff shooter, so last year when I noticed that Gables wasn’t showing up on a search for my zip code, I asked at the shop, and they called Davidsons and figured out what the problem was, so when it was time to order my Mossberg, that’s the shop I chose to ship to.  Ordering was fairly easy, though the shopping cart system could be improved a bit on the Gallery page, and my shipment arrived in about a week. (I ordered a Taurus PT111 G2 9mm as well, and I have to say, for an economy compact 9mm, it’s very accurate and reliable so far.)

After the rifle arrived, I unpacked it at the shop and the nice folks there mounted my Zeiss Conquest 3-9 x 50mm scope on the rifle. A few people snickered, but I’d rather have a six hundred dollar scope on a three hundred dollar rifle than the other way around.  Because you can have a two THOUSAND dollar rifle, but if you can’t see what your shooting at, you aren’t going to shoot very well.

The one issue I had with the rifle out of the box was the camouflage.  It didn’t look very good, almost like it was dipped/applied by somebody who hadn’t had a good day. I called Mossberg and explained that while I know this is a budget rifle, I paid a bit extra for the Kryptek camouflage, and wanted to know if what I got was normal. They emailed me a prepaid FedEx label and said ‘ship it back, we’ll take care of it.’  And they did, too, about two weeks later I got the rifle back, and they must have searched for the best looking stock they had in the warehouse, because it couldn’t be any better looking.

At that point, with the holidays around the corner, I mounted the scope back on the rifle and stuck it in the safe for a month and a half. Yesterday, we tried to take it to Johns Mountain, but the range was packed, so we skedaddled.

Today, I ran up to Buford, GA, to the Georgia Gun Club.  I’ve never been there before, but they have a 100 yard indoor rifle range, so I thought I’d head that way and sight in the .308 and my .243.

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Now, I’ve been to indoor rifle ranges in several states, but I’ve never been in one as nice as this. I was somewhat expecting an old warehouse that had been re-purposed as a range. I was in one like that in Ohio once that was so run down and  gnarly, I’m surprised there wasn’t a secret password to get in the door. *Psssst! Swordfish!*

Georgia_gun_club_insideThis was a VERY nice building, with plenty of parking.  The interior was very clean and open, with room to walk around and a nice lounge area for people waiting on a lane to open up. The web site had mentioned that waiting on lanes was normal, so I took my tablet with me, since that’s my portable patience generator, and signed in.  The process is simple for a first-time customer. You fill out a waiver with general safety and legal statements (not unusual, you have to do that at archery shoots anymore once per year as well), then watch a National Shooting Sports Foundation seven or eight minute long Range Safety video and initial that you’ve watched it, and then you wait.


I wish I took more photos – I forgot my camera, and once you’re in the range, you are on the clock for however many hours you purchased, and I wasn’t thinking about writing this post, I wanted to get the rifles sighted in.  The range was good – easy to use electronic target controls, range master in the room with you. The only thing I could complain about is my own fault – I took two rifle cases and my range bag, so navigating all of the doors was hectic, since I had zero hands to use getting through the place.

The staff were fantastic.  I will be going back, soon, even though it’s about an hour and fifteen minutes from the house.

The rifles I had with me were the Mossberg Patriot .308, and a Winchester Model 70 Ultimate Shadow Extreme Weather .243.  I love the Winchester, though I wish it was in 7mm-08 (I got it in a trade), and was curious to see how the Mossberg stacked up against a firearm that is almost three times more expensive.

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The Mossberg kicked butt.  The trigger is CRISP. As in ‘activate the Lightning Bolt Action, and start to put pressure on the trigger BOOM’ crisp.  For folks familiar with the Savage Accu-Trigger, the Lightning Bolt Action is similar – a light metal safety in the center of the actual trigger, the rifle cannot fire until the LBA is depressed first.  After nine shots with the Mossberg, I felt like I had to work to get the Winchester to fire, where before, I thought the Winchester had the best trigger of all of my long guns.

I shot Federal Fusion 150 grain, Hornady American Whitetail 165 grain, and Winchester Hog Special 150 grain ammunition out of the Mossberg. I find it interesting that I can’t find a link to the Hog Special ammunition on Winchester’s web site, making me wonder if they still make it.  I fired three rounds of each, with a few minutes between groups to let the barrel cool down, and honestly, the Winchester group was small enough at 25 yards for me to cover with a single target cover dot – but I’m NOT a professional shooter when it comes to rifles, and as far as I can tell, that could have been because I shot the Winchester ammunition last and had finally gotten used to the rifle.

I finally moved the target to 100 yards and adjusted the sights – the Hog ammunition was about an inch high with a nice group – the Fusion ammunition was about three inches high (higher listed velocity), so I readjusted for the Fusion ammunition and shot a great group, wrapping up my sight in for the day.

I can’t wait to go back to Georgia Gun Club – if I lived half an hour closer, I’d buy a membership in a heartbeat.

(Yes, I actually typed ‘Day One: 2015’ and had to fix it…)

I don’t really make ‘New Year’s Resolutions.’  I just don’t – I’m in the latter half of my 40’s now, and probably spent 1980-2000 making resolutions that were broken (or, in my early 20’s, forgotten) very quickly.  Regardless, I had said in 2015 that I was going to get out in the woods and waters more, and generally get back to being an outdoorsman.  That didn’t happen at all, in fact, the reverse happened. Between work, foul weather, and other issues, I only managed three archery shoots and a week of bear hunting in Maine that had been planned for a year.

So, while NOT claiming it’s a New Year’s Resolution, I will make up for this lack of nature experiences in 2016.

I sent a text to Danny this morning to see what he was doing, without really having a plan.  I told him I didn’t care if we went squirrel hunting, shooting, hiking,  as long as it was outside.  We quickly decided to go sight in my new Mossberg Patriot .308, and we decided to do so up at Johns Mountain WMA, which has a public rifle range.  The weather report showed a low chance of rain, with temperatures from a low of 40 to a high of 57.

Yeah, they were being very optimistic on that high end, let me tell you, because it was cold in Atlanta, let alone an hour and a half north of Atlanta.

We drove up to the range, my first time there, and found it to be packed full, with people waiting for room at one of the four actual sit-down benches.  After about thirty minutes of people shooting, finally somebody called the range cold and folks started putting new targets out.  With no idea how long it was going to take to get a bench, and no actual range master running the show, we opted to just drive some of the forestry roads and take a look at the area, then drive home.  We did get out and walk about a few times to look at some trails, but we didn’t go far. We hadn’t brought the right clothing for a hike.

Still, I managed to get some photos, the best of which are below: some moss, a cool looking downed cedar, and a tree that looks like it eats small children who were bad for the holidays…

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