Archive for March, 2014

I was at Gable Sporting Goods this morning to talk to Clay about archery (shocking, I know) and we had several folks show up to get their birds measured for the West Georgia Longbeard Challenge, so I snapped a few photos:

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As always, here’s a link to Big John’s Awesome Google Calendar


Other than the Tuscaloosa ASA shoot, the only thing I see is a note about 3D Southern Bowhunters Association Tentative State Qualifier, and the details on that state Saturday and Monday for some reason.  I don’t see anything on that would confirm or cancel the shoot, nor do I see contact information.


I have mentioned before that I’m cursed when it comes to turkey hunting.   So far, this year has been living up to my expectations.  About five or six weeks ago, I told my daughter that if she was doing better in school, etc, that I would take her to the dance competition at Furry Weekend Atlanta.

Now. Guess what day THAT was?  Oh, yeah, the opening day of TURKEY season.   The only private property I can hunt is about 2.5 hours south of here, and I didn’t look at the times on the actual competition, so when I asked her ‘what time do we need to go to the convention? 11am? Noon?’ she just said ‘sure, that’s fine.’   The dance competition was at 9pm-11pm.


BUT she had a good time with her friend Yuki, I was mostly amused (we only ran into a few grumpy/sour folks, the rest of these people were having the time of their lives) and there are worse ways to spend a day than wandering around the Westin hotel downtown bumping into adults who dress up like sports mascots for a hobby. Having observed my daughter, half the fun seems to be in making the suit and creating the character, which was always half the fun in Dungeons & Dragons, Star Frontiers etc. when I was her age.

Oh, yeah, the BEST part reminded me very much of DragonCon: when people who had NO CLUE that this event was scheduled at the same time as their hotel stay wandered out with a very stunned, “What the….” look on their face.  Cracks me up, every time.

I even wore my PSE Archery hat  That's my daughter in the red and black wolf head.

I even wore my PSE Archery hat That’s my daughter in the red and black wolf head.

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Mmmmm…. my ‘tag soup’ season last year didn’t leave me with enough game to experiment with a St. Patrick’s Day menu, but there’s always this season and next March 🙂

I love St. Paddy’s day…I love Corn Beef (actually Corn Elk Beef is far better) but I love the mood.  This week it is on Monday so I thought I would do a little Pre funk St. Paddy’s day celebration.  My wife ran the Shamrock run in the morning and I knew she would be hungry as she always is after a 15k so I knew she would be craving two things….Carbs and red meat. I have marinaded a lot of game with Guinness beer and this would work great with any red meat wild game.

Salt and pepper the Bison Ribeye cuts. Salt and pepper the Bison Ribeye cuts.

Guinness-Dijon Marinade

  • 1/2 of a can of Guinness beer (drink the rest)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of Sierra grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of thyme
  • 1 chopped fresh garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper

Put into a blender or a food…

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Here’s a link to Big John’s Awesome Google Calendar

Both Days

  • 3D – Bowdocs – (Shoot is located across street from 925 Bucks Pocket Rd SE, Old Fort TN. 37362)
  • 3D – Bucks2Beards – (1500 North Bucks Pocket Rd. Old Fort, TN 37362)
  • 3D – Davey Mountain Archery – (Warne, NC)
  • 3D – NGC Gainesville ASA Fed.State Qualifier – (Gainsville, GA)



  • 3D – Sweetwater Archery – (Douglasville, GA)
  • 3D – Rocky Comfort – (Address is nelms st stay on 221 coming into Louisville take right on 8th st then right on Nelms st 706-361-1675 for more info)
  • 3D – Buckeyes Plantation – (Social Circle, GA)



Target 2 - Lee, Brad and myself managed to squeeze into that 12 ring.

Target 2 – Lee, Brad and myself managed to squeeze into that 12 ring.

From the West Georgia Longbeart Challenge Facebook page.  For more information, visit the West Georgia Longbeard website.


“We are getting close to the season opener! The contest will run from March 22, 2014 until May 15, 2014 We have the prizes set. Grand prize will be a $1000 gift card to Gables Sporting Goods! Each weekly winner will receive a half day quail hunt at Circle W Ranch. We will also have some great door prizes including Yeti coolers! Make sure you take your beard and spurs to gables sporting goods to have them officially scored. The rules will be the same as last year. Must be present at the season end event to win. The season end event will be held Saturday May 17, 2014. If anyone has any questions feel free to let us know. We hope everyone has a great season!”

I had a blast at the shoot yesterday – I shot with “Bowanna” (Lee) and Danny for most of the shoot – we had Brad with us until the fifth target, then he dropped back a group so Corey and Ezra (Spanka) could have three people in their group.

I forgot my camera, and honestly, my phone is OK for a few shots, but not great, so I’ve pulled Lee’s photos from the forums.

If you don’t know who Lee is, this is one of his YouTube videos.


Here are the photos Lee snapped yesterday. I’m the big ol’ fat guy in the shooter shirt, Danny is the skinny lad in the grey t-shirt.

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We had over 45 shooters today, a big ‘THANKS!’ to everyone who came out. Despite weather forecasts that had the day at a bit chilly with a chance of rain, it was a wonderful day to shoot, warm, dry, and very little wind.

Open Money
Corey Bryant 210-6
Brad Wheeler 208-8
Mark Keese 206-7
Burth Parkman 196-2
Michael Barnes 195-3
Mark Mealor 192-0
Cscott Parrott 188-2
Known 45
Clay Ledbetter 216-12
David Carney Jr. 200-3
Lee Johnson 199-7
James Taylor 198-5
Niko DePofi 194-3
Corey McCullogh 181-4
Jay Arnold *
Davide Carney Sr. *
Mark Thompson 200-3
Logan Wilson 190-4
Van Arnold 190-3
Bob Weekley 183-2
Kyle Cooper 183-0
Wesley Brawner 175-2
Trepe Jaworski 164-1
Junior Eagle
Juden Mealor 175-0
Middle School Pins **
Christopher Jones 201-6
Senior Hunter
Ricky Tetner 163-0
Women’s Hunter
Sian Weekley 189-4
Kim Parrott 187-1
Ezra “Spanka” 181-3
Reese Brwner 188-2
Fun Shooters
Robert Nash
Kevin Woods
Todd Jones
Shane Arnold
Dennis Goddard
Jerry Barnes
Avery Barnes
Danny Henley
James Grizzard
George Pemons
Jim Gardner
Sophie Lewis

* Did not turn in score

** Apparently a new class. I don’t pay much (any) attention to other classes besides Known 45, so I didn’t even know this one existed.

Brad, Lee, Danny and myself on Target #2.

Brad, Lee, Danny and myself on Target #2.

Hopefully, we’ll see a whole lot of folks tomorrow morning at our shoot, Clay, Joe, Taylor and myself have put a lot of work in to cut the new range for everyone.
Remember to DRIVE SLOW coming in, there will be shooters crossing the road.

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