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Well, things worked out very well for my Maine bear hunt – but I have some other issues that just will not be easily solved at this point, and thinking through the issues has brought me to the logical conclusion of ‘skip the 2015 deer season.’

The first issue, as always, is budget.  The bear hunt was paid for in advance, so that shouldn’t have been an issue, but I really never considered that I would get a bear that has a (small) chance of making Boone & Crockett, so that adds the cost of a trip to Ohio (where my taxidermist lives – I would have used a local one, but the logistics of my bear hunt worked out the same as last time: I flew, my hunting buddy drove, so it was more economical and practical for him to drive the hide and meat back to Ohio. I absolutely love the last bear I had mounted, and trust the taxidermist to do this one justice as well.), and the cost of getting a mount.

I gave up a hunting lease in Rome, GA, earlier this year – It was a nice piece of property just under 300 acres, but it was about a three hour round trip, and I just do not have the spare time or patience to get up at 3am, drive to the property, hike in to a stand, spend the day, hike out, and drive another hour and a half. If I had a good place to camp up there, I could have made weekends of it, but one of the best places to hunt is about the only place to set up a tent, so that was a non-starter.

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One of the smaller bucks at the Butler property

I used to hunt an 875 acre parcel near Butler, GA, but the owner (a friend’s uncle) has created a feud with the rest of his family, and an offshoot of that was kicking everybody off of the property, so that’s out.

Which leaves public land.

I’ve written before about Georgia’s complex wildlife management area regulations – for any individual piece of property, they aren’t too bad, but every piece of property has a different set. Add that to the fact that the last three or four times I tried to hunt Paulding Forest WMA or Sheffield WMA, there was a vehicle parked every single place I wanted to park. (We spent three HOURS last year during turkey season just trying to find someplace to park. Not fun.)

So, my budget is thin as well as my patience, and I hate hunting on a ‘lets rush over here (where we’ve never been) and just walk in the woods!’ basis. To me, that’s not hunting. That’s hiking while carrying hunting gear.

I can hike all year long.

So, I’ll relax this season, regroup, work my finances a bit, and start planning for 2016.  Because planning a season is half the fun.

As a side note, I had originally told my wife ‘unless I get drawn for Joe Kurz WMA’s quota hunt, I was skipping this year.’ Well, I didn’t get drawn, which is OK, that adds another point to my growing tally. If something comes up that’s too good to pass up, like an invitation to some really nice property, I may change my mind, but at this point, I’m battening down the budgetary hatches for Christmas.

I haven’t shot much this year – I’ve been busy with my family (my daughter is 16 years old now), work, and life in general, to the point where archery took a back burner this season.  About a month ago though, one of the state qualifiers at Sweetwater just happened to fall on a day when it was perfect, not raining, good temperature, nothing going on at home, so I grabbed my gear and shot some foam.  I hadn’t even practiced in eight months, so I really went just for fun, but due to just about everybody who scored higher than myself having already qualified, I managed to get on the list for the states.

It was hot. Like ‘Holy Crap!’ hot.  And that was just when I got out of the truck at 7am.  By noon, when we finished up, I stopped at the first gas station on the way back to Doublasville and got two BIG sports drinks, and downed one in the four minutes it took to get to Gables.  I think I finished the other one in about fifteen minutes.

I still haven’t replaced the camera that was destroyed last fall at Joe Kurz WMA, but I did snap a few shots with my phone, towards the end of the day.  Overall, despite only having practiced a few times in the weeks since the qualifier, I was pretty happy with my score, I won’t win anything, but with five 12’s, that’s one of the better results I’ve had in a long time, and I got to meet and shoot with some great people.

This was a target towards the end of one of my courses – the sun was behind it, we couldn’t SEE anything on it, but the Senior Eagle I was shooting with made a GREAT shot, and the two adults (including myself) were pretty happy to have a neon-green aiming point on the target.

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This year, the Shooting for a Cure Cystic Fibrosis benefit will be on June 6th, from 8am to 4pm, and will include both 3D Archery and Sporting Clays.

Click to go to the event web site

Click to go to the event web site

Money Classes (75% payback) $25

  • Open Money (45yd)
  • Known 45 (45yd)

Trophy Classes $20

  • Hunter – Max 40yd
  • Women Hunter – Max 30yd
  • Bow Novice – Max 30 yd
  • Youth (12 & under)- Free with a paying adult

Fun Shoot $10
Family of 3 or more $40 max

  • Entry fee comes with 1 chance to win an Elite Bow, Binelli Shotgun, or a 2 Day Hunting Trip to western Kentucky
  • LONG SHOT – $1/shot or 6 shots for $5 (win more chances at the Giveaways)
  • BarBQ Plate for $5

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Time for another year of archery!

Big John’s Google Calendar is up to date from what I can see, however are only a few shoots.

Sunday – Jan 4th

3D Buckeye – Social Circle, GA

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

All Classes Will Be ASA Rules Places: 1-5 Shooters 1st Place, 6-10 Shooters 1st and 2nd Place, 11-Unlimited Shooters 1st,2nd, and 3rd Places. Scoring is 0,5,8,10,12 NO 14.

Also considering a shooter of the year this time. Will also update as we go along. Please let us know what you, the shooters want!!!

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North Georgia Traditional Archery Club

Regulations

  • Trad bows only. No compounds, no cross bows. This is about the only regulation that we enforce for the entire year.

Regulations for competition (August shoot only)

  • Barebow, no sights. No release aids. No clickers. No string walking.

Shoot fees
Members – $5 each
Non-members – $10 each
Family rate – $15 for everybody in the immediate family

We are located at 2295 Lee Land Road, Gainesville, GA 30507.

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Time for some more 3D!

Sponsored by Gable Sporting Goods

Sponsored by Gable Sporting Goods

 

Click to donate!

Click to donate!

More details:

2 GIVEAWAYS for all Participants

 

(Every participant will receive 1 FREE chance to win)

*A 2-Day Bow Hunt for Deer in Western Kentucky (DONALDSON CREEK OUTFITTERS)

OR

*An Elite Bow of your choice ($850 value)

DRAWING AT 3:30pm

Extra chances can be bought for $5/chance

2014 SHOOTING FOR A CURE CLASSES

Money Classes: (60% payback) $25 

  • Open Money – 45 yd
  • Known 45 – 45 yd

Trophy Classes: $20 (Trophies presented at 4:30pm)

  • Hunter – Max 40 yd
  • Women’s Hunter – Max 30 yd
  • Bow Novice – Max 30 yd

Fun Shoot  $10

Youth (12 & under) FREE w/paying adult*

*Family of  3 or more $40 max

ADD $5 at registration AND RECIEVE A DISCOUNTED LUNCH TICKET GOOD FOR:

BBQ Plate: BBQ Sandwich, bowl of stew, slaw, chips, pickle

IRON BUCK COMPETITION – $5 to enter

  • First shot at 20 yd
  • Contintue at 10 yd increments until you miss
  • Prizes for the winner (longest distance)
  • 3 Classes: *Money *Hunter/Women & *Youth

Had a great time shooting with Mark, James and Jason today, even though my brand new hunting bow only had one pin sighted in. (Still better than a day on the couch.)

Here are the photos – it wasn’t until about halfway through the shoot that Jason told us he was a musician… (Link after the photos.)

Click to go to Jason's website.

Click to go to Jason’s website.

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

Indoor – Governor’s Gun Club– Thursday night Indoor Shoot (Powder Springs, GA)

Both Days

3D – North Forty Archery Club – (Cochran, GA)

3D – Rock Branch Archery – (Elberton, GA)

3D – Harvest Archery – (Dayton, TN)

 

Saturday

3D – Sweetwater Archery – (Douglasville, GA)

GBAA – Outdoor GBAA State Field – (Savannah, GA)

 

Sunday

3D – Riverbottom Outdoors – (Franklin, GA)

3D – NGC Amicalola – (Dawsonville, GA)

3D – Shiloh Archery – (Hahira, 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.

First, if you shot at our place today CHECK FOR TICKS! I pulled 2 off right after I got home (one of the little buggers was trying to eat my left hand), and I know Clay had a BUNCH on him, because he called to tell me to double check myself as well.

Second, for the first time this year, we had a BEAUTIFUL day to shoot, so of course I’m sunburned and look like a cyclops from the back since I have a baseball cap sunburn on my head.

A big thanks to everyone who came out today!  As usual, if I’ve misspelled your name, it’s either because I couldn’t read your handwriting, or after scribbling down your name in my notebook to bring home, now I can’t read mine 🙂

Open Money
Mark Keese 210-6
Known 45
Clay Ledbetter 212-10
James Taylor 201-6
Niko DePofi 198-4
David Carney Jr. 192-1
Brian Presley 171-4
Hunter
Robert Nash 193-3
Trepe Jaworski 188-2
Kyle Cooper 186-4
Senior
Ezra “Spanka” 173-3
Fun Shooters
Conner Haney
Doug Cunningham
Austin Cunningham
Rudy Meedy
Logan Taylor
Ken Gary
Hunter Cunningham
David Cunningham
Lee Hulsey
Cindy Bell Hulsey
Brooke Hunsinger
McKenna Sarvis
David Carney Sr.
Sian Weekley
Bobby Weekley
Dennis Page
Jimmy Sturwold
James Grizzard
George Plemmons

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

Weekdays

Indoor – Governor’s Gun Club– Thursday night Indoor Shoot (Powder Springs, GA)

Indoor – Monroe’s Archery – Thursday Night Jackpot Shoot (Barnesville, GA)

 

Both Days

3D – NGC Gainesville (Gainesville, GA)  ***ASA Federation Georgia State Qualifier***

3D – Bucks2Beards (Old Fort, TN)

3D – Full Draw Archery (Alabama? No location listed – call David Hastyfor 706-463-2950) ***Tri State ASA Qualifier – Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee***

 

Saturday

3D – 323 Archery – (Douglaville, GA) (Yes, this is us!)

3D – Bowhunter’s Supply (Bowdon, GA)

3D – Buckeye’s Plantation (Social Circle, GA)  ***CANCELLED***

3D – Christian Bowhunters of Georgia (Covington, GA)

3D – Culpepper Outdoors (th0mpson, GA)

3D – Elbert County Archery Club (Elberton, GA)

GAA – ALC Summer Series Night Shoots (Loganville, GA)

 

Sunday

3D – Archery Connection (Phenix City, AL)

3D – Southern Bowhunters Association (no location listed)

 

If there isn’t a link, I didn’t find a post in the Georgia Outdoor News forum.

Lee's Obsession

Lee’s Obsession