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We checked out a new lease about three hours south of here over the weekend: My hunting partner took a doe and sow hog over the weekend, I lost a hog to Gator Country (it managed to make it into a swap where we couldn’t follow it at 3 am, because the swamp was the edge of another property, and it was ‘crawling space only’ to move forward.  I don’t know about you, but crawling, in the dark, in a swap with alligators, doesn’t seem prudent.)

Still, great property, and lots of fun over the weekend.


I have to say, having never hunted hogs at night on private property before, that waiting, in the dark, (no night vision) for the motion activated lights to come on, can be a bit interesting. Especially dozing off in the blind, only to wake up as something tries to climb the stairs into the blind with you. (It was probably a raccoon smelling my snacks.)

It’s nearly time – Saturday is our first day of Archery season for whitetails here in Georgia.  I have my plans in place, my buddies are alerted, and we’re headed back to Joe Kurz WMA for a weekend of bowhunting!

Improvements this year:

  • A MUCH bigger tent, my Wenzel Ridgeline is fine for fair weather and backpacking, but for drive-to-the-campsite style camping, I want something I can stand up in, and that’s what I’ve got thanks to a clearance sale at Bass Pro Shop in Macon.
  • My PSE Freak SP is shooting right where I want it, now it’s just up to the nut behind the bow
  • As always, experiences last year will fine tune what to do and where to go this year

Jimmy* and Danny are supposed to be coming down, I don’t know if Clay can make it, since he has to work now, and I have to get in touch with Jesus to see if he’s coming down this week.

Can’t wait.


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

3D – 323 Archery – (Douglasville, GA)
3D – Bowhunter’s Supply – (Bowden, GA)
3D – Buckeye’s Plantation (This is the ELITE Georgia Dealer’s 3D Classic) (Social Circle, GA)
3D – Elbert County Archery Club (Elberton, GA)
3D – North Forty Archery Club – (Cocheran, GA)
3D – Outdoor, Morgan Co. (No location listed)

3D – Southern Bowhunter’s Association (No location listed)


I don’t see anything in the forums for Elbert, North Forty, Morgan County or Southern Bowhunter’s Association, so these shoots may or may not be happening, if you know somebody that runs the shoot, contact them for information

I’ll also be accepting donations for March’s Outdoor Adventures – they are holding an annual clothing drive for new hunters, if you have anything, even just a pair of gloves, that you want to donate, bring it to the shoot Saturday and I’ll ship them with the stuff I already have collected.

We are doing our annual hunting clothes drive. Going on right now If you have gently used and unwanted hunting clothes or boots that are in the way we will take them. All clothes received will go towards a new hunter and or military vet that are wanting to go hunting this upcoming season. Any size, any camo pattern will do. Just inbox us for the address. Thank you in advance for your help whether you shared the post or donated.


Our feeders seen from inside the house.

Our feeders seen from inside the house.

One day last year, my wife told me she’d seen the oddest thing, a squirrel attacking a hawk.  She said she was watching a young squirrel raiding our bird feeders outside the dining room window when a hawk stooped and knocked the squirrel to the ground.  The hawk, of course, pounced back onto the squirrel to have some lunch, when another squirrel that Lisa hadn’t seen jumped from the deck railing onto the hawk, attacking the bird.

Sadly, we never did get a picture of this thug-like tree rat. The psychotic squirrel was easy to identify, he only had half of his tail, the back half being lost to some accident or predator, maybe even this very hawk.  The wife immediately named him Badass Squirrel.

The squirrel became a fixture around the back yard.  Fill a feeder?  He would raid it.  Set out some stale bread for the birds? He’d inspect it and decide if he wanted it or not.  We even have a suction cup mounted bird feeder attached to the dining room window, on the other side of the glass from the cat perch, and he’d climb right in, ignoring the cats, the dogs, and after a few weeks, even ignoring my family if we wanted to have a look.

Photo from Wikipedia - click to go to the article

Photo from Wikipedia – click to go to the article

Of course, the dogs hated it. they would pop their heads up and glare at the squirrel through the window, once in a while woofing or snapping at him. They’re (mostly) hunting dogs, two German Shorthaired Pointers, an American-English Coonhound* and a German Shepherd.   And this chaotic pack of rescues has caught squirrels and chipmunks in the past, so both the wife and I KNEW that one day, something might happen. (We’ve had conversations about her not naming things, since once it’s got a name, that’s all there is to it, it’s part of the family. We both want a farm, but I can just SEE every hog, every cow, chicken, etc. having a name, and then instead of a FARM, we’d have a private petting zoo…)

Not that we don’t have a petting zoo now, four dogs, three cats, three turtles, two tanks full of fish (ok, NOBODY pets the fish) and a horse.  And yet every week, one of us says something like ‘I wish we had enough space for goats, or cows, or sheep….’

Our dogs (from near to far) Gretchen, Zelda, Brody and Cinders.

Our dogs (from near to far) Gretchen, Zelda, Brody and Cinders.

So, now we have a dilemma – the squirrel has a ‘name’ and we have big hunting dogs who, due to lack of actual hunting to do and general overabundance of energy, focus their wrath upon the squirrels of the neighborhood.   Just last week, when I got home from work my wife was telling me that Cinders (the darkest GSP at the top of the photo) had ALMOST caught Badass Squirrel, but the squirrel had turned around and tried to attack him, which made my dog veer off. (This squirrel had been aggressive towards other critters for the better part of a year, and our dogs have all their shots, so I wasn’t worried about rabies.)  So now Badass Squirrel had not only bullied a hawk, he had bullied two of my four dogs, since usually only Gretchen and Cinders actively chase squirrels.   Gretchen actually thinks they GROW on trees, and fall out when ripe, she’ll stand and watch a tree for an hour, waiting for a ripe one.

Needless to say, this wasn’t going to end well in time, and yesterday was that time.  I was washing the mud off of my truck from the shoot Saturday and keeping an eye on the dogs, because Zelda and Brody like to sneak into neighbor’s yards when they can, and I heard an angry squeak in the garage behind me.   I turned the hose off, walked into the garage, and found Gretchen and Cinders standing over Badass Squirrel, who was in bad shape.  The dogs weren’t worrying the squirrel, if anything, they were treating it like one of their plush toys at this point, which, while they adore their toys, isn’t a survivable experience for a three pound rodent.

So, that was the end of the story for Badass Squirrel – Gretchen and Cinders caught him (and Cinders has two small bite marks on the side of his nose to show that the squirrel did NOT go gentle into that good night) and that was his downfall.  I have to say, Badass Squirrel even looked angry after his passing.  He is now buried back in the woods he called home, and my wife is saddened by the loss, even thought I TOLD her not to name the squirrels.

I’m sure she’ll name the next one she takes a fancy to as well.

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* This is mainly for people who know us – we’ve always told our friends and family that Gretchen was a Bluetick Coonhound mix, most likely with Black Labrador retriever, however a few months ago I came across a photo of an American-English coonhound, and you know what, I’m pretty sure that’s our dog happens to be. We based our information on what the rescue group we got her from said, however, after hearing a few other stories about that group, I’m surprised they actually got her gender right…  Judge for yourself:



American-English Coonhound

American-English Coonhound



by Tony J. Peterson   |  February 4th, 2014

Proper bow function requires a litany of parts to do exactly what they are supposed to do during every shot cycle. When one piece of the puzzle falls out of place, the entire process is compromised.

We often focus on major tuning issues and perfect bow setup when discussing how to get our hunting rigs into shape and how to keep them there. This is fine for the minority of bow owners who possess a pro shop-grade press and the knowledge to use it.

However, for most bowhunters this is out of reach, and quite frankly, not something they’re interested in. Shelling out a grand or more for a quality press and then devoting serious time to learning how to use it is simply too much for most of us, but that doesn’t mean that all aspects of bow tuning and setup are out of your grasp.

Every year I encounter fellow bowhunters who have no idea how to tie a string loop, serve in a peep sight, or even replace a nock set. It’s not that these folks are incapable. It’s that they don’t have the simple bow tools necessary and the knowledge to put them to use.

If you’re in this category, consider taking a step in the right direction by investing a minimal amount of money into the basics, and then spend some quality time on the Internet watching tutorials on how to perform these simple tasks.

This is a good idea for hunters who never hunt anywhere other than their favorite close-to-home whitetail haunts, and it is crucial for those who hit the road in search of hunting adventure.

It’s just common sense that if you’re in elk camp and notice your string loop is frayed, that the fix is up to you and only you. I’ve been in hunting camps with friends who didn’t even bother to bring along a set of Allen wrenches. Of course, those homebody hunters who figure they will just take their bow into the shop if something goes wrong can be in for a rude awakening.

Read the rest, and see the slideshow, at

(One of the items on the list is the Real Avid Bowsmith.  Here is a video of the Bowsmith tool.)

*WHEW* Home again, finally.  The shows are fun, but when you’re on a shoestring budget, and the hotel doesn’t have hot water for two days, you get a little yearning for the power of a hot shower.  I had a LOT of fun today, including hanging out with the Martin Archery team and having my photo taken with Sara Lamson, who is the nicest person you could meet at a show.

See? I am Bigfoot sized!

See? I am Bigfoot sized!

 I’ll get into more details in the next few days as I write up new products, new companies, and some fun places in Nashville, but here are the rest of the photographs from the 2014 ATA Show. 

I will say this: the Martin recurves that I spent a lot of time shooting today reminded me of how I used to feel shooting a recurve in the 1970’s, that I could hit ANYTHING, reliably, with a stick, string, and arrow.  Loved every bow they let me shoot. (I tried to sneak off with the Nemesis, but they were watching me.)

Other great companies: Real Avid, Zippo Outdoors, Hips Archery Targets, Dead-Tek, Flex-Fletch, Ambush, Q.A.D., so many different moments to try to remember and put down for others to read.  And unlike, there was just me, with a $70 Samsung camera about the size of a pack of cards, to try to record all of this. 

Next year I’ll have a plan! (Which is what I said LAST year.  Heh…. 😉 )

I will say that I was disappointed that the building layout forced the seminars and Innovation rooms to be quite a hike from the main hall.  Several of the Innovation vendors actually took to wandering the main hall with their display, trying to get some folks to look at their product.

Oh well, onward and forward, time for the final gallery of the 2014 ATA Show!




Ok – this will be brief for now, when I get someplace that has a DECENT internet connection, I’ll write more and break down the images into more coherent groups, but this hotel is apparently using a wire hanger and some duct tape for networking equipment.

I had a pretty good time today, caught up with Darrin Brown and Sara Lamson, managed to at least say ‘Hello’ to Matt Stutzman, the folks at Bowtech (New bows! RPM 360 and Carbon Overdrive!), Real Avid, and Zippo Outoors!

And now for the deluge of photographs: (I also apologize, I’m having issues with my laptop and can’t get the Gallery editor to scroll, so there are a couple of very blurry images that I’ll delete out when I’m back on my main machine.)

Well – we came home empty handed, but we had one heck of a good time.  Danny and myself spent the entire week at Joe Kurz WMA in Meriwether County, Georgia, camping and bowhunting the last week of deer at the wildlife management area.  Danny borrowed a trailer from his cousin, while I roughed it in a Wenzel Timber Ridge tent all week.

I’ve made comments before about ‘this is Georgia, I’m from the frozen north, so I usually sleep on top of my sleeping bag, not in it.’   Not last week, Wednesday night was in the mid 20’s, and Thursday night, my survival thermometer read 19′ when I woke up.  Since the ONLY really cold weather hunting gear I own is a bib-and-parka set that I somewhat doubt I could draw a bow in, we actually slept in that morning instead of hunting. (Actually, I was up around 4:30am, as usual, but we didn’t go out.)

We saw plenty of deer as a group, including a few nice ones, but they were either out of range, or at night driving back to camp. Only two of us got shots off, and neither of us came home with a deer, sad to say, but the effort was there, and we enjoyed ourselves.

Our time at Joe Kurz was great, but really, we could have spent a month there and not hunted all of the places that looked good.

New Products Used:

Zippo Outdoors: 

Cedar Fire Starters – The instructions on these disks say to break them into quarters, and use one quarter to start a fire.  Not only did they REALLY work well, several of the folks we were camping with stated that they will be buying some for themselves.

Flex-Neck Utility Lighter – We used this to basically light every single fire this weekend, whether it was the campfire, my propane stove, Danny’s camp stove, etc.  Easy to fill with butane, and very easy to use.

I’m headed back to Joe Kurz WMA for a week – cell coverage there is spotty at best, so this week will be ‘light’ on activity on the website.  I will set up several posts to auto-publish while I’m gone, including the November edition of Elite Predator TV Magazine.


I’ve got my Bowtech Insanity CPXL, Zippo Outdoors, Hips Archery Targets, and Thermacell packed (along with so much stuff, if I use 1/2 of it, I’d be surprised), and ready to go, just waiting on daybreak and a few odds and ends to fall into place and I will be headed for the camp site.   Last time I was there, Jim and I used my Real Avid Viscera to skin and bone out a doe, this time I’m hoping we see some rut activity!