I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend. (J.R.R.Tolkien, The Two Towers)

When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force.

Marko Kloos "Why the Gun is Civilization"

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Computer still not back to 100%

Some of my lost programs I didn't even miss till I needed them to work on something. What I really miss the most though is some of the music I had on the hard drive but don't have a disk for. I could go online on some of those peer to peer sharing thangies but that's where I got a lot of my bugs from originally. Anyway...

I went back to Eric and Heather's again to bow hunt this last weekend. We both missed one and saw several more.

Eric this afternoon leaving his tree stand.

Looking down from the woods at the mansion. For those who didn't catch the first story on this...the mansion and 2600 acres were a gift to someone who has so much money that it's their SPARE mansion and they only use it when they go to Charlottesville to watch the UVA ballgame.

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At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you bow-hunt rather than with rifles just because it's fun, or do you prefer them? My son wants a crossbow.

That empty mansion grinds my guts. All that empty space, all that useless grass....

At 12:08 PM, Blogger H. Stallard said...

I hunt with bow, muzzle loader, and rifle/shotgun. That gives me 3 months of deer hunting if I want it. I like being out best in the early season (now) the weather and scenery is usually great. I've never shot a crossbow...all the ones I've looked at are just too heavy to carry around in the woods all day. With my compound I don't take shots over 50 yards. Most of them are 35 and under unless it is a really good shot and then I might try it like I did Tuesday.

At 5:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry I'm so ignorant, but are you saying there are different seasons for different hunting methods?

At 7:01 PM, Blogger H. Stallard said...

Oh yes, there's an early bow season, then an early muzzle loading season then rifle season then a late bow season and another late muzzle loading season. I can deer hunt from early Oct. to early Jan. except on Sundays using whatever weapon is in season and can harvest 6 deer in Virginia. Of course I consider myself lucky if I kill just one. The deer herds in the 2 counties that I hunt here close to home are fairly small. If I lived say where Eric lives I could probably kill 3-4 deer every year. Bow season is the most challenging because you have to get so close to be sure of a clean kill.
Also one single arrow with a broadhead can run as much as $10 so you chose your shots carefully. And of course the state gets their share...you have to have a different license for each weapon.

At 9:55 AM, Blogger the Contrary Goddess said...

but you can, can you not, hunt with a bow during any of the seasons? So you could ONLY hunt with a bow and hunt all the hunting days?

And just a little ways away from H, our deer herds are a lot bigger. It would cost H an out of state liscense though, which cost more than in-state liscenses.

MCM -- don't they hunt in Canada? Or do they not have seasons? Or what is it like?

At 11:50 AM, Blogger H. Stallard said...

The two archery seasons go from early October to early Jan. except for the 2 weeks of muzzle loading and regular rifle season. You can hunt with archery during these seasons but you have to follow the regulations for those seasons. Regular archery season is either sex. Muzzle loading and rifle season has (depending on the county) bucks only or just certain days for does. You can also use a muzzle loader during regular rifle season but you must buy the extra muzzle loading liscense. If I buy all 3 (archery, muzzle loading, and regular rifle liscense) and all necessary National Forest and damage stamps it runs me around $65-70. To hunt in Tennessee as a non-resident the basic liscense runs $251.


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