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  1. I had to put our lab Shiloh down this past spring and I've been missing him bad ever since. Last trip I made to the kal all I could do the whole time was think about my best friend not being with me. I saw the pics of dubblelung with his walleye and his lab beside him and I just couldn't stand it any longer. I decided it was high time I go get me a new fishing buddy. My wife and kids told me "its about time". Guess they've been missing Shiloh too. So we packed up the whole family and went and picked us out a new puppy :)

    Introducing "Eli" the newest member of our family!



  2. Wow! Thats really cool!

    The one that got away must have been huge.

    I'd like to hunt for them, but I'm kind of glad they aren't around the areas I hunt. Sounds like they do alot of damage.

    Anyway congrats!

  3. I got a moultrie for Christmas too. I haven't set it up yet cause I been too busy with all the family get togethers, but it looks like a nice cam. It has to be better than my old one. My old one is a stealth cam. It takes good pics but its a film type camera so I had to scan all my pics to load them on my computer.

    I'll be seeing how good it works here real soon.

  4. Some of the newer cams supposedly use less power than the older ones. I know one thing the price on them has come down quite a bit. A few years ago you couldn't touch a decent digital trail cam for less than 300 dollars. Now I see several in the 100 dollar range.

    I want one of them ones that sends pics straight to your cell phone or e-mail :)

    Isn't it funny, when I was a kid we used to dream of stuff like this.

  5. Well there's nothing prettier than a full quiver of cedar arrows all crested with barred feathers and all that, but for practicality and efficiency nothing I've found beats a good set of carbons. Especially if you like to hunt small game with your bow. I can buy a half dozen carbon arrows and practice and hunt with them and as long as I don't lose them they'll stay good for years. Aluminum is usually bent the first time you miss your target, and wood usually cracks or brakes clean in two.

    I've been using the CE maximas 350s with the blazer vanes.

  6. Thanks again! Yes I'm pretty happy.

    I went over my records this afternoon and so far this season I have put in 90.5 hours hunting. 4 times I put in 11+ hours on stand. The day I shot this guy I had already put in 9 hours when he showed up at 2:30 PM.

    I was eating chocolate chip cookies and watching the squirrels. In the background I kept hearing what I thought were squirrels making a ton of noise. They were being so loud I thought to myself "man those squirrels are being noisy". I turned my head to see them and noticed the whole tree they were in was shaking back and forth. I was like "wow them are some big squirrels" :grin: Realizing it wasn't squirrels at that point I took a better look and saw that it was actually a big buck rubbing on the tree. My heart about exploded but I managed to get my bow ready. He walked right into my shooting lane and I drew my bow. He must have caught my movement cause he stopped. Unfortunately a tree was in the way of his vitals so I couldn't shoot. I held my bow back and kept my aim right in his shoulder waiting for him to step forward. Seemed like an eternity, I know every bow hunter out there knows how it feels, but finally he stepped forward and I let the arrow fly. He ran a short ways then slowed down to a walk with his head low. Watched him till he was out of sight but never saw him drop so I waited about two hours to start tracking him. Long story short I ended up jumping him and he ran off. My heart sunk! By this time it was around 6:00pm. I had to work the next day but I knew in my heart the only chance I had at finding this buck was if I backed out and left him till morning. Tossed and turned all night long. 4:30am I'm wide awake so I figure what the heck I may as well give it a try. After a whole lot of praying and tracking I finally found him at 7:30am. I had shot him through the liver and spleen. Not quite the shot I was trying to make. I think when he stepped forward from the tree he was a little quicker than my arrow. In any case I got down on my knees right there and said probably the most sincere prayer of thanksgiving a human has ever spoken. Dressed him, took some pics, and drug him out. My son was at school and everyone else was at work so I had to do it all alone. Made it to work by 11:30am. Boss was a little miffed, but he was happy for me after he saw the buck.

    I'm very happy right now. Haven't taken a buck in several years. I've been holding out for one like this. And I'm sure many of you know what it feels like but I've had several disappointments over the years. This time everything finally came together for me. YES!!!!

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