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Tuesday, December 30. 2008
Pistol shooting practice time this past Saturday afternoon for Wesley Culbertson, my Grandson, furnished us with a very unusual hit on a clay pigeon target.Â The kids like to shoot them because they shatter so easy!Â Not this one!
Like any good Texan, Wesleyâ€™s first shot drilled it dead center, but the clay bird remained intact.Â His second shot clipped the top off and his third one demolished it!
Wesley has been practicing pistol shooting and pistol safety with his Dad, Paul, and the 9 year old has certainly made progress.Â Pistols can be tricky to shoot and hit a target with any regularity.Â Some secrets that Wesley has already picked up â€“ keep your finger off of the trigger until youâ€™re ready to shoot,Â have a good grip, get a good sight picture, then squeeze, donâ€™t jerk.Â This holds for a .22 up to a .45 auto.
Here Wesley and his Mom, Suzanne are taking shots and hitting the clay birds.
Both of them are good shots and are safe shooters, but they should straighten up their posture a little.
Three generations practicing our shooting sports, not bad!
Posted by Jon Bryan in Shooting at 08:05 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, December 28. 2008
Rereading my Great Uncle, Lee Wallaceâ€™s book, â€œWaif Of The Timesâ€, I came across some of his â€˜thoughtsâ€™ about income taxes and wealth redistribution.Â Leeâ€™s writings spanned a time period of 1900 to 1930 and definitely covered 1913, the year the 16th amendment to our Constitution was passed, eventually giving us the IRS.
Lee was a staunch Democrat and elected official â€“ County Attorney, District Judge and received an appointment by Pres. Roosevelt to become a Federal Judge, but turned it down because of his health.Â It turns out he had successful surgery and lived 22 more years.Â He should have taken up FDR on his offer!
After the Civil War ended, and for the next 100 years, Texas and the entire South was almost 100% Democrat.Â As the liberals and elitists encroached on our society and government, the South and Texas became more conservative and Republican.Â Leeâ€™s thoughts, written almost 100 years ago, echo true to this dayâ€¦
â€œIf you take away from me the things I have earned without my consent you are a robber.Â If you give it or part to another, you make a robber out of him.â€ Â
â€œI hate you for taking my earnings without my consent; I hate the one you give it to for accepting it, and you both hate me for hating you because you know that I know you robbed me.â€
â€œA thief always hates a sheriff, not that the sheriff has done the thief any wrong but because the sheriff is in the business of competing with the thief.â€
Feelings were obviously high against the recently passed income tax.Â I believe we, that pay the taxes, still feel that way in 2008!
Posted by Jon Bryan in Politics at 08:05 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday, December 26. 2008
Putting this hunt in perspective, winter started 5 days ago and this fall, weâ€™ve only enjoyed two cold snaps with freezing temps.Â Being a 5th generation Texan, I call myself a â€˜flatlanderâ€™, have thin blood, am adverse to cold and cold to me is 45. But like most men, a little self-punishment is good for the body.
Monday morning in Mills County, Texas was foggy, the temp was 27 and it was way too cold to go sit in a blind, but Monday afternoon was different.Â It was cloudy, 34 degrees with a southeast wind of 10-15 MPH, and a wind chill of around 23.Â Rather than stay in by the nice warm fire, I decided to go hunting and try to shoot a big doe and I picked a tree stand overlooking a small food plot.Â Since the deer have over grazed the plot and weâ€™ve had very little rain in the past 2 months, I use the term, food plot, as a description only!
With my .270 unloaded, climbing up into the stand, I was about 15/16th in and just sliding into the seat when I saw movement on the edge of the plot and I froze.Â About 80 yards away, a yearling doe picked that time to came out and browse a little.Â Not being able to move, I felt kindaâ€™ silly â€œhalf in and half outâ€™, but all I could do was just remain in that cramped position.
Then out comes a big doe, a shooter, obviously the yearlingâ€™s mom, and she starts grazing.Â No scent problem since the cold wind is off of the deer, blowing into my face and both of them have their rear ends toward me and as I â€˜scroochâ€™ down into the seat, up go their tails and they bolt off!Â The sound of cloth on cloth must have spooked them.
Finally loading my rifle and tying my camera to a convenient limb, I settle in and wait for another doe or a good picture.Â Being â€˜bucked outâ€™ since the 8th day of the season all I can shoot are does and we have plenty of them!
The longer I sit, the colder I get.Â The wind â€˜findsâ€™ every crack and space in my garb, even the eyes of my shoelaces.Â Of course, being cold and thinking about it only makes me â€˜moreâ€™ colder.Â My thoughts race â€“â€œMaybe another doe wonâ€™t come by?â€Â Â â€œMaybe not even a picture opportunity?â€œÂ â€œMaybe itâ€™s too cold to even clean one?â€ Â
Just then a spike comes out of a trail not 20 yards to my front and turns and stares at me.Â He must be thinking, â€œWhat in the world are you doing out in this weather?â€
As he ambles on down the trail, I answer that question for him, climb out of the stand and head back to my Jeep.Â No deer today, and as my Dad said many years ago, â€œBoy, donâ€™t worry about todayâ€™s bad hunt.Â Just remember if it was easy each time out, it would be called shooting instead of hunting!â€
Posted by Jon Bryan in Hunting at 08:05 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Thursday, December 25. 2008
This Christmas Iâ€™ve had some wonderful presents, Bradâ€™s progress being right at the top, but my greatest present is having our Lordâ€™s presence in my life!Â Praise Him!Â My wish for everyone is to have the merriest Christmas possible and as youâ€™re opening your presents, stop and ask our Lord to come into your life and make His presence in it!
Posted by Jon Bryan in Random Thoughts at 06:05 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday, December 24. 2008
Our family received a wonderful Christmas present last Friday.Â Brad, on his way to Georgia, to visit friends and to go hunting, called to let me know that his Oncologist had called to tell him that again this month, his X-rays, CT scan and MRI showed no cancer spread or growth.Â Earlier in December Brad had a bronchoscopy of both lungs and the Doctor was thrilled at his progress.Â December of â€™07, when Brad was so sick with pneumonia, this same Doc had given Brad less than a month to live.
Brad told me then, â€œDad, donâ€™t worry about my condition, because I will either see one of two miracles.Â One miracle will be that Iâ€™ll be cured, or the other miracle will be that Iâ€™ll see Jesus!â€Â From that minute on Bradâ€™s condition has improved!
Thanks to everyone for praying for Brad and please keep him in your prayers and on your Churchâ€™s prayer lists.
Godâ€™s will, will be done with Brad!
Merry Christmas, Jon and Layla
Posted by Jon Bryan in Random Thoughts at 08:05 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday, December 22. 2008
Changing out the 7-1/2â€™s in my pump for 6â€™s and clipping the other 2 between the fingers of my left hand, I quickly, but quietly, walked up behind the damn and eased my eyes over the edge for a look, and to my surprise there was 75 to 100 different varieties of ducks swimming and feeding in the small tank. Quickly ducking back down, my mind racing, I tried to wave for Fred to come up, but he couldnâ€™t see me through the thick stuff, so I decided to tie into them by myself.
Posted by Jon Bryan in Hunting at 08:05 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday, December 20. 2008
Pictured is a west Texas desert mule deer taken with â€œThe Legendâ€, Warren Bleshâ€™s 22.250. The mulie scored 165 B&C and was taken on the Caddo Gage Ranch.Â Warren mentioned to me after he shot his Colorado mulie with a 25.06, see â€œThe â€˜Bullâ€™ Goes To Coloradoâ€, that he would like to get one with â€œThe Legendâ€, a 22.250.
In Warrenâ€™s words, â€œâ€œThe Legendâ€ met it's toughest match this past week. We faced vast rough country and very elusive desert mulies.Â Mondays weather was 70 degrees and winds out of the south at 30mph. Tuesday morning, in our assigned â€˜pastureâ€™ of 14,000 acres, we saw lots of young bucks.â€
â€œAround noon the weather changed to a hard norther with winds 30 mph from the north and rain turning to snow. I was intimidated by the hard hunting, hard weather and this was far more hunt than I had planned for â€œThe Legendâ€.â€
â€œMy guide and I spotted this big mulie chasing a few does.Â Â The wind was howling and I had to take my first shot from the pick up. The pick up shook, the Legend fired and I must have missed.Â Oh my!â€
â€œThe next shot rang out as my guide said keep firing.Â The next shot a solid mid section shot. Then, I remembered that my buddy in Colorado had told me that a high shoulder shot would take any mulie down.Â So, my next shot was high shoulder. The buck took a fall and both me and â€œThe Legendâ€ passed out from exhaustion!â€
Posted by Jon Bryan in Hunting at 08:05 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Thursday, December 18. 2008
Cove had a great year reaching the Semi-finals and Goldthwaite had a good year reaching the Area round.Â Seems like the season just started and itâ€™s over!Mikaylaâ€™s Goldthwaite Eaglettes traveled to Dublin (home of Dr. Peppers) and lost 35-25.Â Last time they played Dublin they lost 41-19.Â Theyâ€™re getting better.Â Then they visited San Saba this past Monday and came away with a 21-20 win over their big rivals.Â
Â Mikayla is giving away some height as she guards the â€˜Dillo center.
This was 2 in a row for us over San Saba and brought Goldthwaiteâ€™s record to 4 and 4.Â The girls are learning how to play the game.
Posted by Jon Bryan in Sports at 08:05 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
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