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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:51 pm 
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I talked to my hunter this afternoon. He's looking forward to this project like one would expect. I've been considering talking to some other area landowners/farmers that I know to secure some extra hunting opportunities but Tom says we're good and involving more people only adds 2x more problems. He's probably right and I reckon we do have some dependable locations. Maybe I need to be looking at help with food and lodging. Motel rooms fill up a year in advance of the regular rifle season so I may have to give up my bedroom but that's OK, too.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:04 pm 
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It's beginning to come together. I'm meeting a local woman tomorrow morning to check out her "rental cabin" for my hunter's use. I was expecting to be able to house him here but Grouch Attack balked and that's the end of that. I pursued a couple of alternatives and the "cabin" seems to be the best overall option. Only 4 miles from my house so several miles closer than the next option. No "third party" stuff going on, I'm working directly with the owner and she's willing to give me a break on the cost. If the hunter isn't comfortable staying alone, I can camp out there, too.
Granddaughter is getting into the act. She's proposed re-caulking/repainting the "deer houses" so they look nice and are less drafty. She might even free hand some decorations. I suspect she will ensure there'll be no shortage of cookies and snacks available for the hunt.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:02 pm 
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kschwa wrote:
You Sir are a wonderful person !


I second this! Please continue to keep us posted Mobuck.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:13 am 
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One step closer: lodging secured. Maybe can work in a small friends and family community dinner one evening.
It was a tradition for my Uncle to host a friends and family bonfire and carry in supper on the first night of deer season. Sitting around the fire telling the stories of the day was special for kid too young to take part and later for a successful hunter relating his experiences to the other hunters.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:43 pm 
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Update: I spoke with my hunter this evening and we finalized some of our plans. He's been having trouble finding the MDC license site so I sent a link(I hope it worked anyway).
I'm meeting him 1/2 way and bringing him up on 11/14 so we can have 11/15 to get the rifle and other stuff sorted out. He wants to use his digital viewer which I have no experience with so that will take some practice. I also found that he has some other commitments that may limit his hunting time. If we're not successful, his tag will still be good during the antlerless segment of our season.
I'm seeing lots of deer and the youth season in a couple weeks will provide some much needed scouting. Unless things go terribly wrong, our crops will be harvested and the deer will be working the turnips rather than spread across the wide open soybean fields.
The deer houses have a fresh coat of paint, the cabin for the hunter is reserved, he's working on his license, I can almost walk sort of normally, and the deer are getting frisky. It's not perfect and it's not a done deal but it's getting closer.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:50 pm 
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Glad to hear it's coming together. You are a more patient man than you come across on here. Kudos to you.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:23 am 
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RE being patient: I just allocate my very limited amount of patience to certain areas. People who are willing to try to overcome seemingly overwhelming challenges get a good share.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:37 am 
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Picked up my hunter "Bill" yesterday. Nice guy about 3 years older than my older Son and he's getting more excited with each hunting story. Today will be spent working out his "adaptive device" as it's far different than my crude but effective mechanical setup. Then a complete revamp of the shooting house since he's left handed. Hoping the local bunny cop comes by to visit so he can see the whole process(quite possible the FIRST time in my life I actually hoped to see a bunny cop FTF). I think MDC shafted Bill by selling him a $19 hunting license that is unnecessary when purchasing a Deer Tag. For that amount, he could have purchased two anterless tags(with those, we could have played the "whack 'em and stack 'em" game). My opinion of MDC has fallen to the category of "disgusting scoundrels".

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:11 am 
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Please do let us know how it turns out.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:37 am 
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TODAY IS THE DAY
I'm picking him up at our rented cabin in an hour so we can get all of our stumbling, clunking, and banging around done before shooting time. His device may be a factor as it doesn't come anywhere near the versatility and/or ease of use of my old school contraption. He wants to use it so I'm going to do my best to make it work. I will say that even with the questionable adaptive device, he did a good job on the range. Now, if we can just get a deer to cooperate and hold still long enough to coordinate the various parts of his widget.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:17 pm 
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SUCCESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At approx 4:45 PM, USMC Gunnery Sargent (Ret) Bill Murphy made a one shot kill on a 3 point whitetail buck at a range of 75-80 yards. He'd already passed several opportunities to take a doe and very graciously settled for a "management buck" after some equipment issues prevented a shot at a slightly bigger buck a few minutes earlier. Even better, the actual shot was recorded on video.
We had a house full of family tonight to give thanks for the successful hunt and I'm very blessed to have had the opportunity to give my best for one who gave so much for our country.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:36 pm 
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OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:47 am 
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Excellent!! Glad it went well. That's a great thing you did for a vet.
Post the video up too if you can.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:05 am 
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Great news! I salute your efforts to help one our service members participate in the greatest of outdoor activities, big game hunting!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:52 pm 
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That is exciting. I'm sure the gunny was overwhelmed with emotion. Who would have thought. What a great opportunity for him. Thanks Mobuck for all you did.

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