Dang. It’s been two weeks. I wish I could say I’ve been up to something, but I really haven’t. Mostly, I’ve been in a daze. Angus brought home a bug from high school. KYHillChick and I have had it. It’s one of those nasty viruses that kind of come and go.
I had a bit of a start when I went to the Turkey and Turkey Hunting Forum. It was all but dead. I knew it was in a bad way when they did not even finish off last year’s gobbler contest, but wow! That used to be a hopping place. It still could be. They stopped publishing the magazine over a year ago, but the forum had been going pretty well despite it. I’ll invite y’all to sign up and give me a howdy. Here’s the link:
This goes along with Quaker Boy removing their forum last year. That used to be a nice place. Oh well (sigh).
That being said, I would like to introduce y’all to another turkey forum that is considerably more active.
This is a really good forum, especially if you are into custom calls. I’ve already ordered one from one of the craftsmen– more on that after it arrives. If you make calls or want a really nice one made for you, I would recommend this place. They also have a variety of folks on there– rookies to master turkey hunters.
The Shaman Goes Concealed
KYHillChick and I bought each other a Conceal Carry class for Christmas, and we are scheduled to take it in early February. To be honest, there is not all that much need for it in our lives yet. However, it was one of those things that needed to be done before it became an issue. ‘HillChick retired from her desk job after 23 years and is working as a massage therapist now. She is getting out more. Me? I have had no qualms about carrying in the open when the rare need arose, but I realized a few things:
1) As I age, I’m probably starting to look less threatening to people. Eventually being old farts are going to make both of us targets.
2) Although where we live during the week is cool, the places we shop are going downhill.
3) Conceal Carry certification removes a lot of haziness out of carrying firearms in a vehicle.
4) The ongoing coyote problem at the farm has got us carrying more than we ever have.
Bottom line: I don’t want to slip up sometime, grab the family and drive to Falmouth for a milkshake and commit a firearms violation, because I forgot to leave the piece back at the house. I nearly did that this year when I went to town to get a new battery for the lawnmower.
Lately, I’ve been listening to these guys:
They have a Sunday night show on 55KRC here in Cincinnati. I never get to listen to the show live, but I found the podcasts fascinating.
Rather than pull the trigger on new firearms, I figured we would see if KYHillChick and I can get by with what we have until we get settled into it. I bought her a stainless GP-100 in 357 Mag 8 years ago. She bought me a Ruger P90 in 45 Auto about the same time. Everyone poo-poos shoulder holsters, but I have one of these odd bodies that seem to go with shoulder holsters. You can get away with a lot if you are a walking landform. Sure enough, the P90 with an extended mag just disappears under my normal casual attire. I could probably hide a 12 GA Pump in there too, and still have room for 3 day’s provisions. Sometimes being big is good.