Monday, November 29, 2010

True Story Tuesday - Tradition

Welcome to the last True Story Tuesday of 2010!  Yes it's true - this baby carnival has decided to take a little ski vacation while everyone gets busy with the holidays.  Hope you'll join in this week with your own True Story Tuesday!

What qualifies?  Anything amazing, hilarious, outrageous, miraculous, and (mostly) true that has happened to you!  You've probably already got a post written about the tale that is now legend.  Or one that is begging to be written about your Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, right?  Just grab the button up above, paste it into your post, link up below and we'll be around for some comment love!


This week brought to you by the redneck who must fill his freezer with wild game that his wife won't touch Mr. Daddy.


Yep everyone has them.

Whether you are OCD about them or just plain anal-retentive, to mildly habitual - to some degree I believe that we all share in this time honored practice...

We have one that we practice religiously in our hunting group - from the seasoned veteran to the newcomer rookie.

You see, in bow hunting, it is all about yardage. The closer to knowing the exact yardage that the target is from you the more exact your arrow placement will be.

Rach In:  This is where my man gets the cocky look that bow hunters sport when rifle hunters try to brag about their trophy...

The best way to instill this mantra is a penalty shot....

With your hat as the target...

This is for a clean miss only...

If you miss, when we all get back to camp you have to hang your hat on the practice target and everyone in the hunting group gets a whack at you hat at the exact yardage that you guessed your shot to be...

Now a plus or minus 5 yard guess is the difference of a vital hit, or a clean miss. Most of us carry range finders, but there are times when you just don't have the time to range every shot. So there is a certain amount of calculated intel that goes into a few shots.

As much as I would love to pump you full of sunshine and try to make you believe that I am the 21st century version of Davey Crockett, or the reincarnation of the infamous Fred Bear, or Howard Hill, that sadly is not the case at all...

Rach In:  Who????

I was taking my bow for a walk just the other day, when a group of elk just happened to be passing by. As they seemed to be in a mite bit of a hurry, there wasn't time to drag out the old range finder...

But being as this wasn't my first rodeo, and I happen to have a wee bit of experience in the woods, I quickly deduced that the yardage was quite close, somewhere between 18 and 20 yards to be exact.

This would be referred to as a chip shot in golf, or a layup in basketball....

Not quite a gimme, or a slam dunk....

But in my mind I was lighting the grill. And lightly seasoning the steaks...

Welllllllll... do you know that guy named Murphy....Yeah, the one that wrote that stupid law... I met him AAAAaaaaaggaaiiinnnnn!!!!!

Ya see there was this combination of a little equipment failure and fading eyesight... To make a long story short, and not bore you with a bunch of very valid excuses, I MISSED!!!!

Rach In: Let's just be honest here... he came home and said he needed a new bow. Cuz, you know... the BOW missed the shot...

In the circles that I run in my hat is somewhat of a legend....Not that it is pristine or anything like that, but more for the fact that it leaks about a day or so before it rains...

Rach In:  Nice honey, niiice.

Like I said, not my first rodeo...LOL

There was a rookie in camp though this year... He missed today at 30 yards....

I DIDN'T miss his hat......

Rach In:  Mr. Daddy would like all of you non-rednecks to note that HIS arrow is dead center in the hat - from approximately 3,479 yards away, through thick brush, while hanging from a tree branch and chewing gum.

(And yes DEAR!!!! The new bow shoots like a champ... :o) )


Allenspark Lodge said...

"it leaks about a day or so before it rains..."

Looks like it will leak a week or so before the rain now. What a great tradition/penalty!


Shana said...

You know, I have never actually hunted, as in killed something for food. Well, besides crawdads when I lived in Louisiana as a kid. But I remember going hunting with my uncle and my cousins and we would trek miles in the freezing cold and they shot squirrels and rabbits ( we had them in dumplings...yummy...yes i liked it) and because me and my cousin Mary were the only girls we had to carry the kills. Maybe that is why I don't like hunting. Not that this really had anything to do with what you posted but that is what I thought of. ;)

GunDiva said...

Let me made that hat shot hanging upside down from the tree branch and Rach was just tryin' not to brag too hard on you :)

Brandi said...

First of all... ew, ew, and ew. Elk steak does not sound good. This hunting stuff is way over my head, but taking your bow out for a walk? The elk don't believe that and neither do I. :P

Kobus the Bow Hunter said...

Wow nice shot on the hat... Can't say the same about your shot at the elk... That's a really cool tradition. Why would you shoot at the hat from a tree though?

Buckeroomama said...

If you two ever star in your own sitcom, I'd be a faithful audience.

Mom of M&Ms said...

ROFLMAO>>> sursly!

Kmama said...

I think that's a great tradition, bu t I'm totally laughing out loud at how EVERYONE else managed to hit your hat. It MUST have been the bow's fault. Must have.

K- floortime lite mama said...

How I love your stories and I would LOVE a sitcom starring you two

Jody said...

Oh man I am laughing! This is so much like our house that I had to read some of it to dh (do you know how often dh says he's taking his gun for a walk?).
Nice shot Mr. Daddy, hopefully buck-fever won't hit you so bad next time ;).

Anonymous said...

We live around hunters so I understand the tradition, I don't feel the need to ever hunt though.
I like the bow through the hat, lol.

Allenspark Lodge said...

Nice imagery, Rach. I can just see Mr. Daddy making that (hat) shot. It's time to come to Colorado, Mr. D.

Foursons said...

I just about had a heart attack reading this was the last TST. Then I went back and read more carefully and realized you'll be back in a month. Whew! I was sweatin' it trying to come up with something to post for your very last one.

Mr. D- glad you got your new bow. We all know it couldn't possibly have been user error. Even if you did make the "perfect" shot in the Rookie's hat.

Stacy said...

Of course it was the bow's fault LOL! What a great tradition, too. Makes you want to get the big Wapiti even more! :)

If you look at Monday's post I have a link to a story in the comment section about a few deer that met their end last week. Those boys are going to have a great story to tell and re-tell. Really nice kids, too.

Mama4Real said...

Ok, that was a really fun post!!! I scrolled down to look at the picture first, totally not expecting men in full fledged camo and bows!!! HAHA!!!

Tiffany said...

Woohoo for hunting stories! And, of course it was the bow. Sheesh Rach, everyone knows that! ;)

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

That's a hilarious tradition - my friends don't hunt but I still want us to establish a ritual where we get to shoot each others' clothing!

Kameron said...

Rach, you hubby has mad skillz (yes it needed the z). Girls only like guys who have skills. Nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, etc. (Name the movie)

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

Bad, bad bow!!! Love this story!

Mrs. NB

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