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  • CD2
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    Well the ladder stick w cheap flexy stand is the hottest spot in the woods now (but activity seems all nocturnal). Will check game cam after hunting tomorrow.

    Did not make it out today (slept in).
    Fam stuff today (grocery shop, eat).
    Kid seems in good spirits even if biopsy area bruised.

    Got me some EZY steps, ordered 10 for 60 bucks. They were the smaller ones, just bent, w the lag screw pivoting. I've had the larger and they are nice, but gobble pocket space when moving.
    Initial stand setup I used to lug em out in a Mathews bag (from ATA show). They went bye bye with it when I cleaned house last yr.

    So...............10 new steps. Buddy had borrowed a few of my old ones, noticed a couple were from my original purchase, back in '85.

    They will be retired, set on shelf in back room. Ordering another 10 steps after X mas.
    EZY.................love em.

    Stands? The flexy Big Game hang on for $60 (not on sale) is too flexy. In the shed it goes (public land backup stand it will be). The Muddy Outfitter is more stable, but still has some flex.
    Tolerable. Still not thrilled with it, but good enough to keep in rotation.

    Next yr it will be on the creek w the ladder stick.

    The EZY steps will probably be used w an XOP (purchase after X mas when on sale).

    New gear?
    Have yet to really use my Steiner XC 10X binos. 10X seems a bit much, so will give it a few tries to see if I get used to em. 8X I think better for general usage. But Cameraland was down to two left on sale so I bought one. Not against just keeping them for the gun range or in the truck for field scanning.

    Def take yoting if my rifle wearing a 2-7X.

    Speaking of on sale, last two items.....scored a Blaser hybrid fleece vest. Watched Field Sports Britain and the ol lady like Andy's vest during the boar hunt. Around $230. Checked around and stateside had em, on sale for 109. Out of stock on every size except for two XLs. I got one.

    Figure wear it over a flannel shirt jack this yote season.
    Maybe a bit too nice for that.

    So.............twice this yr, got German goodies on sale, when down to last two items of each.
    Kind of a pattern.

    Should run to car dealer and see about a Volkswagen SUV..................not



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  • jhjimbo
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    This is my upland red vest (we did not have blaze) when I hunted rabbits and pheasant in the mid '50's. Actually started before I got a license. The rubber liner of the Click image for larger version

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  • rock rat
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    Pack frame from early 70s (camptrails astral cruiser) 17' Grumman shoe keel my dad bought in the 60s, Grandpas field grade Elsie is just a door gun, not much interest in upland birds and not many birds here but it's probably good for two legged varmints, Wildee Experience day pack from 79 still take it for day hikes all the time has lots of sewing for reinforcement. Canteen cup early 70s.

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  • PigHunter
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    Originally posted by CD2 View Post
    After last year royally honked me off, I ditched a lot of stuff.
    Today took a ladder stick to the woods to set a stand.
    Of course the tree I spotted late season last yr, proved dead.
    So picked a different tree, and it has curve, so the ladder stick won't lay flat against it.
    Gotta pick another tree.

    I don't have any now, but for private ground, screw in steps are great.
    EZY my preferred brand. Single fold. Double folds are just gonna bite you LOL

    Might have to order some, cheaper than going with section sticks (not joined together to form one stick).

    Public land says no screw ins.
    So may buy some Muddy not joined ladder sticks.
    IIRC close to 200 retail. Ouch.

    A dozen EZY way cheaper.............for private land only.

    Woods was green, spiders galore. No new acorns down. 65 but covered to avoid tick issues.............burned me up.
    I left my partial ladder stick on the crooked tree.
    Will move it later.

    At least I don't have to lug the thing into the woods now. Clanking and banging............just sucked.
    I've just about stopped climbing trees on public land. A pop-up blind is half the weight of a tree stand and a ground blind made from natural materials just takes a little effort.

    LOL, 65 would be nice. Our highs have been running in the mid 90's, lows in the mid 70's.

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  • CD2
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    After last year royally honked me off, I ditched a lot of stuff.
    Today took a ladder stick to the woods to set a stand.
    Of course the tree I spotted late season last yr, proved dead.
    So picked a different tree, and it has curve, so the ladder stick won't lay flat against it.
    Gotta pick another tree.

    I don't have any now, but for private ground, screw in steps are great.
    EZY my preferred brand. Single fold. Double folds are just gonna bite you LOL

    Might have to order some, cheaper than going with section sticks (not joined together to form one stick).

    Public land says no screw ins.
    So may buy some Muddy not joined ladder sticks.
    IIRC close to 200 retail. Ouch.

    A dozen EZY way cheaper.............for private land only.

    Woods was green, spiders galore. No new acorns down. 65 but covered to avoid tick issues.............burned me up.
    I left my partial ladder stick on the crooked tree.
    Will move it later.

    At least I don't have to lug the thing into the woods now. Clanking and banging............just sucked.
    Last edited by CD2; 09-09-2019, 01:15 AM.

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  • MattM37
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    Originally posted by fitch270 View Post

    Google his name with Phoebe inventor and a little blurb about it will show up on Facebook. I have a longer article about him from a local magazine, I might be able to copy/scan it if you’re interested. Will have to find it first though.
    Thanks for offering! Only if it's right handy.

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  • fitch270
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    Originally posted by MattM37 View Post

    Appreciate the history, I never knew that about Phoebes. Funny that a spin-fishing lure was invented there in the fly-fishing mecca.

    On occasion I've seen ladies wearing fishing-lure earrings -- I think I remember someone with a table full of them at the Syracuse Sportsman's Expo one year. Makes me think of a cool picture FS printed a few years ago, a close-up of a woman's long fingernails with a perfect painting of a trout fly instead of regular nail-polish. Man, talk about the whole package! I've had a couple girlfriends who really liked fishing but they weren't that into it.
    Google his name with Phoebe inventor and a little blurb about it will show up on Facebook. I have a longer article about him from a local magazine, I might be able to copy/scan it if you’re interested. Will have to find it first though.

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  • MattM37
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    Originally posted by fitch270 View Post

    You may have been there Jimbo, Downsville, about 15 miles north of Roscoe. Gentleman’s name was Blaine Wright. He made them before selling the rights to the Acme Tackle Co.

    Acme tweaked the design a little bit but occasionally you can find the originals at flea markets and such in old tackle boxes. I actually bought two at a craft sale that someone had turned into women’s earrings. I paid $2 for the pair, put new split rings and hooks on them. Felt they deserved to be used as intended.
    Appreciate the history, I never knew that about Phoebes. Funny that a spin-fishing lure was invented there in the fly-fishing mecca.

    On occasion I've seen ladies wearing fishing-lure earrings -- I think I remember someone with a table full of them at the Syracuse Sportsman's Expo one year. Makes me think of a cool picture FS printed a few years ago, a close-up of a woman's long fingernails with a perfect painting of a trout fly instead of regular nail-polish. Man, talk about the whole package! I've had a couple girlfriends who really liked fishing but they weren't that into it.

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  • FirstBubba
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    I've got "some" gear, lures, knives, guns, etc from the 50's and 60's I inherited from my dad and grandad.
    Some I still use, some is put up. Some occupy spots of honor around the house.

    The most revered piece in my "collection" is a 1904 model L.C. Smith (Elsie) that my great uncle handed down to me in the early 50's.
    I don't use it, it sits quietly in the gun safe. After all, it IS over 100 years old! LOL!
    I suppose my second favorite piece is a Rem "Sportsman" 16 ga. Not a real collectible, but one of the first 500 made! I think that's pretty neat!

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  • PigHunter
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    Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post

    Did you ever try a kayak paddle in a canoe ?
    Oh yes. Using a double blade has been my primary means of solo paddling for the last 18 years. The single blades still have their place when I solo, it just depends on the conditions. Here's a photo from December 2013 and you can see my kayak paddle leaning / tied to the tree. Notice that I spray painted the white blades with a duller color to attempt a little more concealment.

    I have a tendency to always pull the canoe completely from the water and tie off high just in case there's an unexpected rise in level. This spot is about 3 miles from the boat landing and it's all flat water paddling. The water was only about 18 inches deep and I had to do shallow paddling to keep the blades out of mud.

    The rifle shown is a Remington 7400 in .30-06 with carbine length barrel.

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  • jhjimbo
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    Originally posted by PigHunter View Post
    Not counting firearms...

    I purchased my favorite canoe paddle around 1977 and still use it. It's got a straight aluminum shaft with plastic blade and T-handle. The paddle blade is larger than any I can find in current production and I can certainly do a lot with each stroke when really wanting to. The blade developed cracks about 6 years ago and I covered it with a layer of fiberglass / epoxy... better than new! Here's a picture of it beside my bent-shaft wooden paddle.

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    My dive fins were purchased in 1980 when I took a SCUBA certification class while in college. The last I've used them was three years ago in St. Croix. The 20-something year old dive guide just shook her head when I pulled them from my gear bag. She seemed surprised at how well I did on that dive.

    The oldest firearm I regularly use is a Winchester Model 74 manufactured in 1951. It was my Dad's squirrel rifle and it's still accurate.
    Did you ever try a kayak paddle in a canoe ?

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  • jhjimbo
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    Originally posted by fitch270 View Post

    You may have been there Jimbo, Downsville, about 15 miles north of Roscoe. Gentleman’s name was Blaine Wright. He made them before selling the rights to the Acme Tackle Co.

    Acme tweaked the design a little bit but occasionally you can find the originals at flea markets and such in old tackle boxes. I actually bought two at a craft sale that someone had turned into women’s earrings. I paid $2 for the pair, put new split rings and hooks on them. Felt they deserved to be used as intended.
    I hunt with friends from Roscoe who have a cabin not far out of town.

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  • fitch270
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    Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post

    I have some gold and silver phoebes, people in Ohio don't know what they are. What Town did the inventor live in ?
    You may have been there Jimbo, Downsville, about 15 miles north of Roscoe. Gentleman’s name was Blaine Wright. He made them before selling the rights to the Acme Tackle Co.

    Acme tweaked the design a little bit but occasionally you can find the originals at flea markets and such in old tackle boxes. I actually bought two at a craft sale that someone had turned into women’s earrings. I paid $2 for the pair, put new split rings and hooks on them. Felt they deserved to be used as intended.

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  • PigHunter
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    Not counting firearms...

    I purchased my favorite canoe paddle around 1977 and still use it. It's got a straight aluminum shaft with plastic blade and T-handle. The paddle blade is larger than any I can find in current production and I can certainly do a lot with each stroke when really wanting to. The blade developed cracks about 6 years ago and I covered it with a layer of fiberglass / epoxy... better than new! Here's a picture of it beside my bent-shaft wooden paddle.

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    My dive fins were purchased in 1980 when I took a SCUBA certification class while in college. The last I've used them was three years ago in St. Croix. The 20-something year old dive guide just shook her head when I pulled them from my gear bag. She seemed surprised at how well I did on that dive.

    The oldest firearm I regularly use is a Winchester Model 74 manufactured in 1951. It was my Dad's squirrel rifle and it's still accurate.
    Last edited by PigHunter; 08-23-2019, 08:03 PM.

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  • jhjimbo
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    Originally posted by fitch270 View Post
    Not including firearms there are two things that come to mind.
    First is my drag rope, one of those orange nylon strap deals. It was a gift from my cousin maybe 25 years ago.
    Second are some original Phoebes I’ve picked up in the last few years. I’m kinda careful with those as I’d hate to loose them. The guy that invented them lived in my dad’s hometown, he was known for handing them out to kids. When I was about 14 he was getting a haircut at my dad’s shop and gave me a half dozen. Guess he had a deal with Acme or something because he had a bunch of the old paper cards that you’d pull them off to buy them individually. Wish I still had one of those lures. I’ve probably gone through 30-40 phoebes over the years.
    I have some gold and silver phoebes, people in Ohio don't know what they are. What Town did the inventor live in ?

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