Dead On My Feet, But Completely Worth It
Posted 02 July 2012 - 07:36 PM
As we get out there, we already pretty much decided to let his girlfriend's kid (the new hunter as of last year) do most of the shooting. I played chauffeur, guide, and bartender for the most part. I took one jack with a pistol and one with a rifle. My buddy bloodied both his CCW pistols also. As for the kid, well, let's just say he learned a few things. One was not to stay up all night playing video games before you go walking through the hot desert all day . We ran him ragged, on purpose! He also thought he was good enough (with his many hours of experience ) to use a rifle or pistol for rabbits. We told him to try a shotgun first. He still couldn't connect. He let a lot of cottontail slip away. While it would have been nice to have more meat, it was well worth the price to let the kid have a ton of fun. Besides, it's a long season and I have taken more than enough cottontails over the years.
The best part of the whole trip was riding around, getting a chance to finally see my best friend/hunting partner again, and having a few cold ones while we watched one of the new batch out there running around with all the energy we used to have. No meat or game in the world can take the place of that . The only cottontail we finally got was when I told my buddy to go get the one we scared up on the way out with his 3" barreled Glock 27 he carries on his CCW. And he did. That's my boy!
The only problem the whole day was the fact that the handle assembly on my tailgate came loose and we could not open it out there . That meant the only clean, flat places to clean rabbits was either the sandy, dirty ground, the roof of the truck, or the hood of the truck. The bed had way too much gear in it, and the cab was already full. The hood it was. I have to apologize to every hunter out there, and anyone offended on my way to the closest car wash. I did not help much to promote our sport by driving around with a hood like this . I did go to the closest car wash I could find, 45 miles away though . It was not done on purpose, I promise you. Again, sorry.
I did not get home until after 930 last night, only to be up again at 4:30 today for work. Ouch! But I would do it again in a half a heartbeat . Tired would be an understatement! Hope everyone else had a great opener as well. It was worth the whole trip just to be around them again though. Gotta love it.
Almost forgot, I saw something I have never seen before yesterday. As we were driving the dirt road out I stopped to look at something very, very odd. I showed the other two what looked like a pair of ears growing out of the ground. When I grabbed the binos to see what it was, I was extremely shocked to see a jackrabbit with his head flat on the ground while his body was laying on it's side. It looked almost like they do after you shoot them except his head and ears were upright! In all my years I have never seen a rabbit laying down under a bush, always squatting or standing. I wish I had taken a picture, but it was quite a ways out. I assumed it was dead until my buddy walked over to it and it jumped up and ran. Guess you're never too old to see something new, no matter how long you have been doing it.
Good luck again to all this season, this is just the beginning of many good times to come
Posted 02 July 2012 - 07:58 PM
About the blood, say three hail Mary's and you will be forgiven.
Posted 02 July 2012 - 08:20 PM
Posted 02 July 2012 - 09:50 PM
I think the bloody hood is cool I would have left it and tied a shoe to the front bumper lol
Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:51 AM
Bob, pretty cool the chp letting you go... Great story on that!
Always great to get out (how would I know / LOL), and at least your group did have some action and success. And like you say, it's a long season.
Posted 03 July 2012 - 11:54 AM
Posted 03 July 2012 - 05:32 PM
The two things that absolutely cracked me up Frank was first when the Officer told me "I was sitting three feet off the shoulder of the road, I wasn't exactly hiding! Is there something wrong with you boy?". If he only knew. And after all was said and done, he handed me back everything and told me "You see that call box way down the road there, past the third mile marker? That is how far you should be looking ahead of you while driving, not up here (as he points at the bumper)". We all about died laughing. Sure was glad I got the veteran Officer!
Thanks Tom, I feel better now
Hey shoot-it, about 15 years ago I would have left it there for good. By the way, the 240gr XTP's by Hornady do real well on rabbits. It expands well, unlike lead, but does seem to over expand. It will pretty much remove the sides and guts, bit leave all the shoulders and back straps. This was the exit side of the jack I took at about 40 yards Sunday. I like these for hunting, but still prefer lead to shoot regularly. And best of all, even when loaded to mag specs, they to the same POI as the lead at special speeds!
Posted 03 July 2012 - 05:55 PM
Real tractors have two cylinders and hand clutches.
My rifle is mine, it isn't for sale, and I only give guns to people that I really like.
Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:33 PM
Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:55 PM
Hopefully your truck had a nice coat of wax before it got bloody. My buddys white truck still wears green blood stains from five years ago. Ha ha!
Sure.............If you count 10 months worth of dirt from not washing it as "wax"
That was also one of the reasons I had to wash it. That, and the bits of internal organs had that distinct dead rabbit smell every time you got close to it. I know this because the vent intake for the A/C is at the base of the windshield, so I got to smell it on the freeway all the way to the car wash
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