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  2. I finished this shooting bag for a good friend, and fellow blackpowder hunter, just in time for turkey season. He is a taxidermist and had done a lot of work for me without charge. After I badgered him a while he finally said he would take a shooting bag as payment. He wanted it specifically for turkey hunting so that's what he got. The stalls hold pre-measured powder and shot and the other pockets are for a pot call and strikers. The body of the bag is bison hide. The turkey fan is made from tanned carp skin and the turkey feet are ostrich leg skin. The morel mushrooms are made from rattlesnake skin and all the trim is New Zealand red deer hide. I carved the buttons and clasp from deer antler and everything was sewn by hand using artificial sinew. Hopefully, I will get a picture of this bag laying next to a big gobbler this spring! Darren
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    Just enjoying being retired and doing whatever I want. Every day is Saturday.
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    Im good, thanks. Been real busy. What have you been up to?
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    We're tired of staying hunkered down for winter. Can hardly wait for spring. Don't see many folks on here these days. How you been Dena?
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    I'm soooooo ready for spring!
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    I've been cold, seen snow ect. Had all the winter I want, ready for spring.
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    Sorry guys, I seemed to have dropped the ball. Been real busy! How are you fellas doing? I'm ready for spring!
  9. Made this shooting bag for a friend

    Such great work!!!
  10. Have to change my avatar

    Congrats on the new bow!!!
  11. Have to change my avatar

    I have just ordered a new bow and am going with an Elite Option 6. So when it comes in I will be changing my avatar. LOL! Big problem to have isn't it?
  12. Made this shooting bag for a friend

    My good friend, John Pruitt, made a couple traditional smokepoles for my dad and me and asked me to make him a shooting bag as payment. I finally finished it yesterday. What is really special about this piece is that the body of the bag is made from the hide off the moose I killed with my longbow in 2015. The light brown dotted leather is ostrich hide and the colored leather is ostrich leg skin. The trim and fringe are deer hide and I carved the buttons out of the antlers off a buck I killed with my longbow. Everything was sewn by hand using artificial sinew. The bag has one external pocket and two internal pockets. I hope he likes it! Darren
  13. An early Christmas present - my WHB Destiny longbow!

    Love the spalted wood. Even the riser seems a have a bit of spalt going on.
  14. An early Christmas present - my WHB Destiny longbow!

    Beautiful bow Darren!
  15. This beatiful bow came about in a moment of weakness. I had just gotten out of the bush on my early September caribou hunt in northern Quebec and was killing time at base camp waiting for the plane to take us to Montreal. Wifi was avaliable at camp so I turned on my phone and hooked up. Not really wanting to sift through the gobs of email I had waiting for me, I surfed the internet instead and went to one of my favorite sites, thewoodvault.com. There, Curt Noetzold has some of the finest looking bow limb veneer on the planet! Anyway...In a moment of weakness, I bought this beautiful spalted mango and a chunk of curly chocolate mango riser wood to go with it. So now I had some bow making material, I just needed someone to turn it into a bow for me. That's where my good friend, Mike Dunnaway, of Wild Horse Creek Bows, comes into the story. Mike had come out with a new model longbow, the Destiny, about 18 months ago and I was itching to have one in my collection. So I called Mike up, told him that I had some raw materials for him, and he took it from there. I was in no hurry for the bow so I told him I would pick it up when I saw him at the United Bowhunters of Missouri Festival in February. Putting the bow out of my mind, I continued to use the Quest longbow that Mike had made for me for this season. Then Mike called me in mid-November to say the bow was tillered and he had a string on it. If it would make the weight I wanted then he would have it finished soon. Woohoo! Now the Valentine's present to myself had been bumped up to an early Christmas present! The bow came out of the finish room last Sunday and Mike put it in the mail the following day. Bow specs: The bow is a two-piece takedown, is 62" long, and pulls 51#@28". Mr. Dunnaway has a plus-or-minus 2 pounds on his bow weight. I wanted 53 pounds so 51 made the limit. The limb core is bamboo and the veneer is spalted mango. The riser is curly chocolate mango with cocobolo accents. I got to shoot it for the first time yesterday and there will be little transition between the longbow I'm shooting now and it. I might even get to kill something with it this season! The veneer in its raw form the chunk of riser wood various photos that don't really do the bow justice One of the cool things that Mike does is make an arrow footed with the wood from your bow riser and send that along with the bow. Darren
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    We had a blast and it looks as though this is going to become an annual event.
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    My wife has some relatives near Canton and when we go down to visit, she and her cousins always run up to that flea market. It's quite a spectacle from what I understand. Darren
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    Heading up to Canton, TX this weekend to bring my wife to the Trade Days up there. Supposed to be the largest flea market in the country. She really enjoys that sort of thing so taking her, along with another couple, to allow her to enjoy the type of hunting that really gets her excited.
  19. Orange army doe

    Made a trip to my old stomping grounds on public land in Avoyelles parish Louisiana to battle the orange army in the 3 day either sex weekend. The weekend started off slow with no deer sightings Friday or Saturday. Sunday it was time to make a move closer to a doe bedding area that I typically save for prerut in mid December. As the sky began to glow with the first hints of morning I stood in my stand for more maneuverability if anything should approach. Within just a few minutes of having decent shooting light I heard rustling in the brush to the north of me. In a small clearing I saw ears flickering....I grabbed my bow and got in position to make the shot. There were 3 does on a trail that would allow me a 20yd shot. I had a hard time getting on the first doe so I moved to the second one. She paused in just the right spot. I released and watched as the arrow slammed into her shoulder. She tried to run but only managed to drag herself 60 yds before collapsing.
  20. Doubled up with the smokepoles!

    Looks like a great weekend Darren. Congrats! Always good to meet and make new friends.
  21. Doubled up with the smokepoles!

    Had a great weekend with my new friend, Joe Hollingshad, the owner of Devil's Backbone Wilderness Outfitters near Dora, MO. Joe invited me to hunt on his place with my longbow a couple of weeks ago and learned that I also hunt with a traditional muzzleloader. Not having anyone else to play with, he invited me to come back the second weekend of our firearms deer season to hunt with a smokepole. We had a great time dressing up in our leathers and telling stories of past hunts. Joe has some very nice bucks on his place but we were both hoping just to get some meat. The weather sucked on Saturday with the mach 4 winds but Sunday morning was prime. Within a couple of hours of daylight we both had does on the ground and Joe's grandson, Levi, killed his first deer ever; a nice 8-pointer. Can't wait to visit with these fine folks again! Darren
  22. My Wood Lot Kansas Buck

    Sweet buck. Congrats!
  23. Youth Hunt Success!

    Love seeing the young ones out there hunting. Congrats to her!
  24. Got er' did

    Super buck. Congrats!
  25. Got er' did

    Very Nice Buck, congrats !! Well done
  26. Bowonly's 2017/18 Hunting Journal

    10/24/17 Decided to sit a stand that was set up on an oak ridge that showed lots of sign of buck movement through this area....lots of rubs and scrapes. Along with sign of deer feeding on acorns. Wind is a little stronger than I like but not long after daylight a young forkhorn buck works his way through the oaks. A little later I hear crunching in the leaves and look on the next ridge over to see a good buck making his way across the draw onto the ridge I am sitting. I give him a few grunts to slow him down and possibly work him into shooting range. He stops and begins working his way toward me but a closer look through the binos reveals he is not what I drove to Iowa for. Right before I get down for lunch a spike works his way through the oaks cruising. That afternoon I am sitting in an opening between 2 cedar thickets that borders a standing cornfield. Saw 1 deer but my movement caught its attention before I could tell if it was a buck or doe. Thus ends day 1 of my hunt.
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