Monday, August 23, 2010

Summer Fun

Hello to one and all. I have been away from the blogoshere although not far from home. Have been enjoying a much needed hiatus from writing this summer and focusing more on outdoor adventures. I have been putting in my share of cycling road miles averaging about 125 miles per week, give or take a few. Also have been doing various summer odd jobs to help keep the frig full. Other than that I am still trying to get my house sold which is like trying to sell sand to the sandman.

Earlier this summer my friend Larry and I successfully completed our Master Hunter certification for Oregon and have since been spending time woodcutting for ourselves and his clients. Just about anything having to do with wood I enjoy and it's especially fun working with him. He spent many years up in Alaska as a Coast Guard helicopter pilot on Kodiak Island and other locations. He tells a good hunting story and I relish the opportunity to be his audience.

Hunting season for me may start with Sage Grouse in September, provided I draw a tag. My friend Dan, his son and I put in together so we'll see. Jet is still pretty much retired and will not go with us for this hunt due to the typically scorching heat. Just not worth taking the chance with her health and ageing hips. She will however go with me for some evening September Dove hunts. Those I am more able to keep a close eye on her activity and physical abilities should she have problems.

I did draw a rifle buck tag for early October but no tag for Elk, which leaves me hunting the general rifle season come mid November. I did consider archery which starts September 1 but opted to keep cycling for that month. Just having to much fun riding this summer to call it quits so early. It is a short cycling season here in the high desert anyhow, and riding indoors is not nearly as enjoyable to maintain my fitness and motivation. Waterfowl season also starts in October and I hope to have a buck hanging at my house or in the freezer by the time I reach for my steel shot and decoys.

Not much else going on right now just getting ready and staying busy as best I can. I will be posting more often come next month and the start of hunting season. Thanks for sticking around and I hope you all are enjoying a wonderful summer.

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7 comments:

Jennifer Montero said...

I'm sure no one begrudges you having a hiatus from the blog to enjoy the weather, but it's nice to have you back.

I look forward to the start of your hunting season, and your own well-told tales. Give Jet a pat for me.

Our partridge season starts on 15 September, and the spaniels know it's almost here. They've stayed pretty fit over the summer and they just want to be out working.

The flatcoat pup is going to have her first go at retrieving partridge - which will show up the gaps in our training programme! She's been a joy, so sweet. Perhaps we can tempt you with a flattie to bring on behind Jet??

Rick Kratzke said...

Terry, congratulations on becoming a Master Hunter. From everything I read since I sort of met you I would feel confident to hunt with you and trust in what you tell me.

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Terry Scoville said...

Thanks Jennifer and a "flattie" may be the next after Jet. I still have not made my mind up yet. Look forward to hearing how your young pup does on the opener, good luck!

Rick thanks, I try to get the facts right and if I don't know I'd be the first to say so.

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

Don't blame you for spending your time out outdoors. Like Montana, your summer isn't that long. Congrats Terry on achieving your Master Hunter title. And you cycle 125 miles a week? You're awesome girl....

Terry Scoville said...

Thanks Karen, I have a new found passion for cycling since I got my new road bike last summer. It has become one of my "happy places" to be on my bike. Just plain feels good. Hope your summer has been enjoyable!

gary said...

Hey, was wondering what had happened. I was on the verge of emailing. Glad things went good over the summer and you're enjoying the summer breezes as you buzz along on the bike. SUMMERS CAN BE BUSY!! Congrat on the MH! I'll agree, wood is fun to work with, its just that some of you are a lot more skilled than the rest of us, which takes the enjoyment down a notch.

Hunting here starts this saturday. Set our blind up last saturday for Antelope and will be in there by 6:30 this sat.

Good to hear!

thecountrysideround said...

Great to hear from you Terry! Looking forward to seeing how your hunting season goes.

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