April 30, 2012
Saturday the temperature was a bit higher, though the toms weren't gobbling. The rain and wind quieted the birds down, and I got only one bird to respond to my call. I set about to get closer to the call (from the direction of the river to the south of my blind), but I received only one response after I moved. That was it for the day.
Here is a porcupine that I didn't shoot.
Sunday, said "screw the blind, I'm wearing camo, and it's frickin' cold out" so I set out "runnin' and gunnin'". I received responses about half an hour's hike from the trailhead, and followed him into the woods calling to maintain contact and direction. Once again the bird wasn't interested in meeting me, as he moved away whenever I'd get closer. I chased him for about two hours until he crossed the river, and taunted me with gobbles in tall grass about 150 yards away.
Good times. Next year I'm going to blast a big tom, I promise.
April 25, 2012
The shotgun is clean and oiled, I have a flask of alcohol, and a copy of Skousen's 5000 Year Leap.
I hope to shoot something this year. Or at least see something.
We shall see.
I'll try to take a couple photos if anything fun besides boozin' happens.
April 16, 2012
"In response, I’ll quote a thought of Epictetus, again, as he has recently been firing my mind.
When any person does ill by you, or speaks ill of you, remember that he acts or speaks from a supposition that it is his duty. Now, it is not possible that he should follow what appears to be right to you, but only what appears so to himself. Therefore, if he judges from a wrong appearance, he is the person hurt, since he, too, is the person deceived. For if any one supposes a true proposition to be false, the proposition is not hurt, but he who is deceived about it. Setting out, then, from these principles, you will mildly bear with one who reviles you, for you will say upon every occasion: "It seemed so to him.” (bold by ed.)
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