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              Traditional BOWHUNTERs of Maryland                                        SUMMER 2010
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                                                              should be a great time. All in all, these combined
         Tokata - Spring 2010                                 efforts were successful in generating some income
                                                              for the club and this year’s experience can serve as

A     s I write this I have just returned from the BBTC
shoot, a great time as usual. With the exception of a
                                                              a springboard for the future. This club was founded
                                                              to have fellowship and camaraderie as it focus. But
                                                              without some income along the way it becomes dif-
brief shower Friday evening, the weather was stel-            ficult to offer events and opportunities for members
lar. The Saturday night supper at the club campsite           to become interested in. I want to thank Jack
seemed to go very well and was attended by 60 or              Burdynski for managing the booth and Doug Mott
70 people as a best guess. It was probably our big-           for always being available when a hand was
gest crowd ever. I would like to thank all of those in        needed. Thanks to Andy for making and donating
camp that helped with, and donated side dishes to             the bow and getting the quivers.. And thanks to
the supper. And I want to specifically thank Jack             Stan for making and donating a great knife that I
Burdynski for donating all of the drinks and Steve            was the lucky winner of. Also thanks to Jeremy
Kendrot for being there to help with roasting to pig.         Raynor for his donations, and thanks to all who
I was cutting up the pig and I didn’t see all of those        spent time in the booth.
involved, but I know Merl and Bob Brilhart and
Marcia Rebuck did a lot of set up as well as cleaning                  I want to take this opportunity to thank
up. I thank them for their help as well as everyone           Jorge Coppen for taking on the newsletter for us. I
who helped cook and cleanup from the meals in                 have heard nothing but praise from the member-
camp over the weekend. If you missed this event               ship on the first edition. To keep the content of the
and Andy Lupher’s slammin’ homemade BBQ                       newsletter fresh and interesting we are always look-
sauce, you might want to make a mental note not               ing for new articles from the membership. If you
to miss it next year. Discussions after the supper            have been thinking of sharing accounts of a favorite
indicated that it was enjoyed and as a result we are          or memorable hunt or outdoor experience please
going to do the pig roast again.                              take the time to get it on paper. If you need it tran-
                                                              scribed please get with me and I will transcribe it or
       The club tried a few new things in the booth           put you in contact with someone who will.
this year. In an effort to add some income to the                     Last year we offered a Youth Ground Hog
club coffers, we asked for donated items from the             Hunt, unfortunately response was lacking. A sugges-
membership to sell, we held a knife raffle and                tion was made at the Tuckahoe meeting to try a
planned on holding a bow raffle as well. The bow              Youth Stingray Hunt. This would naturally require
raffle was called off when an offer was made for the          interested boat owners to volunteer their time and
bow that was, in our opinion, better than would               talent to ferry these kids around. I know there are a
have been realized from a raffle. Andy had made an            few children of members that would enjoy an op-
awesome “Skinner” bow that was too much for one               portunity like this. If you own a suitable boat for
member to resist. No names will be divulged until             Stingray shooting and enjoy those priceless ear to
he has had time to break it to his wife. Andy was             ear smiles on young people, and would like to vol-
able to get some Dawgware quivers to sell and we              unteer your time and talent, please get with me and
sold raffle tickets for a hog hunt that several club          we will try to set something up for this year.
members will be attending next year. The raffle is
for a hog hunt for two with lodging to Ray                            Looking ahead to the not so distant future
Hammond’s “Hog Heaven”. The winners will be en-               we have an election year creeping up on us. I be-
joying the hunt with a group of club members. It              lieve that it seems early to consider an election that

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is a full year away, but this upcoming election will
be one of note. Under club rules, no officer can                     Archery Facilities providing
serve more than 2 consecutive terms. Four of the                   summer shooting fun in Maryland
five positions have the current officers serving their
second term. Our rules do allow 2 term officers to
run for a different position. It was my goal to have                        Heart of Maryland Bowhunters
                                                              Youth Archery Program for ages 7 – 15 years young (with
at least two candidates for every position during the         accompanying parents) Youth have FUN while learning the
last election. I was unable to find a second candi-           correct shooting steps and archery range safety rules. Con-
date for 3 of the 5 positions. After I finish out the         tact : John Kersheskey, 410-465-6241 or Bob Debolt, 410-
next year as President I will not be seeking office in        750-8956.
                                                                               http:www.hmbarchery.com
another position. I still plan to be active with meet-
ing attendance and other club stuff. In an effort to                                 Mayberry Archers
offer a real election to the membership I am asking           For information call Mayberry Club phone 410-346-7927
for your help, by offering your time and talent for           JULY 2010:
                                                              3 - 28 Animal round 10:00 am
the future of our club. Please contact me to share            11- 14 Field/14 Hunter 9:00 am
some of your time to keep our club as the meeting             AUGUST 2010:
place for current and future traditional bow hunt-            14 - Mary & Spike Sanders Mem Shoot and Club Champ
                                                              9:00 am – 11:00 am
ers.                                                          SEPTEMBER 2010:
                                                              5 - 15 target field Round & cookout/covered dish 10:00 am
         Lastly, next year will mark the 20th anniver-        18 - Novelty Shoot everyone shoot from cub stakes 10:00
sary of the TBM. I would like you all to join the offi-       am
                                                                                 http://mayberryarchers.org
cers and offer up suggestions for ways to make
2011 a special and memorable year for the mem-                                Anne Arundel Archers
bership. Thoughts on ideas for the banquet, as well           July 2010
as events throughout the year would be appreci-               17 AAA Work Party, 9am - 1pm
                                                              21 AAA Monthly Club Meeting at Clubhouse, 7:30pm
ated. Please plan on attending the summer meet-               25 AAA 14 Field/14 Hunter, 10AM start
ing on July 10th at Baltimore Bowmen and share                August 2010
your thoughts.                                                18 AAA Monthly Club Meeting at Clubhouse, 7:30pm
                                                              28 AAA Work Party for State Championship, 9am - 1pm

                                                                          http://www.annearundelarchers.com/

                                                                                   Tuscarora Archers
                                                              July 4, 2010: 9am
                                                              Firecracker 560 - 14 Field/14 Hunter
                                                              July 7, 2010: 8pm
                                                              Monthly Membership Meeting
                                                              July 17, 2010: 9-11am
                                                              14 Field/14 Hunter
                                                              July 24, 2010: 9-11am
                                                              Animal round
                                                              August 4, 2010: 8pm
                                                              Monthly Membership Meeting
                                                              August 7-8, 2010: 9-11am
                                                              Annual Tuscarora Corn Shoot & Club Championship
                                                              Saturday - 14 Field/14 Hunter - free corn
                                                              Sunday - 14 Field/14 Hunter - Cards in by 5 pm

                        Blessings, Bill Nash                               http://www.tuscaroraarchers.com/


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A History of Asian Archery & Warfare
By Jorge L. Coppen


M       any archaeologists agree that bows were used at least
        50,000 - and perhaps 150,000 - years ago. Most schol-
ars place the invention of the bow during Paleolithic Period
(old stone age). The oldest known existing bow was dated to
8,000 years ago and was excavated from South Zealand in
Denmark in 1944. Archery reached its apex of efficiency with
the people of Central Asia. These Asiatics constructed com-
posite bows consisting of a wood core with animal sinew and sometimes a facing of strips of horn. These bows fea-
tured strongly recurved limbs that allowed for more stored energy and hence greater cast of the arrow. With this
weapon, the nomads from the Asian steppes became the terror of the world and remained so long after the empire of
the great Tamerlane. In ancient wars, more people were slain by arrows than have been killed by modern firearms in
the modern world.

The superiority of Asian bowmen continued into the Christian era. Emperors and nations rose and fell, and history was
shaped by the clouds of humming shafts. Assyrian and Babylonian kingdoms lying in the fertile lands between the
Tigris and Euphrates Rivers were contested many times by warriors shooting bows. From 3,000 – 300 B.C. when these
empires fell to Persia, this area became the center of Asian civilization and the home of the chariot-borne archer.

In conflicts with Medes, Babylonians, Greeks and Egyptians, the Persians - who were almost completely dependent on
bows in warfare - were superior warriors because the bow proved a distinct advantage over spear-throwing, slow-
moving infantry soldiers.
 Attila the Hun
                        The Huns of Central Asia formed the first hit-n-run waves of archery assaults against Europe.
                        The Huns country was on the back of a horse Attila the Hun (A.D. 455-53) was the most suc-
                        cessful hit-n-run campaigner. His mounted bowmen lived off the land and laid waste to all
                        they passed.. In tough times they drank the blood of their mounts to survive the harsh envi-
                        ronment.

                        Then came the Mongol, Genghis Kahn (1167[?] - 1227), called
                        ―Temujin‖ also known as ―The Scourge of God‖ by Christians –
                        who ruled all from the Arctic Ocean to the Red Sea and from
                        Volga to the Sea of China. He came closer than any other man to
                        conquering the world.

                      Tamerlane (from ―Timur the Lame‖) was the second great Mongol
                      conqueror who followed the pattern laid by Temujin and Attila. His
                      mounted bowmen raided across two continents leaving ashes and
                      desolation in their wake. After Kahn, the bow came to symbolize the Genghis Kahn (Temujin)
                      supreme ruler amongst Mongols and the arrow was the sign
                      of his ambassador

                     When the Turks came out of the Central Asian steppes, they
                     fell under Moslem influence and adopted archery lifeways.
                     The Turkish bow reigned as the supreme weapon in Asia for
                     over 100 years dating from the middle of the 14th century.
      Tamerlane      Modern archers owe a great debt to those designers of an-
cient Asian bows. Even the famous English bowmen with their yew longbows
were outclassed by the Turkish horse archers during the Crusades.


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     TBM 2010 EVENTS Schedule

TBM Summertime Shooting Fun!!!

              Summer Shoot & Meeting
                Baltimore Bowmen
                  July 10, 2010

   TBM Fall Shoot & Meeting Tuckahoe
               Bowmen
          September 26, 2010
 Directions - Tuckahoe State Park is located approximately 35 miles
 east of the Bay Bridge, just off MD Rt. 404, on Maryland’s Eastern
 Shore. Travel east on Rt. 50/301 across the Bay Bridge. Rt. 50/301
 splits, bear to the right on Rt. 50. Make a left at the intersection of Rt.
 50 and Rt. 404. Go approximately 8 miles until you come to the inter-
 section of Rt. 404 and Rt. 480. Make a left on Rt. 480. To your imme-
 diate left take Eveland Road. Once on Eveland Road follow direc-
 tional signs to area of choice. Tuckahoe State Park - 13070 Crouse
 Mill Road Queen Anne, MD 21657 (410) 820-1668. Call 1-888-432-
 CAMP (2267) for reservations.


                 Assateague Sika Hunt
                  October 8-9, 2010
 The park is in Worcester County, 8 miles south of Ocean City, and
 may be reached via MD RT 50 to MD RT 611. Assateague State Park
 7307 Stephen Decatur Highway Berlin, MD 21811 (410)641-2120 Call
 1-888-432-CAMP(2267) for reservations.


                    Questions about hunts
              Call Andy Lupher (410) 480-8265
                      All other questions
                Call Bill Nash (410) 239-9394


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TBM ARCHERY YOUTH DAY




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                                                          rail bent around it for a gun rest. The vast logged
  The Promise                                             area had thin ice over most of it. The group of holly
      By Bruce Golt                                       trees was within fifteen yards of the stand. I climbed
                                                          up and fastened my safety belt on one of the three
I  was cleaning carpets
one day and had to move a
                                                          trees that the stand was built in. After the long walk
                                                          I didn’t have long to wait for dark.
                                                          There was a magnificent sunset. The snow was spar-
bed. I picked up the things stored under there and        kling like a vast field of diamonds. It is very rare, at
reached further and touched a bow. It was an old          least for me, to know something special is going to
Bear Kodiak.                                              happen when hunting sika deer. Somehow, I just
                                                          knew I was going to have a close encounter. I heard
I asked the customer where she wanted me to put the       a deer breaking the thin ice way across the clearing.
bow and she asked if I shot bows and hunted with          After twenty long, agonizing minutes, the sika spike
them. When I was finished with the job, the lady          was ten yards away eating holly leaves. After trying
came out with the check and the bow. She had called       to gather some sense of composure, I drew that old
the owners of the bow and they wanted me to have it       leather handled Kodiak to full draw. The next thing I
as long as I would use it. Their son had owned the        knew the snuffer tipped arrow was through the deer
bow and was killed in a car accident years ago. I         and skittering along the ice for twenty yards or so.
promised the customer that I would hunt with the
bow that season.                                                           The spike took three steps and fell
                                                                           over dead. I sat down before I col-
I finally had an opportunity to hunt.                                      lapsed. To hear that deer coming for
Two of my sons were born by that                                           so long had exhausted what little
time and they took up most of my                                           composure I have when deer come
time, besides work. It was the year                                        in. I climbed down after a while and
of the ice storms. January 23rd                                            went over to my deer. Then I went
found me on my way toward                                                  and retrieved my arrow. I dragged
Church Creek. There had been                                               the deer out to the logging road. The
snow on the ground for a couple of                                         sun was setting behind me. I sat
weeks and it was still eight or ten                                        down in the middle of the road a
inches deep. I was hunting a prop-                                         few yards from the deer. I just
erty below Church Creek and no                                             looked at the deer with the sun be-
one had even driven down the road                                          hind it.
since it snowed. I parked along one
of the logging roads going into the                                        I don’t know how long I sat there
property. I decided to take a com-                                         contemplating all that had just hap-
pass reading and go until I found                                          pened. I left the deer in the middle
some deer. I found where the deer                                          of the road with that old Kodiak
were scared to cross two deep                                              laying across the spike. What a
ditches that were iced over. They                                          beautiful sight!
were going around them. At that point I found where
the deer had been feeding on holly leaves. I jumped       I believe that things happen for reason. I was hunt-
some deer before I had popped out of some thick           ing an area of seventeen-hundred acres, with a bow
stuff, so I was confident of seeing something.            built before I was born. I thank GOD for blessing me
                                                          on this hunt, and hoped that the boy who had
There was a wooden stand on the edge of a logged          once owned and loved this bow was smiling
over area. It was made for a gun hunter as it had a       as the sun disappeared behind the loblollies.

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                                          ATTEND YOUR TBM summer
                                             Membership Meeting

                                         At the TBM Summer Shoot
                                      Baltimore Bowmen July 10, 2010


 The Traditional Bowhunters of Maryland will have its Summer membership
meeting at the Baltimore Bowmen Shoot. This will be an "open" membership meeting
(open to members and non-members). We will be discussing new ideas and asking for
input from the membership as to what you want from TBM. We are pursuing new
TBM membership growth and want your ideas on how to do it! Help us accomplish
that goal. Please join us at this meeting and share your thoughts!




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    Name the Traditional BOWHUNTERs of Maryland newsletter
  We invite all TBM members in good standing to submit ONE fitting name for
  YOUR newsletter. Please send your name ideas to: jlcoppen@comcast.net
       Voting to be conducted in the Fall 2010 Newsletter
                                 Entries to date:
                   “The Toxophily”                         “Anchor Point”
                   “Ardent Archer”                     “Traditional Quarterly”
                     “Tradition”                          “Stick & String”

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                    ARDENT ARCHERS
              paul smith
E    ach Spring, around the mid part of May,
there is a migration in the Baltimore
area. Two archers from England make the
long flight across the Atlantic to the grounds
of the Baltimore Bowmen. They come over
each year to be with their fellow traditional
archers and good 'mates' from all over Mary-           We wrote to one another for a few
land, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and a few other          years. (Actually, he wrote much more regu-
states.                                                larly, but I did put pen to paper once in
                                                       awhile.) He was deployed, voluntarily, to Bos-
Paul Smith is the TBM member who began                 nia for a year and wrote a few times. After his
this annual tradition about 10 years ago. He           return to England, I gave him a call once and
lives near and works in, Bristol, England. I           suggested he should give the MATC a
had the privilege of meeting him nearly 15             chance. I told him he could stay with my wife,
years ago - thanks to Lenny Brown moving to            son and I and that we could take the pop-up to
Montana. I was filling in as the acting, TBM           the shoot and enjoy the weekend. He accepted
treasurer. Paul sent a letter of inquiry to            and came over with a good friend of his, Les
Lenny because his name was listed as the con-          Wilson. They had a great time at the shoot
tact in the Tradtional Bowhunter™ maga-                and made a lot of new friends. At the time,
zine. For some reason, the letter was for-             Paul was shooting an English longbow and
warded to me. I gave Mr. Smith a call to let           shooting it quite well. He got to know a
him know that while he was here to visit               lot of the TBM members and was even invited
some friends in Maryland, I would be glad to           to come back over in the Fall and hunt the
show him around to some archery shops and              Eastern Shore.
ranges.
                                                       That fall, right after 9/11, Paul was able to fly
I took some time off of school and drove down          over to Baltimore and catch a small plane to
to Laurel to pick him up. The nearest archery          Salisbury. He immediately made friends with
'shop' I knew of was in a trailer just off of          the security guards to the point that they let
Route 3. Paul was amazed at the selection of           John Laws park at the curb while he went in to
feathers, bows, and all the other trappings of         meet him. They originally told him that he'd
traditional archery stored in this trailer. He         have to park away from the curb as a security
made a few purchases and we made our way to            precaution. When he said that he was there to
the Anne Arundel Archers for a few shots at            pick up a man from England, the guard re-
the butts. We had a good time together and he          sponded, "Oh, you mean Paul. Go on in and
later visited me at my home in New Market. I           get him." He seems to have that effect on
gave him a few archery related items as a gift         most people who meet him. The fact that he is
to a fellow archer from across the pond. His           a policeman helped, too.
friendship has been a blessing and an awful lot
of fun ever since.                                     Paul took his hunter's safety test and


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passed. Then was invited to go duck hunting            Gatwick airport and the fun began. The air-
with Bob Bartoschesky. He connected on a               line even lost one of my bags - the one with
few ducks and had a good start to his                  the bow in it, of course. We had a first
hunt. After that, it was off to the treestands         memorable meal of fish and chips and
and after whitetails. He was shooting his              mushy peas. Later, we had a few pints of
longbow. (A true longbow of about 6'.) He              good English ale and their version of scrap-
scored on a nice doe and had some help                 ple - sheep meatballs, called "faggots". He
from Rob Davis' dog, Pepper to find it. First          introduced me to his friends that the Thorn-
hunt and he had a deer! He doesn't like to             bury Field and Roving Archers. (If you get
mention that he missed a racoon at about 7             over there, pronounce it thawn-bree.) We
yards - three times. He also learned how to            also went off to the National Shoot where we
make traditional bowhunters' excuses. Like,            had a great time with another archer mate of
"The string must have hit my sleeve or I               theirs - Ken.
would have
killed that 8                                                                        Paul is one of
point Sika Stag."                                                                    the most gener-
- right after he                                                                     ous and genu-
missed one of                                                                        ine people you
the nicest stags                                                                     will find. He is
on the Eastern                                                                       quick with a
Shore.                                                                               laugh and a
                                                                                     joke, and has a
Paul has been                                                                        funny saying
back to the                                                                          for just about
BBTC every year                                                                      everything. He
since. Most of                                                                       has had such a
those years he                                                                       great time here,
was joined                                                                           and made so
by Mike How-                                                                         many good
ell. Mike is a                                                                       friends, that he
retired police-                                                                      is bringing
man from Bris-                                                                       Amanda back
tol, a good                                                                          once
archer, and an                                                                       again. This
all-around good                                                                      time they will
person - but that's another story. They have           be having their new marriage blessed by our
invaded my home every year since 2001 -                club chaplain, Otis Seese. I am so glad that I
much to the delight of my sons and even my             opened up that letter back then and later in-
wife. Paul once brought his woman-friend,              vited him over to the shoot. He has been a
Amanda over a few years back to meet all               great person to have at Baltimore each year
these people that talked about when he re-             and to share a hunting camp with. Many
turned home. Amanda is a wonderful per-                others share those feelings with me. If you
son and puts up with the likes of Paul quite           are ever at the BBTC and hear someone
well. I know he thinks the world of her, too.          speaking English with a funny accent, stop
                                                       by and say hello. You might even get a good
I had the pleasure of visiting Paul in the Fall        laugh or two.
of 2004. Paul and Michael picked me up at


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                                                             The Executioner (by Tony Goncalves)

                                                             T     his happened about 17 years ago on my very first archery
                                                             hunt with trad gear. I was invited to join a few guys and the
                                                             owners of the archery shop I hung out at for a week hunting
                                                             the George Washington National Forest. Boy was I excited.

Archery Archives                                             The owners had a small cottage that abutted the forest that
                                                             was completely set up for 6-8 bow hunters. It was heaven on
                                                             Earth!
The legendary...                                                 On the 2nd or 3rd day after seeing a lot of mountain laurel
                                                             but not much else we headed back to the cottage for lunch.

             Art Young                                       Being a little unsure of myself, I slipped out to the back yard
                                                             and started shooting practice arrows at a target set up on one
                                                             side of the yard. Just as I'm about to draw another arrow, out
                 hunting in                                  trots a doe and her yearling doe. I'm flabbergasted and frozen
“Alaskan Adventures 1926”                                    in the wide open about 70-80 yards from them. What to do?
                                                             What to do? I slowly lower myself to one knee, pop the target
                                                             arrow off the string with my thumb and let it drop onto the
The movie that inspired Fred Bear to take up archery!        grass. Whew...so far so good. Slowly I reach for the broad-
                                                             head-tipped arrow on my bow quiver, and by some miracle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaQ7ajWanFg                   manage to pull an arrow and get it on the string. At this point,
                                                             the doe and fawn have closed to about 50 yards from my right
                                                             and are at two o'clock.
                                                                 Also, about this time two things happen to further heighten
                                                             the drama and my nerves. The older doe gets nervous and
                                                             starts to stomp and lets out a snort, but the yearling barely
                                                             pauses. Maybe, just maybe...then my thoughts are interrupted.
                                                             My 'buddies', I use that term loosely after this incident, catch
                                                             on to what is unfolding and have crowded around the kitchen
                                                             window about 20 yards behind me. Well they start giving me
                                                             instructions, "Shoot!", "No wait!", "Not yet!", "Now! What
                                                             are you waiting for?", "Don't miss." and so on, but the deer is
                                                             still closing oblivious to the imminent 'danger' and continues
                                                             moving from right to left. By the time she gets directly broad-
                                                             side I am certifiable.
                                                                 Well, now she's broadside and the public execution is
                                                             staged. The public is amassed in the kitchen, I the executioner
                                                             draw my bow and the prisoner lowers her head on cue, the
                                                             arrow slices through both blades of grass between her
                                                             legs...yep - I missed big! Needless to say the uproar of laugh-
                                                             ter caused those does to turn inside out in their skins reversing
                                                             direction and running back into the woods to my right.
                                                                 In the end the ribbing only lasted until the first blood trail
                                                             of the trip. Soon thereafter I left for deployment and gave up
                                                             the recurve. But the calling never left and I am back this year
                                                             armed with a longbow. Hopefully I can redeem myself this
                                                             year with a private, or public, success.

                                                             PS: On a sad note one of the owners, Tom Schambacher
                                                             (hope I spelled correctly) died of a heart attack while I was
                                                             deployed in 1994. I still miss him. He could shoot nearly any-
                                                             one's bow, compound or recurve, better than the owner after a
                                                             few shots regardless if release, split finger, or three
                                                             under. I learned much from him and wish he were still
                                                             around as the world would be a better place.


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Chaplain’s Report                                                 to imagine that just an hour or so before we felt like we
                                                                  were starving. As my son and I crawled into our sleeping
By Otis Seese
                                                                  bags that night, the tent was flapping in the wind, the
                                                                  rain was pelting the walls, but we were warm, dry, and
(Writers note: Because of circumstances, I am recycling
                                                                  full. In fact, I was thinking that I wouldn’t need to eat for
an article from 17 years ago. I figured the new members
                                                                  several more days considering how I felt.
wouldn’t have read it, and the old ones probably would
                                                                  The next morning Lenny and I hiked up to the top of the
have forgotten it. )
                                                                  mountain. It was one of the best mornings of the trip. I




N
                                                                  rattled and grunted in a 6 pointer, but he circled down
                                                                  wind of me. As soon as he caught my scent he took off
                                                                  crashing through the brush. Almost immediately after
             ine of us were on a hunting trip in the moun-
                                                                  the buck sighting, nearly two dozen turkeys fed to within
             tains of western Maryland. We were hunting
                                                                  eight yards of where I was sitting on a rock before their
deer, turkeys, and squirrels. This was only my second
                                                                  heads started popping up. When I saw that there was no
bowhunt in the mountains, and it was wonderful! The
                                                                  hope of a shot, I threw a rock into their midst, and they
fellowship was enjoyable, the scenery beautiful, and
                                                                  all flew away. One jake flew right to Lenny, who was tur-
game plentiful. The weather was constantly changing,
                                                                  key hunting with a gun and was able to kill it. What a
which I guess is typical in the mountains. First it would
                                                                  great day!
rain, then sleet, and finally snow.
Then the process would com-
                                                                                        I noticed something as I came down
pletely reverse. I was hunting high
                                                                                        from the mountain that day. I real-
on the mountain which was a long
                                                                                        ized I was hungry again. As full as I
hike from our camp in the valley.
                                                                                        had been just the night before, and
We had been hunting hard, and by
                                                                                        as sure as I was that I wouldn’t be
the time I walked down off the
                                                                                        hungry for at least several days,
mountain on Thursday I was starv-
                                                                                        here I was again thinking about my
ing (at least I thought I was, which
                                                                                        next meal. This process of desiring,
was all that mattered at the time).
                                                                                        satisfying that desire, only to desire
I was so hungry I stood in the
                                                                                        again is repeated over and over in
pouring rain and made drop
                                                                                        many aspects of our lives.
dumplings for my beef stew. As
my son and I ate that stew we
                                                                                        How many times have you dreamed
both decided it was some of the
                                                                                        of that certain “once in a lifetime
best we had ever eaten. We had
                                                                                        hunt” to the Rockies, Canada, New
nearly finished our stew when
                                                                                        Mexico, or Maine? You plan, save,
Lenny Burack called to us and said,
                                                                                        sacrifice, and finally the time arrives
“You guys need to help us finish
                                                                                        and you go. When you return from
up this spaghetti.” Well, we were
                                                                                        the hunt, instead of being satisfied
nearly full, but we hated to pass
                                                                                        and fulfilled, you end up thinking
up home-made spaghetti, so my
                                                                  like the poet, Robert Service, who said, “Oh, it beckons
son and I helped empty the pot.
                                                                  and beckons, and I want to go back-and I will.” Or per-
                                                                  haps you have been guilty of declaring, “I know it is an
Just as we were taking the last few bites of our spa-
                                                                  expensive bow, but it will last me the rest of my life.”
ghetti, Bruce Golt came in our tent and brought a bowl
                                                                  Nearly all of us have learned by experience that a new
of bear meat for us to try. By now we were more than
                                                                  bow doesn’t satisfy us for long. We see another bow
full. However, neither my son nor I had ever tasted bear
                                                                  that looks better than the one we currently own, so once
meat before, so we both ate the meat. It was delicious,
                                                                  again we sacrifice and save until we have the money to
and we ate all of it. By now we were stuffed. It was hard
                                                                  buy it. There are very few archers who don’t know all


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too well the mental process to which I refer.                       We cannot buy peace, but God can give it freely. When
                                                                    Jesus was talking to His disciples in John 14:27, He said,
There is a part of mankind that is driven to do, have, and          “I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart.
experience, in order to find that elusive state called              And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world
“contentment” or “peace”. By now most, if not all of us,            gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” Jesus equated
should have learned an important lesson - nothing we                eternal life and spiritual things to drinking water. John
can buy or experience gives us lasting gratification.               4:13 says, “…people soon became thirsty again after
                                                                    drinking this water, but the water I give them becomes a
You see, 1 Timothy 6:17 states, “Tell those who are rich            perpetual spring within them, watering them forever.”
not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which
will soon be gone, but their pride and trust should be in           Having your sins forgiven, and having fellowship with
the living God, who always richly gives us all we need for          God daily, brings a peace that lasts. Romans 8:6 says,
our enjoyment.” He never meant for us to let those                  “following after the Holy Spirit leads to life and peace.”
things He allows us to enjoy to take His place in our lives.        God wants us to keep our priorities straight and keep a
The only thing that stops us from a headlong pursuit of             proper perspective on the true riches of life. 2 Kings
happiness in archery is money, or lack of it. Since we              17:33 says, “They feared the Lord and served their own
never have enough to do all we want, we feel if we could            gods (idols).” We are guilty at times of saying that we
just afford that dream hunt or certain custom built bow             know God, but because
we would be happy. Let me share with you the words of               we are so tied up with
a wise, rich man who could afford to do as he pleased.              our own pleasures, or
His name was Solomon, one of Israel’s kings. Solomon,               idols, we don’t have time
according to the Bible, was ”richer and wiser than all              for Him. As a result, we
kings of the earth.” Lack of money was no hindrance to              settle for a life of tempo-
Solomon. In Ecc. 2:10, 11, he states, “Anything I wanted,           rary satisfaction, when
I took, and did not restrain myself from any joy. But as I          accepting God’s gift of
looked at everything I had tried, it was all so useless, a          eternal life through faith
chasing of the wind, and there was nothing really worth-            in Jesus, we could experi-
while anywhere.” A.W. Tozer said it this way, “In the               ence a peace in our very
deep heart of the man was a shrine where none but God               core or soul that is real
was worthy to come. Within was God, without were a                  and that lasts!
thousand gifts which God had showered upon him.
Within the human heart, things have taken over. Men                 I want to close with these
have now, by nature, no peace within their hearts, for              words found in 2 Thess.
God is crowned there no longer. Things have become                  3:16, “May the Lord of
necessary to us. A development never originally in-                 peace Himself give you
tended. God’s gifts now take the place of God.”                     His peace no matter
                                                                    what happens.”
Since we were created “in the image of God” He gave us
a yearning for Him. As we resist Him, we seek to satisfy
that inward search for peace by obtaining material
things or having new experiences. We already know,
these things will never fulfill our thirst for inward peace.
That longing can only be satisfied as we accept God’s gift
of eternal life provided by Jesus, and then daily walk
with Him. Only then will you experience the peace and
joy that He gives. Psalm 29:11 says, “He will bless (His
people) with peace.”



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                                                                out what had happened as well. It didn’t take me
                                                                long to realize that I had flat out missed, no excuses.
                                                                Although I could write a book on excuses that I have
                                                                heard other people use (ha-ha).

                                                                Some other deer came by but they were in the thick
              Friend’s Hunt                                     stuff. I watched a bald eagle circle overhead for ten
                    By Bruce Golt



I
                                                                minutes. There was a bright blue sky for a back-
                                                                ground, what a beautiful sight. At nine thirty-five I
                                                                heard some deer coming, so I stood up and got
        hadn’t been hunting many times since the sea-           ready. There were eight does in varying sizes. They
       son started. On Tuesday, October 12th, 2004              were going to give me a perfect shot if they contin-
my wife Lisa was off from work, so she was able to              ued on the same trail. It would have worked but one
get our three boys up and ready for school. I grabbed           of those big-headed, roman-nosed, does knew some-
my gear and headed for a Talbot County property. I              thing was up. She stopped and put her nose in the
was hunting with my ash selfbow that Otis Seese                 air and was real fidgety. Another big doe was
had given me for Christmas. My arrows were a sur-               broadside to me. There were other deer closer, but
prise gift from my friend Keith Callahan. They were             none offered a good shot angle. I drew my arrow to
cedar, crown dipped in yellow with purple and yel-              full draw, picking a spot as I did so. The shaft was
low feathers. My first shot with my bow when I first            on its way. The Zwickey two blade entered exactly
received it was a bull’s eye. I had been shooting               where I was looking. I heard the familiar ―thunk‖ as
pretty well since then so I was feeling pretty confi-           the arrow centered both lungs. The deer scattered in
dent. I usually don’t hunt by myself, but Otis was              every direction. I first watched, then listened, as my
hunting with the Brilhart’s in Pennsylvania, and I              doe ran off. I heard the arrow break off and saw it
can’t take anyone else to that location. I made my              fly into the air as she passed a thick spot. I sat down
way slowly through the woods enjoying all of the                and hung up my bow. I was going to enjoy all of the
sounds of the night. I made it to the stand and un-             emotions and breathtaking scenery that GOD had
covered the four tree steps I had hidden by a log. I            blessed me with on this special day. I really needed
felt for the sticks that I had left in holes in the tree        to savor it, my friends know why. After a while it
for the steps and put the steps in place. After getting         seemed time to get down. I gathered my things and
my safety belt on, I pulled up my bow, back quiver,             walked over to look at the spot where the doe was
and pack. I hung my gear on the tree and settled in.            standing. There was a tuft of hair and some blood.
When I get in the woods with a bow in my hands I                Satisfied that it wasn’t a dream, I slowly walked out
try to soak in every minute and enjoy everything I              to my van and phoned Lisa to get her to bring one of
see. Before light, I heard turkeys yelping, an owl              my Black Mouthed Cur dogs, Maggie. She is a good
hooting and saw a fox trotting within thirty yards.             tracker and I wanted to give her some practice. I had
                                                                my video camera and Maggie started on the trail. It
The stand was in a thicket. Deer have always skirted            was hard to video and hold on to a dog that loves to
around me, but when they come through it they are               blood trail. As far as blood trails go this was an easy
within bow range. At around 7:30, a six-point buck              one. It might have taken five or six minutes. The ar-
came by at about eight yards. I was as relaxed as I             row had broke a rib going in and put a hole in the far
could be, my heart was racing and my knees were                 rib but didn’t break through. I took Maggie back to
shaking. I drew my arrow and shot at the buck with-             the van and brought my deer cart to get my doe out
out picking a spot. The arrow hit in front of the               of the woods. What a morning, I am a very rich per-
buck’s chest. He hopped a few steps and looked                  son when it comes to family and friends. I
around trying to figure out what had happened. At               want to thank each of my friends for their
the same time I was up in my stand trying to figure             prayers. What a trophy memory!

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           Venison Recipes:                                         Representing the TBM
                                                                    By Jeremy Raynor
                Amish Slaw



                                                                    O
                By Paula Ropshaw
Here is a salad that could be served either at the camp-                         n Saturday, September 12, three TBM mem-
site or at your backyard gathering. It is simple, quick,                         bers and I met in Hanover PA to put on a
healthy, with few ingredients, and can be prepared be-              bow-making seminar. We met at the Sportsman Liqui-
fore-hand. A delicious, easy, crunchy, non-mayonnaise               dators store with the purpose to draw costumers and
slaw. I think it tastes best if fixed the day before.               promote interest in building bows, and our club. In
                    INGREDIENTS:                                    front of the store is a concrete slab where we set up our
                                                                    bow horses and bow-making tools. I chose to represent
1 head of cabbage-chopped as small as you like
                                                                    the TBM and set up a table with club newsletters,
½ cup chopped onions           2 cups sugar
                                                                    membership forms, and a sign-up sheet for the next
1 cup diced celery             ½ cup vinegar
                                                                    youth archery workshop.
1 cup chopped green peppers 2 tsp salt
½ tsp mustard seeds            1 tsp celery seeds
                                                                     The morning started off cloudy with a light mist falling
        Chop onions, celery and the cabbage as small as             and little interest. By 11:00 AM a few people stopped
        you like.                                                   by to admire the bows made by Merl and Bob Brilhart.
        In a bowl or large measuring cup, mix sugar,                A few people looked at the Osage bow that I had re-
        vinegar, salt, mustard seeds, celery seeds.                 cently completed. Many asked questions about how to
        Pour over the chopped vegetables – refrigerate.             turn a tree into a beautiful bow. The most common
I fix this in a large glass jar the day before and lay it on        question asked was ―What kind of wood do you use?‖
its side in the frig. I turn the jar once or twice. This            The three of us prefer to use Osage Orange because it
allows the cabbage to shrink and absorb the sauce. If it            has the best qualities needed in making a functional and
is in a bowl, stir it a few times before serving.                   beautiful hunting weapon. The true answer is that there
                                                                    are many exceptional woods for self bows such as hick-
              DUMP CAKE                                             ory, ash, locust, and many others.

Every cookbook or cooking magazine has some version                 Throughout the day we made some friends, answered
of this cake. Takes no time, no talent, no measuring,               questions, and even made connections for
and no beating to make a delicious dessert.                         some Osage bow wood. We also handed out some club
                    INGREDIENTS:                                    membership forms to people who showed interest in our
                                                                    club. Many people showed interest in the youth archery
1 20oz can of crushed pineapple – do NOT drain it                   workshop saying that their son or daughter would enjoy
1 21oz can of prepared fruit pie filling (I use cherry a            that experience. Six people signed up their child for the
lot)                                                                next workshop.
1 box yellow cake mix
2 sticks of butter (cut into pieces)                                As usual, making bowstrings didn’t draw much interest.
½ cup chopped nuts (optional)                                       That did not stop Sam Durner from
    1.Preheat oven to #50                                           driving over the bridge from Denton, MD to Hanover,
      Dump undrained pineapple into a 9 x 13 cake pan               PA. While he was there he made me a beautiful and
      Spoon pie filling over it                                     very functional bowstring. Everyone needs to remem-
      Sprinkle cake mix over it (right out of the box)              ber that a bow is just a piece of wood until you add a
      Drop butter slices over it                                    bowstring. The overall outcome of the day was a suc-
      Sprinkle nuts on top                                          cess. I was proud and honored to represent the TBM and
      Bake for one hour                                             would be glad to do it anytime.
Serve warm or cooled, with or without whipped topping
                                                                    AIM SMALL, MISS SMALL
on it.


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                                                                  was the acknowledgment that we are still looking for a
            Secretary’s Report                                    very cheap, or free enclosed 8 or 10 foot trailer for
             Submitted by John Deitterick                         which to house and transport club tents, youth archery
                                                                  workshop stuff, and other club property.
                  Spring Meeting 2010
                                                                  Under new business a motion was made by Bill Hassen-
The meeting was called to order by President Bill Nash.           mayer for the club to make a monetary donation to the
Club Chaplin, Otis Seese offered an opening prayer. The           Bringing Back the Bow program. Andy Lupher made a
club then said the Pledge of Allegiance. 17 members               motion to donate $500; the motion was seconded and
were in attendance. There was no Secretary’s report               then passed.
read, so the club moved to the Treasurer’s Report sent
to the meeting by Treasurer John Laws. The Treasurer’s             The club was made aware of the newsletter editor
Report was read and approved. There was no Member-                change. Jorge Coppen has offered to take over the news-
ship Report, Banquet Committee Report, or Merchan-                letter. Kay is in the process of passing on articles etc to
dise Chairman Report.                                             Jorge.
The banquet was discussed and feedback was re-                    Next Saturday, 4/17, the TBM will hold its second youth
quested. The consensus was that the banquet was very              Archery Workshop at Mayberry Archers. The workshop
good, with the exception of being rushed to vacate the            will be for kids ages 9 to 14. The kids will make a rattan
banquet hall. We enjoyed a significant increase in reve-          bow an armguard, and a finger tab. Kids must be accom-
nue from the banquet over last year. It was agreed that           panied by a parent. Lunch is provided for kids and par-
not having the expense of an out of town banquet                  ents. Total cost for each child is $20 which will be split
speaker was the primary reason. Discussion then went              with Mayberry.
to possible speakers for next year. It was noted that
there was a lot of possible talent to tap within our club.        Discussion was offered on fundraising ideas for the
Lou suggested asking Doug Wigfield to do a Sitka hunt             BBTC. A bow raffle, knife raffle, ticket sales for the Texas
presentation. It was also suggested to ask Bob Bartosh-           Hunt Raffle, as well as consignment or donated item sale
esky to talk on his African Hunt.                                 is planned. Jack Burdynski has offered to organize booth
                                                                  personnel. It was announced that the Saturday night
Barry Bollinger offered, that as the Youth Ground Hunt            supper will be a hog roast this year. Participants are
was unattended last year, we should consider the possi-           asked to bring a salad or desert to add to the spread.
bility of a youth Sting Ray Hunt to spark interest. A re-         John Laws offered that he is in the process of getting the
quest for volunteers with boats to take kids on a club            Life Member CD’s updated. Discussion then went to ad-
youth stingray hunt went out with no response at the              vertising in the hunting guide. MD is now outsourcing
meeting. It was suggested that as we had no response              the publication and pricing has gone up significantly. Lou
from within the club for the ground hog hunt that we              offered that the MBS has been using ConstantCon-
open this to kids outside the club. Andy pointed out              tact.Com for advertising the MBS to prospective mem-
that if you hold a youth Stingray hunt the kids should            bers with a good return on their investment. Lou made a
already know how to shoot a bow and that if we want               motion to discontinue advertising in the hunting guide,
to put this together it will take some time to line up            Andy seconded the motion and after a vote the motion
boats etc.                                                        passed.
The pending bylaws change was brought up under old                Otis made a motion to adjourn the meeting, it was sec-
business. We have not had a newsletter in which to                onded by Andy. The meeting was adjourned.
print the new amendment allowing out of state mem-
bers to hold an officers position. It was agreed to print
the proposed bylaw change in this issue to then be
voted on at the next meeting. Also under old business


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                       TRADITIONAL BOWHUNTERS OF MARYLAND

                                            TREASURER’S REPORT
                                                  AS OF
                                                MAY 31, 2010


            BEGINNING BALANCE AS OF 3-31-2010                               7618.11

 INCOME
      DUES                                               180.00
      50/50 RAFFLE                                         7.00
      YOUTH ARCHERY PROCEEDS                             240.00
      BOW RAFFLE                                         550.00
      QUIVER SALES                                       507.00
      DONATED ITEMS SALE                                  36.00
      KNIFE RAFFLE                                        60.00
      PIG HUNT RAFFLE                                    585.00
      CASH BOX                                           137.00
               TOTAL INCOME                                        2302.00

 EXPENSES
      NEWSLETTER PRINTING                352.64
      MAYBERRY ARCHERY FEE               120.00
                   YOUTH ARCHERY SUPPLIES                           409.63
                   BBTC BOOTH RENTAL                                 60.00
      PIG                                 95.00
      RAFFLE TICKET PRINTING              90.00
 TOTAL EXPENSES                         1127.27

 CHECKBOOK BALANCE AS OF 5-31-2010                                8792.84




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Flingin’ Arrows Again!
By Rob Davis

                                                                               2010 NOTES
                                                            We've had snow for the second time this winter and
                                                            freezing weather following, so that now I can take my
                                                            electric golf cart out back. The deluge we experienced
                                                            prior to the cold weather made taking the cart out
                                                            back questionable travel as it became stuck many
                                                            times. Haven't seen any deer, (even on the trail cam-
                                                            era) but apples have disappeared. The cold weather
                                                            probable has caused the trail camera batteries from
                                                            taking pictures so replaced the batteries again. Have
                                                            put out molasses on a tree stump on our east line on
                                                            Erin's way. Had changed medication from aspirin to
                                                            Tylenol but it caused indigestion so badly that I didn't
                                                            go to Stagg Haven on the 7th of January. Adjusting
                                                            back to aspirin after breakfast and lunch and taking
                                                            Tylenol after dinner I did go on, but the next day
                                                            stopped Tylenol and went back to three aspirin.

January 12,2010, Tuesday: Almost didn't take Donny with me to Bob's, Stagg Haven, as I got a late start, but
changed my mind. He had a great time running free; barking at a whitetail target and sniffing a dead Sika
deer which Bob had found a few days previously. Bob dropped me off near a ground blind which I didn't see
until Bob pointed it out to me. Just after he drove off, at 4 PM, the three legged stool I tried to sit on dumped
me with one leg entangled in my crouch. WOW! After what seemed like forever, with the help of my walking
stick, I finally got to my knees. I then utilized the four legged stool in the blind, not as tall, but much more
comfortable!! Within 5 minutes I spotted a deer about 60 yards to my right heading SE, being followed by at
least 5 others. "Elk" I silently said to myself, knowing full well that there are no elk about; but they seemed
so Hugh. They seemed to have a definite destination in mind and the partly snow covered ground made them
very visible. At 4:45 I spotted another deer headed towards me on the woods road to my left coming from the
west. Six symmetrical points - wider than his ears. He disappeared behind a better than 2 foot diameter Lob-
lolly Pine tree. GREAT! Haven't had a mature buck that close in years. He was followed by a slightly smaller
buck. I could hear a squirrel munching on the com when the six point stepped from behind the pine, about 15
yards, also feeding on the com trail Bob had laid around the blind earlier. The bow came back so easy but the
arrow went over the bucks back by an inch. I hadn't concentrated on the spot; just shot at the whole deer! The
two bucks with fluffed tails sprinted to the north about 50 yards. Finally they high-stepped off! Disappointed,
yes, but mostly because I messed up by not providing a blood trail for almost 2 year old black Lab, Donny, to
practice trailing on, but the shot opportunity certainly was definitely a high for me as I hadn't had an opportu-
nity at a mature whitetail buck for many years. When I recanted the experience to Bob he asked if I'd like to
return Thursday when he'd be hunting again. You can rightly guess my response!

January 14, 2010, Thursday: beautiful sunny day in the 40's - met at Stagg Haven along with Burgess
Blevins, Richard Richards and 'Yohon' at 2:30. Bob placed us on stands using his electric 4 wheel drive; me
to the same Predator ground blind but I left my fanny pack on Bob's vehicle. Naturally I "needed" to relieve


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myself almost immediately which I was able to accomplish through the east shooting window. At 4:20 a
young doe cautiously approached from the east (a west wind); did she smell my urine? She finally started
feeding on the com and when her head went behind a double truck 8/10 inch holly I strung an arrow, but she
exploded from behind the double tree bolting back the way she came. 20 minutes later a five point buck fol-
lowed her but he left the area, the same place as she did, at a fast walk. Wonder if she was in heat and ro-
mance was on his mind? But whatever the reason, she bolted and he followed. From their stands Bob had seen
deer and Y ohon had a button buck bed within easy range, but declined. the shot; Richard and Burgess - zilch.
Canada geese, Sika stagg and mating fox calling as we headed back to the lodge.

Saturday, 1-16-10: Back to Stagg Haven at 2:30 - Temp 50 wind from the west so the same ground blind
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would be fine. An eagle and a two buzzards were working on the dead Sika and Donny had fun chasing them
off. He's great for I can let him run free and he'll come back shortly and will let me know when he wants to
go out again by whining. I put one gallon of distilled water in the batteries of Bob's four wheel drive finish-
ing just / as Bob arrived from a meeting. This time I remembered my fanny pack when Bob dropped me off,
so I had use of my Relief bag as needed. Saw one deer about 5: 10 and it's color was dark enough to be a
sika.

Tuesday, 1-19-10: Picked up Doug and we went to Stagg Haven after lunch as I wanted to camo spray paint the
goose blind for it stood out like a beacon viewed from the lodge. Temp in the 50's, slight SW wind. Doug and I
worked on the wind damaged blind for at least ten minutes when three Canada geese got up from the western
end of the pond-we weren't aware any were there! The Euonymous bushes planted in the late summer were
eaten quite a bit and lots of deer tracks were evident. The severe winds we had really did even more damage
to the blind so must bring more nails. Will try to get back as the goose season goes out at the end of the
month. This was the first time that I didn't see any deer from the Predator ground blind but did see two in an
uncut soybean field when we went to pick up Jim only to find that he had walked back to the lodge. Doug
didn't see any deer from his ground blind, but the number of big mature squirrels impressed him! We talked
about squirrel hunting after the deer season.

Saturday, 1-23-10: - 42 still NE 5 mph - 1 :30 PM - Picked up Doug at his house and went to Stagg Haven.
                         D




We worked on the goose blind to repair wind damage. Lots of deer tracks and Euonymous bushes eaten more.
No one saw any deer and very few squirrels; a very quite evening.

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010: Doug worked for BL in morning while I worked on repairing fletching and
touching up my sharpened broadheads. After eating lunch Doug and I went to Stagg Haven meeting Jim
Samas and Bill McCain. Bob dropped us off and put out more com. Saw a big red fox run across soybean
field about 150 yards distant after sunset. No one had any shots.

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010: Last day of goose and deer season- Had flat on truck yesterday and after cutting
down dead dogwood and putting it on the porch for firewood, then putting "Tire in a Can" in the truck tire I
was quite exhausted. Getting old isn't for sissies! Doug and I headed for Stagg Haven but halfway there, at
Railroad Road, my truck engine started missing so pulled into the left west lane of Rt. 50 planning to head
back horne. A red pickup, heading east, stopped by asking if he could help. The under 30 young fellow who
was in shirt sleeves got under the truck and banged on the fuel tank saying that my fuel piunp might be fail-
ing. It worked! As we approached the Hebron turn-off, on the way home, a west bound Texas licenced 14
wheeler crossed the dividing line and headed back east in the same lane we were in. How the three vehicles in
front of me weren't involved with that illegal move was amazing. I stood on my brake for I knew if my engine
faltered there would be no way I wouldn't have plowed into his rear. The following "angel" took to the shoul-


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der. As I passed the Texas truck which had slowed down, as if to stop, I couldn't get the company name on
the 14 wheeler. We saluted the fellow in the red pickup where Rt. 50 separates going into Salisbury for he
works for FedEx and was on his way to work. Again a disguised Angel came to my rescue. Thanks Lord!
Thinking it over I suspect that Ethanol could be the culprit for I haven't been using the truck much and the
weather has been extra cold so any water gathered in my gas could have iced over and his banging on the fuel
tank could have cracked the ice enough for gasoline to flow. Will keep an eye pealed and replace my fuel fil-
ter, when I can locate it's location.

February 27, 2010: The thought occurred to me on one of my relieftrips during the night, 2:30{tooth hurty}
Chinese Dentist Time (long departed fellow bowhunter, Curly Kerr's, favorite joke) that I could possible get
things lined up for a rabbit hunt by obtaining the cell phone number of Blevin Burgis from Dennis Bradford
later in the morning.- I didn't think anyone would like to be contacted at that time of the night but would re-
spond favorably later in the AM to chase rabbits Saturday, the last day for the season. Doug Wilkerson had
made an attempt the evening before, but a favorable place just didn't gell. I had also placed a few calls, only
to learn that Burgis had discontinued his land phone which was published on the TBM's roster. Two other
calls, made by myself went to automatic answering machines and, as usual, no reply was forthcoming. Dennis
did know Burgis's cell number but he couldn't make the trip on such short notice. Permission was granted
from Burgis with the only restriction being that any shed antlers found had to be left at his place. He was par-
ticularly looking for one rack; a three year's quest. Rob III, my son was searching for antlers on his hunting
area when contacted and had just found a PAIR ,side by side, something I've never experienced. Both of his
son's were engaged in other activities for the day but he was raring to go as he hadn't shot a rabbit for many
years. Doug's step grandson, Kyle, was also very interested and asked if he could participate; you don't say
"no" to anyone 6'_ / 3", over 250# even if he is only 20 years old and shoots a compound! Fortunately he's so
congenial that he readily used an available recurve and carried extra flu-flu arrows in his back hip pocket.
Burgis couldn't participate in the hunt, and reminded us of his only restriction.

The weather was beautiful, sunny with not too much wind. I was positioned so that any disturbed bunnies could
possible try to get by me in my "hide". The heavy snows of February had broken lots of pine branches which I ar-
ranged to sit behind and wait. I did see two "escaping" rabbits during the day, but they were much too distant to
even think of "flingin' arrows" at. My son had just entered the woods and spotted his first rabbit which he nailed.
Kyle saw two on their first drive, but like most shots at rabbits, were misses. Doug had what he thought to be an
                                                    easy shot only to join Kyle score. A few other rabbits were
                                                    jumped and then we took a break to eat our lunches. Two found
                                                    sheds were shown to Burgis; one being the right antler from his
                                                    sought after three year search. I've never seen Burgis so pleased!
                                                    After lunch I was relocated and Rob III added another to his bag
                                                    almost as soon as that first drive began. He had jumped one and
                                                    saw where it ran to, but
                                                    before he got to the
                                                    place, he spotted another
                                                    sitting at the base of a
                                                    tree so added it to his
                                                    bag. Doug and Kyle each
had another unsuccessful shot. So ended another great rabbit hunt in
which we all had a great time. A total of at least ten rabbits were seen. I
walked about one mile total for the day and finally staggered back to our
vehicles. Thanks fellows.


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March 22, 2010: BL has gone to the "Y" to swim at 11 AM; quite far behind schedule, but we went to St. Peter's
chile cookoff last evening and she, of course tried all samples. She paid for it this morning in that her system had
to clean it's self out - cold sweat - fainting and inability to do her usual activities. Many years ago she learned that
a mixed drink put her down and hasn't repeated that again, but when it comes to food!!!! I just won't eat highly
spiced food for I don't want that experience; rather have hunger pains. The chili I selected wasn't "HOT" and actu-
ally won 1 st place in the contest; also consumed two others so didn't go hungry.

The last few days have really brought in the feeling of SPRING: Daffodils, Dawn viburnum, scilla and other early blos-
soming plants are awaking as well as the peeper frogs! I even was able to use my golf cart the last two days, after the
melted snow and rains dissipated. Walked about 1 mile to the east line where I collected my trail camera having 84 hit
and not one being deer. Installed it in our NW corner of woods where there is a chuck hole (?) that looks as though a fox
may have taken over. We'll see!

March 31, Wednesday: Weather holding great - groundhog on side of tree on trail camera. BL saw one near
the brush pile. Physical therapy on right leg and shoe insert has allowed me to get around some without a
walking stick.

April 2, 2010, Friday: Talked with Bill Wilson about visiting Bob McFarland who has had a heart attack and
he suggested that we do. BL at church most of day decorating for Easter Service.

April 3, 2010, Saturday: BL and I visited Bob to just off some daffodils but the visit lasted about 1-1/2 hr.
Bob doing great, in fact spoke clearer than the last visit. BL and I went to the Plow Days near the airport then
had lunch at deli on Main Street. She went to the daffodil show in Princess Anne. Donnie & I collected dead
branches in the golf cart.

April 4, Sunday - Easter - after service we went to breakfast at Daytons. Weather great- had a day off - ate
soup which we bought at East Side Deli.


                                  TBM Traditional Tips:


               How to pick wood arrow shafting:

 The way to tell what spine of arrow you need is if you are
 shooting a center-shot bow (recurve or longbow) you add 5# to
 the weight of the bow at the poundage that is written on your
 bow at 28‖ (if you are shooting a selfbow—just ignore adding
 that 5#). Then if you draw over 28‖, add 3-5 # per inch over
 the 28‖ marked on your bow. Add those two together
 plus the poundage marked on the bow and there is the
 spine weight you need!


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                                          Traditional Bowhunters of Maryland
                                               Purposes and Objectives
                        The purpose of the Traditional Bowhunters of Maryland shall be to:
1. Provide fraternalism and camaraderie for those engaged in the ancient and honorable art of bowhunting with tradi-
tional bowhunting equipment.

2.Recognizing the advantages and disadvantages of man's technological and mechanical progress. It shall be the objec-
tive of the TBM to promote a valuable part of man's natural and cultural history thereby preserving the past for the bene-
fit of the future.

3.While the TBM recognizes the issues that threaten the future of bowhunting and encourages it members to support
organizations working to protect bowhunting, it shall not be the purpose of the TBM to act on a political level, as its sole
purpose is that of providing fellowship to those who choose to pursue a traditional bowhunting lifestyle. I am in full ac-
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