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PostSubject: My hunting buddy!   May 9th 2017, 8:24 pm

From time to time I must pay tribute to my hunting buddy....Robert W. 'Wes' Taylor! In this photo he was 89 years old and still killing bucks with his bow! One of the best archers I've ever known! We pulled many a buck out together.

R. W. 'Wes' Taylor by Sharps Man, on Flickr

He was a retired Colonel from the USAF serving 26 years. Flew P-51 during WWII, flew F-86 Sabre Jets in Korea and after getting out of the military he flew with me for ten years. One heck of a fellow and the best pilot I've ever known! Photo is of him after a flight in the F-86.

Untitled by Sharps Man, on Flickr

I buried him this past year beside his wife! I miss him greatly! We downed a few scotch together!

I apologize to you guys for boring you tonight but I've been on a nostalgia kick it seems! I guess old men do this at times!
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PostSubject: Re: My hunting buddy!   May 9th 2017, 8:26 pm

I'm impressed. 89 and still hunting and climbing up trees.

Good for him.


The P-51 is my favorite plane since I was a kid. I fly one now in simulations. As close as I can get to one.

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PostSubject: Re: My hunting buddy!   May 9th 2017, 8:40 pm

Bear Claw wrote:
I'm impressed. 89 and still hunting and climbing up trees.

Good for him.


The P-51 is my favorite plane since I was a kid. I fly one now in simulations. As close as I can get to one.

I flew this one on my 70th birthday:

Flew this dude on my 70th Birthday. by Sharps Man, on Flickr

Mostly I fly these which belong to my son Brandon:

SNJ5 by Sharps Man, on Flickr

I started an agricultural flying service in 1966 and did quite well and passed it on to my son 16 years ago! Aviation has been good to my family going on 50 years now and grandsons will continue the tradition! Here's one after his solo flight! He's flying the T-6 birds now! This is Britton. His younger brother Connor is in training!

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PostSubject: Re: My hunting buddy!   May 9th 2017, 9:15 pm

You lucky dog. I'd give my left nut to fly in one.

That wouldn't be giving up much. Nuts are useless now.

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PostSubject: Re: My hunting buddy!   May 9th 2017, 9:56 pm

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You lucky dog. I'd give my left nut to fly in one.

That wouldn't be giving up much. Nuts are useless now.

" Nuts are useless now."

Gods gift for keeping old men alive!!

At this stage I'd rather have a good elk steak!!
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PostSubject: Re: My hunting buddy!   May 10th 2017, 5:43 am

Sharpy, I enjoyed this thread. Good memories and nifty planes... 
A life to be proud of and a fallen friend worth celebrating and 
raising a scotch to.

Great friends should be remembered. Life should be celebrated. 
Seems to me you are doing the right things. 

You just invited us all to reconsider our friends and their value to our lives. 
I saw Wes up that tree and laughed because he reminded me of the guys I 
have run around with since Junior High. 

Yes, I enjoyed this thread. 

PS. Then there is the entertainment of Muley trying to sell his useless left nut... 
Who would even buy such a thing? No, don't tell me. I don't want to know. Evil or Very Mad

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PostSubject: Re: My hunting buddy!   May 10th 2017, 3:37 pm

Thank you Sharpsman for sharing the memory of your friend. Brought back some good memories for me. Kentucky Colonel thanks for your wisdom that you shared.
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PostSubject: Re: My hunting buddy!   May 10th 2017, 3:43 pm

Thanks guys! Every word true! I only fib to my Doc when he asks me how many Buttercups I've had the past week! Dunno Dunno Dunno

Three weeks back he checked me out...said "Your pumps working great......BP 128/78, pulse rate OK.....get the hell outa my office...you're gonna live until you die!" cheers
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PostSubject: Re: My hunting buddy!   June 9th 2017, 4:38 pm

I like the pics. Also, it is honorable on your behalf to share your hunting buddy with us!

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PostSubject: Re: My hunting buddy!   June 9th 2017, 5:46 pm

Thanks! I don't know who that old fellow is sitting in the P-51 but seems as if I see him every time I shave!! Shocked Rolling Eyes

Taylor was one heck of a guy! I will miss him dearly! I visited his gravesite on Vet Day....and will as long as the Good Lord lets me draw air!!

Thanks again!
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PostSubject: Re: My hunting buddy!   June 9th 2017, 6:52 pm

Maybe a few have heard of my Great Uncle.

http://www.warbirdforum.com/clc.htm

Most I know don't remember Instinctive Shooting. My wife always said she could shoot as well as me but like I told her I was much faster. I always hunted from the ground. Let Deer pass me before I shot, I always liked quartering away shot.

What is funny I smoked heavy back then, many times I would put a Cigarette out just before Deer got by me.
 

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PostSubject: Re: My hunting buddy!   June 9th 2017, 9:23 pm

oneshot 1 wrote:
Maybe a few have heard of my Great Uncle.

http://www.warbirdforum.com/clc.htm

Most I know don't remember Instinctive Shooting. My wife always said she could shoot as well as me but like I told her I was much faster. I always hunted from the ground. Let Deer pass me before I shot, I always liked quartering away shot.

What is funny I smoked heavy back then, many times I would put a Cigarette out just before Deer got by me.
 

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I know quite a bit about Claire Chennault! He grew up 50 miles southeast of my home place and I'm 15 miles from the Claire Lee Chennault Museum at Selman Field, Monroe, La. Folks there have really done a great job of honoring him. If you haven't been....drive down and go through it! :suhlute :tup2
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PostSubject: Re: My hunting buddy!   June 11th 2017, 6:03 am

Buddies like that Sharpsman provide a lifetime of great memories.

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PostSubject: Re: My hunting buddy!   June 18th 2017, 10:20 am

Marty wrote:
Buddies like that Sharpsman provide a lifetime of great memories.

Happy to have known them, sad that they are gone and we are stuck with some that should have left years ago. Why do the jerks we know live on when the good guys leave before their time?

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PostSubject: Re: My hunting buddy!   June 18th 2017, 10:22 am

Good question.

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PostSubject: Re: My hunting buddy!   June 18th 2017, 6:07 pm

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Good question.

I often see one of these buttheads and think this same thing over and over again, why us Pete?

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PostSubject: Re: My hunting buddy!   June 18th 2017, 8:05 pm

Some think i'm the butthead, so I don't say anything. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: My hunting buddy!   June 18th 2017, 8:12 pm

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Some think i'm the butthead, so I don't say anything. Wink

Your not a "butthead" you just tell it the way it is. Some don't like hearing the truth Pete.

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PostSubject: Re: My hunting buddy!   June 18th 2017, 8:13 pm

True, but it's fun telling them anyway.

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PostSubject: Re: My hunting buddy!   June 21st 2017, 7:16 am

Bear Claw wrote:
True, but it's fun telling them anyway.

That's my boy ...   lol!

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