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PostSubject: Cold hike yesterday   December 22nd 2017, 10:01 am

wow was it cold! The trees were completely white yesterday and so naturally i got dressed up warm and took my dog out for a hike. Temp was 17* but felt so much colder for some reason. Bubba enjoyed the hike as I did. I just hope we have a White Christmas, or at least some snow on the ground.


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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   December 22nd 2017, 11:06 am

Yeah, down to 3 degrees last night. 27 now and it feels like a heat wave! About 5" of snow here at 9K' elevation and we sure needed it.

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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   December 23rd 2017, 6:33 am


Here's a "look-back" pic I took of yesterday's deer hunt.  I do this every now and then when mother nature wins for the day.  Temp was 19*, slight wind with snow squalls.  In MA we can hunt 1/2 hour after sunset.  I had 20 minutes to get to the trail before darkness.
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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   December 23rd 2017, 11:53 am

Man that looks cold Marty, are you bowhunting or is it gun season?

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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   December 23rd 2017, 3:00 pm

It's still archery and muzzleloader season for me until December 31st.  I'm toting one of my .45's.   And yes Vincem...once that sun went down it was friggin' raw-cold having sleeted earlier.   

I'll get out again Tuesday before the single digits sets in later next week.
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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   December 30th 2017, 7:07 pm

I noticed not much snow up in the mountains.

Here in Missouri it has been cold. Muzzleloading Season is going on now but because of health I haven't went.

Them Pinions? Where I live the Mulies and Elk would be in them.


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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   December 31st 2017, 7:55 am

I'm sitting at -21 below zero and I just talked to my brother in Northern part of the state and he got -38 below zero. Crying or Very sad

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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   December 31st 2017, 7:59 am

We were in the 50's yesterday. Crazy weather. With no top or doors on my Jeep i'm not complaining about the temp.

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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   December 31st 2017, 8:16 am

Even for our area we are way below normal temps.  The ice will be clear and strong for ice fishing this year.  Not much snow on it.  In northern Minnesota fisherman have been driving on it with pick-ups pulling their fish houses out for a few weeks already.

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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   December 31st 2017, 8:19 am

I never could get into ice fishing. A nice warm summer day, a fly rod, and a beautiful freestone creek or small river catching cutthroats is more my style.

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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   December 31st 2017, 8:27 am

There is nothing wrong with your kind of fishing!

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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   December 31st 2017, 1:23 pm

Yep pinions, cedar, blue spruce and ponderosa. We have a large mix of trees in this part.

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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   December 31st 2017, 8:17 pm

@FrontierGander wrote:
Yep pinions, cedar, blue spruce and ponderosa. We have a large mix of trees in this part.

All conifers .. don't you have any hardwoods there? Aspens should be somewhere around you I would think.

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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   January 1st 2018, 8:03 am

Lot's of Aspens in my area. It's the first place I look for elk and bear.

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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   January 1st 2018, 9:16 am

Lots of aspens and scrub oak. The aspens however are higher up in the mountains, I live in the foothills, so a little to low for aspen.

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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   January 2nd 2018, 7:20 am

We have mountains on all sides of us in this valley (all within a few miles in any direction) with pretty much the same trees as Pete and Jon as mentioned. Like you Jon we live in the foothills. When in Estes Park CO in the winter it was a sled ride anytime you left the house, real poor road cleaning (always icy), after 20 years of dealing with those conditions I moved south of Denver. Now in Utah they have good road service for most part and less traffic than Colorado for now, but that's changing too.

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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   January 2nd 2018, 8:21 am

Buck......You were near Denver. That whole area will always be crowded is anything you're into. Fishing, hiking, hunting or whatever. Lot's of people.

Over in my area we have complete freedom to go anywhere or anytime and have total solitude or close to it. My Jeep will get me to places you wouldn't believe. Not so much because of my Jeep, but that they have 4wd roads going everywhere.

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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   January 2nd 2018, 10:43 am

i was raised in the old days in n.dak. with a gun in my hand. cold is nothing to me. when i went to boot camp i was used to hunting on foot for hours at a time at 20 below 0. you only got one shot at a running jackrabbit which gave me 75 cent for every one i sold to the fur man. boot camp was nothing to me as well as the pistol and rifle range. i could walk a plowed field with out ever looking at my feet. thats where the jackrabbits were and the money from them. i would  ice skate the river with gun in hand 7 miles getting brown bunnies and any other varmint that jumped up. cold was what i knew. would never go out in cold with a strong wind but if their was no wind no matter what the temp was i was hunting for money, it was the only way i made it in those days. made top score with the m1 the bar and the handgun in the service. marching never came close to wearing me out, could go all day long. city boys had their tongues hanging out, not me, thanks to my upbringing. to me the BAR was the most fun to shoot, i could take the eye out of a snake with it. the new york boys couldnt even hit the target. those southern boys was used to close shooting in the woods. not me, i was used to way off shooting and only using one shot. when i was in africa with the french i run a 3 mile race with a former track star from the east coast and beat him easily. one of my fellow n.dak ranch buddies run against the best marine and beat him in a 3 mile run. we were raised tough and didnt even know it. this cold snap is nothing to what i was raised with. we had a small indian paint pony we would hook up to a skid sled and that how we got out of the farm ranch we had. those were different times but they were good times.
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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   January 2nd 2018, 11:03 am

We were all tough when we were young. Well, most of us. How are you doing now?

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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   January 3rd 2018, 6:33 am

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With health issues and all the worked needed done I'll be surprised if I live through this mess I've gotten into this time at my age Pete.

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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   January 3rd 2018, 6:49 am

as for me, i went through west nile 4 and 1/2 years ago. layed in bed for 4 months. went from 175 pounds to 135 pounds. 4 of us men in our area who were 70 years old got it at the same time. one died with in one year. one killed him self and the other walks with a brace on one leg. as for me it affected my legs like polio. my upper body strength came came and then some but im still working on my legs at the gym. its been a slow process. i came out the best of the four men who caught it. i work out every day just to be able to walk. when they tell you it is a slow recovery they are right. that is why the one rancher killed him self, he didnt want the long slow recovery. we all have what we have to deal with, dont give up and deal with it.
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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   January 3rd 2018, 8:27 am

We're a hell of a bunch huh guys. Oh well, you can't stop old age, but you sure as hell can fight given into it. Just keep thinking positive. The body will heal itself if we let it.

Strong Eagle are you native American? I ask because of the name you took.

My Lakota friend gave me the name Bear Killer. I was told it's an honor when they give you a name. I feel honored. When I go over to his place there's always a lot of Native Americans and they all call me Bear Killer. I sort of feel obligated to get a bear every year, but it's hard around here. Not as many bears as other areas. Where Jon lives is much better for bear hunting. The success rate is 20 times better than my area. Oh well, it is what it is. I just have to try harder.

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PostSubject: Re: Cold hike yesterday   January 3rd 2018, 10:12 am

@strong eagle wrote:
 i went through west nile 4 and 1/2 years ago. layed in bed for 4 months.

I was down with something in 2001 when the twin towers came down. I was working but was so fatigued that I had to lay down and sleep for 30-40 minutes out of every 90 minutes. I had a cot in the back room and a portable TV. I couldn't stay awake to watch the news of the terrorists.

I went to the doctor when I thought I could drive again. He said it was West Nile. I had birds dropping dead around my house and took a couple of them to the health dept. They said it was West Nile.
I was lucky and it only lasted about 3 weeks. Many died from it.

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