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  1. Back in 1974 I was hunting in Northern California.  While glassing a hillside a half mile or more off, I saw a reflection where there should be nothing but grass, manzanita, and madrone.

     

    So being the curious sort I've always been I hiked down a steep, rattlesnake infested slope to the site - and was really surprised to find the wreckage of a P-51!

     

    It was a mess.  I later found out that it had crashed only a year or so earlier.  It hit so hard that just the concussion scraped clear an area not much smaller than a football field, with the brush piled around the perimeter as if it had been bulldozed.  

     

    I hiked back in the next day with a few simple tools in my day pack, hoping to find a brass Rolls-Royce placard - instead, on one of the valve covers was stamped "PACKARD."  But I did harvest a piston from the shattered engine.  About 25 years later gave the piston to my then 8-year old son.

     

    Danged things are BIG!  And it had a dozen of 'em!!  :huh:

     

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  2. 6 hours ago, Phantom Falcon, SASS # 46139 said:

    The P-51 Mustang, F-86 Sabre and F4U Corsair are the ones I most wanted to fly. They all had guns. I only flew one airplane with guns. The A-4 Skyhawk had 2 20mm cannon, but they were for ground attack, not fighting. Still they were a hoot to shoot. 

     

    PF

     

    I knew a former Marine A-4 pilot; quite an impressive gentleman.  I met him through the Scout troop chartered with the local VFW - don't recall if he was a Major or Lieutenant Colonel.   He would give talks to the Scouts about Native American culture - he was a Yaqui Indian.

     

    Sadly, we lost Bill just about three years ago.  

     

     

     

     

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  3. Just now, Pat Riot, SASS #13748 said:

    Not sure. I won’t give these sonsof…bastages one single dime in the DFG. 

     

    Something I think is funny, the PA hunting regs, minus season charts, takes up 2 pages. The Commie regs here take a flippin’ 75 pages and that’s just for mammals. The bird regs take 102 pages. To be fair that does include season charts. 

     

    I remember when california had "Coastal" and "Inland" zones, plus a few "X" zones 'way up in the northern part of the state.

     

    Lessee.... last year, the state had 44 regular deer zones, including 17 "X" zones.

     

    Each zone had at least two seasons - archery and general.  Additionally, there were over 50 "special seasons" in there somewhere.

     

    And when this nonsense started some marketing wag proclaimed "Hunters!  You now have MORE hunting opportunities!" or some such.

     

    Oh... and be aware ~ zone boundaries change.  More than once I've found myself leaving an area I'd hunted for years after discovering it was no longer in the zone I always bought tags for. 

     

    I once visited the DFG office in Fresno to ask for help determining what zone I needed tags for, as the boundaries had been changed.  I took with me my topo maps and their maps; two of their staffers tried to help, but finally gave up.  I was advised that I would have find a local warden to ask, then buy my tags.  This would have entailed about a ten hour round trip drive.  

     

    I stayed home that year.  And a lot of years since.

     

     

     

     

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  4. 5 minutes ago, Buckshot Bob said:

    Did they change that law in CA also ? When I lived there I used to hunt birds and small game with semi autos all the time. Only thing I used a bolt gun for was deer 

     

    Sshhhh..... don't give the Emperor any ideas~!!   :huh:   :ph34r:

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  5. I've seen LOTS of turkeys when it was not turkey season, even inside city limits... like in the El Cerrito BART Station parking lot.  I've seen 'em walking down the street in Crockett, east of San Francisco.  I've seen 'em in parks.  But I've only seen one while turkey hunting - and he on the wing, just flying by.  :rolleyes:

     

     

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  6. 54 minutes ago, DeaconKC said:

    Quit poaching! They are now endangered and protected in CA!

     

    As are unicorns and Sasquatches.  -_-

     

    (Not to mention crooks and "undocumented travelers," although neither of those are particularly endangered.)

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  7. 11 minutes ago, Marshal Mo Hare, SASS #45984 said:

    A “highbrow”

     

    I remember when classical music fans were commonly referred to as "longhairs." 

     

    long-hair (n.) ... + hair (n.). As "intellectual," especially in musical tastes, "devotee of classical music," 1920 (late 19c. long hair was noted as a characteristic of classical musicians, perhaps inspired by the famous locks of Liszt).

     

    Even Bugs!  ^_^

     

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  8. 1 hour ago, Forty Rod SASS 3935 said:

    Hmmmm.  They could fit all four categories, very likely do.

     

    Wellllll..... I was thinking of a particular kid... was it an "Outback" perhaps~?  :)

  9. 3 hours ago, Forty Rod SASS 3935 said:

    Especially those who are inconsiderate, oblivious to what's going on around them, just plain stupid, or deliberately aggravating.

     

    That seems to be almost everyone I run into. 

     

    Hey, Uncle Forty...  How about people not tending to undisciplined youngsters in restaurants...?  :rolleyes:

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