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Online Terry Green

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Re: The Adventures of Hope & Faith of Black Mountain
« Reply #20 on: July 28, 2008, 03:05:00 PM »
Somebody done kilt a bear with Faith....  :thumbsup:
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Re: The Adventures of Hope & Faith of Black Mountain
« Reply #21 on: July 28, 2008, 03:13:00 PM »
Can't wait for the story and some pics...

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Re: The Adventures of Hope & Faith of Black Mountain
« Reply #22 on: July 28, 2008, 06:38:00 PM »
Great! Mojo on Faith already  :thumbsup:
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Re: The Adventures of Hope & Faith of Black Mountain
« Reply #23 on: August 02, 2008, 11:56:00 AM »
Received the bow on Thursday. Going to have tune some arrows to it but from what I've done so far it feels great so shoot.
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Re: The Adventures of Hope & Faith of Black Mountain
« Reply #24 on: August 02, 2008, 03:24:00 PM »
Just got Hope today!  Looks sweet, fast, quiet.  The armguard is nice too.  I have a bow shoot tommorrow so she arrived just in time.  Thanks to all who are playing a part in this.
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Re: The Adventures of Hope & Faith of Black Mountain
« Reply #25 on: August 15, 2008, 06:11:00 PM »
What are the weights?  I'll have Faith a month from now and need to know what weight arrows I need to be looking for!

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Re: The Adventures of Hope & Faith of Black Mountain
« Reply #26 on: August 16, 2008, 06:36:00 PM »
If I remember correctly, Faith is 52#@28" and Hope is 53#@28".

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Re: The Adventures of Hope & Faith of Black Mountain
« Reply #27 on: August 16, 2008, 07:43:00 PM »
Thanks!

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Re: The Adventures of Hope & Faith of Black Mountain
« Reply #28 on: August 19, 2008, 04:22:00 PM »
Where's the bear story?
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Re: The Adventures of Hope & Faith of Black Mountain
« Reply #29 on: August 22, 2008, 06:03:00 PM »
Been hunting with faith but no getting yet. I have her, for hunting anyway, one more weekend before I send her off to Don. I'll be heading up to the ranch just as soon as I get these honey-do's done (painting the living room!  :banghead:  Three different colors      :banghead:    :banghead:  )

Then I'll load up and go. Got pigs, deer, and rabbit on the menu...

A couple of weeks ago I had close encounters with pigs and deer with Faith in hand. Spot and stalk and still hunting. I spotted the piggies and went to ambush them at a point where they would have to come through a hole in the fence...darn neighbors fixed the hole!!! They got ahead of me, came through the gate at the corral, and that was all she wrote. I went to a high spot (top of the ranch is 2500 feet) and glassed for them but to no avail. There were plenty of places for them to go. I then went to a nice spot out at the far side of the ranch with a dry lake bed. I had seen a buck there while scouting earlier and I wanted to try him out. So I still hunted through the area and came across two does and two fawns. I stopped and glassed and waited and there he was again! (btw, no shooting does or fawns in this state or Faith would have had deer blood...) No stalk could happen though as the does were between him and I and there was no passing them to get to him.
The next weekend there were too many gun hunters on the ranch so I didn't go out with a bow...Uncle won't let me bowhunt when we have a crowd of gun hunters, say's it's not safe and not in the plan...But this weekend I'll have the place to myself. There's lots of rabbits running around and I'm hoping to get into the pigs again. If I'm really, really lucky then a buck will get in front of me. Stand by for a report on Monday!
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Re: The Adventures of Hope & Faith of Black Mountain
« Reply #30 on: August 23, 2008, 07:38:00 PM »
GOOD Luck, Toby......
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Re: The Adventures of Hope & Faith of Black Mountain
« Reply #31 on: August 25, 2008, 09:45:00 PM »
The arra's went flying!

No deer were seen this weekend but we literally ran into the hogs, big time! I wish you could "see" this area...we forgot the camera though.
I did an evening hunt with Faith. I dropped Sara off on her stand and went off to the other end of the ranch. This is typical Mendocino County hill country. If it aint up, it's down and the top of the ranch is at 2500 feet. Open, grassy hillsides on the southern aspects with wooded drainages and springs, and dark heavy timber on top and on the North aspects.
It started off for me with a dark comedy. I was scouting for targets of opportunity from the roads in my cousin's old jeep. I won't bore you all with these details but suffice to say that the jeep overheated, ran out of gas, and broke the accelerator arm off of the throttle arm. Fixed all that and continued on my regularly scheduled program. I ran into a sounder of hogs right on top of the mountain and tried to move into position to take one. They sensed my presence and tried to put distance between us. I caught two in range and picked a spot on one sow. Let fly and she wasn't in that spot I picked anymore. I decided to leave well enough alone for now and go check on the wife.
Next morning we head back to the top of the ranch. In my truck. Don't trust the ranch jeeps anymore. We stop a few hundred yards away from where I left the pigs and make a plan. Sara moves to one side of the dark timber to take a stand in case I move animals towards her. I head up the road on the edge of the timber to start a still hunt with the wind in my favor.
Sara tops the small rise to enter the timber and take her stand. She sees 30-40 pigs feeding just inside the timber. By this time I'm ready to start my still hunt a couple of hundred yards from her position. She lets fly and misses. Pigs move out. She calls me on the radio to let me know pigs are coming my way fast. This was just as I dropped the string on a jack rabbit. Darn radios...I hate them and usually leave mine off unless there's something to say. Missed the bunny. Took a quick figure on where Sara was versus where I'm at and triangulate an interception point to meet the piggies. I can already hear them...running, snorting, grunting, making all kinds of noise in the timber. I figure, great, they're already making noise so I don't have to be quiet until they are! So I run to intercept them. I do and get in range but there is no shot to be had. Too much "stuff" in the way of vitals that are moving. They head off the little ridgeback into a drainage and up the other side. I take the short cut around the top of the drainage and hit them right in the middle of the sounder just as they quiet down and go back to feeding. I'm looking at many, many targets in front of me...looking through heavy timber, lots of twigs, branches, trying to find a hole to shoot through at a broadside piggie. Finally, I find a sow, stopped, feeding, broadside with a shooting lane. Did I say lane? More like a hole. I'm already nocked with a Grizzly Stik Sitka, tipped with a 135 grain Magnus 2 sitting on top of a 100 grain insert. 20 yards to target. I can do this. Pick a spot, draw, double anchor, perfect T, and let fly. Then, I swear, some darn little tree branch just swats my arrow out of the air just before it hits the pig's heart! Darn trees! Pigs move out and there's nothing I can do since to chase them further gets me nothing but trespassing on the neighbor's piece!
Folks, this is why I hunt. I had a great morning of great pig action with a piece of St. Jude's future history in my hand! I had her for about three weeks now. Hunted with her two weekends and shot her some for target practice and arrow tuning. And now I pass her on to Don Wilson, whose acquaintance I made at the Solana Ranch hunt last year that I won on St. Jude's auction. Which is another reason to bid on hunts...you meet great people you wouldn't otherwise. I still remember the live thread on aiming between Don and Terry in the bunkhouse over beers while we were tuning kit for the next morning.
So, when this bow comes up for auction, bid often, bid high. She's a shooter and she will have stories to tell when the year's done!  
Oh, and one last thing...Like Terry says on that video...If you don't live where there's hog hunting...MOVE!
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Re: The Adventures of Hope & Faith of Black Mountain
« Reply #32 on: August 26, 2008, 05:53:00 PM »
Great story Toby. Looking forward to hunting with Faith in the spring.

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Re: The Adventures of Hope & Faith of Black Mountain
« Reply #33 on: September 01, 2008, 09:45:00 PM »
Hey Don Wilson...you should be seeing Faith tomorrow if you haven't got her already. I sent her out Wednesday last week.
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Re: The Adventures of Hope & Faith of Black Mountain
« Reply #34 on: September 02, 2008, 11:40:00 PM »
Anybody seen Hope around? I was supposed to get her today and haven't heard anything. Mike

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Re: The Adventures of Hope & Faith of Black Mountain
« Reply #35 on: September 02, 2008, 11:44:00 PM »
PM Vance Mike. He's was supposed to have her the last two weeks.
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Re: The Adventures of Hope & Faith of Black Mountain
« Reply #36 on: September 06, 2008, 09:08:00 PM »
sounds really cool,
great idea

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Re: The Adventures of Hope & Faith of Black Mountain
« Reply #37 on: September 09, 2008, 10:08:00 AM »
Where are all the stories guys?
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Re: The Adventures of Hope & Faith of Black Mountain
« Reply #38 on: September 09, 2008, 11:01:00 AM »
Hope never showed up for my turn. I was supposed to have it all last week and planned on taking it on the last week of our elk hunt. We really got into the elk too. That's how my luck goes.

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Re: The Adventures of Hope & Faith of Black Mountain
« Reply #39 on: September 13, 2008, 09:40:00 AM »
mike,

If you want go ahead and keep hope thru the end of the month and mail her out to next person in line (Drew in Mich).

I am in line to have her the last 2weeks of Sept but I'll pass to let you have a little more bond time.

Good Luck & Happy Hunting!
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