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The Tailgate / Re: What is this? 10-18
« Last post by Hawks Feather on Today at 02:59:28 PM »
I don't really know, but it looks like something that I should have.

Jerry
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Hunting Photos / Re: The home stretch
« Last post by Hawks Feather on Today at 02:57:26 PM »
That area looks a little rugged. I am just glad that it is you going up and down and not me.

Jerry
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Non Hunting/Fishing Photos / Re: Sunset addiction
« Last post by Okanagan on Today at 12:25:16 PM »
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Looking west toward the Pacific as I drove down a Cascade Range logging road last evening on my way home from hunting deer.  It was a little too dark to hand hold the slow shutter speed chosen by the auto settings so turned out more blurry than I realized.  Looks like forest fire smoke but is merely clouds and fog on the coast I think.

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Hunting Photos / The home stretch
« Last post by Okanagan on Today at 12:11:57 PM »
A tribute here to that great feeling when you get your first sight of your vehicle or camp when heading home after a hard hunt or hike.

The photo below was taken yesterday evening when I came out of the timber and got my first look at my Zuki.  I'd climbed high and hard (for me) and hunted a contour along the mountainside before dropping back to the road and my ride home. 

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View south from the same spot.  Some of those peaks are in the US.

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No deer but found some excellent country to hunt when the snow moves them to this area later in the season.


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Bow Hunting-Archery / Re: Crossbow question
« Last post by nastygunz on Today at 10:56:22 AM »
 The 3 biggest advantages of a crossbow over a traditional or compound bow are there is no movement of you drawing  the arrow back and then you don't have to hold the arrow back while waiting for a shot, and use of a scope or red dot  :yoyo:
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The Tailgate / What is this? 10-18
« Last post by remrogers on Today at 10:53:19 AM »
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The Tailgate / Re: What is this? 10-17
« Last post by nastygunz on Today at 10:53:15 AM »
Wikirahm... :innocentwhistle:
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The Tailgate / Today in history 10-18
« Last post by remrogers on Today at 10:44:38 AM »
1867
U.S. takes possession of Alaska
On this day in 1867, the U.S. formally takes possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre. The Alaska purchase comprised 586,412 square miles, about twice the size of Texas, and was championed by William Henry Seward, the enthusiasticly expansionist secretary of state under President Andrew Johnson.

Russia wanted to sell its Alaska territory, which was remote, sparsely populated and difficult to defend, to the U.S. rather than risk losing it in battle with a rival such as Great Britain. Negotiations between Seward (1801-1872) and the Russian minister to the U.S., Eduard de Stoeckl, began in March 1867. However, the American public believed the land to be barren and worthless and dubbed the purchase “Seward’s Folly” and “Andrew Johnson’s Polar Bear Garden,” among other derogatory names. Some animosity toward the project may have been a byproduct of President Johnson’s own unpopularity. As the 17th U.S. president, Johnson battled with Radical Republicans in Congress over Reconstruction policies following the Civil War. He was impeached in 1868 and later acquitted by a single vote. Nevertheless, Congress eventually ratified the Alaska deal. Public opinion of the purchase turned more favorable when gold was discovered in a tributary of Alaska’s Klondike River in 1896, sparking a gold rush. Alaska became the 49th state on January 3, 1959, and is now recognized for its vast natural resources. Today, 25 percent of America’s oil and over 50 percent of its seafood come from Alaska. It is also the largest state in area, about one-fifth the size of the lower 48 states combined, though it remains sparsely populated. The name Alaska is derived from the Aleut word alyeska, which means “great land.” Alaska has two official state holidays to commemorate its origins: Seward’s Day, observed the last Monday in March, celebrates the March 30, 1867, signing of the land treaty between the U.S. and Russia, and Alaska Day, observed every October 18, marks the anniversary of the formal land transfer.
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The Tailgate / Re: What is this? 10-17
« Last post by remrogers on Today at 10:43:34 AM »
Todd has identified this plant correctly.
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The Tailgate / Re: What is this? 10-17
« Last post by Todd Rahm on Today at 09:01:31 AM »
Horsetail?
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