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Archer in the sky

Messages posted to thread:
Frisky 11-May-18
Fisher Cat 11-May-18
David McLendon 11-May-18
StikBow 11-May-18
Frisky 11-May-18
hawkeye in PA 11-May-18
David McLendon 11-May-18
David McLendon 11-May-18
David McLendon 11-May-18
Lowcountry 11-May-18
TrapperKayak 11-May-18
TrapperKayak 11-May-18
Frisky 12-May-18
crookedstix 12-May-18
Frisky 12-May-18
Pdiddly 12-May-18
Franklin 12-May-18
Frisky 12-May-18
George D. Stout 13-May-18
Frisky 13-May-18
skookum 13-May-18
Frisky 14-May-18
TrapperKayak 14-May-18
tonto59 14-May-18
Buzz 14-May-18
Frisky 14-May-18
skookum 14-May-18
Frisky 14-May-18
TrapperKayak 14-May-18
Landshark Launcher 14-May-18
Frisky 15-May-18
Buzz 15-May-18
skookum 15-May-18
Frisky 15-May-18
dean 15-May-18
Catskills 15-May-18
skookum 15-May-18
Frisky 15-May-18
crookedstix 15-May-18
crookedstix 15-May-18
Frisky 16-May-18
Hico 16-May-18
TrapperKayak 16-May-18
From: Frisky
Date: 11-May-18




In late summer, as I practice shooting in the driveway at night, I can view Sagittarius, low in the southern sky. Originally, he was not half man-half horse but was a standing archer, stalking the scorpion to the west. It’s a perfect backdrop for bowhunting practice! This season, I’ll be shooting after dark, as usual, but I’ll also have my telescope out, waiting for the planets to rise higher in the sky. Archery and astronomy go together quite well. If you haven’t tried shooting after dark, and then sitting down for an observing session, you should consider it.

Joe

From: Fisher Cat
Date: 11-May-18




I found shooting after dark (with a light on the target)pretty interesting. Since it is more difficult to reference anything from the arrow, you rely much more on form and alignment.

Frisky, I don't have much interest in astronomy, but I've heard there are rings around Uranus... - John

From: David McLendon
Date: 11-May-18




Do you work all day with no time to shoot in the daylight?

From: StikBow
Date: 11-May-18




He might practice for times when most roadkill’s occur. ;) grin.

From: Frisky
Date: 11-May-18




It's illegal to shoot in town, and the city turned down a range the DNR offered to pay for, so I have to shoot after dark. It prepares you for the low light conditions of actual hunting.

Joe

From: hawkeye in PA
Date: 11-May-18




I thought the headlights in your hunting perimeters....well I guess the street lights would do the same thing.

From: David McLendon
Date: 11-May-18




I'd move to a non communist state

From: David McLendon
Date: 11-May-18




Where the weather was better and seasons were longer, that is just BS. Fifty states in tis country only a third of them are totally insane.

From: David McLendon
Date: 11-May-18




Go south or west and leave that, life is short.

From: Lowcountry
Date: 11-May-18




Welcome back Frisky - I've missed your posts.

We have "light pollution" here in my neighborhood, so it is had to see anything meaningful in the night sky. I've missed out on several meteor showers and such because of the city lights.

As far as shooting at night; I've tried it in my backyard with various lights. It is hard - definitely not the same as shooting in the afternoon.

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 11-May-18




So you're a spotlighting target poacher huh? I figured... :)

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 11-May-18




So you're a spotlighting target poacher huh? I figured... :)

From: Frisky
Date: 12-May-18




I've been taking a short break from posting as my shoulders heal up. This will be my big week for starting shooting. I was going to start last week but decided to hold off. I'm almost 100% now that shoveling snow is over for the year. Anyway, shooting at night is the same as shooting in the day, as you illuminate your target. I shoot at a max of 16 or 17 yards though. I'm also setting up a day range in a downtown area woodlot. Nobody can see me shoot in there, and I can practice out to 30 yards safely.

Joe

From: crookedstix
Date: 12-May-18




Glad to hear your shoulder's coming around! I just got back from fishing in n. Maine and wanted to report that there are roughly a kajillion more stars visible in the night sky up there than there are down here on the coast, where I live. You would've loved being up there with your 'scope.

From: Frisky
Date: 12-May-18




Yes, they have top notch skies up there. Probably the best skies for viewing in the east. Oh, fishing opens today here.

Joe

From: Pdiddly
Date: 12-May-18




Glad to hear you're coming along Joe.

I enjoyed shooting at your place...one does what one must do.

From: Franklin
Date: 12-May-18




No different than going to a golf driving range at night. It`s funny but the more I practice the luckier I get.lol

That is one of my favorite things about high elevation hunting...like over 11,000 ft. You feel like you are in the stars...the stars are so vivid it`s unbelievable.

From: Frisky
Date: 12-May-18




Pdiddly- You should be pretty close to dark skies. Not being able to see the stars is not normal and should not be tolerated but is. Urbanization leads to insanity. That's why it's good to take a step back and seek the silent places and darkest skies!

Joe

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 13-May-18




Cherry Springs State Park, here in Pennsylvania, has some of the darkest skies in the lower 48. It's a haven for star watchers, especially in the late summer meteor showers, Perseids in particular. I couldn't live in an urban environment.

From: Frisky
Date: 13-May-18




George- You're in a very good area for hunting and star watching.

Joe

From: skookum
Date: 13-May-18




I've heard that in the summertime, where you live, the mosquitoes are so thick that one cannot see the stars!

From: Frisky
Date: 14-May-18




Skookum- I forgot about the mosquitos. They'll be out in early June. However, they attack in the late evening and then disappear until sunrise. I'll be shooting and then observing from midnight to around 2AM, so I should be ok.

Joe

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 14-May-18




Joe, when I lived in southern Washington in the Gifford Pinchot Nat. Forest (had a house inside the boundary of the forest on a chunk of private, there was zero ambient light pollution. It was also in the mountains so fairly high up in elevation. I could go out any clear night and be 'in the universe'. Milky Way seemed 'right there'. One summer night in the 90's, I think '96, I went outside and looked up. I thought I saw a comet, kind of funnel shaped, with the naked eye. I got my binocs out and sure enough, there was a comet. I hadn't heard of one 'coming'. So I flipped on the tv and later that night o the news there was a story on the coment Hale Bopp being televised. Wow! You post reminded me of that. Saw this one, and it looked similar but no blue. An arrow in the sky.

From: tonto59
Date: 14-May-18




I have always done some of my best shooting after dark. At least I think it was some of my best. To dark to tell.;-) But I have always enjoyed looking up at the night skies. The best nite sky I ever saw. Was when I was in the Navy. Out in the middle of the big pond. Now that's a dark sky. Really beautiful! I would go top side after standing watch in Main control. The forward engine room. On the USS Sterett CG-31. After eating mid rats. We would go out on the fan tail and enjoy the nite sky. And Sometimes we would share hunting and fishing stories before hitting our rack. I'll never forget that night sky out at sea...Good post Frisky!

From: Buzz
Date: 14-May-18




Heads up tomorrow night sir : )

2010 WC9

http://www.spaceweather.com/

From: Frisky
Date: 14-May-18




Yes, the ocean still has the darkest skies!

Buzz- Yes, that asteroid will fly by pretty close but miss us.

Joe

From: skookum
Date: 14-May-18

skookum's embedded Photo



Joe, you indicated that mosquitoes are not a problem this time of year. You also said that, "Archery and Astronomy go together quite well;" and there is some kind of archer in the night sky there in Minnesota. Could this be the archer that has you so excited?

From: Frisky
Date: 14-May-18




No. The photo shown above is Crookedstix shooting at your place. It's not the archer of the fabled Sagittarius!

Joe

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 14-May-18

TrapperKayak's embedded Photo



I just happened to look up in the night sky outside my house in the Gifford Pinchot one summer night in 1996 or 7. I saw this. Had bo knowlege it was,coming, but knew immediately that it was a comet. Much smaller than this picture to the naked eye but very obvious it was a comet (Hale Bopp). I saw it on the news later. That night sky had zero ambient light pollution, far up the Little White Salmon. Every clear night was like looking right at the whole universe at your doorstep.

From: Landshark Launcher
Date: 14-May-18




Maybe sell one of those twisted limb bows of yours,and buy you a snow blower.

From: Frisky
Date: 15-May-18




I'd like to see a comet in my scope. The other night, I saw 7 shooting stars.

Yes, I need a snow blower. My shoulders are pretty good now. This is my week to start shooting, and I'll give a detailed report on it. This new bow might be the best ever conceived by the minds of humans. I'm sure there have been civilizations, far, far from Earth, where better bows than mine are or were made. However, that's none of our concern.

Joe

From: Buzz
Date: 15-May-18




May 6 by any chance?

https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/eta-aquarids.html

From: skookum
Date: 15-May-18

skookum's embedded Photo



Frisky, here is a pic of "SEVEN SHOOTING STARS;" all of them shooting bows that are much, much better (and stronger) than YOURS!!!

From: Frisky
Date: 15-May-18




Buzz- No. Saw them on May 9th in the eastern sky.

Skookum- I hate to say it. I wish I could go back to earlier days when I was brainwashed into thinking the garbage coming out of the west coastal region was the pinnacle of bow- making prowess. I can't go back. I've learned, over time, that Fred Bear's TD bow was the best it was ever going to get. Now, I have a great bow, at last, for the coming season!!!

Joe

From: dean
Date: 15-May-18




Joe, you have Jupiter up high right now, with Scorpio in the SE. There is lots of stuff your scope will see in the southern skies right now. I can shoot in my back yard any time I want. Austin is a communist town, a long history of not trusting its citizens.

From: Catskills
Date: 15-May-18




I think they call it "the people's republic of Austin" ?

I see plenty of stars in NW New York State. And I shoot at night sometimes. It's not easy ! Plus, any overshoots I have to look for the next day. But I think Frisky's right it hones your shooting for hunting conditions. I have given up hunting, for several reasons, but I am still a proponent of hunting and hunters in general.

From: skookum
Date: 15-May-18

skookum's embedded Photo



Frisky, thanks for sending me this pic of you with your new-found bow...good luck with it on the up-coming season!

From: Frisky
Date: 15-May-18




Yes, there's plenty to see now with a scope, and I do believe night shooting is the way to go.

Skookum- I might surprise you and everyone else and build a bow out of my hackberry stave. It's ready for working. If I do it right, I have wild shoot arrows that are getting close to perfection, and they'll go great with the bow. When this year's deer hide is tanned, I'll be posting a photo displaying my trophies.

Joe

From: crookedstix
Date: 15-May-18




Good one, Frisky...but I will get even.

From: crookedstix
Date: 15-May-18

crookedstix's embedded Photo



In fact, I saw this deer just today as I was doing trail work at the land trust...and thought to myself, "There's one I could have Joe come finish off--I bet he could hit it!"

Humor aside, it's a sad thing to see when one like this doesn't make it through the winter. Don't know if he starved or got shot and not recovered.

From: Frisky
Date: 16-May-18




Grab those antlers!

From: Hico
Date: 16-May-18




Sadly we will never know.

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 16-May-18




Legal to take deadheads in Maine Kerry?





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