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    A target is one things but pesky tree rats are smart but then you also have Howling Dead Eye Coyote Ron too...
     
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    Another Suggestion: How about just a good old Squirrel stew in a cast iron cooking over a fire?
     
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    Count down: Three Weeks away!!
     
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    @WhisperInThePine , Is that a Marlin model 60?

    Yeah, the wording is confusing for Out-of-state. I don't think they get many people who come here just to hunt rabbits or squirrels.

    For in-staters you just need an "General Hunting License" with the appropriate endorsement stamps. I usually get this as an add-on to my yearly fishing license at Wally World. They do seem to know what's required and I have never had any concern expressed by the Game Wardens that have checked. No license needed for in-state "non-game" species. But I understood that Out-of-stater's could take non-game animals provided they had a valid "General Hunting" license.

    I am really starting to get excited about the gathering. I got a new tent and cot that I will test this weekend. (I wanted a new tent and sleep-system off the ground in case we get weather like last year's.)

    I may even see if I can get off early on Wednesday and go up that night to get a head start.

    Coyote Ron
     
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    I try to not do much howling during the day-time. Scares the squirrels off.

    But then you experienced my howling first hand last year when we shared a tent.
    Not that yours is that much better.:11: I thought we were being attacked by a bear.

    Coyote Ron
     
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    @NM_Coyote Indeed, the venerable Marlin Model 60.
     
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    Good gun. I have one just about like but haven't shot it in a while.

    Coyote Ron
     
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    I am getting a little anxious myself. I do have something to add and hope everyone likes it.. BUILD ON THIS SHOUT OUT FOR A GROUP POT MEAL!! I have a new tripod for the fire , cast iron to cook in and carrots for the group pot meal !!
     
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    I'll bring potatoes to add to the soup. If it's to be stone soup I could supply the stone. ;)

    I am camping out in my back yard tonight BTW to test out some new gear. I guess it's not really roughing it since I have an Internet signal. But I did have a nice evening by the fire. It was a beautiful full moon night too.

    Since I have upgraded most of my camping equipment I will bring a lot of stuff for a trade blanket if anyone is interested.

    Coyote Ron
     
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    Well it looks like I will not be attending this one. Life changes rapidly sometimes. We sold one house, the farm, our home will be sold soon. Already bought a new 2500 Duramax and looking at travel trailers now. I have always wanted to see more of the USA before I die and this seems the best way, tired of SW Oklahoma. Good news is I will definitely be seeing lots more of New Mexico and Colo and get to really spend some time there.
    Who knows maybe we will be there next year.
     
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    Well Best of luck in your travels and until next time. Have a good trip
     
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    You will be sorely missed! Good luck and happy trails. We will look forward to seeing you again at a fire down the road.

    Coyote Ron
     
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    For anyone wondering the "pea shooter" in question is a .22 caliber gas-ram air rifle. (Okay, Okay! It's a pea shooter. My wife calls it my "pop gun". :oops:) But at this point I actually prefer it to my other squirrel rifles for game that small.

    And it gave me a distinct advantage last year with all the rain. Since it only has an effective range of 1-2 hundred yards (diablo pellets are designed to destabilize and shed energy quickly) I was able to walk not too far from camp to begin hunting. Everyone else had to drive a ways. This meant I could take advantage of the short dry spells.

    I ended up shooting all the squirrels.

    I am really looking forward to some competition this year. I know that @Stompy , @WhisperInThePine , and @redneckron are all planning on supplying that competition.

    But then again. I have added an after-market trigger to the rifle that makes it a whole new gun as far a accuracy goes. So, the challenge is on!

    Last year we slathered the varmints in barbecue sauce and roasted them over the fire on a spit. They were really good but it was a lot of effort to get them cooked evenly. But then they should've been good since I soaked them for 2 days in bourbon before we cooked them. (Anything is good soaked in bourbon, right?)

    If hunting is not your thing there is also decent trout fishing not far away. I have one friend who doesn't post here but he came last year and his plan this year is to do some fishing during the day.

    20170928_072414.jpg

    Coyote Ron
     
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    What all might we need for the stew/jambalya? I'll bring something just not sure what's needed at this point.
     
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    Onions are always a good addition.
     
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    For anyone interested, here is the pics thread from last year. We are planning the same location so this will give you some idea of the area.
    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/pics-from-jemez-meet-and-greet.207235/

    Here are some of my thoughts that may help if you are wondering what to expect.

    The camping area is large. There is plenty of room to spread out. There are a lot of level spots in the general vicinity.

    The road is good and can be accessed by standard car.

    Do not expect to get a cell phone signal.

    The altitude is over 8000 feet so the weather can be quite cool at night. This is at the tail end of New Mexico's rainy season so it can also be wet. (As we found out last year.)
    It's usually pretty warm in the day-time but be prepared for unpredictable weather.

    The camping area is undeveloped, there are no facilities. There are developed campgrounds and a small store within reasonable driving distance but it is best to be prepared in terms of "camp sanitation".

    Everyone one brings their own food and gear but there is always quite a bit of sharing too. Cooking/meal prep is done separately except when we have something like the shared-pot meal that @redneckron has proposed.

    We usually have a common fire at night for everyone to share in.

    Quite often people bring things (extra gear, for example) to give away or swap.

    We need to take more pictures this year.

    We were planning to have an organized fire seminar last year but since it rained for 4 days we ended up just working as a team to build our common fire 2 nights. (How many bushcrafters does it take to light wet wood? :rolleyes:) This turned out to be a lot more fun anyway.

    I think we have decided that it is not necessary to organize any kind of formal sessions. And along the way we had some very good discussion of fire-lighting techniques and safety, axe safety, a flint-and-steel demonstration, a tree and plant woods-walk, a bannock making demonstration, and a squirrel skinning demonstration.

    There are plenty of opportunities to learn. If you have a skill that you can demonstrate please consider doing so. I think @redneckron and I are planning on bringing stuff to make char-cloth and practice our flint and steel technique. (Anyone/everyone is invited to participate.)

    We are hoping you will consider joining us this year.

    Coyote Ron
     
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    Thanks for the reminder of you shooting ALL THE SQUIRRELS at the last Rendezvous with that Pea shooter. Yea!! I am bringing my old and reliable .22 rifle. I am thinking competition and good shooting will produce some squirrels for the fire other than the SQUIRRELS COYOTE RON shot. I am also looking forward in making Char Cloth and since I have never made it. It will be a learning experience for me.
     
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    Well, you know, when you start to be our age the memory does start to need a little help. And I'm always glad to to help. :16:

    Char cloth is fun to make and use. I have a few extra Altoids tins and some strikers made from old file shards that I'll throw in to share. I've always had good luck with old discarded tee shirt material. So if anyone has one of those that is ready to retire they should bring it. Note, it has to 100% cotton.

    We can also experiment with natural materials like charred punk wood. It is harder to use but is replenish able in the field.

    Coyote Ron
     
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    Memory ??
     
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    Yes, I am always available to remind you of things like squirrel count. Just wanted you to know I'm here for you.

    Now let's see there are 2 things that fail with age, memory and...uh..I forget what the other one is.

    Coyote Ron
     
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    Good ol' CRS disease. Also what about roasting some chili over the fire too? I'll bring some onions and some spices for the communal stew.
     
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    I don't think i have a disease. Onion sound good but I can bring green chili-already have some roasted. You can roast Green Chili over a fire. I did it once and paid for it dearly. Now I just eat it!!
     
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    I just spoke with @NM_chile. He volunteered to bring green chile. Now this is shaping up to something, Squirrel New Mexico Style!

    How 'bout someone bringing tortillas?

    Coyote Ron
     
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    Yeah. There are all kinds of ways chili can pay you back. :18:

    Coyote Ron
     
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    Oh yea it has and even a little yellow chili I am growing bit me big a couple weeks ago. Hint-stay away from face!!
     
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    CRS: Can't Remeber Shit.
     
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    I can remember that but can't remember other things I forgot...LOL!!! I am getting so pumped!!!
     
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    Just to clarify for my calendar, it's September 14th through the 16th yes?
     
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    Are you guys planning on camping where you did last time? I will be in the area during that weekend, but we'll be in my wife's precious, delicate, shiney, little Toyota Corolla. That car is not to be taken on washboardy dirt roads. So I probably won't be able to attend. Maybe next time. Have fun, and I hope you guys get to cook up some squirrels. Hint... put enough green chile in the stew and you may not be able to taste the spruce tree diet of those squirrels.
     
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    Those are the dates
     
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    Hey the spruce gives em flavor!

    The road in is pretty good. @Stompy drove a passenger car last year and I don't think had any trouble. The site is only about half mile off the pavement. Stop by if you can.

    Coyote Ron
     
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    I took my Pontiac vibe all the way there last year. No issues.
     
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    Yeah my Ford fusion go there fine, just drive slow once you're on the actual forest road. I've got a Subaru outback now that I'm going to be testing out as a way to camp. Thanks for the confirmation on the dates.
     
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    I would like to try myself around head count of those that will be making it. Redneckron (me),. Dewayne (a friend). Coyote Ron, Steve, Stompy, and Whispering pine. Unknowns?
    Darodalaf, Para nurse, Appalachian son and Gila Dog (maybe drop by) Did I get everyone?
     
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    @darodalaf?
    @ParaNurse
    @Appalachian son?
    @gila_dog?
     
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    I'll take a look at the road. If the wife shrieks NOOOOO, then no. Otherwise I'll try to stop by.
     
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    I got the time off today. See you guys next Friday.
     
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    I am spending time to pulling out my gear and since I haven't used since last year. It has found new places to hide in Garage. I did find somethings for a trade blanket..
     
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    I am nearly all packed. Just need to buy food and other consumables. :)

    BTW. @NM_chile says he will be there for sure as well.

    Coyote Ron
     
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    I am bringing things to trade or sell as well.
     
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    Progress is being made-My chain saw started and have a new chain saw blade on it. Axes and knives are sharp. I have new small splitting axe for @Stompy to try out.
     
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    Haha, I can certainly use the exercise.
     
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    An axe can help you strengthen muscles you don't you know you need strengthening...LOL.
     
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    Sorry I am missing it brothers. I am working the weekends these days.
     
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    Maybe next time..
     
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    I'm pretty much all packed.
    I plan on going up late on Wednesday afternoon. I'll snag the spot. I will post once I get set to let everyone know that the site is a go. If for some reason there is someone else already in that location I would suggest a little further down on the other side of the road.

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    I can't wait to get up there even if it is only for saturday to sunday.
     
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    The weather outlook for this weekend sunny and warm!!!!
     
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