Stump hunting adventure

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  1. Jonah L. Archer

    Jonah L. Archer ~Roughian #21~ Supporter Bushclass II

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    What is written on the scroll of Fate is not visible; but with a sturdy bow, a true shaft, and a stout heart, we journey forth in search of adventure. ~Saxton Pope

    Bow in hand, I set out with the intent to slay a turkey, a whole slew of morels, and even more stumps.

    April 15th in southern Oregon is opening day of turkey season and the morels have started popping up.

    I travelled to one of my favorite hunting spots. This area burned last year in a forest fire and I wanted to see how it was recovering. It's amazing to me how different an area can look after it burns.

    I took the Samick Sage and it laid waste to every evil stump that crossed our paths...

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    A view of some of the devastation.

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    Root of one tree wrapped around the trunk of another.

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    Continued ...
     
  2. Jonah L. Archer

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    I came across this crazy rock. After some Google fu, I believe it to be botryoidal agate.

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    I've never seen anything like it and, without the fire, I probably never would have.

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    I took a small piece of it that was already broken away for my daughter's rock collection.

    I really enjoyed the stark contrast of new Spring growth amidst the post apocalyptic background.

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  3. Jonah L. Archer

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    Time for some coffee. Made my way down to the creek that runs through this area and broke out the Trangia. No fire today... takes a lot of time and I've got stumps to kill!

    Stove and new experimental pot stand.

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    Field expedient wind screen.

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    Field expedient lid

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    Time for a smoke while the water boils...

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    Smooth'n it...

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  4. Jonah L. Archer

    Jonah L. Archer ~Roughian #21~ Supporter Bushclass II

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    I did see a flock of turkeys, but they saw me first unfortunately.

    Not a single morel to be found.

    Plenty of stumps though. This one was especially hard to kill...

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    Thanks for coming along...
     
  5. Coyote Charlie

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    Very cool trip report. Cool find on the agates. It would be awesome to come across something like that.
     
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  6. Jonah L. Archer

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    It was pretty cool. I'm going to take the little piece to the local rock museum and see if they can confirm it is agate.
     
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    Nice trip and good pictures young fellar. I like yer pot lid. :dblthumb: joe
     
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    Nice day out and lots of fun. I bet your rock would make some good sparks too.
     
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    Cool trip and great photos, thanks for taking us along.
     
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  10. Jonah L. Archer

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    Improvise and adapt! Thanks Joe

    I bet it would... it does seem awfully brittle though.

    Thank you!
     
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    Smoked em! Awesome man you checked alot of boxes on this trip.
     
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    Thank you. I had a lot of fun!
     
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    Note to self - when visiting the PNW, do not disguise myself as a tree stump.

    That was a cool rock.
     
  14. Jonah L. Archer

    Jonah L. Archer ~Roughian #21~ Supporter Bushclass II

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    Coolest, most painful game of hide and seek EVER!! :16:

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    I would disguise myself as a rock instead. :D

    Looks like you had a perfectly relaxing time in the field.

    Hope you can surprise some turkey on your next outing! :dblthumb:
     
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    Thanks man!
     
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    Thanks for the report and photos Jonah! Looks like a lot of Fatwood in the making. Fire won't revisit this area for a generation or more. It remains to be seen if it will regenerate as Conifer or transitional Deciduous Forest. I hope its not going to be subjected to salvage logging operations. That adds insult to injury to the forest regeneration turning it into a Tree Farm.
     
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  18. Jonah L. Archer

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    It is privately owned timber land, so it will most likely be salvaged. Better than letting it rot IMO. Timber companies become very good at managing forest fire recovery in the last 2 decades. We'll see what happens.
     
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    Looks like you had a great time, thanks for sharing the TR!
     
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    Man, that’s some prime stump hunting country. Maybe you should start a guide business.
     
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    yeah, but did you skin 'em and eat 'em?
     
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    Thanks for coming along!

    Too dangerous. I don't want to be responsible for someone getting mauled or eaten, or... you know... a splinter or something...

    I skinned one and used it as a wind screen for my trangia... did you miss that part? o_O


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    Looks like a good time!:50:
     
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    Indeed it was!

    Bacon was literally the only thing that could have improved this outing! :18:
     

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