We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In Maine, last week. I should say "pa'tridge", not "grouse." In Maine, Ruffed Grouse are "partridge". In Canada, grouse are often referred to as "chickens." Hunting grouse is rough on one's legs. Famous soap opera star on the right.
Timber Rattlers, but we dont worry about them in the fall, especially north of NH. Them be brush pants, and Le Chameau boots. Boots are good for Maine. The place is full of water, which is why LL Bean made his boots.
Try a white-wing hunt sometime, RWP. Dove, down in the southwestern sun-belt. LOTs of shooting, if you get in the right place. You can go thru boxes and boxes of shells, really get some action. hard to hit, they are, lots of up & down jinking--so it's action-filled, and a challenge. If you get a few birds, they're delicious.
I am curious as to why and how you choose to wear your pants: tucked into your boots, or outside of the boot. Of course, I understand that when you are in wet country you will tuck in--but what about dry ground--snake ground--bear country--do you tuck in or leave out your pant legs?
I've been on many a trail in black bear country and have never seen one. But while driving on roads between trail and human settlement I've seen a few. You know once they’ve tasted a Big Mac they don’t wanna go back.
Have encountered three in this life. Turned a corner on a high mountain trail one bright summer day. All alone I stood between mom and the twins. Backed out real quiet and humble!
Older now, not so cocky. These days, I think my beloved and I will be packin something else besides the assurance of youth. Especially now that the grizzlies have returned to the neighborhood! We are quite a ways away from our nearest neighbor (2 miles) Medics take a very long time to get there, etc. Can't imagine retiring to a country club, or golf course though.