I’ve had a lot of behind the scenes airgunning stuff in the works since getting back from S. Dakota. I’ve been straitening up my trophy/gun room, trying to find some wall space for my bushbuck mount that should be coming over soon. Also have converted a walkin closet to a gun closet and working out a storage system for guns, optics, packs, e-callers and decoys, and a gajillion other bits of gear, Dropping everything into plastic bins got it out of the way, but I can never find anything when I need it! Right now I’ve got about forty rifles in and out of cases shoved up against the wall, so even though it’s not hand at least I can get into the room …….. barely possible before my clean up.
This room is where I write, where I take care of business, and in general my retreat so it’s important to me that it has a comfortable feel (a place I want to hang out) as well as being functional. I’ve got my fly tying station tucked into a corner, a library of my favorite Capstick books, souvenirs I’ve picked up in my travels, and a lot of the artwork was done by my wife’s late aunt, who was a well know painter that used a lot of African imagery. The gun case is a place of honor where I keep my favorite guns, but I have a personal guideline a gun has to be in my collection for at least a year before it makes it to display….
The real work has been down in my basement, where I’ve been building up a studio to video my you tube stuff and get photos of the guns I’m working up. Going on line I’ve been get ideas for build light stands and diffusers, and infinity white backdrop for that “apple look”. Started playing with that and getting some good results, but it’s figuring out how to use it and not overuse it that will take some thought.
I also built a stand for my Pro Chronograph, and purchased the Competition Electronics indoor lighting system that will let me use it in the basement this winter when it’s too cold to venture out for target practice and range work. I only have 22 yards indoors, but it will let me do some basic testing and when used with Chairgun, get my guns zeroed for hunting distances.
I’m flying down to Dallas/Fort Worth next Friday to be at my friend and colleague from American Airgunner Tom Gaylord’s airgun event, and will pair up with my long time hunting buddy Eric Henderson to shoot and talk about big bores. I’ve got a couple free days afterwards to try to get a hunt together, and though it’s a bit early want to go after some predators.
By the way; if you haven’t done so go over to the AOA home page and sign up for the EBR in November, this has become the airgunning event with lots of great people, great guns, great competition, and loads of fun! This year for the first time, I am really preparing for it and am bringing my own guns to shoot! No matter what class you shoot in or which events you focus on, there are some good shooters to match up with.
And lastly, I’m looking at schedules, and hunting options for the season. I need to get my applications in for tags in Arizona, I’ve got a bison hunt lined up, trying to figure where to go after deer (would like to hit MO, VA, and AL this year). Thinking about going after the squirrel grand slam again this winter; Fox and gray squirrel in Indiana, up to UP Michigan for a black phase, and AZ for Aberts. Going to do a couple hog hunts, looking at Texas, Georgia, and or Florida. There will be several short hunts for small game; I want a snow shoe hare, and lots and lots of squirrel hunting (one of my favorite), and quail in CA and AZ. My buddy Scott will be back in AZ so there will be some Eurasian doves going down. And of course; predator hunt in Texas! Luckily I have 4-5 weeks of vacation at my day job saved up!
I hope all of you have enjoyed your summer, gotten some shooting in, and are like me, getting ready for the upcoming season!