Dave's Outdoor & Sports Page
Monday, April 28, 2008
Camping - Around the 1960s
I started "camping". Back then I frankly didn't view it as much as an
experience with nature, as I did an opportunity to get away from my five younger
siblings. I distinctly recall camping in February and waking up with snow
on me. Neither my friends Greg Taylor and Ben Anderson, nor myself
owned a tent or even a sleeping bag. We just slept in our clothes and
covered with a blanket. Quickly we learned to carry a trash bag (with
seams split to make one larger sheet of plastic) to cover our firewood as
soon as we made camp. Later we began to each carry a rope (about 10
foot long) and a sheet of clear plastic to make a tent from (tie rope to two
trees, drape over the plastic and weight edges with rocks).
Hunting - My immediate
family, cousins & all the rest of the "clan" were rabbit hunters since I can
remember. We'd awake before sun-up and drive to some site, arriving as the
sun was raising.
Dad wasn't sure how to go about introducing his sons to carrying a gun, so for 3 years I just worked the dogs. At age 14 I was given my late grandfather's 20 bolt action shotgun.
Mom wouldn't let any meat into her house that didn't come on a Styrofoam tray covered with shrink wrap! No amount of adolescent nagging ever produced a change in her policy. So my cousins ( 9 in their family) got our rabbits. We'd clean them on the back porch, soak them in salt water (suppose to remove some of the "wild taste") all night, then sometime the next day our quarry would depart with my uncle.
Shooting Sports - Shortly after college I was able to purchase my first handgun. It was a S&W 357 (model 27 or 28). I loved to developed various handloads for it at Jonathan Hinson's (a friend) house. Within a year I was able to get my own reloading tools. The S&W was eventually traded away on something else; I don't recall what. In 1982 I attended police basic training and learned allot about handgun shooting. Once I transferred to Athens City PD and received regular training I became interested in shooting at FOP, PPC and ISPC matches.
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