This news feed has been sleeping - but I figure We in the group
must have new toys and tools to work on! I know I do.
Hope all is going well with all of you -
Happy News Year as the clock turns !
A few new shiney sharps, a Large Stack of Bills, thirty pounds of tax
paperwork, one minor second degree burn, three metal splinters, and
enough 'coal' to run OG&E for a month. And the downside? The company
truck sprang a leak somewhere in the front of the motor, so I'm on foot
again until the new year. Interesting Times, indeed.
Ho Ho Ho...
I hear ya..
Christmas Eve we head down the road for the 30 mile round trip to fill
up the water tank in the back of my truck. 10 miles down the dirt road
and the driver side tie rod snapped. Only had to get out of the truck
3 times to pull the wheel out of the dirt and point it straight to get
back home. The good thing was we wernt on the highway, it wasnt
snowing and it wasnt raining. Oh sure water would be nice, but I'm not
Oh yeah, and the reason I'm online...
Heard the coyotes this morning, they've taking an interest in the
goats. So I run out with my Mini-14, see the coyotes running down the
wash, take aim... no rear sight. So after calling around seems nobody
has a rear aperture sight so I'm going to try to find Ruger's number
and see if they still make them for my old pre-ranch model and can
send me one.
Where am I gonna find one of them? :)
Actually I thought of that, and if I had the orginal as a pattern I'm
sure it isnt more than an "L" shaped thing with a small hole on one
end for the peep, and a threaded hole on the bottom part for the
windage. But how big a "L" and where to drill the hole? I think Ruger
will send me a replacement for free, and it looks from their website
they dont supply help for SN 180xxx and before, mine is SN182xxx so
I'm in luck, but unfortunatley Ruger is Closed till after the 1rst. So
I dug out my 25-06 Varmit and when the coyotes come calling again I
will "reach out and touch somebody".
Sometimes an hour, sometimes a whole day or more.
BTDT, I even have a 7/32-40 tap for the inserts too. ;)
I always like the sound of "twenty-five-ought-six". :)
A friend of mine is really into coyote hunting and described to me
the the other day how well they can see in the dark... except on
moonless nights, he's seen 'em bump into things. He has some pretty
fancy night vision stuff. :) If a guy was anywhere near a city they
could prob'ly see real well every night. :/
For 20 years or more, I've been wanting a coyote pup to raise, just
never lucked into one somehow.
Alvin in AZ
You know, those dangged cowboys don't complain about anything but
the gov't much. One I've know for 30 years only gripped about one
thing really... when he lived in a place for a year or so where he
had to haul water.
Are you planning a well?
Planning to tap a spring or canyon?
Alvin in AZ
Oh no, no well, this is AZ ya know. But I guess we can now get water
at another place that is only 12 miles one way, thats not bad. We used
to get water there but they froze up last winter, just heard they
reopened. I really dont mind, we got a 2500 gallon tank that if full,
lasts us for about 2 or three months. The truck tank is just a small
couple hundred gallons.
I forget - how are those new water pipe lines called ? - spring or canyon pipes
Have to rent one of the clamp around / drill and tap / insert fittings things to
'add' to the pipeline at 'no cost to the owner' :-)...
I myself took delivery of a Foredom 1/3 HP flex drive, and for wood (had to get
a 6 1/2 " worm drive Skill saw. A few other toys, and like a prior author,
a stack of tax stuff and letters to write.
Still waiting on the sale of this place so we can move into our new place and
We had one - a half coyote and half English Collie - a beautiful color
black and white with long snout and long teeth. Skinny long legs.
The dog taught my son to walk as they were buddies to the max. He lived
to a ripe old 17 years and never bit anyone or that. He guarded the house
like nothing else, and if we took a weekend or day trip - he would guard,
not eat. He would eat dinner once we got home and not before.
I think a mix is best, tends to take the wild out of them, but in instincts
are all there. Eat when the eating is good, and just smile when no food is
Good luck - maybe a farmer or rancher will have a set of pups.
It's wierd sounding I know, but my rancher buddies don't believe
that dogs and coyotes cross. They actually worked at it some too.
I don't -know- one way or another. :/
But what I want is a real one and if the sucker gets wild and leaves
that's fine too... expected actually.
I had two Ravens once and they were sooooo coool! :)
Left at about 7 months old tho.
My least-favorite wild animal pets are Javelinas. :/
Ever mess with them sorry suckers any? ;)
Alvin in AZ
Might be. :/
Sure as heck won't be the first time for that, either.
As soon as they -know- they'll change their minds tho.
You know how "common knowledge" can be, right? :/
I don't -know- one way or the other on the coyote thing. :/
I've sure as heck seen a -bunch- of dogs that were "sworn" to
be part coyote and didn't see anything in the dog or its ways,
to convince me. So... I'm still sittin on the fence waitin. :)
We'll soon know tho. :) They are working on dog genetics. :)
Also, I believe they'll find that man and dog were together "from
the beginning;)". A stupid lazy guy like me and a good dog can feed
more than themselves even today, let alone, a gang with a pack,
back when. :)
What I mean by "from the beginning" is... way before 74K years ago
when the Sumatra volcano exploded and reduced our numbers lower than
7500. (we're a bunch of in-breds;)
What do you think?
Wow... that area is still dangerous huh? :/
Alvin in AZ (100% atheist, not waitin on that, made up my mind;)
Messed with wild black boar - just about the same - nasty. They root up
yards around the central coast. The population increased as hunting of them
was not allowed and hunting with dogs a real no-no.
Javelinas will corner a man if given a chance.
Sounds like it actually could be mixed too bad my buddies couldn't
see it. :)
Somehow I keep thinking it -can- happen but they think it's BS so
Heck, they've even crossed zebras with burros (or horses?) before.
No hunting? That sucks, what the heck is their justification for
That's what them Plott hounds were bred for, right?
Larry Harley (a blacksmith/knifesmith) in Tennesee used to have
"knife only" hog hunts using dogs. :) I was invited to go for free
but was too sick to go, but really wanted to tho. :/
I guess they are like little versions of the wild black boar's but
being little they aren't that big of a deal. They'll grab you by
the ankle and pull you off your feet so fast you'll wonder what
happened tho. ;) But then they won't jump on top of you and chew
you to pieces like a wolf... they'll run away. That's all they
wanted in the first place is to be left alone.
As pets if you turn around quick when one's around, they puff up. :/
You have to hold still, if you move their way they'll try to grab
ya. It sucks when the pet gets between you and the tool box while
your working on something! :)
One thing about pet javelinas they get kicked in the head alot. :/
Like when you're in the little tack room of the barn and turn around
and the sucker's puffed up in the door way. :/
I had the best javelina-grabber in the state of Arizona back in the
80's. He was a grizzled (blue) Border Terrier named Harry. Me and
every cowboy I know, would really like to have another "Harry". :)
My first, and only bear was Harry's 9th bear. :)
After they'd grab a kid I'd get to sic Harry on them for a few
minutes until the girl that owned it came out of the house
screaming at me. :)
"danggit Harry I told you to stay away from "Pig"/"Snapper"/"Ted"
(from Bill and Ted). -Alvin ;)
Harry died of old age, BTW. He was good, and we had over a hundred
little dogs to compare him to. He was already known to be the best
before he was given to me. I was a railroad signal maintainer and
took him to work with me almost every day. :)
Alvin in AZ
Well now there's probably lots of Coyotes in Arizona. Maybe they only mix
with dogs if they're hard up? A coyote my neigborhood for instance is
probably hard put to get laid but there would be no shortage in Alvin's neck
of the woods. ...Just a thought.