Newsletter April 1, 2006
Greetings to all, well it seems Spring has sprung. The redbuds
are in full bloom and noticed the dogwoods just starting to open
up in our area. Very thankful for the much needed rain a couple
weeks ago, we certainly could use some more of that action. Things
have sure greened up nicely with what we got. I ended up with
3.3 inches over a three day period here at the house.
I’ve been somewhat under the weather for awhile and haven’t
kept up with CoHT business as well as other communications. Hopefully
get some decent info in this edition and get caught back up with
things soon. As Brother Bait once told me, “I’d be
the perfect poster boy for Melonheadness”
Went thru the same thing before but this time it came on differently.
I used the old, to much work, stress, not enough time in the
day, to many alligators nipping etc. instead of taking the time
to ask some questions. That was a BIG mistake and as all my others
pay for it just the same. Seeing I have the market cornered on
AWDA, don’t want to hear about anyone taking risks with
their health, it isn’t worth it!
WHAT’S GOING ON, the fine folks over at Cadron Settlement
Park have set the dates for the Cadron Trade Faire, May 25 – 29
near Conway AR. If you can’t make the entire weekend you’re
welcome to visit for as long as you can. Mark Thurman has been
keeping the event info posted pretty regular on the CoHT website,
you can contact him at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
for more details. Mark wanted to make it very clear to everyone
to not park on or near the sand plant property, this is a big
no-no. I believe he is also working on a flier with more details
and directions, try to include that in the May edition.
No confirmed dates set yet but Bryant and his Arkansas ridge
runners will be hosting another tree rat trek weekend in September,
oughta be fun.
The CoHT National Gathering at historic Ft. Osage is just three
weeks away so I hope everyone is getting prepared. Very much
look forward to the event and everyone involved, it’s always
a great time. I tried unsuccessfully to get the list of activities
and agenda items from the website copied over to here. Luckily
Dan “Mr. Wizard” Lambert is doing seminars on computer
trekking at the Gathering, hopefully learn how to use the machine
more efficiently, I’ll be the one in class wearing the
size 4X dunce hat!
The Spring event season is in full swing so check your favorite
periodicals and websites for more information than I could ever
post here. It’s that time of year where you can swing a
cat and hit a good area event.
WHAT’S NEW, I’d like to forward a Very Big Welcome
to a new Oklahoma CoHT member, Mr. Allen Harrison of Oologah.
I believe Allen hails originally from west Texas and is now working
up at the big power plant. Look forward to sharing some trails
and camp real soon.
The TTG committee has finalized and posted the new issue via
the CoHT website, they are still experimenting with software
and posting techniques. I am sure they’ll get the bugs
worked out quickly, pretty sharp group of folks.
For those without computer/internet access I’ll be forwarding
you a printed copy as soon as available. For those not aware
this new format was adopted due to the fact that lack of advertising
revenues were putting to heavy of a financial burden on the organizations
resources. Hope to have more on this topic after the Gathering.
WHAT’S OLD, the March OK trek weekend turned out to be
something a bit different for me, spent it with a herd of cub
scouts and man did they have a ton of questions! Tried to cover
about a hundred years of area fur trade, went surprising well.
Of course the show stoppers were, flint and steel fire making
in the kitchen sink,(fire ban), handling of real furs and the
always popular setting off the trap with a dowel rod, don’t
have a clue how many times I set that trap!
Happened on to some info while talking with Brother Moon recently,
found out an old friend, topnotch western fur trade persona and
a great promoter of muzzle loading sports is also a CoHT member,
Mr. Don Stoner. If you ever make it up to the Colorado Springs
area he’s a hoot and a half and then some! Haven’t
seen Don for several years but look forward to seeing him soon.
ADVERTISEMENT, anyone have anything to peddle or trade out there?
Dump out that haversack, dig thru those trunks, double check
in the woodshed for any good plunder to haul to Cadron next month.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITES, just five more days before we get to start
chasing them wiley old toms around the woods, can’t wait.
From the ODWC reports I’ve read it should be a great Spring
season with plenty of birds. As dry as it is, I plan to start
hunting near young green grass and available water, hunting the
timber a person should be able to hear them walking a ways off.
From a source that is usually spot on the crappie should be
headed for shore in three weeks, that’s some good news
BOOK REVIEW, due to the eye strain as of late have not got a
lot of reading and research done, did get the book shelves cleaned,
prioritized, reorganized and ready to get after it though.
In closing, Take Care, Be Safe and Careful in the turkey woods,
look forward to seeing everyone at Ft Osage.