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Started by Dave Gettman. Last reply by Dave Gettman Mar 1, 2017.

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Comment by Dave Gettman on July 17, 2010 at 11:24am
I try like hell to stay out of political discussions, but I'll throw my $.02 in on this one.

I've always been of the firm opinion, finish the fight no matter what. We have been committed and we have lost sons and daughters, and their loss should not be in vain. I would rather we fight terrorists on their home soil then on ours.

Lately though with all the sanctions on engagement, it seems as though too many restrictions have been placed on our forces to have any chance of ever bringing the Taliban down. If they won't let us win, why play?
Comment by Dave Gettman on July 17, 2010 at 11:16am
That's where the broadhead came out, James. He was quartered away from me at 11 yards when I shot him. Arrow went in right behind his right elbow and came out his left shoulder. The arrow broke in three pieces with the feathers sticking out the right side, about six inches of the shaft stayed in his heart (I still have that part) and the broadhead end went through the left side and kept going. The meat was fantastic, especially since it was a rough winter and that's all we had to eat. Got about 225lbs of meat off him.
Comment by Harry Warner on July 17, 2010 at 10:52am
Hello everyone,
Time for a healthy discussion.....I am curious to know your opinions of the politics of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. What do you think can, or cannot be accomplished? Should we even be there? Is anything really winnable? And if so, what? I am NOT referring to the dedication and patriotism of our brothers and sisters who are fighting the wars, only the politics of the wars. We have a varied age group here with "older" oldtimers and "younger" oldtimers. I think it would be interesting to see if there are differences between the age groups.
Comment by James F. Burgos on July 17, 2010 at 9:41am
Good shot placement, Dave. Right behind the shoulder. How did he taste ??
Comment by Dave Gettman on July 16, 2010 at 5:50pm
Yup, that's me years ago when I could still hump the hills. Legs and lungs are both gone.

Only elk I ever got. Shot it with a 90lb rated cedar arrow off an 83lb Golden Eagle compound at 11 yards right on the side of a skidder road. Went clean through both lungs and the heart, and he only made it about 25 yards off the road before he dropped dead flat on his back with his horns completely buried in the ground. I was a 5 minute walk from camp straight down the road from our trailer on the last day of the season.
Comment by Jeffrey C Havens on July 16, 2010 at 4:54pm
That you Dave? ,can,t tell with the white face. Have taken lots of game but not one of those yet.Had my chance many years ago,couldn,t get close enough.Can,t afford it now.
Comment by Dave Gettman on July 16, 2010 at 1:28pm
Been hunting with a compound bow since back in the 1970's. My brother Ken was the President of Washington State Bowhunters Association many years ago.

Comment by James F. Burgos on July 16, 2010 at 10:49am
Dave, have you thought about modern BOWS ? Ted Nugent, the Texas Conservative, hunts javalinas with a bow and arrow. Crimeny sakes, those piggies are deadly and I would want an M-1 to take one of those on !
Comment by Dave Gettman on July 16, 2010 at 9:40am
Hey James,
Just hangin' out stayin' busy with 2d Cavalry projects.

Real tempted to buy another pellet gun and start tuning up MF's around my AO again! I'm gettin' real PO'd.

A gal just spent a few days painting a large mural for our neighborhood on a cinderblock wall two houses down from me. Somebody spray painted it the day she finished! This is the same wall I lost my gun rights over.

Been eyeballing a .177 cal pellet gun that puts 'em down range at 1600fps. Just gotta get someone to buy it for me and then not get caught with it.

Comment by James F. Burgos on July 16, 2010 at 3:47am
Dave Gettman, where are You ? Been a while , Dave. Hope you are OK. Damn, I would kill for a chance to look through your Dad's trunk full of old pistols. Remember what it was like before 1963 ?? Ye Olde Hunter, Kliens, etc. Just thinking about those ads " sends a tingle up my leg "... Webly .455 revolver $ 10 , Finnish Lahti's, Cal. 9mm. Luger, $15. Oh boy, oh boy, Colt Govt. , 45 ACP 1911. $ 20 ! If I had my money then and my youth NOW I would be happy indeed .

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