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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:48 PM
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I leave next week for my Oregon fire lookout job - armed.
Edited on Fri May-06-11 06:51 PM by DemoTex
Yesterday was a first for me. I bought a gub, er I mean a gun (Woody Allen fans will recognize that). Many DUers gave me advice a few months ago when I asked what would be a good lightweight rifle to protect Nick and me from the increasing mountain lion problem in my area of operation.

Yesterday I went to Dewey's Pawnshop in Greenville (SC) and bought a Marlin Model 1894 lever-action .44 carbine. I fired it in Dewey's indoor range. I was impressed. I impressed my instructor, too. It has been 41 years since I have pulled a trigger (Viet Nam, 1970), but I fired a tight pattern at 50 yards with a very short-barreled rifle.

I hope I only use the carbine for noise. I hope I never see a cougar close enough to Nick or me to even consider a shot. If I have to shoot, I will shoot to scare - two shots. Then I will lever in a hollow point and shoot to kill. I hope to sell this damn gun back to Dewey's Pawn Shop when I finish my fire lookout career!

BTW: I will have a night game camera out by mid-June. I'll share those photos too.



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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:50 PM
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1. good luck tex! looking forward to this years photos!
:hi:
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:50 PM
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2. Cool! Shoot some more nice photos!
Last season's were excellent.
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:56 PM
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8. That shooting will be with a pair of Canon 5D-Mark 2s
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Capitalocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:11 PM
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19. /drool
Bought my wife a T1i at the end of last year... best I could afford (and I really couldn't afford that!)
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:25 PM
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21. A PAIR of 5d's?
Dang, you're lucky. I only DREAM of a 5d. I have a T1I.
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MattSh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 04:48 AM
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34. Learn to use what you've got...
Edited on Sat May-07-11 04:55 AM by MattSh
Would a 5D by nice? Certainly. But the T1I/500D is a very capable camera. I have an XTI/400D, two generations older and turn out some very good stuff with it. My main lens is a 20 year old model.

Posted small sizes for quick loading!







Yes, there's post processing involved, but many of the top photographers do it.

http://roadslesstraveledphotography.com/
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:53 PM
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3. K&R
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:53 PM
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4. Looking forward to watching you, Demo, and fingers crossed for safety.
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Parker CA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:55 PM
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5. Nice!! Seems like you just left. Looking forward greatly to your reports and photos, Demo!
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demtenjeep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:55 PM
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6. how did you get your fire lookout gig?
sounds really cool.

What all do you do?


Do you stay there the entire time?
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:40 PM
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23. It's all in my DU Journal & the archives, check it out
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:56 PM
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7. Why would you want to shoot all those rich 50-somethings looking for young dudes?
Oh wait - you meant something else didn't you
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Old Codger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:57 PM
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9. Hopefully
You will have no need for it bu better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it... Ever since they outlawed hunting cougars and bears with dogs here the problem has been growing, we have had a lot of bears here last few years, so far no trouble but always prepared.. have a good one . A, looking forward to the pix.
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:01 PM
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12. Wolves were reported in the Deschutes NF last September
That was passed to me by the Deschutes Sheriff's Department.
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:59 PM
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10. If someone yells "FIRE" please don't. n/t
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:01 PM
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11. My dear DemoTex!
Already?! How wonderful!

I'm so looking forward to your wonderful pictures and stories...

I hope the cougars will stay far, far away from you and Nick!:scared:

Stay safe, and have fun!

:hug:
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:01 PM
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13. I surely hope the only shooting you have to do...
is with your camera... But, I can't blame you for wanting a gun to take along...just in case.
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Tikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:01 PM
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14. That time of year again, eh!!!
Last September we decided to take 97 back to CA from our visit in E. WA.
Talk about the changes in scenery. I thought about your postings when we went through
Bend.
Here's to an amazing Season for you...

Tikki
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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:06 PM
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15. More pics of Nick this year

I especially like to see what Nick's up to.
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Hassin Bin Sober Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 09:44 AM
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37. Yes! More Nick!
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donco Donating Member (717 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:07 PM
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16. always look forword
To your pictures.
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:09 PM
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17. Now I know the winter went fast
It seems like you just left your lookout.

I'm glad you're taking precautions and look forward to reading about your experiences and seeing your photographs.
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Sonoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:10 PM
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18. That piece will never let you down.
Good choice, Mac.

The only downside is the weight of both the carbine and ammo.

Put a strap on it so you can pull it snug into your shoulder with your forward hand.

I look forward to your accounts and pics.

Sonoman
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:34 PM
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22. Dewey threw in a nice leather strap.
I'm OK with the weight. To get the weight I wanted I would have had to spend twice as much.
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:11 PM
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20. I love when you are there
and you post all those lovely photos and your commentary about your experience. Thank you!!!
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Obamaforthewin Donating Member (40 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:16 PM
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24. Why do you want to get rid of it?
Edited on Fri May-06-11 08:18 PM by Obamaforthewin
"I hope to sell this damn gun back to Dewey's Pawn Shop when I finish my fire lookout career"!

Why would you want to sell it as soon as you come down off the mountain?

Do you think that anyone who isn't on a fire tower must not have a need for a rifle?
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Kip Humphrey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:31 PM
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25. Looking forward to living vicariously through you again this summer!
One day we will have our home in the foothills of the Trinities (our own foothill). Until then, I will drink of your experiences.
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callous taoboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:33 PM
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26. Take "Black Sun," by Edward Abbey. Shoot, take everything he wrote.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:38 PM
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27. Good luck, Ranger Gord! *salutes*
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Sedona Donating Member (715 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 10:56 PM
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28. Wishing you safe travel to you and Nick to the top of the world
and looking forward to your reports and pictures when you get there.

Don't forget to show us your photos of the trip again
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:12 PM
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29. Fire lookout--a schizoid's dream job.
For those not familiar with the schizoid personality:

http://psychcentral.com/disorders/sx30.htm

Symptoms of Schizoid Personality Disorder

Schizoid personality disorder is characterized by a pattern of detachment from social relationships and a restricted range of expression of emotions in interpersonal settings, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by four (or more) of the following:

* Neither desires nor enjoys close relationships, including being part of a family
* Almost always chooses solitary activities
* Has little, if any, interest in having sexual experiences with another person
* Takes pleasure in few, if any, activities
* Lacks close friends or confidants other than first-degree relatives
* Appears indifferent to the praise or criticism of others
* Shows emotional coldness, detachment, or flattened affectivity


Above all, a schizoid vants to be alone.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 01:55 AM
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32. Not our DemoTex, at all
:)
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 06:12 AM
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35. FYI: None of the above apply to the job
There is a revolving door, so to speak, of visitors: firefighters, LEOs, hikers & bikers, etc. They like to visit my lookout because I am so gregarious and affiliative. They like to visit the other lookouts for the same reasons.

I have a number of good friends and family members planning visits to the lookout this summer. This usually means up to five people sleeping in the 15x15 lookout.

The days are full of activities: official and unofficial, physical and intellectual, boring and stimulating.

It is a perfect platform for my award-winning photography (always open to praise and/or criticism) and writing.

I'm not even going to address the sex-in-the-lookout aspect of your list, just use your imagination.

I know of only one lookout who showed even a few of the schizoid characteristics you gratuiously (and, to me, offensively) posted. He was fired for cause before the season was over.
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 09:25 AM
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36. I'm sorry if you were offended, I took fire lookout to be a very solitary job
isolated in a forest area. I had no idea what your job really entailed. I don't know anything about you other than that which I read in this thread.

Schizoids are primarily loners and in no way need to have every symptom listed. A job which allows them to be alone is the type of job that a schizoid welcomes and they do gravitate to those type of jobs all the time, third shift jobs where they can work alone.

Let me point out the obvious here concerning posting on DU: when you start a thread you will get replies that you like or don't like, that offend you or not. You don't get to pick and choose the responses you will receive. You can either deal with it or not post, but you cannot have a thin skin.

Oh, you and all of us here probably have some who are schizoid to one degree or another around us, we just don't recognize them as such but simply think of them as loners.
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 06:36 PM
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40. Like Will Pitt, I have been on DU 10 years this week .. so "thin skin" ain't me.
Thanks for the apology. It is gratefully accepted.

:hi:
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 08:34 PM
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42. Like I said, I always thought that type of job was one where you're alone in a tower for months
on end and never get to see many people. There was a good episode of Northern Exposure about that (it's when Joel first meets Adam when he goes to check on a ranger in a fire tower).
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Sedona Donating Member (715 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 08:54 AM
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47. So....is that an invitation to we DU'ers?


:hi:
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:24 PM
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30. i love your pictures and posts thru out the summer. this is what, the third year?
gosh time flies. doesnt seem like a whole new summer

enjoy.

glad you have protection, just in case
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 01:39 AM
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31. You may want to work on that Chuck Connors quick fire just in case...
you find yourself surrounded by Greys looking for fresh victims to probe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX2oZ6Kv_qo
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shoutinfreud Donating Member (151 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 01:56 AM
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33. If you just want it for a scare, why not just get bear scares?
Much cheaper.
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 09:48 AM
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38. k and r--and may you never have to use that gub (or gun) . looking forward to more of your
wonderful pics. hope your summer is peaceful and beautiful
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Bigmack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 09:54 AM
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39. Urine is your friend....
I talked - at some length - to the lion guy at UC Davis, and he says to set up scent posts around your territory. Save it in jugs and use it all on your perimeter.

That lets them know who's here.

Male cats spray, and if you find their rocks/trees (your dog will help), mark over them.

If you find scratch posts, scratch higher than them and then piss on it.

Bring lots of tea, and let 'er flow!
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 06:40 PM
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41. Interesting!
Urine is always in abundant supply. I'll try that.
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tomm2thumbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 08:41 PM
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43. always enjoy your photos - good luck to you
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RagAss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 08:42 PM
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44. I have that Marlin in .357 The 1894C model.....great rifle.
Made in the early 80's when marlin was still manufacturing in Connecticut..

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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 08:45 PM
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46. Thanks
PM me any cleaning tips, etc.

Mac
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david13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 08:43 PM
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45. Oh, you are not going to shoot a kitty. Do not shoot a kitty. Just
get some skunk spray. That will ward off a cat.
I've never been against guns. Until now.
Let's see some photos and stories from up there, as usual.
But no shooting kitties.
dc
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 08:59 AM
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48. Good luck and everything but I don't think shooting at fires is goign to solve the problem
or did I miss something?

:evilgrin:

Woody Allen as an inept bank robber learns the perils of poor handwriting.

"that looks like gub that doesn't look like gun"
http://youtu.be/TSG_YNJCmik

CLASSIC
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Saphire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 09:09 AM
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49. Your photos are breath taking. Good Luck, and hope to see many more.
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