Deer Archery Season
Daniel, our 10 year old son, now has his first
youth compound bow and is excited to be able to hunt along with us as opposed to just watching. He is centering arrows in
the target at 20, 25, 30, and 35 yards after only having the bow for one day. He is a natural bow hunter. : )
Below are a few photos of his bow, and his user RMK's model 8 that he carries.
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Daniel's First Spring Turkey Hunt 2011
Fall 2010 Hunting Photos
Daniel & Emily squirrel
and deer hunting with dad.
Emily's first Randall! Emily, age 3, is the youngest
of our 5 children. This Spring she just received her first Randall Made Knife, and was she ever excited! It's a mini model 3, one of 1500 Randall made for collectors. The small size however fits her hand perfectly, just
like a full sized one would fit an adult. Here are a few pics of her using here new knife for the first time on some lake
The kids and I tie a few flies now
and then and they really enjoy it.
Oct 1st opens our archery season. Below are photos of a small 6 point buck taken at 22 yards with
a chest shot, and the two Randall knives used in the field... a model 23 Gamemaster, and a model 21 Little Game. A model 7
having the #6 grind, and the model 21 little game were used to skin and process the deer... two very nice tools for this job.
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Deer Hunting pics...
photos by Dale Dorris Copyright © 2009-2011 All Rights Reserved
RMK's models 23 and 21... carry knives in the field. The #23 is a larger version of the
model 8, and forged from thicker 1/4" stock. I got this knife a few years ago from a friend who purhcased it
new from the Randall shop the 1970's. It has seen a lot of use on elk and deer.
age 3, using a Randall model 21.
A perfect skinning knife!
Daniel, age 8, using a Randall model 21.
A perfect skinning knife!
Andrew, age 10,
using a Randall model 7.
Another perfect skinning knife!
RMK's models 7 with the #6 grind (very much like the Denmark Special model), and a model
21... two perfectly designed tools for the job!
Emily in the beans while out scouting
for deer in the pre-season.
One of the many incredibly beautiful
sunsets from the field...
Steven (age 15) and Andrew (age 10) on the youth
deer hunt the last weekend in Sept.
hunt waterfowl here on the small lake where we live. Below are some recent photos from this year's opening season (Oct
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A story to go with the pics...
story and a few pics from this weekend. I got a very late, and totally unexpected last minute invite to waterfowl hunt on
the island. I got home around 11:30 p.m., got to bed late at 2:45 a.m. and woke up at 5:30 right on the nose. All of you know
2 hours and 45 mins of sleep in two days is not much rest. I would have loved to sleep longer but knew the boys were very
much looking forward to the opening waterfowl season. So I forced myself to get up, and got dressed while the coffee
was being made. The smell of fresh groud Columbian beans was the only good thing about this morning so far. We walked
down to the pontoon, got it started in the cold (which wasn't the easiest thing to do), and headed out on the water. Cutting
through the calm sheet of glass in the cove when all of a sudden the outboard died. I was quick to blame it on the cold, and
re-started it. It ran for a a couple seconds only to stall again. This went on a few times when I suddenly got the idea to
check the fuel... you guessed it, the tank was competely empty. The second tank had emptied out late summer and I didn't
re-fill it because the year was coming to an end and the boat would be pulled out of the lake soon. All we needed was a little
gas in the one tank to get back and forth waterfowl hunting. However when you have kids that use the pontoon without even
thinking of checking or filling the tank, it's bound to happen. I keep one boat oar onboard just in case (whish I would have had two), and went to the front to start paddling. After
a couple minutes of this I realized I had two boys who were a lot younger than I so handed the oar over to young, strong backs.
Several minutes later we made it to the island but still had no gas to get back home later. No time to think about it now
though as it was getting closer to sunrise and the decoy spread needed to be set up.
With the decoys in place,
and us in the blind area, the fog was so thick this morning that we couldn't see the dekes or even each other yet. So
we sat patiently waiting for it to lift. It did allow for some quiet time and a couple cups of coffee which helped
me to "wake up". It finally cleared around 4 hours later, 10 a.m. or so, and we saw very few birds. The weather
is still quite nice and they were all flying high with no intentions of coming in to our spreads. With CA geese only
open for Sat and Sun, then going back out until Nov I thought it best to let the boys hunt them while I sat in the
"duck section". For those of you who don't hunt, ducks are fast and also small (especially wood ducks). Geese
are also fast but being much larger, it would be easier for the boys to hit them... plus the fact that they are only in season
for the two days. After a long while waiting, a huge group of 75 or so Canadas came in flying over to check things out.
Calling to them and hiding... they circled around and came back right into the decoys. As I watched I thought "This
is perfect! The boys will each get two geese". As I watched from the other end of the island, a dozen or so
birds came in very low and flew right over the boys's heads, but no shots were fired. I called the other cell but no answer...
evidently Steven had forgotten to bring it with him. Later I learned that they were watching and calling the large group circling
overhead and didn't even see the small group fly right over very low above them.-ha! One of them stepped
out looking at the huge group and was spotted by the low birds. They immediately pulled up and alerted the large group making
them all land out in the deep water a few hundred yards away. A learning experiendce for them, and something they likely won't
I was in my spot for 3 hours and 5 minutes and was getting bored. I walked over to where the boys were for some
conversation when it wasn't even 15 minutes later and two mallards came in close. A couple calls to them and they landed
right in the "pocket" of the decoy spread where I had been sitting... I knew I should have stayed down
there. One thing for sure, it showed us the decoys were set up properly as it worked exactly like I had planned.
By the way, we found about a cup of gas that was already mixed in a can on the island. It was enough to get us back to the
pier so we didn't have to paddle.
Here are some shots I thought everyone may enjoy seeing.
Sunrise through a heavy fog...
Waterfowl hunting pics...
photos by Dale Dorris Copyright © 2009 All Rights Reserved
The older kids have a class (Kids Club) at church on Wed nights,
so Emily and I were by ourselves this time. She is learning how to call ducks, and wanted to practice so I took
her out to the island as the noise doesn't bother anyone out there like it does in the living room.
What better way to teach her than to take her out to the blind for a front row seat?
She enjoys it very much. Here are a few pics of her and I having fun.
One of my personal cabinets displaying knives has a hand painted waterfowl scene on the
top door rail.
photos by Dale Dorris Copyright © 2009-2010 All
A mix of family pics below...
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photos by Dale Dorris