Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday Mash-up: News, Movies, and Seminars
Much happened over the weekend, some good and some bad. These are in no particular order, so please bear with me.

First, with the popularity of movies like The Hunger Games and Brave, it seems that more people are looking to get into archery. That in itself is a great thing, but it seems that some want to do it illegally as The Pasadena Roving Archers found out over the weekend. Their facility was broken into and some $3,500 worth of equipment was stolen. This disgusts me beyond belief. Below is an excerpt, but you can read the entire article over at Pasadena News Now. There is a link at the bottom of the article if you wish to donate some money to help them rebuild.
Local archery organization the Pasadena Roving Archers suffered a devastating loss of equipment and supplies over the past weekend as the result of a Saturday night break-in of their storage facility, according to Club President Gary Spiers.

Spiers says the estimated losses of around $3,500 are not covered by insurance and due to the nature of items stolen – including all their arrows – the club will not be able to conduct regular classes for the first time in years, maybe decades.

The group believes that the thieves came well prepared, Spiers saying the thieves targeted specific equipment from the archery range, breaking into their storage shed with the use of portable power tools.

I also watched the movie Thor again for about the fifth time. Anyone that knows me well knows I am a MARVEL geek and love just about anything to do with MARVEL. This time I really paid attention to the scenes with Hawkeye and was so amazed at how truly bad Jeremy Renner's form was. Not only that, but in the scene the arrow isn't even on the rest. It's between the rest and the riser. I had one friend (another comic book guy) tell me it was probably due to aesthetically getting the angle of the shot. I had to respectfully disagree as putting the arrow on the rest would have not only made perfect sense, it would have looked MUCH better to any archer watching. If you saw my post from earlier last week you'll see why this sort of thing drives me crazy. Take a look and see what you think.

The string isn't even in the frame!

The arrow isn't even sitting on the rest.

California turkey season opens this coming Saturday, March 31st. To help prepare hunters for it, I gave my third turkey hunting seminar at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga, CA on Saturday. The enthusiasm in the seminar area was fantastic! I kept my part short-n-sweet and ended up answering questions and listening to stories for two hours! 

Right before the final seats filled.

These two added some excitement to the calling demonstration.

One of the most common questions was how many turkeys are in Southern California. The estimated statewide population of wild turkeys is somewhere around 240,000 birds. Estimates for Southern California are around 30,000 birds. There are plenty of birds, we just have to find them and get them to come in! 

The seminar was great and I want to thank everyone who came out and participated!

I also was able to get out and do a little hog hunting/scouting right after the seminar. We hit some public land and glassed for a few hours. We spotted a lone coyote, but no hogs. We didn't have much time to dig right into the thick stuff, but we had a great time just being out there. It felt so peaceful without the automobile ear pollution. Here's to hoping we can get out there again very soon!


  1. Great post Al. Looks like the Seminar went very well and you provided some great information. Looks like you had a great weekend!