Monday, December 20, 2010

Trophy Doe

In an effort to help manage the herd, our hunting camp shoots a lot a does each year. We all like to eat them, so it's a win/win for us. Just for fun this year we started weighing every deer brought into camp and established a big doe contest. Since October, we've been stuck at two does weighing 124 and 125 pounds. On Friday evening, Jacob blew us all away with this 140 pounder. He made a nice shot through the heart. She only went maybe 40 yards before crashing in a pine plantation. It was an easy track, even in the dark.

That is a Steve Davis .54 caliber rifle that Jacob is holding, and his third deer this year with this rifle.

The contest will continue through the bow season that ends in February. I expect that it will be hard to top this one.

Bill Scurlock

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Defending the Backcountry

I reviewed the book in the Jan/Feb 2011 issue. It is an excellent source for documenting the dress and habits of spies and scouts on the frontier. It is priced right and available from

Bill Scurlock

Friday, December 10, 2010

Jan/Feb 2011 Preview

Here's the cover of the next issue. Just printed this week. Should be mailing next week.

This is a painting by Tim Tanner, entitled On the Headwaters of Spanish River. Tim says, "This name is taken from a quote by Nathaniel Wyeth, speaking of the Green River country. There is a complete article on the research for this painting in the 2010 edition of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal. (Every single item you see in the painting is documented - scenery, horses, equipment, everything)."

You can contact Tim at The website has been undergoing construction, but should be up soon. Email Tim at

Bill Scurlock