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The Stickbow News

TBOF - Traditional Bowhunters of Florida - Winter 2015-2016

Glenn Whittington


Bryan Finder (863) 207-9614 fnder.bryan@gmail.com

Vice President:

Bill Green tbofbillgreen@embarqmail.com


Casey Green (239) 410-6074 caseygreen@embarqmail.com


Buddy Oswald (352) 817-5824 dhoswald@gmail.com


Wayne Carter (904) 307-1723 wv126@comcast.net Carolyn Faunce seekye@comcast.net Gary Linn (352) 299-3634 gnslinn@yahoo.com Rob Mathews (352) 361-1568 robmmathews@gmail.com

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Officers & Directors Charity Shoot Flyer President’s Column TBOF Life Membes News & Notes Upcoming Events For Your Health—Sam McMichael The Cabbage Palm Chronicles 2015 Fall Rendezvous Pictures Vendors 2015 Rendezvous Pictures Vendor Information Member’s Harvest Pictures Recipes State Championship Flyer

Gregg Dudley tradbow70@gmail.com Ron Sumner (352) 267-1265 ronsumner@cfl.rr.com Immediate Past President:

David Tetzlaff (352) 450-5514 dtfiretiger@gmail.com

Ad Manager:

Ray Tareila (352) 638-1496 22107 Draw Bridge Dr. Leesburg, FL 34748-2303 strayarrow@comcast.net

Traditional Bowhunters of Florida


Happy New Year

President’s Column Fall 2015 I would like to thank everyone who turned out for the 2015 Fall Rendezvous, we had around 200 participants! The weather was about what we would normally expect for Florida in August; hot with some sun, rain and more hottt! We had a good vendor turn out for a fall shoot. I would like to thank Big Jim, Bear Archery, Tom Rowan, Creek Walker Trading, WAC Outdoors, Jonny Smith and Charles White. We hope you enjoyed the new food vendor, Jr’s BBQ. Look for him at the upcoming Charity shoot at the Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours on January 30 th 2016. If you didn’t get to attend the 2015 fall event, we missed you, please visit the TBOF Face Book page and view photographs of the event. We hope you make it next year to join in on the fun! We had a slightly lower turn out of volunteers for set up, so I would like to give them a huge pat on the back for their extra hard work. Without our volunteers, shoots would not be possible. A special thanks to you all: Gary Lynn, Rob and Amanda Mathews, Roxy and Nathan Nettles, Gregg Dudley, Jeff Hester, Buddy Oswald, Carolyn Faunce, George Hasteltine, Wayne Carter, Bill and Casey Green, Jodi Finder, Rik Davis, Carolyn Finder and Will and Wyatt Green. I apologize if I missed or misspelled any names. I truly appreciate all of your hard work. When you see these folks out on the ranges please express your gratitude and please consider helping out on the upcoming work parties. We have a good time together and TBOF always supplies free lunch for work days. You will also be eligible for a $50.00 gift card just for helping. With the Fall Rendezvous in the past, a great many of us are counting down the days until bow season. Hunters please be safe, wear your safety harnesses when off the ground, pick a spot and shoot straight! For those who are not hunting, enjoy the fall and winter with friends and family. I look forward to seeing all of you at the Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours on January 30th for the annual TBOF Charity shoot. Take care, Bryan Finder TBOF President,

TBOF Life Members

Chris Brodeur and Family

Douglas Durant

Tom Brunofsky and Family

Walter Fussell, Jr.

Elvy Carter and Family

Joe Galloway

Dick Giles and Family

Morgan Gilreath

Sterling Holbrook and Family

Sharon Gordon

Jack Keener Jr. and Family

Gary G. Hooper

Dick Knowles and Family

Van C. Keebler

Jim Knowles and Family

Charlie Knoll

Ron Miller and Family

Christopher Kuhn

E.Bruce Selman III and Family

Mike Kuhn

Johnny Smith and Family

Budddy Manley

David Tetzlaff and Family

Barry Merritt

Cass Vickers and Family

Lonnie Mills

Ronnie and Barbara Wetherman

Ronald R. Moye

Mike Wyatt and Family

Frank Scott

Wayne Carter

Ivor Undertajlo

Nick Coullias

Bob Walker

Tami Davern

Roger Wilbourne

News and Notes By Bryan Finder

More Fences and Sidewalks Please do not drive over new sidewalks or camp on the other side of fences. New construction at the FWC Conservation Center is reducing the size of the primitive and generator camping areas. If there is any confusion on where to make camp please find TBOF president Bryan Finder or Vise President Bill Green and we will handle these issues in real time.

Vegetation Flagging Have you noticed the flagging of vegetation and seedlings all over the FWC Camp? This is to keep our big feet and ATV’s from flattening their plantings to the ground. They are just about everywhere, so it’s hard to avoid them, but do your best, especially at night when they are harder to see.

Leave it better than you found it How we leave things at camp after we have all gone home reflects directly upon us as a group. We should show by our actions what type of people we are and set an example for others to follow. Please pick up around your camp and the event site in general so that casual observers will see that we are different. If you rent a cabin from us and leave it messy you will not be permitted to rent a cabin in the future……no exceptions!

Ground Fires If you want a campfire, either use one of the provided fire rings or bring an above the ground fire proof container. Your container should be dumped in one of the fire rings when you leave. If you dump it on the ground, it looks like you had a ground fire. If you need fire wood, there is wood sold at camp on the honor system. It is in the big bin between the registration building and the vendor area.

New Showers and Bathrooms There have been several new bathroom and shower facilities constructed at the conservation center. These facilities are constructed at the rear of each big bunkhouse and will be accessible by those renting the bunkhouse as well as the general public through a door in the rear. If you are renting one of the bunkhouse style cabins with one of the new bathroom attached, please leave the door leading from the bathroom outside unlocked. Please…please…please help us keep the new and old facilities clean!

Upcoming Event Information Charity shoot… Hello all: I would like to say a few things about the annual charity shoot, witch by the way, will be here before you know it! As many of you have suggested and hoped for, the shoot will once again be held at the Canyons. The gracious owners of the Canyons have donated the use of their facility for the day to support Camp Boggy Creek. The Canyons have even offered a discount to anyone who participates in the shoot. The Canyons discount is as follows: Any participant is $25 off and up to 3 more family members @$10.00 off each. That will run from the day before the shoot to the Tuesday following the shoot. If you are interested in coming to the charity shoot and live too far away to justify traveling for a one day, remember there are other cool things you can do to make a nice weekend. You could zip the Canyons, hike in the Ocala National Forest, go fishing or head to the Silver River State Park and Museum. If you haven’t been to the museum you should try it out, they have some really cool stuff in there. This is a great family event please come show your support for Camp Boggy Creek, Youth Archery and The Canyons for their help in hosting TBOF for this event. The charity shoot is a lot of fun and has served well to raise funds for Camp Boggy Creek and youth archery. I am looking forward to seeing you all out there. Please remember to bring items to donate to the raffle table and anyone able to donate their time the day before the event for set up would be greatly appreciated.

Spring Championship… This year will be the 25th anniversary championship. There are a few things I would like to remind you of and bring to your attention. First of all, being that this is an anniversary event we will have special apparel and some other goodies for sale. You don’t want to be the only one running around without your one and only 25th anniversary TBOF shirt, so bring your cash! As the event grows closer keep an eye on the TBOF Facebook page as I will be posting pictures of all the new swag as it comes in. Second, we will be replacing a lot of targets at this year’s event, therefore there will be a lot of 3D targets up for silent auction, so be prepared for that. Third, as you know we have changed the Saturday night banquet with speaker to more of a laid back social event. Last year we had the first annual Sam Hunter resurrection trade blanket. This was the first trade blanket that I have seen and I have to say that everyone that participated had a good time. I will definitely be bringing some items for trade this year. If you are interested in participating you can pretty much bring anything to trade: cloths, knives, bows, books, tree stands….anything…even the green folding stuff! Please check the News and Notes section of this newsletter for more details and info about the event and compound as FWC has made some significant changes and improvements to the facility over the past year. I am really looking forward to this year’s championship and can’t wait to see you all there! Thank you, Bryan Finder President TBOF-Traditional Bowhunters of Florida

For Your Health by Sam McMichael

Each year, as hunting season begins, we all admonish our friends to be very careful, especially when climbing stands and dealing with ticks. This brief item regards ticks... again. Until a few years ago, I had never heard of Alpha Gal allergy, until my friend, Crispin Henry, told me he has it. This disease is spread by certain ticks (and sometimes by chiggers.) I paid relatively little attention to it until, just a few weeks ago, when I was diagnosed with Alpha Gal. It has most unpleasantly affected my life, particularly my diet. Mammalian meat is now totally forbidden. That means no beef, no pork, no venison, no small game, etc. Fortunately, fish and fowl are not involved. All my life, meat as been the major focal point of my diet. However, not only is food an issue, but other products that contain animal by-products are very problematic. Some can't wear wool or leather. Furthermore, some medications have coatings containing mammal derivatives. Even some perfumes bring on a reaction. What is Alpha Gal allergy? Well, I'm certainly no medical expert, but I am studying this illness very diligently. Briefly, according to Wikipedia, Galactose-alpha-1, 3galactose, a carbohydrate, is transferred by the tick (or chigger) to the victim. The body is then overloaded with immunoglobulin E ant-bodies, which cause a strong reaction. Commonly, this reaction is delayed for several hours and may range from nausea and intestinal problems to life threatening anaphylactic shock. Carrying an Epi Pen has now become a 24/7 practice. The more I read about it, the more I think that many, many doctors are essentially unfamiliar with Alpha Gal. I really don't know how long I have been affected. For many years, I have suffered episodes of gut issues, symptomatic of this illness, for no known reason. Finally, after several weeks of severe sickness that made me look like a college freshman at his first frat party, my wife encouraged me to see an allergist. As an afterthought I requested that the Alpha Gal test be included, solely with the expectation of ruling out this seemingly obscure illness as part of my problem. Imagine my surprise when the test came back positive! Be forewarned! This disease is more common than you might think. So, let this memo serve as one more warning to take all tick borne illnesses vey seriously. In my opinion, the most important word in the English language pertaining to ticks is, "PERMETHRIN". Good hunting, y'all. Resources to learn more about Alpha-Gal: http://alpha-gal.org/ https://www.facebook.com/alpha.gal/

The Cabbage Palm Chronicles Fall/Winter 2015

"HIM" The relative tranquility of the November woods was interrupted by a commotion that screamed rutting buck in my head. By the sound of the crashing brush and increasing volume of the grunting, this chase was going to come by my stand quickly. Tension was in the air and on the string as I readied for the encounter I had worked so hard to setup. My hunting lease lies somewhere between "nowhere" and "where the hell is that" in North Florida. A compact property, it's numerous edges and heads make it hunt much larger than the 1200 acres it encompasses. In just under two seasons of hard hunting I have seen deer within forty yards from my stand on every sitting but four. To say this is a good property understates the obvious. It is a great property. My first sighting of "Him" occurred on opening weekend of archery season. A very large 8 point, "Him" walked down an edge 30 yards from my stand. I had seen his large tracks but his rack seemed much larger than I had imagined. "Him" paused at a side trail that would bring the buck by my stand. But, perhaps sensing something amiss, he continued down the edge. My confidence soared as I knew my stand placement should eventually lead to a shot if I don't bugger up the area too bad. I saw "Him" twice more during archery season, both times walking the same path as before. And both times passing within shooting distance of one of my stands. However, unfavorable wind conditions prevented me from sitting there, rendering me a spectator on both occasions. On another occasion TBOF President Bryan Finder, hunting as my guest, had "Him" just out of range. Bryan confirmed the buck's size and wished me well on future hunts as he kicked himself for not placing his stand closer to where I recommended and close to where "Him" would eventually walk. The commotion mentioned at the beginning of this story grew closer and with the wind now in my favor I was hoping this was "Him" chasing a hot doe down the path I had seen him on earlier. Soon the doe burst from the brush at 10 yards and hot on her tail was...a spike buck. My heart sank a bit but I was soon enjoying quite a chase that carried out in front of me for several minutes. Finally the doe broke off leaving the spike behind seemingly dejected. Been down that road buddy. I took a bit of video of him at 5 yards, sympathizing with his bad luck when a branch broke 50 yards away. It was "Him" easing down the path that would bring him within 15 yards of my stand, well within my comfort zone. The large, wide and heavy 8 point was walking slowly, nose to the air presumably looking for the same doe that broke my spike friends heart. I'm good with walking shots and tension was applied to the string of my Robertson longbow when "Him" decided to pause. It wasn't a something's wrong type of pause but more of a scratch your butt type of pause. I too should have paused but I didn't. I drew the bow to anchor and released, sending a Zwickey tipped cedar arrow harmlessly in front of his brisket. "Him" jumped about ten yards and quickly decided nothing was amiss and resumed his search for a mate..safely out of range. In my subsequent conversations with Bryan and TBOFer Donnie Wilkerson, they always ask if I have seen..."Him." I have not since that morning when he wasn't standing in the correct spot. I believe he is still coming by, likely at night, as I have seen his tracks. Of course I would have loved to have taken "Him" that day but it just wasn't in the cards. The hunt for "Him" is still on and when we meet again maybe he will read the script and stand where my arrow will fly. Though I didn't connect that November morning, I do take some satisfaction in knowing that I played my hand well and won the hunt, getting within shooting range of a great buck. Yep, I won the hunt. I just didn't get the trophy. Don Davis

2015 Fall Rendezvouz Pictures

2015 Fall Rendezvouz Pictures

2015 Fall Rendezvouz Pictures

2015 Fall Rendezvouz Pictures

2015 Fall Rendezvouz Pictures

2015 Fall Rendezvouz Pictures

Harvest Pictures

Andy Love buck and doe

Harvest Pictures

Bryan Finder

Dina Voutour

Harvest Pictures

Brad Musser

Glenn Wittington

Harvest Pictures

Gregg Dudley

Jeff Hester

Harvest Pictures

Ryan Gill does

Harvest Pictures

Scott Moore

Recipes Braised Venison in Red Wine

Lucky Hunter Venison Stew

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¼ cup vegetable oil 3 lb. boneless venison roast 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. black pepper ¼ lb. sliced pancetta or diced smoked bacon 1 onion, chopped 1 large carrot, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 6 cloves garlic, sliced 1 Tbsp. thyme 1 Tbsp. rosemary 2 Tbsp. tomato paste 2 cups red wine 1 cups water

1. Brown meat in vegetable oil and set aside. 2. Add pancetta and cook until brown. 3. Add onion, carrot and celery. Cook until soft. Add garlic, spices and tomato paste. 4. Add wine and cook until mixture is reduced to half. 5. Add water, mix well. 6. Add meat, cover pot and simmer about 3 hours. When done, remove meat from pot. Boil sauce until reduced by half. 7. Slice meat and return to sauce before serving.

½ lb. bacon, sliced 1 c. flour 4 Tbsp. butter 1 bay leaf 1 large onion, chopped 1 tsp. salt 1 c. Burgundy + ¼ c. 1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes 5 cloves garlic, sliced 1 tsp. pepper 1 c. water 2 Tbsp. prepared horseradish 2 lb. venison, cubed 1 tsp. garlic granules 1 Tbsp. rosemary 1 (8 oz.) pkg. mushrooms

Cook bacon and onions in Dutch oven until bacon is done and onions are soft. Remove from pan. Mix flour, salt, pepper and garlic granules in re-sealable plastic bag. Place a few cubes of venison in bag and shake to coat. Add half the butter to Dutch oven. Brown venison cubes a few at a time. Remove from kettle when browned and add to bacon/onion mixture. Continue until all venison is browned. Deglaze kettle with ¼ cup Burgundy wine. Return venison and bacon mixture to kettle. Add all remaining ingredients. Lower heat and simmer for 1 ½ hours. Serve over rice or noodles.

Dutch Oven Black Forest Cake (good for doing in a dutch oven on a bed of coals in the campground)   

2 large cans cherry pie filling 1 butter recipe fudge cake mix 1 12-oz. can soft drink (Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, etc.)

Spray 12-inch Dutch oven with vegetable spray. Pour pie filling in oven. Sprinkle dry cake mix over pie filling. Pour soft drink over cake mix. Do not mix. Cook at 400-degrees about 40-45 minutes.

Recipes courtesy of Cooking on the Wild Side - http://www.aetn.org/programs/cookingonthewildside/

Cheesy Turkey Bake

Squirrel Enchiladas

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2 cups cooked, de-boned squirrel 1 roasted garlic 1 16oz. jar salsa ½ cup heavy cream Corn tortillas 8 oz. shredded Monterey Jack cheese

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Mix together salsa and cream. Set aside. Mix squirrel, garlic, ½ cup salsa mixture and ½ cup cheese. Set aside. Wrap tortillas in damp towel and microwave for one minute. This softens tortillas and makes them easier to roll. Coat baking dish with vegetable spray. Fill each tortilla with squirrel mixture, roll up and place seam side down in baking dish. Top with remaining salsa mixture and cheese. Bake in 350 degree pre-heated oven for 30 minutes or until cheese is lightly brown and bubbly.

½ turkey breast cut into fingerlings 2 eggs, beaten Seasoned bread crumbs 1 tsp. Italian seasoning Butter and olive oil as needed 4 cups marinara sauce or spaghetti sauce ½ cup half and half ½ cup grated parmesan 6 slices Swiss cheese 5 slices smoked provolone

Spray Dutch oven with vegetable spray. Pour marinara sauce into Dutch oven. Set aside. Mix breadcrumbs and Italian seasoning in small bowl. Dip turkey pieces in beaten egg and roll in breadcrumbs. Heat butter and olive oil in skillet. Brown turkey pieces a few at the time. As browned, remove from oven and place on top of the marinara sauce. Repeat until all turkey is brown and in oven. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over turkey. Layer Swiss and provolone cheese on top of turkey. Bake about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve over pasta.


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Mary’s Very Berry Blueberry Pie Crust 1-1/4 cup flour 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1 stick butter, melted 1. Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl. 2. Pour into a 9” pie plate. 3. In the center, press crust to edge and up the sides. 4. Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes. 5. Cool

Bluberry Filling 1 cup water 3/4 cup sugar 4 cups frozen blueberries 3 Tbsp corn starch 1. Place 1/2 cup water, 3/4 cup sugar and 1 cup blueberries in a heavy sauce pan. Bring to boil and boil one minute. 2. Take remaining 1/4 water and add 3 tbsp corn starch. Mix together and add this to the boiling blueberries. Stir until it thickens. 3. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining 3 cups frozen blueberries.(it will cool the hot mixture.) 4. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and refrigerate until chilled.

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