By: Bears Butt

About a week ago the hearing in my left ear went way south.  If I plugged my right ear, I could just barely hear anything out of my left ear.  Of course being a guy, I did the guy thing and said to myself…It’ll go away…..Today I went turkey hunting and with only one ear to hear with it was not really that fun.  Constant ringing in the left ear, no sounds on my left side at all, only on the right, and so I favored looking right.  Did birds pass by me on the left and I did not hear them?  I doubt it, but they could have.

Well, we had our hunt.  Did manage to spot a gobbler high on a hill and it was interested in mating real bad.  So we made an attempt on his little butt.  Moved in and set up.  Brandon up high, and me low.  Called a seductive sequence on the slate call and he gobbled.  YES!  Another seductive yelp and a closer gobble!

This is going to be fun!  Yelp!  Gobble.  And on it went until he was somewhere very close to Brandon, at least that is what my right ear was telling me.  But no boom of the shotgun.  And then he would not answer my seductive yelping, not even with the wing bone call.  Silence.

Later, discussing the event with Brandon, he said the bird was so close he could hear it “cluck” as it walked away, but he could not see it.  In order to hear the cluck he had to be within 20 yards.  The oak brush it thick and you can only hope the bird comes out into an opening for a shot.  Otherwise he is the winner and you go home with loaded shot shells.

Not being able to hear is not a fun deal.  And so after arriving home and taking off some of my hunting clothes, I call the docs office and got an appointment.  I hadn’t even had time to get a drink of water before I headed off for my appointment…an immediate opening!  I was a happy guy.

The doc took on look and said “Yep, ear wax”!  Then he proceeded to irrigate the inside of my ear with a high pressure washer and hot water.  You know the kind of high pressure washer you use to clean the gunk off an old rusty engine or the driveway?  Well that was the kind he used and believe me it hurt like heck.  He was all happy and grinny until I finally made a groaning noise from the pain he was inflicting.  Then he stopped.  Looked inside and said “Clean as a new born”!  And when he said that, I could hear STEREO!!!!

Stereo is good!

Bears Butt

April 30, 2012

Written on April 30th, 2012 , Hunting/Fishing/Trapping Stories
By: Bears Butt

Today seems to be a real good day for me to post things up on this site.  I hope some of you can use the information being posted.  This one will help all of those who go off into the woods hunting, hiking or whatever and spend the night.

I ran across the word “Fladry” the other day.  I had no clue as to the meaning and so I wrote it down to look it up later.  Well, today is later.

Wikipedia seems to be my go to site for definitions and this one really is a good one.

Fladry is a line of rope mounted along the top of a fence, from which are suspended strips of fabric or colored flags that will flap in a breeze, intended to deter wolves from crossing the fence-line.[1] Fladry lines have been used for this purpose for several centuries, traditionally for hunting wolves in Eastern Europe.[1] They are effective temporarily, as the novelty may soon wear off, and can be used to protect livestock in small pastures from wolves.

So, just remember to take a few lines of fencing material with you when you go out on your hunt.  When it comes time to pitch your tent, put up the fence first.  That way you know your boundaries and the wolves watching you from a distance will get readily discouraged and go seek someone else to heckle for that night.

If you find you have forgotten flagging materials, just rip up your red flannel underwear into strips and tie them on.  If you paid any attention to my daily trapping stories, you could buy yourself some of those “clippies” and fix yourself up some pre made flags for your outing.  Nothing better than “being prepared”.  (That reminds me of another story I’m working on to post up sometime in the future).

Bears Butt

April 29, 2012


Written on April 29th, 2012 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt

The other day I was talking with my buddy Muskrat about the friends of the NRA banquet that is coming up in May.  We talked about a lot of things and he said that a lot of people call him lucky because he wins so many guns and things from those banquets.  He said it doesn’t hurt to buy a whole lot of tickets for those drawings to up your odds.  And he is right.  If you shoot enough times at something you are bound to hit it eventually.

Occasionally a person can just purchase one ticket for a drawing and have it be the lucky one drawn, but more often than not, it won’t happen that way.

Recently, a local wildlife group called the United Wildlife Cooperative,

were offered six fully guided and furnished turkey hunts for six lucky youth hunters.  The UWC spent countless hours marketing those six tags and took donations of $20 for each ticket in the bucket.  I heard they sold something like 80 tickets.  The drawing took place and they announced the lucky winners names “slowly” throughout one day on their Facebook page.  All except the last name.  They held out on that one until they had over 400 likes on their Facebook page, or Adam Eakles “Roughing it Outdoors” show that was aired on KSL, April 28, whichever came first.

They also were donated a bunch of other prizes to be given away to the youth that didn’t get lucky enough to draw a turkey hunt and one of those prizes was a Mossberg Bantam 500 shotgun!  Other prizes included turkey calls, decoys and other assorted turkey hunting related items.

What a fun thing for them to do for some lucky youth hunters!  I commend them and those who donated the prizes!  Thank you sincerely from me.

The winners of prizes were Brian Robbins, Preston Vorhees, Terry Cunningham, Tanner Gagnard, Amy Barton and Solomon Dittmar.

Winners of the guided turkey hunts are:  Cody McNicol, Michael Christensen, Morgan Keel, Kaytlin White, Dustyn Woodard  and my very own Grandson, Conner Zundel!

The turkey hunts will be split between two different weekends in May, the first being May 4-6 the second May 11-13.  Three days, two nights.  The kids will be accompanied by one adult, either a parent or guardian.  They will sleep in tent accommodations for the two nights and meals will be provided (I would expect dutch oven meals).  There will be lessons given on turkey habits, calling techniques, hunting the wiley birds etc.  They say there will even be some live entertainment!  What a wonderful event.  Also, the local TV show called “Roughing it Outdoors”, with Adam Eakle will be there to video  some of the happenings and it will air on the show sometime this year.

Thank you all once again for offering this wonderful event and I sure hope you made a bunch of money doing it.  To the outfitters who will be guiding these youngsters, a special thanks to all of you.  And to the other sponsors, it’s just not that easy of a thing to do and I commend you as well.  Thank you!

A special GOOD LUCK to the lucky winners of the turkey hunts!  May the turkey Gods smile on you all with 10 inch beards and inch and a half spurs!

Maybe some of you will even see one of these special dream catchers come your way!

Bears Butt

April 18, 2012


Written on April 29th, 2012 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt

I’m always looking for good hints and things to help me in the pursuit of whatever it is I’m after.  This time of year it’s turkeys.  I recall a wonderful spring day last year when Dry Dog was on his first ever turkey hunt.  You can read the whole story on this site.  Search Dry Dog and the story will come up.  Any way, I remember at first light a gobbler that was roosted very high up on the mountain, nearly a half a mile away, came sailing down.  An awesome site for me to witness.  Well, the following bit of information I found lends itself very well to what I have learned about turkeys the past few years.


Usually you won’t find a turkey roosted very far from a water supply and if they can find a tree situated over running water, that is ideal. In any area, look first at the large trees with good horizontal branches near water. In my neck of the woods, that means large oaks and sycamores and further west, cottonwoods. If the terrain is hilly, try and find trees right below the ridge tops that are on the leeward side of the prevailing winds for that time of year. If they can, turkeys like to climb up above the roost on the ridge top and fly down to their roosting tree. They then will usually glide down below when they fly down in the morning. Many times the turkeys in my area will utilize large cedars or occasionally pines when available to further escape cold winter winds.

It is also possible to locate roosts by doing lots of walking through an area and looking for the large wing and tail feathers which often fall out when the turkey is flying up or down from the roost. You can also look for piles of droppings which can be quite large when a turkey uses a roost tree consistently. Droppings usually last until they are rained on which will also help you determine how long ago turkeys were in the area.

Perhaps the easiest and surest way to find roost trees is to get there either first thing in the morning or at sunset and listen for the birds flying up to roost or calling on the roost. Most people have heard of the term “roosting a bird” and this means you have been out that evening and found out, by owl calling or just listening, the tree a gobbler has roosted in.


How much truth is in what this author has said has yet to be determined, but I for one have got to believe most of it.  We will find ourselves at or very near the same spot Dry Dog was in last year.  Hopefully that well educated bird will come winging down into the same place only this time a “heavy load” of gobbler getter will take him down!

Bears Butt

April 29, 2012

Written on April 29th, 2012 , Hunting/Fishing/Trapping Stories
By: Bears Butt



  • 1 1/2 pound jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup dry white vermouth
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest


Put the shrimp on a large pie pan or plate and pat them completely dry with a paper towel. Arrange the shrimp so they lay flat and are evenly spaced.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Add the butter to the skillet. When the foaming subsides, raise the heat to high, and invert the plate of shrimp over the pan so the shrimp fall into the pan all at once. Cook the shrimp, without moving them, for 1 minute. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Turn the shrimp over and cook for 2 minutes more. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl.

Return the skillet to the heat and pour in the vermouth and lemon juice. Boil the liquid until slightly thickened, about 30 seconds. Scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Stir the zest and parsley into the sauce. Pour the sauce over the shrimp, season with salt and pepper to taste and toss to combine.

Divide the shrimp among 4 plates or arrange on a platter and serve.


Well, some of you know exactly what this is and it goes right along with the National Holiday for today:  National Shrimp Scampi Day!

As for me, I’m going on a scouting expedition looking for turkeys along the highways and byways of Utahs Northern end.  Will also cross the border into Idaho a little.

Enjoy your day!

Bears Butt

April 29, 2012

Written on April 29th, 2012 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt

Utah’s open season for turkey hunting starts Monday April 30 at o’light 30 and the Weasel and I are going to be there.  For the occasion I picked up a box of special shells and will share them with the Weasel.  Of course he only gets one.  It only takes one.

These babies come with an unwritten guarantee they will knock the block off a big old gobbler should it get within range.  And so, on this site you will be seeing a couple or three nice big gobblers posted up by the time the season closes.

Take a good close look at these shells.  They look like they mean business!


Bears Butt

April 28, 2012

Written on April 28th, 2012 , Hunting/Fishing/Trapping Stories
By: Bears Butt

I got to looking into the national holidays schedule and found that tomorrows day might just need some head up.  So, for those of you reading this, you might want to put that drink down and head for the store.

In England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and a few others: “Ellow Mate”!  “Ellow”!  “Wat you doin taday”?  “Nutin I spoze, wy”? “Wy don’t you an me head on down ta the pub fer a col one”?  “Ok”.  “Cheerie Oh Mate”!  “Cheerie Oh”!

Tomorrow is “National Kiss your Mate” day!  Beings as it is a Saturday, and you probably don’t have to go to work, it might lead up to something else.  So, I’m just saying, you might want to go get whatever you might need just in case.

As for me, I kiss my mate every day.  Maybe even several times each day.  There isn’t any reason not to.  You know, when she decides to go out and weed the garden and I’m doing whatever I’m doing, we are going to be apart.  Who knows what could happen to either one of us.  So, kiss each other and off we go!  Of course when we get back together there is always the welcome back kiss.  It’s sort of a have to do thing.  It makes for a full circle of things and I’m all about full circles.

Full Circles.  How can you have a circle unless it is a full one?  You will read in some of my stories about circles crossing…those are always good times.  Just my weird thinking I guess.

At any rate…National Kiss your Mate Day starts at midnight….Do you know where your kids are?

Bears Butt

April 27, 2012

Written on April 27th, 2012 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt

Today is National Tell a Story Day!  What a treat!  Now if I could only think of one to tell.

There was the time on a muzz hunt when No Grimace went outside the tin tipi and pressed his face up against the window…that was funny!

Then the muzz hunt when we had taken the two wheel drive truck of Trackers to the top of the mountain when the ground was still frozen and had to bring it back down when the ground was thawed out….every “milestone” down off the mountain called for another horn off the grimace bottle….that was funny (sort of)!

Then what about the time we were out with No Grimaces Subaru Brat and had to hold up the down hill side as we traversed a steep incline from point A to point B…that was dangerous, but still funny!

How about the same trip when it was so cold our farts froze into little blue balls and we tossed them up inside the cab where Wapiti and No Grimace we enjoying the warmth of the heater….THAT was funny!

Oh Ya, the one where we ambushed Edjukateer and No Grimace with a couple of cans of beer left in the road….THAT WAS WAY FUNNY!!!!

Can you think of any?

Bears Butt

April 27, 2012

Written on April 27th, 2012 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt

I ran across this site last night and think that just maybe one of you might be interested in learning a little about batteries.  We are talking batteries for cars, rv’s, boats etc.

I’m not very adept when it comes to batteries and that is why I was looking on the web for info.  This is a pretty good site for beginners.

Bears Butt

April 27, 2012

Written on April 27th, 2012 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt

I can’t resist sharing this with you.  I am assuming it to be true but I did not investigate it.  It is worth listening to even if it’s phoney.


Bears Butt

April 2012

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