By: Bears Butt

Early this afternoon Sherry and I are heading for rendezvous.  It’s the Willow Creek Free Trappers 29th annual rendezvous and this year, like last, will be held on the banks of the Willow Creek, from which our clubs name is derived.

The Booshway and Segundo (Weasel and Hot Spark) are promising a very good rendezvous and last evening, while helping to set up the range and hawk blocks I saw where there are a TON of prizes for the raffle.  Including several of No Grimaces’ chain saw bears!

It’s going to be a great time for sure.

Camps are filling up fast but as far as I can count there is still a lot of room for more in the meadow between the creeks.  I’m guessing about 70% of the people coming to rendezvous have put their camps up and are just waiting until they get off work for the week to come in a play.

The weather looks very promising to be a bit cooler than the past couple of days and there is a slight (30%) chance of rain.  We could actually use a little rain.

We need for the raccoons and skunks to stay on their side of the creeks and not raid our camp while we sleep.  I hear that Sir Butt may be in attendance and also I promised I would reveal the rest of my “chant” song.  I hope to get some of the young people visiting the camp to help me, because just like Sir Butt, Bears Butt can not carry a tune in a bucket.  My whole goal with this chant is to firmly plant it into everyone’s head so that it is the only “song” they can think about all weekend long.  I get big old grins everytime I think about it.  🙂

29 years of rendezvous is a long time and the size of the group is growing continually.  I love it and everyone seems to really have a good time.  There is something for everyone here and I hope that if you can’t come this year that you will make it a scheduled stop in your plans for next year, our 30th annual and that will be a very special one.


Bears Butt

August 30, 2012



Written on August 30th, 2012 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt

I honestly thought I had posted this link on here a while back, but I could not find it, so I must have drempt it.  (Is drempt a word?)

It’s about long range shots taken with a muzzleloader and granted it was written back in the late 1960’s and a whole lot of changes have taken place in the muzzleloader world since then.  But his rules for taking or not taking that long range shot (over 100 yards in my opinion) still apply and if you are an ethical hunter you should apply these rules to your hunting and shooting especially at deer sized and bigger animals.

Bears Butt

August 29, 2012

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

I hate the thought of having a hook deeply planted into my skin or finger or anywhere, but if you fish long enough, you or someone you are with is going to have it happen.

Here is what is touted as a painless way to remove a hook stuck in your skin.

Good luck with that one!

Bears Butt

August 29, 2012

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

This was an email from one of my cousins:

Did you know the saying

“God willing and the Creeks don’t rise” was in reference to the Creek Indians and not a body of water? It was written by Benjamin Hawkins in the late 18th century. He was a politician and Indian diplomat.

While in the south, Hawkins was requested by the President of the U.S. to return to Washington. In his response, he was said to write, “God willing and the Creeks don’t rise.” Because he capitalized the word “Creeks” it is deduced that he was referring to the Creek Indian tribe and not a body of water.
In George Washington’s days, there were no cameras. One’s image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are 
‘limbs,’ therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression, ‘Okay, but it’ll cost you an arm and a leg.’ (Artists know hands and arms are more difficult to paint)
As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year (May and October) Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved their heads(because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They couldn’t wash the wigs, so to clean them they would carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell, and bake it for 30 minutes. The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term ‘Big Wig.. ‘ Today we often use the term ‘here comes the Big Wig’ because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.
In the late 1700’s, many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair. Commonly, a long wide board folded down from the wall, and was used for dining. The ‘head of the household’ always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting on the floor. Occasionally a guest, who was usually a man, would be invited to sit in this chair during a meal. To sit in the chair meant you were important and in charge. They called the one sitting in the chair the ‘chair man.’ Today in business, we use the expression or title ‘Chairman’ or ‘Chairman of the Board.’
Personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee’s wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman’s face she was told, ‘mind your own bee’s wax.’ Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term ‘crack a smile’. In addition, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt . . . Therefore, the expression ‘losing face.’
Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front. A proper and dignified woman, as in ‘straight laced’ wore a tightly tied lace.
Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the ‘Ace of Spades.’ To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead. Yet, since mostgames require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they weren’t ‘playing with a full deck.’
Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what the people considered important. Since there were no telephones, TV’s or radios, the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs, and bars. They were told to ‘go sip some Ale and listen to people’s conversations and political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at different times.

‘You go sip here’ and ‘You go sip there.’ The two words ‘go sip’ were eventually combined when referring to the local opinion and, thus we have the term‘gossip.’
At local taverns, pubs, and bars, people drank from pint and quart-sized containers. A bar maid’s job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in ‘pints’ and who was drinking in ‘quarts,’ hence the phrase ‘minding your ‘P’s and Q’s’.
One more: bet you didn’t know this!
In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried iron cannons. Those cannons fired round iron cannon balls. It was necessary to keep a good supply near the cannon. However, how to prevent them from rolling about the deck? The best storage method devised was a square-based pyramid with one ball on top, resting on four resting on nine, which rested on sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon. There was only one problem…how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding or rolling from under the others. The solution was a metal plate called a‘Monkey’ with 16 round indentations. However, if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make ‘Brass Monkeys.’ Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled. Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannonballs would come right off the monkey; Thus, it was quite literally, ‘Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.’(All this time, you thought that was an improper expression, didn’t you.)
Written on August 29th, 2012 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt

Utah has enacted a coyote control program that will pay you $50 for each coyote you kill in the state.  It is not an automatic thing however and if you want to play with the program you have to take an online test and print out your proof of completion form.  Also, you have to record all of the information about where and when you killed the coyote.  You also have to take the jaw to the proper place along with part of the scalp in order to qualify.

Here is a copy of the scheduled meeting places to take your coyote parts:

Predator incentive reimbursement schedule

September 2012

1 You must complete the online training and registration course before you submit coyotes for reimbursement

2 Coyote jaws must not be frozen, and it is your responsibility to properly dispose of heads and carcasses

3 You must bring proof that you completed the registration and training course and a filled out compensation form, including the GPS location where the coyote was taken

4 If you do not bring all of the required materials, you will not be reimbursed

Central Region

Sept. 4–7 & Sept 10–14, 9 a.m.–12:00 p.m. & 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
By appointment only, Sept. 17–21 & Sept. 24–28. To make an appointment, call 801-491-5678
Division of Wildlife Resources Springville Office
1115 N Main ST, Springville

September 17, 4 p.m.– 7 p.m.
Juab County Fair Grounds
350 W Center ST, Nephi

Sept. 4 & 18, 4 p.m.– 7 p.m.
UDOT Compound
1000 S. Main, Tooele

Northern Region

September 4, 13 & 27, 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Division of Wildlife Resources Northern Region Office
515 E 5300 S, Ogden

September 6 & 20, 4 p.m.– 7 p.m.
UDOT Road Shed #1432
8769 W 12000 S, Bothwell (Take exit 39 from I-84 and turn North)

Sept. 11, 4 p.m.–7 p.m.
Cache Valley Hunter Education Center
2851 W 200 N, Logan

Sept. 18, 4 p.m.–7 p.m.
Kamas Rodeo Grounds
450 S Main, Kamas

Northeastern Region

Sept. 6, by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 435-781-9453.
Vernal Game Farm
3116 S 500 W, Vernal

Dutch John
Sept. 13, by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 435-781-9453.
DJ Fisheries Station
600 S Boulevard, Dutch John

Sept. 20, by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 435-781-9453.
Starvation Reservoir
24220 W 7655 S State Park Road, Duchesne

Southern Region

St. George
Sept. 4, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Sept. 20: 2 p.m.–5 p.m.
Division of Wildlife Resources Washington County Field Office
451 N SR-318, St. George (Quail Creek Reservoir rear parking lot)

Cedar City
Sept. 4, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sept. 20, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Division of Wildlife Resources Southern Regional Office
1470 North Airport Road, Cedar City

Sept. 7, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Sept. 25, 2 p.m.–5 p.m.
Roger’s Sinclair gas station
215 North Main Street, Beaver

Sept. 7, 2 p.m.–5p.m.
Bureau of Land Management Facility
95 East 500 North, Fillmore

Sept. 25, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Millard County Sheriff’s Office, east entrance
76 North 200 West, Delta

Sept. 6 & 24, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Jeep Posse Building
795 East 300 North, Richfield

Sept. 6 & 24, 2 p.m.–5 p.m.
Turner Park Pavillion
60 North 100 West, Loa

Sept. 5 & 21, 2 p.m.–5 p.m.
Triple C Arena
50 E 900 N, Panguitch

Sept. 5 & 21, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Bureau of Land Management Office
669 South Highway 89A, Kanab

Southeast Region

Sept. 10 & 24, 4 p.m.–7 p.m.
Monticello UDOT Maintenance Station
697 East Highway 491, Monticello

Green River
Sept. 11 & 25, 4 p.m.–7 p.m.
Green River UDOT Maintenance Station
235 East Main Street, Green River

Sept. 12, 26: 4 p.m.–7 p.m.
Carbon County Fairgrounds, model airplane airport
450 South Fairground Way, Price


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



















Bears Butt

August 27, 2012

Written on August 27th, 2012 , Poems (or sumthin)
By: Bears Butt

Here is one you may have seen before.

Bears Butt

August 26, 2012

Written on August 26th, 2012 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt

I just had a long meeting with Sir Butt about an advertisement I saw when I turned on my computer this morning.  I was unable to print the actual ad that I saw, but I was able to find this:

Fwd: Find Common Ground at ArcGIS Online
… From: Esri <newsletter@…> Date: 21 August 2012 13:16 Subject: Find Common Ground at ArcGIS Online To: Ben de Vries <bendevries1968@…> ** …

You are probably wondering why on earth would Bears Butt care about an advertisement like this one.  I’ll tell you why.  Read carefully that first line:

“Find Common Ground…”

And then if you have not read about Sir Butt, you need to stop reading this right now and go to the Sir Butt category on this site and catch up on a few things.  One being that Sir Butt’s land is called “Common Ground”!

Now I know because I have used some of ESRI companies software that it is very powerful and almost the exclusive programs used in the Geographical Information world of GIS.  The company has a huge team of experts constantly making their software bigger, better, faster, cheaper etcetterer and millions of people use it for their GIS purposes.

But, to find “Common Ground” is it even possible?

Therefore I called for an emergency meeting with Sir Butt to discuss this issue.

Sir Butt of course was not familiar with GIS nor ESRI or anything about such as that.  He said that of course you could find Common Ground.  Just close your eyes and there you are!  Surrounded by the beauty of it and the greenness of it all.  Simple!  He went on to say that the need for some such ESRI or GIS is hogwash and absurd, UN-necessary and a total waste of time.

He went on to say that he believes this ESRI is a dragon of the worst kind and that perhaps he needed to call upon Cash to relieve the world of it.  He said that he will be ready in an instant the moment ESRI steps foot on Common Ground, if indeed ESRI does in fact find Common Ground, and he will dash it to bits and have Something stomp the remaining parts into the ground around him.

I must say Sir Butt is very livid over this information.  I thought for a moment that he was going to take Cash out of His Account and start swinging it about.  He held his composure quite well, but made no bones about the fact that he did not like the sounds of some ESRI finding Common Ground.

He then excused himself as he was running a powerful dry and needed to quench his thirst down at the local tavern.

And so I report to you that if you too see the ESRI ad about Finding Common Ground, rest yourself assured that if in fact ESRI does trip over Common Ground and finds itself there that Sir Butt will make short work of it and it will not exist there.

Bears Butt

August 26, 2012

Written on August 26th, 2012 , Sir Butt
By: Bears Butt

I’m a huge fan of Facebook and it wasn’t that long ago that I joined.  Now it consumes a lot of my time each day.  A bad habit I know that makes the yard and house look like….well you get what I mean.  After all, you are probably hooked on it as bad as I am.

There is a link going around that I really get a kick out of, something like “What movie star or actor do you look like”, and you put in some phoney information about yourself and out pops a movie character that is supposed to resemble you.  I think someone needs to tweek the program to include cartoon characters as well.

But, since that is not the case I decided I needed to make something up on this site about myself.

This is me:

Sort of a happy guy most of the time.  The lines in my face attest to the fact that I smile a whole lot.  And so, I asked myself, who or what do you look most like.  John Wayne?  No.  Too serious a character.  I’m not much on actors names so I’ll let it go at that.  The fact is, I don’t watch much TV nor do I go to movies very often.  The last movie I saw was an LDS type movie called 17 Miracles.  It was a good movie and oh, by the way, Sherry and I got to shake the hand of the really short character, who could barely walk and nearly got eaten by the wolves that played in that movie last night at the county fair.  A really nice guy.  I’m off track again, have you noticed how well I do that?

So, who do I look like?  How about this guy:

Ya!  That’s close enough.  And for all you kids out there that like to color pictures, you can find this one on

Print it, color it and name it “Bears Butt” and hang it on your wall or fridge!

Bears Butt

August 26, 2012

Written on August 26th, 2012 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt

I was just thinking about lunch when it hit me that we are going to go to the Box Elder County Fair this afternoon.  So, why not wait and pick up a hot dog out there.  With that in mind I decided to Google “Hot Dogs” and low and behold there popped up the Hot Dog and Sausage Council web site.

I had no idea we had a Hot Dog Council in Washington DC, but then it should not come as such a big surprise.

When I think about the making of hot dogs I picture lots of meat being ground up and mixed in a big old mixer and then formed into the dogs.  Anything could be put in that thing.  So, I guess we must have some regulations governing that.  I picture also just what sort of meat cuts would be processed into hot dog meat.  My imagination goes wild and I don’t think I am far off.

I had a nephew once who worked at the plant in Hyrum for a year or so and he was assigned the hot dog area.  He swore he would never eat another hot dog in his life.  What does that mean?  You decide.

Hot Dogs are Americans contribution to the world.  They were invented here on our soil and are now being served world wide.  The old fashioned sausages from the old countries were and still are excellent table fare, but our little old hot dogs are just as good only without the tough outside skin.  How they began is still a mystery to me, but I imagine the maker could not find the tough old skins and made something else out of another part of an animal in order to stuff the ground up meat he was using into.  And then suddenly, American Hot Dogs were on the table being eaten.

I like a good old hot dog on occasion.  Even cold.  I like them boiled, split in half lengthwise and fried, grilled, boiled in beer (sort of a waste of beer), microwaved, cooked on a stick over an open fire (road dogs on a deer hunt)….mmmmmm….Hot Dog!  Even without any condiments like mustard and ketchup,  a hot dog, although drier than heck and hard to swallow is still better than nothing.  Right Dry Dog?  On that hunt we put potato chips on the bun with the dogs to moisten them up, even had some smoked oysters to put on them.  Not too bad.

The Hot Dog and Sausage Council reports that this year (2012) the baseball stadiums across the nation will serve 2.5 Million hot dogs!  WOW!  That is a whole lot of dogs.  If you add in the multiple millions that will be consumed at fairs/theme parks/back yards/other sporting event parks/camping and the multitude of other events requiring something quick to cook and consume and I’ll just bet we are looking at over 10 million!

In the cases of the baseball stadiums each one has its special hot dog that has a name and is different than any other stadiums hot dog.  I’ll make a few up, Charlie Clements Dog, served with shredded cheese and chili,  Yankee special with sour cream, cheese and broccoli, you get the idea.  Each trying to pull you in to try a hot dog, even if you miss an inning or two it will probably be a memorable event none the less.

If we had an entrepreneur at our rendezvous they could probably make a few bucks serving No Grimace Dogs,  Dry Dogs,  Fat Duck Dogs but I think I would stay away from the Dung Dogs or Butt Dogs, even Muskrat Dogs might have a tough sell.  On another note however a Reverend Billy Dog or a Sir Butt Dog might get some sales.

Well, I have to go to the County Fair, I have a grand daughter (Addie) who is playing between gigs of the “Apple Pie Fiddlers”.

Can’t hardly wait for that hot dog and coke at the fair!  I’ll call it “The Fair Dog”!

Bears Butt

August 25, 2012

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