By: Bears Butt


I’ve been busy so far getting ready for the big neighborhood yard sale which happens tomorrow.  We don’t have much of anything really good like guns and fishing gear, but we do have some outdoor stuff and a bit of everything…somebody will find something they want.

Anyway, today is the first day of summer.  The longest day of the year, some say, but then we all know there are only 24 hours in any one day, so what is meant by that is that it’s the day with the most daylight time.  We will be able to still see outside without a flashlight until after 10 p.m.

Well our buddies over at the National Geographic Office decided they needed to take a picture of the sun at 10 a.m. every day from the same spot and see what the sun looked like when all those pictures were put together into one.  Go to this link and see what it looks like…really cool to me.

Bears Butt

June 21, 2013

Written on June 21st, 2013 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt


We just received another recall notice on our 2003 Pontiac Vibe…As you recall, we had one not long ago that involved a shorting out of a circuit that could cause the airbags to deploy without notice.  Luckily for us it did not happen before we could get our friend Crock to fix it at Axtell Chevrolet in Logan.  Life has been good up until todays mail was opened.

Sherry read the recall notice and said “It’s the same old one”…and tossed the paper to me.

I read it and it’s different.  Still involving the air bags, but only on the passenger side and only if we get into a crash powerful enough to cause the airbag to deploy.

This recall says that my “vehicle is equipped with a front passenger airbag inflator which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers.  Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the occupant”.

So, if I get into a crash the airbag could be deployed with such a violent explosion (the one that fills it with air) to actually cause the airbag to blow up…like a balloon when it pops…which then would cause my passenger to essentially not have an airbag in their face, or worse yet, to get the full blast right in their face.

What are my alternatives?  Not drive.  Be dang careful when I do drive.  And always be on constant alert for “the other guy”.  At least this recall give me a chance at driving without a sudden and violent burst of an airbag in my face without warning.  If I do get into a crash at least I can reasonably hope my car had a “properly manufactured propellant wafer installed”.

Oh, and it says they don’t have the parts available to fix the problem.

Bears Butt

June 20, 2013


Written on June 20th, 2013 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt


A lot of you are bow and arrow shooters and I need to get this word out as quickly as I can so that you can safely shoot your arrows and not worry about injury to yourself or a friend.

Recall Date: June 19, 2013
Recall Number: 13-220

Axis Arrows Recalled by Easton Due to Injury Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Easton Axis arrows

Hazard: The arrows can break when fired and hit unintended targets, including the user and bystanders.

Remedy: Replace

Consumer Contact:  Easton Technical Products; toll-free at (888) 380-6234 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at and click on Axis Recall for more information or go to

Recall Details

Units: 20,700 in the United States and 1,800 in Canada

Description: This recall involves Easton Axis arrows in four different sizes and batch numbers, including size 300 with batch number 13169686, size 340 with batch number 13170143, size 400 with batch number 13170142 and size 500 with batch number 13169487. The carbon composite arrows are used for hunting and target archery. They are black with green and gray-colored graphics. Axis, Focused Energy, Easton, the size number and the batch number are printed on the arrows.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled arrows immediately and contact Easton to receive free replacement arrows.

Sold at: Archery specialty stores and Academy Sports, Bass Pro, Cabela’s, Gander Mountain and Scheels stores nationwide from February 2013 through May 2013 for about $154 per dozen.

Manufacturer: Easton Technical Products Inc., of Salt Lake City, Utah

Manufactured in: United States

Photos available at

Bears Butt

June 20, 2013

Written on June 20th, 2013 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt

Black Arrow News:

Just got word he is being released from the hospital this afternoon!  This is super good news and I hope the change to home boosts his efforts to get well!

Bears Butt

June 19, 2013

POOPIE!  I just talked with Karen and the doctors want to see him eat solid foods better than he has been before they release him.  So the plan is to let him go tomorrow (Thursday)…at least it’s talk in the right direction!  Going Home!

Bears Butt


Written on June 19th, 2013 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt


I have been shooting almost all my life and over the past 10 years or more have noticed a very big problem with my hearing.  I also have a bad time with wax building up in my ears…I went to the doctor once and he dug out what he called “It looks like a boy”!  Of course he was joking, but the wax blob he pulled out was huge!  No wonder I couldn’t hear out of that ear.  I went to the doctor about a year ago with the same non hearing ear and he flushed it out with a high pressure washer and told me to take an aspirin and don’t bother coming back..(joking)…I could hear very well after that “soaking”.

Today I was looking at my emails and I’m on a mailing list for sports related discounts from highly reputable companies…maybe these items are seconds, but so what, if the price is right…right?  Check out the website sometime.

The item of the day that caught my eye this morning was the Walkers Game Ear Alpha Power Ear Muffs…Knowing nothing about them, I went to my world wide.  Well the power ear muffs are definitely something a shooter should look into for hearing protection,  they are designed to boost your hearing ability by 5 times but more importantly, they block out the noise caused by a sudden blast, like a shotgun or rifle going off.  Good stuff right there to help protect your hearing.

But the reason I’m writing about all of this is not what I found in the shooting sports arena, but more importantly for us hard of hearing people that are all over the world.  I have not investigated into a hearing aid for myself.  I watched my aging mother go through trials and tribulations trying to get fitted for hearing aids only to see them sitting on the counter not being used.  She spent thousands of dollars on those things and didn’t use them.

One of my older brothers now wears hearing aids and boy howdy did he ever need them…HUH?…and…SAY IT AGAIN!…was his favorite words…now he just turns off the unit when he doesn’t want to hear what you are saying.  But the best is, when he has it on, he just carries on a normal conversation and HUH and SAY IT AGAIN are not usually in that conversation.

I also have another good friend who wears a hearing aid and I won’t mention his name on here because I’m not sure he knows I know about it…His is a very discreetly hidden one and I must say it is one of the smallest and well hidden I’ve ever seen.

So, here I go investigating those hearing enhancing and noise muffling ear muffs and I come across other hearing devises made for the outdoor enthusiasts.  Since going turkey hunting a few weeks ago and having the Weasel tell me about sounds he is hearing and I never heard them, I have been thinking about something to assist me while hunting.  Of course affordability is always a concern with me and CHEAP fits my bill usually, but then quality is something to consider as well.  If I was to pick up something to help me hear those tip toe sounds in the woods I would insist on a high quality devise.  Looking on the internet is pretty much free and so here I went looking at the different ones.

I came across one called the “Walkers Game Ear Elite Digital HD Pro 2 Beige Assisted Listening Device”…a very long name for a game hearing devise, with no real way to make an acronym out of that made any sense………. (WGEEDHDP2BALD).  I got to reading about them and their sales writeup is very impressive…many settings for increased and decreased volumn…reduced wind noise…little to no “white noise” (whatever that is)…and an all around good devise for a medium price tag ($150 or so).  This little guy fits around the outside of the ear and the ear bud sticks into your ear channel to help you hear.  One size fits all.  It appears to be quite small and in the pictures of people wearing them they look comfortable and probably wouldn’t fall out.

So, I saw on one site where there were a ton of reviews and the average review rating was 4 out of 5…I clicked on there to read some of the reviews and what I found was amazing to me…Almost every review was from people with hearing issues buying them for every day use…not hearing the tippy toes noises out in the woods.  These people are city folks and country folks who just want to hear what is being said to them…one lady even put the review on because it was saving her marriage, buy her husband not having to have the TV up so loud.  Almost every review said that they had gone to a hearing doctor and spent thousands of dollars on expensive testing and hearing aids, revisiting and being counseled on “getting used to the extra noise” they were hearing etc. etc. but the main complaint was the cost…upwards of $8,000 in one case…and on top of that having to buy insurance to protect against losing the hearing aid.

When you look at doctors visits and spending that kind of cash for hearing aids, it sure makes spending $150 on one and getting the job done without all the extra problems associated with doctor visits and all the BS that goes with that.

Hey boys can’t you guys come up with $75 each to cover the expense of one of these for the old man?  Huh?  What did you say?  I can’t hear you!

Bears Butt

June 10, 2013

Written on June 19th, 2013 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt


I just remembered to call Cover Up Embroidery about the possibility of them providing me with a hat for the 4th of July blackpowder shoot!  This year to win the hat you are going to have to be an excellent shot or dang lucky!

When I called them, Kim answered the phone and it’s always a pleasure to talk to her…so upbeat and happy…heck all of the owners and/or employees are that way.  A great bunch to work with.

They have been creating the shirts, hats, bags and other things for the Willow Creek Free Trappers for over 20 years now and they do an excellent job.  When there is a “normal” order for our shirts it gets really complicated, what with colors, sizes, styles, big logo on the front, small logo on the front, big logo on the back, no logo, pockets on the t shirts, sleeveless or with sleeves…it goes on and on and on.  But somehow they figure it all out and have been excellent in providing just what was ordered.

So, when I asked if they would provide a hat for this years 4th of July shoot…the answer was a joyful…”Sure!”…Thank you guys very much!  Some lucky person is going to win that hat.  Is that going to be you?  If it is, you had best be filing down your sights and getting your powder charge measured to the “nth degree”, because the shoot is not going to be easy!  Think small!  I mean, almost not even visible small!

Bears Butt

June 17, 2013

Written on June 17th, 2013 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt


Yesterdays fishing was pretty slow, but the Weasel and I finally figured them out.  The day was very much different for us right from the get go.  After all, isn’t it June?  And mid June at that.  We had air temps in the upper 50’s yesterday morning and driving across the lake to our favorite place was VERY COLD!  I was glad I tossed in my heavy coat at the last minute.  And as the day progressed I still had it on at 12:30!  Finally it began to warm up and off it came.

Did that stop the water skiers?  Most of them were smart enough not to try the 67 degree water until later in the afternoon, but when they finally began coming out, there was a herd of them.  When we pulled out, the parking lot only had 4 spaces left to park a truck and boat trailer…very full place and very full lake.

As for fishing, we finally hit on the secret when we decided to drift fish.  I put on 3 split shot sinkers to get me to the bottom, while Weasel drifted his weightless.  He nailed the first trout and missed several good strikes…meanwhile mine just dragged along as I was fishing under the fish.  After a couple of passes, I finally had to give in to the fact that the fish were higher in the water column than I was fishing.  I pulled off one sinker and then started to get more bites then the Weasel.  He soon decided he needed a couple of sinkers on his line.

But with the additional boats cruising by at very fast speeds pulling tubes and skiers, we finally decided to get out of their way.  We headed into a very calm inlet channel and set up catching trout with our last 4 worms.

We ended with 5 trout and one perch for the days efforts and this morning two of those trout are going to be breakfast!  BBQ trout with fresh fried potatoes!  YUMMY!

Earlier this year the DWR planted some trout with tags on them and in yesterdays posting I said it would be a great thing to catch one of them…that is in addition to bagging Weasels quarter…Take a look at this…to both Weasel and I it looked like there could have been a tag in this fishes dorsal fin at one time.


Sorry about the fuzzy picture.  But that scar is where they tag these fish.

Anyway, tagged or not, it didn’t have one in it and so it’s headed for the BBQ instead of the store to collect its bounty!

Bottom line for the day is pictured here.


The Weasel has a look of…”dang it”…on his face…he caught the perch and one of the trout…what did that do for his pocket full of quarters?  Thanks Weasel for the bounty full day on the water!

Bears Butt

June 16, 2013

Written on June 16th, 2013 , Hunting/Fishing/Trapping Stories
By: Bears Butt


Holy heck it’s early…4:14 a.m….I haven’t been up this early since the turkey hunt back in ought 13…why am I up?  FISHIN!!!!!  Right on!  Weasel and I are heading for Hyrum Dam…maybe catch a bass, maybe catch a trout, maybe catch nuthin, but we are goin fishin instead of just a wishin!

When my alarm went off this morning at 3:30, I thought, What in the heck did I set if for 3:30 for, when I know I’m not picking him up until 5:30?  And now I know…because I’m old and slow!  I just barely got my face washed, the gear pulled up from the basement, two spam sandwiches made and the cooler packed with sodas and water…now suddenly it’s a quarter past 4…only about an hour left to get done all that has to be done to go…I’m glad I got up at 3:30 now.  Even little MaPa’s is curled up on the couch behind me sleeping, but I’m almost ready.

I had a flash back about the “olden days” when Utah had an opening season for fishing.  It opened (If I recall correctly) about 5 a.m. on a certain day in May, probably Memorial weekend, but I’m not sure.  It was a really big deal to be fishing on that day.  The roads were packed with people getting up the canyons to their favorite places.  The DWR would have all the lakes and streams loaded down with freshly stocked fish.  People would be lined up and down every possible standing spot to fish…literally shoulder to shoulder fishing.  Lines crossed over lines and if someone actually hooked onto a fish the line crossing mess got much worse.  Did I care?  Not one bit…it was part of the tradition at the time.  And part of that was getting up at 3 a.m. to get ready to head out.

One time in particular, I recall one opening morning and my oldest brother had just gotten in from a night on the town…he loaded right into the car to head up to the lake…he wasn’t in the best of shape as I recall, but he loaded in anyway and off we went…dad behind the wheel.  Suddenly older brother started to yell for dad to pull over…that in an of itself deserves a story, but dad finally did get a chance to pull over and the door swung open really quickly and out older brother went with his head down…it wasn’t really pretty.  Those were the good old days…opening day of fishing.  I still remember the early morning foggy mist coming up off the lake water…the crisp morning air…the birds chirping and us crunching our way into our favorite corner of the fishing area, be it lake or stream.  Now, even though those days have some very fond memories to me, I like what we have today.  Go fishing any time of day, any day of the year.

This is Fathers Day weekend and I want to wish every father out there a happy weekend!  Happy Fathers Day fellas!  I hope you get to go fishing or whatever it is that is fun to do.

I have a pocket full of quarters, not that I’ll need them, for todays fishing and I hope the Weasel does to, because his quarters will become my quarters pretty quick.  Also, Hyrum Dam has a stock of tagged fish in it that just might be biting for us…I’d love to catch one and find out what prize I won when I turn it in.  To catch a tagged fish would be a super bonus…first off a fish that is good to eat, secondly a quarter from the Weasel and third a special prize with bragging rights…my kind of fishing.

So, wish us luck and hopefully you too will be on the lake today!

Happy Fathers Day everyone!

Bears Butt

June 15, 2013

Written on June 15th, 2013 , Hunting/Fishing/Trapping Stories
By: Bears Butt


Well, this is Fathers Day weekend and most of you will read this maybe on Monday, but for me, I’m writing this on Friday night…seems like the Weasel wants to go fishing in the morning…What with Sherry working at Smith and Edwards, why not?!

We are heading off to Hyrum reservoir to try our hand at some bass and trout fishing… Weasel likes bass fishing and he picked himself up a couple of new lures…myself…I’ll stick to worms and a bobber…nothing better than to out fish old mister smarty with a worm…watch this..I’ll pick up a bass right out frum under that there log…BLAM!!!  Fish on!

So, that’s the plan for first thing in the morning…like 5:30…YUK…what happened to sleeping in?  Oh well, it’s Fathers Day weekend and there might as well be some sacrificing to  make the weekend memorable.

We had talked about all the Grandkids goin, but then Hot Spark got involved and decided it would be best for Weasel and Bears Butt to go out and try our hand at catching and the kids could go out on Sunday…works for me.

Weasel, you had best bring a lot of quarters, cuz I’m gonna kick you some fin!

Bears Butt

June 14, 2013

Written on June 14th, 2013 , Hunting/Fishing/Trapping Stories
By: Bears Butt


I just got a call from the Weasel…we are in for the Utah antlerless elk drawing.  Both of us have 3 points and that should just about guarantee us a tag!

Go baby Go!

Bears Butt

June 14, 2013

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