Sunday, December 14, 2014

 

Dudley And Wife Took A Road Trip Yesterday ...

to East TX to Ben Wheeler and Tyler. Went to Moore's Store to see the murals painted by Brent Hale, Dudleys College roommate. Also went to see the RC Cola and Moonpie mural that Brent did. Afterwards, we went and visited for a couple of hours with Brent and his wife Jill and Brent signed and numbered the Limited Edition Prints of his painting, First Down At Kickapoo of Dudleys late great father in law, Leonard Richard "Sparky" McLane.  Dudley is looking forward to giving these as gifts to family and a few close friends.







Thursday, December 4, 2014

 

Dudleys First Car, A 1976 Chevrolet Camaro ...



 

Happy Birthday Dad, I Sure Do Miss You ...


Monday, December 1, 2014

 

Dudley Topped Off His Fireplace Tools ...

today with a Finial he got from the guy that made them. It is a matching Whitetail Antler and really tops off the set nicely!






 

Franks Hog Ring Pliers And 200 Hog Rings ...

came today. He only has 198 Hog Rings now as Frank and Dudley had to try out the new tool. Going to come in real handy next time Frank makes Summer Sausage!



Sunday, November 30, 2014

 

Dudley Smoked His First Cigar Today ...

can scratch that off my bucket list!








Saturday, November 29, 2014

 

Jeff Killed A Beautiful Bobcat Yesterday Morning ...

a big female. Look at those spots! Jeff took it to the taxidermist and is going to get an open mouth rug made. Probably saved the lives of several Whitetail Fawns...




Tuesday, November 25, 2014

 

Frank Put 30 lbs Of Summer Sausage In ...

his Bradley Smoker this morning. It has been slow smoking most of the day in Mesquite Smoke. When the internal temperature gets to 152 degrees he will take the sausage out and put it into an Ice Water Bath until the internal temperature gets to 100 degrees. Then he will hang them back up in the cold Smoker for an hour or two. Then he will put them in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning he will cut most of the sausages in half and Vacuum Seal them and put them in the Freezer. Will leave one in the fridge for us to begin eating ASAP. Going to take one to our neighbor across the Court. 





 

Frank Geared Up Last Night And Stuffed ...








30 lbs of Venison and Pork Summer Sausage. He set his equipment up on a commercial grade cutting board. He used his restored Enterprise 6 QT Press/Stuffer to fill the casings with a mixture of 30% ground pork and 70% ground venison. Frank tried using his Enterprise Meat Grinder but it was too slow so he went and bought an Electric Meat Grinder that worked very fast. The large capacity stuffer worked fast also. A lot faster than a hand held jerky/sausage gun that he used to make Snack Sticks in the past. There is a lot of preparation time before and a lot of time cleaning up after but it is going to be worth the effort!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

 

Dudley Commissioned An Original Work Of Art ...

a few months ago.  The artist is Brent Hale. He is a very talented artist. He has done work for many big corporations and his client list includes some well known Celebrities. I met Brent when I was in college at SFA in Nacogdoches, TX. We lived up on the fourth floor of Dorm 16. As soon as we could escape Dorm Life, Brent and Dudley and two other Dorm mates, Ben Bartlett and Jeff Robertson all made the big move off campus to an apartment, Campus Colony.  It was there that Dudley met his future wife, she was the girl next door.  She got Dudleys attention when she showed Dudley a picture of her Dad and brother standing next to a truck with two trophy Whitetail bucks on the tailgate! We started dating soon thereafter and the rest is history. They killed those deer on Opening Day of the 1979 Deer Season. Dudleys painting is titled "First Down At Kickapoo" and shows Dudleys late father in law Leonard Richard "Sparky" McLane with the first buck killed in modern times on the family farm in the shadow of Kickapoo Mountain. He shot the big buck with his brand new Marlin 336C lever action 30-30 with Iron Sights at over 100 yards on opening morning of the 1978 season. Dudley added an Oat Patch to the scene and a favorite Deer Stand which at one time was an Outhouse behind a Depot or Section House on the Texas And New Orleans/Southern Pacific Railroad.  Dudley is going to have some Limited Edition Prints made and give them to family members and a few close friends of the family.



Saturday, November 15, 2014

 

Dudley Had A Plumber Come Out Today ...

to install a starter bar in Dudleys fireplace and to run a gas line to Dudleys new Cooktop. He also fixed a leaking faucet while he was here. Ready to have a real wood fire in the fireplace and to heat up some Hot Chocolate or Wolf Brand Chili on the new Gas Cooktop!







 

Some Photos Of Franks Pop Up Blind And Deer Feeder ...

the "Bowie" Buck came out near the feeder and walked over to the point of brush on the right side. Frank made a 25 yard shot with Dudleys 25-06 Winchester Model 70 Custom High Grade Deer Rifle.







Friday, November 14, 2014

 

Dudley Bought 5 Rocky Patel Robusto Cigars ...

the other day and a Colibri Guillotine Cutter in Pine finish and a Xikar Lighter in Gunmetal finish. Dudley never has smoked a cigar and wants to scratch this off his bucket list.







Thursday, November 13, 2014

 

Got My Whitetail Antler Handle Fireplace Tools Today ...

they came off of the 10,000 acre Kinsel Ranch near Mountain Home TX in Kerr County.  Frank has killed a couple of mature Whitetail Bucks in the area on Walter Schreiners WRS Ranch.  The wife of the man that owns the company personally delivered them to the Dudley Domicile.  Looking forward to using these for a lot of fires in the years to come.



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

 

Happy Veterans Day ...


Dudley took this photo a while back of Frank leaving the house to take his new feeder to the farm in E TX. The wind blew my flag into the frame as I took the picture. All Seasons Feeders used my photo for Veterans Day, pretty cool!

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