Thursday, 6 May 2010

A Suburban Bushwackers Bucket List

  1. Visit Martha's Vineyard  ;-)
  2. Bowhunt a suitably HOOJ Elk 
  3. Hike into in the last wilderness of these islands, high in the Scottish highlands for Ptarmigan
  4. Bushwhack a ghostly Roe in the southern woodlands of the UK - rather than the other way around.
  5. Hunt a white Fallow buck 
  6. Hunt a very big female bear in Canada, keep her skull on my desk, spread her pelt across the bed and make 'observances'.
  7. Hunt the fanged cuties known as Chinese Water Deer
  8. Participate in the Battue (without getting shot - important that bit)
  9. Fly fish and campfire cook a trout as long as my arm in NZ
  10. Successfully hunt Thar, Red Stag, and bad ass hog in NZ - its a long trip might as well make it the Kiwi Grand Slam
  11. Find and obtain permission for a good rabit ground less than one hour from the house. 
  12. Buy a stunning handmade recurve bow and get competant enough with it to hunt.
  13. Hunt Marco Polo sheep in Kazakhstan -
  14. Finish the Mongolian rally and Plumb-out a school in Mongolia - think of the bragging rights to this one!
  15. Catch a double figures Sea Bass off Hastings - with Johna there to watch
  16. DIY pheasant hunting in South Dakota 
  17. Visit all the coolest, wittiest bloggers I'm yet to meet in real life - you know who you are
  18. Be friends again with the Ex Mrs SBW - the kids like her, if I'm going to know her for the rest of my life we may as well get along.
  19. Actually finish some film scripts/novels/patent applications
  20. Prove to everyone, once and for all, that your dreams can come true.

Only one and twenty are in order.
Your pal
The Bushwacker


I am Stan said...

Yo Wacker,

Thats some list man,hope you acheive it,not sure about the bear one though,(i had a bear called biscuit as a child,not a real one a toy one hahaha),

I`m off to Africa for some of the world cup,hoping to do a safari and sea fish in Zanzibar,bought myself a shakespere salt water travel rod,its the business,just need a chrome rocket reel and I`m good to go.

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

Stan the man

Good call, have a great trip, don't eat anything I wouldn't.


Tony said...

Nice list! could use some more fishing and bird hunting...

The recurve deal is on my list too, though being a DIYer, I'm hoping to make my own (or maybe a longbow)

NorCal Cazadora said...

Mostly seems achievable, except perhaps cordial relations with the ex. Not that I know your ex - I've just never met cordial relations with one.

Anonymous said...

That is definately a worthy list to work on for sure,

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Phillip said...

Sounds like a winner of a list to me, SBW! Good luck checking it off.

Makes me kinda think about what mine would look like...

Oh, and if you get out to CA on your trek to visit the witty bloggers, be sure to make an exception and look me up while you're here.

Gillian said...

pretty sure I can help you with two of those... specifically the ones in order.

Albert Quackenbush said...

That is a fantastic list! Give me good ideas to add to mine. Thanks for sharing it and good luck!

Bill said...

I wouldn't mind doing number nine and as for number 17....Thank you! LOL

The Suburban Bushwacker said...


I know what you mean about making you're own bow, I'd like to make one in the style of Ishi's reverse hold/mongolian release bow.


The Suburban Bushwacker said...


I'm shocked! I didn't have you marked down as a fatalist. I'm still godfather (and occasional employer) to the son of one of my Ex'es, we get on really well.

A wise man once told me
"never fall out with the mother of your children, especially when she's fallen out with you"

The Suburban Bushwacker said...


Thanks its good to know you're still reading the nonsense i come out with.
PS keep up the muzzle loader posts - i may need one soon and I rely on you for info

The Suburban Bushwacker said...


We got some serious yarn spinning to do, between drinks.

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

I'm always in favor of hands on interaction with the blogs readership

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

Albert Q

Thanks for stopping by, and good luck your self

The Suburban Bushwacker said...


The hilarious thing is BoB (brother of bushwacker) lives in NZ and neither fishes or hunts. Timewaster.

See ya soon

Chad Love said...

You forgot to add "show Chad around London's finest fishing spots and/or watering holes...

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

How completely remiss of me. You and I chad will be having quite the weekend - bring your spare liver.

Blu3yy said...

SBW - What is your opinion on the UK's opinion that its Illegal to bowhunt? (Bizarre if you ask me)

Have a nice weekend!

The Suburban Bushwacker said...


I'm not pleased, basically. Many other european countries allow bowhunting.

But the UK rules look like this:
It's an interesting one isn't it? It seems that the deer laws and would appear to be a remnant of the Norman prohibition of hunting for non aristocrats.

The Deer Act of 1991 sets out the rules and prohibitions:

In England, Wales and N.I. it is a minimum calibre of .240 for all deer.
In Scotland "For shooting any species of deer - a bullet designed to deform in a predicable manner of not less than 100gr. (6.48g) with a muzzle velocity of not less than 2450 ft/ses (746.78m/sec) and a muzzle energy of not less than 1750ft/lbs

Prohibited methods [s.4 Deer Act , s.3 SI 2183,
s.11 Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981]
It is illegal to set in position for deer any trap, snare or poisoned or stupefying bait or to take or kill any deer with these items or any net. It is illegal to take, kill or injure a deer using: any arrow, spear or similar missile; any missile however discharged, carrying a
poison or stupefying drug; any automatic or semi-automatic full bore rifle
(Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988); Any firearm or ammunition mentioned in
Schedule 2 of the Deer Act or the SI 2183, specifically;
1. Any smooth bore gun;
2. For Roe deer and larger deer: a rifle having a calibre less than .240 inches or a muzzle energy of less than 1700 ft lbs (both criteria apply)
3. For Chinese Water Deer and Muntjac: a rifle having a calibre of less than .220 inches and a muzzle energy of less than 1000 foot pounds, and a bullet weighing not less than 50 grains (all criteria apply)
4. Any air gun, air rifle or air pistol
5. Any cartridge for use in a smooth-bore gun
6. Any bullet for use in a rifle other than a soft- nosed or hollow-nosed bullet

THe animal rights lobby is WAY powerful here so I doubt there'll ever be a change to the law.


Anonymous said...

Well that's some list! I hope a visit to Howling Duck Ranch is somehow involved in helping you tick off #6 and #17!

Nice to catch up. Good luck with the cordial relations... I'm going through the same myself.



PS. just bought this season's hunting license and ticked off 'yes I hunt with a bow'! I've been learning this winter to use a compound bow.

The Suburban Bushwacker said...


Been a while hasn't it
LOL not asking much was i?