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#246832 My Thoughts on EddyBo

Posted by huntfish on 01 February 2014 - 12:57 PM

I can very distinctly remember the feeling I had about EddyBo before I met him.  He was a bit mythical, in that he knew so much about what I wanted to know so much about. I was just getting turned on to this idea of really learning to shoot, and reload, and have accurate rifles...and here was a guy who could not only do all that, but could make it all happen for himself...included plumbing his own rifles. I just thought that was fantastic (still do!).

 

I can very distinctly remember my first phone call to him.  He had offered to talk with me about making decisions about a build. I was sitting in my office and was a bit intimidated at calling him. But I did, and within minutes, the intimidation was gone. And it was on that first phone call that I got my first hint that evan larger than EddyBo's knowledge, was his tendency to give and share. I was so green...clueless in fact. But EddyBo was kind and careful and never shamed me when I talked foolishness.

 

I can very distinctly remember my first visit to his place.  It was a bit like walking into a dream world. Lathes, milling machines, shooting benches, reloading presses, guns, work stations, the shooting range. It was candy-land for my little mind, and still remains so.

 

I can very distinctly remember all the "firsts" at EddyBos place. My first bedding job with his help, my first poke at 1/2 mile with his 6BR, my first really little group at 100, my first witnessing of a barrel being chambered.

 

I can very distinctly remember so many phone calls when I had a question or I had messed something up and needed a bail-out. My first stuck-case in my reloading die was on Christmas eve several years ago. As usual, he answered the phone, coached my through it, and problem solved. He was my first phone call the first time my 375 showed case head separation, the first time a scope broke, the first time I blew a primer. Always kind, assuring, teaching....every time.

 

I can very distinctly remember the first rifle he built for me. A 6.5 WSM. Shot silly great.

 

Rusty said it best earlier in a conversation we were having.  He said "EddyBo was a kind of sun that many people orbited". Lots of that orbiting began around the rifle stuff, and to be sure, he was a great guy to know when it came to rifle knowledge and skill. But many of us had the great joy of orbiting a little closer....road trips, or fishing, or visiting him in the hospital, MM and I eating with he and Marty...it goes on and on. There was so much more to this big guy than rifles. He was a man who forgave; a man who tended to his family with respect and care; a man who chose the high road in business affairs; a man who made it a practice to view himself as no better than anyone else. More than any other descriptor, the one that fits EddyBo best in my opinion, is the word generous. I could learn a very great deal about generosity simply remembering his generosity toward me.

 

Sadly, I can very distinctly remember my last conversation with EddyBo.  It was this last Tuesday, just after lunch.  Lasted about 25 minutes. We talked very little, if at all about rifles. Thankfully, he knew so much about rifles. But more so, I'm thankful that my friendship with him went beyond shooting. It's the "beyond shooting" part of EddyBo that will be most endearingly remembered. I will miss very much, our exceedingly generous friend, EddyBo.




#246709 PRAYERS FOR EDDYBO'S FAMILY

Posted by Admin on 31 January 2014 - 04:37 PM

In honor of the Greatest Gun builder, and Greatest Gun Smith, the MOF Gun Board will forever hold his name on it. "EddyBo's Corner"




#281353 Thank you

Posted by RIVER BOAT JOE on 11 December 2014 - 10:47 AM

Just want to say thank you Rt8. Guys I have never meet Rt8 and when a stranger was in a bind he came through . I bought a gun you can't find ammo for right now. And Rt8 just sent and gave me ammo. I am glad there are people out here willing to help out a stranger. All he asked is to help out someone and I have kept my word. Also want to thank the BOSS ( administrator) of this site. If not for This forum I would not be shooting my 35. This is what it's about Thank you


#246455 Your hunting 'bucket list'

Posted by EDDYB0 on 31 January 2014 - 05:28 AM

A big horn sheep is so out of reach for me it will never happen.  The rest of it not really a bucket list, I could die tomorrow without any regret that I have yet to go to africa, or new zealand, or argentina.




#242811 2014 WOUNDED WARRIOR HUNT WAS GREAT!!

Posted by Dick Cox on 13 January 2014 - 10:23 AM

I had a GREAT time at the Woods, Wheels, & Waters... Wounded Warrior Hunt!!
Day 1... Friday afternoon I met up with a fine young man, his father, and videographer and was able to get in the woods for an afternoon hunt. About 4:30 deer started filtering into the field, and about 5:30 the young man decided he wanted some meat to take home with him, and he adjusted his tri-pod that held his rifle, and said he was ready. He pulled the trigger and the big doe sat back, and regained her feet and run about 50 yds and fell over. With it being almost dark, when he pulled the trigger, I didn't know if anyone else seen the deers reaction, I said "you got her good" and the first words out of his mouth was "#### YEA!!!"...to say he was excited seemed to be an understatment! :D So we got out of the blind, and made our way to his deer, when we got there, we found that he had made a PERFECT shot on her at about 150 yds B) !
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Day 2(Morning Hunt)...I may have cost him a buck Sat morning. I said something about hunting the hardwood bottoms for the morning hunt, and he went along with my suggestion. We made our way, 1,100 yds across the wet wheat field to the river bottom hardwoods, and got there & set up just in time to catch first light. From daylight till about 9:30, we didnt see a deer. Well about 9:45 or so, I looked across the field from where we was, and seen a real nice buck. We watched him for 30-45 mins. and just our luck, he fed along, and ended walking right in front of the blind, that we had hunted the afternoon before :( Well after watching the buck leave the field, we made our way back across the muddy field. This is a picture of him in his chair, that made it possable to get him 1,100 yds across the muddy field, and the camera man. This being a small world, after talking to the young man about his track-chair, I found out that a event in S. Louisiana made it possable for him to have this chair...and the big suprise was he said the event was "Swoll Fest" which is an event that our very on ADMIN. & MOJO help put on every year for charity!! ;) THANKS GUYS!!
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When we got back to the trucks, we were all hungry. So we loaded up and went to meet the other hunters at a landowners property, where Mr. Randy Wallace had prepaired a friggin feast for all of us...Randy, the food was AWESOME...THANK YOU!! We ate(too much) and visited a little while before heading back for an afternoon hunt!! While at lunch, one of the organizers of the event, can to me and ask if I had a place I could put another Wounded Warrior, and of course I did(there is always room for one more American Hero) and to my suprise again...it was a MOF member...bucknbeards!

Day 2(afternoon hunt)....We get to the property around 3 pm and I am able to get bucknbeards set up in a 2 man ladder stand where I thought for sure he would see some deer, and I head back out to help get the other young man set up. Well while Mr Randy(the cameraman) & his dad was getting him set up, here come 3 deer out into the field, and we had to scare them off, so we could finish setting up. Here is what the set up looked like, we used a High-Boy spray rig as part of our makshift blind, and it worked out great :D
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About 45 mins before dark, the deer start coming back into the field, it must have been 8-10 deer in front of us, when a nice 8pt finally came into the field. The young man got set up and ready to shoot, when 2 doe stepped inbetween the buck and shooter :(, well the buck took a few steps and cleared the does. The young man re-adjusted, and about the time he was ready to shoot, the dang buck took a couple more steps. This happened a couple more times, but the young man was never able to get a shot off on the buck, and it got dark on us. So I got ready and was going back to pick up bucknbeards, with the hope of him at least seeing some deer. Well when I got to him, I was suprised that he hadnt seen a single deer :( on a stand that I thought for sure would produce a deer! Now on a brighter note, we were all leaving the woods knowing we were headed to get a great steak supper!! B) :P :D

Now that I think back about this weekend, and how things come together, I think it is GREAT that Mississippi Outdoors Forums members played such a big part in this hunt...From Randy Wallace doing a great job cooking a fine meal for our lunch....Mojo, Admin. and "SWOLL FEST" helped this young man get a trac-chair so he could still enjoy the outdoors.... and bucksnbeards is a true American Hero who is also a MOF member...Even though the weather wasn't the best, GOD sure showed us that he is with us, and gave us the oppertunity to have seen deer, and enjoy his creation!!!


#282492 Daughter gets her 1st deer

Posted by LeeRow on 07 January 2015 - 08:13 AM

My 7 year old killed her first deer the first weekend of the anterless season.  I was one proud poppa to say the least.  Killed her at 78 yds with a .243 handi rifle.  Kinda late posting but better late then never.

 

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#278407 The Special Family of MOF Members

Posted by Big Kahuna on 28 October 2014 - 07:39 AM

As I try to catch up on the various topics of today, I can't help but to think of just how lucky and blessed I am to have friends on this forum!  I pray for those who are ill, such as MACDADDY, those who are going through trying and difficult times like DannyT with his mother, and those whom we've lost this year like EDDYBO!

 

With all that said, I always say little prayers for those who are about to take to the roads and highways traveling to hunitng camps-both inside and outside the state.  That the Good Lord look over each one and their families while traveling and hunting, and keep them safe from harm and injury.

 

Having experienced almost the same thing MACDADDY's going through right now, I go back and remember the pain and the uncertainty for both myself and my family if I would make it back home!  I know that this sounds weird and out there, but it causes one pause, to realize just how many friends you have when an illness or tragedy strikes!

 

We often engage in some "spirited debates" from time to time, but to everyone here on MOF, I'd like to personally thank each of you guys and gals for the friendship, ideas and thoughts each of you have sent my way.  With that, I'd like to thank each of you for the kindness and friendship you've shown me!  And above all, please keep our fellow members and their families in your thoughts and prayers who are going through trying and difficult times right now!  Be safe this hunting season and good luck!

 

B/K




#286202 Had to post!

Posted by kjb on 09 April 2015 - 01:52 PM

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I wasn't going to post any kill pics this year, prolly ain't gonna kill any anyway, but I couldn't pass this up! I am pretty selfish when it comes to turkey hunting. It's a one man's game, right? Finally got a chance to carry my daughter, let her skip school! This was her first turkey hunt and she did exactly what she was supposed to do! In the midst of a biblical swarm of swamp skeeters, she held her cool, let him get the necessary 25 step distance, and when he came out of strut, she unloaded that 20 guage 3" magnum blend right upside his head! She told me that she understood why I loved to turkey hunt so much now! I told her that it doesn't happen like that everytime! He gobbled good, had to play the silent game with him, and he strutted and drummed in front of us before I let out a sweet little yelp to pick his head up away from that breast! A great public land hunt! I told her that I could now change the screen saver on my phone from the nice 8 pt buck I put her on at Yazoo Wildlife the year before last, to this photo right here! I'm just absolutely stoked!




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