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I admit that I am one of those sentimental old cusses that reminisce about the past a lot. I would imagine a lot of others are the same. I don't shoot nearly as much now. Retired on a fixed income and don't live near a gun club. The small clubs I attend are struggling and shoots are hit and miss. I have often gone only to find the event canceled due to hardly anyone showing up. :( I miss some of the old "Good Times" in the trapshooting hay days when we shot a lot. When I was stationed in the Air Force in central ILL. in the 70s my wife and I , (who were newly weds at the time)shot at several clubs, all a short distance away. When I went in the Reserves and we farmed in NW KY we shot at a 4 clubs in KY clubs and 4 clubs just across the River in ILL. (all in ILL closed now and all but one of the KY ones)! There were lots of shooters even at the small shoots. I went full time Reserves and we shot for over two years at Barksdale AFB, LA. and at Shreveport as well as southern ARK. Those were great times! Lots of targets thrown back then and we shot nearly every weekend. I finally would up going back active duty and it was slim pickins mostly, except the time we spent at Tyndall AFB FL. The club threw a lot of registered targets. We would have cook outs and night get togethers and it was a ball! Now we are over an hours drive from any club throwing targets and most are over two. We tire a lot easier and my wife, who is still working, doesn't like to be gone all day. I sometimes start thinking of all the shooting friends we knew that have passed on. Some were great all Americans and some were just regular guys and gals . I miss them and certainly hope they are all in a better place now. I have heard it said that good memories are one of the few things no one can take away from you. I think I would have to agree with that!:088:
 

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I think whatever we’re talking about, fishing-trapshooting-hunting-farming, anything…..at some point in our lives we will reminisce about the “good old days.”


I’ve a few older farmer customers who come in for coffee every morning who talk about what they think farming should be. Norris says that tractors should have stopped getting bigger when they made the Farmall M and 3 bottom plow. “This big farming has ruined the small towns, churches and schools.”


Then Oscar will say “ya but in 40 years 2015 will be the good old days for someone.”
 

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Move to western Pa.. Still lots of small clubs, several leagues, and can shoot registered almost every weekend.
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I think whatever we’re talking about, fishing-trapshooting-hunting-farming, anything…..at some point in our lives we will reminisce about the “good old days.”


I’ve a few older farmer customers who come in for coffee every morning who talk about what they think farming should be. Norris says that tractors should have stopped getting bigger when they made the Farmall M and 3 bottom plow. “This big farming has ruined the small towns, churches and schools.”


Then Oscar will say “ya but in 40 years 2015 will be the good old days for someone.”
---- Totally agree. Just like Allen Jackson's song "The Little Man" America has changed as it has rushed head long toward a 2 class system. Today far too many Americans, most of them the X generation, have become spoiled, lazy, and expect lots of luxuries with little or no effort. We have fostered a welfare mentality where many think everything is just "OWED" to them. Bigger and Better and spending "wildly" to get there is the order of the day! Government has become much more socialist and the" buy now, pay later crowd" has built a system of unbelievable debt, both public and private . The current line of thinking that EVERYBODY should have a 4 year college degree has left us without builders and tradesmen. Nothing against secondary education and most should have some but, not everybody can be a "business manager or computer geek". Without tradesmen , THERE IS NO BUISNESS! When I started shooting people worked and saved to buy their trap guns and there were no "finance programs" to get one. Now little Johnny or Susie expects a 5 to 10 thousand dollar shotgun and mom , dad or grandpa to foot the bill! We have lost our work ethic. BTW, I too miss the old days on a M Farmall ! I sure wish I could have them back!
 

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The Dairy Farm was run with 2 Farmall "H" tractors. One day the brothers bought a "Mighty M" as they called it. They were sure it could pull the ground from under the barn if they weren't careful. This worked for over 50 years and the son took over and bought the biggest 8 wheeled John Deere he could. He worked the exact same 440 acre farm as his dad and uncle did. He had more time to spend drinking until the bank took the farm. Now some of his grand-kids spend their days playing video games waiting for their SSI check to post at the bank. America is heading in a bad direction with kids spoiled rotten. Some can only amount to what was given to them, not what they earned on their own.
 

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Since I am not old, like Martin and Rick D. I feel I cannot comment. ;) but I do like reading what you all have written and I do remember some of it............Scott
 

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Ah, the old days.

I went to school in a small town. It had about 625 people or so. My class at school was one of the biggest to go through and graduate. We had 36 people in class and about 125 in the whole high school and that included 9th grade at the time.

Back in 1956 when I graduated and left, every square mile around our town had 4 famers in it and every one of those 4 farms was 160 acrres and they all had children. My uncle only had an 80 acre farm and he put 3 of his kids though college back then.

Well, as the bankers told the farmers, you have to have more land. So the next thing you know, we now have about 1 farm on the whole square mile. And it doesn't make a difference if they have kids, because they will never have enough kids to make up for those 3 missing families,

Our town of 625 people supported 3 grocery stores, 3 taverns, 4 gas stations, a furniture store, an egg hatchery, and a Allis Chalmers dealer, plus a funeral home and a Buick/Chevrolet dealership, a lumber yard and a good sized elevator plus a bank and a great meat locker.

Well, the town now has only 416 residents and out of all the stores that were there it still has a bank and one tavern, but tavern is only open part time. Must be hell if you want a drink and the bar is closed.

The town is but a shell of it's former self. But, they say that's "progress".

Sorry to drag on, I was just on a little trip down memory lane.

Thanks for taggin along.

Hauxfan!
 

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Even in the short time (not as short as Scottie) I have been shooting, I have seen decline. I personally think it's because there's so much more to do than there was back in the day. Has nothing to do with "fluff" targets, that some one used to say.
But then again, JMHO
And soon enough this will be the good ole days for some.

Rick in MT
 

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Ah, the old days.

I went to school in a small town. It had about 625 people or so. My class at school was one of the biggest to go through and graduate. We had 36 people in class and about 125 in the whole high school and that included 9th grade at the time.

Back in 1956 when I graduated and left, every square mile around our town had 4 famers in it and every one of those 4 farms was 160 acrres and they all had children. My uncle only had an 80 acre farm and he put 3 of his kids though college back then.

Well, as the bankers told the farmers, you have to have more land. So the next thing you know, we now have about 1 farm on the whole square mile. And it doesn't make a difference if they have kids, because they will never have enough kids to make up for those 3 missing families,

Our town of 625 people supported 3 grocery stores, 3 taverns, 4 gas stations, a furniture store, an egg hatchery, and a Allis Chalmers dealer, plus a funeral home and a Buick/Chevrolet dealership, a lumber yard and a good sized elevator plus a bank and a great meat locker.

Well, the town now has only 416 residents and out of all the stores that were there it still has a bank and one tavern, but tavern is only open part time. Must be hell if you want a drink and the bar is closed.

The town is but a shell of it's former self. But, they say that's "progress".

Sorry to drag on, I was just on a little trip down memory lane.

Thanks for taggin along.

Hauxfan!
While not having grew up in them, several small towns in my proximity were similar to the one you describe. I was in them enough to remember how they once were. Now a couple only have a post office and one of those a bank.
 

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This is a true story about my first time at the "Hunting Camp". We were Deer hunting with my relatives and friends in Northern Wisconsin the week of Thanksgiving. I was about 13 and spent the whole season up at the old homestead north of Hayward. The men got drunk, played cards and told stories and we laughed. We went to bed late and many were drunk and simply passed out. One morning I was sent over to see if Old Joe had any pancake mix because we were running low. Joe was nearly blind and deaf and I remember how he would look in a different direction when he yelled back to you when you talked to him. He was in his late 90's and lived alone in the woods. I got the box of mix and gave it to the guy mixing up the pancakes. As he poured it in it was full of mouse shit. He said shut up but don't eat any. We made pancakes and the guys all ate their fill. Wilmer was an ornery old cuss and said, what the hell is in these pancakes? He was told they were blue berries and shut up and eat them. The whole crew was hung over and barely functioned.

Later that night we fessed up and told them about the mouse shit and not one believed us. It was about the funniest thing I ever witnessed and still makes me laugh. It's amazing no one died but being so drunk and puking may have been what saved them. I miss them days and the relatives who are now gone. We laughed until we cried but always had fun together. Now my grandson tells me what level he made it to on his video game. Times have changed and I miss them.
 

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I agree with slide action Alans song Little Man was right, heard it last night.I also do miss our Allis Chalmers dealer they were good people.All these small dealers was put out of business unless they would spend a million $ to make a big show room and phony image we lost the best Case dealer in a 100 miles,a great H-D dealer and we are about to loose a good Dodge and Honda m/c dealer to this, so much for the little man.I my self don't care for alot of change the old ways suited me fine i can barely use this lap top.As far as young shooters i don't know why they are afraid for someone to see them miss,i have offered them a ride,ammo,use of a decent trap gun and told them no one will say a word if they miss, they won't try it just once.The future looks dim for our type.Sorry.
 

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When I was a kid growing up in the sixties there was no greater fun than traipsing through the woods and fields with a gun of some kind.
That apparently doesn't happen anymore among the young guys I know.
I don't know the reason for it...it just is..and it saddens me to see it.
They will have their own memories and nostalgia but hunting, shooting and the like will not be a part of it.
I see a time in the future where guns will only be viewed as weapons and that's a real shame.

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Old age certainly beats the alternative...........

Or, if you want........... Die young and leave a good looking corpse.

Hauxfan!
 

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I remember when a registered Skeet shoot included a Saturday night dinner and a calcutta style shooter auction. Good attendance, good food and booze and a great evening. We shot .410, 28 and 20 gauges on Saturday and the 12 gauge on Sunday. That was fifty years ago.
 

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If your tired of the grind of registered trap try a side x side shoot. lots of shooting, lots of camaraderie , not so much competition. Lots of history and nostalgia.
Good food, lots of gun history, a little drinking. :)
 
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