Well, I got the 2 hides this last Sunday. Due to the freaky "winter" he kept them in the freezer for me until I could pick them up. Once I got them they started defrosting, so I had to bite the bullet and get them fleshed out and salted ASAP. I don't have any tools to do this, so it took a really long time.. I need to get myself a buck made to drape the skin over and a fleshing blade. If I have any success with the coyotes, then I will have my work cut out, and there is still a bit of late doe season left....
It has been quite the year. I almost became a human, was allowed firearm ownership again, the first time since I got on the Swiss air flight to Germany in September 2000. Had to make a series of choices on rifles and pistols after being out of the game for 10 years. Had to learn to shoot again. Had to "upgrade" my ar15 and Remington 700 when they turned out not to be much good from the factory (the DPMS wasn't even useable !!). Set up a reloading bench. Started loading the 8x57 and then 222, then 7.62x39 and finally 223.
Had a heck of a time picking a concealed carry pistol, after finding that every SA/DA pistol I picked was sold out and had waiting lists. I detest the DAO (double action only) pistols like the glock and clones. Finally at the end of the year, I lucked into a 44mag desert eagle for a price I could not let it pass on. And right now I am waiting for a call to pick up my "Michigan Pistol" which is a Galil clone in 223 with a folding stock which complies with the under 30" law which will sunset on Jan 1 2012. So I will have at least 1 "rifle" which may be lawfully carried in conceal carry mode, which basically interprets to being carried loaded in or on a vehicle or out in the field at times the DNR has decreed that rifles are prohibited.
So there it is. Things will calm down some from this point, since all I'm really short are some rimfire rifles, a true long range rifle, for which there is not yet an urgent need and a few "sentimental" purchases, like a nice quality SKS or FAL. I will probably end up building a FAL from one of the Sarco kits, although I may have to move on that depending on what happens in the elections.
It is pretty scary what has happened economically in the last 8 years and things are not looking up for the future. For the moment I still have a pretty good job, despite all the political corporate BS so I will have to keep at it. I have not been back to Colorado to keep tabs on the land out there, but it seems prices remain depressed.. As long as prices out west don't start climbing before they do here in MI I might be allright...