August 1, 2006


Greetings and hope this finds everyone in fine health, spirits and staying cool, which is the major concern now a days. Haven’t decided which makes me hotter, the weather or gas prices! Not a lot happening hobby wise in the area except indoor activities. It sounds like we are not alone in the dry sweltering heat, many summer events all around the country have been cancelled due to the heat and high fire danger. Spoke with Bryant(AR rep) just the other day, he was getting concerned about a possible fire ban for their area during the “Treerat Weekend” Same thing happened last year but luckily some good rains showed up just in time, hopefully the same for this year.

WHAT’S GOING ON, have a couple additions to last issues listings that sound like a lot of fun. As far as I know there are no changes to the previous posted events. Member Marvin Woody has notified me that all are welcome to attend the ODWC Wildlife Expo August 25-27, the Lazy E arena is practically in his back yard.

August 13th 2006 is the opening premier of the new Mountain Man Exhibit at the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron , NE. According to everything read and heard it is an excellent, finely crafted and most welcome addition to an already great Museum, which I lived closer!

September 30 – October 1 Pioneer Days at the Daniel Boone Home and Boonesfield Village up this side of St Louis, do some research on this one with more details to follow.

August 12 & 13 Tools and Technology of 1812 at historic Ft. Osage , largest collection of period tools(1808) ever assembled at Ft. Osage . Some of the Kansas and Missouri members are planning a float trip to the fort, similar to the trip at the National Gathering, contact Tater at for more details.

As a reminder, the Highpoint Rendezvous at Mt. Magazine State Park near Paris Arkansas the 21st-24th of September. Don Simons is in charge and does a fantastic job with the Park, any support to help Don and Mt Mag. would be greatly appreciated.

WHAT’S NEW, the addition of a very fine and gorgeous Caywood Gunmakers 30 inch .54 caliber Game gun, the wood on this sweetie will make you bug eyed! If she shoots a tenth as good as she looks the deer don’t have a prayer. Very much look forward to getting in some range time, work stinks, for break in and load testing soon.

WHAT’S OLD, well it’s not that old of news, just a few days, Bryant and I made a road trip to Berryville the other day to pick up the new rifle. It was a very enjoyable trip discussing CoHT info and different area Fall events with the ones we hope to attend, schedules sound plenty full. Had a great time with Danny and Mike as usual, proves the old saying, “the first liar never has a chance” lot’s of hunts were revisited and plenty of talk on new ones. If you are ever in the area of Caywood Gunmakers give them a call and stop for a visit, you can learn a great deal in a very short time about flintlocks.

ADVERTISEMENT, with spending more time indoors now would be a good time to sort thru the gear to decide what stays and what goes, let me know if anyone has anything they would like posted in the newsletter and members message board.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITES, about the only thing that would be of any fun right now would be some night fishing, if it was cool enough. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a nice catfish tow around the canoe, an eight pound blue cat took me for quite the cruise a couple years ago. Dove season opens in just another month so stock up on shells while they are cheap, without serious rain by then the firelocks will probably stay home this season.

BOOK REVIEW, as stated last issue several volumes are in progress, seems lately the reading and research is all work related and not on our hobby, do have a couple books on order though.


In closing please stay cool, drink lots of water and if outdoors, working or not, go slow and pay attention to what your body is saying. Remember I’m the chairman of the AWDA society so “do as I say not as I do”


Until the post rider arrives again and hopefully carrying cooler temps,

Take Care and Be Safe,




Brad Pickle

OK State Rep

SC Governor



All CoHT logos, trademarks and content in this site are property of © 2006
Coalition of Historical Trekkers.

Web site designed by" Moon"
graphics provided by DM, COHT, and Sam Silverhawk