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      I Corinthians 11:17-34: "Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's Supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not. For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come."

      INTRODUCTION

      Historic Baptists, true Baptists, have believed in and still believe in closed communion. Baptists impose upon themselves the same restrictions that they impose on others concerning the Lord’s Supper. Baptists have always insisted that it is the Lord’s Table, not theirs; and He alone has the right to say who shall sit at His table. No amount of so called brotherly love, or ecumenical spirit, should cause us to invite to His table those who have not complied with the requirements laid down plainly in His inspired Word. With respect to Bible doctrines we must always use the scripture as our guide and practice. For Baptists, two of the most important doctrines are Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. These are the only two doctrines we recognize as Church Ordinances. The Bible is very clear in teaching how these doctrines are to be practiced and by whom.

      We only have two ordinances that we must never compromise or we risk our very existence, they are Baptism and The Lord’s Supper.

      The moment we deviate from the precise method God has prescribed we have started down the slippery slope of error. True Baptists have held fast to the original doctrine of The Lord’s Supper from the time of Christ and the Apostles.

      Unfortunately, in this day of what the Bible describes as the age of luke warmness, Baptists are becoming careless in regard to strictly following the pattern laid out for us in Scripture. Many of our Bible colleges are graduating otherwise sincere, Godly and dedicated pastors and teachers who have not been taught the very strict, biblical requirements that surround the Lord’s Supper. Any Bible college that neglects to teach its students the differences surrounding Closed Communion, Close Communion and Open Communion is not simply short changing its students; it is also not equipping their students to carry on sound Bible traditions. The result is men of God and churches that fall into error. And as we will see, this is serious error.

      Should we as Baptists ignore the restrictions made by our Lord and Master? NO! When we hold to the restrictions placed upon the Lord’s Supper by our Master, we are defending the "faith which was once delivered to the saints" Jude 3.

      The Lord’s Supper is rigidly restricted and I will show this in the following facts:

      IT IS RESTRICTED AS TO PLACE

      A. I Corinthians 11:18 says, "When ye come together in the church." This does not mean the church building; they had none. In other words, when the church assembles. The supper is to be observed by the church, in church capacity. Again this does not mean the church house. Ekklesia, the Greek word for church, means assembly. "When ye come together in the church," is when the church assembles.

      B. When we say church we mean an assembly of properly baptized believers. Acts 2:41-42: "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers."

      The church is made up of saved people who are baptized by immersion. In the Bible, belief precedes baptism. That’s the Bible way.

      Acts 8:12-13, "But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done."

      When we say properly baptized, we mean immersed. No unbeliever should take the Lord’s supper, and no non-immersed believer should take the supper. Those who are sprinkled are not baptized and cannot receive the supper. The Greek word for baptize is baptizo, and it always means to immerse.

      "In every case where communion is referred to, or where it may possibly have been administered, the believers had been baptized Acts 2:42; 8:12; 8:38; 10:47; 6:14-15; 18:8; 20:7. Baptism comes before communion, just as repentance and faith precede baptism".

      C. The Lord’s Supper is for baptized believers in church capacity: "When ye come together in the church," again not a building, but the assembly of the properly baptized believers.

      D. The fact that the Lord’s Supper is a church ordinance, to be observed in church capacity, is pointed out by the fact that it is for those who have been immersed and added to the fellowship of the church.

      E. The Lord’s Supper is never spoken of in connection with individuals. When it is referred to, it is only referred to in reference to baptized believers in local church capacity I Cor. 11:20-26).

      I want to quote Dr. W.W. Hamilton,

      "The individual administration of the ordinance has no Bible warrant and is a relic of Romanism. The Lord’s Supper is a church ordinance, and anything which goes beyond or comes short of this fails for want of scriptural example or command".

      “The practice of taking a little communion kit to hospitals, nursing homes, etc. is unscriptural and does not follow the scriptural example.”

      IT IS RESTRICTED TO A UNITED CHURCH

      A. The Bible in I Cor. 11:18 is very strong in condemning divisions around the Lord’s table. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
      19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
      20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.

      There were no less than four divisions in the Corinthian church.
      I Cor. 1:12: "Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ."

      Because of these divisions, it was impossible for them to scripturally eat the Lord’s Supper. Division in the local church is reason to hold off observing the Lord’s Supper. But there are also other reasons to forego taking the Lord’s Supper. If there is gross sin in the membership we do not take it. Here is scriptural evidence for this: 1Co 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:
      8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
      10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

      B. At this point, I want to ask these questions: Are there not doctrinal divisions among the many denominations? Is it not our doctrinal differences that cause us to be separate religious bodies?

      IT IS RESTRICTED BY DOCTRINE

      A. Those in the early church at Jerusalem who partook "continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine" Acts 2:42. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

      B. Those that do not hold to apostolic truth are not to partake. This means there is to be discipline in the local body. How can you discipline those who do not belong to the local body? You can’t. The clear command of scripture is to withdraw fellowship from those who are not doctrinally sound.

      II Thes 3:6: "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us."
      Rom. 16:17: "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them."
      To commune together means to have the same doctrine.
      II Thes. 2:15: "Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle."
      II John 10-11: "If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."

      C. Some Baptists in our day have watered down this doctrine by practicing what they call “Close Communion.” By this they mean that they believe that members of another Baptist church may take communion with us because they are of the same beliefs. Once again, this is unscriptural.

      The welcome to the Lord's Table should not be extended beyond the discipline of the local church. When we take the Lord’s Supper there is supposed to be no gross sin among us and no divisions among us. We have no idea of the spiritual condition of another church’s members. If there is sin or division in the case of this other church’s members, we have no way of knowing it. We cannot discipline them because they are not members of our church. This is why we practice “Closed” communion, meaning it is restricted solely to our church membership. 
      So then, in closing I would like to reiterate the three different ideas concerning the Lord’s Supper and who is to take it. 
      Closed Communion = Only members of a single local church. 
      Close Communion = Members of like faith and order may partake. 
      Open Communion = If you claim to be a Christian, or simply attending the service, you may partake. 
      It is no small thing to attempt to change that which was implemented by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 
      Mt. 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 
      Many of our Baptist churches have a real need to consider the gravity of the act of observing The Lord’s Supper. It is not a light thing that is to be taken casually or without regard to the spiritual condition of ourselves or our church.
      1Co. 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

       28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

       29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

       30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

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5 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

I also used to love to hunt ww. Emphasis on the words "used to"    I don't hunt any more. I hunted so much in Alaska that after a time the thrill of hunting goes out of it once you pull the trigger; after that it is just a lot of hard work. I now live in California and although deer  hunting here is popular, it doesn't interest me.

Of course age may also be a factor; at 75 years old I am content to leave the hunting to the young guys. I never trophy hunted, it was always meat hunting. Here is a picture taken when I was younger. This was caribou hunting on Alaska's North Slope. Notice the absence of any trees.

 

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I love the country but was brought up a city boy, so hunting has never really been on my radar.

My meat comes cold packed from a supermarket.

Never had Caribou ( have flown in one, but that is an entirely different subject!), but I do enjoy a bit of Bambi when I come across it.

I never understood the idea of trophy hunting or sport hunting.....

For food, absolutely ( even though I have never done it), but killing for fun or for bragging rights??????? Makes no sense to me.

If you want hunt for sport use a camera or find range with targets.

 

Oh yeah - it makes sense to me if it is me or the bear....... :laugh:

But the real point is getting yummy stuff for the cooktop.

Bambi ribs are yuuuuuumy. Roos is really nice.

Crocodile didn't impress me much, but Buffalo is alright.

Over here meat choices are limited to farmed stuff in the normal stores - beef, lamb, pork, chook....us sorry  chicken. 

And not a great deal of hunting here - wild pig, roos, wild goat....... can't think of too much else.

If you can find a place you might get an emu or camel - but who is gonna butcher a camel? Especially since you will be 500miles from anywhere and you will have to transport the meat......

Anyway - there's your thread Jim. :10_wink:

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I'd love to take a bull elk someday on a spot and stalk hunt.  Would make use of the cape, meat and antlers.  Enjoy eating a tasty alligator now and then.  Unseen in the shadows of my avatar are several fish taken while hunting underwater.  

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Thanks for making a separate thread for this subject Dave. What I wanted to say in the other thread regarding wild game was that in my forty years in Alaska we lived almost entirely on wild game meat. The only store bought meat we had was when we wanted something special or wanted a break from wild meat.

Of course we were limited to specific seasons so I had to make sure we had enough to last until the next season. I am pretty sure I got a moose each season I was in Alaska. Many times we got a share of meat from helping others either pack the meat out or cut it up. I was a butcher by trade for eight years in my younger life, so a lot of the meat cutting fell on me for friends from church. Most people are entirely lost when it comes to cutting meat.

I was also a trapper for all the time I was in Alaska. I don't talk much about it because many many people are anti trapping and see it as cruel. Not much meat is produced by trapping because most fur bearers are carnivores and their meat is not good at all. The one exception is Lynx, which has a very white and tasty meat if cared for and cooked right. Lynx is in the wild cat family and looks a lot like Bobcat, but much larger. Trapping is all about harvesting fur, rather than meat. Many people that live a homesteading lifestyle rely on trapping fur bearers for income. Here is a picture of a Lynx.

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But I digress, back to wild meat. Our meat harvesting season usually began in late August with the beginning of moose season. But Alaska is such a big place that seasons opened earlier or later, depending on where you lived. As i said, Alaska is such a large place that access to anything you want to do is always a problem. My remote access was by boat, I started out with a jet boat and graduated to an air boat, because an air boat will go just about anywhere. The following two pictures show the air boat jumping a beaver dam and going through heavy brush.

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So access to my hunting camp and cabin was by air boat. This was my moose hunting place, which was about two hours upriver from any road, or about twenty miles. Once at the hunting cabin the actual hunt consisted of waiting in camp for a moose to pass by. Of course they wouldn't come anywhere close to us at camp, so they passed by quite a way from us at the far end of the pond my cabin was situated on.

Here is an old photo that is quite blurry that depicted a moose being shot. The spray of water you see is from the bullet impacting the moose hide which is still wet from him swimming in the pond.

moose4.jpg     Moosejames.JPG

This post is getting too long so I will continue with more information later. I get quite windy in writing about this kind of stuff.

 

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A friend of mine hunts bears. He told me that he almost got mauled once when the bear had chased after him. They can run almost 30 miles per hour at the most, and that's fast enough to catch up to any human on foot. He eventually killed the bear and ate its meat. He said the texture of the meat pulled apart like string cheese.  I didn't try it, but I did try some of the jerky he made out of it that was some of the best I've had.

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As I started to say before, moose is generally the first season to open. So in late August we hunt moose. Once we either get a moose or the season ends we move on to small game. I usually started harvesting grouse, of which there are several different kinds in Alaska. The several kinds are: 
1. Ruffed Grouse, which are small  and a white meat.
2, Spruce Grouse, which are small and a very dark meat.
3. Sharp tail Grouse, which are dark meat and large, like a chicken.
4. Ptarmigan, Which are dark meat. There are three different sub-species of Ptarmigan, all if which turn snowy white in winter.

Because I worked at a job I was limited to hunting grouse in the mornings before work and in the  evenings. I would be up and gone at the crack of dawn. Harvesting 10-15 grouse in a morning was not uncommon. Grouse hunting for me in Alaska was not done in the conventional manner it is done in the lower 48 states. There it is done by brush busting and hoping for a shot with a shotgun as a bird flushed, or hunting with a dog that would flush an occasional bird. This is usually done this way because the birds are few and far between.

Instead I used a .22 rifle with a scope. all shots were head shots so as not to damage the meat. I found that birds would congregate along unused dirt roads in the mornings to peck gravel for their craw. I simply drove along until I found some birds pecking and then get out and shoot what I could before they flew off.

In the evenings, just before dark I would drive the same roads looking for Ruffed Grouse sitting in the tops of the willows eating willow buds. They would be silhouetted against the still light sky, making them an easy target.

I was able to make Grouse a major source of meat for the family by hunting in this manner. One year I kept a record of how many grouse I harvested, it numbered 130 birds. Now there is not a lot of meat on a Grouse. The only real amount of meat is the breast, the rest of the bird holds very little meat, it is not even worth the effort to mess with. I simply split the breast skin and filleted the meat from the bone. What was left of the carcass was frozen and saved for bait for trapping.

I prepared it for eating by cutting the breast into strips and breading it with pancake flour. Heat a skillet with a small amount of cooking oil and fry until browned. After cooking there would always be some oil and juice left that made an excellent gravy. Grouse is without a doubt my favorite kind of meat. More to follow.  :15_yum:

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20 hours ago, BroMatt said:

I'm an inner city guy, but would love to try hunting sometime though.

I was also brought up as a city boy. But I had an early, insatiable interest and dream of hunting and fishing. I never had money enough as a kid to buy the hunting and fishing magazines, but would go to the store and read them while standing there. I got my first gun, a .22 rifle at age 20 and started hunting then. I was not very successful hunting in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. But once relocating to Alaska in my 30's I became very proficient at it.

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A. You are making me hungry.......

B. Hunting is not on the Average Aussie's radar at all.

I know people who do hunt, (actually mostly bow hunting!) but you have to have a good place for it - hunting just in the bush is not really approved - I don't know that it is illegal, but everyone I know (not many) who does hunt, hunts on farm properties for feral goats, pigs etc and wild roos. The most common "hunting" is trapping bunnies with jaw traps - and I personally don't know anyone who still does that.

Right out bush people still do, but they are mostly farm or cattle station workers, and the hunting is often to reduce roo numbers, or get rid of feral pests - pigs, goats, camels, dogs. Most of that meat, if "harvested" goes into pet meat.

Personally, I am not interested in hunting animals - I have fired on ranges at different times, and enjoy it, but I don't need to hunt, don't want to do all the "after work" involved, and my wife would be hard pressed to cook and eat anything that I had hunted.

I have never butchered an animal (other than fish), and whilst I am sure I could if I had to, the very thought of it does not appeal to me.

I am happy to pretend that my meat comes wrapped in plastic.....:15_1_63::sorry:

(But I am glad that many of you enjoy harvesting your own food!)

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, DaveW said:

A. You are making me hungry.......

B. Hunting is not on the Average Aussie's radar at all.

I know people who do hunt, (actually mostly bow hunting!) but you have to have a good place for it - hunting just in the bush is not really approved - I don't know that it is illegal, but everyone I know (not many) who does hunt, hunts on farm properties for feral goats, pigs etc and wild roos. The most common "hunting" is trapping bunnies with jaw traps - and I personally don't know anyone who still does that.

Right out bush people still do, but they are mostly farm or cattle station workers, and the hunting is often to reduce roo numbers, or get rid of feral pests - pigs, goats, camels, dogs. Most of that meat, if "harvested" goes into pet meat.

Personally, I am not interested in hunting animals - I have fired on ranges at different times, and enjoy it, but I don't need to hunt, don't want to do all the "after work" involved, and my wife would be hard pressed to cook and eat anything that I had hunted.

I have never butchered an animal (other than fish), and whilst I am sure I could if I had to, the very thought of it does not appeal to me.

I am happy to pretend that my meat comes wrapped in plastic.....:15_1_63::sorry:

(But I am glad that many of you enjoy harvesting your own food!)

 

 

 

Now see...I didn't know there were camels in Australia! I just searched for "Australian camel", and the first hit was "Australian feral camel"...just like you said. :laugh:

...and they're actual camels! :4_6_100:

I originally wondered if Australians used the word camel to describe an animal other than a camel. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL! 

I think being in water treatment and breathing in chlorine for 24 years has discombobulated my brain...:laugh:

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4 hours ago, No Nicolaitans said:

Now see...I didn't know there were camels in Australia! I just searched for "Australian camel", and the first hit was "Australian feral camel"...just like you said. :laugh:

...and they're actual camels! :4_6_100:

I originally wondered if Australians used the word camel to describe an animal other than a camel. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL! 

I think being in water treatment and breathing in chlorine for 24 years has discombobulated my brain...:laugh:

The Afgans brought camels with them to transport goods into the outback in the very early years - there is still a train that crosses Australia called "the Ghan".

When automotive transport became reliable and capable of the trip, the cameleers turned their camels loose because they couldn't afford to keep them.

They then went feral, bred outta sight and we now have pne of the largest wild camel populations on the planet.

In fact we export camels back to the middle east for racing........

Yes, really.

So camel are introduced, not native.

 

(Edit to add:) Oh yeah, the Middle east also like the taste of our camels - they have almost no wild camels now, and as with all other "domesticated" food animals, the farmed meat has a different flavour. As a result some of our camels go back for food - but very little camel is eaten in Aust. And as I mentioned elsewhere, camels are mostly in remote areas, so killing a camel for meat is a huge matter - where they are, there is basically no facilities of any kind, so storage of that amount of meat is nigh on impossible.

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On 2/2/2018 at 12:47 PM, (Omega) said:

A friend of mine hunts bears. He told me that he almost got mauled once when the bear had chased after him. They can run almost 30 miles per hour at the most, and that's fast enough to catch up to any human on foot. He eventually killed the bear and ate its meat. He said the texture of the meat pulled apart like string cheese.  I didn't try it, but I did try some of the jerky he made out of it that was some of the best I've had.

Bear is one of my favorite game meats, IF it is black bear and taken during the right time of the year. And cleaned proper. I shot a grizzly once, (it was one of those sudden, surprise meetings that happen at times in the bush and I was forced to act) but it had been eating fish and turned out to be completely inedible. I wouldn't eat anyone's bear jerky, even if I knew them really well. Bear is related to pig, and can carry the same diseases, including trichinosis, and must be thoroughly cooked. That's why you never see commercial pork jerky at the store. I know some guys that do it, but I draw the line there.

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I agree completely WW. All your points are good ones. You did leave out one caveat regarding Grizzly, which is that, unlike Black bear, Grizzly does not keep well in the freezer. Grizzly meat has more and different fat content than Black bear and it tends to turn rancid even if frozen.

You are right about bears that have been eating fish, they are nasty. But on the other hand a late season bear that has been eating Blueberries is wonderful. We had a lady at church that slow cooked barbecued bear ribs in the oven, they came out tender and tasty.

I do agree that Black bear is very tasty, especially a well cooked rack of ribs. Bear hunting in Alaska's Interior is such a hit and miss thing that I didn't purposely do it. Most bear hunting in the Interior is done over bait, which is usually a 55 gallon drum full of used KFC oil, which turns to a lard like substance after its used. My bear hunting was most;y left to chance encounters or a bear that wandered into, or near hunting camp. Here is a picture of one that was attracted to a moose gut pile the day after I shot the moose.

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1 hour ago, weary warrior said:

Bear is one of my favorite game meats, IF it is black bear and taken during the right time of the year. And cleaned proper. I shot a grizzly once, (it was one of those sudden, surprise meetings that happen at times in the bush and I was forced to act) but it had been eating fish and turned out to be completely inedible. I wouldn't eat anyone's bear jerky, even if I knew them really well. Bear is related to pig, and can carry the same diseases, including trichinosis, and must be thoroughly cooked. That's why you never see commercial pork jerky at the store. I know some guys that do it, but I draw the line there.

I read about a guy who ate bear's meat. He always prefers his cuts of meat extremely rare. He had all sorts of diseases as you mentioned after eating the bear meat rare. 

 

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OK, next on the list of seasonal harvesting after Moose and grouse is migratory birds like Sandhill Crane, Ducks and Geese. By this time of year (October) the ponds and lakes are beginning to show signs of winter freeze up around the edges. This is the time of year that migratory birds start moving south for the winter.

This kind of hunting can be done in a couple of different ways. One is "jump shooting". This is where you walk in to lakes and ponds and attempt to shoot birds as you flush them. It takes a lot of time and can be frustrating because of lost opportunities when they flush before you get in range. The most productive way is sitting in a blind or boat waiting for flying birds to pass by. This can be greatly aided by using a duck or goose call to bring birds in closer.

Wild ducks and geese can be very tasty, they are all dark meat. Usually I did not harvest many of these birds because the time of their migration was so short.

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I never really liked white meat when it came to birds. Dark meat is where it's at, and it has more flavor than DRY white meat (e.g., breast meat of a chicken).

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In my town the sandhill cranes are treated like gods.  They are protected, given the right of way, etc.  They have no fear of humans and have been eating from my bird feeder as of late.  Ever eaten one?  People used to eat Ibis and Egrets but they're restricted now too.  I enjoy a well prepared duck!

Bear oil (black bear) is awesome for lamps and lubricants and does not go rancid.  The muzzleloader guys love it.

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I have eaten Sandhill Cranes, they are plentiful in Alaska in summer. They are difficult to hunt because they are very wary. They certainly have fear of humans in Alaska, and with good cause. I would class the meat as good, but not great, it is a dark meat and a bit tough if cooked by baking, like you do with chicken and turkey. It is a large bird so most people try to bake it for convenience.

Alaska farmers produce a lot of potatoes, the climate in summer makes this a very productive crop. The farmers also have a great deal of trouble with the Cranes. They come into the fields to get potato bugs, but also ruin the plants by eating the leaves.

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    • Razor

      “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
      ― Mark Twain
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    • Razor

      “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
      ― Mark Twain
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    • Razor

      Psalms 139 Psalm 139:9-10
      9. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10. even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy righthand shall hold me. 
       
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    • Bro. West  »  Pastor Scott Markle

      Advanced revelation, then...prophecy IS advanced revelation in the context of the apostles.
      I really do not know where you are going with this. The Bible itself has revelations and prophecies and not all revelations are prophecies.
      Paul had things revealed to him that were hid and unknown that the Gentiles would be fellow heirs.
      How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Eph 3:3-9
      And I do not mean this as a Hyper-dispensationalist would, for there were people in Christ before Paul (Rom. 16:7). This is not prophecy for there are none concerning the Church age in the O.T..
      Israel rejected the New Wine (Jesus Christ) and said the Old Wine (law) was better, had they tasted the New Wine there would be no church age or mystery as spoken above. to be revealed.
      It was a revealed mystery. Sure there are things concerning the Gentiles after the this age. And we can now see types in the Old Testament (Boaz and Ruth) concerning a Gentile bride, but this is hindsight.
      Peter could have had a ham sandwich in Acts 2, but he did not know it till later, by revelation. But this has nothing to do with 1John 2;23 and those 10 added words in italics. Where did they get them? Did the violate Pro. 30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Where did they get this advance revelation? Was it from man, God or the devil?
        I just read your comment and you bypassed what I wrote concerning book arrangement, chapters being added and verse numberings and such. There is no scripture support for these either, should we reject these?
      Happy New Year
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    • Bro. West

      Seeing it is Christ----mas time and I was answering question on Luke 2:33 concerning Jesus, Mary and Joseph . I thought it would be fitting to display a poem i wrote concerning the matter.
      SCRIPTURAL MARY

      I WALK NOT ON WATER NOR CHANGE IT TO WINE
      SO HEARKEN O’ SINNER TO THIS STORY OF MINE
      I, AM A DAUGHTER OF ABRAHAM SINNER BY BIRTH
      A HAND MAID OF LOW ESTATE USED HERE ON EARTH
      MY HAIR IS NOT GENTILE BLOND, I HAVE NOT EYES OF BLUE
      A MOTHER OF MANY CHILDREN A DAUGHTER OF A JEW
      FOR JOSEPH MY HUSBAND DID HONOUR OUR BED
      TO FATHER OUR CHILDREN WHO NOW ARE ALL DEAD
      BUT I SPEAK NOT OF THESE WHO I LOVED SO WELL
      BUT OF THE FIRST BORN WHICH SAVED ME FROM HELL
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY SO TRUST ME NOT
                                               2
      WHEN I WAS A VIRGIN UNKNOWN BY MAN
      THE ANGEL OF GOD SPOKE OF GOD’S PLAN
      FOR I HAD BEEN CHOSEN A FAVOUR VESSEL OF CLAY
      TO BARE THE SON OF THE HIGHEST BY AN UNUSUAL WAY
      FOR THE SCRIPTURE FORETOLD OF WHAT WAS TO BE
      SO MY WOMB GOD FILLED WHEN HE OVER SHADOW ME
      BUT THE LAW OF MOSES DID DEMAND MY LIFE
      WOULD JOSEPH MY BETROTHED MAKE ME HIS WIFE
      I THOUGHT ON THESE THINGS WITH SO NEEDLESS FEARS
      BUT A DREAM HE RECEIVED ENDED ALL FEARS
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY SO TRUST ME NOT
                                              3
      THEN MY SOUL DID REJOICE IN GOD MY SAVIOR
      HE SCATTERED THE PROUD AND BLESS ME WITH FAVOR
      O’ THE RICH ARE EMPTY, THE HUNGRY HAVE GOOD THINGS
      FOR THE THRONE OF DAVID WOULD HAVE JESUS THE KING
      BUT BEFORE I DELIVERED THE MAN CHILD OF OLD
      CAESAR WITH TAXES DEMANDED OUR GOLD
      TO THE CITY OF DAVID JOSEPH AND I WENT
      ON A BEAST OF BURDEN OUR STRENGTH NEAR SPEND
      NO ROOM AT An INN, BUT A STABLE WAS FOUND
      WITH STRAW AND DUNG LAID ON THE GROUND
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY, SO TRUST ME NOT
                                                  4
      MY MATRIX WAS OPEN IN A PLACE SO PROFANE
      FROM THE GLORY OF GLORIES TO A BEGGAR’S DOMAIN
      SO WE WRAPPED THE CHILD GIVEN TO THE HEATHEN A STRANGER
      NO REPUTATION IS SOUGHT TO BE BORN IN A MANGER
      HIS STAR WAS ABOVE US THE HOST OF HEAVEN DID SING
      FOR SHEPHERDS AND WISE MEN WORSHIP ONLY THE KING
      BUT HEROD THAT DEVIL SOUGHT FOR HIS SOUL
      AND MURDER RACHEL’S CHILDREN UNDER TWO YEARS OLD
      BUT JOSEPH MY HUSBAND WAS WARNED IN A DREAM
      SO WE FLED INTO EGYPT BECAUSE OF HIS SCHEME
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY SO TRUST ME NOT
                                               5
      SO THE GIVER OF LIFE, THE ROCK OF ALL AGES
      GREW UP TO FULFILL THE HOLY PAGES
      HE PREACH WITH AUTHORITY LIKE NONE BEFORE
      PLEASE TRUST HIS WORDS AND NOT THE GREAT WHORE
      HER BLACK ROBE PRIEST FILL THEIR LIPS WITH MY NAME
      WITH BLASPHEMOUS PRAISE, DAMMATION AND SHAME
      THERE ARE NO NAIL PRINTS IN MY HANDS, MY BODY DID NOT ARISE
      NOR, AM A DEMON OF FATIMA FLOATING IN THE SKY
      THERE IS NO DEITY IN MY VEINS FOR ADAM CAME FROM SOD
      FOR I, AM, MOTHER OF THE SON OF MAN NOT THE MOTHER OF GOD
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY, SO TRUST ME NOT
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      FOR MY SOUL WAS PURCHASED BY GOD UPON THE CROSS
      FOR MY SINS HE DID SUFFER AN UNMEASURABLE COST
      I WILL NOT STEAL HIS GLORY WHO ROSE FROM THE DEAD
      ENDURING SPIT AND THORNS PLACED ON HIS HEAD
      YET, IF YOU WISH TO HONOR ME THEN GIVE ME NONE AT ALL
      BUT TRUST THE LAMB WHO STOOL IN PILATE’S HALL
      CALL NOT ON THIS REDEEMED WOMAN IN YOUR TIME OF FEAR
      FOR I WILL NOT GIVE ANSWER NEITHER WILL I HEAR
      AND WHEN THE BOOKS ARE OPEN AT THE GREAT WHITE THRONE
      I AMEN YOUR DAMNATION THAT TRUST NOT HIM ALONE
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY, O’ SINNER TRUST ME NOT

                       WRITTEN BY BRO. WEST
       
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