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Credentials,Ethics, and basically doing whats right.
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 Posted: Wed Dec 5th, 2007 05:58 PM
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Timberghozt



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Location: Texas USA
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Folks,I often thought that at the age most of us are that we never had to worry about being taken by a con or could spot when a liar was feeding us a big blast of garbage that they made up..
Well as of recently it appears I was wrong.So I need to post a few things for everyone to read.
If you come to the HB and post about yourself,just tell the truth in whatever you care to share with us.Nobody will care if you are poor as a church mouse,own a cheap rifle and haven`t hunted once in your life.These folks here are good men and will treat everyone with respect no matter what their status in life is.There is absolutely no reason to lie about it.
On to credentials,If you come here and post that you are a Navy SEAL, Ranger,Green Beret,Scout Sniper,whatever be prepared to abck up those claims.And the same goes if you come here and tell me you have hunted in Africa countless times with one of the fifty custom dangerous game rifles you had built for each trip,be prepared to back it up.
If you come to me and tell me you are a rocket scientist at NASA or a school teacher in Tupelo Mississippi,be prepared to back it up.If thats what you do,you have no reason to care.
The problem lies in wherein a  member comes on board and gains trust by living a huge lie online.Claiming to be someone they are not.Then they use that trust to take advantage of good folks who are sincere and caring by trying to help them.Now we have a problem.
Basically what I am saying is if you come here and care to tell us what you do for a living,where you hunt,what you hunt,what you shoot..tell the truth.Thats all we ask,simply tell the truth.
If you want to be a part of staff here,from now on I must ask for proof if you tell me you are a cop,a firefighter,a judge,whatever it may be that you disclose.The board has grown large enough that the credibility of its staff has to be impeccable.
Now regarding ethics and money.If you are in a hard spot and you need money and have friends here.Guys,I won`t allow anyone else asking for money on the board openly.If your rent is due and you got fired please don`t ask on the open board.Take it private to your friends if thats what you feel you need to do.
From now on,if I see anyone else asking for money for whatever excuse it may be,the post will be deleted and at best you will be warned about soliciting members for money.I am extremely serious about this as I am one of a few folks that has given money to individuals on several occasions to help them out with this and that.
There are many organizations out there that are great charities and I can plug a few of em and I do on occasion.Otherwise,if someone is here asking you to give them money,let me know and I`ll see about it or one of the other staff will do the same if you are friends with any of the guys on staff here.
Lastly,we are all adults here.Use your common sense and best judgement in dealing with other members if you are or were approached by a member here asking for money.Would you give your hard earned cash to some guy who just walked up to you on the street and said,I need money?No you wouldn`t,use your common sense.If you don`t know a person don`t fall for a scam guys..
With all this said If you see something here you don`t think is right,please notify me or another board founder or admin.I assure you we will get to the bottom of it and will do what is right involving con men,scammers,liars, and posers.



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 Posted: Thu Dec 6th, 2007 04:57 AM
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Mark V
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First, thank you Gene for the opportunity to help moderate this board and contribute what and when I can.

My commitment to the board is as follows;

I will always delineate between fact and opinion. 

As needed, info and data proved for "facts" should be sourced to a credible link.  For example, if you state the feral hog population in Texas or Louisiana or wherever is X, back it up if posters questions it.

I will do my best to help posters/members out with questions, but I will tell you right now the honest truth, I don't have all the answers.  I do however have some and have a lot of REAL resources to tap into to help folks as much as I can.  One thing I will never do is bullsh** you guys.  Period.

As for my story, I grew up hunting and fishing and rancing on the west coast and in Alaska.  I still work in Fortune 100 world but hope to make a final exit in the coming few years.  I have been actively involved in game management, whitetail management, exotics management and ranch management in Texas for about 12 years now.  I own a company that provides services for guided hunts and outfitting and wildlife management and for now, these operations are based only in Texas.  I work closely with Texas Parks and Wildlife as well as other bona fide experts on scientific whitetail breeding, whitetail management, overal wildlife management and ranch ecology management. 

I have no formal education in biology, zoology, or wildlife mangement.  Everything I know is based on hands on experience.  I have taken classes both in the academic world and with various public and private entities but hold no actual degree in these disciplines. 

 

So, fire away my friends I will do what I can to help and what I can't provide help or info for I will find out throug my various resources or steer you in the right direction.

 

thanks and happy hunting  :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:

 



 Posted: Thu Dec 6th, 2007 05:02 AM
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Mark V
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One thing I left out.  I have stated in other posts that I graduated from Texas A&M, College Station.  that is trye, I am a third generation aggie with the ring and the paperwork.  But, my degree is business and if I could grab a few more hours, not that I care, I could finish out two more degrees in History and Poli-Sci.  It's a long story as to why I racked up all those hours in other stuff, but who wants to hear that boring sh**.  :rolleyes:



 Posted: Thu Dec 6th, 2007 01:58 PM
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The_Mountaineer



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Well I think the giving of credentials is a good thing and am happy to share my story.

I'm "The_Mountaineer" and have been going on various internet hunting, shooting and reloading forums for a number of years now.  I feel that it can be a great reference for like-minded folks if it's done right and safely.  Thankfully Timberghozt and Tas have done a great job with that on their respective forums.  Anybody that drops by either will have a good time.

Born in 1974 back in the mid-Atlantic region, I was raised on my family's farm as a 4+ generation country boy.  Great upbringing with such a life but it wasn't easy.  Farming in the east has changed and many farms, including ours before I was even born, went through an industry shift.  Small family farms can't compete and even with multiple dabblings in everything from corn, horses, sheep, tobacco, and dairy cattle - farming was not a means of earning a living here.  We sure as hell weren't going to get rid of the farm so we had to set goals for it.  Our property turned from farming to hunting as the most beneficial for the family.  Lots of men in our family hunted and our interests of farm management turned to wildlife management.  I decided this was something I wanted to do for a living and planned to major in it when I went to college.  But how to pay for it?

Our family has always had a strong military service record.  I was no different and had decided that I would follow the lead of my forefathers.  I considered all the branches but the Marines and Army seemed most appealing - after all that's where most of my family had spent their service days.  At that time, the Army National Guard was the only organization offering contracts for Special Forces.  Though the Regular Army offered a RIP (Ranger Indoctrination Program) contract I figured I'd rather be SF.  So, I signed up.  Weird thing was that once I completed my initial entry training (infantry school at Ft. Benning, GA) I was switched over to "Regular Army."  It was a paper shuffle and something I'm sure was responsible by the Clinton administration but it honestly didn't affect me at all other than where my paycheck was coming from!  Went through selection and the other hells to get my 18B weapons training though actually didn't spend much time doing the job, though my time with the 7th SF Group was plenty!  Went back home to serve as a guardsman and by the time it was all said and done I had 8 years in. 

During my last couple of years I went onto college to major in biology with an emphasis in wildlife.  Got my degree and worked at various city, state, and federal positions until I landed with my home state's wildlife department.  Been shuffled around a bit and now work with the state's environmental agency.  As part of the field personnel I get to travel some, but spend too much time behind a desk.  Looking for a change, possibly a higher degree, but I can't complain too much.

Spend my time hunting, shooting and reloading and that's pretty much it.  I'm an avid reader and try to keep up with the latest in my profession and hobbies though it's time consuming but enjoyable.  Like to garden, but the little plot my girlfriend of 8 years and I tend doesn't produce the quantities I remember as a kid growing up on the farm. . hmmm city life :rolleyes:

My volume of guns changes but at present includes several shotguns, rifles and a few handguns to include:

410, 20 and several 12 gauge shotguns
22-250 Rem., 257 Roberts, 270 Winchester, 7 WSM, 7mm RUM, 30-06, and soon a 338 Win Mag. semi custom build along with a 22 long rifle
Pistols include:  44 mag, 22 LR pistols, 9mm

I'm a moderator for the "Ask the Experts" forum and will try to pitch in whenever I can.  "Expert" is quite a title and one I'll try to live up to but I don't profess to be one.  My "expertise" is more on habitat management than animal behavior or physiology, though I suppose I know just enough about each facet of wildlife managment to be dangerous :lol:

Hope you enjoy the board!



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