The Trout Also Rises

"A blog upon my estutcheon" A weblog about fishing, hunting, hiking, cycling, books, beer, and other random musings. Any humor contained in this site is entirely unintentional and has not been tested on animals. e mail aaaaargh at msndotcom

Location: California

A hunter and fisherman, fascinated with books and history.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

2007 Dove Opener

Just got a report from a friend scouting the Blythe area. The weather has been unsettled. No real dove prospects here. One good field north of town, but it looks to be too small and likely swamped with hunters. South of town, a lot of posted land.

I think we'll try the Niland area. The DWU fields are the place to be for southern California dove hunters this year.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

New Coat-of-Arms

Thanks to Sandy, a very helpful Aussie member the American Heraldry Society, I now have a new coat of arms, or emblazonment.

Contrary to popular belief, one is not normally entitled to the "family" arms such as those found in mall stores selling heraldic geegaws. Only direct descendants of the original grantee may bear those arms. It is a lot more fun to design your own, which have meaning for you.

In my case, I took elements of the historic family arms, and made them unique and personal to myself and my descendants.

To provide a measure of protection, I've registered the arms with the US Heraldic Registry (free), and also have an application in to the New England Historic Genealogical Society's Committee on Heraldry.
Sadly, legal protection for personal emblazonments is lacking in the US. England, Scotland, Canada, and even Germany have a fair amount of legal protection for registered arms.