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RIP Tradorion
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Contributors to this thread:
JulianT 30-Jul-18
drycreek 30-Jul-18
midwest 30-Jul-18
jordanathome 30-Jul-18
Lark Bunting 30-Jul-18
Charlie Rehor 30-Jul-18
ohiohunter 30-Jul-18
Owl 30-Jul-18
Bou'bound 30-Jul-18
stick n string 30-Jul-18
BigOk 30-Jul-18
Paul@thefort 30-Jul-18
Tracker 30-Jul-18
HTNFSH 30-Jul-18
Rut Nut 30-Jul-18
Norseman 30-Jul-18
TreeWalker 30-Jul-18
Heat 30-Jul-18
Trial153 30-Jul-18
Jaquomo 30-Jul-18
Thunderflight 31-Jul-18
Rut Nut 31-Jul-18
Unit 9er 31-Jul-18
pav 31-Jul-18
BULELK1 31-Jul-18
Kevin Dill 31-Jul-18
Bowboy 31-Jul-18
Bowfreak 31-Jul-18
WV Mountaineer 31-Jul-18
Butternut40 31-Jul-18
Pyrannah 31-Jul-18
EmbryOklahoma 31-Jul-18
ElkNut1 31-Jul-18
SBH 31-Jul-18
JulianT 31-Jul-18
CPAhunter 31-Jul-18
Grasshopper 31-Jul-18
ElkNut1 31-Jul-18
Mark Watkins 31-Jul-18
JulianT 31-Jul-18
Inshart 31-Jul-18
Cheesehead Mike 31-Jul-18
ElkNut1 31-Jul-18
Kodiak 31-Jul-18
Old School 31-Jul-18
Treeline 31-Jul-18
Kodiak 31-Jul-18
Ron Niziolek 31-Jul-18
Carnivore 31-Jul-18
bowpackerRob 31-Jul-18
Mule Power 31-Jul-18
Dino 31-Jul-18
Boris 31-Jul-18
HFlier 03-Aug-18
Scar Finga 03-Aug-18
Scoot 03-Aug-18
varmint101 05-Aug-18
Paul@thefort 06-Sep-18
Basinboy 06-Sep-18
kota-man 06-Sep-18
bowhunter24 06-Sep-18
JulianT 07-Sep-18
Gene 07-Sep-18
CurveBow 07-Sep-18
Keef 07-Sep-18
KSflatlander 07-Sep-18
SteveB 07-Sep-18
From: JulianT
30-Jul-18

JulianT's embedded Photo
JulianT's embedded Photo
A close friend, Rhett Bickley, who went by Tradorion, was a regular on this site for many years passed away unexpectedly several days ago. When we used to elk hunt together, he spoke of many relationships via Bowsite. If any of you guys are still around, thought you might want to know. He commented on Kevin Dill's "Dagger" thread just last week. There's a huge hole in my heart where a wonderful friend and backcountry bowhunting brother used to be.

From: drycreek
30-Jul-18
Sorry for your loss......

From: midwest
30-Jul-18
Sorry to hear. RIP Rhett.

From: jordanathome
30-Jul-18
damn....so sorry....sad news......

From: Lark Bunting
30-Jul-18
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30-Jul-18
Your loss, our loss. Embrace every moment. RIP

From: ohiohunter
30-Jul-18
Sorry to hear this

From: Owl
30-Jul-18
My condolences to you and the loved ones he leaves behind.

From: Bou'bound
30-Jul-18
Thanks for sharing. God be with him.

30-Jul-18
Prayers to all. Sorry for your loss

From: BigOk
30-Jul-18
Sorry for your loss.

From: Paul@thefort
30-Jul-18
WOW! That is sad. I met Rhett and his elk hunting friend (both army rangers retired) on Bowsite years back and helped them choose an elk hunting area near Steamboat Springs, ie, the Sarvis Wilderness Area. I joined them in their camp to help them hunt elk as they were having problems getting into them. Rhett and I met on the highway and we both hike up to their camp which was a floor- less tepee. We were to hunt the follow few days. That night it snowed 6 inch of very wet snow and covered the outside of the tent not allowing the tent to breath so the condensation dripped down all night inside the tent. They both had army bivy sacks that protected their down bags. I did not and I got very damp. The next morning the fog was very thick and I was unable to hunt with them and not being able to dry out, and had to hike down to the truck. We communicated after the hunt and Rhett sent me his army bivy sack which I still have and use.

Sorry to hear about his passing. Life is too short so take advantage of every day. My best, Paul

From: Tracker
30-Jul-18
If he was a trad guy you might want to post this up on the Leatherwall.

From: HTNFSH
30-Jul-18
Sorry to hear about your loss.

From: Rut Nut
30-Jul-18
RIP Rhett! And sorry for your loss! Prayers going out.....................

From: Norseman
30-Jul-18
Enjoyed his posts and remember him well. RIP

Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you

From: TreeWalker
30-Jul-18
RIP and thank you for your service.

From: Heat
30-Jul-18
My sincere condolences go out to his friends and family.

From: Trial153
30-Jul-18
Godspeed buddy

From: Jaquomo
30-Jul-18
Thanks for your service and for your contributions here. RIP and many condolences to family and loved ones.

31-Jul-18
What! On man.... he was a good guy. I never met him but we spoke a few times on the phone. God speed friend...

From: Rut Nut
31-Jul-18
Yes- thank you for your service- missed that! Also, if I may say..................great pic to remember your brother with!

From: Unit 9er
31-Jul-18
RIP

From: pav
31-Jul-18
Condolences to family and friends.

From: BULELK1
31-Jul-18
Very sad

Prayers from Utah to his loved ones

Good luck, Robb

From: Kevin Dill
31-Jul-18
I recall Tradorian posting here many times in the past. I didn't know him, but it seems he was made of all the right things. This life is so much bigger than our passions, and time is very precious. I've said it before: Inspiration is sometimes found in tragedy. Julian, I'm sorry for your personal loss of a good friend.

From: Bowboy
31-Jul-18
Sorry to here of your loss. I remember seeing his post in the past.

From: Bowfreak
31-Jul-18
This is terrible news. God bless all Rhett's family and friends.

31-Jul-18
God's peace to all those he left behind.

From: Butternut40
31-Jul-18
Sorry for your loss.

From: Pyrannah
31-Jul-18
Sorry for your loss,

RIP Tradorion

31-Jul-18
Condolences to all the family and friends. RIP, brother.

From: ElkNut1
31-Jul-18
Sorry to hear about this! RIP brother & God bless those you left behind!

ElkNut/Paul

From: SBH
31-Jul-18
Prayers for his family and friends he left behind.

From: JulianT
31-Jul-18
@ElkNut1 Rhett was a big fan and used share all your CDs with me after he'd get them.

From: CPAhunter
31-Jul-18
Life is too short. RIP fellow bowsiter.

From: Grasshopper
31-Jul-18
Prayers for strength, comfort and healing through everyone's grief. Having experienced my own loss this year, I am looking forward to solitude & peace in the hills this year to come to terms with mine. Hoping to launch an arrow over it too. Sorry to hear of it.

From: ElkNut1
31-Jul-18
Julian, that's awesome sir! I may have talked with him on the phone in the past, he really sounds familiar? Do you recall him mentioning it? Thanks!

ElkNut/Paul

From: Mark Watkins
31-Jul-18
Sorry to hear this very sad news.......prayers sent to his family from MN.

Mark

From: JulianT
31-Jul-18
Paul, I don't recall but he wasn't bashful and used to get on the phone with folks in a heart beat. He was a game warden and loved to leverage that as a networking opportunity. I was going through all of my Topo maps the other day looking for ones from our hunts and found some of your CDs he demanded I become intimate with...lol

From: Inshart
31-Jul-18
RIP to a fellow Bowsiter, prayers sent.

31-Jul-18
I remember his posts.

My condolences.

RIP Rhett...

From: ElkNut1
31-Jul-18
Julian, thanks for the response! So he was a phone junkie too!! Ha Ha!

ElkNut/Paul

From: Kodiak
31-Jul-18
I remember him well.

Wow this is shocking. RIP.

Every single day is a gift, gents.

From: Old School
31-Jul-18
Sorry to hear of your loss. No doubt, life is a wonderful gift for us to savor and to invest in others.

--Mitch

From: Treeline
31-Jul-18
RIP.

Sad loss.

Condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.

From: Kodiak
31-Jul-18

Kodiak  's embedded Photo
Kodiak  's embedded Photo
Look at him, the picture of health. It's sad to say the least.

Prayers to those he left behind.

From: Ron Niziolek
31-Jul-18
Never take life or health for granted. Make memories while you can. RIP Rhett.

From: Carnivore
31-Jul-18
A true gentleman every time our paths crossed. The woods are going to feel emptier this year.

From: bowpackerRob
31-Jul-18
Life is way too precious and can be gone so quickly.

From: Mule Power
31-Jul-18

Mule Power's embedded Photo
Mule Power's embedded Photo
RIP Rhett.

From: Dino
31-Jul-18
Rest in peace! Condolences. And prayers sent.

From: Boris
31-Jul-18
Remember to take one of his arrows. Put his name on it. Got to his favorite hunting grounds. Shot it into the his hunting grounds. An one day you will find him. native American tradition

From: HFlier
03-Aug-18
RIP, this is sad. He was too young!

From: Scar Finga
03-Aug-18
Very sad, Sorry to hear this! Prayers for all!

From: Scoot
03-Aug-18
Sad deal. Condolences.

From: varmint101
05-Aug-18
Sorry for yalls loss!

From: Paul@thefort
06-Sep-18
Julian, my wife was cleaning out the book case in my office the other day, and came upon a book, titled, The Old Man and the Boy. Inside was this special note, signed by Rhett, and dated 2003.

"Paul, Thanks you for all the help as I try to grow into an elk hunter!", Good Hunting, Rhett Bickley, April 2003.

Also a hand written note, Paul, I don't know if you've ever met Mr. Ruark, if not, allow me to introduce you. If you've already made his acquaintance, then just enjoy visiting again. He has a wonderful way with words and much of his low country information is dead on. Take care, Rhett

Special guy for sure, My best, Paul

From: Basinboy
06-Sep-18
Sorry to hear brother Embrace the times you were able to share with him.....

From: kota-man
06-Sep-18
RIP Tradorion

From: bowhunter24
06-Sep-18
Prayers sent.

From: JulianT
07-Sep-18
Paul, that's interesting. Rhett gave me a copy of that book not long after we first started hunting together. Thanks for sharing that.

From: Gene
07-Sep-18
Sad news. RIP. Life can be short, enjoy every day that you can.

From: CurveBow
07-Sep-18
RIP.....

From: Keef
07-Sep-18
Sorry for the loss of your friend. My condolences to his family, may they have strength to deal with their loss.

From: KSflatlander
07-Sep-18
Sounds like a real good guy. Godspeed

From: SteveB
07-Sep-18
So sorry for everyone’s loss! Savor every day, and make sure you’re ready to go at any moment.....

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