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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.
Sorry for your loss......
Sorry to hear. RIP Rhett.
damn....so sorry....sad news......
Your loss, our loss. Embrace every moment. RIP
My condolences to you and the loved ones he leaves behind.
Thanks for sharing. God be with him.
Prayers to all. Sorry for your loss
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
If he was a trad guy you might want to post this up on the Leatherwall.
Sorry to hear about your loss.
RIP Rhett! And sorry for your loss! Prayers going out.....................
Enjoyed his posts and remember him well. RIP
Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you
RIP and thank you for your service.
My sincere condolences go out to his friends and family.
Thanks for your service and for your contributions here. RIP and many condolences to family and loved ones.
What! On man.... he was a good guy. I never met him but we spoke a few times on the phone. God speed friend...
Yes- thank you for your service- missed that! Also, if I may say..................great pic to remember your brother with!
Condolences to family and friends.
Prayers from Utah to his loved ones
Good luck, Robb
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.
Sorry to here of your loss. I remember seeing his post in the past.
This is terrible news. God bless all Rhett's family and friends.
God's peace to all those he left behind.
Sorry for your loss,
Condolences to all the family and friends. RIP, brother.
Sorry to hear about this! RIP brother & God bless those you left behind!
Prayers for his family and friends he left behind.
@ElkNut1 Rhett was a big fan and used share all your CDs with me after he'd get them.
Life is too short. RIP fellow bowsiter.
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.
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!
Sorry to hear this very sad news.......prayers sent to his family from MN.
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
RIP to a fellow Bowsiter, prayers sent.
I remember his posts.
Julian, thanks for the response! So he was a phone junkie too!! Ha Ha!
I remember him well.
Wow this is shocking. RIP.
Every single day is a gift, gents.
Sorry to hear of your loss. No doubt, life is a wonderful gift for us to savor and to invest in others.
Condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.
Look at him, the picture of health. It's sad to say the least.
Prayers to those he left behind.
Never take life or health for granted. Make memories while you can. RIP Rhett.
A true gentleman every time our paths crossed. The woods are going to feel emptier this year.
Life is way too precious and can be gone so quickly.
Rest in peace! Condolences. And prayers sent.
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
RIP, this is sad. He was too young!
Very sad, Sorry to hear this! Prayers for all!
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
Sorry to hear brother Embrace the times you were able to share with him.....
Paul, that's interesting. Rhett gave me a copy of that book not long after we first started hunting together. Thanks for sharing that.
Sad news. RIP. Life can be short, enjoy every day that you can.
Sorry for the loss of your friend. My condolences to his family, may they have strength to deal with their loss.
Sounds like a real good guy. Godspeed
So sorry for everyone’s loss! Savor every day, and make sure you’re ready to go at any moment.....