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  1. 28 points
    Saw 2 jakes off at about 40 yards. Burris red dot on one. Cousin doesn’t see them. I let them walk. Scratched some leaves few minutes later and here they come. Now he sees them at about 20 yards from different angle. One started to half strut and the other pecked at DSD hen deke. Then the fun happens. Full Jake strut and mounts the decoy. He banged on it atop of it for ten good minutes. Knocked it over but Still enjoying himself. Other watching. Waiting for cousin to kill his first bird. And waiting. Non humper periscoped and putt putt. Boom my cousin clean over the top. I immediately drop the hammer on mr hump thinking he connected going for double. Nope I see his run off and mine folded up. Had gobbles few minutes ago and currently working a yelping hen. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. 28 points
    Not live but.. this morning i doubled up on 2 longbeards with my step son!! A hunt i will never forget.. one of my favorites for the memory books.. ill have the story tomorrow when i have time.. what a day! Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
  3. 27 points
    Having sold my convertible several years back out of stupidity and later my motorcycle out of fear that a teen texting would leave my kids without their dad, I have been looking for an open air vehicle to use in the summer. Got a sweet deal on this rubicon recon with only 1,300 miles. Who knows, if I like it enough, the carpeted bed sissy truck may be sold. Going to give it some time to decide whether I really need both. Might be a toy or just a daily driver. But liking it so far.
  4. 26 points
    My future Son-in-law bought my daughter a really nice 62" Ben Pearson Colt that draws 30# on ebay. A perfect bow for her to get back into archery with. She started when she was about 7 years old but hasn't shot since about 2000. Since all of her arrows were cut to 26" or less she needed some new ones. I have found all of my arrowsmith tools in the barn as well as about $1200 worth of dipping lacquers with the seals still on the cans and a gallon if white already thinned and ready to dip. 21 winters in the barn didn't affect the lacquers much. I did have to strain the white to remove a few suspended lumps that would not dissolve, but it worked fine. I also have about 4000 Port Orford cedar shafts. After spine & weight matching some 5/16 shafts I had, I selected some from the most common group of 30-35# shafts and set about straightening/heat tempering them. Unfortunately, my large tanks need to be stripped and cleaned so I was relegated to dipping the shafts individually. As I said, the white dip went well, and after 2 coats and several hours drying time, I was ready to break out my cresting lathe. After some time, I was ready for the fletching jigs. It pays to have the right tools for the job. Time to start making some smoke. I love the smell of burning feathers in the morning. All that's left is trimming the lead edge if the quills and dabbing a bit of Fletch-Tite on them. All ready to be cut to length, tapered and have points glued on. Finished product.
  5. 25 points
    Out for the first time with my stepson Cole, in about 5 or 6 years when he tagged along once.. In all reality, it was a quiet and quite slow morning. Nothing was talking. It was breezy, so we got down on a hillside out of the wind before daybreak to try and listen. Coyote pups lit up the woods around 6am, i believe answering the sound of hen yelps and cuts coming from the crystal pot call.. They loved it lol.. They were going nuts down where I was anticipating some quiet birds to be roosted.. It was fun to listen to.. A hen came out of that roost site but nothing else, we gave it time and talked back and forth(which Cole loved hearing). We got up after she slipped out of view, went and checked a plowed field about 1/4mi away where I had high hopes they would be. Got there, called nothing, checked, nothing, Waited a bit and listened, nothing.. Waited longer for the sun to rise up and shine on the field, Nothing. I couldn't believe it. 3rd or 4th time out and its been dead all around this area.. Im beginning to think redhead numbers are low .. Around 730am We decide to go back and get in the car and go try the property I hunted Sunday, On our way there, I break out of our Seasonal rd to the maintained dirt rd and instantly notice the field off in the distance is plowed and we can hunt it.. I knew instantly it would attract some Turks.. And its on the opposite side of a well known roost site on a neighboring property. So we drove around it and Walah.. Almost all the way on the furthest side from any woods, are 3 red heads and 4 hens.. We pass them a few times to check their moods and direction.. They didnt move a step or even stick their heads up.. So we drive around them and park to get setup on them.. I've Seen them do this time and time again on where they go in this area.. We get setup perfectly and a vehicle drives by and stops and watches and turns around, sending them across the rd. I hit the call once, and one bird gobbled, at this point i figure they may have busted up slightly. I hit it once more and nothing.. We tried to see where they were in the field across the rd but couldn't see. I told Cole, that they will be back right here to this exact spot sooner or later that morning, and that it'd be a good idea to stay here. He didn't believe me, plus he was hungry and had eaten all his snacks already lol. So he wanted food and that's where we were heading, to the gas station. We get back to the car, and drive the long way out to see if we can find these birds.. No luck. As w edrive down the hill I said to him, I bet they crossed the rd back over already or are close to the rd in the thick stuff ready to cross.. We did a u turn a little further down and drove back around.. BOOM, there they are, right where I had last called.. All we can see is the 2 Toms.. I looked at him and said I told ya lol, He quickly responded back, my stomach can wait, lets go after them. Lol. Music to my ears!! YES! He melted my heart with those words lol.. So we drive down to get around them.. Get setup actually got them to answer only a few times but they were right where we last saw them.. but closer to a field corner. With the winds beginning to pick up, we got up and re set up closer this time.. made a call nothing, made another, nothing and one last one before my silence.. we waited maybe 20 minutes or so.. nothing. I told him I didn't like the setup lets move again, Then it hit me, they arent going to leave the dirt field.. its too windy to be around trees and cover.. plus there fresh dirt. So we go to check the field to try and find them.. we carefully bump a hen in the most perfect direction and no other birds, all I could think was this could be perfect. We slowly crept to a knoll in the field and BAM there is 3 red heads less than 100 yards. We get down belly crawl back and tuck are legs under the brush.. drop our vests and wait a moment, I let out some soft yelps and clucks like a hen poking around.. they barely even turn to look, no interest, I scratched the leaves, continue on occasion a soft yelp with some clucks etc.. they end up getting to about 50yrds following the 4 hens that were with them that we weren't aware of.. but not coming any closer.. With shots straight into the strong wind I wouldn't do it, or let him attempt. He was a little bummed, I looked to him and said it aint over yet.. Around 11am the wind really picked up which we used to our advantage, Around 1130am The birds started slowly drifting away from the 50 yard position they were holding to a corner, I said its now or never the wind is perfect lets try and cut them off and wait them out.. We did, dropped back, circles around them in came in, got right into a corner and patiently waited in the prone positions, I scratched the leaves under the brush instead of calling. The hens worked across the corner at an angle, just about at the guns limit.. but the toms came right to the corner, they get to about 35 yards and stop and begin to strut(can actually only see one at this time). I'm guessing they heard the leaves scratching since the wind was in there favor at this point.. I told him I couldn't see the 2nd LB, just the one, neither could he.. I had him slide over to the left and peek to try and find #2.. nothing. I then looked at the phone, it was 1145am.. I said slide back over here and drop the hammer on this bird(the grass was perfect height for belly crawls today.. he slides back to me and begins to take the safety off and says there's the 2nd one.. They were strutting in the most perfect line side by side, he was hidden completely behind the first. I looked at him and said lets do this, off with both safety's, I gave them an ugly sounding cut, and another worse sounding cut, followed by a 3rd, eventually after what seemed like forever, they finally turned to where both heads were visible. Counted to 3 and hammers were dropped simultaneously.. Birds hit the ground and never even flopped. That Tungsten hits like a brick! And the cerebration began.. To say I was happy is an understatement, I'm still grinning today from the joys and memories made yesterday. And so was he, What an incredible day.. Besides my first bird with my Dad, this hunt was top of the all time favorite list.. Both had a 10" rope and 1" pointy curved spurs .. 1 bird had a club foot with half a toe Sorry for the long drawn out story.. It was a day I had been waiting for, for a very long time! I also believe these are the 2 birds I missed 2 weeks ago, since they had the same amount of hens with them and the 1 lone Jake.. both days
  6. 23 points
    Bingo !! Tagged out on Canuck gobbler #2 this morning....Vital stats, 21 pounds, TWIN 9 1/2 inch beards and spurs 1" and 1 1/8 "... He was with two hens and a BIGGER ( body size) gobbler..The dominant bird stayed glued to the hens, but this guy came in to check me out...After I shot him, the big bird and one of the hens came over to check him out as he was flopping,..They stood forty yards from me ..That gobbler has HUGE..Big body, big head..Beard looked average, but it may have just looked that way because his body was so big..
  7. 23 points
    Bucket list item checked off: I caught a wild trout in the Rockies. I caught three rainbows and a brookie, all small. I spent 75% of the time just looking around at the scenery. The water was in the mid 30s Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  8. 21 points
    Yesterday I was at my local Tractor Supply store buying a large bag of my dog's food for my loyal livestock guard dog and was in the checkout, when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog? What did she think I had an elephant? So, since I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Dog Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn’t, because I ended up in hospital last time, but I'd lost 10 pounds before I woke up in intensive care with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms. I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pockets with dog nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.) Horrified, she asked me if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stepped off the curb to sniff an Irish Setter's rear end and a car hit me. I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard. I'm now banned from Tractor Supply. Better watch what you ask retired people. They have all the time in the world to think of things to say. Funny for the day. [emoji12] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. 20 points
    22” Laker. 830am Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. 18 points
    My oldest daughter is all ready for prom iam so proud of her after she graduates she starts college next year at suny delhi to become a vet tech she loves animals I couldnt be a happier dad
  11. 18 points
    I'm finally wrapping things up for the season in the taxidermy shop. Put the finishing touches on my regular season buck today. Three more heads to mount and I get a break for a few months! Both bucks from last fall...
  12. 17 points
    I got a coveted spot on the Lady O this morning and it was all it’s cracked up to be.@Treeguy knows what he’s doing, worked his azz off and we hooked up 11 times! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  13. 16 points
    Here it is. Whatca think?
  14. 16 points
    Had an amazing last day! Tagged out with about a half hour before I had to give up for work. Nice bird I have been hunting the last couple weeks. Ivory tip and all! Finally met his match today! Was a tougher year for me than usual.
  15. 16 points
    The ole man finished this one up last night. Keeps him busy, sits for hours on end making these creations,, at 80 yrs. young his hands are still very steady. God bless him!!!
  16. 16 points
    Made up a half dozen bow holders for the academy, no more laying down our bows to retrieve arrows. Enjoy the sideways pictures.
  17. 16 points
    Here is a summary of my two Canadian gobblers... Day two....I had my blind set in a very open patch of mature hardwoods, which is fairly tough to find in the area that I hunt due to the predominace of thick cedar and ash cover, interspersed with large pastures..I knew from previous experience that this woodlot was a favored roosting and strutting zone on this property...Due to the fact that birds might be roosting literally within gun range of the blind, is was necessary for me to approach the blind as quietly as possible, in full darkness...I plan not to use a decoy...The woods were VERY open, but I have had limited success using decoys in the woods.. I was settled in the blind at 4:30 AM....At 4:45 AM, a gobbler sound off in front of the blind, no more than 75 yards away...Then another gobbled BEHIND the blind, at about the same distance..I was bracketed between two gobblers, a good position to be in...After those two birds had gobbled back and forth for a few minutes, a pack of coyotes lit up about 200 yards away, howling, barking and yipping...Suddenly the woods was FULL of gobbles, all around me...There were seven gobblers gobbling on all sides of me..I was effectively surrounded...Hehehe... After a few minutes, the gobbling slacked off, with the bird directly in front of me and the one directly behind me doing most of the gobbling... When flydown came, the bird in front of me started moving away, toward some fields that were a couple hundred yards away..The one behind me flew down, and that bird started moving directly toward my blind...The bird appeared in sight, but he was just out of range and it appeared he was heading past me toward the other turkeys..I did some soft clucking and purring, and he stopped strutted and gobbled for about ten minutes, but refused to come within range. He finally turned and walked toward the other turkeys .. Things settled down and throughout the morning things settled ,down and I called on and off and received an occasional answer, but nothing seemed hot...Then about 11:00 AM, a bird out in front of the blind gobbled at about 100 yards away.. I called softly and we he gobbled a few more times, but seemed to be moving off...Meanwhile I heard a few soft hen yelps behind me, but heard no gobbling from that direction... At NOON, I heard a hen PUTT behind me, and I looked out the back of the blind to see a hen running away.... A full minute later, crow cawed right overhead, and a gobbler gobbled DIRECTLY behind my blind..I looked out the back to see a gobbler in half strut, walking directly in the direction the hen had gone, at a pretty fair pace.. I got the gun out the window and shot him as he came out from behind a tree about 30 yards away..He dropped like a rock.. I approached the bird and he was sort of squatting, bleeding profusely from his mouth..I figured he was dying, and just watched for a couple of minutes expecting him to start flopping any minute..After a couple of minutes, he seemed to become more alert and started looking around...I decided I should wring his neck to finish him, and reached down and grabbed him by the neck. ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE..!!>> The bird started flopping and pummeling me with his wings, knocking my half off and rotating me in a complete 360... He broke loose and started flopping down through the woods..I At this point I knew it was no time for a finesse shot, or he might get away...AT about 25 yards I centered him in the scope and plastered his rear end...He rolled and stopped, but his head popped up again, so I sent my last shot downrange...This time I walked over and stood on his neck until he stopped flopping..I was shaking like a leaf by that time..I am getting too old for full contact turkey hunting....21 pounds, 9 1/2 inch beard and inch spurs.. Gobbler #2....The next morning I was back in the blind before daylight again and a gobbler started gobbling in front the blind...I could swear he was in the same tree where he had been the last 3 mornings...Another bird cut in on him now and then, so I knew there was more than one.. Flydown came and the birds did some gobbling and I did some calling, but they did not seem hot and gradually gobbled less and less.. About an hour later I got a response about 100 yards out, and eventually I could see a gobbler strutting through little gaps in the trees... Eventually, two gobblers and two hens worked into sight..One gobbler was glued to the hens, but the other one decided to come over strut for ME, and I wait until he stretched his neck and dropped him at about 40 yards..Good thing I had my shooting sticks, because I had my gun up a LONG time , and never could have made the shot without the rest.. When I shot, one hen too off, but the other hen and the gobbler ran over to the one I had shot, checking out the action as he flopped..The second gobbler was HUGE...Easily a 23 or 24 pound bird...I had to get out of my blind and shoo him away, telling him to come back next year.. Despite being the subordinate gobbler, he was a true trophy..21 pounds TWIN 9 1/2 beards and spurs of 1" and 1 1/8"... I would like to know the weight and spur length of that BIGGER one...Perhaps next year....
  18. 16 points
    First trip out this year with my son. 2 Derby's on ladyO sent us to the city after some smallies. Success!! Also a king from a brief trip yesterday to the big O Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
  19. 15 points
    It finally came together today.
  20. 15 points
    Remount of a beautiful Steuben County buck that I just finished for a good friend of mine. Looks a little better now than the original mount from back in 2003!!!
  21. 15 points
    Took my 3 year old out today. we had a blast. Saw 6 deer and two turkeys on the drive there. Walking in we saw five deer. Got set up in the blind at 915. Shortly after we saw a huge raccoon. After an hour a hen came in real close and decided to attack my decoy. All my son kept saying was wow over and over. Not too long after a thunder storm rolled in and that's when the gobblers cut loose. I figured there were 3 total. 2 seemed like they were Jake's the way they were gobbling. They had hens as one would not stop yelping. I tried to cut her off and no dice. She had ten to twelve note yelps it was crazy. We made it 2 hrs 40 minutes and I was impressed. The action definitely kept him interested.
  22. 14 points
    Wow that didn't take long. She mustaches woke up on the wrong side of the limb today.. she screamed the whole 300 yards with everything from kee kee runs to had cutting he wouldn't even stop running to gobble. The hen went by me at 4 feet and had to yell to get him to stop. Lol. As soon as he stopped he went into strut and showed a full fan and as soon. As he broke strut it was lights out. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  23. 13 points
    Went out in the kayak yesterday looking for big pike on the big inline spinners I just put together and found 2 awesome fish. One had a big gash on it's side, I can only presume from the eagle that has a nest 100 yds away. Sent from my moto g(6) using Tapatalk
  24. 13 points
    Keeping the streak alive she is Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. 13 points
    Love to watch antlers grow! This guy has good bases...I think he was an eight-point last year. He could be a nine or 10, or remain an eight. His ears are pretty dinged up...older bucks get their ears crunched in fights and sparring so they have notches like this guy.