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About airedale

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    Elite NY Hunter
  • Birthday 11/30/1948

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    Central NY
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    Retired now, have a small hobby farm, raise a few chickens and have a small herd of Irish Dexter cattle. I enjoy all of the outdoor sports although as I get older I do not get out much as I once did. I like hunting small game best and I am especially fond of hunting with dogs. Always a firearms buff doing minor mods and smithing to individualize my firearms to my taste and loading custom ammo to fire in them. I also like the shooting sports from competition to just informal plinking and target shooting which is what I do most these days.

    I also run the Traditional Working Airedale Message board,

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    central ny
  • Hunting Gun
    I have several that I like a lot but if I had to pin it down to one it would be my Ruger 77 220 Swift
  • Bow
    Vintage Oneida Eagle Aeroforce, Vintage Bear Cub recurve, Vintage Bear Alaskan compound, Vintage Bear Super Kodiak recurve bought in the 60s also a vintage Browning Explorer 1 compound bow.
    Read about it on a craigslist ad

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  1. None of the Deer I shot were wounded, Like Buckmaster said aim for and hit the center between the hams, not as much meat loss as one would think even if the shot is off by a bit. Al
  2. Yeah baby If I know I can make the shot I have no problem taking it, 4 bucks and 1 doe on rear end shots, all with 12 ga shotgun slugs and none went more than a few yards after being hit, Funny how things change with time, I have books showing how to place shots on game for just about every angle possible including the rear end shot. Now for some it is taboo. Al
  3. I sit here pondering your question and thinking back to the weapons and ammo I have personally used to take Deer. Rifles, shotguns, handguns and muzzleloaders and the one thing that is apparent I have used a wide variety of bullet brands, styles-shapes and calibers. There is nothing that really stands out head and shoulders above all others as every Deer I have ever shot except for one "anomaly" either dropped where it stood or maybe sprinted a few yards and piled up. The common denominator is they were all hit with a well placed shot into a vital area. From 222 Remington and 220 Swift to 45-70 and 338 Winchester mag and a whole lot of inbetweeners the end result was pretty much the same, dead is dead. So for me at least todays modern bullets from all manufacturers do their intended job well as long as I put them where they are supposed to go. Al
  4. Never cared much for Cats, I had one show up here on the farm many years ago and the wife took him in and took care of him. He was an outside cat for the most part and he ended up living here for more than a dozen years. He would come in handy when I had some pups to start training for Coon, he actually liked getting involved and doing it. Al
  5. I remember it well, almost all of the early deer hunting I did was in Shotgun only areas, I had some pretty accurate slug slingers back then and killed a lot of deer with them. Since I moved to my current residence I have switched to Rifles and Muzzleloaders. With a couple of exceptions I believe all the Deer I have killed with Rifles could have been killed with my slug guns. Still I like the precise accuracy edge most of my Rifles give me, I can put one in a Deer's earhole at a pretty fair distance if I have to. Al
  7. I was in the stands at this shocking upset, December 3 1970 9 to 1 underdog Billy Backus from Canastota NY defeats the legendary Jose Napoles in Syracuse at the War Memorial.
  8. Barkley shows up at the International Boxing Hall Of Fame weekend frequently here he is a couple of years ago signing my Ring Record Book. Yes I am old, I was more shocked when Duran beat Barkley than when Barkley beat Hearns.
  9. After going through this recent bout of Lyme Disease, until there is snow on the ground I will be saturating my hunting clothes in permethrin and basting myself with Deet to repel those stinking ticks. That along with the stuff I use to clean and protect my firearms also add to the stench so to a Deer I will most likely smell like the inside of a chemical facility. I do not believe there is anything that will help me a whole lot masking all those scents except playing the wind to the best of my ability which is basically the way I have always hunted Deer and varmints anyway. Al
  10. The 22-250 is one of the best long range varmint cartridges of all time, that Savage rifle has the inherent accuracy to bring out it's full potential. With the high end Vortex scope that is one nice rig for Woodchucks and a good price. Al
  11. For this time of year when the temps start staying cold and the snow cover stays I go with the insulated-Gore-Tex LL Bean Maine hunting boot. For the hunting I do they have over the years been the best all around compromise for wet, snow and cold. For extreme cold weather hunting where I would be sitting for longer periods of time (which ain't often these days) I have a pair of Canadian Sorrels with the thick wool felt liners, clod hoppers for sure and not made for walking for long distances as far as I am concerned. Have your cold weather boots sized a little big so you can comfortably wear a pair of thick wool socks. Just slathered the leather on the Bean's with Obenauf's conditioner and set them in front of the kitchen cookstove to let it heat up and soak in. Al
  12. My first real hunting gun purchased for me by my Dad was a Mossberg 16 ga three shot bolt action with an adjustable choke. While on the clunky side for handling and style I shot it well and took a ton of small game with that gun. A 16 ga shotgun found in a style and action you like and learned how to shoot well will be no handicap when it comes to taking game. I have long been considering getting a 16 in a side by side or over and under, just waiting for the right one to come along. Al
  13. After hunting season I start puttering around with my hunting equipment and firearms, Trigger jobs, scope changes, stock bedding and better handloads, seems like I am in the never ending search for perfection. Motorcycles get some attention in the Spring and Summer. That stuff has a few months to go yet, as I look at the hunting seasons small game is still going strong and I like that hunting a whole lot better than Deer hunting. Grouse and Pheasant are open till Feb 29 Cottontail Rabbit and Hare till March 15 Squirrel till Feb 29 Crows till March 31 Coyote till March 29 Coons, Fox and Possums till Feb 15 THE FUN HAS JUST BEGUN!