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    Central NY
  • Interests
    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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  • Hunting Location
    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. airedale

    Getting A Little Closer To My Lifetime Goal.

    Not much of a Turkey hunter myself Bill but I can certainly recognize you have had a pretty fair run, congrats and hope you make your goal. Al
  2. airedale


    That poor Deer must have been living in agony, no question Ticks have become more and more widespread in recent times. When I was a kid I never saw them in my area but over the last 20 years they have started turning up both on me and my hunting dogs. Had to treat several dogs for Lyme. Can't be too careful these days when it comes to moving about in known Tick areas. Deet is the best repellant, Sawyers for your clothes Gamehide has a sale going on for different sets of their "Elimitick" clothing, I just sent off for a set as it is highly rated. What I like is it will repel Ticks for the life of the clothing, we shall see. Al
  3. Same as Pygmy, a 222 Remington, 4 pt Buck, 70 yds, neck shot, fell where it stood. My first Deer. Al
  4. airedale

    Father's Day Deal

    One of Amazon's deals of the day is the WorkSharp sharpening tool, for that price I picked one up.
  5. airedale

    Waterfowl Shotguns

    The Browning Auto 5 is an icon, I have always been an admirer especially those made in the later years of it's run both the Japanese and Belgium versions. The workmanship, fit, finish was outstanding and a thing of beauty but the action is very complicated and requires skill to take apart and especially put back together. There was a time when Remington and Savage both made their own versions of the Browning design and while they worked and shot perfectly fine they did not have the refinement of those later year Brownings. If you can shoot an Auto 5 with confidence it will no doubt make for a good waterfowl gun. Another thing of note was the Auto 5 "Buck Special" slug barrel was right up there in accuracy with Ithaca's Deerslayer when shooting the old Foster slugs. Big time problems arose when owners started mounting scopes on them to take more advantage of that accuracy. Between that recoiling operating barrel slamming back and forth along with the fierce recoil from slugs themselves, they were scope destroyers extraordinaire, some scopes would break with one shot being fired. In our shop we found the Leupold scope to be the only manufacturer back in them days to be able to withstand the punishment, probably the one thing that made me a Lifelong Leupold user on my get serious hunting guns. Al
  6. airedale

    Need Ideas for a Day Trip

    Down the thruway East a couple of hours is the International Boxing Hall Of Fame, it is located right at the Canastota exit. Make a right on Rt 13 and head North for about 15 minutes to Sylvan Beach a small resort town on the east shore of Oneida Lake, decent restaurants and amusement park for the kids. Or up the road West on Rt 5 a few minutes from Canastota is Chittenango's Wild Animal Park. If you are into History the Fort Stanwix National Monument-Park is Down the thruway a couple of more exits in Rome along with the Oriskany Battle field a few miles away. Al
  7. airedale

    Waterfowl Shotguns

    Hunted waterfowl quite a bit in my younger days which was before lead shot was banned. I never had the opportunity to have action fast and furious enough to worry about recoil so any type of shotgun I could shoot well was used. I think if I lived in one of those flyway states and a big time waterfowl hunter I would have and hunt with an autoloader. I always liked the Ithaca Mag 10 deluxe pictured at the bottom but never had a good enough excuse to get hold of one. My favorite type of shotgun for bird hunting is a side by side double, of the three I own only one that is of recent manufacture and has barrels proofed for steel shot, it being only a 28 ga I would not be using it for a waterfowl gun. What I use today for waterfowl is my plain Jane Remington 870 12 gauge, it also doubles as my Turkey hunting gun. Al
  8. I actually like Wolves myself, being a dog person how could I not, they are so like domestic dogs. Had no problem when they introduced them to Yellowstone so long as they stayed in Yellowstone and that is where I part company with the so called endangered species act that has been weaponized with everything Wolf. These are not animals that do well with humans and their lifestyle and to have them expand in large numbers out of the parks into farm and ranch lands causing big time problems with out control is not good. I have no problem with them being protected in wild places but to reintroduce among people and their animals is a bad idea, they were eradicated for good reason. Before judgement is passed on a subject such as Wolves being a big time problem as the old saying goes "Walk A Mile In My Shoes". It is so easy for someone that lives in a place far away to trivialize the disaster Wolves have caused on livestock, pets and large wildlife animals that are hunted. They are not the ones that hunted areas that for generations provided good Deer, Elk and even Bison populations for sport hunting and outfitting businesses and now have populations that are so low there is no hunting. They are not the Farmers and Ranchers that have to deal with livestock loses. The are not the hunter who uses dogs to hunt birds and fur in areas that have been taken over by Wolves. Even pet owners have felt the impact. I have acquaintances in that live, hunt and farm-ranch in the Wolf zones and to say things are bad is an understatement but you will not see any Wolf negativity on your evening news or on Nat Geo or Animal Planet. Below are few photos of hunting dogs that met the Wolf wrath and this happens a lot. Many folks I have talked to just quit hunting with dogs because of this. Speaking for myself money is no compensation for the time spent training and the bond developed between me a good hunting dog. Seeing those dogs pictured makes me very angry to say the least. Some serious hunting of Wolves needs to be done.
  9. A beautiful day and a great shot, something that young lady will never forget, congratulations to her. Not many types of hunting more exciting than hunting with a dog and the flush of a cock Pheasant, one of the best ways to get a young hunter stoked because of the action and constant anticipation. Al
  10. airedale

    One of the greatest come backs

    As the old sayings go "It is not the size of the dog in the fight, it is the size of the fight in the dog" "When the going gets tough the though get going" There is a lot of truth in those sayings and it showed it's face well in that fight. When things got tough Joshua had neither. Al
  11. One of my favorite events to attend are some of the festivities during the IBOF weekend in Canastota. Will be heading to the card, autograph and memorabilia show at the high school in a bit, you will find no pro sports participants more accommodating and friendly to the fans than prize fighters. The parade is one of the best and that will be held in Canastota also tomorrow, if in the area it is worthwhile to see. Al
  12. airedale

    My JP Sauer 16 Gauge SXS

    The scalloped receiver makes it a Royal model, the pre war model 60 pictured below has a straight edged receiver. I have found when it comes to firearms of foreign manufacture the available reference guides have conflicting info. I also checked a "Modern Gun Values" and they also state the Royal was produced in 12 and 20 gauge, obviously wrong as you have proof of a 16 ga Royal in your possession. Regardless JP Sauer firearms are first rate and your 16 Royal is a fine looking double in my book. Al
  13. airedale

    My JP Sauer 16 Gauge SXS

    According to my most current reference guide the "2014 Standard catalog of firearms" The JP Sauer "Royal" model was produced in 20 and 12 ga only, 26, 28 and 30 inch barrels, single selective triggers with automatic ejectors. Production was from 1955 through 1977. Sauer made a model "60" boxlock double in 12, 16 and 20 ga, no dates given, just states produced prior to WW2, it had double triggers and manual extractors. Another source called the Blue Book of Gun values does list a 16 ga Royal with the same manufacture date listed above. Al
  14. airedale

    Best and worst pickups

    2003 Dodge Ram 2500 "ABSOLUTELY" the worst vehicle "PERIOD" I ever owned. My 2017 Honda Ridgeline may end up being the best vehicle I ever owned, I love it! Al
  15. For me Big or Small game the principles are the same, confidence and knowing your limitations. This will come down to the weapon being used and my proficiency with it. When hunting chucks and I am sitting in the middle of a hayfield with dimensions in the hundreds of yards with a 220 Swift and have a good rest I will take shots of several hundred yards. The next day I may hunt the same fields with a handgun or a Rimfire rifle where my weapon's effective range is drastically limited in relation to a Swift. All about the stalk then and I have crawled on my belly many times to get within range to a distance I am comfortable with to take the shot. My personal satisfaction is the same with both methods of hunting. This all applies to Big game as well. Want to add that affordable and very accurate laser rangefinders are one of the most useful and helpful tools when it comes to very long range shooting. Misjudging the range is eliminated for the most part so knowing the exact distance is a major problem that is solved. Al