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  • Birthday 11/30/1948

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    http://huntingwithairedales.blogspot.com/2010/07/hunting-with-airedales.html

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  • Location
    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, http://traditionalairedale.proboards.com/

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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.
  • HuntingNY.com
    A link to it on a craigslist ad

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  1. Took a walk this morning for small game but was mainly looking to see if I could find any Chaga mushroom growths. Totally struck out with the Chaga, not many white birch where I was hunting and the ground is high and dry. Got a couple of better places to check out down the road. Did see a couple of Deer, a big fat porcupine and one Squirrel, let them slide and saved them for later. Al
  2. Still going strong for me, the Gray squirrels are low in numbers so they are getting substituted with Reds, takes about three Reds to equal one Gray. Put up several Patridges as the old timers call them, they were gone in a flash and I did not even pull the trigger. Been sneaking around in the alders and Balsams trying to pot a Hare but no luck as of yet. Now with this "Chaga" mushroom saga I wrote about about I will be taking a few walks looking for it and combining in some small game hunting so long as the snow stays fairly light. Had a nice Red Fox come in to a woodpecker call but he got a pass. Nothing like being in the woods hunting. Al
  3. So I stumbled onto something new for me, a mushroom called "Chaga", it is supposed to have all kinds of medicinal properties and health benefits. The best part is it should be readily found in the woods and forests I frequent, I probably walk by it all the time. With a bit of investigation I have found plenty of online videos and instruction of how to find, harvest and prepare it. Below is a quick video that gives the basics. Just wondering if anyone here has messed around with any Chaga foraging and the making of tea and if so does it seem to have any real benefits? Al
  4. A really nice autoloader in small gauges is the Tristar Viper especially the bronze model. A buddy of mine picked up a 410 a few years ago, he brought it over and we shot a bunch of clays birds, it functioned flawlessly, weighed under 6 lbs and the fit and finish was outstanding and the wood was beautiful also, looked as good as the stock photo below. Best part is they can be bought for seven or eight hundred bucks, plain jane models sell for a whole lot less.
  5. All three have been shimmed, 17 HMR, 22 Hornet and the Maggie, and all three have had trigger jobs. Al
  6. "Rimfire Central" has quite a bit of info the the two piece bolt Ruger 77 trigger-bolt shims and the theory behind them. and of course good old youtube has videos from the vendor showing the installation. I got a measurable accuracy improvement on all three of my rifles, nothing huge but the shims did help and like I said above I am always squeezing everything I can get out of my firearms and just like screwing around with my stuff. Al
  7. Back in the late 70s and early 80s arms manufacturers started paying attention to their rimfire lines coming out with full sized higher end rifles. Remington had their 541S, Kimber came out with a whole slew of nicely made rimfires and Ruger jumped into the fray with their 77/ line. The Ruger's design lent itself to be chambered in not only rimfires but also centerfires like 22 Hornet, 357 mag and 44 mag. The look and lines of the new Ruger were similar to their centerfire 77s, classic walnut stock, hand checkered, blued steel for starters. I took the bait and acquired one in 22 Hornet, 22 Mag and 17 HMR, I used these rifles for varmint hunting and they have proven their worth. They did have a couple of negatives for me, the trigger was on the heavy side and their two piece bolt design could have a little slop causing less than stellar accuracy. Now when it comes to accuracy these Rugers have all that is needed for hunting but I get a little off the deep end and am always trying to squeeze the best performance I can out of all my firearms. Aftermarket triggers and sears made the weight of pull and easy fix thanks to Volquartsen and Dayton Traister. If the bolt needs tightening it is solved by installing trigger-bolt shims. Those little improvements can make for some tack driving groups. I have gone through all three of my 77s and they print their bullets where aimed. Well looks to me that Ruger is phasing these high end 77s out, too much good stuff going into them makes for high prices that most will not pay. Below is my stainless maggie with an 8X Leupold mounted, she will do under an inch all day long, the other rifle is the standard sporter in 17 HMR, great fur rifle. Al
  8. My favorite is your little video hunt with the Savage 99 and dressed up in the Woolrich PA tux. Al
  9. I was around back in 1966, we had one heck of a Bizzard right here in NY also. Al
  10. Of all my outdoor gear I have found rain gear to be the least satisfying, I have tried at one time or another just about everything and the bottom line is it all is about compromise. Heavy duty stuff is just that heavy and clammy, I have a heavy duty parka I purchased from the nite light company, It has held up the best of anything I have tried. It is one tough coat, I have worn it coonhunting in downpours and through some pretty knarly stuff and it still does not have any holes in it. Chasing hounds through the woods at night makes for a clammy interior, don't know what is worse, being soaked for sweat or being soaked from rain. Tried the nylon stuff and rubber suits, under hard use they get shredded pretty easy, the goretex stuff is an expensive joke. These days I just go with a packable Frogg Togg outfit and replace it when worn, works good as anything for me. Al
  11. Good to see this model back in the lineup, one of my favorites. Al
  12. That is a pretty nice haul you boys took in, congratulations. Al
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