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About coonhunter

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    Advanced NY Hunter

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    .270 mossberg
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  1. As soon as ice gets on my lakes, I am ice fishing. I do it every weekend and lots of times I fish for crappies at night after work. My wife hates most of my hobbies, but she likes to go out on warmer days to fish and grill up some fresh fillets on the ice. I also have one little girl that is 6 that is ready to go anytime i call, and she is always a joy to have around the shanty and loves to chase flags on the tip ups. From late March til October I go all over attending dirt modified races. I grew up around it just like hunting, and it has stuck with me my whole life.
  2. I do agree with Big Indian that they are another big kitchen appliance. I ended up making a new cupboard with tall shelves for our air fryer, crock pots, George Foreman grill, electric griddle, and waffle iron. Man! Whatever happened to a stove, oven and BBQ grill?!!!
  3. Our cooking is only for two or three people. We had a little trial and error, but now use it a lot for chicken, fish, and fries. A little investigating on the internet ended up helping us out a ton.
  4. Any ice fishermen needing to stock up on ice fishing jigs, Widowmaker Lures is having a nice sale starting at midnight on Thursday night and going til midnight Friday night. Great prices and quality jigs. I placed a good sized order last year and caught a ton of fish, and the paint still looks new. You can find them on the web and on facebook. I think they are a family run business in the midwest. I know they are active on facebook, and put up lots of pictures from their customers.
  5. I'm in the group of "Thanksgiving is the best holiday". What more could i ask for?! Hunting in the morning, home for a hot shower, eat a great meal with family and friends, and relax watching football and raising hell with the company. Hunting has to be cut short this year as I have to go pick up my wife's mother because she doesn't drive and my father in law died early in the Summer. It's a small price to pay to make sure traditions stay alive.
  6. I was hunting on the border of 4F and 7M. I will be a big morning tomorrow because the bucks are in full chase mode and there is still some snow in the woods for visibility.
  7. I just started "Masters Challenge". It is a fictional series(Destroyer), about assassins. Just something different from my normal westerns.
  8. I agree with Daveboone. All the practice in the world does you little good if you can't apply it in the woods. A lot of bad shots are the result of thinking you have to shoot. Sometimes there just isn't a good shot, even if the deer is well in your limits. Plan ahead when you get in your stand. Take note of branches and saplings, check some trees for yardage, turn in your stand to see if you have a shot that way, look for obstructions that a deer may pass behind so you can draw, etc. It sucks to have a nice buck go through and never get a chance to shoot, but it happens to me a lot because I hunt in pretty thick areas by choice. When the bucks get chasing hard, you may have a few bucks charging through so fast that you don't even have a hope of getting a good shot on them. The next one may stop on a dime when you grunt at them. The only pressure is the pressure you put on yourself. Just relax as much as possible, and realize there may not be a shot, and if you don't spook the deer you may get another opportunity.
  9. Tons of acorns and apples. I am in the Columbus, New Berlin and 4F in Edmeston. A lot of does and fawns with the young bucks getting antsy. No big bucks seen from stand yet, but a couple out to ears. No shortage of deer that's for sure.
  10. That is about the neatest looking deer I have ever seen a picture of. I'd let her walk too just because i would enjoy seeing her.
  11. Rachunter, no matter what, the first few times you set yourself up to climb in the woods, you are going to think it is impossible to do quickly and quietly. Hell, I have done it hundreds of times over the years, and I still feel like a bumbling fool the first time I set up every year. Take your time, practice in good light conditions, and don't give up. Climbers are great once you get used to them. Strap your harness to the tree as soon as you put your feet in. Yup, it is a pain to keep sliding it up, but it sure beats falling.
  12. Nice picture. I have never seen a red fox up a tree. I knew they would eat apples, but had no idea they would climb to do it.
  13. Ask anyone who runs dogs in the woods. There are feeders, bait piles, salt and/or mineral blocks, butchering sites, and just about anything you can think of all over the place. The stuff may be illegal, but there sure is no shortage of it. I've been seeing this stuff for as long as I can remember.
  14. I watched it. All I can say is that I sure am glad that I was not the one eating those body shots. They were brutal and quickly brought an end to the main event.
  15. I killed a lot of deer with Rocket mini blasters. They were fold back mechanicals and were only 75 gr. My bow speed was only in the 235 -245 range. Unless I hit the off shoulder blade, all were clean pass thrus with blood trails that you couldn't miss. Majority of shots were between 15 and 25 yards, but a couple were 39 and 42 yards. The 39 yard shot went through, the 42 hit the off shoulder and came back out the entrance hole. Both were still easy blood trails, although the longer shot took about 20 yards for the arrow to come back out. Now this is just a quick review for the Rocket mini blaster with the arrow speed from a chronograph. Now I use plain ol Muzzy 3 blade in 75 gr. The only reason I switched is because I am cheap, not because I thought the mini blasters had problems. For the most part, the mini blasters are one and done unless you miss bone completely. Whereas the muzzies I can resharpen or change blades. I can shoot just as far with the Muzzy fixed blades as I could with the mechanicals, and I get good blood trails from them as well. All I can say is practice killing deer. Get used to having deer in range so you can make a good shot whether it is a doe, young buck, or a big buck. When you make a shot, follow the deer with your eyes and mark landmarks in your head that you can walk to because sometimes they may run 20-30 yards before they start pouring blood. For those of you shooting 60 pounds and are uncertain about using a mechanical, I can recommend the 75 gr mini blasters. But remember to change your field points to 75 gr as well. People always ask me why I shoot such light heads, and all I can say is that is what I had when I started. Then, a buddy and I got a deal on a bunch of the mini blasters that kept us in broadheads for years. It always worked fine for me, so I never switched.