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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. I just started "Masters Challenge". It is a fictional series(Destroyer), about assassins. Just something different from my normal westerns.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. You can see some pretty good videos on You Tube of squirrel hunting with dogs. It is a good time with a nice dog whether it is a fiest or a cur. Fun for a father and son/daughter. Any hunting is more fun when you have a dog for a partner. Good luck
  14. That's a hell of a tribute from his peers. And they are right. I am one of the fans that didn't appreciate all he did keeping himself and his opponents safe. And, he was the one that got Ric flair over the hump into super stardom.
  15. I remember him. He caused all sorts of chaos in the back and was finally let go for good.
  16. I know it is not pheasants, but the best woodcock dog i ever followed was a wirehaired pointing griffon. He would be locked on a tiny bush with a clump of hay around it, and you would swear there is no way in hell there is a bird there. Go over and kick your foot around the bush and there would be the woodcock. He loved to hunt and loved people and kids in his down time.
  17. These were definitely the golden age of fake wrestling. The managers causing chaos, challenges, and just plain good guys and bad guys. I loved it.
  18. The only weird thing I can think of that I eat is peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches.
  19. Definitely a classic! See if you can find when Sgt. Slaughter had the challenge for anyone to get out of the cobra clutch. That went on for weeks before the big climax
  20. Howes Cavern is pretty close to Fort Plain too. It is a pretty cool place, and if the weather is hot, it is literally pretty cool.
  21. Man! Askren ducked right into a flying knee.
  22. Dirt track racing at Fonda Speedway on Saturday night. They have a kids club to sign up when you go in for free prizes. Probably want ear protection for the youngsters, but it usually is pretty exciting for kids and family. When the nascar trucks are off, Stewart Friesen runs a modified there.
  23. I'm just a cheapie 3-5 buck a stick dominican guy. I mostly smoke mild to mediums with a Connecticut wrapper. It is pretty relaxing to sit around and enjoy the cool evening with a nice cigar.
  24. My red headed wife always stays on the borderline crazy line, but I like it. It definitely has plenty of benefits that goes with it. My life is never boring and my friends love to get her wound up. Despite all the crazy stuff, we can easily go out with friends to a casual or fancy restaurant or bar and fit right in and have a good time. For a man as active and full of hobbies as I am, I feel very lucky to have a tolerant wife.
  25. I used to go through Geneva to get to Stanley when I ran hounds in the competitions. I loved it out there because it is a lot flatter than where I'm from, and there was always a lot more coon. I met a lot of good people out there and won more than my fair share of money.