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  1. 49 bucks at Dicks. In the woods by 5:30, we screwed our pegs in the tree as high as we dared, then wrapped the "climbing sling" around the tree to hang from as we pulled the Lock On up and strapped it in place. I can remember a couple times ...rather than risk the damn pegs getting down, I just hung from the platform and dropped!.
  2. You never ducked any slugs from the barrages then....I did.
  3. A tree stand was a 2x 4 nailed in a tree crotch.... A box of 5 pumpkin balls cost 2.25. Winter gear was a pair of "thermal" cotton long underwear under two pairs of tight jeans. A successful year we SAW a buck. Surplus rifles (Mausers, Enfields, Carcanos, Lee Enfields, Krag Jorgensons......and single barreld shotguns way outnumbered Remingtons, Winchesters , Marlins, etc. But...I do not miss...opening day southern tier :"barrages" at first light. tree to tree hunters on lots of public land. Idiots emptying thier guns at "tails".
  4. Dad and many of his and earlier generation were much more social hunters....They liked being outdoors and getting together with their friends, but were not any where near as avid as many (but fewer) hunters are today. I had the bug from an early age. I am amazed by the other hunters I know who have never taken thier kids out. But they probably spend more time with their kids doing other things...soccer, baseball, etc.
  5. NY has some of the longest hunting seasons in the country, and absolute gobs of public access for hunting. That doesnt even bring in that you cant throw a rock without hitting fishable waters. Politics aside, I dont think it has any bearing on hunting parents getting their kids /friends kids, whoever, out in the woods. The barrier is the parents ...my generation and my sons, who have moved from being a participant in sports to a spectator. Hunters...recreational hunters, do not have any difficulty obtaining legal hunting arms or ammunition in reasonable quantities for hunting. Avid target shooters, competitors, etc. feel the sting with limited supply much more.
  6. And for not being able to edit my previous note...from a very young age, my son DID acompany me on woods walks, weiner roasts, fishing, squirrel hunts, camping, canoe trips, etc. Happily, he loves fishing still, which we share together, but hunting didnt sync with him. And that is ok.
  7. Constant stimulus from I phones/games, etc., parents spending less time with kids. I am amazed by my very avid hunter friends, none of who ever brought their kids hunting. I ask why ? I got the same answer....I dont want to force it on them! WTF? From a very early age I took delight in accompanying my dad on walks in the woods, fishing (even if my pole was just an old piece of TV antenae), camping, etc. Nothing was ever forced on me, I wanted to spend time with dad...and happily, vice versa. Folks think of family time as just staring at a screen.
  8. one of my greatest wishes was that I had an opportunity to bring Dad up to my modest little hunting camp deer hunting (or our annual St. Lawrence River fishing trip in the fall), but he passed in 81 when I was only 20, and busy with other things....
  9. Dad was a social hunter....he hunted with friends to get out doors and enjoy the company, but was never very succussful. Small game hunting was a reaosn for a walk in the woods, and he deer hunted, but to our knowledge never saw one and never raised his gun to one. From a very young age I recall pawing through his hunting coat pocket and being fascinated by contents....compass, 12 gauge shells, a few feathers, acorns or whatever else he picked up to share. He would take me for fall walks, and I still can smell the mouldering leaves and spice of the apples on the ground.... He and my brother in law took me hunting, but success was very....limited. It wasnt until I went with one of my best buddies and his dad, that I discovered you may actually see (and shoot) a deer (Dad was shocked the first thanksgiving I hunted when I brought home a big finger lakes doe (multi person doe tags then). Earlier that fall, I went with him to a friends hunting camp in the ADKS deer hunting....and I was the only person in camp who saw something, even if it was just a small first year doe. Moms family were the hunters, but they had all passed on by the time I came around, so I think I actually got my hunting drive from that side ...Dads family wasnt allowed to own guns!!
  10. oh, da tings dat mine eyes have seen! Oh, da tings I wish I could forget! (oh, da tings I wish I could remember!)
  11. Most state lands you can overnight without a permit, most any where as long as it isnt on a lake shore. State lean toos are great for being a flat dry place to camp, but actually they tend to be a very cold camp...thus we dug down in the snow. Every winter I get the pull to get out and do it again. I have the gear, and likely would just go up to my camp and then head out into the adjoining state land. Funny thing is, most of the time the weather isnt apprpriate for it....not enough snow, which actually is important for insulation (bare ground is colder, and more exposed to the wind).
  12. When I was in Boy Scouts, we camped every month, year round. Sometimes in the winter it was cabins, but we also would hike in and set up camp (usually left friday night). We got quite proficient at it and I used to like it alot...actually, I would love to get out and do it now. We made "dog sleds", I still have one, that carried our heavier gear, which included water. The key for happy winter camping is to go when it is COLD! the colder, the better, as the snow isnt so likely to melt on you, it acts as insulation , and you are less likely to sweat profusely. You bury your water in a snow drift...it will not freeze. We usually had an area scoped out ahead of time and would usually pre-cut wood, and clear an area for a shelter. We would dig down in the snow, lay down boughs, and spread a tarp across the top...building up walls on the ends. With only a candle lantern or two, it would warm up considerably. The coldest we were out was a measured -20 on the Tug Hill in the early eighties, but we were comfortable. Nothing like a still woods on a calm, clear night. Now I have an insulated cabin, which is cheating. It still takes most of a day to warm it up though (wood heat and an area propane heater). I go up in the a.m., fire everything up and head out for an afternoon of activities, by the time I get back the cabin is close to warm.
  13. Back in the day, it was much more common to got to hunting camp for an extemded time....a week or two, or the whole season. You worked for your deer. there are a lot more sedentary (read FAT) lives now then there was...
  14. Certainly not all 5 acres are created equal, but having your own piece of land tends to mean you really know it, and spend a lot more time out hunting . I have a modest 10 acre chunk with a little cabin, but having a warm place to spend the night and not having to drive to it arriving tired means I am spending a lot more time quality hunting then ever before.
  15. All brass needs initial full sizing...some folks fire form them after that... I had a 45-70 bullet unseat in the barrel on a bear hunt (my reloads)!! That was unsettling. Luckily I was able to whittle a twig to bump it out with, but I used my back up rifle for the rest of the hunt. My opinion....never load for anyone but yourself....stuff happens..... A very experienced shooter acquaintance almost lost his left hand when he had an explosion due to reloads....took out his bolt action! Blew the reciever open. I showed up at the range as he was being bundled up to go to the ED.
  16. I love squirrel hunting, but havent in years. Great reason for a walk with the .22. My favorite squirrel woods is now a development though.
  17. Halibut or swordfish, with shark right up there also. Freshwater....honestly, probably the most overlooked fish is Northern Pike. Taste/texture very similar to haddock, but we sure do love our walleye and perch.
  18. Ya , same here. I did hear long ago, a number of times...that you planned on paying about the same price for a qual;ity scope as for the rifle....And believe that to be true, A quality rifle (for me, Ruger Mk 2, Mauser 98 or ) Leupold or Nikon scope went for about the same money. bummer now that Nikon is out of the scope business.
  19. Get a temporary ladder stand up, and observe. See where they are. You can do that year round. Be mindful of prevailing wind and your backdrop.
  20. I just keep the muzzle pointed down. If it isnt actively raining, I dont worry too much with my caplock. If it is raining...I wont be wandering, most likely will be in a covered stand. I change caps somewhat frequently. With reasonable care, I have never had a misfire. I leave my rifle on an unheated covered porch to avoid condensation, but thoroughly wipe it down when I return to camp. The charge itself is sealed in pretty tight, it is just a point of keeping excess water out of the barrel and keeping the nipple dry. With my flintlock...well, different story. I have a "Cows Knee", cover that goes over the lock if weather is wet. I frequently brush out the priming charge and replace it, and keep a small feather in the touch hole to keep moisture out, until I fire. I will not wander/still hunt with the flinter in the rain, but absolutely still hunt, most likely from a stand. And screw pyrodex/etc. the synthetics are much more unreliable and inconsistent with firing with a flinter....strictly black powder.
  21. I have finished a number of deer....but your 30-30 will have it all over the .357, why bother?
  22. Some retailers will require a pistol permit, even though by law it is only required if you have the components to shoot it.So technically, if it is only a wall hangar without the accoutrements, you do not need a permit. Last I knew.
  23. The sad part about this is I currently am taking down my reloading/ gun/shop area and putting in storage. We are preparing to put our house on the market and i am depressed to think all my reloading/gun work,etc. is packed away, likely for a couple years. Not a happy camper. I have a flintlock southern mountain rifle I am barely started on that likely wont see powder until then.
  24. Yep, as a lifetime reloader well aware. Wasnt referring to it. Just as the .270 was also a wildcat of the 30-06 (a hundred years ago), .44 mag from the .44 special, on and on.....aint nothin new under the sun.
  25. And every year the firearm and cartridge manufacturers release a new wonder cartridge that we cant live without. Yet the trusty old 30-30 manufactured for well over a hundred years is still probably the single best selling and most used cartridge out there. Myself....personally for my hunting I cant be without a .308....but dammit, my 98 Mauser in the original 8x57 is what I usually choose, prefer and trust most.
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