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  1. A NULA in anything but a short mag right? LOL I wouldn’t think you were all ‘controlled round feed’ gun guy like Echols action? Gonna be Hartmann & Weiss type money too. If you got to ask, you ain’t on the list. I’d guess solid into 5 figures for just action in the white. A Corbett inspired Rigby stalking rifle in 275 Rigby would fit you to a tee, enough horsepower for anything in North America, no recoil, fun to handle, slim and trim, H&W action as good as they come. And Rigby is Blaser owned, you know it will drive tacks. If I was down that path I’d like a Stuart Satterlee ti action, maybe in 404Jeff or 458 Lott with a proper stock so I could shoot with just a reflex red dot type site on the front bridge. Backup folding rear leaf and ivory front bead. A Roger Kehr engraved, James Anderson built rifle would be a wonder to own if dreaming big.
  2. I’ll dig them out if I have time, in a tote somewhere. Cool, that’s right there. That’s by Parks grounds buildings entrance, there’s a par 3 right there where that deer used to hang. That’s also where I found 2 rather amorous ladies “enjoying” each other’s company one time, that’s a fun story…… Damn that’s a long time ago, now I feel old.
  3. Road hunter, ha, that’s the key to success; eh? LOL In the mid 80’s I worked at Park CC on Sheridan. There was a buck used to live on that convent property that bordered it (I think that’s a state park now?) and walk down Sheridan in the wee hours and hangout at Westwood CC (I don’t know what that is now). I didn’t hunt then, but found his sheds mowing greens at Park and still have them, biggest deer rack I have ever personally handled.
  4. Worked on a project with Cicada Killing Wasps back in August. Almost 2” long. Harmless too. Gigantic looking hornet type thing.
  5. That’s OK, and its also why I am no longer posting hunt pics or reports anywhere, its a boutique hunt that only a few are interested in seeing and there is no upside putting anything out there.
  6. I got back about 2 weeks ago from an elephant hunt. 8th safari trip. It’s not the first time he’s looked uncomfortable on TV and on the same show, but hunting buffalo. Here’s the relationship going on. Tony Makris (the guy in the hat on that hunt) works for Ackerman McQueen, he’s buddies with LaPierre. The video is for a show Makris does on his own “Under Wild Skies”, and he gets Wayne to write a big fat NRA check to pay for it. Ackerman McQueen has had a business relationship with the NRA also, that’s actually now having major friction as both parties are accusing the other of cooking the books. Makris also happens to be a leading authority of old school safari guns, he’s no fool. Ive never met him, but know folks who have dealt with him. That book I suggested goes well into that relationship and how the NRA morphed from ‘teach gun stuff’ when founded into a lobbying group. On the hunt….. All kinds of folks show up in safari camps, and PH’s have to deal with all levels of skill both shooting and hunting. I’m not a big fan of Wayne, I think his time should be over at the NRA. But almost everyone has had a time where they maybe weren’t at their finest in the hunting fields. I know I haven’t wanted a camera man along as I think it will change my demeanor on a hunt; but I could have some pretty spectacular footage by now. The trackers somehow ended up in the line of fire on the other side of that bull and thats on them and the PH. Really poor work on that hunt from what should be seasoned pro’s. My hunting party got into a dicey situation with a wounded ele calf and a really anxious mother who let us know we were a real problem for her and that herd when we got winded. The next 20 minutes were a bit hairy, but the PH and myself are there to protect the rest of the crew (2 trackers, 2 game scouts). I think I can acquit myself pretty well when shooting, that whole deal would not have been comfortable with a liability of a client along that can’t shoot well and is nervous to be there. And right after that, we started hunting poachers who spooked the buffalo I was after, and had layed the snare that messed up the ele calf really bad. But thats a whole nother’ story. Buffalo with in 20yds for a few hrs in the morning, charging elephants, spooky buffalo, and poachers made for a hell of a day.
  7. Read "confessions of a gun lobbiest" if you want some additional interesting insight on nra. Google it and long passages are free online. I met Chris Cox at a private fund raiser clays shoot, thats who should have taken over the top spot. Commands a room, super charasmatic.
  8. Tape the muzzles of my guns with electrical tape when hunting.
  9. Cool pics.... Bucket list stuff right there!
  10. Yes, just about the time we had 2 other rods in and ready to chase down some line, animal surfaced up stream and I straitened out one of the treble hooks and all was well. Good knot test on terminal tackle. Hunt was good as always with a few twists thrown in that had some highs and lows. Back for a week, and already planning and counting down days to next one. Tough winds made for challenging conditions, throw in a pissed off elephant encounter, a group of poachers, up stupid close with elephant and buffalo, and it was everything dangerous game hunting can be. You just never know what the day will hold.
  11. Follow up. Good advice to buy this reel. Thanks all. Used it during the summer and although plans evolved and I dropped the saltwater portion of my trip, it’s performance is top notch. Well worth taking it as outfitters equipment is tired and needs an upgrade. Tigerfish, Lower Zambezi, It was warm especially in ‘the Gorges’ well into the 100’s everyday. This is fed from Kariba dam and water runs cooler with a fair amount of current. Ranged from fingerlings to a 9lb’er (with the boga) Lots of Hippo attracts lots of baitfish the feed on the dung and provides plenty of tigers around to snack on them. Snagged one Hippo with a Yozuri and it almost spooled my braid line, it was not happy.
  12. I am so ready, but waiting on delayed charter into camp as previous group is recovering a buffalo shot at last light yesterday. Its all good, tomorrow is first hunting day other then a few minutes to check rifle at camp all is well. So im working on a new knife for this hunt with a stone i have along. Still needs some sanding and stone work, but getting there. Maple and tool steel.
  13. Best way to social distance in modern international flying..... Put 38 people on a plane that seats 286 and 10 flight attendents. Cargo is paying the way. Just a side observation, Emirates hands down best looking fligjt attendents ever. Singapore Air right there too.
  14. Im at JFK right now ready to go. 5 kg or 11 lbs. Now thats supposed to be for ammo and a case, but many weight those together. Print rules most supervisors will do correct that. On international it has to be seperate from firearm. But some domestics allow it in check case with gun. Im flying Emirates and they require prior approved permit. Submitted passport, customs 4457, letter of invitation providing proof i needed a rifle at my destination. Submitted at 30 days, got confirmation from Dubia Police all ok 3 days before departure. If you transit some countries you need permission. Im going through Milan Italy and dont need anything. But Dubia and airline do. Cant be in a ziplock. Has to be in oem, OR secure packaging, thats domestic and international. I use mtm slip cases all the time no issue. Ive checked just a small ammo case for both domestic and international with 80-100 rounds no problem. And obvious it has to be checked.
  15. I shoot both open, biggest benefit for me has been calling my shots. More often then not seeing a bullet hit and being able to stay on an animal even in a herd situation with mulriple animals dispersing at the shot.
  16. Im happy to read so many posters talk about good bullet choice. Most 22 250 commercial are varmint rounds. Also in context, its not uncommon for deer to be head shot for the meat market in European countries, body shots are not allowed. That tradition enters into even personal hunting shot choices not intended for market. Fallow are outstanding table fare, highly prized in both market and for personal use. Here we are agast at the mear mention of head shots, but i can say a super accurate 22 cal fast centerfire is an efficient killer when used in that application. With the right bullet a body shot not an issue either. I have some 22 250 with Nosler partitions that kill deer sized game quite well, i happen not to use it much as i have many choices. But its done its job without fuss.
  17. "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" ,although a short story, is a good read. "Snows of Kilimanjaro" written at same time.
  18. And Id love to help you out too. But 11 days left of my boss giving me a to do list and I'm on a plane for my opening day. .
  19. Last 2 years I haven't done any big game and hardly any hunting at all. Lost my mojo for a bit with other things complicating life. Still enjoy reading others posts here and elsewhere. Tracked a very nice deer last year during regular season for a day, didn't even have a rifle with me. Started out the day set for a long hike. Had a ball in some fresh snow. Booked a 2 week hunting/ fishing trip in spring this year for 2 weeks to get back into it. I'm just a couple weeks away now. You'd think it was my first opening day coming up. I have slept in a week now that I'm so close. Enjoy the diversion, this will all still be here.
  20. Butchering a pig is by far the easiest animal I have ever cut up, even more so if curing the rear quarters for ham. Now to live stick a pig, that'd be pretty tough for most, even veteran hunters I know are pretty wide eyed when they have watched me. Slide a knife in from the front of the chest, severing the top of the heart with a side slicing motion. Old school is to collect that blood in a bucket for sausage as it pours out. There's a reason the British SAS trained on pigs to get soldiers used to the feel, sights, smell, and sounds of an upclose death. Never changed a diaper. Never will. I feel diminished.
  21. Common practice in places where tracking hunts happen is to drag brush on a rope behind a vehicle on 2 tracks/roads to sweep them clean to check for prints. And you now have a timeline started to age them. Lots of interesting info learned from reading tracks. Sweeping paths into blinds a common occurrence when predator hunting baited set ups in other places . I usually get that job, and not uncommon to do 150 to 200 yds so you can walk quietly in the dark. Good to see NY making changes. Get rid of back tags and they might catch up to the rest of the states.
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