wolc123

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About wolc123

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  • Birthday 12/25/64

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    Marlin M512 / Ruger M77 30/06 / Marlin 336BL / TC Omega 50 cal / Ithaca 37 16 ga / Remington 870 12 ga
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  1. Watched a dog take down a deer today

    A slow, painful death like that hurts the flavor, best leave it for the coyotes. I would be interested in the tail though. Button buck tails make the best bass jigs.
  2. Till the start!

    This might be the year to get one with the crossbow !! Maybe on October 1, if full inclusion happens. I am not getting my hopes up for that though, and already planning on (3) vacation days up in the Northern zone a couple weeks later, assuming things will stay as they have been the last (4) years.
  3. Till the start!

    With the early thaw that it looks like we are going to get per the long term forecast, winter kill should be minimal for the third consecutive year.
  4. Grow Alot

    It is kind of sad that I have not shot a button buck since opening day morning in 2012. You may have read the story on that, which I posted last night in the "favorite hunting memory" thread. Fortunately, we were blessed with one in 2014, thanks to a "hit and run" motorist, and another in 2016, thanks to the generosity of a buddy from work. There is still a vacuum sealed roast from that one in the freezer. I am saving that for a special occasion. It looks like it has been an every other year treat, probably going back about 36 years, to the first deer I killed in Allegheny state park on a "party permit" with my dad and uncle. Hopefully I can finally get one with my crossbow in 2018 (I have yet to take an antlerless deer with that). Maybe full inclusion will pass this year, so I might be able to lift you up further with a pm on or close after October 1. I am pleased to occupy the number one spot on your list. This thread is supposed to be about grow and I do miss her, even though she took a couple unjust swipes at me. Once was about "skylining" my Adirondack THS buck. She also did not like my practice of eradicating "nuisance" raccoons. The buck was not skylined and it is perfectly legal to kill nuisance raccoons but that did not make any difference to her. I do feel bad about a few of the deer that she has struck and lost over the last few years. Hopefully, she is spending her free time now on her kindle reading a Bible AP, which might actually help her from having that happen again.
  5. Diets

    How old are you and do you have any dependents ? If so, you may want to think about some life insurance to take care of them after you are gone.
  6. When I was about 15, our parents took the family to Walt Disney world, where we stayed for a week in at Fort Wilderness campground. I was more into the Florida Largemouth bass fishing than the rides at Magic Kingdom, so one morning I rented a canoe at the trading post. I paddled up small canal, to a wide area with a weed bed across the back. I had read in magazines to watch for birds to show you where the fish were, and there was a great blue heron perched there at the edge of the weeds. I was not real good then with my new Garcia Ambassador 5500 reel, loaded with 20 pound test, and my first cast sort of got away from me, clear over the heron. I tried to stop it with thumb pressure, but could only watch as the big purple plastic worm looped a few times around the big bird's neck. Disturbed by the situation, the heron took flight, and an "aerial battle" began. It got up pretty high, before taking all the slack out of the line, then came crashing down. A tram passed by. loaded with kids. There was some yells and possibly pictures taken, as they noted the unorthodox wildlife activity. I took off my windbreaker and attempted to cover the bird and remove the hook. The line broke and it took of again with the worm and a few feet of line still attached. Looking back, it is kind of funny, but not so much at the time. I never did catch any bass there.
  7. Favorite Hunting memory

    Lots of good memories have accumulated over 39 years of hunting. My favorite one occurred on opening day of NY southern zone deer season, in 2012. That morning hunt was especially good for my wife. She had a big smile on her face when I brought up a fat button buck that I shot about 15 minutes after sunrise. I gutted it quick, then got back up in my stand until lunch time. I heard about 30 other shots nearby that morning, on our side of the road, but did not see any more deer. As she was preparing lunch, the phone rang. It was an older friend in the adjacent town, asking if she wanted a deer that she had shot. I wanted to get back out hunting, but I gave in to my wife's request, and drove over to pick up that deer. It turned out to be another fat button buck, nearly identical to the one already hanging in our garage. Seldom have I seen her happier than she was at the sight of those two hanging in the garage. She loves button bucks more than any other, because they are so tender and tasty and do not require giving up any wall space. After lunch, she and our equally happy girls (they also love button bucks), got in the mini-van and headed over to her parents house, not knowing yet that they would be giving up some wall-space later that afternoon. Having only seen one deer all morning and hearing all those close by shots, I thought an afternoon hunt on our side of the road would be pointless. I did not hear any shots across the road however, so I decided to head over there for the afternoon. I had a tree-stand deep in the woods over there that I mainly just used during archery season. It was warm and peaceful up in that tree, and I passed the time reading. The hours passed and all I saw was another hunter sneaking slowly across the far side of the woods. Towards evening, I looked at my watch and noted there was 5 minutes of legal daylight left. At that moment, the book dislodged from my hand and fell to the ground. I decided to pack it in a touch early, and carefully climbed down with my loaded shotgun (shame on me, but it paid off this time). There was some thick cover below my stand and as soon as I got to the ground, I heard crashing all around me. A flock of turkeys had just landed, some just 10 feet away. Suddenly, the big head, neck, and antlers of a mature buck appeared, at point blank range. I raised my gun quick, centered the cross-hairs at the base of his neck, and dropped him there in his tracks, with just two minutes of legal daylight to go. I had just enough fading light to get his guts out and drag his heavy carcass to the edge of the woods. That was my favorite hunting memory for two reasons. The lesser, is that I am a meat hunter first, and never had a single day produce more venison in terms of quality (in the morning) and quantity (in the afternoon). The biggest reason, is that the afternoon hunt was the one that removed any doubt of what it takes for a hunt to be successful, and of Who determines if it will be. Had the book I dropped been any other, I would still be wondering. It happened to be the World's number one all-time best seller. Had I not dropped that book when I did, those turkeys would have spotted my blaze orange camo from a mile away, and that buck they were protecting would have met a different fate.
  8. Thanks for providing that evidence. It is good to see "obtaining meat" up top and "obtaining a trophy" on the bottom for motivation to hunt. Hopefully the DEC reads this and stops bringing up talk about mandatory AR's. It would be interesting to see if anyone can come up with any contradictory evidence (ie: that obtaining a trophy is the top motivator).
  9. What's your dream outdoor trip?

    I did Quebec moose/bear hunts and Colorado elk/mule deer hunts in my younger days. They were fun, but I would not want to go again. Quebec is too flat and bushy, and the Colorado high-desert is not all that pretty. Moose and elk are good eating, but mule deer not so much. These days, my dream hunt happens a few times every fall, chasing whitetails up in NY's Adirondack mountains. I have not seen finer scenery and the whitetail deer up there are just as tasty as the corn-fed ones from around home.
  10. Wonderful Quote From The Late Charlie Alsheimer

    Can I be "Baby Buck Blaster" ?
  11. Wonderful Quote From The Late Charlie Alsheimer

    fsw/rwh is simply going off the deep end, because he realizes that the big antler craze has started to slow down and more and more folks are "settling" for smaller bucks to get some meat and put a little enjoyment back in the hunt. There were a minimum of three instances of that by prolific posters on this site alone last fall. It is hard to ignore the evidence when it is all right there for all of us to see. He has exactly zero evidence from this site to back his claim that it is ALL antlers for 99 % of hunters. It is getting to be more and more about the meat these days. It is no wonder fsw/rwh is now behaving irrationally with the name change, etc. He has made it very clear how his livelihood is dependent on the antler craze, and it has to be sad seeing that start to go away. I for one am very thankful that we still have him and a few other "real" trophy hunters toughing it out here in NY, rather than heading off to greener pastures in states which cater to horn-hunters. I am sure that there have been and will be times when those "baby-bucks" they pass on are all that prevents me from eating more store-bought chicken. Thanks again folks.
  12. How honest are you ?

    That was also my first shotgun, left to me by my grandpa about 40 years ago. I rarely use it anymore, because it is only effective under 75 yards, but I usually tote it a time or two each season in spots where long shots are not expected. I was sorely tempted to shoot that buck because I was on my grandpas old farm and it would have been the largest antlered buck that I killed on his farm with his old gun. The hunting has been poor there for many years, due to heavy tresspassing, but the new, high-strung owner of that brushy field out back has turned that situation around with his heavy-handed tactics. I really did not want to start out on the wrong foot with him. I did kill a fine 8-point with that old Ithaca 7 years ago, which got me in a little hot water with another neighbor who bought the woods across the road from our house. He did not mind me taking a smaller buck over there with my bow, but got a little testy when that big one went down to my shotgun. He may have been ok with it, had his trouble-making cousin not sent him a new years card (supposidly from me) with a picture of that buck's euro mount (on the left) on it. Needless to say, I do not hunt there anymore, but I think he got over it.
  13. How honest are you ?

    That nearly happened to me last fall. It was a 4 or 6 point and about 10 feet over the line. It would have been a 40 yard broadside shot with my Ithaca 16 gauge slug gun. I settled the crosshairs of the 1.5X Weaver scope behind his shoulder, patiently waiting for him to take a couple more steps. He did not, but walked away parallel with the line, and I did not shoot. I am not an antler guy and our meat supply was not yet secure at the time. It was past the mid-point of the season, so I was in full brown-down mode. If he would have stepped over the line, I would have shot regardless of the antlers he carried. I was wishing I had a grunt call, but I did not. Fortunately, a nice doe offered me a good shot the next afternoon, so I was able end the season with enough venison to last until this fall.
  14. How honest are you ?

    I would call the landowner and ask if I could take the tail (they work good for making fishing lures). If I could not get permission, I would not go near it. What would you do ?
  15. Wonderful Quote From The Late Charlie Alsheimer

    It looks like we are up to 6 pages now. I am mostly just a weekend hunter myself. I have been very blessed that it has been easy to recognize the "Miracles from Heaven" that have enabled me to cleanly kill and recover all of the deer that I have shot at over the last 12 years. I do not get a lot of chances, and I am willing to accept about a 10% chance of loss when I pull the trigger. There is only one way to explain that long stretch of 100% recovery, and I could not be more thankful that I know what it is. I am also very thankful for all of the real super hunters, like four seasons, because the "baby bucks" they let go have often saved us from having to buy more chicken. Actually, my wife and daughters like that but I don't care for it. They do like venison a little better, which I am also very thankful for. It is very nice when your wife and kids encourage you to spend more time hunting. It sure beats standing in line at the grocery store.