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About wolc123

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    9F, 6C
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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. Had to make room in the freezer.

    The nice thing about using the grind is that you can use the "lesser" cuts, like front shoulders, neck, and rib-meat. I like to cook the "prime" stuff like back-straps, medium rare on the grill, even though it would probably make very tender jerky. My brother in law mixes the ground venison and beef and uses a stainless steel "grease-gun" type tool to squeeze it into little strips that go in the dehydrator. He makes a few different varieties. The kids and I like the cayenne flavored the best. I have had some that others have made from straight ground venison and it is not nearly as good.
  2. Had to make room in the freezer.

    My brother in law makes some great jerky from grind. He mixes half venison half beef for the best results. More beef is too moist, more venison is too dry. 50/50 makes it just right. He raises beef, but has yet to kill a deer, so he is completely dependent on others for that part. I will set him up with a little as soon as I kill my next deer. Tough jerky is usually the result of using poorer cuts and/or not aging the carcass properly before processing.
  3. Maybe one. I imagine those brave Mainers on day two of Gettysburg felt a little worse up on little roundtop, when the rebs charged up and all they had to stop them were their bayonets. They all had 60 rounds at the start.
  4. Pan Seared Venison Heart

    My wife always pickles them for me. She uses an old recipe that my grandma used on beef and pig hearts and tongues. I always liked the tongue better, it is a little more tender. Deer tongues are a little small to deal with. I have a couple beef tongues in the freezer that I will throw in with the first few venison hearts this year. Moose tongue is the best wild game I have ever sampled.
  5. I probably should have treated my jacket also, because a few jumped on it, when I returned to the spot where I had killed that tick-infested buck last fall, and attached my hammock seat to the same tree that I shot him from. I just swatted them off and made sure to do a good inspection in the shower that evening. I will not return to that area until after a few hard frosts, which means it is not happening this weekend.
  6. Lessons learned.

    Sorry to hear about that. Lessons learned like that are never fun. I learned a tough lesson myself with my ML, 13 years ago, so I know about half way how you feel right now. I shot at a standing, quartering-away buck that was about 175 yards away with my 50 cal T/C, using about the same load. I had a very good rest and my scope was cranked up to the max of 7X. I felt confident in the shot because that gun had held a 3" group from a bench at 200 yards. The buck was standing on fresh snow, which added additional confidence in taking the shot. At the shot, he charged thru a creek and I watched him cross a field, a road, and into a field on the other side. I tracked that buck for about 350 yards, before loosing the trail, never finding a drop of blood on the snow. After a few hours of circling and grid-searching, I assumed a "clean-miss" and gave up. A week later, the crows helped me locate the half-eaten carcass in a little clump of brush about 50 yards beyond my widest circle. The bullet likely struck right about where I aimed, and probably clipped one lung. It was a little basket racked 8-point, and I left it for the mice. The last thing I wanted was a reminder of a piss-poor tracking job on my part. The memories of them "hard-lessons" stay with you longer than those of successful hunts do. I can tell you what I did to prevent any more "major" screw-ups over the last 12 seasons (there has been a few minor ones, including a poorly placed shot that required a quick followup last season). First, I think 150 yards is right about at the energy limit of that load. I would only fire at a deer at that range or a bit beyond if it was standing broadside. There is not enough energy there to penetrate much tissue for quartering to or away shots. That does not explain the 100 yard situation, where energy should be plenty from any shot angle. The way I have eliminated all the "major-errors" is by going right to the top. Jesus Christ has the final say where all living creatures end up (somewhere in the Bible is a verse which say's that He "knows where every sparrow falls"). That is the only book I have ever read that does not contain any BS. I try and read a couple pages every morning. Over the last (3) years, At least 2 deer have ended up in our freezer as a confirmed direct result of that habit, in addition to (3) more "probables". Other folks will give you other suggestions, but I can guarantee that this one works. It also helps a lot with fish.
  7. I sprayed my bibs and boots with permathin, prior to heading up to the NZ last weekend for ML hunting. It did a good job of keeping them off from me. I did not bother re-applying for opening of rifle this weekend, because I think it is supposed to last for a few weeks, even if you wash it. One thing is certain, I will never bring another deer carcass home from up there. I picked over a hundred ticks off from the buck that I brought home last year, before and while I was skinning it. The $ 50 that the butcher shop up there charges for processing is well worth it, just to not have to deal with the ticks. There was not a single one in the box of packaged venison that they sent me home with from the doe I killed up there last year during ML season.
  8. Luna's Tracking Journal 2017

    It looks like the swamp is the place to be for the NZ rifle opener this weekend. I was leaning that way anyhow, but that makes the decision a little easier. I will start out trying to rattle them out a little. If they don't respond, I am going in. I don't expect any natural movement, after the first half hour of daylight, with the warm weather.
  9. I am not "telling" them where to go, just pointing out that there is a place where they may be able to go and live happily ever after. I have no problem with them staying here, after full inclusion, and continuing to hunt with their compounds, recurves or longbows if they wish. Thank you for bringing up my connection to God. What weapon do you suppose Jesus would prefer ? One that women, children, weak, and old folks could handle easily, or one that only the strong could operate ? How would He feel about a special season that only the strong could participate in ?
  10. Easy tag question

    It could be but sounds odd. About half of the spot I hunt in the the NZ is just the opposite. It is antlered only during the early ML season on one side of the main highway, but either/or on the other side. During gun, it is all antlered only except that landowners (50 plus acres) and DV's may apply for a DMP on the side of the road where anlterless were legal during ML. I suppose that if you are in an extremely overpopulated area, it might appear to make sense to make the late ML season antlerless only. It really don't make sense though, as that would just force more of the hunters into zones where they could use their ML tag on a buck or a doe. I think the DEC learned that lesson the hard way a couple years ago when they tried making the first two weeks of archery antlerless only in some of the over populated zones. I don't think we will see them repeat that mistake again.
  11. Easy tag question

    You can use the "either" one on an antlered or antlerless deer in archery or ML season, but the antlerless is just that in each. Your regular season buck tag becomes an "either" in Southern zone late ML season.
  12. Swamp hunting

    I might try some of that myself this weekend. I killed my first Adirondack buck a few years ago, as he stood in a little clearing, right in the middle of a big swamp. I was about 300 yards away, high up on an adjacent ridge, with the scope on my 30/06 cranked up to 9 power. That day there was fresh snow, it was very cold, and the deer were moving. I saw him approaching from over a mile away, and it was just a matter of waiting for the right shot when he reached an opening. I do not expect much movement this weekend, with the predicted high temperatures, so still-hunting in that swamp might be an option. That will only happen if the wind is strong enough to cover my noise. There is no way to move quietly thru those tangled bushes. I am thinking it will take at least a 20 mph wind to cover my noise. I was not able to get close enough to see any deer with a 15 mph south-westerly and my ML last weekend but I found a ton of deer sign in there. If it is calm, I will probably just find some good locations along the edge and to try and catch them coming back in in the morning, or sneaking out in the late afternoon. I might even rattle a little bit in the late morning to try and draw them out. One little problem with killing a heavy deer deep in the swamp is getting them out. That last swamp buck put a hurting on me, dragging it a few hundred yards to the nearest spot where my father in law could get his ATV to it. I was not in the best shape then, and I hope to be able to do a little better this year after lots of time working out and getting in better condition. If nothing else, it makes the still-hunting up and down those hills, and in and out of that swamp, a lot easier.
  13. Easy tag question

    In some overpopulated zones, you can fill up to (6) DMP's. Two from the initial draw, two from leftovers after Nov 1, and two transferred from other hunter(s). Add your two buck tags and the either/or ML/archery and you can legally take up to (9). (4) average sized deer gets our family from one season to the next. It is kind of nice having a leftover vacuum-sealed one or two at the start, so I can be a little more selective with my (2) buck tags. That's funny Core, my wife just started on freezer deer number 5 from last year with a crockpot full of chilli and the kids and I just finished eating a bunch of it. I killed (4) deer last year, gave one away and received (2) as gifts. (3) this year would be just right.
  14. Had to make room in the freezer.

    I just finished defrosting and cleaning our big freezer in the basement to make some room. I managed to pack about 70 pounds of remaining venison from last year, and roughly the same amount of fish from this year, into the two upstairs refrigerator freezers. I had to take a big turkey up to the inlaws place in the Adirondacks last weekend to make room for that. Now that it is defrosted and cleaned, it is time to start filling it back up. Hopefully, the deer will cooperate over the next couple months.