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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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    Barnett Recruit
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  1. wolc123


    I once killed a decent sized snapping turtle with a bush-hog by accident. I was surprised how easily it chopped up compared to a woodchuck that I got another time with the same machine. The woodchuck nearly stalled the tractor but the turtle was barely noticeable.
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    Should be a good one

    Unless he packs a lot of pounds on that body before fall, that one would get a pass from me for sure, regardless of how much antler he puts on. There are not enough tacos in that buck to waste a tag on.
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    Remount for a buddy...

    Looks very good, what did you do with the old cape ?
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    Not too wet for the range

    I planned on cutting part of the lawn earlier today but a late-morning rain stopped that. It only rained for about 20 minutes. Waiting for it to dry gave me just enough time to walk back to the range with my slug gun and it's new Redfield Revolution scope. I decided to swap out my spotting scope for a can of deep-woods off in my pack, just in case the bugs were bad back there. It said on the label that it is effective for ticks, so I sprayed around by pant legs (I had treated my rubber boots with Sawyers last time, and that should still be good). This Marlin bolt-action with the new Redfield gave me a lot less trouble than the "Remlin" lever-action with the mis-matched fiber optics. That took over 20 shots to get sighted in properly. The only glitch today, back at the range, was that my 5-gallon bucket chair was not high enough for the gun rest on the benches. Fortunately, a top-of-the line swivel office chair (it is amazing what folks put out to the trash) that was back there in a weather-proof blind was just about perfect (other than the castor wheels that sunk into the mud). The 2' wide x 3' high backing paper was still attached to the stakes from when I was back there over a week ago (that is the paper that I was not able to hit at 50 yards with those "mis-matched" fiber optics, until I added 1/4" inch of shim under the front sight). This time, I pulled the bolt to do a quick bore-site with the gun in the rest. My first shot with an "odd-ball" sabot was about 5 inches low and two inches right from 50 yards. Doing the math, and adjusting the turrets accordingly put the second, matching "oddball" centered, 1" above the bull. I was impressed that this Redfield moved exactly as it was supposed to, and the "clicks" were very easy to feel and hear. After just two shots with "junk" ammo, it was time to switch to the Hornady, 2-3/4" SST's that I use for hunting. The first shot struck a couple inches low, but once again the adjustment put the second one right about where I wanted it. I replaced the target and fired another at 50 (with scope on 4X), which struck 1-1/4" above and 1/4" to the left of the bull. There was an approximate 15 mph crosswind blowing from right to left. Next, I moved back to the hundred yard bench and fired two more (with the scope at 7X). While walking up to the target, I only saw one hole at first, besides the one from 50. Closer examination showed that the second hole was really and "oval" made of two touching holes, with their centers 3/8" apart. The center of that 2-shot 100 yard "group" was 3/4" below and 1" to the left of the bull. I was ok with that, and decided to quit well I was ahead, happy that it took just 7 shots to get this one sighted in. If I packed sunscreen instead of bug-spray I might have stayed a little longer. I probably will not shoot it again until Labor day weekend, when hopefully the range will be good and dry. It was not very comfortable back there today under the bright sun with the temperature well into the 80's. Surprisingly, there were no bugs at all back there. The Redfield Revolution scope did very well on the range. It was nice to see just one "bull" at 100 yards, and everything was crystal clear in the bright sun conditions. This one is supposed to have the "illuminator" glass, so it will likely do very well in low-light conditions. My two older Redfields, are the next grade down, but they still do ok in low-light conditions. Thankfully, that bright sun and wind dried the lawn out good and I was able to knock that off when I got back to the house.
  5. The only thing that "blows my mind" is the number of folks out there who believe all that came from nothing. There is a book that explains where it all came from and it also happens to be this world's all-time best seller. Can that be a coincidence ?
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    For some reason, those Ruby Reds taste better out on a boat than they do in the house. Labatts makes a grapefruit light that tastes similar (made in Rochester NY, maybe even at the Genesee brewery). That and Blue light lime (also made in Rochester), are the only two Labatt products that don't give me a headache the moment I start drinking them. Apparently the Hemlock lake water is the secret to no headache.
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    Live From The Woods 2019 Turkey Edition

    I shot one from my stand last fall. The stand is 9 ft up and the turkey was 40 yards away. The stand has a 3 ft high barn wood wall all around and I was wearing a camo hat and jacket, but no face paint or mask. There were about 8 turkeys in the group and they did not see me. When one offered a clear shot, with no danger of striking the others, I aimed for its neck with my 12 ga Remington 870, extra-full choke tube, and a 3" load of number 5 (plain lead). At the shot, it flew up into a tree almost directly above me. I could not see it clearly enough to shoot again just then, but it fell down into a ditch, after a minute or two. I climbed down and shot it a second time (in the head), from 10 yards away, which stopped its flopping. I was very surprised when the bird took off after my first shot. I had shot a grey squirrel at the same range with the same load the day before and it was instant "lights out". When I butchered the turkey, I noted a couple shot passed thru the lung area, which I assume were from the first shot, and what caused it to drop from the tree. I am not sure if aiming a little higher or lower would help from a stand. Since a couple of my bb's apparently struck lower than my point of aim, I assume that I should have aimed higher. It wouldn't hurt to pattern your gun from up there so you can find out for sure.
  8. There might be a better way to cover the processing cash shortfall, if indeed there is one. Say for example, that a participating processor normally charges $ 60 to cut and freezer-wrap a deer. A hunter who wants to donate a deer to the program ought to be encouraged and given the option of covering all or part of that $ 60 themselves. The dollars they cover might be indicated on a receipt as a "charitable contribution" for tax auditing purposes. More importantly, in the long run, it is ALWAYS better to give than to receive. That "extra" deer is a lot less of a gift, if other folks money has to pay to process it. I believe that there are lots of hunters out there who really do want to give more, not less, especially when so much of their own effort went in to getting that "gift" in the first place.
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    Memorial Day Camping

    We are doing the same, up on the NW corner of the Adirondack park. I may try for a turkey, if I hear some gobbling on the hill tops surrounding the lake, when I go out fishing at daybreak each morning. Using the oars instead of the outboard lets me hear that and all those other sounds of the woods and water waking up. The loons and the beavers seldom disappoint, but some years (usually when I have tags), the turkeys have not shown up. I never see any other "campers" out, at that time of year up there, at that time of day. The only thing that gets me off the lake (besides a turkey) will be the smell of my mother in-laws fantastic breakfast, when I am drifting downwind. Our kids love hiking, the campfires, and grandma's cooking. Swimming will probably have to wait until our next trip up, over the Fourth of July holiday, because the water will still be a bit too cold next weekend. I have a tough time picking my favorite holiday/long weekend up there, and sometimes it is a four way tie. Memorial day mornings on the lake are tough to beat, Fourth of July swimming and fishing are top-notch, Muzzleloader weekend offers good hunting and great fishing and wins on the years when it corresponds to peak fall foliage. Thanksgiving weekend wins for the deer hunting, on the years with good tracking snow. We used to camp more when the kids were younger, and we still make a trip or two a year with our truck camper. That burns more gas and is a bit more work than taking the mini-van up to the in-laws place, and it sucks to have to cook. My wife is getting better at that, but she has a ways to go before she does it as well as her mother.
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    advice for a NY bear hunt

    That sounds somewhat restrictive. I think I will stick with my 32 oz thermos of hot apple cider.
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    It begins again

    If, by "busted" you are referring to the deer raising it's tail, snorting, and bounding off, then I can believe that. The real issue for me is the deer that catch a slight glimpse of the quick motion required to draw the bow and transitioning to a state of "high-alert". A deer in the alert condition is far more likely to "jump the string", than a relaxed deer would be. To me, that is the biggest reason why the crossbow is so much more effective on live targets like deer. It is a lot easier to hit an individual hair on a deer that is in the same place when the arrow/bolt arrives as it was when it was launched. I have always practiced "aim small miss small", but that don't help much if the target moves during the flight of the projectile. With a vertical bow, after a few bad hits (mostly shoulder blades), I learned to assume that all deer caught a glimpse of my draw, and I started aiming for the lower heart to compensate. The problem with that, is it moves your point of aim off the center of the kill zone, making it unnecessarily smaller. That concern has gone away since I dropped the vertical bow and picked up the crossbow. The slow motion required to position a crossbow has always gone unnoticed, and the four bucks that I shot with it have been right where I thought they would be when the bolt arrived. That includes one standing broadside at 59 yards across an open hay field (second toughest shot, second smallest buck), one standing slightly quartering to at 15 yards on the edge of a corn field (second largest buck, second easiest shot), one walking steady broadside at 20 yards in the woods (toughest shot, largest buck), and one standing broadside at 20 yards in a hay field (easiest shot smallest buck - bb). The first and longest shot struck significantly lower than I aimed, due to my underestimation of the range. Fortunately that bolt was directed into the heart by "you know who". Had it struck center-lung where I aimed, the paltry 8" of penetration would have only made it thru one, and that would have made for a much tougher recovery. A big part of the crossbow issue centers on the fact that those who hunt "for the challenge", can not comprehend that there are others (myself included), who hunt for the meat. For me, the less "challenge" the better, give me a quick clean kill every time (which is exactly what the crossbow has done for me). Why should I put a living, semi-defenseless creature at risk just to "challenge" myself. It reminds me of "catch and release" fishing, just a senseless waste of a fine food source. Folks who want that challenge ought to stick to golf or video games.
  12. I would forgive him a lot quicker than I would that other member of his "party" who got us tangled up in that mess over there. The only one of Jane's movies I saw was "On Golden Pond". She did not look too bad in her bikini. Some jail time probably would have done her good, and may have shaped her up a little quicker.
  13. wolc123

    It begins again

    That particular instructor might need a little more education as to how an arrow or bolt kills an animal, compared to a bullet. (Arrows and bolts kill by cutting and bullets kill by shock). Don't you think that the archery course should be required to hunt with a crossbow ?
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    It begins again

    I do not think that early ML season would be a good idea in the southern zone. All the additional loud "bangs", coupled with increased hunting pressure, would likely cause more deer to switch earlier to "full-nocturnal" mode. That could very well decrease the overall deer take (archery, gun, and ML combined). Just like with a vertical bow, the intended target deer is usually the only one that hears a crossbow go off. When a ML, or other medium or large caliber gun goes off, most of the deer in the DMU can hear it. Sure, there are few gun blasts made now during big-game season by small-game hunters, but I think those numbers are small compared to what would happen if ML's were allowed early for big game. Everybody and their brother would get a ML, if there was an early big-game season for them. I am ok with the two weeks that the crossbow gets now, in the southern zone, before the guns come in. Were they any other two weeks, I would not be quite as content. I have personally done much better with the crossbow, hunting just those two weeks over the last 5 years, than I did with a vertical bow hunting the whole season, over the 30 years prior. The crossbow hunters up north are the ones who are really getting screwed, and so are the local merchants who depend on tourism dollars. Under the regulations since 2014, there are only three days for the crossbow up there before the early ML season opens, and not one of them falls on the weekend. Finally, it seems ludicrous to me, that the archery course is not required to hunt with a crossbow. That seems to be one point that I have not heard anyone argue against. I don't mind the current restrictions on crossbow minimum limb width and poundage. Maybe we will see some changes to the rules this year, but I certainly will not bank on it. There are a couple of ways around the "front-heavy" issue: 1) Get yourself a smaller, narrower crossbow. My cheap little Barnett Recruit handles almost is easily as my Ruger 10/22 and has been 4/4 on deer and all of them dropped dead within 40 yards of taking the bolts. 2) Shooting rails - almost all ladder stands come standard with them, and it don't take much to throw some up around permanent stands.
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    Not too wet for the range

    It took a third trip back and forth to get the first one sighted in. The 1/8" spacer that I made for under the front sight was not enough, so I had to walk back to the shop and make another. It took some time and is not real pretty, but it got the job done. I only have 6 bullets left for woodchucks, after that third trip back to the range. Walking thru the soft ground and water really is a good workout with minimal joint impact loading and lots of calories expended. I wound up getting that gun hitting right where I wanted, at 50 and 100 yards with the "mismatched" fiber-optic sights, but now I lack the energy to try the other gun. The lawn could use cutting again, and my daughter has her last field-hockey game later this afternoon, so no more range time for me this weekend.