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About wolc123

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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. I don't think they will sell too many of those. They look like they would be tough on the lower back and it must get hotter than heck inside under the hot sun. Sometimes common sense is absent with the design/marketing folks and that looks to be a pretty good example of that.
  2. It is entertaining to watch some Democrats and all of the left-wing media grossly underestimate the intelligence of minority voters. As they boldly continue their attempts to stir up a race riot, real progress is being made to push minority voters "back home" to the Republican party. Black unemployment is now at an all time low, and Trump carried a higher percentage of the black vote than any Republican Candidate since Eisenhower (the Republican president who desegregated the military and sent in the Army to get blacks into a racist-Democrat controlled southern state school). These are facts that are easily verified by all people. Should it be any surprise that they (blacks) are now returning to the party of Lincoln and freedom ? I will ask this question: What has the Democratic party actually got done lately for African Americans ?
  3. wolc123

    Live From The Water 2019 Edition

    I think that would be ugly, and a temporary solution at best. Most boating supply stores carry a 2-part epoxy that is mixed and spread over the cracks, for a permanent fix. I used that stuff to repair a couple dings on the bow and stern of my Winona 17 ft kevlar canoe about 10 years ago and it has held up very well. If you are concerned about the looks, this stuff can be sanded and painted, such that know one will know there was a repair.
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    School me on tractors

    Not a bad machine. My father has the next smaller model (in a 2wd) and it has been pretty dependable. He has used it for about 20 years, mostly to cut about 10 acres of lawn. The deck wore out completely this year, and he picked up a big zero-turn. His ground is very well drained and 4wd is not necessary over there. I put in a couple small foodplots over there with it. It does ok with turf tires, pulling a 6 ft disk. He puts chains on it in the winter for snowplowing. He also has my grandad's old JD M over there, with loaded R1 tires, which I use with the stock 2-bottom plow for breaking new ground. That was the first tractor on our farm, replacing a team of horses back in 1951. The 955 is actually a "rebadged" Yanmar tractor, mostly made in Japan. Personally, I prefer the "real" JD's like that old M, or my own own 4120. I bought it new in 2005, when you could still get a small tractor with an American-made JD-Powertech engine. Other than a needing a new starter and battery, the 4120 has been trouble free. With R1 tires (rears loaded), and 4wd, the traction force that it can develop, in all conditions, is amazing. It will push mountains of snow with no chains and I have never got it stuck in the mud. On the few times that I came close, it was very easy to pull or push myself out with the loader. The only thing I miss on it is "draft" hydraulic control while plowing dirt. A 2-bottom plow is the only food-plot tool that I have which benefits from "draft" control. That allows the plow to maintain uniform depth over uneven conditions. That is why, as long as the ground is fairly dry, I still like to use my 1951 Ford 8n for plowing food plots. As long as I keep that little lever under the seat in the "down" position (for draft control), that tractor maintains amost perfectly uniform plowing depth. It is another story when it is wet however. It is amazing to see the wakes roll off the plow as I pull it right thru holes of standing water with the 4wd, R1-tired, JD 4120, while never breaking traction.
  5. wolc123

    WHO'S WHO HERE NOW??????

    It is nice that name change does not "unblock". The "block" feature is a great way to get a positive ID on the name-changers. TF's chart is accurate on Stormy/Hawk, so I am guessing that the others are also correct.
  6. wolc123

    School me on tractors

    Outch, that would make it tough to keep the cost of venison under $ 1.00 per pound. That is always my goal, when it comes to food-plots, after subtracting all input costs. I don't usually count the cost of the tractor though, since one of those is needed for property maintenance, even if you do not put in food plots.
  7. This is the first year in more than 20, that I did not get any field corn planted for the deer. Between the wet weather and a couple "huge" barn dismantle/construction projects, I was not able to get it done in time. I finally got a couple of acres disked up good yesterday,. I will put in about 1/4 acre of turnips in early August and the remainder, a combination of white clover, wheat, and soybeans, in late August. Adding some soybeans to plots planted then don't do much for hunting season (unless the first hard frost is real late), but they draw the deer deer to the plots like candy once they start to sprout. The wheat and turnips should hold them thru hunting season. The white clover wont draw many until the following years. Last year I took a lot of coons out of a few acres of corn, but no deer, so I don't suppose I will miss it that much this year. Hopefully, the turnips and wheat will pan out. My wheat was a complete failure last year (I used some old seed). This year, I am buying some fresh stuff. I have plenty of fertilizer ready to go since none was used on the corn.
  8. wolc123

    School me on tractors

    Something like a Ford 2000, or 3000 would be just about right for you, and might be found used, in good condition, for around $ 4000. These were made with gas and diesel engines, were around 28 and 35 hp, were very reliable, and still have good parts availability. They are two wheel drive, which is not the best on a front loader, but will do a great job on a five foot brush hog. When I had one of those, I made a rear loader, using a 3-point pond scoop, a 3-point boom, and a couple pieces of angle iron. It worked surprisingly well. The problem with a front loader, on a rear-wheel drive tractor, is that you loose traction as you add weight to the loader. Because of that issue, most old two-wheel drive tractors with front loaders have had the snot pounded out of them, as owners try and use "momentum" to fill the bucket, resulting in busted welds and lots of wear and tear. The rear loader eliminated that issue. It is not that difficult to find a good, used 2 wheel drive tractor that has never had a loader on it. Finding one with a front loader, in good condition, is much tougher. You might find a good condition 9n, 2n, or 8n Ford for under $ 2000, but those are horrible on a bush-hog because they lack live hydraulics. An over-running coupler will get them around the issue of no live pto, but the lack of live hydraulics (means you can't lift the implement when your foot is on the clutch) is a real handicap on a bush hog. That said, there are few tractors that perform better on a 2-bottom plow than an old Ford n-series. Their hydraulics were simple and nearly indestructible. In between the n-series and the 2000/3000 Fords, were the Jubilee and the 600 series. These get you live hydraulics, but that was a bit less dependable than the non-live system on the n's, and not quite as good of parts availability as the n's or the 2000/3000 series. My the time the 2000/3000 sreies came along, they got all the bugs worked out of the hydraulics. G-man is correct with his recommendation of Ag (R1) tires. Around 90 % of modern, 4wd CUT's are sold with industrial (R4) tires, which provide traction on soft ground almost as bad as turfs, quickly loading up and becoming "slicks" when a little mud is contacted. A 2wd tractor, with loaded R1 tires, will produce about the same traction force on soft ground as an equal weight 4wd tractor with R4 tires. That is quite a waste of an expensive front drive axle in my opinion. When buying an old tractor, check out the condition of the rear tires and clutch. Either of those is big money to replace. If you go real old (like a Ford n-series), look for one that still starts good on 6-volts. Those that have been converted to 12 volts were often to make up for weak compression. Good luck
  9. wolc123

    40th wedding anniversary today

    Congrats, It is cool that you found a wife who hunts. I am thankful that mine at least likes to eat venison and fish, is a heck of a cook, and does not mind running the vacuum sealer. She did fish with me a couple weeks ago (on NY "free" fishing weekend) and even caught the first one, so I will have to keep her. We are going on half way, where you are now, and I am looking forward to a lot more.
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    Pigeons 2019

    I will have to give them a try some time. When it comes to bird, the only white meat that I really like is ruffed grouse breast. All the rest tastes rather bland to me, sort of like eating cardboard. Turkey beast (especially from mature wild toms) is the worst. My wife and kids do like white meat though. Young, wild hen turkey breast was ok for me last fall, and those drumsticks were very good in the crock pot. I like button buck liver, but I don't care for it from older deer, and I do love baby beef liver. My sister's family raises beef cattle and I can usually score all of that I want because no one else in the family cares for it. I have done Canada goose breast in the crock-pot a few times, and that turns out pretty good. That is probably how I would do the pigeon breasts. We try to live a subsistance lifestyle, getting nearly all of our protein "free", from NY state wild fish and game. Venison always makes up the bulk of that, but I like to mix it up a bit so that the kids don't get sick of it. While I was growing up, chicken was mostly what the folks fed us kids. I still won't order chicken while dining out. I might eat a few wings now and then, but only if someone else is buying and nothing else is available. The nightmares of being handed scalding hot chickens to pluck, from the time I was less than 10 years old, are still too vivid. Every now and then, one would flop into the creek behind the barn, after my dad whacked its head off with an axe on a stump, and I would have to swim after it.
  11. I had my first "garbage plate", the other day (my sister's kid requested that for his birthday party). It was better than I expected it to be, but fell a bit short of "love".
  12. wolc123

    Pigeons 2019

    How do they taste ?
  13. wolc123

    Live From The Water 2019 Edition

    Those cheeks are probably about the same size as 3.5 year old whitetail buck nuts. Break out the frying pan, add butter and pepper for a pretty good surf-and-turf.
  14. wolc123

    Live From The Water 2019 Edition

    I am a bit finicky when it comes to eating fish. I can handle the taste of late-summer Erie Walleyes, as long as I use lots of tarter sauce or cayenne pepper to cover up that "algae" taste. Back in the late eighties / early-nineties, when the population was almost as high as it is today, I experimented with different ways of making them taste good. These days, the only ones I keep are those taken "by accident" while we are targeting bass, and most of those are early season when they don't need any "spicing up" to make them taste good. Late summer has long been the easiest time to fill coolers with walleyes out on Lake Erie. The big schools from Ohio would always migrate over here at that time. Now, the native eastern-basin population seems to be at an all-time high. With all those round gobies to forage on, they might stay in the shallows and keep tasting good later into the summer, than they did back in the old days. With the exception of those late-summer Erie walleyes, I agree with you that they all taste the same. I never understood why so many folks think that you got to go way up north into Canada in order to find good-tasting Walleyes. I only caught them up there once, on a Moose-hunting trip in the late eighties. They tasted identical to those we always caught in Chataqua Lake, the Allegheny reservoir, and early-season on Lake Erie. Since discovering how to make bass taste great (use a livewell to keep them alive and fresh, such that the meat is still "twitching" when removed and use a vacuum-sealer prior to freezing), I rarely fish for walleyes anymore. Walleyes, especially caught while trolling, just don't put up enough of a fight to earn much of my time. There are only so many lame pieces of "driftwood" that I can handle reeling in.