scolopaxmatt

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About scolopaxmatt

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    New York Hunter
  • Birthday 01/13/1982

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    Male
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    Washington County
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    Fly fishing and shotgun shooting through the seasons. Irish whiskey, strong coffee and fine books.

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    Regions 5 and 7
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    20 gauge OU
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  1. What it means is ONE and only ONE hunt for the first split (typically until December when the zone closes) anywhere near this incredibly food rich and productive water when a little common sense would have left plenty of good hunting for the entire season. Meant only as an example. Stupid, slovenly and selfish. And it happens every year.
  2. Just wanted to say thanks to all who helped make Carters Pond the waterfowl wasteland it always is after opening weekend. Not so much as a feather to be found amid the rafts of shells and wads. We do ourselves proud by busting the roost and laying waste to every wood duck we see.
  3. Still looking to trade here. Will accept a used RNT Short Barrel any material/color. Thanks for looking.
  4. On top is DC's "The Ringer" in pearl acrylic. New in box. (http://store.duckcommander.com/duck-calls/premium-calls/the-ringer-duck-call/) Below is the Kumduck "Retro Wood" in madrone burl. Blown some around the house and in the car. With 2 packs of replacement reeds and cork. (http://kum-duck.com/retrowoodduckcalls.asp) BOTH ARE SINGLE REED. $50 for either. Will trade BOTH for RNT Short Barrell or new Old Style. Seller ships. PM or email (matthewnelso@gmail.com)
  5. From the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/07/us/a-tempest-over-the-duck-stamp-could-an-oriole-help-raise-more-money.html?_r=0
  6. It's never too early. Some birds return to their Spring singing grounds and stick around until it's time to light out. Good luck to you Sir. This mornings box score: 9-4-2
  7. The Ruffed Grouse Society has released its fall forecast. Spread the seemingly good news. New YorkNew York had good weather for nesting in May, however above-average rainfall in most of the state in June may have negatively affected nest success and chick survival, or alternatively resulted in abundant food resources for woodcock in the form of earthworms and other soil surface invertebrates, and for grouse in the form of insects, leafy plants, and berries. The drumming rate from this spring’s turkey hunter observation survey was 0.24 grouse drumming/hour, which is a 9 percent increase from last year. The spring drumming rate has shown to be a good predictor of the fall flush rate for grouse. “This would suggest that the flush rate this fall will be higher than last year,” remarked Mike Schiavone, New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) lead upland gamebird biologist. According to Schiavone, “The breeding population index (singing males/route) for American woodcock from the singing-ground survey (coordinated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) increased from spring 2014 to spring 2015, so we anticipate that we will see an increase in the number of birds hunters encounter this fall. A lot depends on reproductive success this summer, but in general, the breeding index is a good indicator of abundance.” You can read about the “Grouse and Woodcock Hunting Log” on DEC’s website http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/9351.html.
  8. Thanks everyone for getting in on this, it's been interesting fun. I'm with moog on this one. By the way, anyone looking for a pair of boots on the cheap?
  9. It is contradictory. If it's encouraged; it's condoned. Damned semantics. As I said, I wouldn't do it but I understand it. I was thinking about a shop I once visited that had gear on its shelves that I was pretty certain didn't come from the manufacturer. It was clearly new stuff, hadn't been used. I've wondered ever since how that stuff got there and arrived at the ethical scenario I put forth here.
  10. That's a good one. I like that. I didn't meant to suggest that theft or any other criminal enterprise is condoned, only that our "get rich or die trying" society encourages such schemes.
  11. True enough. So much for entrepreneurial zest. While I wouldn't do this myself, I can certainly understand others doing so and wouldn't be comfortable passing judgment on them. I believe our culture at large encourages such behavior, life itself being primarily a for profit enterprise.
  12. RST offers copper shot as well as paper hulls and wads for the ultimate in non toxicity. http://www.rstshells.com/store/Search.aspx?searchTerms=copper&submit=true
  13. Playing devils advocate here. Could a policy's "spirit" have any legal bearing? That seems a little metaphysical for jurisprudence.