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About robw

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    New York Hunter
  • Birthday August 15

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    Niagara County, NY

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    Western NY
  • Hunting Gun
    Savage .243 / Rem 870 12 Ga
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    Martin Prowler

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  1. Great strategy for target shooting! When I practice from spring till Sept I shoot longer ranges at the same targets. Same principle you are using with reducing the target size in that the bull looks much smaller, and helps me keep the bow stable and aim better. Shooting at a 3 inch bullseye at 60 or 70 yds makes a deer look huge when its at 25. I'm fortunate to have room to shoot out to 80 yds, but would do the same as you if I didn't
  2. that's a big dog! Nice job
  3. I spend a few says in McCarthy Hill, by Ellicottville, every season. Last few years have been tough for deer. Saw more mountain bikers than deer last year. (those guys go everywhere!). Allegany State Park is an option (9S), and hasn't been too busy the last few years on opening day. Walk in a mile, and stay off the easy walk trails, and you'll have a lot of woods to yourself. Saw a bunch of deer opening day but no shooters (for me, anyway) Not dragging spikey that far out. Is big woods hunting, and bring a compass or GPS. Can rent cabins in the park too, which are pretty nice. I'll be there for 10 days this year, mostly in bow. Good luck, hope you get one!
  4. Excellent pic. And somewhere, another bird feeder feels just a little bit safer....
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    I hunt the SE corner of Allegany State Park (9S) Heard the first shot at 831. only 6 different shot groups (one was 4 shots) by 230, when the wind and wet snow moved me to lower ground. Had 5 hunters walking in where I park, usually have 10-15, and only 3 cars parked along the road when I drove out, usually 15+ in the 3 miles along the valley I'm in. Did see 5 deer opening day, but almost none in 7 days of bow hunting. So, hunters wayyyy down in the park, deer wayyy down. Acorns and apples everywhere on the ground, with nothing to eat them. I gotta find somewhere in Chautauqua to hunt.....
  6. It's a good place to hunt. I go with Bow there every year, and have seen some pretty nice deer. Print, sign and keep the permit on you. The permit has a map, but pretty low res, no hunting zone by where I go is clearly marked though. No perm. stands, label your climber, and follow the rules on the permit. I try to find places where the woods hits the road, and walk in from there, plenty of places to go, just need to do a bit of walking. Low water now, but you can still find places where it gets pretty wet in the woods, so rubber boots are a good idea until you figure out where you want to go. There are a lot of areas that are easy to walk into without getting wet. Gets crowded on the weekends during gun (where I go anyway) Make sure you wear the right amount of blaze orange (400 sq in, I think) during gun Good Hunting!
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    Just a couple things I would suggest.... Are the base mounts are on them? Hard to tell from the pics, but you will need them, or trolling with a rod in one hand, the rigger in the other, gets tiring real fast Those tend to get left on the original boat When you get the lead weights, I'd coat them with the rubber stuff you dip wrench and screwdriver handles in. I got a can of it from Harbor Freight. That way, when they hit the side of the boat, or the floor, or you, they won't scuff it up or mark it . With those pinch clip releases, I use a rubber band to hold the line in. Very thin one for walleye harnesses, and a pretty heavy one for salmon. Look on YouTube, lots of tips there for rigging. FYI the Black's down rigger releases look like they should work well, but I've had nothing but problems with them. Went back to rubber bands Otherwise, very nice! I use mine all the time. Especially now when the eyes tend to be deeper and trolling 2 MPH trying to get 70 down with a bottom bouncer just aint happening. Tight Lines
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    Just a few thoughts on a holiday I'm not on the water..... We've done OK this year on Erie, Getting a bunch of walleye (no 2 man limits, but closer every time) just about every time out, but the places we expect to find fish this time of year doesn't seem to hold many. We've spent a lot more time moving around looking before we start fishing. Don't know the certain issue, (could be water level, temp, currents seem screwy this year, or something else) but the fish are out there. Just gotta go find them. And that doesn't mean go where the clump of boats are either. Bad fishermen are never alone We start with a mix of sticks and harnesses, different colors till something works, then switch to that and go get them. We catch most of ours all by ourselves, at least till someone sees the net out, then others show up, fish shut down, and we start over. Been doing well in 45-55 fow trolling watermelon harnesses at or near the bottom, 1.6 - 2.0 mph. Last week torpedo divers took most fish, the dipseys and slide divers hardly got hit. We find a school, hit them hard, and move when they disperse We catch bass often, by accident, and trolling a stick-bait seems the best way, if we tried on purpose. A week ago couldn't keep bass off a purple wish by bay rat. 35 down in 45 FOW, 1.8 mph I'd find some bottom structure, run a bunch of sticks, different colors till they tell me what they like today, then load up on those. So, use your electronics to find them, find what works, and when the bite stops, move - fishing 101 stuff, but we all make the mistake of staying put or sticking with what worked before when it isn't working today, Tight lines all, and Happy 4th of July! Rob
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    if your boat has a trolling motor, get the brand that links with it. I believe that lowrance and motorguide motors connect, and hummingbird links with minn kota motors. You think you don't want / need it, until you try it, then you won't ever go without. It is soooo nice to set a course on your fishfinder and have the trolling motor follow it, or follow a contour or depth. If your not trolling, you can save money and get the cheapest at the size you want. Have had or used Lowrance, hummingbird, RayMarine, and they all work very well, have pretty much the same features, resolution, options, etc. Walk around the display at cabelas and compare. You get what you pay for with all of them, some have a bit nicer appearance ( I do like the lowrance touch screens) as a suggestion, I would get a better model with the sidescan sonar, really helps with finding the fish when first scouting the lake. And I do use the DSI, usually have the screen in quadrants, with chart, sonar, sidescan, and DSI all viewing at the same time. And I primarily fish for Walleye in Erie, and some salmon fishing on Lake O, bass in the lower river
  10. Sorry to hear that. Same thing happened to me in Jan. Only took about 6 weeks to get into a new job, with better pay, and right here near home. Couple things to think about to help the search that helped me quite a bit 1. Get a linkedIn profile going, and start building connections. I had a few companies comment about using that to get a feel of who I was before contacting me. Plus recruiters love searching for people there. Make sure your description says something like "I am now in a position to bring my talents and skills to a new organization" so they know your looking 2. Look for recruiters in your field and reach out to them. Keep in mind ~ 2/3 of jobs NEVER get posted publicly. These recruiter are great for getting you connected to jobs you would never see otherwise. Also remember, the EMPLOYER pays them to find you, never pay them a penny yourself. 3. Get your resume professionally done, or at least reviewed. You probably think you have it set, and it's really good already ( I did too) but if it looks like everyone else, or looks dated, or formatted poorly, you will not get the attention you need when employers see it. Bonus tip - look up real voice resumes and Pain letters. They actually do make a difference. 4. You've probably done this already ( usually step 1 for most people) but get on the job boards and post your resume. Career builder, Monster, Indeed, The Ladders, Zip Recruiter, Glass door, and all the rest. If people can't find your resume, they will never call you! Don't forget individual company web sites too. Many will post on their own site for weeks before posting on job boards, which usually means a bit less competition. For privacy sake, I made a new email address just for job searching, keeps thing better organized Good luck, and hope these couple things give you a little help in finding the next better job. The last wave of layoffs at my company took ~ 6000, following the 4000 from last year. Those of us who landed better off than before we were let go, all followed ~ the same steps I outlined here. And then there's the interview.... Cheers
  11. I've spent more for other guns. I'd love to give one a shot. Some of those airguns don't look safe act compliant.
  12. 2 yrs ago I shot a spike on the last day of gun season and had it lose an antler on the drag out. Happens in Dec, but it seems to be with the smaller bucks first
  13. I put one on a doe skeleton and hide before. actually tethered it to a grape post to keep the yotes from carrying it away Have some nice videos of a coyote, couple fox, a red tail hawk, and a huge turkey vulture all eating off it
  14. robw

    Any walleye trollers

    I catch most of my eyes trolling. With 2 guys in either a 16 or 20 ft boat we have basically 2 set ups depending on the depth. We have a couple Okumas, and a bunch of Cabelas Depthmaster 3s most with 30 of 40 lb braid main, 17 lb floro leaders Less than 40 ft: we use 1 pair of off shore in line planer boards, 1 each side, with a stick or a bottom bouncer harness, depending on what the fish want that day. One rod off each side with a 3 oz sinker to bounce a harness or stick, and one rod straight back each with a 4 oz sinker to bounce another harness or stick 40 ft or deeper We add a downrigger instead of 3 oz weights, and run the planer boards line wayyy back to get them down to the fish, with a 4 oz weight If we don't know what has been working where we fish, we'll have a big mix of sticks, harnesses, colors, depths until we catch a couple, then switch everything over to whats working until it doesn't, then repeat. We have the most success (on Erie) with reef runners or Bay Rats in purple, if sticks are what they want. Bay Rat purple wish was the best for me last season. Harnesses worked best in Goby, brass, bronze or purple/black. All are 2 hook and get a stinger hook to boot. Learn to use your electronics. Most people just like to look at the pretty arches, but keeping track of things can set you up for a lot of success. Look at the videos Lance Valentine sells ( no affiliation, he just does an excellent job) to teach set up, use and interpretation of your screens. He has a seminar in Niagara Falls in Jan, I'll probably go, would suggest it to anyone We track, location, temp, speed, direction, catch, depth, among others, because the schools of fish move during the year. Having a data set will help you find them. As a starting point, we troll sw to ne at 1.4 - 1.5 mph depending on the wind. and depth, and time of year Good luck, find lots of fish, and many limit catches!
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    Any walleye trollers

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