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  1. Although I agree that our FDA sets the bar for safety and an example to the world - is your entire method of arguing to make fun of what other people think, without providing any substantiating evidence to the contrary? As much as this has been amusing, I must recuse myself - my status as a thinking human being precludes further wasting of time. I will say that I don't disagree with you completely. lol. Please don't post four responses to this.
  2. Wait, I thought you said that we were first? Can you ever just admit that you might have made a mistake and leave it at that? So many problems would be solved if folks were just willing to admit they were wrong and move on. It's this adolescent need to be right, and to have our rightness acknowledged widely, that gets us into some serious trouble. And if you can't be right, divert. "Look over there!!". As a scientist, I'm used to being wrong. That's how we move forward,. We are constantly building new models on the bones of our old ones. Inching closer to the truth. You never get there without accepting your mistakes. And FYI, I will listen to the FDA and my friends who are conducting the vaccine trials - I am not going to rule anything out just because it was developed in another country. Would you take the Oxford vaccine? We were at war with England 200 years ago lol. Efficacy and safety. So long as it comes vetted, I'm good.
  3. So, you do know I'm a senior biomedical researcher at the front of the field right? With good friends who have been involved in the process of developing and testing various types of COVID vaccines? If you're trying to make a claim that I don't know what I'm talking about...that dog won't hunt. But say it loud enough. I'm sure some folks will listen lol. And in fact, Russia's vaccine was first. But who's counting? And China right there, too. But why let facts matter? It's all Trump, all the time. His war on Science is what's real, and I don't get how he thinks you can crap where you eat. But I agree that there was an unprecedented GLOBAL push to develop a vaccine, with cooperation between government, industry, and academia. As is appropriate and warranted. And I'm not bashing Trump. I'm just saying that his taking credit for this is simply ludicrous. Now, when you start talking about China stealing IP - that's 100% correct. A senior Raytheon official working on defense contracts was just indicted this week. Chinese immigrant, naturalized, who sent secrets back to the homeland. It happen a lot. In biomedical research, too. I've actually found several of my own published papers republished without attribution in Chinese language journals. And yet there are some great Chinese scientists who are close friends, so we've got to balance that...
  4. I'm batting .400 on Chestnut. I've had good success with some of the Chinese hybrids, and I've planted some pure American that will likely blight eventually. However, even though we are in 5/6, there are areas on my property that simply will not grow Chestnut. Compared to the other 3000+ stems I've put into the ground, Chestnut is one of the hardest to propagate. And since we have four mature trees in the backyard (Chinese variety, of course), I know that the drop time is generally too early to be of much use to anything but squirrel. And yet I'm still fascinated by them...
  5. Thank you for marginalizing the efforts of all of my colleagues who have worked diligently to combat this virus. Trump has made our job harder, not easier, and he certainly didn't light a fire under anyone's nether region - he didn't need to, the virus itself, which he downplayed at every turn, was sufficient motivation in and of itself. Everything good comes from Trump, everything bad comes from the Dems, right? Stop lapping up whatever that guy pukes into the twittersphere. I'm a Republican, have been forever, but for most people trying to fight this thing, the virus isn't political, and efforts to make it so are simply repugnant. The biggest problem we face is dogmatic arguments that ignore logic and facts. It's easy to throw shade, try being part of the solution.
  6. Hello, Mr. Phantom: What is your feeling now that we've passed the election, the virus is spiking in a third wave, and the news is uniformly dismal? Still a ploy to oust Trump? Time for everybody to get real, stop denying, stop making it political, and come together like the great nation we are to nip this in the bud. I'm in this fight until the end, but that's always been true. I am a scientist. Respectfully, KNehrke
  7. My buddy who studies game theory told me weeks ago that this was the play: knowing that the mail-in vote would swing Democrat, Trump would claim victory the day of the election then as the mirage dissipated, he'd claim fraud and that "they" were stealing the election. He hit the nail on the head. It was so, so predictable. Despite the fact that each state's policy for counting votes and deadlines was clearly established prior to the election. Despite that the counting is still going on in states that he has already won (like Texas, where last I saw only 86% of the vote had been counted). No lawsuits filed there though. And despite the fact that both parties have had many, many observers present as the counting occurs, to ensure transparency. I think that Biden is a milksop and Harris is dangerous. But I respect the rule of law.
  8. You'd be surprised at the number of folks I run into who believe that the whole thing was made up for political purposes. But I agree with you that it's been leveraged to death. What isn't, during election season? Time to go leverage some bucks - hopefully running does hard, thinking that hunters are just something made up to keep them from doing the nasty
  9. That's right. And the Illuminati will reveal themselves and the aliens will fly down to take photos and they'll finally let us know about the second gunman. It takes a special kind of person to make a worldwide epidemic into a political chip. Do you think that Europe, India, Russia, Australia...well, everywhere I guess...are in on the plan? And if they're in on it, what's their motivation? Inquiring minds want to know.
  10. Small properties and hedgerow hunting favor competition for prime locations. We have stands near boundaries, but have never, ever shot over the line. We've let some nice bucks walk, too. I like to think that the same is true for our neighbors. Thus far, there have been no issues, and I've never had to alter plans because I've found a neighbor in a stand near mine.
  11. You're right, it's life not nature. Goldblum said it, Crichton wrote it. I stand corrected! I hereby relinquish my mancard for improper use of movie quotes! It's a dark day lol... Regardless, go, hunt, and have fun storming the castle.
  12. First- this was a joke. But second, UV light does not penetrate aqueous surfaces well. So, if the virus is encapsulated in fluid, such as saliva or drinking water shared between animals, it could propagate. But the same is true for nearly all viruses. So the answer is really "it depends". And if it is at all possible, then Michael Crichton had it right - Nature will find a way. But catching C19 from a deer is the last thing I'd be worried about.
  13. Tis the season!!! It's like six degrees of separation: how many posts will it take for any thread to turn to politics? Less, the closer we get to the election. But back on topic - deer camp during the age of COVID. Does anyone wonder if deer can get C19? We know that cats and ferrets can (I know because my wife and collaborators work with both models to study vision). How sick would that be (no pun intended), if the deer you just shot got even with you posthumously? Things I am not going to think about...
  14. I'm with you. I hate the damn things! Our dog is a fox red lab, and we found over ten on him last week from a short romp in Oatka Park, not exactly a hotbed of tick activity this summer. He's been there twice a week or so, and these were the first ticks we've found. I heard from others around the state that this late warmth has made it insane everywhere. And I do worry a little bit about alien abductions. As said about the most interesting man in the world, "they abduct him so that HE can probe THEM"
  15. I love the way you think, and I'm working out every day - down from 200 to 185. But what the public hasn't synthesized yet is the vast body of literature suggesting that the critical stage is during development. To be blunt, fat kids are destined for tough times and future health issues. There is persistent metabolic remodeling that sets the tone for the rest of their lives. But losing weight as an adult doesn't do as much for you as you'd expect. It kinds of sucks, because kids are the toughest demographic to convince to do something that won't benefit them for 40 years. So keeping your kids fit is a great way to show them that you love them. And then you can make them drag your deer out lol.
  16. Strained yourself or stained yourself? Because I'd have opted for the later...
  17. Buddy of mine won the Moultrie Trail Cam weekly prize last year with this one:
  18. For me, it's a matter of convenience. I like to hang deer, and that's tough without a walk-in cooler during early season. But I also won't shoot doe during the rut, unless there's a kid involved. So I pick and choose my times - last night would have been okay as it got to 34 degrees here this morning. But all I had in front of me were bucks. Go figure! Also, doe are a dime a dozen here during muzzleloader, so any unfilled tags can be used then, if needed. I usually give 3-4 deer away to my graduate students and postdocs (perk of working in NehrkeLab), and I usually take them late in the season. One is enough for my family, maybe a second for Costanza's. So c'mon cool weather!
  19. It's actually a GT500 that I got as new old stock, with the Revolution cam. I guess it could qualify for an antique, but dang - I shot a Browning Accelerator Plus for nearly twenty years when I first started bow hunting. I believe in sticking with what you like, not chasing the latest and greatest. I appreciate technological advances (I'm in biomedical research, so it's an everyday thing for me). I'm not unwilling to change. But it has to impact my ability to do what I love - numbers on paper don't translate to my enjoyment shooting. And there's that indefinable "feel" factor, too, that you can't assign metrics.
  20. I shoot a 2012 Elite as well and absolutely LOVE it. I take some crap at 3D for not having the latest and greatest, but my old eyes are more to blame for the ample 8s on my scorecard than my equipment.
  21. knehrke

    Beer

    Nice when a buddy who's in Vermont remembers you while visiting the factory
  22. knehrke

    Road Kill

    A unique drop tine like that should be easy to identify. Hopefully somebody chimes in. We always lose giants to traffic, particular on one property that is near a large park. On the far side of the park is a very busy 55 mph road. One year we had three of the four bucks that were true park monsters end their lives tangled up in somebody's grill. I think that those old, smart bucks that have good sanctuary are actually as likely to die this way as via a gun or bow. The good news for your buddy is that, in general, there's no way that losing a big buck gets kept quiet.
  23. I saw the opposite at work, though not in the same context. I'd traded a 15 acre field for a farmer to plant hay in return for his plowing a couple of food plots (kill plots really). Unfortunately, his bailer broke while harvesting the existing weeds (for bedding), and he ended up planting the field around Sept 30th. He got very little germination and needed to drill some alfalfa in this year to cover the gap. And we had what was in essence a bare field that actually repelled deer all season. Now, this wasn't radishes, it was hay...but I won't take a chance on a late planting in that big field again. I've never seen deer avoid a field like they did this one. Too much work too close to season, I guess, and no food for the effort.
  24. I LOVE Browning Trail Cams. That having been said, who wants to bet that either: 1) the company screws them up somehow moving forward or 2) Cuomo issues an executive order banning them?
  25. I've fished from a Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 for fifteen years, and I love it, but...when there's a chop on the water, it washes in over gunnel very easily. So, it's a flat water boat. I've started looking for something that's better suited for some of the Finger Lakes, maybe even a calm day on Lady O. My biggest concern with the sit on top models is the weight. My Pungo weighs in a 48 lbs. i heave it into the back of my pickup, ratchet her down, and I'm off to the races. I can sling it across my shoulder and carry her down a dirt trail to the water. Some of the SOT models are over 100 lbs! I'd need a trailer. A kayak for me is about ease of use. So - what's the best compromise? A lighter SOT? A different sit in that's better in the chop? Opinions are welcome.