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About jperch

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    New York Hunter

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    Cayuga/Oswego Counties
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    Remington 870
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  1. How do you say "woof, woof!" in spanish?
  2. All three hunters in my group use spitfires. As Rob said it is common that the blades have not deployed until after the spitfire has passed through the hide on the entrance side. The exit wound always shows that the blades are fully opened. For blood trailing purposes it is crucial to take shots where an exit hole is probable! We have had great success with spitfires, which is why we still use them.
  3. Agreed. Factor in the potential for rain in your area and coyote problems. But other than that my experience is the longer you can wait ( 8-10 hours perhaps) the better with gutshot deer. Maybe a different answer with a gun and snow on the ground.
  4. Ha, he found a good place to stay safe for the opener.
  5. I also have had little luck when I tried getting rid of a nest by igniting gasoline. It kills lots of them of course but not usually all of them. But no failures with the gas soaked rag covered with a rock or board , at night. If the nest is small and close to the house I have sometimes run a garden hose down the hole at night, turned the water on for a half hour and then stomp on the ground, caving in the ground on the nest. The gas rag is easier. They can be nasty, for sure.
  6. My doctor actually taught me an effective and relatively safe method of getting rid of the ground nesting yellowjackets. It's simple, stuff a gas soaked rag into the hole after dark when most all the bees will be in the nest. Cover with a rock overnight. Do not light the rag, that does not work well and is dangerous. The fumes kill the nest. You don't need very much gas at all, maybe a cup. Not completely environmentally friendly I suppose, but neither is using chemicals. It is the time of year when these nests seem to pop up around my house, usually on slopes.
  7. Wow, that is an amazing accomplishment, congratulations!
  8. Also, if you are having a lot of trouble with ferns it is likely that the ph of that soil is very low and needs lime. Seems like ferns pop up in places where little else wants to grow.
  9. Right, this is just for grasses as far as I know. If the grass is still actively growing I think it should still work. In my experience it is grasses that eventually choke out a clover plot. Deer eat many of the weeds that grow in clover plots anyways. We use 2-4 D for broadleaf weeds in the summer if they get bad. Surfactant used with both.
  10. There are some neat videos on youtube about this. It makes sense about these being attracted to diseased hickories, they always have these large maggots under the bark. I imagine they are the prey. If you cut a hickory tree up those wasps will appear in a matter of days, there must be a distinctive smell. Life (and death) is amazing.
  11. It's hard for me to judge size from the picture but it appears to be something I see frequently around pignut hickory trees. My guess would be the female deposits eggs into something that burrows into diseased hickories with that spikey protuberance.
  12. I lived in Pa, almost 40 years ago. Back then there was no Sunday hunting, most stores were not allowed to be open on Sunday. Beer was sold in "Package Shops", or bars, not in grocery stores. There were tons of deer on state land, mostly does. It was not unusual to see large herds of does during rifle season. And state land was plentiful, easy access for me.
  13. I imagine that habitat has much to do with the decline in grouse numbers. This is in combination with the increase in the number of raptors. Grouse must be relatively easy targets in open wooded areas as they walk along the forest floor. Forty years ago it was not that common to see a hawk or owl. Now as you drive down the road you see them everywhere sitting on telephone poles and old fence poles. I think the predatory birds also have caused the bunny population to be only a fraction of what it used to be. Maybe, overall, this is a sign of a healthier environment. DDT took its toll back in the day.