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About Billyb6

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  1. I also have an inreach that I have used on a couple Caribou hunts. As stated before there are smaller options but mine works fine for me. It allows you to use the SOS function but also allows you to text anyone- so your dad could keep in touch with you. They are a pain to type on but you can Bluetooth to your phone to make it easier. They have plans that you can activate and deactivate- which is what I do. I pay like $39 a month . You can activate it just for the fall hunting seasons. I got it to use up in AK but the family likes the fact that I can communicate when necessary in the Adks as I normally hunt alone at camp and ther's no service. A text every couple of days is easy and makes for a happy wife
  2. Congratulations on a great trip Agreed- hard country to find a transporter for. Almost went there last year but the only transporter I could line up would only drop us on 3 fingers charley strip so we went back to the western artic herd again. Beautiful country and wonderful bull. Congrats again
  3. If these are still available I'll take them. please pm me payment info. thanks
  4. Congrats to all the successful hunters this morning! quiet, foggy morning for me
  5. My little guy Sunday morning. A very happy young man with his side- kick.
  6. Zag- I had to get my son a license last week after he completed the course on line. The only options I found locally were Walmart and the Town Clerk. I gave a call to our Town Clerk who was very helpful and I didn't need to bring him into the Department store. I wouldn't worry about the heavy loads for a kid. Have them shoot something he or she is comfortable with, and just " adjust" your range. A 20'gauge with a # 4 game load makes them just as dead at an appropriate range and the kid is much less likely to flinch.
  7. My son and I had a somewhat difficult weekend yesterday we heard one Tom but only saw one hen- way off from previous seasons behind our house. Made me think we should have traveled to camp for his first season behind.he gun. this morning we bumped a bird off the roost walking in- he couldn't believe how much noise a turkey makes trying to fly in the dark- his reaction was worth the price of admission. we heard no gobblers this am but I convinced him to hang in there. An hour later we had called three young toms in and he closed the deal on a bird with a 5 inch beard- not even close to the biggest bir,d I have called in but by far- not even close - the best turkey hunt of my life. seeing his joy was overwhelming.
  8. Lots of good information here. One thing I would add that I feel is important is to take your seat ( preferably in your blind) and practice shooting a little. Figuring out how you can acquire your target, or more likely hold the barrel up comfortably for extended periods of time . This best figured out before you have a turkey coming in. I just did this exercise with my 12 year old this week. He has been shooting well but was very humbled when he had to quietly and efficiently shoot from his chair. It's not that difficult but I firmly believe in the 5P principal. i don't normally use a blind as I like to be able to move, but with a young hunter I think it will be a more successful strategy. I have a bog pod that we used Caribou hunting that I had my son practice with, and he can safely hold the shotgun on it indefinitely if he has to. This week we're hunting the wood lot behind the house - really no agriculture around . I'll use a hen and jake for decoys- it's what has worked for me in the past. If you use a decoy as stated earlier put them in a bag to carry them. Be safe and enjoy
  9. Well, from a personal standpoint I am grateful that DEC leaned forward on this issue. My little guy took the course online and thanks to a very helpful town clerk we were able to get his license and tags. I do however agree with the folks that feel ther should still be a "live" class. I think there are a lot of kids that don't get the hands on support or training they should get outside of the class from a parent or mentor. Will DEC continue the online class after June? I think only time will tell but I believe once you spill the water out of the glass it's pretty hard to get it back in there.
  10. Thank you I actually signed up several years ago but never really posted.
  11. I'm kind of old school and still shoot a double bead and a modified choke Aim for the middle of the neck and I don't shoot too far. This has been a successful strategy for me over the years and the excitement of getting up close and personal adds the excitement. Aim right at the middle of the neck.
  12. My son and I were scheduled in the class at Dave's club and received notice from both DEC and the club about the cancellation. Nothing we can do but take it when we all get through the current challenge, but I am disappointed in myself for not getting him through the class earlier. He just turned 12 in December and having gone with me before on successful hunts, he was looking forward to being behind the gun this year. I was proud of him that he quickly put it into perspective with all that's going on and people getting sick and understood that in the big picture people's health and welfare were much more important.
  13. Thanks for your help Dave. Got my little guy signed in when your course " opened up" this morning. See you on the 4th