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About monahmat

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  • Birthday February 12

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    Central NY
  • Hunting Gun
    Browning BPS, Sporterized 1903
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    Elite Synergy

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  1. I have that Plano All Weather case and I'm a big fan. I haven't flown with it yet but it's taken many trips to league and 3D and been knocked around pretty good with no issues. I'm confident it will work well on a plane. That case is a lot more rugged than my golf club case and that always seems to make it in tact.
  2. I too use the Cabela's 2000 gram rubber boot. I bought a size up and wear a pair of smart wool socks. On cold days I'll sit the first few hours then take them off and drop in hot hands foot warmers. I've found if I double up on socks or start out with the foot warmers in my feet sweat on the walk in and it only makes things worse.
  3. Temps warmed up enough yesterday to make skinning manageable. Everyone's comments were spot on. The hide came off quite a bit harder than when when I've skinned them fresh. I had to take two breaks while skinning to regain feeling in my fingers. Once the hide was off I was able to quarter it and get the back straps out pretty easily. All-in-all it wasn't as bad as I expected but I'll try and avoid freezing them in the future!
  4. Lots of great info, thanks everyone! Nice knowing I'm not the only one to do this. Highs in the low 40's today, tomorrow and Thursday. Hoping that loosens it up enough for me to get the hide off in the garage and will be processing Friday/Saturday. On a side note it's also nice to see others hauling in their SUV's and minivan. Brought this guy home in the back of my RAV4. I may be in the market for a hitch carrier next year.
  5. You guys will probably get a kick out of this. Researching this topic on another forum one of the recommendations I saw was wrap it in an electric blanket! I feel like that's one of those things that sounds good in theory but would end disastrously, but you never know! Also, I thought about throwing it in an old popup ground blind I have with space heater inside. Decisions, decisions. Good news is I'll be grinding almost all of it so I'm not to picky about the outcome. I'm really just concerned with salvaging the tenderloin and back-straps. I realize now I should have pulled the tenderloins instantly. This has already been a great learning experience!.
  6. I agree, I had recently moved though and heard a ton of horror stories about the couple local processors. The one or two reputable ones I could find were backlogged and not accepting new customers.
  7. That truck with the space heater idea sounds pretty great. Unfortunately, I don't have a truck or cap! I think I'm going to follow Mowin's recommendation and try hanging it in the basement this weekend. Ceiling is a bit low but I think I should be able to make it work. I did get the rack, head, and front legs off last evening so it is looking a little more manageable now. Last year I shot my deer the day before my wife was induced for our first born. As a result I had to do all the processing in a short amount. The good news is I can take my time this year.
  8. This is my second year processing deer myself. Last year I had to process my deer almost immediately and some cuts were tough. This year I decided I'd age the deer in hopes of better results. Unfortunately the weather forecast changed and temps went low and stayed low so now I've got a frozen deer hanging. Some more info, I shot the deer Wednesday. It's hanging in my uninsulated, unheated garage. The hide is still on. Temps are predicted to be below freezing every night for the next week so I don't see a lot of promise in it thawing on it's own. I've done some reading up and so far my best option seems to be quarter it with a sawzall and bring it inside to thaw in coolers. Curious if people have experience dealing with this and can share any tips or tricks?
  9. Wow, what a morning in 4F! Buck passed at 50 yards around 7am. 8am monster 8 strolled in to 10 yards and I got busted at full draw, major buck fever, shaking like a leaf. 9am dying down or so I thought. I busted out the coffee and protein bars when this guy came in fast, straight to my scent wick. Stuck my coffee cup in my pocket and popped him. My first bow deer. Super pumped! Sent from my VS988 using Tapatalk
  10. I'm in the same boat. Was scheduled to be off all day today and Monday. Changed that to half days to hunt just the afternoons. Debating switching Monday to mid-week. I don't have good enough rain gear for all day rain.
  11. monahmat

    How often

    I'm trying to take 5 shots every morning before work from a practice stand I have setup in the yard. Now that the temps are back to normal I'll start wearing hunting jacket as well.
  12. I'm shooting these: I know some people have strong feelings buying these from China but I just can't justify $20 a knock. I've purchased 3 packs of these and all have lit and performed as expected. Regardless of what you are buying make sure you are getting the proper diameter for your arrow.
  13. Not sure why my wingman link didn't work in the previous post. Here it is again. Sent from my VS988 using Tapatalk
  14. That's very close to what I've been considering. I was also looking at the treestand wingman. Tree stand wingman: This is a video of a guy doing self rescue using a rope ascender but unfortunately he doesnt go into any sort of detail on the equipment. Sent from my VS988 using Tapatalk
  15. They are actually designed to mitigate both. There is no suspension trauma with a rock climbing harness which is one of the big selling points. As for inversion, they are designed to withstand 20 - 30 rock climber falls and hold an unconscious or injured person in a seated position. Sent from my VS988 using Tapatalk