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  1. Unfortunately I too was just a young man when we would make trips to Creekside. Still remember seeing 6-8 Winchester 88s NIB for $600! Of course 30 years that was impossible for me to swing. Bought a couple of guns there, but I didn't have that kind of money then.
  2. Have had one of those strapped to my daypack for 20 years. Use on the ground and on stands for extra cushioning or for cushioning on our older stands that just have a metal mech platform for a seat.
  3. Same here!! Had to be like Dad and the other men, so I bought an Ithaca 12 gauge Deerslayer in the mid 1980's-of course topped with a cheaper scope in a clamp on mount. Just the thing for a kid who hadn't shot much-a light weight 12 gauge that you had to rest your chin against the stock when you shot, and a scope with 3" of eye relief.That gun bruised me, the scope bounced off my forehead, and 5 shots would give me a headache. I too developed a terrible flinch that I battle until this day. Although I eventually bought a Rem 11-87 with a cantilevered barrel and a Leopold shotgun scope, and killed many deer with it, I gladly retired that when I received an Encore for Christmas in 2003, and in 2005, we were allowed to use rifles. I haven't shot a slug since. I was so happy my nephew was able to start his deer hunting career with a .243. I once did a recoil comparison-I believe I remember that Deerslayer was in the 32 ft-lb range-that's up there with .300 magnums!
  4. Actually, I used that years ago on a couple of deer. I probably wasn't doing it right, but I came with unbelievable weights. Probably should keep using for bragging purposes!!
  5. I about 99% sure Nosler made those Winchester ballistic Silver tips.
  6. That's just about what we have found in Tioga county and Bradford county- Pa.- at least the areas I hunt. We have probably weighed 50 does from those 2 states over the last 15 years. Our adult does tend to go 90-105, 110 to 118, and 125-130 field dressed. Never have we aged them, but you can almost age them by weight. Haven't weighed any that were heavier, although I suspect I shot one 25 years ago that might have pushed 145.
  7. Never have shot factory ammo in my 7mm-08. I have great success with Nosler 140 grain Ballistic Tips. I switched to the same weight Accubonds several years ago, when the chance of shooting a bear became a legitimate possibility in NY and Pennsylvania during deer season. Will
  8. I shot a 4pt on Opening Day- middle on Novenber-15 years ago or so. It ran about 75 yards after the shot into briars. When I found the deer it was 2pt. It lost the other side somewhere in the brush- nothing heavy in there like a tree to bump it on.
  9. I use the same products as I do cleaning rifles (this is for in lines shooting T7 or Blackhorn.) I think you'll find that what manufacturers recommend. i only get a chance to hunt one day a year with my Encore-the Sunday of MZ season. When I used it during the reg season, I would change it every 2-3 days. Like others said, I left in my truck or an unheated garage.
  10. I bought a pair of Kennetrek Northern PAC boots a few weeks ago. They were pricey (got them on sale at Midway) but so far so good-warmer than my Arctic Mucks and trim fitting for a PAC boot. Toughest test was 8 hours in 20 degree weather-good.
  11. Use Nosler Accubonds in everything-.30-06, .308, 7mm-08, .250 Savage and .243. Only recovered one bullet from a deer-penetration from the last rib forward to the loose skin on the front of the neck on a doe that dressed 127lbs. All other shots over the last 15 years have exited. I have at least one load that is MOA in all of those rifles, no reason to switch.
  12. I hunt in Pa. with family on their farm. It is actually great deer territory. They stop and have lunch everyday. I know that is primetime to be in the woods, but I still come if for lunch-catching up with them and a couple others who I only see during der season is worth losing some hunting time. Will
  13. I shot a 105lb dressed doe Saturday with my .250 Savage-mine is one of the bolt guns Savage made 10 years ago or so. Love that cartridge. Next up-my Savage 99 in .308-love that rifle. You have the best of both worlds Airedale-one of my bucket lists guns as well. Congrats on the deer and glad to hear your feeling better.
  14. I do if I want another deer. I always wait for 10-15 minutes before I get out of the stand-have a cup of coffee, etc. I do like to dress them out fairly soon after I shoot. If I want another deer, back to the stand, or if I would disturb others hunting with me, back to the stand even if I won't shoot another deer. If I am done and won't bother anyone, then I get out as soon as I can.
  15. Nomad-good looking stand. Do you mind sharing the brand and model?
  16. Until about 15 years ago, driving was the only way my cousins hunted in Pa. Most fun I've ever had deer hunting. They had hunted their 700 acre farm and the surrounding land for all their lives- could put me facing a bank 30 yards in front of me and sure enough deer would run right in front of me. Stopped doing because all of the neighbors would post all around us, and the number of us who could drive kept getting smaller-I'm 56 and was one of the youngest. Also, antler restrictions made it tough. Sure miss those days.
  17. Savage American Classic in .250 Savage topped with a Leupold 3-9 scope shooting Nosler 110 grain Accubonds.
  18. Another in the Binghamton area is Jeff Balmer. Did a few bucks for me and I was very happy. He is on Rt. 26 in Maine, N.Y. I think he has a web page.
  19. I also keep a deer hunting journal. I find it enjoyable to read on cold winter's nights. It brings back all the memories of the hunts. As far the killing, my fiancé and I like venison. We try for 4-5 deer a year. I think between us this year we have 10 tags-I hunt in Pa as well. Don't care what we shoot, how or where- just look to get Those 4 or so deer-buck, doe, with a rifle, crossbow, or muzzleloader. If we get those, I'll hunt the rest of the time for a decent buck, or sometimes I'll shoot a doe and give to a co worker.
  20. Just switched to Blackhorn. I am having no problem with standard CCI primers. They do recommend not using the 209 primers designed for muzzleloaders.
  21. No thoughts on tree saddles. Another Parker crossbow user. Bought 6 of their lighted nocks and 12 bolts last year when I heard they were shutting down. I can't see the bolts when it is early or late in the day. The lighted bolts make all the difference to me. i switched to Blackhorn this year. I notice that it is much cleaner. It shot 3" higher at a 100 yards in my Encore than an equivalent charge of T7.
  22. I use a Solo spreader with a plastic bin for fine work-brassicas, clover, etc. I have a Land Pride 3 point hitch for fertilizer, pellet lime, and grains-I can broadcast 50 lbs an acre of oats, rye, etc. with that spreader. Smaller quantities I am walking with the Solo.
  23. I fertilize brassicas with 15-15-15 when I plant them, usually in the 2nd half of Julu. I then add 46-0-0 nitrogen around Labor Day. It gives them quite a boost.
  24. Either a .25-20 Marlin 1894CL or a .357 revolver. Both doe shot at around 40 yards.
  25. Will_C


    Not a .308, but I have a .243 A-bolt II and a .30-06 A-bolt II Stainless Stalker. Both guns are under an inch with several different loads. Have had the .243 for 17 years and the .30-06 for 15. Probably shot 25-30 deer with them, and a pile of woodchucks with the .243. If I was considering another bolt rifle, I don't think I'd look any further. Will