Sir-diealot

Howdy From Yates County

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I have commented on a few things but never introduced myself, I'm Sir-diealot I have lived in the same place here in Yates County for 29 years, originally from Lockport, NY but moved to this area in May of 1991 and it was the best move I have ever made, I love it here in the Finger Lakes, love all the hills and different bodies of water, I do miss all the snow we got in Lockport to be honest but that is about the only thing. Oh I would have to included Italian restaurants, there are no good one here in Yates County, there is an okay one in Geneva about half an hour away though.

 

So a little about me, I have been in 2 car accidents that have defined my life, the first almost killed me but is a major contributor to why I moved here and hence a contributor to the fact that I became a hunter by meeting people that were into hunting and giving it a try. Second accident took hunting from me for 17 years and I have been back to hunting for 4 or 5 years now with one year skipped (Turkey season) for shoulder surgery. I had taken a deer before my last car accident but had never taken the animal I had truly wanted to take and my favorite to hunt, a wild turkey but I am happy to say after being back for 3 years God allowed me to take my first turkey and it is the best feeling I have ever had while hunting and in many other things. I did not get one this past season, never even heard a turkey gobble until the last day but after losing hunting for so long I am of the feeling that I am just grateful for the chance to be out there.

I hunt with all the implements allowed here in NY bow is my favorite, I just got a new bow this week as my days of pulling 70lbs. are far behind me, now I am shooting 45 lbs. and will until the shoulders say otherwise. I just bought a string and arrows for a old Ben Peason Cougar recurve I have had for some time, I had just started messing with it when my last car accident happened and now I am hoping I can learn to shoot it well enough to humanly take a deer and turkey with it, the bow I just purchased is a PSE Stinger I traded in my old PSE Carrera for that one plus I gave a few bucks.

Now that we can hunt deer with rifle my shotgun is set up for turkey only, has a nice Leopold Turkey-Plex scope on it and shoots WInchester Longbeard XR's #6's quite wonderfully. I am going to give a shot to turkey hunting in the fall this year when archery and turkey season run together for a few days in Oct.

I shoot a couple different muzzle loaders 2 percussion cap 1 inline and am debating getting a flintlock muzzle loading shotgun for turkey in the future.

I would like to try duck & goose hunting sometime.

I enjoy fishing but mostly throw back what I get, when I had my first accident in 88 I messed up my hands a bit and it hurts to clean a fist out now so I just throw them back in for somebody else to catch. I love squirrel but no longer hunt them for the exact same reason, to painful to clean them. I can still clean a rabbit though, when I can find them to shoot that is.

Edit: I forgot to mention I passed my trapping exam 2 years ago but have not been able to work a trap yet because of my shoulders. I bought one trap setter but it forces me to open the shoulder 2 wide but I am going to buy 2 more and try them as well.

If anybody cares here are the details of my accidents, I get asked a lot to describe them so I just made a file I copy and paste.

Here is the whole story, or what I have written down because I have been asked so many times.

Back in 1988 I was in a car that hit a tree at 90 MPH we were a bunch of dumb kids out drinking and smoking pot and driving, and we hit a tree in Niagara Falls, NY going 90 MPH I was the only one that was hurt major, one girl put her head through the window and got a cut on her neck, one girl sprained her back, and the driver broke his arm. I however got really messed up. I had a tib/fib fracture to the right leg (The shin and the bone behind the shin) broke my left ankle tore up the left knee which to this day will pop out of the socket sometimes when I am just sitting around doing nothing. I broke both wrists, broke one thumb and dislocated the other, lost my spleen which means I get sick real easy so I don't go out much in the winter and avoids kids (which breaks my heart because I love them), had a liver contusion, collapsed left lung and I think that was it. (It is funny after you tell it so many times you start to forget over the years) I am lucky I really don't remember anything about the accident accept they had to pull me out through the trunk and there was this building that always gave me the creeps and when they pulled me out through the trunk that was the only thing I remember seeing.

I had finally gotten to where I was doing really well by 2001 (I had some hammer toes fixed the year before from the car accident in 88 and it made it much easier to walk and gave me better balance) That is the other thing I was forgetting, I had gotten frostbite on me left foot and both hands and to the right foot just a little not nearly as bad as the left foot. I still have nerve damage in the left foot from that, feels like somebody is trying to shove Philips screwdrivers through the bottom of my foot sometimes) So anyway I had finally gotten to where I was doing a lot outdoors, hunted everything that was in season almost every day I could, was playing paintball outside almost every weekend and rode my mountain bike (Peddle bike) almost ever day it did not rain and some that it did.

Then in November of 2001 I was driving taxi cab and I was struck from behind by some kid in a truck and shoved into vehicle ahead of me and other than being dazed I was feeling OK I got out of the cab and was walking around and the cop that came to the scene asked me for the insurance papers and I went to the other side of the cab to grab the insurance papers and I bent over to grab them and my back felt this really strong pull and I about went to the ground. So to shorten it for you my back and hips have been messed up ever since. I take Oxycodne and Fentanyl along with others to control my pain and inflammation every day now and sometimes that is not enough to control the pain. I am always in pain, it is just a matter of how much. (Update to this is the meds are finally at a level that they are helping more and I am able to walk a lot more and am not in as much pain most of the time.) Because I am able to do more now I was able to loose a lot of weight, I went from at least 465 down to 228 am am hunting again as my body allows.

I am not out there every day but I am out there many days and I truly thank God for it.

Please note I have to have 3 shoulder surgeries (2 left shoulder 1 right shoulder) since I wrote that as well as a surgery on my hand and shots in my right knee, because of that I went back up to 394 as of March 5 (Though complacency and arrogance played a part too)  but am on my way back down, I am at 336 right now.

I found out this year that I have spinal Stenosis, finding that out all came about because I was beginning to notice my right leg was getting kind of heavy when I walked and I was having some new pain in my back. I found out at the same time I have degenertive discs I think it is L4-5-6 in lower back above the waist line.

I also have Scoliosis in I guess you would say upper middle back, low and between bottom part of shoulder blades is where I feel it anyway when it bothers me, as well as arthristis in that area and others. I am still better off than I once was before my medications though and I can hunt and fish as my body allows and I do thank God for that.

Oh my left knee has dislocated 15 or so times since July 27 and they will not let me get a MRI because I have a hard time wearing a mask inside because I am very claustrophobic, we will see where that takes me next. At least I can still hunt a bit though.

Oh here is a short video of when I got my first turkey, it is not the taking of the turkey, just right after. Sorry I did not have a very good cell phone.

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Welcome in. And you are one tough son of a gun to still be upright and hunting after all that.   Good luck this season and look forward to some stories from you on the site. 

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9 minutes ago, Robhuntandfish said:

Welcome in. And you are one tough son of a gun to still be upright and hunting after all that.   Good luck this season and look forward to some stories from you on the site. 

Thank you and I truly believe it is only by the grace of God that I was able to get back to it. I do have a story that I wrote when I got the turkey, not sure if people would want to read it thought because it references another website where I got lots of help from members there.

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21 hours ago, Sir-diealot said:

Did not realize there was a limit, sorry about that.

Many of the members have a short attention span ! :taunt:  Interesting story . You Sir are a survivor ! :drinks:



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Welcome aboard !!  You certainly are DURABLE  !!...

Too bad you live in Yates County, however...Last I heard there are no deer or turkeys in Yates County...

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Thanks for sharing your stories of faith and persistance. I am more into deer than turkeys, but I had a close encounter with a tom (near Lockport) this spring and killed a hen here a couple falls ago.

The most important lesson I learned about hunting and fishing is that God had the final say of where all living things wind up.  Keep it right with Him, and your neighbors, and He will make it right with you.  Nothing else matters. My family has been blessed with all the wild game we can eat, and often enough to give away, since I figured that out.

Enjoy your hunting this fall and welcome to the site.  I am looking forward to a little myself.  The supply in the freezer is starting to get low enough that I hope to get it defrosted by October 1.  It is time to make room for the fresh stuff.

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Thank you each for all the compliments, sorry I have not replied sooner but I drive a Mennonite around and he has kept me busy. Going to take him to look at 65 acres the next county over tomorrow he may buy and I would be allowed to hunt, agent told him it was up against Sugar Hill Forrest but looked it up and it is not so he may not buy it now.

@blackbeltbill I thought you had seen the video before over on OG?

 

@Pygmy

It is not as good as it was when I moved here back in 91, the simple truth is the Mennonites have rapped the land so badly taking every hedgerow, tree and pound out there is simply no habitat left to support the wildlife anymore. That is what I like about the Mennonite I drive for, he gets just as upset as I do when I see a treeline coming down or a pound being plowed over. There are a few sensible Mennonite's when it comes to land management, but I have only met 3 of them. Where I gun hunt deer and turkey is just over the county border and it is like you are entering another planet because there is this neat stuff called VEGETATION!

 

@Kmartinson

Thank you much for that offer, I will have to take the scope off my shotgun to go :D

 

@wolc123 Yes things out that way are much different, there is a part of me that would love to live there again but I can never live over there with you "Flat Landers" again. lol I truly love it here though I am trying to get a friends number in Appleton where I used to live that I have lost touch with and see if he will let me turkey hunt his lands there, I was not a hunter back then and now realize how much I missed not being one.

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Man, you just keep on ticking.  Good for you.  Welcome to the forum.


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On 9/18/2020 at 2:20 AM, Elmo said:

Man, you just keep on ticking.  Good for you.  Welcome to the forum.

Thank you much. I do try.

 

On 9/18/2020 at 4:15 AM, Swamp_bucks said:

Welcome to the forum

Thank you.

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