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I've noticed some of you are interested in hunting. Let's see what you bagged this year. I'm on a week vacation to put some meat in the freezer and got this one this morning. Not a big one but he will be tasty.

 

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Nice looking deer Randy! I got two doe this year and whitetail ended for me Feb 1st. When I get back up to the shop I'll snap some pics of some past hunts.

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That's a few knife handles he's wearing on his head!

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Thought I might as well include my entry for tiniest rack:P

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Have not been hunting yet, always wanted to.

I have an obsession with trying to make my own jerky, I love jerky but it is so expensive. I wonder if any stores are open with the snowstorm coming through here, I might just have to go buy some :ph34r:

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1 hour ago, Stephen Asay said:

I might just have to go buy some :ph34r:

This was mine from last season. This back surgery kept me from hunting this year but the wife got this doe this year.

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Dang it, you guys are making me jealous. I have been a semi vegetarian for several weeks, been living off of bread, peanut butter, nuts, and beans. I have not bothered to buy and cook because during the workweek meals are provided.  Well skip to a four day weekend and I don't think I can take much more nuts, beans, and lentils. 

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That's pretty small. :lol: I've got a couple like that. One's a 10 point that will fit in your shirt pocket. I like the 8 point in the window. Are these bow kills?

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Nice one Jeremy. That's a fat doe. I think doe meat is best.

 

Edit: Is the left side broken?

 

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13 hours ago, Stephen Asay said:

Dang it, you guys are making me jealous. I have been a semi vegetarian for several weeks, been living off of bread, peanut butter, nuts, and beans. I have not bothered to buy and cook because during the workweek meals are provided.  Well skip to a four day weekend and I don't think I can take much more nuts, beans, and lentils. 

I'd never make a vegetarian. If I sit down to eat and don't have meat, I have snacked.:ph34r:

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Yeah the left side is broke. On the buck and the doe. When we skinned the doe she had some broken ribs and a broken leg. 

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My son and I doubled up during our early antlerless season last year.  Mine was an average 1.5 year old.  His was a corn fed behemoth!  All told we got almost 100 lbs of meat out of these two.

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1 hour ago, Randy Griffin said:

 

That's pretty small. :lol: I've got a couple like that. One's a 10 point that will fit in your shirt pocket. I like the 8 point in the window. Are these bow kills?

Traditional. Martin Savannah, 55@28, Port Orford Cedar shafts, three feather right helicoil and Z-Wicky  Eskimo broadheads

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I was out looking for gourds one day and I came across a squirrel skin on the sidewalk next to a small patch of trees, just out in the suburbs right next to some apartments on a busy street. I would not catch and eat anything in the city.

Id like to hunt boar and make sausages, maybe with a spear or hunting sword. If I needed to I would hunt with a rifle but its not very appealing to me, a bow would be more my thing but im not too good with them. Ah, you need dogs to get close to a boar though...

With a little bit of practice im good with a slingshot, I made a few and make my own tapered bands from exercise bands, its hard to cut the bands but you can get a mean sling shot. Just shooting rocks through the air they sound like a bullet ricochet and they tend to fly pretty straight for 30-40 feet. I need to get some theraband, thats the favorite brand of rubber for slingshots, the cheap stuff breaks pretty quick. I like to have a long draw the width of my arms, if you draw the same every time you can start to get accurate and aim with your body, kind of like using a saw. They way I make slingshots there is no clearance for the pouch to go through the fork so you have to let it fall horizontal or you will take a rock to the thumb, and if its already traveled my arm span on light weight (fast) tapered bands its gonna hurt. Its hard to cut the bands so I would like to try tube. There are some guys that break the sound barrier with BBs, they use tapered bands.

I think you need a license to hunt anything so I dont do it, not until I get a license at least.

Id also like to hunt those big python in florida, most snakes arent too meaty but I imagine a python would have a good bit on it. Some day I might try lizard, ive read the rough scaled ones are usually vegetarian and are okay to eat. But I think you still need a license.

 

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2 hours ago, steven smith said:

I think you need a license to hunt anything so I dont do it, not until I get a license at least.

Check with your state's Game & Fish agency. Chances are good that most small game species (varies by state) do not require anything special other than a general license and can be hunted with air rifles almost anywhere as they are not considered firearms. Air rifles now come in .17, .22, and .25 caliber pellet shooting. I have a .17 and a .22 but have never used them for hunting. Just to eradicate a pocket gopher infestation from my back porch!

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2 hours ago, MichaelP said:

Traditional. Martin Savannah, 55@28, Port Orford Cedar shafts, three feather right helicoil and Z-Wicky  Eskimo broadheads

I just looked at the Martin. Nice looking bow.

I hunted with a bamboo long hunter until my knees went bad. Shot a lot of Port Orford and other woods but the best head I found was the Simmons Land Shark. I miss those days. That was real hunting.

 

How does the Martin shoot?

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2 hours ago, steven smith said:

I was out looking for gourds one day and I came across a squirrel skin on the sidewalk next to a small patch of trees, just out in the suburbs right next to some apartments on a busy street. I would not catch and eat anything in the city.

Id like to hunt boar and make sausages, maybe with a spear or hunting sword. If I needed to I would hunt with a rifle but its not very appealing to me, a bow would be more my thing but im not too good with them. Ah, you need dogs to get close to a boar though...

With a little bit of practice im good with a slingshot, I made a few and make my own tapered bands from exercise bands, its hard to cut the bands but you can get a mean sling shot. Just shooting rocks through the air they sound like a bullet ricochet and they tend to fly pretty straight for 30-40 feet. I need to get some theraband, thats the favorite brand of rubber for slingshots, the cheap stuff breaks pretty quick. I like to have a long draw the width of my arms, if you draw the same every time you can start to get accurate and aim with your body, kind of like using a saw. They way I make slingshots there is no clearance for the pouch to go through the fork so you have to let it fall horizontal or you will take a rock to the thumb, and if its already traveled my arm span on light weight (fast) tapered bands its gonna hurt. Its hard to cut the bands so I would like to try tube. There are some guys that break the sound barrier with BBs, they use tapered bands.

I think you need a license to hunt anything so I dont do it, not until I get a license at least.

Id also like to hunt those big python in florida, most snakes arent too meaty but I imagine a python would have a good bit on it. Some day I might try lizard, ive read the rough scaled ones are usually vegetarian and are okay to eat. But I think you still need a license.

 

Shooting a traditional bow is like shooting your slingshot. Just takes a lot of practice.

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3 hours ago, Jeremy Blohm said:

Yeah the left side is broke. On the buck and the doe. When we skinned the doe she had some broken ribs and a broken leg. 

Was the meat ok?

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3 hours ago, Alex Middleton said:

My son and I doubled up during our early antlerless season last year.  Mine was an average 1.5 year old.  His was a corn fed behemoth!  All told we got almost 100 lbs of meat out of these two.

That doe is huge.

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Hopefully sometime in the next few years I can start hunting. :D

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23 minutes ago, Randy Griffin said:

I just looked at the Martin. Nice looking bow.

I hunted with a bamboo long hunter until my knees went bad. Shot a lot of Port Orford and other woods but the best head I found was the Simmons Land Shark. I miss those days. That was real hunting.

 

How does the Martin shoot?

It's a reflex/deflex limb, no hand shock at all and with string silencers very little noise. I bought mine second hand back around 2000 and it shoots sweeter than custom bows I've had built to spec. They are pricey but knowing what I know now I would take it over any of my customs. The Fred Bear Montana long bow is nice, and worth the money they sell for, but I wouldn't trade ten of them for the Savannah. I know what you mean about "real hunting". I don't harvest as much game as I used to but I never have a bad day on stand with a bow. You get to watch some monster bucks walk away because they are a few yards too far or wont give you that perfect quartering away angle but it's a lot of fun. If it came down to survival and my family needed the meat I'm grabbing a .308 with a giant piece of glass on top, but as long as it's just for my own spiritual well being I'll take the stick and the string for as long as I can. If you're not too far from a Bass Pro they will let you shoot the Savannah, or anything else, on their indoor range, but after you take one for a test shoot you're probably better off buying it elsewhere;) I love to window shop at Bass Pro but I love to actual shop with whoever has the best price!

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1 hour ago, Randy Griffin said:

That doe is huge

You're not kidding.  Thankfully my buddy who's farm we were hunting came out with the tractor to get her.  It would have been a long uphill drag otherwise.

 

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1 hour ago, MichaelP said:

It's a reflex/deflex limb, no hand shock at all and with string silencers very little noise. I bought mine second hand back around 2000 and it shoots sweeter than custom bows I've had built to spec. They are pricey but knowing what I know now I would take it over any of my customs. The Fred Bear Montana long bow is nice, and worth the money they sell for, but I wouldn't trade ten of them for the Savannah. I know what you mean about "real hunting". I don't harvest as much game as I used to but I never have a bad day on stand with a bow. You get to watch some monster bucks walk away because they are a few yards too far or wont give you that perfect quartering away angle but it's a lot of fun. If it came down to survival and my family needed the meat I'm grabbing a .308 with a giant piece of glass on top, but as long as it's just for my own spiritual well being I'll take the stick and the string for as long as I can. If you're not too far from a Bass Pro they will let you shoot the Savannah, or anything else, on their indoor range, but after you take one for a test shoot you're probably better off buying it elsewhere;) I love to window shop at Bass Pro but I love to actual shop with whoever has the best price!

Next time I get down to Spanish Fort I'll see if they have one. I can't get around very well but I still like to shoot. Problem is my old hunting bow is 73#@28.

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1 hour ago, Alex Middleton said:

You're not kidding.  Thankfully my buddy who's farm we were hunting came out with the tractor to get her.  It would have been a long uphill drag otherwise.

 

I've heard about those Michigan does. I know a guy that tells about the 200# doe he killed in Michigan. :blink: 

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That's heavy! Every state has different regulations on poundage but everywhere I've checked so far is ok with 45lbs for whitetail. 45lbs will certainly bring them down with sharp blades.

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