Hunting Thread

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by SHOOTER13, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporter

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    This thread is dedicated to all you hunters out there...

    whether it be small game like squirrel or rabbit, upland birds, whitetail deer, bear, turkey, coyote, whistle pigs...anything and everything!!

    If you hunt it...post a pic or a story and share your adventure...

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  2. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporter

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    I myself hunt almost everyday...mostly small game in the semi-urban environment

    of my county. Since the neighbors are too close, I tend to keep my hunting skills

    sharp by using a break barrel, spring piston air rifle with a 3x9 scope and suppressor...

    made by GAMO, from the Whisper Series.

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  3. Shooter

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    How many do you bag in a week?
     
  4. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporter

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    You wouldn't believe it if I told you...up to five squirrels a day if I devote myself to it...

    Two or three early morning...a few more before dusk...chipmunks when they

    stand still just long enough...they both are destructive pests that tear up my property

    to the point that I have to hunt them to keep them at bay...already having cost me hundreds in repair.
     
  5. bhale187

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    I mostly just hunt small game, but this year I am going deer hunting again for the first time in many years.

    Here's a cool pic a buddy's trailcam picked up when scouting for deer.
     

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  6. SHOOTER13

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    Nice yote...!

    Looks like he has dinner in his mouth...can you make it out ?

    Almost looks like a coon by the ringed tail...
     
  7. bhale187

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    I zoomed in and its a fox squirrel
     
  8. SHOOTER13

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    There ya go...have you ever hunted coyote ?

    I used my 5.56 AR to drop a few on my friends property in NY state...

    he's got a real problem with them...he rents some land to a guy who actually

    had his small lapdog tore up by a yote...I been up there three times this past summer

    and bagged at least one each time...using an electronic distress call he bought.

    Reminds me...my friend did snap a few photos with a small film camera, and I've never

    pressed him for copies...gotta get me some to post.
     
  9. SHOOTER13

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    Coyote Hunting Tips

    It is imperative to blend into your surroundings by matching your

    camouflage clothing to the terrain you hunt upon. It is also decisive to

    cover all exposed skin areas, and this includes your face as human skin is

    extremely reflective and coyotes will notice this. Another important

    element of camouflaging is to try and limit movement when you're on

    stand. Coyotes have dedicated eyesight and will notice even the slightest

    movement you make. If you truly must move, do it slowly and in a

    calculated way.

    Pay high attention to the direction of the wind constantly. The coyote's

    sense of smell is highly developed, and shouldn't be ignored. When you set

    up, be sure you place yourself either with the wind straight in your face or

    with a crosswind. The coyotes are known for circling downwind to gain

    the scent advantage, thus the perfect set-up would have to be with a

    crosswind and enough open area downwind to observe any coyotes that

    might be circling.

    It is also imperative that you call with the sun facing at your back. This

    will make it more difficult for the coyote to see you. Another significant

    aspect of setting up is positioning yourself in the shade. By doing so, it

    will help hide your position and make it more tricky for the coyote to spot

    you.

    Where is the coyote going to come from? Coyotes like a quiet approach.

    Using the trails is easier and makes the least noise. Busting through the

    brush or tall grass makes the most noise. Look for them to come in on a

    trail or an old road. They will most often use the line of least resistance.
     
  10. bhale187

    bhale187 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I've not been yote hunting for some time now, don't have any friends or family with farms nearby that need them removed.
     
  11. David

    David Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Living out in the country, I have an abundance of cottontails in the yards. So, I shoot one every now and then. Makes for a delicious Cajun dish (only way I know how).

    When I'm not pickin' off small game, I am an avid spring Turkey hunter. That's my first love. I also hunt deer, but as with Turkey, I have no place to go. :(
     
  12. bhale187

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    You mind sharing your recipe?
     
  13. SHOOTER13

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    More Coyote Hunting Tips...

    When calling in brush or dense cover, carry a shotgun instead of a rifle as

    the action is liable to be right in your lap. Every time you call in a region

    with patches of open ground interspersed with heavy cover you should

    carry both a shotgun for close-up shooting and a scoped rifle for distant

    shots.


    When you're out in the field, look for scat or coyote tracks that will show

    coyote presence in the area. In addition, take notes on where you see

    coyotes over and over, as those will be the areas that you want to target

    your calling upon. Landowners are excellent resources of hints on where

    they see coyotes on their lands and where they think would be fine places

    to call. Look for spots that have high concentration of the coyote's

    favorite prey, like rabbits, prairie dogs, mice etc. If you search for these

    types of areas, your chances of finding coyotes will be pretty high !


    If you're hunting with a partner or spouse...Place your hunting buddy to

    the left or the right, where he can observe behind you (downwind). If you

    stand near the bottom of a valley, you can make the calling from up one

    side and your spouse can sit on the opposite side where he can notice

    everything above you. The idea is to select a place where your buddy can

    watch the coyotes approaching you, even if you cannot see them.

    It's possible to do an extremely good job alone, but some coyotes will

    circle and sneak up on you from behind and eventually leave without you

    having any idea that they were there.
     
  14. hobbles

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    [​IMG] I love it when I screw up the right way,, A few weeks ago I posted on how I hit my target 10 out of 10 times as I'm gettin ready for smoke pole season. (I posted it in the wrong place, the out door section) I was/am real happy with the results as I have done a lot to my weapon through the years to get it that way. BUT,, in the back of my mind was the reality that I wasn't THAT good the last time I fired it. But hay, don't look a gift horse in the mouth, right? Well, deer season starts tomorrow and I am gettin my gear ready. I have 2 possible bags, one for targets and one for huntin. I have everything I need it both bags so I don't have to strip one down to use in the other. Everything cept the patches that is. I use fresh patches for all my shootin. So I open up my target bag to get the patches out and I seen where some of by rounds balls fell out of it's pouch. I need one to load up for tomorrow so I lay one aside as I get the huntin bag out. That was a GOOD move on my part. I get the huntin bag out and the balls have fell out of that pouch too. So I go to put them back in and something just didn't look right. The huntin bag had the 0.527 balls in it. The target bag had 0.530 in it. I just filled up my round ball bottle with new balls that I made bout 3 months ago. DARN!! I made the 0.527's to fill the bottle with. That's why I hit the target 10 of of 10 times that time compared to the last time I fired the smoke pole, I was usin different size balls. I some how loaded up my old 0.530 balls for target shootin. This sucks, BIG time. I should melt the smaller balls down and remake them for tomorrow. (BUNCH OF 4 LETTER WORDS HERE) Ok, ya gotta do what ya gotta do. So I break out the bottle full of balls and get ready to dump them in the remelt container. But they look different, whats up[​IMG].
    It looks like I grabbed the wrong mold the last time I casted the balls and the wrong ones I made turned out to be the right ones [​IMG].
    I would of NEVER went back to the 0.530. I thought the 0.527 was the way to go, and it was,, back then.
    0.003 in not much of a difference, but there is a difference. So, all in all, I'm ready. [​IMG]


    Nother nice thing bout huntin season, the Wife can't always find me for the Honey-Do-List thingy.
     
  15. BT380

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    I decided to take a look at a couple of my game cameras yesterday and looks like I've got a few critters that will be at the top of my hit list. The piggys are goona die this weekend if I can catch up to them in the next 2 days. Can anyone say BBQ? :)

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  16. hobbles

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    BBQ.
    yep, sounds good to me..
     
  17. bhale187

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    Nov 16 firearm 1st season opens for deer in Illinois. I haven't been deer hunting for years, but getting back in the saddle this year. can't wait.....
     
  18. SHOOTER13

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    PA whitetail season (centerfire ) starts Nov 26th thru Dec 8th...I go out every year.

    Right now in PA...

    SQUIRRELS, Red, Gray, Black and Fox (Combined): Oct. 13-Nov. 24; Dec. 10-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 23 (6 daily, 12 possession).

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  19. BersaOwner

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    I may have found a good spot to reduce the squirrel population.
    I was out doing some deer scouting in a new area that a buddy turned me on to, on my way out the door just for the fun of it I grabbed my shotgun but forgot to pickup ammo. I found a old box of turkey loads & one bird load under the seat of my truck so I loaded up a few. When I got to the woods it was about 5:30pm & sun set was coming at 6:01pm yesterday I knew that would end hunting for the day so I wouldn't be disturbing anyone's hunting by scouting. I was walking through the woods looking for deer signs, as I was bending over to look at some tracks when a squirrel ran past me with a nut in it's mouth. I was bit startled but pulled up the gun pushed the safety off just as the squirrel dove behind a tree. I thought I missed my chance when the squirrel jumped off the back of the tree made two hop's & stopped to look back at me from atop a log (wrong thing to do) I shot that one knocking it off the log. I went to pick that one up & another small squirrel came down a tree about two trees over from where I was standing. The first round was the bird load so the rest are turkey loads and the squirrel is only about 20' away. The bottom squirrel was my first shot he still had the nut in his mouth when I picked him up, the second shot was the top squirrel. You are looking at the good side of the top squirrel because there isn't an other side, I think I'll take the .410 or the .22 instead of the 12ga next time. :eek:
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    I walked out of the woods at 6:10pm after my unintended successful hunt.(fastest successful hunt I have ever had)
    This place is packed with squirrel so I think I be packing some squirrel in the freezer along with my deer from this seasons hunt.:rolleyes: