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By MELISSA BACHMAN |

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I’ll be the first to admit that I usually carry too much gear whether I’m turkey hunting or deer hunting. Over the years, however, I’ve learned having a few essential items in the vest at all times can make a hunt not only more enjoyable, but more successful as well. This is all subjective, but here are the items I can’t live without when hitting the turkey woods each spring.

  1. Predator Call- One item I never leave home without is a predator call. I absolutely love to predator hunt as well, and I can’t count the number of coyotes I’ve spotted while turkey hunting. For this reason, my predator call is never far away and I get just as excited about calling in a coyote as I do a turkey
  2. Permetherin Spray- If there is one thing I can count on throughout the spring turkey season, has to be the presence of ticks. I don’t have much of a problem with snakes or spiders or many other critters, but ticks I hate. In my opinion, they invade my space plus they’re absolutely full of disease. Permethrin_with_BottleThere are many things you can do to try and prevent getting ticks on you, but I’ve found spraying my clothing with Permetherin Spray prior to my hunt is a huge help. The important thing is to just spray your clothes and not get it on your skin, but it is truly amazing how well it works.
  3. LongBeard XR- Winchester has always been known for their innovative products. But with Longbeard XR they truly put their time, effort and research into creating one of the most effective turkey hunting loads on the market. For long range shooting it’s second to none.This is all possible because of the Shot-Lok technology that protects the shot during the in-bore acceleration, which in turn
    gives you tight long-range patterns. For example, at 60-yards you’ll get twice the number of pellets in a 10-inch circle, which makes this one impressive load!

For the rest of the list – visit the Winchester Blog

 

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Dyrewulf:

I have National Geographic’s Topo 4 software for the South Eastern U.S., but the resolution on it is not the greatest.

Originally posted on TheSurvivalPlaceBlog:

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By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

Here’s how to search for, and download FREE Topo maps for any area in the United States.

 
I came across this free online map resource awhile ago, but just today used it again to download some local topographical maps.

Direct Link To TOPO Maps:
Map Locator & Downloader

 
The direct link will display a map of the United States…Continue reading at Modern Survival Blog: How To Download Free Topo Maps

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The only 3D shoot we will be hosting in 2015 is the Cystic Fibrosis shoot on June 6th.

Last year's flyer

Last year’s flyer

There will be another announcement: I’ve been told we may be hosting sporting clay events at the property.

Year Two of ‘Tag Soup’ has convinced me to come up with a recipe for it.

1 Set of Unfilled Tags*
8 cups beef broth (or 4 beef, 4 vegetable) 14 OZ can diced tomatoes (I like to get the garlic flavored ones)
1 onion chopped
4 potatoes peeled and cubed
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
Put the broth in a large stock pot and set the heat to medium-high

Add the vegetables and bring to a boil

Try to ignore all the time, money and effort you put into hunting this year, while plotting next years hunting season.

Stare at the unfilled tags.Ground Wild Sausage

*Substituting 1 lb of ground beef, browned cubed beef, or somebody ELSE’S ground venison makes a better soup.

I’ve hunted mostly Joe Kurz WMA for the last two years, with a few days at a new lease near Rome, GA.  Neither one is close enough to the house for half day or quick hunts, really.  I need to find someplace half an hour or so away, rather than an hour and a half.

Time for another year of archery!

Big John’s Google Calendar is up to date from what I can see, however are only a few shoots.

Sunday – Jan 4th

3D Buckeye – Social Circle, GA

  • Open Money – $20 50% Payback – Max 50yrds # Stake – 290 FPS Max- All Un-Known
  • Known 45 – $20 50% Payback – Max 45yrds White Stake – 290FPS Max- All Known
  • Open Trophy – $15 Trophy – Max. 45yrds White Stake – 290 FPS Max- All Un-Known
  • Women’s Open- $20 50% Payback- Max 40yrds Red Stake- 280 FPS Max- All Un-Known
  • Senior Open- $20 50% Payback- Max 45yrds White Stake- 290 FPS Max- All Un-Known
  • Hunter – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, Magnification allowed, 12” Stabilizer, Any Release – Max 40yrds Red Stake – 280 FPS Max- 10 Known 10 Un-Known
  • Women’s Hunter – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, No Magnification, Any Release – Max 30yrds Blue Stake – 260FPS Max- All Known
  • Bow Novice – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, No Magnification, 12” Stabilizer Any Release – Max 30yrds Blue Stake – 280 FPS Max- All Known
  • Youth – $15 Trophy – Ages 13 to 14 – Max 30yrds Blue Stake – 240 FPS Max.
  • Sr. Eagle – $10 Trophy – Ages 11 to 12 – Parental Supervision – Max 25yrds Orange Stake – 230 FPS Max.
  • Eagle – Free Medallion – Ages 9 to 10 – Parental Supervision – Max 25yrds Orange Stake – 220 FPS Max.
  • Jr. Eagle – Free Medallion – Ages 0 to 8 – Parental Supervision – Max 15yrds Yellow Stake – 220 FPS Max.

All Classes Will Be ASA Rules Places: 1-5 Shooters 1st Place, 6-10 Shooters 1st and 2nd Place, 11-Unlimited Shooters 1st,2nd, and 3rd Places. Scoring is 0,5,8,10,12 NO 14.

Also considering a shooter of the year this time. Will also update as we go along. Please let us know what you, the shooters want!!!

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North Georgia Traditional Archery Club

Regulations

  • Trad bows only. No compounds, no cross bows. This is about the only regulation that we enforce for the entire year.

Regulations for competition (August shoot only)

  • Barebow, no sights. No release aids. No clickers. No string walking.

Shoot fees
Members – $5 each
Non-members – $10 each
Family rate – $15 for everybody in the immediate family

We are located at 2295 Lee Land Road, Gainesville, GA 30507.

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Time for some more 3D!

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Sponsored by Gable Sporting Goods

Dyrewulf:

That’s a nice buck! Well done!

Originally posted on L I V I N G H E A L T H Y :

On Sunday December 7th I shot and killed my first bow buck! We got to the woods around 2:30 and it is dark by 4:45. I knew the deer were not coming out until around 3:45 from going out previous nights so I had plenty of time. My boyfriend Josh Lindner came with me on a “blind date.” Neither of had been successful during regular season, gun season, and now late season bow hunting. We were starting to think our luck had run out. I had shot my bow over and over and knew I was a good shot. My Strother Hope is an amazing bow as well and out shoots the boys.

Around 4:00 a couple of does started showing up. I knew the deer were hungry so my goal was to harvest a doe so we would have venison in the freezer. Well the does started pilling…

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Sorry for the delay, I’ve been trying to retrieve the photographs from my camera, which was accidentally sacrificed in the line of duty during my week at Joe Kurz this November.

We (Clay, Kevin the Elder, Kevin the Younger, Jesus, and a whole bunch o’ other folks) had a great time, though we actually didn’t see many deer this year.  We found some good sign, not great, but decent, and Clay did harvest a deer at the end of the week, but after the firearm quota hunt, the deer were definately moving more at night.

Sadly, with the demise of my camera on day three, I have very few photos to share compared to a normal, week long trip, but here they are.

We had a great time, hanging out with Jesus (hunting buddy we met last year at camp) and a bunch of other folks, but only Clay and Jesus managed to get any action: The deer I saw driving in on Saturday in somebody’s front yard, and some deer at dusk that night as Jesus and I drove around looking for critters, were almost the only deer I saw the entire week.   I did see a deer Sunday evening when I was in the stand – I managed to draw my bow three times on a small doe, and just couldn’t get a good, clear shot.

It was cold again this year mid-week, very cold in fact, though not into the teens like last year.  My Zippo Outdoor 4-in-1 came in very handy, since Kevin (Clay’s step-son) loves cutting up firewood. I brought a chainsaw, and we never had to use it, Kevin just used the saw feature on the Zippo axe and we were all set for a bonfire every night.

One thing is for sure, if you love to hunt coyotes, you need to head to Joe Kurz WMA and take some out, they are all over the place. I don’t think I saw a single patch of dirt that didn’t have a paw print in it the whole week.

Well, I’m packing my gear and heading to Joe Kurz for the final week of bowhunting at that wildlife management area for the year.  I really wish the bowhunting week was BEFORE the six days (two three day quota hunts) of rifle season, last year the deer still had that “OMG! They’re SHOOTING AT US!” look and behavior during this week. But it’s a week of camping with friends and climbing trees in search of venison, and I’ll take it.

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…BUT… the property isn’t trophy managed, nor are any of the properties that BORDER this property.  So… do I try to take him, or let him walk knowing that (except for Jimmy and probably Danny) anyone else who spots this buck will take him?   I’m not really a trophy hunter, but I’d rather take a nice buck than no buck at all.

The backstory is – My wife bought me a trail cam last year, and I never found someplace to put it where I was comfortable leaving a $100 piece of equipment in the woods.   I am NOT a professional outdoor writer or entertainment figure, everything comes out of my family’s budget, so I don’t have a ton of extra equipment laying around.  Half of what I do use to hunt with these days I have because of being an archery staff shooter for Gable Sporting Goods.   So, this year, when we joined a lease up near Rome, GA., I was very happy to finally put the trail cam out and see what I could find.

I put the camera in a thin section of oaks that had some nicely worn trails – yesterday, I retrieved the camera, and all that was on it were six photos, leading me to think that I had three photos of me setting the camera up, and three photos of me taking the camera DOWN.   I was wrong, there were two photos of a small doe, two photos of probably a two year old buck, one creepy photo at night, and a garbage photo from taking the camera down.

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So now I have to decide whether or not to take the buck, or let him walk and *HOPE* nobody else takes him, so he can get bigger next year…