Archive for September, 2012

A big thanks to Clay over at Gables for hooking Danny up with a Diamond Iceman with all the trimmings! Danny is at Allatoona WMA right now, and sent me these photos.

Probably to rub it in.

Since I’m at work.

All day.

*grinding teeth*




Roughly thirty years ago, give or take a few years, I remember hunting with my father in Pennsylvania, when I was too young to hold a PA hunting license.   I would follow him around in layer after layer of second-hand winter clothes, with an orange vest thrown on top for safety, as he hunted Pennsylvania State Game Lands for whitetail deer and/or turkey.

One trip stands out as uniquely humorous: we had spent a very cold, snowy morning hunting somewhere near the Allegheny mountains, several  hours from our home, and Dad had seen and shot at several deer in that time.  Now, my  father isn’t a target shooter, but usually when he is hunting, he doesn’t miss.   He has an entire house full of photographs and mounts, and we’ve eaten everything over the years, to prove that he is a capable hunter and competent with a firearm.

This day, he missed. Several times.

Now Dad has a temper, everybody in my family does really, and when I was a wee lad, I knew better than to ‘mouth off’ when he was in a mood.  Missing several deer while hunting in a near-blizzard was really getting on his nerves, so I was being quiet and just holding still when he told me to, but I noticed something after his last missed shot.   At the time, Pennsylvania was very strict in it’s primitive weapons season, requiring a flintlock, cloth patches and round ball ammunition.  Looking at Pennsylvania’s Muzzleloader regulations now, this is no longer the case. (Page 21)

In those years, my family did everything we possibly could ourselves. We grew a large garden with carrots, zucchini, potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, several types of beans, peas, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, corn, pumpkin, onions, garlic, cayenne peppers, everything we could get to grow. We picked our own blackberries, raspberries, elderberries, apples, cherries, and strawberries, we canned it all, and we hunted and fished to fill our freezers.

People who rant against hunting have never had to rely on it for dinner.

This self-sufficiency included fletching our own arrows and casting our own round ball (for Pennsylvania) and mini-ball ammunition for our muzzleloaders. We had several molds and frequently melted down 0ld fishing sinkers or tire weights for lead. (If you’ve never spent an afternoon along a country highway looking for tire weights that have fallen off, count yourself lucky.)

I watched as my father reloaded his flintlock, the butt stock seated on the top of his boot to keep it out of the snow, the brass-and-wood ramrod tap-tap-tapping the round ball and linen patch down into the FFF blackpowder.  I was worried, you see, since Dad was already in a foul mood, that I would be asked to do something and not notice, or that I would do something I shouldn’t.   Then, as Dad made himself ready to move to a new spot, he put the butt-stock of the rifle under his armpit, I heard a soft ‘thupt’ sound.  Looking down, I saw an odd hole in the snow.

Reaching my hand down into the snow, I scooped up some snow, and a round piece of lead.

“Dad, I think the shot just fell out,” I said, quietly.    He turned and looked at me with a puzzled look on his face.  I handed him the round ball, which he looked at for a moment before wiping it dry on his handkerchief, then placing it in the barrel of the .45 caliber muzzleloader.  Tilting the rifle back, we both heard it roll down the barrel, and neither of us heard it hit anything that would sound like a piece of lead when it hit bottom.  My father tilted the barrel back down, and out rolled the round ball into the snow.

Just to be certain, he primed the pan, cocked the hammer back, and shot the muzzle loader at a dead tree stump thirty feet away or so, a great big pine stump with snow all over it. There would be no way to miss it or miss the impact from the shot.  FIZZZ-FWOMP! The muzzleloader fired, but the sound wasn’t even right, now that we were listening carefully. Sure enough, nothing but smoke and the burning patch came out of that long rifle.

Nothing happened for a moment, and then my father started to laugh.  We picked up the pace and headed back to the truck, all of the ammunition he had with him was from the same bullet mold, and all of the patches were pre-cut with a piece of pipe we had sharpened into a small punch that could be hammered through layers of cloth easily, none of which would work.

My father had been firing blanks at the deer of Pennsylvania all morning without knowing it.

(And he still laughs when I tell this story, too…)

Posted: 09/29/2012 in News

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Monday, October 1st, we are launching our 2013 PSE Product line! Pre-order from your local PSE Dealer! Here are our custom colors for the year! Lots of surprises to come! 🙂

Jon Shepley and the engineers at PSE spend a great deal of time designing our bow line each year. They do everything possible to offer a wide selection of bow options that will satisfy the needs of most archers. But, there are customers who need or want something a little different. What if you want a special color that we don’t offer in our catalog? That’s why we created the PSE Special Service Custom Shop. Through our Custom Shop you can let your imagination run wild. Using the multitude of existing components, the Custom Shop can possibly make a one of a kind bow,  just for you.

Important Note:  Not all desired configurations will…

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Posted: 09/29/2012 in News

I agree with Kurt – if states are going to pull tags for celebrity hunts, which is GREAT advertising, spell it out in the regulations, such as “90 tags will be given out, with X number of additional tags reserved by the state game agency for advertising purposes.”

A Hunter's Tales - Hunting Blog

For the last several years, I have joined some 35,000 individuals who have entered an annual lottery for a Kentucky elk tag. In all, 90 hunters will receive a tag to bow hunt the burgeoning herd that roams the Bluegrass State.

Before I go further I want to go on the record, and be crystal clear, that this post is not in any way a bash on celebrity hunters. In fact, it’s far less about them – in this case two of the most popular in the country – and more about a program that decided to provide tags to celebrities sans the normal procedure for obtaining one.

I noticed a Facebook post this evening highlighting the successful exploits of Michael Waddell and Nick Mundt of each taking a bull elk this week in Kentucky. Congrats to those two Bone Collectors for closing the deal.

But I’m left scratching my…

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From North American Whitetail

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Posted: 09/28/2012 in News

Experience counts for a lot: many hunters can eyeball an area and speed scout it, others can’t. I usually can’t, because I over think the whole thing and have to see, either with a trail cam or by hunting the area, what trails deer are using. Otherwise, I look around and think ‘ok, acorns: everywhere. Food plots on three sides. Bedding areas all over the place. Crap…” But I have had some success with having to choose quickly and get in a tree, possibly because that takes over-thinking out of the equation. 🙂

The Scentmaster

First of all, let me preface this blog entry with an apology …. for I’ve been scarce around these parts as of late.  Between work, school, and other commitments, my life is as hectic as ever – I guess some things never change!  But enough of that … I’m back, and I’m ready to post about the best topic there is to talk about, and that’s deer hunting!

The good news is this:  I’ve killed two deer since season began, and more are to come!  On Tuesday, September 18th, I managed to shoot a mature doe.  I followed that up a few days later with another doe!  So two deer, two shots, and a bunch of venison in the freezer has made me a very happy camper with deer season thus far.  How did this happen?  Speed scouting!

I wrote about speed scouting in my last blog, before my hiatus…

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Posted: 09/27/2012 in News

In the 1990’s, most of the non-IBO archery shoots in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York would include at least a few tree stand shots. The clubs would build an actual ‘deck’ 10-12 feet up with full stairs and railings. Everyplace I’ve shot in Georgia has said ‘can’t do it, insurance reasons.’ Sad, really.

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By Will Jenkins 

With the season fast approaching many folks are focusing on broadhead tuning and putting lots of holes in foam. While this is all good and necessary one thing I find myself and many others lacking as we get close to season is practicing how you’ll be hunting. This means putting arrows through foam while you are in situations similar to how you will be hunting.

Most people hunt from tree stands and of course this is extremely different from standing on flat ground and making an easy shot. Not only that you’re wearing different clothes and a safety harness but you’re also standing on an 18″ x 24″ platform 20 feet up a tree. I’d suggest when setting or checking stands bring your bow and a small target and put a few arrows in the target through each of your shooting lanes. Making sure…

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Posted: 09/26/2012 in News

I keep TRYING to get back to Ocmulgee WMA for a hog weekend – and I keep not pulling it off!

Georgia Wildlife Blog

Stock up now! Go hog hunting in Georgia.

The headlines today report an expected bacon shortage and price increase.  Fear not!  There is no limit and no closed season on hunting feral hogs in Georgia.  And depending on your appetite and meat processor, you can stock away a ton (maybe not literally) at a reasonable price while getting fresh air and exercise in the great outdoors.  Don’t forget, you’re doing other wildlife populations a favor by removing this invasive species!

Feral hogs may be taken on Wildlife Management Areas during any open season with the legal weapons for that season, unless specified otherwise.  Some WMAs offer specialty hog hunts as well. Here are a few WMAs where you’re likely to have hog hunting success this fall:

  • Pine Log WMA
  • Lake Russell WMA
  • Oaky Woods WMA
  • Ocmulgee WMA
  • Chickasawhatchee WMA
  • Richmond Hill WMA

For more information on feral hog regulations and…

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