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Fall/Winter 2017 Hunting Stories Thread

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:59 pm
by Asymetryczna
Use this thread to post your hunting stories for 2017. Pictures help of course. I normally wait for 2 frosts before I start so it is kind of late this fall. I have been doing some scouting though and have surveillance on.

Re: Fall/Winter 2017 Hunting Stories Thread

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:36 pm
by 00dlez
Not much of a story to tell - neither myself or my family overall has been big into hunting but I've been forcing myself to learn for sufficiency reasons. I went out squirrel hunting for the first time this year. Didn't shoot anything despite my hike in being like a Disney movie with animals crawling around everywhere, but they were just off the trail or would have been shots into the air, so I held off.

Re: Fall/Winter 2017 Hunting Stories Thread

Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:23 pm
by Brekar
I grew up hunting, I've spent my whole life hunting and fishing, mostly in Mo, but I've been a few other places. I haven't had much luck hunting here in Mo recently. Since my grandfather died my deer hunting land got sold, a few years ago, now I'm in the process of trying to find some land to buy within a reasonable distance from where I live. I've been taking my kids to public land to get them used to hunting, mostly using .22's and .410's on squirrels and rabbits (.410's are older NEF single shots. My Rem 870 .410 is having jamming issues I haven't figured out yet). My usual process is to start scouting around September here in Mo for bow season, and keep hunting till bow season ends in Feb. I also like to rifle hunt, muzzleloader hunt, and shotgun hunt ever chance I get.

Re: Fall/Winter 2017 Hunting Stories Thread

Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:18 pm
by Asymetryczna
Liked your post in the car-living thread. I’ve thought about starting a thread about all the things that can be done with a tobacco tin but haven’t done it yet.

Additionally, the reference to locomotives. My first 18 years included RR tracks (N&W) far back behind our fields so I generally knew when the trains would pass through and I used the tracks as paths to other places. There was a large curve before the trains could go over the river and into town so they had to slow down. Braver kids could run alongside and grab a ladder and swing up, or so I have been told.

I grew up hunting, fishing, and trapping, back when furs paid a great deal. Eventually, it might be illegal to admit it. Some people, upon seeing a barn full of hanging fur on boards, might go berserk. I added a second full-sized freezer a few years back and I have tried to keep it full. As space becomes available the missus tends to fill it with bread. At one time, it contained bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, frog legs, several saltwater delights, venison, squirrel, pheasant, rabbit, and dove. In 2017 I was unable to go as much but added two doe (compound bow) and 2 dozen squirrels. For 2018, fishing will be more than a hobby.

More and more the areas where I grew up hunting are being overtaken by expansive subdivisions or privately purchased for paying members hunting clubs. Here, it is much the same but I have a friend that allows me to use his property. Even there, he is starting to develop the property. Still, as the land is increasingly developed the wildlife must adjust as well so it becomes standard where I live to see them in your yard. The bow, and smaller, quieter, calibers will become more important.

I could write for hours about the merits of introducing our youth to firearms. Like hunting and fishing, it is a responsibility of those that do to ensure the interest and skills get passed on… and your freeze-dried meals and pantry will only take you so far if the stores all are closed. (This is not to say that I do not also enjoy the 4 for $4 special now being offered at Wendy’s.) It surprises me to see so little about hunting/fishing here. Realizing it is not specifically a hunting/fishing forum ̶ I get it ̶ the focus tends to be on shorter term goals, when SHTF rather than after the shat has hit the fan and life goes on. (Notice how rats play into the diet of those experiencing severe hardship in most true-life stories.)

For your REM870, I’d recommend the same as most people. Download the manual and break it down until you find the discrepancy. It might be as simple as using a file or some small piece that you can order and replace yourself. Remington 870 Owner’s Manual

Good luck. Keep us posted.

Re: Fall/Winter 2017 Hunting Stories Thread

Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:51 pm
by SRO1911
I lost my lease a few years ago...for those that don't know, all those thousands of acres of Public land you enjoy- Texas isn't made that way. Most hunting is on private l d and you either own or lease.
This year I was fortunate and was invited to hunt on my secretaries husband's land. The agreement was does and spikes plus all the hogs I could hammer.
So far I've picked up a fat yearling spike that made 45-50lbs in the freezer and a few football pigs (small pigs, usually smoke whole - much better meat than older bigger hogs) special doe season opens today so I plan to finish filling my freezers this week. Been seeing a lot of very fat does, apparently not having an actual winter last year plus a relatively wet summer has made for good grazing.