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> “I began hunting this deer in 2020 after I received a few velvet pictures of him in Aug. I was close to sealing the deal that year, but I ultimately lost the opportunity because a branch was between me and him on Halloween night. I never saw the buck again until July of 2021.
> “Flash forward to Oct 2, when I had a scrape he was hitting every morning for a week in daylight…I never had a shot opportunity.
> “On the evening of Nov 3, it felt like everything could come together in my favorite hardwoods stand. Around 4:30 pm I did a rattling sequence and quickly had an average buck come in. At 5:15 I rattled again, and I immediately spotted my target buck while I was still rattling. He was 80 yards out and closing, and he actually spotted me hanging the antlers back up and grabbing my Mathews V3 bow.
> “After a 30-second staring contest, he committed to closing the distance. I stopped him at 42 yards, held tight to his shoulder and released the arrow. The hit was picture-perfect, with my Rage Extreme ten-ringing him!
> “He has 19 scoreable points and an inside spread of 18 inches. He was green-scored at 191 inches and officially scored after the mandatory 60-day drying period at 189 5/8 inches.”
Liberal media and others saying hunters are sliding is not true.
> Fueled by a liberal press and the animal rights lobby [and academia, liberal politicians and well-funded liberal NGOs] during the past decade, the conventional notion has come to be this: recreational hunting is on the skids, living on borrowed time.
> Even among the ranks of outdoor writers…some of my peers who have bought into this negativity, arguing that the blood sports are terminal in Western culture. Is that really the case?
> Statistics really don’t support the naysayers. In 2004 there were about 15 mil licensed hunters in the US…peaked at 15.6 mil in 2018. …given the modern trends [including anti-hunting propaganda] it is surprising that the total number of licensed hunters in this country has remained flat over the past 2 decades! The growing influx of women hunters has, apparently, offset the decline in recruitment of young hunters.
> More surprising…a recent survey undertaken by Southwick Associates…revealed that in 1 year there has been a 25% increase in new hunters and a 5% spike in licensed hunters in 2020.
> Roughly half of the more than 15 mil licensed hunters are whitetail hunters. The number of hunters in this country outnumber the populations of 43 states! In 2016, hunters contributed $27 billion to the U.S. economy. About $7 billion of that was spent just on guns and hunting equipment.
> Most incredible of all is a fact so often ignored or misrepresented by the media and the anti-hunting activists. Last year, those of us who hunt…generated a whopping $1.5 bil for wildlife departments and conservation efforts throughout the country. This set a new record in funding for the federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program, better known as Pittman-Robertson.
> Yes recreational hunting is alive and well. Hunters need to tell their story because nobody else will. Our hunting heritage depends upon it.
Outstanding! Thank you Paul!
Here’s a a good reminder from Abe Lincoln:
🤣 Okay, here’s a real one from Thomas Jefferson:
Guess it was true back then too!
First buck is the #3 buck in the county!
Big congrats to Madison Taylor (and her dad) on her first deer ^ which also ended up being the #3 buck in Quitman County, GA – from GA Outdoor News:
> Off and on for 2 years, the trophy buck that Madison ended up killing was captured only on trail cameras, being very careful to avoid hunters.
> “At the beginning of the season I sat in the stand a lot and saw many deer, but I just kept waiting,” said Madison.
> Around 10 am the morning of Nov 21, Madison and her dad Eric headed to their family hunting land in Quitman County for a late-morning hunt. They quickly settled into their homemade 2-person stand nestled in a pine stand….
> “After only sitting for about an hour, I saw him, but then I had to wait about 15 minutes for him to turn around for me to get a shot.” As soon and the record-class buck turned broadside, Madison pulled the trigger on her Ruger .308.
> “He stumbled off and dropped pretty quickly. I was excited, he was big and the one we had been seeing.”
> LA spent $246,560 last year. That figure included around $112,000 in staff salaries and $60,000 on actual testing.
> GA, one of the few remaining states that hasn’t yet found CWD, conservatively spends about $275,000 per year on surveillance, and deer biologist Charlie Killmaster expects that would triple or quadruple if CWD appears.
> KS spent nearly $550,000 last year….
> MI spent $1.3-$1.5 mil in 2021.
> TX spent nearly $2.1 mil in FY 2020.
> PA spent an average of $2.5 mil per year from FY 2018 to 2020. In the last 5 years, the state has spent over $10.3 mil on CWD efforts.
> WI spends $3-$3.6 mil annually.
> MO spent over $3.5 mil in 2021 on CWD efforts.
> In addition to the actual dollars spent on CWD…hundreds of thousands of man-hours spent on it too.
> MS spent over 21,000 staff hours (and over $1.1 million) on CWD during the past 3 years, while TX spent 40,559 hours of staff time in just FY 2020.
Necessary stuff but not good!
The ghillie suit is named after Scottish bigfoot?? 👀
> Gille is a Scots Gaelic term that describes a young man who works outdoors. Gille Dubh translates to “Black-Haired Youth” or “Dark-Haired Lad.” The Gille Gubh is some kind of bizarre earth spirit adorned in moss and leaves that figures prominently in Scottish mythology. The general understanding is that ghillie is a poorly-translated version of this term.
> Our Australian comrades call their ghillies “yowie suits.” This is a reference to the yowie, a mythical aboriginal creature akin to the Sasquatch. …describe a hairy ape-like hominid that stands and walks upright.
> This new section legalized airguns for hunting both small game and big game during regular firearms seasons provided that county-specific regulations do not prohibit firearms for deer hunting. The change prohibits the use of air rifles during muzzleloader seasons and the Mountaineer Heritage Season. Also, arrow-shooting air rifles are prohibited for both small- and big-game hunting.
> Air rifles used for big-game hunting must be at least .45 cal and use at least a 200-grain bullet.
> During the 2022 TMA members conference…the TMA board of directors recognized [Hunter Safety Systems co-founder] Jerry Dale Wynder during the awards banquet on Apr 27 as the 2022 Treestand Hall of Fame Inductee.
> …USDA announced a new partnership that uses diverse Farm Bill investments to support voluntary conservation of private working lands and migratory big game populations in WY. Using lessons learned from this pilot, USDA seeks to scale up this model across the West….
> …using a gun trust increases the amount of paperwork you have to submit to the ATF each time you purchase a suppressor. It’s more to think about, juggle and keep track of.
> The reason I personally want all my suppressors and machine guns in an NFA/Gun Trust is simply for this one reason: it makes it possible for other people to legally possess my suppressors, SBR’s, or automatic guns.
> The government has no duty to protect you – you are, and always have been, your own first responder. There will always be weapons in the hands of evil. The only question is whether you are armed and ready to defend life and liberty against that evil.
> The fundamental human right to keep and bear arms does not come from the government or the Constitution. Our rights exist because we are human….
> Every rifle is the sum of its parts, and in the case of the Model 21, the parts combine to form an excellent hunting tool. At 6.8 lbs, unloaded and without optics, this gun is light and compact without being excessively so. If you let me choose all of my own components to build a rifle for 90 percent of my hunting needs, the end result would be a rifle nearly identical to the Model 21.
> Many would have you believe that in order to be supremely accurate a rifle must wear a heavy barrel. The Model 21 disproves that theory. My first group was fired with SIG’s Elite Match ammunition. I watched the first shot land on target, my rough zero placing the impact about two inches from my point of aim. I fired again and saw no change in the target. The 3 rounds landed in a single hole that measured less than 0.1″ center-to-center!
> That is incredible accuracy for any rifle, but I choose not to hunt with match ammo. How would this rifle shoot with a real hunting bullet? Using Federal’s 130-grain Triple-Shok load, the first group out of the bore measured 0.23″. Almost not believing what I was seeing, I tried a 3rd load, Nosler’s AccuBond Long Range, which resulted in a mortal 0.72″ group. If the Model 21 isn’t the most accurate hunting rifle I’ve ever tested, it’s damn close.
> CVA re-vamps its ever popular and most affordable Wolf model muzzleloader. “…we didn’t have a model that focused on youth or small statured adults.” …the Wolf V2 has a 1″ length of pull and adjustable rubber spacer which is similar to the CVA Cascade centerfire rifle.
> This gun is loaded with features and is equipped with a premium 24″ barrel made from corrosion-resistant 416 stainless steel with a bullet guiding muzzle. It weighs a mere 6.5 lbs….
> “Putting in a post/licking branch combo takes minimal effort and is super inexpensive. Plus they work exceptionally well. Pine and cedar posts are great options – deer love the softness and aromatic nature of them – and they hit them year-round. Anybody can add these. They are not as complex as putting in a food source and are great for getting pictures for inventory. Plus they’re a signing location bucks can’t ignore when passing through.”
> …taught me the importance of water, and though my ground hugs the Arkansas River, I decided to give it a go. …my initial investment was small. I found some heavy-duty plastic barrier at a farm auction, then I dug a hole that would hold 55 gallons of liquid. After bedding in the liner and sloping the edges, I used 5-gallon buckets and an ATV to fill it.
> Not only did it work, it quickly became, from Jul through Nov, the most-visited spot in the area by bucks and does alike. Sure I had to keep it filled, but driving my 4-wheeler to and from a nearby drainage ditch a few times each month was zero hassle.
> …cut travel paths that connected stand sites with bedding, food and the like. We walked several of the trails, and the deer were pounding them.
> “As for buck beds…I look for elevation – a small hill or rise in the terrain – and then I create an entrance and exit in the existing cover. Use a hand or chainsaw to clear branches away from trees so bucks can lean against them without getting poked. Give it a try this year…during the spring, go and look at those buck beds. I bet you’ll find white belly hair.”
Quote of the Week
“…surely it’s worth trying at the federal level to restrict pre-21 purchases of militaristic rapid-fire guns of mass school destruction and still permit a kid to hunt deer in Arkansas.”
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