Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Last weekend was the opener for the spring turkey season. Obligations kept us from partaking until Sunday afternoon where we took a look at some meadows a couple hours away. I'm still trying to get my first turkey with an airgun. A few weeks ago I was readying myself for the upcoming season which included shooting practice. I noticed my Beeman RX1 (HW90), while rebuilt a few seasons ago, had leaked air from the gas ram. With the rifle out of commission I turned my attention to my Beeman R10 (HW85). I hastily spent my spare time getting the rifle ready to hunt.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017
|The day could have been worse. We could have been these guys.|
|Meal time at Burger Barn.|
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Sunday, January 29, 2017
"Two Bug" Doug Dolan at 9:30 on the water. Having arrived before us we received a text from him stating it was -20 degrees at the entrance.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Spanish Chorizo sliced half inch thick
Green Chili, deseeded and cubed
Flat Leaf Parsely, chopped
Debone the breast of dove. In hot stock pan brown dove in olive oil (don't cook through) and set aside for later. Lower heat and add chopped onion until translucent then add chorizo. Once sausage is browned add garlic, chili, bay leaf and thyme after one minute add potatoes, lentils and paprika. Add stock, cover and simmer until potato and lentils have soften. Add chard until wilted and place dove into the stew to finish cooking. Taste and season accordingly. Ladle stew in a bowl placing the doves atop, sprinkle flat leaf parsley and serve with crusty bread.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Took the old man down south in the hopes finding some roosters. While we found none I did meet a new hunting buddy while checking out a field. We ended up hunting together for the morning and managed to flush one hen pheasant. It was a pleasure hunting with him and he's an excellent source of local information. He's been hunting these fields for over thirty years so I'm glad I ran into him.
The field we hunted was a half plowed barley or rye (I'm guessing). It was pretty thick and tall. Good cover for these birds. Unfortunately no roosters were present at this time. Afterwards Chuck, our new hunting companion, called it quits. So we tried a couple alfalfa fields but with no success. Kaiser did get birdy and managed a point but no bird was kicked up. Might have refused to be steady and ran on him or could have been old scent. We'll never know.
After giving up on roosters we turned our attention to doves. In the process we managed to flush a covey of gambels while driving around. We were unable to pursue them though as they flushed into thick cover. Although the abundance of track was a good sign for the season and I may have to concentrate on quail for the rest of this year. We did manage to find a decent number of doves and took home four before calling it a trip.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
I wrote about Rainer Joesch some time ago when he made his first movie about hunting Cape Buffalo in the mountains of Tanzania (that post can be found here). Since then he has made three more movies regarding the subject of buffalo hunting. They have been out for some time but I finally picked up a two of the three. I would have purchased part two but the retailer did not have it in stock. I also picked up an Ivan Carter film as well, Sunset in Botwana.I've watched the two Rainer Joesch films so far and they like his previous film are amazing. Most hunting films are, I'll admit, pretty lame. Joesch's film are not. They are filmed documentary style and the focus is not the kill shot, like in most films, but rather the whole hunting experience. When I have the time I'll do a full review of each film. Stay tuned. Check out the trailer for Part One:
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Drawbacks of the Sordin: Low (perhaps misleading) NRR rating of 18db (although this article addresses this concern here), batteries are not easily removed or placed in the compartment, the sound is limited to 82 dB(A) equivalent sound level but can not be increased.
For the Pro Ears: Good NRR rating of 26, amplifies sound sub 70db 8 times, 300 hour battery life, three year warranty, Made in the USA.
Drawbacks of the Pro Ears: Requires four not so easy to find N sized batteries (CR123 versions are available but even those batteries still are not necessarily available everywhere), each ear has independent controls that turn in opposite directions (so you may actually leave on side on thinking it is off), not waterproof.