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She Needed A Handle!

April 14, 2011 Comments off

I’ve had this blade for who knows how long! It was given to me by an elder family member long, long ago and she was in desperate need of having a good quality handle mounted up!!  So I hit several hunting/fishing forums that I’m a member of to get some inputs on what folks thought would make for a good handle.

Hopefully the tape measurer helps in giving you an idea of the blade’s length.  Because this is no Bowie knife blade!!  It’s a very small one that I plan on using for small game and for areas that call for an intricate skinning knife.  From the forums that I posted up on to gain inputs from blade choices, many options were given!!  Shown below is a cheesy chart breaking down all the options given.

 

Out of all the recommendations given, I chose to go with the one made by Jacob Bennett (of Shared Obsession TV ) who put on a beautiful osage wood handle! What I can’t wait for is the darkening effect osage has while it ages!!

 

The rounding on this handle fits into my hand very snugly and I can’t wait to put it to work on some skinning!!

Determining Your Draw Length

March 18, 2011 Comments off

Check out this bow hunting tip from BowTuningTips.com on determining your draw length for your bow!  And be sure to check out the other great bow hunting tips that are there on the website as well as the YouTube site!!

The Budget-wise Hunter / Phase III

March 12, 2011 Comments off

Phase III: Culminating the Hunt – Putting It All Together

Now we’re at the point that your hunting interests have been identified and then you’ve sorted them out into what you can feasibly hunt and those that you would most likely classify as a “dream hunt”.  So out of curiosity I hit a bunch of outdoors/hunting forums and posed some inquiries to see what rifles/shotguns folks were using for various game; and here are the results:

I did this to see what folks were using as compared to what I like to use.  This was especially helpful to me if/when I think of upgrading or adding rifles/shotguns to my collection.  For my hunting preferences, my preferred stock includes:

  • .22-250 rifle
  • .410 gauge shotgun
  • 12 gauge shotgun (over/under)
  • .270 rifle

Being budget-minded, I’m not shooting for the high-end products.  I’m looking for product that fits within my budget and has best quality/reliability for products within that budget zone.  This way I’m staying well within my budget and conservatively spending my money where it is most beneficial.  Let’s not forget those “dream hunts”…. they can be pricey so budget wisely!!

While this little rant has focused on rifle/shotgun selection, there are many other facets to look at.  Things such as ammunition, clothing, camping gear, etc.  So one can easily see there are many angles that one must look at when making decisions on acquiring product essential to their hunting preferences.  Going through the process of determining what is feasible and what is not will greatly help in staying within your means!

More rants to come!!

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Click here —> “The Budget-wise Hunter / Phase I”

Click here —> “The Budget-wise Hunter / Phase II”

The Budget-wise Hunter / Phase II

February 17, 2011 Comments off

Now back in Phase I (click here —> Identify Your Hunting Interests) you were instructed to identify all of your hunting interests. For a recap, here’s my lists of hunting interests:  mountain goat, grizzlies, black bear, coyotes, squirrels, elk, Russian boar, mallards, teals, geese, turkey, pheasant, doll sheep, bighorn sheep, and feral hog.

Now when I look at my list, there’s only one facet I am faced with … which of these hunting interests are feasible (e.g. within my budget)?  And which of these interests are more along the lines of a dream trip (e.g. something I really have to save up for)?  Sure, I would love to go to the forests of Russia to hunt wild Russian boar!  Heck yes I’d love to hunt some monster elk!!  You bet’cha… I’d hop a plane in an instant to go hunt grizzlies in Alaska!!!  But are these hunting interests feasible for me?

Phase II: Identifying Your Hunting Opportunities

Now in this phase of being a budget-wise hunter you simply separate your hunting interests into two categories: (1) Normal Hunting Opportunities, and (2) Dream Trips.  Dream trips are not discussed in this particular rant; but hold onto that list for a future rant on effective planning tips for those dream trips!!!

So take a look at your new list.  Those items listed in your “Normal Hunting Opportunities” category are those species wherein you will focus most of your energies at becoming a more disciplined hunter.  Let’s take a look at my reorganized list:

  • Normal Hunting Opportunities = coyotes, squirrels, mallards, teal, turkey, feral hog
  • Dream Trips = mountain goat, grizzlies, black bear, elk, Russian boar, geese, pheasant, doll sheep, bighorn sheep

Sure does simply things when you re-categorized them, eh?!  Now that I know what I most commonly hunt for, the next step as a budget-wise hunter is to move into the final stage, Phase III: Culminating the hunt; putting it all together.

Click here —> “The Budget-wise Hunter / Phase I”

Click here —> “The Budget-wise Hunter / Phase III”

The Budget-wise Hunter / Phase I

February 15, 2011 Comments off

Hunting … say the word out loud and what comes to mind?  For some it’s the thrill of the stalk of the elusive mountain lion.  For others it’s sitting in the blind calling in those mallards.  While for some, it’s hunting squirrels on a brisk Fall day.  The world of hunting is as vast as the world of fishing.  In each, the enthusiast must do some things — whether they do it intentionally or by happenstance; and they are:

  1. (Phase I) Identify your hunting interests.
  2. (Phase II) Identify your hunting opportunities.
  3. (Phase III) Culminating the hunt; putting it all together.

I love to hunt.  I love to fish.  As part of those “loves”, I love to be practical in each discipline.  As I progress further down the road of age and gathering wisdom, I’m beginning to realize a few truths:

  • I can’t do it all.
  • I need to be more budget-minded/budget-wise.
  • I need to enjoy to the fullest those opportunities around me that I can afford and take advantage of those that I don’t normally get to do but are given the opportunity from time to time.

Phase I: Identifying Your Hunting Interests

Take some time and jot down all that you would like to hunt.  Don’t worry about how long or short that list may be; it’s going to be different for everyone.  I spent some time and my list looks like this:  mountain goat, grizzlies, black bear, coyotes, squirrels, elk, Russian boar, mallards, teals, geese, turkey, pheasant, doll sheep, bighorn sheep, and feral hog.

As I mentioned earlier, hunting interests vary from person to person.  One may look at my list and say, “Well how can you leave off whitetail deer?”  Or perhaps, “You don’t hunt prairie dogs?”  Or even, “You ain’t no hunt if chachalaca isn’t on that list!!”  So keep your list handy because now that you have identified your hunting interests, you’re ready to move on to Phase II:  Identify Your Hunting Opportunities.

Click here —> “The Budget-wise Hunter / Phase II”

Trip Snacks in a Pinch!

January 11, 2011 Comments off

I’ve used this quite a bit whenever I’m heading out for a day of fishing or hunting.  One of the best things to do is pack a meal that will be easy to eat and not call for a lot of work to put together or require different utensils.

So here’s what I do… First I make up a bunch of East Texas Po-boy Sandwiches.  Take some saltine crackers, mayonnaise packets (Hellman’s of course!), deli meats (turkey, chicken, roast beef, etc.) and cheese slices.  When ready to eat, spread a light spreading of mayo on the crackers, put on some deli meat and cheese and then top off with another cracker.  Po-boy sandwiches at their finest!!

Another great lunch is to take a big-mouth thermos, put in some beef franks or hot links and put however many you are going to be eating that day.  Boil some water and pour into the thermos.  Make sure the franks/links are completely covered with water.  When you’re ready for a snack just take out the frank or link and toss it onto a bun.  Squirt on some mayo (better be Hellman’s!) or mustard, or whatever and chow down!  That thermos will keep those franks/links nice and warm throughout the day!

Shot Placement: Coyote

November 19, 2010 Comments off

Here’s a shot placement chart for coyote.

Source:  Master-Target