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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    27 Minutes Ago
    Well, if we restrict the competition to humans...No, it is not. :-) Good point.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    35 Minutes Ago
    Do you all ever think that maybe you have some extra special body funk? :p One of the coolest things is when a nice buck won't give you a shot until his little running buddy sticks his neck out first. My best buck was at my 7 o'clock for what seemed like forever, scenting and looking ahead, while his much smaller scout was a few steps ahead of him. It wasn't until the smaller deer proceeded that I got my chance. Have seen this a few times; this one just happened to involve a bow, so it was extra pulse-pounding.
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  • Jon's Avatar
    40 Minutes Ago
    I've had very similar incidents as I'm sure we all have. Scent makes em flip out. Changing of surroundings makes em on edge but not necessarily split immediately. You think they are aware, watch a fox cut your trail. They take about a micro-second before launching into space.
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  • luv2bowhunt's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Is that even humanly possible? :grin:
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  • luv2bowhunt's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    I don't have any scientific data but I do have one incident that stuck in my mind all these years. I went in to setup a stand on a Thur. afternoon years ago. I found a nice spot on the edge of a clearcut, didn't need too much work to get it ready. There was a nice open little flat spot (old coal hearth) right in front of the stand that had a deer trail leading out onto it. I had to cut a little brush and went through a little tunnel of brush where the trail met the opening. When I went through I took my hand and pushed up on the brush so I could get underneath it. I didn't think much about it, got the stand hung and got out of there. Sat. morning I'm sitting in the stand watching the opening and sure enough here comes a doe with a fawn on the trail heading for my opening. When the doe gets to where I pushed the brush back with my hand she goes full alert, sniffing where I touched. She became extremely alert and eventually wheels around and blows out of there. No doubt in my mind she smelled my scent on the brush from a day and half before. I'm sure our scent lingers longer and stronger than we think it does in the right situations. The lesson she taught me sticks with me today when I'm preparing my stands before or during the season. As far as this buck is concerned, I was sprayed down with Deep Woods Off the day before, so that probably made matters worse. And yes, he sure seems transfixed on the mineral block or the stump. I guess the big take away is it took him 26 minutes to go a couple of feet once he was on alert.
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  • Jon's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    I guess we'll never KNOW what was going thru his head, was it a strange scent or was it a new mineral block that wasn't there yesterday? He seems more visually fixated than worried about a scent. The things that we'll never no
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    10 Hours Ago
    Huh! I knew about the aging but not the special piggies. You should tell the wife she can either have a special aging room or a lot of exciting domestic drama, but not both... I'll pray for you.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    10 Hours Ago
    That's the same polycarbonate tub I use for all large volume cooks. I just left it uncovered for the photo. I did abandon use of the plastic lid because it would just warp from the heat and let too much heat and evaporation out. Now I just cover it in aluminum foil, which gives me a decent seal...for now. What I really need to do is take a cheap old Igloo cooler and cut a hole in the lid just big enough for a tight fit around the sous vide stick. That'll give me the benefit of a better seal and, with the insulation, the cooker won't need to run nearly as hard.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    10 Hours Ago
    What it should get me is the tenderness and full doneness of a long, low dry cook, but with a lot more retained moisture. And hopefully more depth of flavor due to it being covered in rub while it's cooking for 3 days. I'd love to try a Prosciutto or Serrano-style ham. And from what I'm reading it's quite doable at home. Of course, you can't really duplicate them completely because a lot of their character is due to the breeds of pigs used and their diets. But you should be able to approximate them. The problem is that they require months (even a year) of aging in a temperature and humidity controlled environment, and I don't know how I could swing that in a practical way without screwing up a part of the house so bad that I'd end up sitting on the front doorstep with all of my personal belongings. But I'm working on the idea.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    10 Hours Ago
    I think you've also changed your Sue V container? Have you done away with the cover (top) for some reason? Or just for this project? Glass or plastic tub?
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    10 Hours Ago
    LOL... I was thinking the same thing. What does 36 hours "boiling" at 155 get you...LOL...that you don't get in a regular smoke? Tenderness, I suppose? And you probably trade off some smoke time? Really interested in the pastrami part!....:-) And if you're taking requests: Next project---Prosciutto....!:grin::grin::grin:...
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  • DParker's Avatar
    10 Hours Ago
    Uh oh. I see Billy lurking. I'm in for it now.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    10 Hours Ago
    I finally took my 10.5 lb prime packer brisket out of the freezer this past Saturday and put it in the fridge to thaw. Since I got out of the office at a reasonable hour tonight I decided the time was right to start the process of transforming it into magical meat products. My primary goal is pastrami, that undisputed king of deli sandwich meats. But 10 lbs seems like a lot for a first effort, so I decided to break it down by separating the flat from the point, turn the ~6 lb flat into pastrami and do a miniature version of a standard smoked brisket with the ~4 lb point this Saturday. Well, almost standard...if you don't count the 36-hour 155F sous vide bath it's taking first. I can picture Billy now, shaking his head in disgust and muttering, "He's dead to me." :p So, that will be going for the next 3 days. Meanwhile the flat is sitting in a big-assed zip-loc bag full of pickling brine in the fridge where it will sit for the next 10 days, at which point it will be corned beef. Then it'll be rinsed, soaked in cold water to leech out most of the salt and then into the smoker it'll go for a few hours until it comes back up to 155F and...if all goes well...pastrami! Stay tuned.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    10 Hours Ago
    Thanks. I just heard that the guy who's fairly tech savvy got my map finally. The problem was that he was looking at "the wrong email address." Maybe he has two accounts for some reason, although I bet he and I are connected on both (one club account and one personal, maybe). The other guy is more clueless than even I. LOL I still want to know why it's so difficult and un-intuitive to share, and whether there's a difference between what you can do on the laptop and what you can do on the phone.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    11 Hours Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Help with Hunt Stand in Podunk Corner
    I haven't tried that feature yet. I'll give it a look-see in a bit and let you know if I learn anything (or even if I don't). Customer support? They're used to it...and far worse, believe me.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    11 Hours Ago
    LOL... This man also deserves a prize: "I saw your ad on the information highway, and I came to a screeching halt."
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    12 Hours Ago
    I contacted HS. Naturally, there's no phone number. You type your message and then hold your breath, I guess. You know your client is pissed off when a technical support question ends in "WTF?"
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    12 Hours Ago
    This app is almost the most aggravating thing I've ever seen. I'm trying to share maps with two members. The map shows as "Pending Membership" for both of them, but neither has any clue that I sent them anything, much less that there's a map they should be able to view. Is there another button I'm supposed to click to complete the send? I'm doing this from the laptop. That's another story...I'm logged in on the laptop, but can't get logged in the phone tonight. Wasn't a problem last night. :bang::bang::bang::bang::bang:
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    13 Hours Ago
    Swamp Fox replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    Outdoor concerts give me a good excuse to play this song again...:grin: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ah_Vat0FMdg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    14 Hours Ago
    Swamp Fox replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    Even though they screw up the lyrics pretty badly, it looks to have been a good time, LOL....Maybe that's their excuse. :grin: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2ZDhnRo8YvQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>...
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    14 Hours Ago
    Swamp Fox replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    And Dave's still not here, man...
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    14 Hours Ago
    LOL... I'm "sure" he caught some scent, though if it had been a day or half a day I'm thinking somebody should post a scientific study about how long human scent is detectable by whitetails on cool summer mornings. That would be a lot better than going by whatever I say. :-) BUT...I wonder if he isn't also looking at the new mineral block (or what looks like one) and thinking "Hmmm...That wasn't here yesterday." It constantly amazes me how animals can notice the slightest change in their surroundings and go on high alert. For instance, I learned a long time ago not to leave anything at the base of my treestand, intentionally or unintentionally. I remember I left something on the ground once (don't ask me what at this point) and it seemed the visual was what spooked the deer. There's also the rather infamous incident of the PlotWatcher that through no fault of my own was involved in a missed opportunity at a nice buck from a ground blind. Didn't even get the bow back, LOL...
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    16 Hours Ago
    bluecat replied to a thread Survivors in Photography
    +1 Congrats Bob, you are on the board.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    17 Hours Ago
    That's what I keep telling people when they point at my gut, but I don't get the sense that it's been a convincing argument. The interesting thing is that he doesn't seem to be looking around and scanning for threats, unless those are the photos that are missing from the collection. He just seems fixated on the stump.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    17 Hours Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    I'm guessing there wasn't quite as much acid dropped at this one.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    17 Hours Ago
    If I were interviewing candidates for a position at a drive-through fast food window that would be an automatic hire.
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  • luv2bowhunt's Avatar
    17 Hours Ago
    Feel free to share with your friends or use as a talking point around the water cooler. Believe me, I posted the abridged version of this buck. There were 13 pics in all spaced out over 26 minutes, for him to finally check out the stump. Never had one do that before. Normally, they either get over it right away, or most often, they vacate and come back later, sometimes days later, to check things out again. This guy chose to just stand there and weigh out his options I guess.
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  • Wild Bob's Avatar
    17 Hours Ago
    Wild Bob replied to a thread Survivors in Photography
    That sounds so...touchy feely and liberal. Just sayin. :-) Next thing you'll be saying is that he should get a trophy just for showing up and acting like the one with the big balls. LOL.
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