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  • DParker's Avatar
    36 Minutes Ago
    That's what cell phones and incriminating photos are for. That looks like it would make for a good addition to such a trip. Thanks for the tip.
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  • Bob Peck's Avatar
    49 Minutes Ago
    You sure won't leave empty handed. This tour is 30 mins from my home takes a good half day to full day if the weather is cooperating and ends up with an Uber ride home nobody remembers. http://nelson151.com/
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  • DParker's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    No, they generally mean "Delaware...all of it". The square mileage and distances involved here was the thing that was most difficult to get the locals we chatted with in Ireland and Scotland to grasp. (Well, that and our summer time temperatures.) A friendly young woman who was a native staying at our B&B in Ireland (she was in town hosting a booth at a local multi-day festival) was giving us some tips on things to do and see. When she said of one of the destinations, "It's a wonderful sight, but it is an hour-and-a-half drive from here" we couldn't help but chuckle and tell her it takes us that long to get from our house to the other side of the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex doing 70+ MPH on highways. And that's mighty generous, Bob. He and I have talked about taking a vacation sometime and doing one of the Bourbon Trail tours in Kentucky. If we ever manage to get around to doing that it might be fun to make it an on-the-way-to-hunting-in-Virginia thing, picking up a goody or two to bring with us in the process (I mean, I'd hate to show up empty-handed.)
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  • Bob Peck's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    hijack /ˈhīˌjak/ verb 1. illegal seizure of a legitimate online forum thread forcing it to go to a different destination or use it for one's own purposes. "he hijacked the thread with stupid jokes, images, nonsensical verbiage and back slapping buddy banter having nothing at all to do with the original post thus robbing others of discourse and commentary." The man said he couldn't hunt because of the weather which forced him into the netherworld of homemade noodles. That's some serious stuff right there.
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  • Bob Peck's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Aye laddie, the very crux of the matter. I truly understand. I was shocked to learn this some years back. But then again, when someone in Texas says "ranch" they don't mean a few hundred acres like where I come from. I've extended an invite already which includes you and your son. Bring it. I'll show you around some mighty fine Blue Ridge hunting on public and private land.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    I've got boots that are good in the mud. What I don't have is the will to walk through muck that's often most of the way up my lower leg, especially with a > 100 lb carcass in tow. If I had access to something that was swampy AND was way above average in terms of game opportunities then I might be inclined to invest the money and effort into doing so. But none of the public lands around here are quite that stellar in quality. Honestly, most of my hunting is engaged in for the sheer enjoyment of being in cold quiet woods with the added benefit of the possibility of putting meat in the freezer if I'm vewy, vewy quiet, as well as the bonding time with my son when he's able to tag along. As you can see from that table, TX is terrible in terms of % of land available for public hunting. It's even worse when you consider the size of the state and how long it takes to get to the majority of the land that is available. Fortunately, it's somewhat made up for by the lengths of the hunting seasons. That comes to 7 months in all if you include the dove season opener the first weekend in September, and the ability to hunt hogs with rifles on public land through March. There's one good-sized unit where hogs can be archery hunted year-round, but it's a boggy area that becomes too warm and skeeter-infested (not to mention the cottonmouths) to want to be in by about mid-spring.
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  • Bob Peck's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    Sounds like you need some Gore Tex and some Muck boots DP. Just reallocate some of the brown liquor budget. You don't hunt in the rain or you don't bow hunt in the rain? I am unconcerned what the weather is doing during gun season unless there is an ice storm which is where I draw the line. All it takes is one tree or limb falling on your head to ruin a hunt. I speak from experience. :wink Bow season? Whole 'nother story. If moderate-to-heavy rain is expected I might try to beat the weather timing wise but if it's gonna be an all out deluge for hours on end? Forgedda bout it. This hunt here (link below) at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge back in my old stomping grounds in Upstate NY was absolutely *ALL* in water or swampy land. Hunters line up for the 175 permits available each hunt day on a first-come, first-served basis. In other words, it's some of the best public/federal land hunting I've ever experienced. https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Region_5/NWRS/Central_Zone/Montezuma/Sections/PDFs/2018DEERHUNTREGULATIONS.pdf How does your state stack up with the availability of hunting land dedicated to public access? http://www.backcountrychronicles.com/public-hunting-land/
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    21 Hours Ago
    I never thought of this before, but this ^^^^^ may give a clue to the REAL origin of the term "turning Japanese" <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nhD9gyRSz0g" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • DParker's Avatar
    21 Hours Ago
    Too late. The egg in that soup was on top of the 2 eggs I had at breakfast. I'll let you do the math.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    22 Hours Ago
    First of all: Isn't anyone gonna bust Bob Peck for trying to hijack a cooking thread? Second of all: Shrimp stock? You got in the doghouse for shrimp stock? Let me give you a list of sterner stuff you should try ... LOL
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  • DParker's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    The decision to try to do it myself happened every time I got the bill at my favorite ramen joint. Actually getting off my duff and doing it happened one day when I found I could buy decent (per reviews) instant noodles and soup base from Amazon so I could ease into the endeavor. I still haven't decided to go hardcore and make the broth from scratch (and I doubt I'd ever bother trying to make my own noodles). I might have to wait for the wife to find an excuse to be out of town for a weekend so I can get away with stinking the house up by boiling pork bones all day. I learned my lesson on that front the one time I made my shrimp stock indoors.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    That's quite a project there Mr. Parker. So, one day you just decided to try and make home-made ramen?
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  • DParker's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    It's not the falling rain itself that's a problem (though rain AND temperatures in the high 30s is somewhat less than appealing with no camo rain gear). Hell, I've fished in pouring rain and hunted in a blizzard, and not minded either. It's the cumulative effect it has on the ground where I hunt (which generally saturates quickly and drains poorly) when it's not only still raining (and is expected to continue all day), but has also been doing so for nearly 24 hours prior. Walking into the public land units I have access to is bad enough under those near-swamp-like conditions, but if I were to actually kill something larger than a rabbit then getting it out would be nigh impossible. ETA: What the East Texas Piney Woods I hunt look like after a good day of rain, followed by a couple days of drying out:
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  • Bob Peck's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    DP, Am I reading this right? You don't hunt in the rain or you don't bow hunt in the rain?
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    He prolly had it saved ...
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  • DParker's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Herro. If I had a nickel for every time I got that reaction from a pretty young woman......well...I wouldn't have any money or anything. I'm just sayin'.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Dried wood ear fungus? ... It's definitely judging you. That's the way those fungi are. Keep on keeping on. You'll get it right. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?
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  • DParker's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Come on by. I've got 11 bags of noodles left, and Amazon on speed dial if we need more.
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  • Triton Rich's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Well now, that all sounds quite acceptable! Too bad I'm too far away to drop in unannounced :wink
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    + 10 for finding a hog in a kilt.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Once again the skies have opened up non-stop in this part of the state and have made getting into the woods this weekend a no-go. So, having yesterday (I only work Mon-Thur now) off and knowing that the wife would be doing the Christmas shopping thing bright at early today I decided to tackle a little culinary project I've been wanting to try for some time now: Homemade ramen. No, not that 10/package crap we've all survived on at one point in our broke and misspent youths...but the real, legit Japanese ramen that has become so trendy lately. But don't let that trendiness fool you. Good ramen deserves every bit of its sudden popularity here, and a properly made bowl is the soup of the samurai gods...and is priced accordingly. There are several different styles of ramen, with my personal favorite being Tonkotsu (pork bone broth). It is also the most labor-intensive version, with the broth alone taking a full day of simmering pork bones along with other flavorings like onion, garlic and fresh sliced ginger. In addition to the time and effort, it stinks up the house. Given that and the fact that I would have plenty of other work to do making the Chashu (rolled and marinated pork belly) and Ajitsuke Tamago (marinated soft-boiled egg), rather than try to tackle that much as a 1st effort I decided to take at least one short-cut and use a packaged instant noodle+broth kit that gets surprisingly glowing reviews. My original plan was to use my sous vide cooker for both the eggs and the pork. But after a completely unsuccessful attempt to get it to hold a steady 190F for some reason (which became clear later) I bailed and went with old-fashioned boiling water for exactly 6 minutes and then an ice bath to halt the cooking. After that they were soaked a marinade of water, soy sauce, mirin (a sweet Japanese cooking wine), sake and sugar in the fridge overnight. I then made a similar marinade for the Chashu, but with the addition of sliced green onion, fresh ginger, garlic and leeks. I sliced a 2 lb section from the middle of a 10.75 lb pork belly slab I defrosted the day before, and set the rest aside to be cured for bacon when I was done with everything else. The 2 lb strip was tightly rolled, tied up with butcher's twine, placed into a 1-gallon zip-loc bag, covered in the marinade and then dropped into a 165F bath for 24 hours. The eggs actually turned out very well. Just look at that perfectly runny-yolked bastard. The Chashu was another story. It turned out that the problem I had attempting the eggs should have served as a warning that the thermometer circuitry in my Anova sous vide cooker was finally going wonky on me. But I assumed it was OK when I double-checked it using an external probe thermometer right before I went to bed around midnight. After 12 hours the water was holding at exactly the 165F I had it set at, so I assume everything was OK. But when I got up this morning it seemed like it was too hot when I held my hand over it. Although the Anova display still said 165F, my external thermometer revealed that it had actually climbed all the way to 211.4F. Damned near boiling, and >11F hotter than the Anova is supposed to allow itself to go. So it had flaked out at some point in the AM, and had been sitting at that ridiculously high temp for who knows how long. When I took the rolled belly out I found that it had turned nearly to mush in texture. It tasted great and wasn't dried out (which was what I most feared), but it was impossible to get slices to hold together. This mishap threw me off so much that I completely forgot to re-hydrate the dried wood ear fungus that I bought just for this purpose. Oh well...next bowl. However, the pork and egg toppings, along with some sliced scallions were enough to make for a more than acceptable first effort. I think it's judging me though.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    She's damn fine. Thanks for the pic.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    LOL ... Not to hijack, LOL, but you're right about the trap-for-pay operations. I should have noted those. This is kind of a trip, though (from Frontier): Not sure what to say after that ...
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  • DParker's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    With apologies to bluekitty for intruding on his turf.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    There was one facility out in the middle of nowhere that was taking in kilt hogs, but I remember one of the stipulations was that they had to have been kilt no more than x hours ago, and possibly during a specific time of year (winter). If I come across it again, I'll post it. Small possibility I saved it somewhere. BTW, there is now some knucklehead running around here in a kilt and sandals, and that's on top of the kid wandering through the grocery store in his plaid pajamas and flannel robe (have spotted each of them 2X).... That's not to mention a few other weirdos ... Of which I am not one ...Just sayin' ...
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  • DParker's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    I'm not familiar with a commercial market for hunted pork, but I know there is for trapped pigs. http://www.frontierreserve.com/wild-boar/ There are several others as well.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    A year or two ago I looked into selling wild hog meat in Texas. I found at least one processor who would buy from hunters. Can't find it now. There were some caveats and some hoops to jump through on the hunters' side, at least, so those might have made things unworkable in the long haul. However, there are programs that will take live, trapped hogs, at least for donation. Haven't come across one that will pay for the meat this time around, though. I know of at least one bounty program, but it doesn't seem to require that the meat be utilized. uh .... ... ... Nom nom nom
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Thanks for looking into that, Bob. There are some donation programs that seem farther along than others in each state. Nobody flame me, but a couple that I can name seem pitiful for as long as they've been around. Not their fault, as grassroots volunteers working with almost nothing. But still, a drop in the bucket compared to what they could be, I think. Throwing out an example: When you only have 12 processors participating in a state with 100 counties, that's a problem. You either need to merge with a more successful program and put your energy elsewhere, or figure out what's not working.
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