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    1 Hour Ago
    Damn. Just...damn. https://www.foxnews.com/great-outdoors/illinois-hunter-bags-51-point-buck-possibly-one-of-the-largest-bucks-ever-shot-in-america
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    1 Day Ago
    Well, I'm old. And my ass has been acquainted with a great many barstools. The line is actually just, "$50, same as in town Father." But I thought that would sound uber creepy to anyone who wasn't familiar with the joke.
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    2 Days Ago
    $50...same as in town, Father Flannigan.
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    2 Days Ago
    "Daniels" is 100% liable for the whole thing. CPL ("Creepy Porn Lawyer") has no liability in this case. Or are you're referring to his mountain of debt and other assorted financials problems?
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    2 Days Ago
    ...with another of their ingenious gun "buy-backs". Once you get past the hilarity of their $500 offer for "Full-automatic weapons" you find that they're also offering $25 each for "Hi-cap magazines". I'm half tempted to load up on a few cases of $7 steel AR-15 mags and take a road trip. https://www.wbaltv.com/article/baltimore-police-gun-buyback-offers-cash-for-firearms/25476371
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    2 Days Ago
    I knew Aaron Rogers wasn't human!
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    2 Days Ago
    Oh, wait...I'm sorry, I thought you said we must be vigilantes. Never mind.
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    3 Days 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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    3 Days 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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    3 Days 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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    4 Days 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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    4 Days 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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    4 Days 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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    5 Days 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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    6 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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    6 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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    1 Week Ago
    With apologies to bluekitty for intruding on his turf.
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    1 Week 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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    1 Week Ago
    We're all born with one. Some just use it more than others.
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    1 Week Ago
    That part in red does not compute. Henceforth I shall call you "Jeeves".
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    1 Week Ago
    If I bring my favorite brown liquor the odds are that's going to be the only thing that gets killed. Edit: On the other hand...you're far close to Kentucky than I am. This idea may have unanticipated merit. Let me ponder it a bit.
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    1 Week Ago
    It's the 85th anniversary of the ratification of Amendment XXI to the U.S. Constitution, and the repeal of Prohibition. All non-essential services and businesses should be closed in observance. Who's with me?!
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    1 Week Ago
    I've had my cart for 8 years now, but only get to use it about once every 2 years. Want to trade problems? :-)
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    1 Week Ago
    Damned good season for you, Jon. I haven't even seen 3 deer yet, let alone bagged them. And...that looks like the same Boyd's stock (their "Featherweight Thumbhole") that I have on my Savage 111. I agree, it's a very comfortable and easy-to-hold-steady stock.
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    1 Week Ago
    That reminds me of the time I tripped and fell while hiking in the Superstition Mountains in AZ with my family in 1970 and rolled through a patch of jumping cholla cactus. The resulting half hour session with a pair of pliars is something that I'll surely never forget.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    2-foot Tall Squirrel Spotted in N. Carolina Go get 'im Swamp Thing. I'll have Chuck Testa standing by.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I have one of those. He's 26 years old, healthy and strong. Congrats on the outstanding buck there Mr. Peck, as well as surviving the retrieval.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    DParker replied to a thread The fungus among us in Podunk Corner
    That looks kinda' like a tree-dwelling porcupine that uses really good conditioner.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Same as worms.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Flo is always in a good mood.
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