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    6 Days Ago
    Jon replied to a thread Feedbag in Whitetail / Mule Deer Forum
    I absolutely LOVE hunting and when you hunt, sometimes you actually kill something. The honor of harvesting one of nature's beasts comes with some responsibility. I cannot eat more than 1 deer a year and since the kids are gone and the wife isn't a fan, I'll only keep one deer for myself. I can't stop hunting just because I've killed what I can eat, the deer numbers are out of control here and, well, I have tons of tags and a LONG season! This state also has a Hunters feeding the hungry program, you can donate the deer through your butcher. He/she grinds the deer into 1lb packages of ground venison and a reefer truck picks it up and delivers it around the state. The butcher gets $40 a pop and the hungry folks eat like kings/queens. Between the 2 states I hunt (Maryland and Delaware), I can kill pretty much as many deer as I want to. Delaware gives 2 buck tags and 4 doe tags with the license and then extra doe tags are $15 a piece. In Maryland, you can kill 2 bucks and a 3rd with the bonus buck tag and unlimited does (actually, I think it's 27 total). I truly enjoy the time in the field and over the past 20 years, I average @50+/- days in the deer woods a season and have harvested an average of 6 a year a year. I've never killed more than 10 and less than 4. Bow, Shotgun, Muzzleloader, Pistol, Rifle and Crossbow are what I use but there seems to be an uptick in Alatl hunting and maybe I'll try that!
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    6 Days Ago
    I donate all but one to hunters helping the hungry. I took the pics with my cell phone propped on my pack on a timer I have a face for radio, you know that Third picture was in the middle of a bean field and I saw that square looking thing in the background and I honestly have no idea what it is! Yes, it was taken with the same Savage 220 slug gun. I really wanted to retrieve the slug since I shot him in the shoulder, I figured it would be buried in the far shoulder. To my surprise, it was an in and out. I'd love to come down again Bob!
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    1 Week Ago
    Yep DP, same same. I have the same one on my muzzleloader and H&R shotgun, had the same one on my 300Win Mag. Love em!
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    1 Week Ago
    Thanks Swampy. I have a thing for a thumbhole stock, makes the gun feel more stable for me. I use Boyds for most of my guns, they make a great drop in stock.
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    1 Week Ago
    I was able to shoot 3 bucks so far this year, all with firearms. The first one was at the same exact location (Maryland) where I shot the doe, only a month later. Matter of fact, the buck came out at the same time and same place as they did that night in September. I had my muzzleloader and decided to take the buck. He's no trophy but it was an awesome hunt. The next buck was during the rut and back in Delaware. The weather was windy but anything can happen during the rut and I wanted to be ready. I had setup in the morning overlooking the marsh but deer just weren't moving like they should be so I relocated to a spot that I could see both woods and fields since I thought the winds might keep them out of the marsh. My thoughts paid off and within 15 minutes of getting in my stand, had a buck chasing a hot doe with no cares in the world. Took him with my new Savage 220, tracking wasn't necessary. My third buck was back to the same farm I took the first doe and buck. Opening gun weekend just after the rut and was looking for a buck that might still be cruising. The first morning, I was greeted by hunters from the farm that butts up to ours coming in only 5 minutes before legal shooting light. One hunter setup on the treeline that is the border, talk about being a jacka$$. I didn't see a deer that whole morning and decided to let the woods rest for the afternoon and go back out the next morning. When I setup the next morning, I was pleased to see that there were no hunters on the farm next door. I was able to see a buck at first light with a doe way out in the field. Does kept piling out of the woods to feed in the beans as well. About an hour after first light, the same buck I saw early came back across the field in the opposite direction, this time he was at 180yds but was moving too fast. I sat thinking that he might come back and he did. This time, he was going back the other way again but this time he was moving slow and only 100yds out. I put the scope on his shoulder and down he went. If I was faster, I might have been able to pop the doe he was with too! I still have one more buck tag in Delaware and several doe tags so I'll continue to hunt but probably on the nicer days! No real need to sit in the rain anymore. This year wasn't about the trophy bucks, it was mostly focused on perfect shots where I didn't have to track. Mission complete.
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    1 Week Ago
    there's a shocker
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    1 Week Ago
    This is exactly why I have a 4 wheeler. I don't use it to hunt, just retrieve animals. Prior to owning a wheeler, I would choose to kill/not kill based on my distance from the truck. Seemed unproductive so I bought a wheeler and have since had one. You should extend your hunting and life by getting a dragging aid my friend.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Atta boy ol friend, that's a gorgeous buck! Congrats and thank you for an incredible story.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Damn son! Hopefully the backstraps were unharmed and went to good use.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Lancaster Archery has them, Bowjax sells them, Eders sells them, look on Amazon my man......I no you can use google, don't make me call Luv2
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Not sure what this "assault rifle" they speak of is. I've built several AR rifles and although they aren't "assault rifles" (simply because they don't assault anyone or anything) the price tag has never been about $1200. I can't imagine building a sporting rifle with the absolute best pieces/parts that could come anywhere near 1/20 of what this moron has.
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March 28, 1966 (52)
About Jon
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Washed up hockey player, no longer archery pro shop owner trying to finish my bucket list before I really start feeling crappy.
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