elkoholic

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    David
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  1. That would have been cool to see. Bad for the squirrels though.
  2. If you have yet to read this article, give it a go. It is kind of long, but if you're wondering where we're headed and what the leaders of tomorrow are thinking (or not) then maybe this will give you the answer. Sorry to say but the Baby Boomers and Generation X were the driving force behind the current state of affairs. https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind
  3. Not much going on this weekend. The snow melt continues with high temperatures in the low 50s the past several days and looking at rain over the weekend with a temp. drop into the 40s. There's still about 2 feet of snow in the yard and several more feet of snow higher in the mountains. With spring bear and turkey seasons just over 3 weeks away the first couple of weeks hunting will definitely involve some snow. There have already been some bears spotted out and about. I need to shoot the bow a bunch more as that will be my primary choice for bear. The Remington 870 Super Mag is ready for turkey. The granddaughter is on spring break next week and my son and her will be up to visit the first part of the week. Might be a last chance for her to get in some sled riding and maybe build a snowman. Depending on conditions, we might try a little ice fishing. Might even see if she'll help me get started with spring cleaning.
  4. I could not see a video. I have found that while turkey hunting in an area with easy access, it is not uncommon to encounter disrespectful people who will give little thought to others. That is probably true of deer, elk and bear hunters also. Unfortunately, unlike big game hunting here, most turkey hunting is in easily accessed areas simply because that's where the turkeys are. I have experienced the same type of bad behavior when hunting on private property when I was to be the only one there and having someone drive into a field where I was calling to a group of gobblers. That person drove right by my decoys and within range of the birds and shot from his truck. He jumped out, grabbed the bird and threw it in the back of his truck and sped out of the field leaving ruts and throwing up mud. I wish I could have gotten the plate number. The land owner, and good friend, told me I should have peppered the side of the truck, as he wasn't too happy with the ruts in his field. That was the last time I've hunted within sight of a road. To minimize, or even eliminate, hunt disruptions I find that the farther I get away from a road, the better.
  5. It appears there are two of them. Probably a breeding pair.
  6. elkoholic

    switched?

    I see that many hunters get their children into the field with them by way of crossbow use. That is good, but I'm not sure if actually killing an animal is necessary to enjoy the outdoors and (depending on the age of the child) I'm not sure if a child can understand the relevance of taking a life. The time spent together is what is important at a young age, or any age. I definitely could see the fun in shooting a crossbow, although here in Montana I could only hunt with one during rifle season. Just target shooting could be quite enjoyable I'm sure, but I think I'll stick with my compound.
  7. I believe that I posted pictures of flying squirrels last year and it seems that they are back this year. I guess the bird feeder is an easy food source. I am somewhat surprised how many people are unaware of their presence, although with their nocturnal life they're not often seen. They appear shorter and stouter than our pine squirrels and have those big eyes. I also notice that I need to adjust the time set on the camera as it is 12 hours off.
  8. It is hard to argue with that, but many feel that they have the right to do as they please. Here in Montana we have 70 game wardens to cover 150,000 square miles and poaching is rampant due to lack of enforcement and people openly talk about their law breaking exploits with little fear of getting caught. On the weekends game wardens are tied up at game check stations when they should be in the field. I like it - like junk yard dogs.
  9. elkoholic

    If it can,

    And I wonder why I'm getting nowhere 🙄
  10. elkoholic

    3-15 check -in

    Zero plans but as the temperature rises, the snow is compacting which should make for some good snowshoeing conditions. So, maybe a coyote hunt and then I might see if I can dig my bow target out of the snow and loose a few arrows. Sunday I'll cook up some corned beef and cabbage along with some red potatoes and eat way too much. Not a beer drinker, but I might put a few drops of green food coloring in a glass of Drambuie to toast my Irish heritage. Just wish I had someone here to share it with. Have a good weekend everyone!
  11. My thoughts, short version, is when the original seasons were set in place, if, it could have been foreseen as to the advances in hunting weapons and hunting techniques there would be more restrictions. There was not much thought on population control of game animals but more of allowing for greater opportunities for enjoying the hunting lifestyle. Both archery and muzzle loader hunts were typically low harvest success events with a relatively small number of participants. There has been a small increase in hunter numbers (archery) and much larger increase in harvest success (driven mainly by crossbow usage). My long version would include a lengthy list but instead let me push my memory a bit. My first archery hunt was 52 years ago. My bow was a Bear Grizzly that was just short of 5 feet long with a 60 lb draw weight. It could launch a 750 grain arrow and broadhead combo at maybe 180 fps. Forget site pins, peep sites, release aids, drop away arrow rests. I climbed into trees and sat on a convenient limb with no range finder or any "calling techniques". Food plots were not a thing and trail cameras were yet to be thought of. Just sharpening my Bear Razorhead broadheads took a little skill and then installing the bleeder inserts without cutting myself was a challenge. Not many bow hunters back then. Ah, those were the days. My muzzle loader, a 54 caliber Hawken built from a kit. It fires 225 grain, double patched round balls pushed by 120 grains of black powder (I use Pyrodex these days). It is a pain to clean and the open sites aren't compatible to aging eyes. Shotguns are no longer short range weapons as once again technology has managed to push the envelope. The typical Foster style slug of yesteryear fired from a smooth bore had an effective range of approximately 75 yards (at least 1000 ft. lbs.) compared to 200+ yards for a sabot slug from a modern, rifled barrel. Now, with many areas seeing a decline in deer populations due in part to increased hunter success along with liberal bag limits (not to mention CWD, EHD, and predators) I believe the future holds shorter seasons or possibly a quota system. One may have to choose their weapon of choice and hunt just that season. I do see reduced opportunities of some sort. While there is supposed to be a decline in hunter numbers, that is not what I'm seeing here in Montana. Part of that is that there is so much public land open to all, so access is not an issue. It is only during archery season that I ever encounter someone in the back country. Archery hunters are more dedicated I think. No crossbows allowed during archery season, not even if you are disabled. There is no muzzle loader season here, but I do on occasion take my muzzle loader during rifle season. Personally, I would hate to give up any opportunity to be out hunting and I'm sure that is true of all hunters. If game populations get low enough, there will be lost opportunities. Increasing harvest success, while it may appear as a good thing on the surface, may not prove to be what we really wanted.
  12. It's coming to a place you call home. We are outnumbered and with an increasing bent to control by forcing their ideology on everyone, we have a tough war to fight. I still believe that without the NRA we would already be like Australia. Unfortunately, they will defeat us in the end. Probably through financial means such as taxes on ammo. I hope I'm wrong, but I have reached the point where I fear for the future of our country and the freedoms we have.
  13. On the seasons post, as you can see I took it as a weapons used post, not what seasons are huntable. We got overlapping weapon use here, but I dont think that is what you were referring to as "original" intent. I could be wrong.

    1. elkoholic

      elkoholic

      Yeah, I was thinking more about the thought process behind each season and how it has changed as we move through time.  The issue of weapons used is an interesting one and it really gets people riled up.  Controlling game populations within acceptable limits while providing optimum hunting opportunities would be a good goal.  That is hard to do in a constantly shifting hunting world.

  14. Yeah, I'm not sure if someone who makes a mistake should be lumped in with one who is intentionally doing wrong. Of course determining their intent can be a little difficult. The disciplinary action (should they get caught) handed down can reflect how the courts feel about the seriousness/intent of the infraction. When it comes to trespassing, if there are no clear boundaries I do not believe that to be a hunting violation. Here in Montana there are thousands of homesteading claims scattered throughout the national forests with no fences or boundary markers of any kind and yet by law, you as a hunter are required to know exactly where you are so that you are not trespassing. Of course there's an app for that (onX). The problem with GPS readings is accuracy (as an example: my one property line has been surveyed 3 times in less than 2 years and there is a greater than 20 ft distance in boundary makers). Is the person who shot a deer out of season so that their family had something to eat, a poacher? By definition, yes, but if truly in need, I think the laws of survival outweigh human law. The sad truth is that people who would normally follow the law sometimes make a bad decision spontaneously without taking the time to think about their actions. They may not have been hunting illegally, or poaching, but may have done something illegal while hunting. Another thought, a duck hunter takes the plug out of his shotgun so he can get off a few extra shots if needed, but otherwise follows the law. He never takes more than the limit and only species that are legal during legal hunting hours. Is he a poacher?