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  1. I think some of these activists have lost all touch with reality. How about the group that is constantly protesting in Niagara-On-The-Lake about the horse drawn carriages. These horses are treated like kings, they are doing exactly what they were bred to do but in a much easier way. A team of draft horses pulling a wagon with a few passengers is not suffering cruel and inhumane treatment.
  2. Congratulations, what a fine specimen. I have shot many big moose but never a deer with a rack even close to that. Well done.
  3. It really is amazing how far a deer can run with an apparently fatal wound. Your shot placement and bullet or arrow performance is very important. I know it is hard but the best thing to do after taking your shot is to sit tight for at least 30 min. If the animal is not pushed, there is a good chance it will lie down after a short distance, stiffen up and die. While you're sitting, mark the spot you shot it exactly in your memory, once you get to the spot you can become confused as to the exact location. Several years ago one of our party shot a cow and calf moose in a big swamp. He thought they both dropped right away but try as we did, we could not find the calf. Half a dozen of us were in there all morning field dressing the cow and positioning it to be hauled out with an ATV. It was only when we were leaving several hours later that we stumbled on the calf. It was within 50 feet of the cow and we had walked by it many times without seeing it.
  4. You're right Dave 524 it was a Merganser. Every time I see duck on the menu I think of it.
  5. verado

    Bassin'

    Wish I had your stamina. Don't like freezing my ass off when fishing. The major obstacle for me is that once the docks come out at Crystal Beach, it is way to hard for me to launch and retrieve my boat by myself.
  6. For many years I have used nothing but premium or high octane fuel in all my small engines because it does not contain ethanol. In engines like your chainsaw, snowblower, weedeater ATV etc, they are not run on a regular basis and during this period of inactivity the ethanol can break down and lead to problems. The Stihl dealer will tell you specifically to only use high test fuel. It costs a little more but we are not using very much either. The 200hp engine on my boat is new and designed to run with ethanol but I still like to top the tank off with premium before winter storage. A small engine mechanic once told me that if people used premium gas or drained their fuel tank at the end of each season, he would be out of business.
  7. Our camp is a large one, 18-23 guys. Under the current tag system we are guaranteed a bull and a cow tag and someone always gets an additional bull tag. This is what has happened for the last many years. Our butcher is located 30 miles south of the camp and by evening of opening day they were both already hanging there. At the end of the week it is cut, packaged and frozen and we just pick it up and divide it. You might say that is a lot of guys for 2 moose but we each end up with 30 - 40 lbs of meat and that is all most of us want anyways. As to deer, out of 18-19 guys I think we had 7 or 8 doe tags. The three we got are all being processed as hamburger and pepperettes.
  8. Another successful season at our Haliburton Hunt Club. In the first five minutes on opening day I was lucky enough to drop a cow and young bull (the only two we saw all week). It continued our stretch of luck of at least one moose for the last six years. With regards to the deer hunt we have not been very lucky. First of all there are not too many deer there as the moose have pushed them out and for the last several years we have been plagued with poor weather. Rain all week, very high winds and temperatures. This year it rained the entire week before the hunt and opening day was a mixture of heavy snow and rain which changed to all rain the next day. The bush and trails were almost impassable and we saw nothing. Wednesday dawned extremely cold, sunny, calm and a little fresh snow. The deer started to move and we managed to get three. It was nice because one of our older hunters who has not shot a deer for many years got two of them and the third was taken by a sixty-eight year old and was his first ever.
  9. Looks like a great hunt. Congratulations. As a teenager, I started hunting ducks in the early sixties (back when every hunter's dream was to see a Canada goose which were almost non-existent then). I quickly learned I did not like eating ducks, possibly because I also shot a commorant not knowing what it was and tried to eat it as well. I've never hunted waterfowl since but stories like yours makes me think I should give it another try.
  10. Today in our paper they had a scumbag who stole a woman's phone then tried to sell it back to her. He was caught and was also carrying an air pistol, cocaine and meth. The drug charges were withdrawn, he was already under a firearms prohibition order from a 2017 offence so this was extended another few years (which he obviously ignores anyways) and he was sentenced to time served. Things will never get better as long as our courts and judges have this lenient attitude.
  11. We have a very good setup in The Haliburton Forest where our moose, deer camp is located. On dropping an animal or two (which we have been very fortunate to do for the last many years) we field dress it then using our sled we haul it with the ATV's to the nearest trail where we load it on a trailer. Once back in camp we hang it, skin it, then haul it about 40 km south to West Guillford. There is a general store there that is also a butcher shop. During the one week moose season and two week deer season he only processes wild game. He hangs it, cuts it, wraps it and freezes it and at the end of the week we pick it up, divide it and head for home. It's an ideal situation because with the warmer weather these days, we never have to worry about spoilage. I hope we can repeat that process again next week.
  12. One of the reasons I don't hunt around here any more is that I am sick of feeling like a criminal when I take a gun out of my vehicle. The other day on the radio I only caught the tail end of it but it sounds like Wendy Cukier was asked if she really thought hunters and their firearms were the cause of gun violence today and she replied absolutely, hunters are trained to kill and when they start shooting people they are much more efficient. This is what we are up against.
  13. There's nothing better than hunting squirrels, rabbits or partridge with an accurate .22 rifle. It really tests your equipment and sharpens your skills. If you can connect with a head shot on a squirrel at 50 yds, then shooting at a moose at 200 is almost like hitting the side of a barn.
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