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About jrod

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  • Birthday 06/01/1975

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    St. Catharines
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    Hunting, Fishing, Sailing, Motorcycles
  1. Big box or mom and pop, shop where you get the best service. I found the guys behind the gun counter in the Vaughan BP were rude and showed poor customer service skills when I was shopping for my first gun. I found the gentleman at Fishing World to be courteous and very knowledgeable. Take a guess who I purchased from. I went into a small gun shop two weeks ago that's located next to a great shooting range but was so offended by racist remarks from the staff that I will not buy anything from them any more. People in this thread made great arguments for both sides of the discussion but I don't
  2. You become an instant criminal if you let the card expire. Not sure if this is the case here. Where was this article posted? Thanks.
  3. I've had mourning dove but have not tried pigeon. I can see why people would shy away from pigeon given the environment they are commonly found in. Pigeons that have lived on grain would probably taste okay.
  4. It's in the regs under small game. First it lists the birds you CAN hunt and then refers you to a list of the specially protected birds that you cannot hunt. Rock doves are not a native species and is not protected.
  5. I want to establish a new feeding hole for carp this year and to get my mind off of this cold weather I thought I'd throw this question out to the carpers in the group. How early in the season should I start baiting. Seems they are almost dormant in very cold water so feeding would seem like a waste until a full melt. Is this correct?
  6. Smoking should cook the meat but there are many ways to smoke. Some things are cured and smoked for flavour alone. I have a charcoal style smoker and a pork shoulder took about 18 hours at a low to medium heat in my smoker (had to set the alarm clock every few hours to see how things were coming along). I started it at night so not to piss off the neighbours. I will never do that again; just too much work to add a smokey flavour to a piece of meat in my opinion. I like making smoked salmon with maple syrup drizzled on top and that is the only reason I've kept my smoker. It will take about a
  7. Anyone here reload their own shells? I was curious if there is a significant cost savings. I am starting to shoot clays and thought reloading would be an interesting way to keep costs down and learn something new at the same time. And shells can be pricey. I just bought a box of shells in BB high velocity for geese and they cost almost a buck a round. If anyone could recommend a good book on the subject or point me in the right direction, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  8. I saw lots of minnows in fort Erie down a short distance from the train bridge on Sunday. Just don't fish in my spot From the ministry's website: "No Release of Bait It is illegal to release any live bait or dump the contents of a bait bucket, including the water, into any water or within 30 m of any waters." When I'm fishing and purchasing live bait, I don't buy more than I need. I'd rather run out than kill a bunch of minnows needlessly. Just my 2 cents.
  9. Coyote are only one species in the area and I wouldn't get discouraged because you didn't get permission to hunt on private land. Utilize the NPCA lands for deer, duck, turkey, geese, dove etc. for now. There are ample hunting opportunities in Ontario for people that don't yet have connections. Joining a gun club can also be a huge benefit if you are looking to hook up with people who share similar interests. Keep talking to people and gain experience as a hunter. You'll find that there are a lot of hunters out there that need people to help pushing/blocking for deer or have family with land t
  10. Thanks for sharing your adventure. I've added 'bear hunt' to my bucket list.
  11. When I cooked my first Crappie, I was convinced they were the best tasting fish I've had. Had it again recently and wasn't the same. We caught some brown trout in Alora and cooked over an open fire, they became my favourite. Now it's salmon fillets on the smoker. If you have a good recipe, you can make anything taste fantastic... well almost.
  12. Can anybody recommend a call to use to get them in? They are around $30 and up so didn't want to waste any hard earned cash on something that may or may not work. There's a couple of pesky coyotes where I hunt and are competing for the few cottontails that are on the property. Also, I was thinking about putting together an electronic distress call with downloaded distress sounds played on an mp3 player and speakers. I think I have everything to make this happen except the mp3 player. I had one but it no longer holds a charge. Which route would you recommend.
  13. Thanks pike007. I wasn't sure. I pulled this information from the ministry's website: ...A small game licence tag also permits you to hunt American crow, brown-headed cowbird, common grackle, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird or starlings and other animals not scheduled under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 (e.g., groundhogs)** So no closed season and no limit. Mmmm pigeon...
  14. I don't. If you are targeting pike, then sure.
  15. I'm excited as well. It's great to hear that the population is healthy and we can have a sustainable harvest in Ontario. In the States, dove hunting is very popular. A pigeon season would be great as well. Correct me if I'm wrong but the rock dove (pigeon) was brought here from Europe and was not a native species in North America.
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