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Old 09-04-2013, 10:38 AM   #11
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Never seen one on a rabbit, but then rabbit season in NC starts in late November.
Squirrel season begins in the middle of October. We seldom have a frost until November.
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:52 AM   #12
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The whole parasite thing wigs me out anymore.
I remember having a deer hanging and seeing the ticks pouring out from under its armpits (so to speak). Not a big deal if you are hunting at camp and your deer hangs for a while before heading home, but I often think about my neighbor who hunts about 20 minutes away and processes his own deer. He gets a deer and it's hanging in his garage an hour later. And he has dogs. I'm sure the ticks simply don't crawl off and die.
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:54 AM   #13
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I use an AB Biller 48 with a spring steel freeshaft and upgraded bands. Favorite game is black grouper, hogfish and mutton snapper, in that order.
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I used to hunt when I was a kid. Mostly small game and birds. A couple of times my brother and I went deer hunting, but it was mostly just to appease our dad, who insisted it was some sort of rite of passage.

It's probably been 30 years since I last hunted. Well, unless you count asparagus and morels. I still "hunt" those.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:02 AM   #15
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Hey Craig, can a spear gun be equated to poundage on a bow? I was wondering how they compare... how powerful they were in the air.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:31 AM   #16
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Hey Craig, can a spear gun be equated to poundage on a bow? I was wondering how they compare... how powerful they were in the air.
Don't know of any comparison ever being done. It is way too dangerous to even load a speargun out of water, let alone fire it. Since there isn't any fletching on a spear shaft, I believe water density helps maintain a true "flight" underwater. Water density also is a range killer though, restricting the ability to make kill shots at great distances. You might hit the fish, but without any serious damage. Judging distance and size takes some getting used to as objects appear about 33% larger and closer underwater.
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What is it's lethal, accurate distance?
If you shot a big fish at 10 yds would it pass through?
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What is it's lethal, accurate distance?
If you shot a big fish at 10 yds would it pass through?
Probably not. However, the idea is to take shots at a down angle so if it isn't a kill shot, the bottom or structure will stop the shaft from being a through shot. The instinct of most fish is to try for cover. Having a 6' shaft perpendicular to your body makes diving into cover rather difficult. This type of spearfishing is most effective on bottom dwelling species. If you do have a through shot, reloading and getting on with tracking is much quicker than fumbling around with a tethered shaft. Besides, there are some fish that if not killed using a tethered shaft, can kick your butt!

Obviously in blue water spearfishing, the equipment and technique is entirely different. These folks are going after tuna in the hundreds of pounds range as well as lightning fast species like dorado and wahoo, where the bottom may be hundreds or thousands of feet down.

Then there are those which I consider nuts. They like to shoot cobia off the backs of schooling bull sharks.

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I was hoping to get Kathleen through the online portion of the course so we could do our field day together.

I don't know how it will play out.
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Mind you, I was raised up being taught that the meat ought not to eaten when wolves are present. Old habits are hard to break.
Why? Because you're taking food from the wolves? Or another more sinister reason?
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