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Old 09-03-2013, 10:35 AM   #1
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Hunting

As archery season is less then a week away here in Montana, I was just wondering who on our site, are the hunters?
What type of hunting is to your liking and the game you hunt most.

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I haven't hunted in many a year. I get offered more venison than I can possibly deal with every season. When I was hunting, I used a .45 caliber flintlock. I keep getting a hankering for squirrel...might have to see about it this fall. I shoot center with this old bolt action .22 of mine. It's gotta be cold ..(and I do mean cold) for a few weeks afore I would eat squirrel.
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Used to hunt deer during archery and rifle season here in Yooper land. Due to a less capable body, and a very heavy bow, I gave my archery tackle to my eldest son, and my rifles to my two boys, and one of my daughters, same with the shotguns. I figure the hunting tools should be handed down while my kids are in their prime, rather than when they no longer have time to use them.

I did go hunting with my other daughter, who doesn't like firearms, but with a camera. We had fun. She isn't an anti-gun, or anti-hunting person. She just doesn't want to use them, or hunt herself. I can agree with that.

Anymore, I hunt for wild berries, a good fishing hole, and mushrooms. I could hunt, but have so many things to do, and so little time to do them in.

Realistically, hunting is for young to middle aged men and women, not for someone with a bad knee and an achy wrist.

Wish I had someone who loved to give away venison, or bear meat. (heavy sigh).

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Old 09-04-2013, 09:10 AM   #4
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I haven't hunted in many a year. I get offered more venison than I can possibly deal with every season. When I was hunting, I used a .45 caliber flintlock. I keep getting a hankering for squirrel...might have to see about it this fall. I shoot center with this old bolt action .22 of mine. It's gotta be cold ..(and I do mean cold) for a few weeks afore I would eat squirrel.

I still have and use a .50 cal Thomson Hawken (percussion) I built from a kit many moons ago. Also use a custom Black Widow longbow and a compound bow. My rifle is a .270 Weatherby mag. I have hunted everything from rabbits to buffalo. Mostly deer and antelope, but have been lucky enough to harvast mountain goat, mountin lions and more. Gotta go for now , my buddy is here , we are going fishing, see ya.
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I haven't hunted in many a year. I get offered more venison than I can possibly deal with every season. When I was hunting, I used a .45 caliber flintlock. I keep getting a hankering for squirrel...might have to see about it this fall. I shoot center with this old bolt action .22 of mine. It's gotta be cold ..(and I do mean cold) for a few weeks afore I would eat squirrel.
I'm curious. Why does it have to be cold for a few weeks afore you would eat squirrel? Do they change their diet when it gets cold and thereby change flavour? Do they get more fat in the cold?
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I'm curious. Why does it have to be cold for a few weeks afore you would eat squirrel? Do they change their diet when it gets cold and thereby change flavour? Do they get more fat in the cold?
Maybe Hoot gets hungrier when it's cold.
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Maybe Hoot gets hungrier when it's cold.
I do...but the reason I prefer to wait until it has been very cold for a week or two is that there is a parasite that lays its eggs on the skin of squirrels. It is known by a lot of names....wolves, warbles, bot fly grubs.
All the authorities say that is doesn't affect the meat, but if you ever saw one, you would understand my reluctance to eat meat that has such creatures on it. And I will eat most anything! 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.
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I do...but the reason I prefer to wait until it has been very cold for a week or two is that there is a parasite that lays its eggs on the skin of squirrels. It is known by a lot of names....wolves, warbles, bot fly grubs.
All the authorities say that is doesn't affect the meat, but if you ever saw one, you would understand my reluctance to eat meat that has such creatures on it. And I will eat most anything! 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.
So, I guess the cold weather kills the parasites. I would wait too.
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They say the first frost kills them...I ain't in any hurry...let Old Man Winter do his work first.
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That's' interesting, Hoot. I used to hunt and never heard about that, but usually it's October and cold here when small game opens. It mustn't be as much a concern up here.
Is this only squirrel, or rabbits, too?
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