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  2. I carry the mini during hunting seasons. Good insurance. Gil
  3. PaulZ

    2020 Hunting Photos-Post Them Here.

    Gave the dogs the weekend off from grouse hunting. Took the time to introduce my young dog to waterfowl hunting. I think that she prefers the uplands.
  4. One of the guys I hunt with told me that he has heard that taking a pup under 1yo old out in the field more than a couple of times a month can lead to knee problems because the growth plates don't develop correctly. Anybody else heard, or know about this cause it was sure new to me. I know running a young dog on a hard surface can cause problems.
  5. vabirddog

    I am an upland hunter....

    Just drive closer.
  6. PaulZ

    I am an upland hunter....

    I am certainly no expert and don't want to sound like I think I am. As I write this, I am certain that it will probably cause me to slide into the worst slump of the year. Let me offer some observations and what has worked for me. I am late 50's - been grouse and wc hunting for over 45 years. It's a way different game than birds on the plains. I have hunted many other upland species on the plains, which I absolutely love, but often, having more time to think isn't always beneficial for me. If I think, I miss. I feel like I have always been a decent shot, though, I believe I have improved my shooting the past decade. I am a streaky shooter and suffer through plenty of bad stretches. Which almost always have to do with looking back at the gun barrel. Got rid of the beads on my guns years ago. I don't want anything to draw my eye's attention to the gun - focus on the bird. I am never afraid to miss. As someone mentioned earlier, I also shoot better when hunting alone. Not having to worry about another hunter is 1 less thing for my brain to process. I hunt behind flushing dogs, which I realize is quite a bit different than hunting behind pointers. If I get a "glimpse" of the bird and I know it's a safe shot, in range, I am taking the shot . Did I mention, that I am not afraid to miss. Often, I am amazed at birds that I get. I have no clue how it happened, it just does. Or birds that come down and you know that you never had time to get the gun all the way to your shoulder. I am a right handed shooter. I think about 1 thing - get my left index finger (which I always keep pointed down the forearm of my gun) through the bird. I am not a big clays shooter, though I try to get 6 - 10 rounds of skeet (low gun) in every year in the late summer - I usually try to see how fast I can break the clays. I also spend lots of short sessions, during the season, in the basement with a laser pointer in my barrel. I spend time with my gun, at port arms, and pick out items on the walls and ceilings and trigger the laser to see if I am on target. I try to understand where my muzzle is pointed at all times when the gun is at port arms. Then I spend time going through several mounting drills. Trying to mount without moving the muzzle (requires the left hand to push the gun toward the target), mounting while moving the gun following where the wall and ceiling come together. . . there are several articles out there on the subject. You can't practice mounting the gun too much. I then take several practice shots at projected targets on the wall. I purchased the basic unit from the Robert Louis Company (I have no connection to this company). All I do are single targets (as fast as possible) left to right and then right to left. swing as you mount and get your finger through the target. These are the things that have helped me improve my shooting. Now I can't wait to get out there any probably miss the next 10 birds that I shoot at.
  7. SOS from handheld device saves man from freezing to death in Boundary Waters His light down jacket "hanging in the tree ... was frozen solid," a DNR official said. By Paul Walsh Star Tribune October 19, 2020 — 3:10pm A handheld satellite communication device was all that kept a 34-year-old man from freezing to death while camping and canoeing alone deep in the northern Minnesota wilderness. The adventurer sent out an electronic SOS from deep within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) on Saturday, and rescuers answered the call and brought the man and his gear out just in time amid temperatures in the teens, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the St. Louis County Rescue Squad. “It was still snowing heavily when they initially found his campsite” at Nina Moose Lake, roughly 25 miles north of Ely, said DNR spokesman Joe Albert. “Most of the clothes the man had were wet. There was a light down jacket hanging in the tree that was frozen solid.” The rescue squad said Chori Rummel, of Elkhart, Ind., was suffering from hypothermia when he sent an emergency message shortly before 5 p.m. from a Garmin inReach, which range in price from $150 to $450, depending on the model. Rescue squad Capt. Rick Slaten said that Rummel is fortunate to be alive given the combination of the backwoods visitor being alone, the lake starting to ice over and him having lightweight clothing, tent and sleeping bag in wintry conditions. Even if he were strong enough to make it out on his own, Slaten said, Rommel would have had to walk out with his canoe and gear, rather than make his escape on the water. “The ice is now too thick for canoeing,” the captain said. “Our people had to break ice to get in there.” A DNR conservation officer and three members of the all-volunteer rescue squad members broke through the thin layer of ice by canoe to the campsite shortly after 8 p.m., well after dark, but first needed to treat the man for hypothermia before returning him to civilization, Slaten said. “Rescue personnel began warming him with heat pads and then got a fire going,” Albert said. “He sat near the fire, wrapped in a wool blanket, for about 90 minutes before rescuers brought him out of the wilderness.” Slaten said the man was showing signs of hypothermia when the rescuers arrived on the first day of what Rummel intended to be a weeklong visit. “He was a little bit slurred in speech on first contact,” the captain said. “When you have hypothermia, you start to lose fine motor skills. ... He was a little sluggish in performance before we got some heat in him.” The Sheriff’s Office statement said it recommends “all who venture into the BWCA to prepare for all conditions, do not take any unnecessary risks, leave an itinerary of your travel plan, and travel with a GPS or SOS device if possible in case of emergencies.” Paul Walsh is a general assignment reporter at the Star Tribune. He wants your news tips, especially in and near Minnesota.
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  9. Took two brothers today for their first trolling session. The Boys, Ryan and Alex Lubienieki, sons of Paul and Chris, the boys ran the rods and lure I ran the boat. After 5 hours of nothing, in the great SpoonPlugging technique we went back and re ran the 1st structure of the morning In 22 fow on a structure with many features....bang! Sophomore Ryan hit one in the face, a dandy 40 incher One of Buck Perry's great saying was "When You quit sharing You quit learning"I came to fully understand that sentiment today.Hopefully another 5-6 weeks of trolling for the toothy's Hal
  10. gaberdeen

    Today’s Pheasant Hunt

    Hmm found 2 skinned and beheaded pigs out in one of the covers in NY we stopped at. Thought they were deer skins at first. Never know what the hell you’ll see.
  11. Brdhntr47

    Today’s Pheasant Hunt

    Look what came to visit. Tracks are about 7 1/2”
  12. GB Jack

    I am an upland hunter....

    I’m crying , this was me all season , I know it’s bad when I pull a neck muscle because im stretching so far in one direction to get around a conifer
  13. canvasback

    How much is to much technology?

    I use 100 year old SxS guns. I use 2 1/2" or 2 3/4" shells rarely with more than 1 1/8 oz. I use a dog. And I go hunting. That's the operative word......hunting. I sometimes go to a preserve or private club. That's not hunting. It's shooting. Or training/prepping my dog. What that guy was doing isn't hunting. It's something else and not something that is attractive to me. The fun isn't the kill, it's the chase. The kill is confirmation you are doing well. Also, it's dinner. LOL
  14. tut

    I am an upland hunter....

    This is me exactly. Two years ago Sophie slammed a Rooster in some thick stuff. I went in for the flush and up he came. Could have almost killed him with a baseball bat he was that close. I pulled up and Bang Bang and missed both. I realized he was so close, that my first shot was at about 15 feet and my second shot at 30 feet. If I would have had a third shot I could have killed him, or at least launched another round him within 25 yards as he was still that close. I was just so hopped up that she had pinned a runner that I didn't hold up my end of the bargain.
  15. Virgil Kane

    Jupitor

    So Jupiter is a gas giant but I never really understood what that meant. Is it a rocky core surrounded by frozen gas like ice is to H2O or is it a vapor? I would imagine frozen gas but then if that's so where does the weather phenomena (moving clouds and giant red spot) come from and how would it occur if everything including gas is frozen? I'm not the sharpest tack in the box so it might take me a while to understand this and probably never will. Virgil
  16. walt lister

    I am an upland hunter....

    Speaking of excuses. I vaguely remember a humorous article in an old outdoor mag (by Ed Zern maybe) that told of a terse group of grouse hunting Mainers that decided that explaining away their misses was too time consuming so they numbered each miss excuse. You would hear "BANG---seven" or "BANG---three" etc. Saved time and vocal energy.
  17. milmo1

    2020 Western Trip

    Thank you for taking the time and effort to post all this. Sincerely enjoyed.
  18. pjourn

    How much is to much technology?

    Hahaha! My sentiments exactly
  19. uplandnut30

    MN/WI 2020 Grouse Talk & Reports

    So many woodcock...like to the point it’s obnoxious. Tons of hunters out. I’ve never seen this many people out hunting grouse.
  20. uplandnut30

    I am an upland hunter....

    One of the many advanced shooting sub 12ga, not only do you have an excuse for missing...but...you can look down on others when you do hit something.
  21. walt lister

    Jupitor

    So glad I lived long enough to see some of the things I dreamed about as an astronomy junkie kid. https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap201019.html
  22. mccuha

    I am an upland hunter....

    I can only imagine what it's like to grouse /WC hunt up in the New England states as well as most grouse woods. The only ruffed grouse hunting I've done was in western NC I cant imagine it being any more difficult than hunting there. One hand holding a tree to keep from falling down a extremely steep slope and the other hand on the gun trying to figure out how youre going to kill a grouse with one hand shooting through a jungle of Rhoda dendron. WC hunting around here is in very thick stuff and makes very challenging shooting. Right now I'm batting a thousand but I don't start bird hunting until the week before thanksgiving.
  23. dogrunner

    I am an upland hunter....

    Good plan, more hunters need to do it.
  24. ccavacini

    OFFICIAL THREAD FOR UJ PIPE SMOKERS!

    By the way, just stopped off at the local tobacco shop...They have 15 jars of pipe tobacco. Got 2 oz of Butter Rum and 2 oz of Royal Champagne (or as the gal wrote on the bag, Royal Champain.) I've had the Royal before...really a mild smoke. The Butter Rum just smelled good. All for $14.00.
  25. Scar

    Smoker Tips, Techniques & Recipes

    You'll be surprised how long it takes a head of cabbage to cook down. It's like a brisket but healthier (only by a bit).
  26. bobman

    How much is to much technology?

    I think it sucks and shouldn’t be legal and I’m fed up with all of it I would mock him you asked
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