Hunting Pictures and Stories

Posted by: Hard Knocks

Hunting Pictures and Stories - 09/15/13 09:41 PM

With hunting season upon us, post your pictures and stories as they come in over the next few weeks and months. Thanks to DT for sharing the hunt with his boy.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/15/13 09:43 PM

I'll start. Here's a recent catch and release.

Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/15/13 10:04 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks
I'll start. Here's a recent catch and release.



I understand that release part. What released Who? smile

-carl
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/15/13 10:05 PM

Those dogs look like they are having a good time.
-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/15/13 10:16 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks
I'll start. Here's a recent catch and release.



I understand that release part. What released Who? smile

-carl


Ha ha! Sometimes you get the tiger by the tail, no pun intended. smile And yes, that's what those dogs live for.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/15/13 10:18 PM

I got cornered in a berry patch by a bear once. You should have seen that berry patch when I got through (with) it ...and I think I might have stood a better chance with that bear. smile
-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/15/13 10:32 PM

Lol. I hate coming out looking like the tomcats have been fighting over you grin I remember those Montana huckleberry patches being full of bear. Luckily, no thorns on huckleberries. The thornberries we have here, however, are another beast entirely.......
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/17/13 12:01 AM

Well, opening day I took my son out--same place he got one last Saturday. Had a doe come in just like the deer he shot. He was trembling far too hard and when he got the shot off he missed it entirely at about 30 yards with my 25-06 (we're saying he grazed the leg wink ). I gave him every chance to get off a second shot--it was a stupid deer and hung around after getting blasted at. When it was out of his sight but not quite out of mine I dropped it offhand at about 80 yards with my 45-70 guide gun. It had been a while since I'd shot that gun, but it quickly reminded me who was boss. Almost knocked me out of the tree stand (note to self--sit down when shooting that gun grin ). Doesn't matter where you hit a deer with a 325 grain bullet. It goes down and doesn't get back up. Small, but tasty. I ground the whole thing up and turned it into 14 pounds of bratwurst--nine pounds venison, five pounds pork trimmings, 14 pounds of deliciousness...
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/17/13 02:24 AM

A pig hunt

This is going back a while. I was hunting in a well known wild pig area, the Pilliga Scrub.

Pilliga has a small village 105 km west of Narrabri in the North West Plains of NSW.
I was a little west of that on a sheep and cattle property, large for NSW, 100,000 acres and was staying in the shearer’s quarters out there.

I had floated my stallion there, (Marbuck) and had decided to spend a couple of weeks in the bush shooting pigs.

My rifle was a 30-06 cavalry carbine that fitted into my saddle scabbard nicely. grin

From memory, the second day out, early morning, I was riding into scrubby country on my own only about 7 miles out from the station with a small Whippet dog, (Deefa). Not your likely choice for a pig dog, but he was a game little fella anyways.
Coming into lignum country, my horse started pricking his ears up and coming up onto his toes a little, a sure sign he was smelling pigs before I was. Just a little further I noticed a reasonably large clay pan and two trophy sized boars having a domestic on the other side. I slipped off the horse and slid the carbine out of my scabbard and with the reins in the crook of my arm slowly walked up to the opening in the lignum.

The two boars were about sixty – seventy yards out on the other side of the clay pan I lined up on the largest of the two and hit him in what I thought was a shoulder shot, then worked the bolt and shot the other boar, taking my eyes off the first one.

I noticed movement and looked back at the first pig, he’d got up and was charging straight at me, my little dog raced out at the pig head on and latched onto his ear, the only problem was that he looked like a piece of rag flapping off the ear of the boar who only had eyes for me and the horse. grin

In panic I suppose, I tried to work the bolt of the rifle two quickly and managed a jam up, by this time the boar with my dog still flapping off its ear looked a moral to get me, I tried to get the reins back over the head of my horse and vault onto him, still holding my rifle in my right hand. Then it all went south grin the stallion broke and started running backwards.

Even though it was only a couple of seconds to go I remember letting go of the horse and deciding to try and jump the pig when he got to me. Crazy things go through your mind at times like this and I remembered a fella getting raked by a boar up over the Queensland border a few years earlier, I was working on the station there at the time and transported him to an airstrip for the flying doctor to pick up. He ended up with 126 stitches up the inside of his leg and was nearly gelded as well. grin

The boar made it to within eight feet of me then just dropped and slid towards me. My dog ended up half buried under him but came out of it fine after I dragged the pig off him a bit. It turned out that I had shot the boar through the heart and he had bled out when he came crashing nearly up to me. My horse was standing back about thirty yards away watching the whole disaster so I walked up and caught him, removed the bullet still jammed in the breach of my rifle, it came out easy now there was no rush. grin

I climbed aboard him and decided that that would do me for the day.

I don't have pictures of the hunt, but here are my two companions that were out there with me.

Marbuck



And Deefa the Dawg grin

Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/17/13 04:07 PM

Awesome Trumby, thank you!! Sounds like your dog was giving it all he had.
Posted by: bonesmalones

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/17/13 10:28 PM

Dog is havin' a smoke! Too funny. Great story Trumby.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/17/13 11:28 PM

Deefa sounds like she was a real pal. Marbuck couldn't be blamed for that one. smile
-carl
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/18/13 04:49 AM

From Feb...







Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/19/13 02:19 AM

This is not exactly hunting, but we were nearly the hunted. grin
I have also shown these pictures before.

This is on a cattle station in the Queensland Gulf, High up and nearly on the Northern Territory border.

Two of us were sent out to look for clean skins (unbranded cattle) near the station border, the purpose was to see whether or not it was worth mustering as clean skins straying across the border usually always became the property of whoever mustered them, the gentleman’s agreement is normally to have representatives from both stations present to share them up in a combined muster. Called border camp.

None of these cattle stations have fences other than holding paddocks, big ones grin and in fact the where we were was called bush paddock, six hundred square miles of nothing except bush, but loaded with cattle, Brumby’s and Buffalo. And the odd wild Donkey.

The two of us set of from a cattle camp about 30 miles east of where these pictures were taken. I owned a decent 35mm camera in those days that I kept in a saddle bag, but unfortunately, it had a short life span as the fine talcum like dust up there (Aussies call bull dust) managed to get into the camera and kill it, even though I kept it rolled up in rag.

Anyway, about mid day I noticed movement well out in the bush so we rode out there to see if there were cattle in the mob, they were only a reasonably sized mob of Buffalo.
So I decided to see if I could get some decent pictures. Being curious as we were on horseback and not on foot I was able to get to about 30 yards off them.

There were a couple of boss bulls among them and in the second picture you can see two of them eying me off, the one on the left broke and charged at me, then the one on the right immediately charged as well.

I guess I wasn’t in any real danger as I was on a good horse, unless I fell of the bugger. grin

Here we are first sighting the mob.



The charge, the bull on the right partially hidden in the scrub.



Different day, different place. This big fat old bull was trying to make his mind up if I was worth the energy of a charge. grin



Brumby’s. There was a much larger mob further out, I’ve seem mobs of up 300 out in that country.

Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/19/13 09:35 AM

Those bulls look wicked with their heads thrown back like that, just like they've got you right in the crosshairs. You can definitely tell they're open for business.
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/19/13 01:38 PM

This was my first bow kill. Everything that could go wrong on a hunt did but I still managed to take him out.
The hunt started out with me rushing home from work and throwing my hunting clothes on. Completely forgetting cover sent I headed to my stand. Smelling like burnt metal and handle material I made my way across an open field instead of walking the tree line. I got to the creek about 75 yards from my stand and crossed the bridge. Half way across my phone started ringing. I figured at this point my hunt was over so I answered it. I talked for a few min. then decided I would just go sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. I started walking towards the stand when, 50 yards in front of me, right under my stand, this buck stood up. I froze thinking maybe he didn't hear the loud smelly human crashing threw the brush. Much to my surprise he turned and walked right to me. Only problem was that I froze in the middle of a bunch of saplings. I quickly scanned the area to see if there was any place that I could shoot. It turned out that I had one 12 inch lane where I would be able to draw and shoot. Unfortunately he would have to some how drop his head behind a small bush 30 feet from me. Just as he was crossing that point of no return, he dropped his head. I drew back and waited for him to take one more step. Right then the wind shifted, he picked up his head, and he looked right at me. He was quartering towards me so I had a nice shot in front of his shoulder. I also figured that at 30 feet he would not have enough time to react. I was right. He ran about 40 yards and dropped.
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/19/13 11:52 PM

Great stories guys. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/21/13 05:28 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks
Lol. I hate coming out looking like the tomcats have been fighting over you grin I remember those Montana huckleberry patches being full of bear. Luckily, no thorns on huckleberries. The thornberries we have here, however, are another beast entirely.......


You missed a few berries there, my friend. Other berries that grow in Montana (my region) are: Huckleberries, raspberries, tiny wild strawberries and something called thimbleberries. Huckleberries dominate, though. But My protagonist berry patch was a Raspberry bush.
-carl
-carl
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/21/13 07:34 PM

Ian, I spent a good bit of time out around Daly River in the mid-1980s, when "Litchfield National Park" was still a cattle station and the Daly River Pub was run by an angry little woman with a revolver on the till...!!!!! I had decent camera with me but all but a few pictures were lots when the exposed film was cooked in the truck.... frown I remember roaming around the bush with a rifle and seeing big mobs of buffalo that defy belief today...!!!!!!
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/21/13 08:33 PM

I really don't have much in the way of hunting stories, but there was this time I was hunting a bear that got interesting. That bear had a very distinct track due to an injury of some sort so he was easy to follow. He kept bearing to the left and all of a sudden I came upon my own tracks ...and another set of his. I was following him and he was following me. That got me a bit jumpy because I was running out of daylight had gotten a bit far afield.

I decided to bear to the right, in a large circle, with the daylight I had left. When I came upon my own tracks again there was a third set of bear tracks still following my original route. That gave me the opening to follow my own set of tracks out. Never saw the bear.
-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/22/13 01:13 AM

Ol’ Stupid

A few years back we were bear hunting while the deer were dropping fawns. The bear are really hard on fawns in about the first month and this country is loaded with bear. It was getting on in the afternoon and hot, and we really hadn’t done a lot of good when of a sudden my main strike dog opened up in a hard strike. I got out to turn her down, thinking, man that bear must be close as hot and dry as it is.

He was close alright. When I stepped out the door of the truck Ol’ Stupid was maybe fifty feet off the road. He was sleeping under a big yellow pine, and had himself a nice little bed dug out like a dog will. I don’t know what he’d been into, but I guess a bunch of tree sap, because when he got up he had dead pine needles stuck all over him topped off with a nice coat of fine dust. He was the ugliest, dirtiest, most comical looking critter I think I had ever seen.

But funny-looking or not he was in the middle of the fawning, and that was not the place for him to be right then. I turned loose on him, and I swear that little bear stretched out and then proceeded to show those dogs how to run! Now a hound is no slouch when it comes to putting miles behind it, but there are some bear that just can’t be caught, and Ol’ Stupid showed us right then and there he was one of ‘em. What’s the saying, “The bear went over the mountain”……he did that and then some. I didn’t see hide nor hair of him any more that day, and after several hours I finally gathered up dogs and went to camp.

Well the next day I hunted above camp instead. Another day of no action, so along late I dropped down low. About a hundred yards below where we run the bear the day before, my old dog hits and I’m thinking, I sure hope it’s not that little runner again. So I turn down and sure enough up on the hill out pops Ol’ Stupid. Well, the dogs are still ticked off at him from the day before and really set in to catch him this time. I don’t know how much ground they covered, but I had to drive a long way around to get them all gathered up. Ol’ Stupid had outrun them again, and they were really licking their sore feet when they loaded in the box this night.

Now we didn’t set out and just intentionally call him Ol’ Stupid, like an insult to the little guy. But over the next few weeks, and then the following year I ran that bear at least a half dozen times and never could catch him. It got to the point that if you drove that stretch of road, you were going to see “that stupid little bear.” One buddy would say, “He better get off the road or that stupid little bear is gonna get shot,” or I’d say “I sure hope were not after that stupid little bear again,” and then it just got to where we were calling him Ol’ Stupid. Mostly I guess we were ticked that he just kept putting us in our place.

Although I haven’t seen him this year, the last time I saw him he was alive and well, and right in the middle of ‘his’ patch of hillside. I never bothered turning out on him, no way, he’d done educated me. I would really like to think he brained up enough to get back off the road before he met the guy that would just do a drive-by on him. Ol’ Stupid showed the dogs and me a lot of country, and I’d really like to think he’s out there somewhere right now having a good chuckle at us.

Ol' Stupid on his hillside




My old strike dog
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/22/13 02:32 AM

March this year....











Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/22/13 02:49 AM

What is the deer species, andy? Is that a mature buck/bull???
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/22/13 07:47 PM

I would guess Sambar or Red for species (but that is a WAG), and based upon size am leaning toward Sambar ...but the antlers seem a bit strange. Help us out, Andy.
-carl
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/23/13 04:20 AM

They are Black Fallow. There are also Menil and Common Fallow roaming the same area. That is a young/small head but mature (that is why he is still walking wink )

This one was a little larger....



And a MUCH better one taken by my best mate in the same area (think same square KM) ...

Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/23/13 01:49 PM

I would love to take a Fallow deer some day. They have IMO the best looking antlers of any animal. Great pics Andy.
Posted by: elof_alv

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/23/13 06:31 PM

Originally Posted By: Joshua R.
I would love to take a Fallow deer some day. They have IMO the best looking antlers of any animal. Great pics Andy.


Josh, just pack your bow, hop on the plane... wink
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/23/13 11:10 PM

Black Fallow. They are a really beautiful animal. Thanks.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/23/13 11:40 PM

There's some great hunting stories here, love that with the dogs. cool
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/23/13 11:50 PM

I agree. There is something special about a good dog on a hunt. My last was with an Irish Wolfhound pair and black and tan for nose. The BT would find it and the Wolfhounds would end it. But that was many years ago hunting big cats with my father. I've not done it since.
-carl
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/24/13 10:47 AM

Originally Posted By: elof_alv
Originally Posted By: Joshua R.
I would love to take a Fallow deer some day. They have IMO the best looking antlers of any animal. Great pics Andy.


Josh, just pack your bow, hop on the plane... wink


I would love to do that. I hope to do that in the future.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/25/13 06:55 PM

Originally Posted By: Joshua R.
Originally Posted By: elof_alv
Originally Posted By: Joshua R.
I would love to take a Fallow deer some day. They have IMO the best looking antlers of any animal. Great pics Andy.


Josh, just pack your bow, hop on the plane... wink


I would love to do that. I hope to do that in the future.


If you do I'll get you onto some big pigs.

This fella was shot out in the Pilbara in WA so there out there. grin

Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/25/13 10:19 PM

Now THERE is an oinker! I'd need a gun for that one.
-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/26/13 02:14 AM

Yowzer! That thing is unearthly.
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/26/13 06:18 AM

That thing might require a 50 BMG. Luckily I would be willing to do that.
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/26/13 07:13 AM

Thats not a pig, that's a monster. I wouldn't want to get in his way if he were mad.

But, at least you'd have bacon for a year.
Posted by: bonesmalones

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/26/13 01:17 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
Originally Posted By: Joshua R.
Originally Posted By: elof_alv
Originally Posted By: Joshua R.
I would love to take a Fallow deer some day. They have IMO the best looking antlers of any animal. Great pics Andy.


Josh, just pack your bow, hop on the plane... wink


I would love to do that. I hope to do that in the future.


If you do I'll get you onto some big pigs.

This fella was shot out in the Pilbara in WA so there out there. grin



Bacon. MMMmmm...
Posted by: Tristine

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/26/13 01:35 PM

Wow!!
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/26/13 01:36 PM

Just realized--Aussies have the coolest trucks. Didn't see it the first time, there was a hog in the way, lol. smile

Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/26/13 02:01 PM

Took a run out after work last night and did some calling for coyote. I was running the call and shotgun, and my buddy was manning the rifle. The wind was swirling pretty bad and I wasn't too optimistic, but did manage to get two to come in.

The first one busted us at about 75 yards and was in too tight to the bank for me to get a look at, my buddy told me about that one after we were done. The second came on a loping run and cirlced out about 125 yards, a bit too far for the 12 gauge. The air must have moved our scent out that direction because about the hundred yard mark they weren't having any more of it. My hunting buddy took a poke at it with the long gun, a clean miss. Of course I poked at him good and hard for missing it, but I know good and well what it's like trying to hit a moving coyote.

I did however figure out the perfect way to set up to call coyotes. You just take your best guess as to which way they will come in, get everybody all set and ready, and then, the moment before you start calling turn completely around and watch the opposite direction. Works (almost) every time, lol. smile smile

No chance for pictures last night. Here's a couple from successful hunts last season.





Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/26/13 09:43 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks
Just realized--Aussies have the coolest trucks. Didn't see it the first time, there was a hog in the way, lol. smile


That's one of the earlier Landcruisers and would have a straight six diesel, I would like a dollar for every mile I've driven one of those. grin

The new Lancruiser has a V8 diesel, that will be my next truck if I eventually trade up.

Going by the height of the fella standing beside the truck, he is over six feet tall, gives some idea of the size of the pig. grin
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/26/13 09:53 PM

Loved hearing about the Coyotes.

How big are they? I'm thinking about a medium dog size?






Ian.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/27/13 12:33 AM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
Loved hearing about the Coyotes.

How big are they? I'm thinking about a medium dog size?

Ian.


I'm glad you enjoyed that, Ian. You are correct, I would describe them as medium-sized in dog terms. They are light-framed and they appear bigger than they actually are. In my area, big dog coyotes might go 35 pounds.

Here's two, both males. The smaller dog a pup from the previous spring, about 9 months old. I would guess him about 20 pounds. The larger of the pair is about as big as they come here. He was a fully mature old dog, tanked up on deer from the lake freezing over. I would say, with his belly full, he might weigh 38 to 43 pounds (19.5 kilograms). That is a guess. I did not put either of these on a scale, but have weighed and held one or two. smile



And another one on the skinning gambrel. This one is a male in about the 30-pound range, a nice mature dog, but not uncommon.



I don't think my gambrel would hold up to your hogs. smile Dave
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/27/13 06:16 AM

HK those are some good looking yotes.
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/27/13 06:37 PM

Toyota 2H and 1HZ diesel motors just seem to run well FOREVER..... wink

Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/28/13 10:50 PM

I like them around. Get to hear them singing many nights.
Shot more than a few, but yours are better looking than the ones I got. Yours looks to be the better habitat. Mine was desert.
-carl
Posted by: Private Klink

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/29/13 12:44 AM

A couple of pics of my new Marlin 1895 in .45-.70



Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/29/13 01:43 PM

That is a fine looking piece, Klink.
-carl
Posted by: Private Klink

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/29/13 02:27 PM

Thank you! It's fun to shoot as well. smile
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/29/13 03:20 PM

Very nice PK. Had any luck with it yet?
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/29/13 08:16 PM

Got him a 2X6, you betcha! smile
-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/29/13 09:39 PM

Very nice PK. I like that caliber in a lever action.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/30/13 04:09 AM

Nice gun PK. cool You should try thr Hornady Leverevolution's they are sweet to use, and very accurate in mine. grin

Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/30/13 06:24 AM

Great looking rifles.
Posted by: worldwood

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/30/13 08:57 AM

Nice choppy Ian laugh
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/01/13 05:07 PM

Some vintage pig catching pics. grin



This pig was caught before and had managed to loosen the leg ties.



These pictures were taken in the early 60's, 62 or 3 from memory.

Another old pic taken in 63 with a 327 pound sow, in the Namoi river.
I'm the young fella with the hat. grin

If you look closely you can see the sow deliberatly trying to drown one of the dogs.



I might add, there were bloody brown snakes everywhere that day. grin
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/01/13 06:33 PM

My mate Pig catching at NYNGEN western NSW about 8 years ago.







A bucnch of them being prepaired for sale at the local freezer



NYNGEN olympic pool. grin



Dinner on the plate



Likely bunch of pig hunters



Goodooga international airport, bet DB hasn't landed there. grin



Sticking with the Camp Tramp





Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/01/13 06:44 PM

Goodooga western NSW about 13 years ago.











About to gut a pig with a Ratweiler

Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/01/13 07:21 PM

Collarenebri NSW, this was taken in 1960 on a cattle property where I was working at the time.

My ex-wife helping me process kangaroo's to sell at the Roo works, there was anothere ten or so out of shot and were taken on our way back to the station the night before.

The Roo's had to be gutted, one hopper cut off and the tail cut back to about 5 inches from the butt.

They wern't worth a lot of money in those days, but a trip tp town for groceries would have been paid for including fuel and ammo.
In those days I was using a converted .303, converted to .303x25.

Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/01/13 09:12 PM

I love to see those old shots. If I had better sense, I'd have put more money into camera(s) than ammo. But we all know I am a bit short sighted.
-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/01/13 09:51 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
I love to see those old shots. If I had better sense, I'd have put more money into camera(s) than ammo. But we all know I am a bit short sighted.
-carl


To be truthful, I'm getting more enjoyment taking their picture these days than shooting them.

But not all the time. grin
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/01/13 10:36 PM

Back in 1970, teaching young Deefa to catch pigs. Here he was on a young sow and grabbing behind the neck, later with encouragement he became a good catcher, going for the ear and throwing his body back against the pig so as he wouldn't get ripped.

Not too many Whippets would hold on. He became so good at it that we couldn't keep up with him. As fast as we would take t6he pig off him and tie it, he would have another one. grin

He also learned to keep to pigs no larger than sixty or seventy pounds.

except for the day he thought he was saving my life and grabbed the big boar in my first story. grin

The other little Whippet was a dynamic hunter as well, just not on pigs. grin

Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/01/13 11:16 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
I love to see those old shots. If I had better sense, I'd have put more money into camera(s) than ammo. But we all know I am a bit short sighted.
-carl


To be truthful, I'm getting more enjoyment taking their picture these days than shooting them.

But not all the time. grin


Me too! smile
This morning I got a chance to stalk a deer ...with a camera, just to see If I still could get within 25 yards without spooking her. I did- 18 yards. Photo later (gotta get it loaded into photobucket.) Not bad for an old phart.
-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/01/13 11:24 PM

Great photos and stories, Ian. I love the old shots and the dog work. :thumb up: smile
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/01/13 11:40 PM

Here's another vintage pic.
Not me, but an old mate of mine. grin

Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/01/13 11:48 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
Here's another vintage pic.
Not me, but an old mate of mine. grin

Ian-
That is a great shot- a classic! Still can't get over the saddles you fellers used.
-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/01/13 11:57 PM

This is a very old pic taken in the wheat subble at night, my old dog and best mate then, Trumby, latched onto a big Razorback, I still have his head stuffed, but it's out in the shed somewhere. My wife used to reckon that it gave her nightmares. grin

Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 12:00 AM

Another old pic, this one of a GSP of mine, "Polly" I was up on top of a hill not far from here Rabbit hunting with a dog and a shotgun.
Great memories. grin

Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 12:09 AM

I'll make this the last one. grin

This is me at 14 from memory, about 12 months before I made my way in the world and went out west, first with a droving mob moving cattle from north west NSW to the rtiverina down south, here I was getting a Roo for the dogs.

Still living with my grandparents, the rifle would have been a single shot .22 Lithgow, they were made here in Australia, and cheap enough for any kid to own one, still they were an accurate little bugger. grin


Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 01:02 AM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
I'll make this the last one. grin


smile smile You keep postin', I'll keep readin' smile smile
Posted by: elof_alv

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 01:10 AM

Ian, keep going! Some really nice pics and I can listen to or read your memories all day. smile
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 01:41 AM

Here is that stalking picture.



-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 01:54 AM

That'a a great pic, he's camped up for the day.
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 02:05 AM

Ian....did Polly the GSP come from our mutual friend ???
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 02:06 AM

Nyngan Pool looks much like Hermidale Pub... wink An old haunt of mine ... laugh
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 02:22 AM

Originally Posted By: Andy the Aussie
Ian....did Polly the GSP come from our mutual friend ???


G'day mate,

No she didn't, though my sister bought one from Ron. grin
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 02:26 AM

Originally Posted By: Andy the Aussie
Nyngan Pool looks much like Hermidale Pub... wink An old haunt of mine ... laugh


Your probaby right, it's close to Nyngan. The boys would have called in there to settle their partched throats. grin
The property they hunted was out that way.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 02:53 AM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Originally Posted By: Trumby
Here's another vintage pic.
Not me, but an old mate of mine. grin

Ian-
That is a great shot- a classic! Still can't get over the saddles you fellers used.
-carl


That saddle is nearly identicle to my first new saddle that cost me 150 quid. grin

My new saddle is a Sid Hill Barcoo Poly, more Americanized.

Old saddle on Australian Stock Horse Smokin' Joe. grin



I used to spend about fourteen hours a day in that saddle.

My new ons has a similar base to the American saddle.

I bought it around 1970, you can't really tell from this picture. The pic was taken here teaching my stepdaughter to ride about 15 years ago.

Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 04:50 AM

I can tell. It does look more like the saddles I am accustomed to using. Which did you prefer?
-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 05:04 AM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
I can tell. It does look more like the saddles I am accustomed to using. Which did you prefer?
-carl


I prefer the the new one best, it displaces itself all over the horses back rather than on three points, better for the horse really.

Here are the newer ones again, even more like an Ameriacan saddle.



From here.
http://www.kentsaddlery.com.au/saddles/kent-saddles.php
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 07:39 AM

That saddle looks comfortable.
Posted by: Tristine

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 11:50 AM

Wow, Ian those are some awesome pics. I enjoyed them. By all means keep them coming.
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 03:35 PM

Ian, those are some great stories and even better pictures. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 03:36 PM

Carl, did that deer ever know you were there, or did you also get away without her knowing you were there?
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 04:30 PM

Originally Posted By: Drumrboy
Carl, did that deer ever know you were there, or did you also get away without her knowing you were there?


She knew, but not till the shutter "clicked". Then she was off. Interesting challenge, though ...something to attempt. smile I kinda doubt being able to get as close, get the shot, and get away. They are edgy this time of year and any unusual noise has them exit stage left (or right, in this case).
-carl
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 04:39 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
I can tell. It does look more like the saddles I am accustomed to using. Which did you prefer?
-carl


I prefer the the new one best, it displaces itself all over the horses back rather than on three points, better for the horse really.

Here are the newer ones again, even more like an Ameriacan saddle.



From here.
http://www.kentsaddlery.com.au/saddles/kent-saddles.php


...better for the horse is best, I agree. I still can't get used to a non roping saddle (no saddle horn). Most of my days were spent on such a saddle. Most of ours had a rawhide tree so that it molded itself to the horse better (with sweat).
-carl
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 06:50 PM

Points to Carl for using the phrase..."Exit stage left...."
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 08:38 PM

Fox Hunting

I'm not sure if Fox hunting is common in America??

Back in the seventies there was an outbreak of Rabies on the continent and fox hunting for skins became virtually non existent. That left an opening for Australian hunters to make some real money doing what they liked doing. Shooting. grin

At the time I was managing two cattle properties close to each other and Foxes were in abundance. At night after working cattle all day I would jump into the truck with my .17 cal Sako rifle and a Winchester .22 magnum and drive around the paddocks hunting Foxes.
the money was good and cash in the hand.
As the season (winter) drew towards the end, the older. smarter foxes became more cunning.
There were different ways of finding them with Fox callers,just a small tin whistle, they were the most popular, a mate and myself came up with an invention that worked very well. We taped some sounds of chooks in distress and used to play it through an outside speaker on my Ladcruiser truck.
It worked wonders.

My last sale of Fox skins amounted to 540 that averaged $28.50 from a major fur buyer in Sydney, that was serious money for someone who wanted to get off their butts an night and go out and do some spotlighting.

Shooting was the glamorous part of the deal as they had to be skinned, that is fully, heads and tails and pegged out for drying at the end of the night. Also they had to be done properly, or you lost money on the sale. A poor shot that damaged the pelt or skin conditions like mange also brought down the average price.

On a typical night I would expect to shoot anything from three to 25 Foxes, high winds played havoc with the .17 cals and nights like this I would simply just stay at home.

I haven't kept any pictures of Fox shooting but wished that I did.
I have two pictures of a professional Fox shooter working an area about 150 miles west and a little north of here.

Quite amazing really, though these were taken well after the boom times when the skins were worth a lot more money.



Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 10:06 PM

That is a whopping tally of fox. Never in my best day......
-carl
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/02/13 10:07 PM

Originally Posted By: Drumrboy
Points to Carl for using the phrase..."Exit stage left...."


I seem to need points these days. Thanks. smile
-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/03/13 01:06 AM

That is one pile of fox! Especially if all of those were gunned. I noticed that at least some of the fur was split down the belly. Is that the way your fur buyers like it skinned? All of ours has to be left cased so that the belly is intact.

Fox hunting is pretty common in most parts of the country. Most of the fox that are taken by hunting are called in or taken incidentally. Some parts of the country let you run a light, but we can't light here unless on private ground with written permission from the land owner. I wish it was permitted here, it can be a kick. smile Probably good for my marriage that it's not, though. I'd be out lighting every night. grin

Here's some hides from last winter that are put up cased, and ready for the buyer. Not nearly as many fox here as coyote. I remember that fox brought $58 US last year.



A bobcat cased and shown belly-side







Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/03/13 01:13 AM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
Shooting was the glamorous part of the deal as they had to be skinned, that is fully, heads and tails and pegged out for drying at the end of the night. Also they had to be done properly, or you lost money on the sale. A poor shot that damaged the pelt or skin conditions like mange also brought down the average price.


Man don't I know it! And as the numbers pile up the temptation to skin later gets worse, you know, after they're good and froze up or stiff as a board. I just force myself to skin as I go anymore. So much easier while they're fresh, and a guy can always sleep when he's dead. smile
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/03/13 01:40 AM

I really enjoyed the vintage shots. Here's a few from my family that I was able to get scanned in.

A pretty dandy black bear taken in the mid '70s




My sister with a couple of mountain lion caught by my old man in the late '60s.




This is one of my favorite pictures. I would guess it in the early to mid '60s. Two bear caught with just the two dogs pictured. The dog on the left was a blue dog of my uncle's called Web. The dog on the right was a mixed black hound of my dad's named Jack. My old man later sold him to an outfitter who took him to South America to hunt jaguar. He reported back that he was one of the best he ever turned in. I would give a good sum to have seen him work.

Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/03/13 12:58 PM

Love the old pics and the stories that go with them.
Posted by: worldwood

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/03/13 03:47 PM

What do you mean by "fox brought $58 US last year"

You get paid to hunt them? or people buy them? 58 per fox?


My father never cared to hunt, we spent all our time fishing LMAO, but i really wish I had the chance to do some more hunting. I need to get me a bow, but then still I wouldnt have anyone to go hunt with. A few more years and I can drag my boy along... but I never been much a fan of the blind teaching the blind.
Posted by: elof_alv

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/03/13 04:37 PM

WW, you might have a big advantage for hunting - you almost don't sleep.
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/03/13 04:47 PM

WW, there are people that will by animal furs. There are a few people around me that get their play money from trapping and hunting. You don't really need someone to go hunting with. Spending time in the woods by yourself is as much fun as taking an animal. Anything you want to learn just ask.
Posted by: worldwood

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/03/13 04:52 PM

Oh man especially doing something like that, id be too excited to sleep!!

I just need to talk Josh into showing me the ropes LMAO
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/03/13 06:55 PM

WOW!! I love those pics, especially the dogs. cool

Your red & white dog, is that a Foxhound?

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks
That is one pile of fox! Especially if all of those were gunned. I noticed that at least some of the fur was split down the belly. Is that the way your fur buyers like it skinned? All of ours has to be left cased so that the belly is intact.



All of those skins would be split down the belly, and all were shot with a .17 Sako.

I started pegging mine out on ply board 8x4 sheets with small nails, a lot of small nails, grin with a horse shoeing hammer as the pelt had to remain its natural shape. I later bought a staple gun that speed-ed the operation up a lot.

One of the buyers I sold to also had a gun shop attached to the operation. Our Andy would know that one well. grin
Problem was, after being paid, I would end up spending all my money on guns and ammo.

I later transported them to a major fur buyer in Sydney, the N.S.W capital. The prices were marginally higher in the city and it was worth the long trip for the better prices.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/03/13 10:55 PM

Originally Posted By: worldwood
What do you mean by "fox brought $58 US last year"


Like Josh said, you can sell your fur, as long as it's to a licensed fur buyer. That fox put $58 in our pocket, and Ian's gargantuan pile of fox put a whole lot more than that in his. grin My feed bill for the dogs is between a grand and fifteen hundred bucks a year, so if I can offset some of that with furbearers it's good for home life. smile

If you're at all inclined to take up hunting, I would definitely encourage you.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/03/13 10:58 PM

Originally Posted By: Joshua R.
WW, Spending time in the woods by yourself is as much fun as taking an animal.


+1 to that, bud. For me it's all about the dog work.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/03/13 11:13 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
WOW!! I love those pics, especially the dogs. cool

Your red & white dog, is that a Foxhound?


That dog is a Treeing Walker Coonhound, Ian, but his ancestors would have been Running Walkers from American or English Foxhounds breeds smile

Quote:
.....and all were shot with a .17 Sako.


My hat is off to you, sir. :thumbup: :thumbup:
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/04/13 03:23 AM

Yes.... indeed I remember the smell of 1000 fox skins drying on boards in a tin shed behind the shop.... I can't get that smell out of my head...... eek

I did a bit of buying for the shop back in the day, the most I bought off one guy in one go was 1400, all cash. At the time the boss and I shared a 3inch S&W Model 13 that went along to all those big cash purchases...well, when the seller was not well know to us.

As a 15/16 year old in the mid-80 the couple of hundred dollars I could make over a weekend shooting foxes with my .22/250 (using 40gn round nose "Hornet" projectiles) went a VERY long way.

Andy
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/06/13 03:43 PM

Some more hunting pictures!





Pigs















Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/06/13 08:21 PM

Ian-
Cant make out what this is:

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y254/1402jw/Ian%201/Ian%202/GunTripApril2006068.jpg

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/06/13 11:23 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile


It's a skinny old Sow that has been dying of something. She was helped along. grin

Just look at the condition on this one, it a barrow, its been caught with a dog, cut and let go again. We used to do a lot of it in the old days, they were twice the eating when caught again. Harder to catch with a dog the second time though. grin


Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/07/13 05:25 PM

Thanks. The ears sorta give it away, but I didn't want to assume.
That fat one looks like a great bacon-maker.
-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/07/13 06:45 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
Just look at the condition on this one, it a barrow, its been caught with a dog, cut and let go again. We used to do a lot of it in the old days, they were twice the eating when caught again. Harder to catch with a dog the second time though. grin


That looks like the way to put pork on the pig! smile I've heard stories of buckaroos a little ways down south of here in the desert breaks roping and cutting muledeer buck fawns. The rumor is that they grow up big, and with some weird non-typical horns. I would like to know if this really happens, and by the look of your barrow, it probably does have some affect, if only to fatten them up. grin
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/07/13 06:57 PM

Did some calling this last weekend before the rifle season opener for deer. I was remembering Ian's 500+ fox season when I pulled the trigger on this female coyote. I think his record is safe!! smile





Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/07/13 11:13 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks
Originally Posted By: Trumby
Just look at the condition on this one, it a barrow, its been caught with a dog, cut and let go again. We used to do a lot of it in the old days, they were twice the eating when caught again. Harder to catch with a dog the second time though. grin


That looks like the way to put pork on the pig! smile I've heard stories of buckaroos a little ways down south of here in the desert breaks roping and cutting muledeer buck fawns. The rumor is that they grow up big, and with some weird non-typical horns. I would like to know if this really happens, and by the look of your barrow, it probably does have some affect, if only to fatten them up. grin


Doubt the story, but someone, somewhere has likely tried it.
-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/08/13 01:27 AM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile

Doubt the story, but someone, somewhere has likely tried it.
-carl



Ya, I've got some reservations on it, too. I could see it yielding a nice fat gelded buck. And, he should have a greater chance of surviving the rut each year, and so reach maturity. But I just don't know about the rest.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/08/13 08:52 PM

Well, I've castrated just about everything, including a cat with his head stuffed into a Gum Boot, but I've never done a Deer. grin

Cattle and horses being a specialty. grin
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/08/13 10:42 PM



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Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/08/13 11:39 PM

HK-
Well done.
-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/09/13 12:54 AM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks


smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile


LOL. grin

That's the way, but a Gum Boot works better, you need to get the four lots of weapons tucked down into the boot as well, cause he ain't gonna like it. grin
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/09/13 07:10 AM

Thats funny.
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/09/13 12:23 PM

HK for the win.....

And Ian for the cojones to remove the cojones of a cat!
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/09/13 10:09 PM

So, I tagged this nice little 7 point under my stand this AM. Normally, I'd be ecstatic, but I wasn't going for him. I had waited to let this guy pass so I could get a shot at a massive 8 point. THAT guy had antlers at least twice the size of this guy--probably a 24 inch spread with 12 inch tines. HE came under my stand after this guy. I let my arrow fly, he kicked, and then....nothing. Back to grazing. How could I have missed? He was out of range and his buddy--I had watched a sparring match earlier and this guy was the clear loser--stepped into my lane. He went down and his big buddy looked to be heading back to me. Then some Asian lady came jogging through the woods and the big'un took off like a bat out of Hades. Frustrated, I got down and found my arrow. Blood and muscle. Dang it! Went to look where he had been standing and blood everywhere! I got real excited. Trail was easy to follow.

Three hours later, I realized I had probably clipped a lung instead if hitting an artery so my pushing tactics probably weren't the right ones to use. I failed to compensated for the steep angle I was at--needed to aim maybe 4-5 inches higher and Papa Deer would have been coming home with me. After completely losing the blood trail, I crossed a creek and headed home--wife needed me. About 100 yards after I started following the creek Papa Deer jumped up on the other side and ran off.

Went back a few hours later. No blood. No sign. No nothing. I came home with a nice doe instead. Gave away 3 1/2 deer to a friend of my Dad's--he's from Africa and has a number of friends who divvy up the meat. Got one of my wife's friends coming over tomorrow to learn how to butcher. She gets the doe. Now, all I need to do is grind the 20+ pounds of meat in my fridge and get some sausage going grin

May head out tomorrow in the remnants of the tropical storm to see if I can find Papa Deer. Or I may just wait till the rain lets up and hope he comes back under my tree...it's a sickening feeling to waste any animal. Even worse when you know it was a once in a lifetime sort of shot frown

On the plus side, the War Dog made quick work of both beasties. about 1/2 an hour~45 minutes start to finish (ie quartered and in my ruck sack). The Game Warden has been taking care of it's share too, but didn't have it out of the house today wink Probably exercise it a little more when my oldest has another chance to get a deer in a few weeks grin



Posted by: worldwood

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/10/13 12:03 AM

Hopefully nature took care of the rest, at least you made an honest effort!

And nice score, I wish i could get me some fresh deer sausage! YUMM
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/10/13 01:59 AM

Foxes and coyotes gotta eat too. Just had a couple of flashes drifting in and outta sleep of it laid out dead on the creek bank. Gonna head out tomorrow and see if I can locate it. Breaks my heart to lose an animal. Lots of folks can use the meat.
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/10/13 02:57 PM

That hurts DT. An honest effort though.
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/10/13 06:36 PM

Update: Went back behind the house to see if I could locate a dead deer. As I was going down the trail, I saw a deer in the trees. I crept up to it and got within 20 yards. All the time its head was behind the tree and all I could see was the body. I thought about taking a liver shot, but not without seeing what kind of animal it was. Imagine my surprise when it finally moved its head and there, in all its majesty, was the big buck. You don't forget a rack like that once you've seen it up close and personal. I was unable to get a shot at that point since it was turning and walking away. I went ahead, trying to anticipate it's direction. I crept into the woods, and selected a fallen tree to sit against. After 20 minutes, two does came up behind me. The temptation was too great and when the big one was 15 yards away, I drew back and shot. The string hit my arm and jacket and made a slapping sound. She ducked right under my arrow and they both bolted to a thicket where the giant 8 point stood up. They all meandered off. I tried to follow, but they caught sight and bolted. The creeks were all flooded (there are a series of three back behind the house). I think they went across one, but I wasn't about to follow. At least I know the deer is still alive, still running, and there to be hunted again.
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/15/13 09:38 PM

Well, last night, I figured out WHY I didn't come home with the big one. My sight was loose. It's a wonder I hit the 7 point and the doe, let alone killed 'em. The 7 point took two shots. On the plus side, it wasn't my skill. On the negative side, it could have ALL been avoided...
Posted by: elof_alv

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/16/13 12:58 AM

DT, BS!
It was your skills... At keeping your gear in shape!
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/16/13 02:14 AM

Hahaha! Sometimes you just don't notice something's loose till it's too late....

Happened a couple years back with a scope on my 30-06. Shot about 10 rounds at deer with nothing connecting. Got frustrated and sloppy and ended up breaking my nose on the recoil grin Found out the next AM that the scope was loose--once I got the blood cleaned off my face and could get my bearings grin
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/16/13 11:03 AM

Man I don't like getting whacked by those scopes. I drew a Hells Canyon elk tag a few years back, and that country is steep as a cow's face. My buddy says that's the only place he's hunted where he looks down on airplanes. smile

I had a herd feed in underneath me, and when I took the shot on the herd bull the angle was real steep and it caused me to get up on the scope closer than I should have. I ended up with a nice 7x7, but that .300 left a permanent reminder of that hunt over my right eye and nose. grin
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/16/13 08:59 PM

Hence your forum name wink grin
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/17/13 10:33 AM

Originally Posted By: Dogtired
Hence your forum name wink grin



Lmao! I wish that was the only 'hard knock' I'd ever taken. I can put up with that kind! smile

Originally Posted By: Dogtired
Hahaha! Sometimes you just don't notice something's loose till it's too late....


My handle would probably be more fitting if it was about having something that rattled loose. Almost went with 'Loose Screw' but there's just WAY too much blow-back from that one, DT!!!!!!!!!!!!!grin grin
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/18/13 07:13 PM

I remember a story that happened many years ago. I was with a mate who was carrying a .270 Winchester.
I had my new Colt Python .357 Magnum and we were in a ten thousand acre paddock out in the north west.

There was a large boar totally unaware that we were there, so I said to my mate to stay back and I was going to stalk up and try my new revolver on the boar.

I had stalked up to within 20 yards of him and leaning up against a tree was just lined up ready to fire, I was hoping to put one in behind his ear. grin

Then all of a sudden there was a boom and I felt a shock wave pass by my left ear and the pig collapsed in front of me.

Still in shock, I turned around and looked back at my mate who had blood streaming down the right side of his face. He had been watching through the scope at the pig with the riffle butt on top of his shoulder, his eye up near the scope, loaded, and his finger on the trigger. mad

After calling him everything but a gentleman, I realized how serious his injury was. (Not that he didn't deserve it) grin Anyway, after getting him to a hospital and a bunch of stitches, the doctor informed how close he was to loosing the entire eye. Apart from cutting him open it had broken the bone above his eye and caused him problems for months.
Not that I cared, an inch or so to the right, he would have blown my head off.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/18/13 07:28 PM

Holy cow, Ian. That is scary stuff! eek

I'm nearly deaf in my left ear from firing rounds in the field, and unwanted muzzle-blast from hunting partners, but nothing so close as that. shocked
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/18/13 10:29 PM

That will make you change your pants!
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/18/13 10:29 PM

This one’s a funny story , one that I did tell a few years ago.
There were four of us heading west pig catching a mate and myself were in my Landcruiser tray top with the swags and a large dog crate loaded on the back, the other pair were following in a small 4X4 Suzuki , we had been traveling since about 4.00am and the day was really starting to heat up.
I pulled into a service station to fuel up with diesel and have a feed in the attached restaurant. We walked in and sat down at a table and the other pair headed across the other side of the room as if they didn’t know us. grin
I said to my mate, “what’s up with those stuck up buggers” he said buggered if I know, so we ordered and had a feed. While this was going on the girl that was serving us was smiling and giggling all the while, so I said to my mate, what’s so bloody funny about us, he looked over and the girl was looking at us and giggling amongst her two friends as well.

We paid up and the other two had their heads down on the other side of the room as if they didn’t know us, I checked to make sure that my fly was done up, still not understanding what was going on. So I said to my mate, I’ll get a bucket of water from the tap and give those dogs a drink.
When walking back from the tap, I looked at the back of my truck and hanging in all its glory was a large sign saying “JUST MARRIED” grin
The other pair of mongrels were still in the restaurant laughing their heads off. We’d been driving with that on the back of my bloody truck for about six hours. grin I thought to myself that they would keep, and ripped the sign off. grin
For the next five days we copped hell over it.
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/19/13 08:23 AM

At least your honeymoon was spent pig catching!
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/19/13 10:52 AM

Some might say "pig catching" would be a metaphor for marriage from a woman's perspective grin
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/19/13 03:05 PM

Ok, anybody get anything this past week?

Muzzleloader season is starting up around here. Right now it's open to iron sights only.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/19/13 05:45 PM

Hunting alone has virtues till you bag game then need to carry it out alone...... That is the story of my life.
-carl
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/19/13 10:03 PM

Originally Posted By: Drumrboy
Ok, anybody get anything this past week?

Muzzleloader season is starting up around here. Right now it's open to iron sights only.


Well, yeah. A few days ago I took a small doe. Passed on a 6 point and a big doe and took one that would be the right size for a batch of Italian sausage. Another 15 pounds of sausage now in the fridge. Plan to shoot another next week for breakfast sausage. I might be able to use a total of four more or so after that--want to try an apple venison sausage recipe I have, mix up some chorizo, try jalapeno cheddar, and do one more for ground meat.

I've brought home about 18 so far this year. I've helped feed a lot of people...
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/19/13 11:04 PM

Freezer is full. Hunting with a camera these days...
-carl
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/19/13 11:16 PM

Impressive DT. How big is that freezer of yours?
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/19/13 11:27 PM

I think the boy is feeding more than himself- that implies more freezers.
-carl
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/20/13 12:28 AM

I'm just picturing DT with a 20'x20' walk in freezer.
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/20/13 01:31 AM

You'd be surprised at how compact deer get. Small deer gets ya 7-10 lbs of meat. Big one can yield 30 or so. I can get 5 average deer in a regular fridge freezer.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/20/13 10:10 PM

DT-
You been killing kangaroo mice! I got fawns (this years) that will yield no less than 25 lbs.... ????
-carl
Posted by: elof_alv

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/21/13 07:08 AM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
DT-
You been killing kangaroo mice! I got fawns (this years) that will yield no less than 25 lbs.... ????
-carl


Maybe he's just too prissy to take all that's usable?
I'm not Scottish, but I did like the Haggis when I got to eat it... wink
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/21/13 02:57 PM

Haggis= sick

That ain't right Elof!
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/21/13 03:56 PM

Originally Posted By: Drumrboy
Haggis= sick

That ain't right Elof!


LOL. Haggis and Vegemite, now there's a mix to put hair on your chest. grin
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/21/13 04:20 PM

I don't think hair is what you are looking for. More like scales. That is some rough stuff.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/21/13 05:44 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
Originally Posted By: Drumrboy
Haggis= sick

That ain't right Elof!


LOL. Haggis and Vegemite, now there's a mix to put hair on your chest. grin


I'm with DB- no haggis- most everything else though.
-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/21/13 05:53 PM

I'm not sure I ever had haggis. Is it raw fish?
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/21/13 06:18 PM

It is not, it is (Wikipedia): Haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep's pluck (heart, liver and lungs); minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally encased in the animal's stomach and simmered for approximately three hours.

I have had it, it is better than grubs (but not much) smile
-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/21/13 06:34 PM

A likely young hunter heading for the Mt Isa 3 day rodeo. grin

In my diesel Tojo.



Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/21/13 06:50 PM

Said mountain is over 10 miles away, no? smile
-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/21/13 07:27 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Said mountain is over 10 miles away, no? smile
-carl


LOL. It's about 230 miles away. grin And that's not counting the 40 miles to the station gate, and another 60 miles of rocky road and bull dust south to the tar.

Actually, to you guys, it would be just a rocky outcrop. Well known here for its mining wealth.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Isa

Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/21/13 09:01 PM

Haggis is nasty. Had some in London once.

As for meat, I no longer take the neck--chronic wasting disease and all that. I also don't take the innards. So, yup, I'm prissy. Haunches, backstraps, and tenderloins. Virginia whitetail are not all that huge. Even still, the NY whitetail I've seen wouldn't get much more than 30-40 lbs of meat (assuming no neck). Weigh your whitetail meat next time you get it. You might be surprised.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/21/13 10:27 PM

So, we were trying to hit a nerve. FOUND IT! smile
My usual harvest (for deer) in about the 30-40 lbs you get.
-carl
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/21/13 10:28 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Said mountain is over 10 miles away, no? smile
-carl


LOL. It's about 230 miles away. grin And that's not counting the 40 miles to the station gate, and another 60 miles of rocky road and bull dust south to the tar.

Actually, to you guys, it would be just a rocky outcrop. Well known here for its mining wealth.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Isa



Yup, kinda expected that. Some mighty flat country ahead of you then. Thanks for the link.
-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/21/13 10:41 PM

Originally Posted By: Dogtired

As for meat, I no longer take the neck--chronic wasting disease and all that. I also don't take the innards. So, yup, I'm prissy. Haunches, backstraps, and tenderloins. Virginia whitetail are not all that huge. Even still, the NY whitetail I've seen wouldn't get much more than 30-40 lbs of meat (assuming no neck). Weigh your whitetail meat next time you get it. You might be surprised.


A good big Roo will net 100 pound of meat, though sixty is the norm. That's only taking the bottom end, too much work boning out the top end for what you get from it.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/21/13 10:46 PM

Originally Posted By: dogtired
As for meat, I no longer take the neck--chronic wasting disease and all that. I also don't take the innards. So, yup, I'm prissy. Haunches, backstraps, and tenderloins. Virginia whitetail are not all that huge. Even still, the NY whitetail I've seen wouldn't get much more than 30-40 lbs of meat (assuming no neck). Weigh your whitetail meat next time you get it. You might be surprised.



Amazing how compact deer get when freezer-ready. Ever cut one up for a buddy, and then they say, "Is that all there was?"


Ian, I had no idea that a kangaroo has that much meat to it. What do those things weigh whole?
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/21/13 10:56 PM

The missus was able to fill out her buck tag this last week.


Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/21/13 11:25 PM

Can't see anything but her hands, but the buck is nice. I quit wearing camo ...except for the Ghillie suit. smile

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/21/13 11:39 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks
The missus was able to fill out her buck tag this last week.




That's a great shot. cool
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/21/13 11:50 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks


Ian, I had no idea that a kangaroo has that much meat to it. What do those things weigh whole?


The big Reds get well up over 300 pounds, I've also seen some monster Greys as well.

Here's one that I shot a picture of near home here, take a look at the size around the butt of his tail. grin



Some of the big fellas can jump up to near forty feet in length, I've thought of shaving a big fella and entering him in the Olympics long jump. I'd need to put a pair of running shorts on him, so's he doesn't look too odd. wink grin
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/22/13 12:35 AM

Nice buck! Congrats to the missus! Yup, I often find myself saying "was that it?" Seems like there should be a bit more. I've gotten better at judging the size/meat count so if there's a specific need to fill (someone looking for 20 lbs of meat, needing 7-10 lbs for sausage, etc) I can find the one I need.

Nerve?! Yes! Haggis IS disgusting! I can't believe you'd suggest otherwise Carl! wink
Posted by: elof_alv

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/22/13 08:12 AM

I'd say that haggis is no worse than most of the sausages sold in supermarkets around the world, contents wise...

As for eating it in London, it's like eating the southern food in Chicago...
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/22/13 08:23 AM

That is a nice Buck HK. I am trying to get my girl into hunting. Hopefully she likes it enough to get in her own stand next year. LOL
Posted by: worldwood

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/22/13 09:27 AM

Originally Posted By: elof_alv

As for eating it in London, it's like eating the southern food in Chicago...


I know what you mean!! Real southern food is only in the South frown

Try finding a place up north that serves breaded fried chicken, fried okra, dirty rice and collard greens with fresh brewed sweet tea. I have found a couple after searching long and hard, but its almost disrespectful what they use as sweet tea, and for god sake teach these northerners how to use Lawrys salt in the batters.

There is a little Caribbean place near me with as close to southern food as it gets around here, their jerk chicken is amazing and they always have fried okra, mac and cheese, collard and mustard greens.. But still NO FRIED CHICKEN frown And instant lipton does NOT count as tea.

Any tea with lemon flavoring is just wrong, im sorry but its just not right. Throw some fresh herbs or tea bags in a big jar and stick it in the sun for a couple hours, how hard is that i mean come on. Even using a coffee pot works fine, just cover it in sugar when your done.
Posted by: Tristine

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/22/13 01:06 PM

Congrats to your wife, HK!!
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/22/13 07:30 PM

Originally Posted By: Dogtired
Nice buck! Congrats to the missus! Yup, I often find myself saying "was that it?" Seems like there should be a bit more. I've gotten better at judging the size/meat count so if there's a specific need to fill (someone looking for 20 lbs of meat, needing 7-10 lbs for sausage, etc) I can find the one I need.

Nerve?! Yes! Haggis IS disgusting! I can't believe you'd suggest otherwise Carl! wink


First, congrats to the missus- rare these days.
Second, I compared haggis to grubs. I've eaten both and haggis (though disgusting) can be better than grubs unless you get a change to roast them before dining.
-carl
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/22/13 07:55 PM

I've had haggis in London. I'll stick with Carl's roast grubs.
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/22/13 08:05 PM

Haggis...only once...and that was plenty. For me, it was similar to raw oysters. Another thing I'll never eat again....
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/22/13 08:38 PM

Originally Posted By: Drumrboy
Haggis...only once...and that was plenty. For me, it was similar to raw oysters. Another thing I'll never eat again....


Depending upon your dissection of this: itsnotinashell- though the raw ones I ate were smile and yes, that is plural. That said, I do not crave or seek them ...IIRC, I did not pay for the ones I had.
-carl
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/22/13 08:39 PM

Originally Posted By: Dogtired
I've had haggis in London. I'll stick with Carl's roast grubs.


Get your own- these were hand-picked smile
-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/23/13 02:10 AM

Thanks for the congratulations on the wifes buck guys and gals. She's taken some good whitetails, but I think she was really tickled to close the deal on this muledeer. She made a fine shot on it and I felt privileged to have gotten to witness it. A nice day in the woods. smile


Originally Posted By: Trumby
The big Reds get well up over 300 pounds, I've also seen some monster Greys as well.


Those roos are some big animals. I remember my buddy killed a deer in Oregon one time, a cross between a blacktail and muledeer, what the locals would call a 'benchleg.' They tend to run a little heavier than many of their competition. That deer weighed exactly 210 lbs. field-dressed, a nice buck.

Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/23/13 02:48 AM

A friend killed this bull elk several years ago. It weighed 615 pounds field-dressed. I remember because I lost a buck on it, guessing it at 690# smile

285 B&C score, not the biggest rack, but a fully mature animal, probably past it prime in the horn department, but large-bodied.





Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/23/13 09:20 PM

Ahhh, the days of a one-animal freezer-fill. And, that was AFTER sausage, jerky, and animal feed (no waste).
-carl
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/24/13 10:48 AM

I have got to go Elk hunting. One animal and the freezer is full would be awesome.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/26/13 07:01 PM

They don't all run that big, but with patience and luck it can be done. So, what meat yield do you think you get out of an average elk?
-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/26/13 09:05 PM

WOW! He is a beauty.

I can only imagine all the burgers in that fella. grin
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/26/13 11:03 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
They don't all run that big, but with patience and luck it can be done. So, what meat yield do you think you get out of an average elk?
-carl


Answer: http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d45/2rocky/Hunting/elkmeatyield.jpg

-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/28/13 01:25 AM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
They don't all run that big, but with patience and luck it can be done. So, what meat yield do you think you get out of an average elk?
-carl


That is quite true that they don't all run that big. In fact, it appears from the link Carl provided, that particular Idaho bull was bigger than the Wyoming averages for any age.

At that time, it was the largest bodied bull I had seen on the ground, and it was nice to have the equipment available on that property to get the actual numbers. Pretty interesting that the boneless meat weight is approximately one-half the field-dressed weight, according to the link. I would have guessed it closer to one-third. Good info :thumbup:
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/29/13 06:44 PM

Hunting with Dingo's

Stalking up onto a young Roo



Dad and the young fella with a Carp



After the kill

Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/30/13 02:34 PM

Ian that just looks like fun.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/30/13 03:57 PM

That is just too cool there, Ian. cool
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/30/13 07:44 PM

If you look closely at the bottom picture you can see that the Roo is still partially alive and already hte Dingo is feeding on it's intestines.

They are the ultimate professionals, as I imagine a wolf to be as well. They will take an easy feed if it is available, such as sheep or a weak calf. But hunting is their specialty, if times are hard they will catch a feed of bugs out of the air, or will feed on carrion.

They hunt unlike a domestic dog, who will charge in without thought. Kangaroo's will sometimes head for water and wait out in the middle for a dog to swim out and attack, then the Roo has the advantage, a Dingo will lay back on the banks and relax until the Roo becomes so cold and weak the he has to make a break for it. The Dingo then really has the upper hand.

They don't bark, but do howl at night, when a Dingo is pleased to see you, or excited about something they make a sniffing sound. grin

I had them as pets and hunter for years, though they have always been illegal to own here, as there is a fear of them breeding with domestic dogs and creating even grater havoc.
They are not really a concern in cattle country, though, graziers are forced to poison them when their numbers appear to great.

Young Aussie, I think he was four months old here, he used to curl up on the front seat of my truck and sleep for hours with his head on my leg. grin

Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/31/13 08:58 AM

Sounds like a great hunting partner. Smart and lazy. LOL Plus they are just cute.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/31/13 09:03 PM

Nothing better than hunting with a hunter. smile
-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/31/13 11:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Nothing better than hunting with a hunter. smile
-carl


And if that hunter is a good dog, it enhances the experience immeasurably. grin
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/01/13 04:04 PM

Godson No2 just took a Red Deer hind in the bush about 500m from his house, one shot from a .22RF behind the ear (he was hunting bunnies).....!!!!!!!!!! She was so large he and his father (who he called for assistance after the fact) were unable to load her up in the ute whole for the ride home. He has been instructed to take no ore deer at the moment till they create some freezer space (that would be his fourth or fifth this season).
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/01/13 05:53 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Nothing better than hunting with a hunter. smile
-carl


And if that hunter is a good dog, it enhances the experience immeasurably. grin


Agreed. It is a wonder to watch a good one work, especially if he has a wild heritage.
-carl
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/01/13 05:53 PM

Originally Posted By: Andy the Aussie
Godson No2 just took a Red Deer hind in the bush about 500m from his house, one shot from a .22RF behind the ear (he was hunting bunnies).....!!!!!!!!!! She was so large he and his father (who he called for assistance after the fact) were unable to load her up in the ute whole for the ride home. He has been instructed to take no ore deer at the moment till they create some freezer space (that would be his fourth or fifth this season).


Yup-
.22 is all you need, if you can shoot smile
-carl
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/01/13 11:20 PM

All about the shot placement. Well done!
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/02/13 05:15 PM

He can shoot that is for sure (15 now but started coming bush with his father and I from about 4 !) He just bought his own Remington 700 in .270Win.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/02/13 05:33 PM

Originally Posted By: Andy the Aussie
He can shoot that is for sure (15 now but started coming bush with his father and I from about 4 !) He just bought his own Remington 700 in .270Win.


...and THAT is the name of the game. Get them young and bring them up bush. Sounds like he is well on his way, Andy.
-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/02/13 05:48 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby

And if that hunter is a good dog, it enhances the experience immeasurably. grin


Many fine days spent following good dogs. Good memories there. smile
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/02/13 05:52 PM

Originally Posted By: Andy the Aussie
He can shoot that is for sure (15 now but started coming bush with his father and I from about 4 !) He just bought his own Remington 700 in .270Win.


Just picked up a nice used BDL for my boy in .270. It's hard to beat for an all-arounder.

Wait a minute........You mean some kids save up and buy their own????!! shocked
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/02/13 09:19 PM

Worthy of note, or a glance, at least: American Indian dogs

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/03/13 08:43 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Worthy of note, or a glance, at least: American Indian dogs

-carl


That was very interesting, Carl. Thanks for that.

This one looks a bit like a Kelpie ? Though the other pictures you can see Wolf as well.

Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/03/13 09:31 PM

Ian-
I thought the same as you- Kelpie in there somewhere smile
Have been thinking I might get one more dog. This breed interests me, but I will need to spend some time with one or more before I decide. Your Kelpie got me thinking....

I've been going bush pretty much alone for the last 10 or so years. Might be good to have a friend who enjoys the hunt as much as I (and doesn't feel the need to do more than just BE there).
-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/03/13 10:04 PM

Interesting link Carl. Hadn't seen that before. Definitely wolf in this one:

Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/03/13 10:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks
Interesting link Carl. Hadn't seen that before. Definitely wolf in this one:





Looks to be, but from their literature it seems doubtful. Fine looking animal though.
-carl
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/03/13 10:32 PM

That is a good looking dog. Very alert and focused.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/05/13 05:38 PM

Got to use the Rodent Trail on this bull last week. Although my camera crashed on me and I didn't get much for pics (had to use my cell for a couple just to get them) the RT did great.







Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/05/13 05:47 PM

Did that "upswept" spine introduce any problems? I ask because I like a drop point for that kind of work ...spine down, blade up gets most hide cuts done in a hurry. Nice bull, BTW.
-carl
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/05/13 07:01 PM

Very nice. Great job getting him.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/05/13 10:16 PM

Thank you, gentlemen. smile

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Did that "upswept" spine introduce any problems? I ask because I like a drop point for that kind of work ...spine down, blade up gets most hide cuts done in a hurry. Nice bull, BTW.
-carl


I know exactly what you are describing Carl. The RT did much better than I thought it would for that. However, I did some modification when I got home to suit myself for that application. Much better (for me) now. I'll try to post a pic of what I did.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/05/13 10:25 PM

HK-
I'd like to see that. Take a look at the other thread with "swibo" in it.
-carl
Posted by: worldwood

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/05/13 10:27 PM

Great pics HK!!
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/05/13 10:42 PM

Thanks WW. Here you go Carl.

Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/05/13 10:49 PM

HK-
That is wicked looking, but I like the spine better. I'm betting I could ruin a hide with that blade in a heartbeat, though. If Busse & Co. ever makes a green-river style blade I might have to have it. Thought they did once, but I missed out......
-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/05/13 10:55 PM

You know, sometimes I think it's what a guy is used to, or has practice/experience with.........going back over to the other thread to ask you some questions on your green rivers.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/05/13 11:01 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks
You know, sometimes I think it's what a guy is used to, or has practice/experience with.........going back over to the other thread to ask you some questions on your green rivers.


Agreed. Use what works for you. I've skinned with almost every blade I own, but now find the warden (or similar size/configuration) works best for me. The green river style is one I've used with great ease almost immediately- but I had a great skinner teaching me the trade.
-carl
Posted by: worldwood

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/06/13 12:16 AM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks
Thanks WW. Here you go Carl.



Awesome!!
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/06/13 03:38 AM

Here's some pics of a drop point working. The Bog Dog.



Posted by: worldwood

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/06/13 03:55 AM

Very nice Ian!!
Posted by: worldwood

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/06/13 04:10 AM

What are you cutting open??

The bog dog is perfect. I like the round choil apposed to the square choil on the 411 and others.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/06/13 04:58 AM

Originally Posted By: worldwood
What are you cutting open??


It's an Angus X Hereford heifer that had a head on with a motor car. That picture was taken in the back of a dump truck and I was boning it out for the dogs before the council workers dumped it. grin

It was a pitch black night and the torch kept going out. laugh
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/06/13 05:37 PM

Well, out of all of us, you ought to be the best, even blindfolded.
-carl
Posted by: worldwood

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/06/13 05:48 PM

Hope the driver made it out ok!!

And you seem to have a handle on it even in the dark laugh
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/06/13 07:46 PM

Hadn't seen the bogdog, but I like it. smile
Posted by: elof_alv

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/07/13 05:22 AM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks
Hadn't seen the bogdog, but I like it. smile


Bog Dog (I believe) was the introduction of the 'mudder' handle that a few of the Scrap Yard models sport.
Here, the bottom one in the pic:
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/07/13 10:56 AM

Dang elof! That makes me want a bogdog and a muk!
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/19/13 10:32 PM

Had a nice hunt with my daughter. She took a good buck on her late season tag.


Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/19/13 10:56 PM

Hmmm.... a Polaris with horns smile
Nice buck. How old is your daughter?
-carl
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/20/13 12:14 AM

BEAUTIFUL animal!
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/20/13 12:14 AM

Had a doctor's appointment this AM so I traveled north first and shot two deer. 30-06, 150 grain. Dropped em cold. small doe and a button buck. the doe went down first and then the buck when he poked his head back around the corner to see why his friend wasn't moving any more. A little high on the shots so it took out the tops of the shoulders and lungs and blew out the spine as well. They never felt a thing. Lost a little of the backstraps, but it's a good tradeoff for absolutely zero suffering.

Numbers 20 &21 for the season...
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/21/13 02:31 AM

They definitely pile up quick with a shot placed there DT. Nice going.

My girl is a freshman this year. She's a tough little squirt. Don't let the horns on the machine fool you. Take a look at the hair. She was a tired, but happy, little lady when I got her home that night smile
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/21/13 02:53 AM

I'll tell a pretty funny little story on my girl from her first year of deer hunting.

School, of course, is already in full swing by the time deer season comes around, so a few hours of hunting in the evening is sometimes all the kids can get until the weekend. So one day after school I picked the girl up and headed for the hills. I told her we didn't have much time to hunt, so she might want to ask God for a little help.

Well, we drive to where we're going to go on by foot, gather what we need and head up the hill into a nice basin where we slip in and start glassing. Pretty quick we catch some movement and see a fat forked horn buck moving out of there at a high rate of speed.

Now we had slipped in nice and easy, had the wind in our favor, and this buck broke out four to five hundred yards below us. He held up twice and stared back into the sage brush he had been bedded in. I don't know if there was a coyote in there, or maybe a badger or some such critter, but we didn't blow that buck out of there, something else did as his body language plainly told.

So about the time it was clear we were getting no shot at this deer, I hear my girl a-frettin' and a-mumbling beside me. I asked her, Sis, what in the world is the matter. She says, Well, I really messed up on that one. I told her, No, honey, we didn't jump him out of here, there was something else in there he didn't like, and that's what made him move.

She replied, That's not what I mean. I messed up by asking God to please let me see a deer, and He did, but I didn't ask Him to let me shoot it! grin grin
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/21/13 03:31 AM

That's a great buck Hard Knocks. grin

I love that story as well. grin
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/21/13 08:44 AM

That is a great buck. That story has a good lesson to it. Be careful what you. You just may get it. LOL
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/21/13 03:48 PM

Great story HK!
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/23/13 09:36 PM

I liked that story HK. smile
-carl
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/25/13 03:16 AM

Took my oldest out on Saturday AM. It was early and it was cold. My oldest was on my left in the stand. At around 0800 I had a button buck sneak up on my right so I dropped it at 40 yards with a 30-06 shooting a 150 grain bullet. Right through the heart. There was a massive exit wound with two small pieces of his heart left in the body cavity.

At 0815 Jonathan elbows me. I ask if he has something and he nods yes. A couple minutes later a nice buck with little mutant knobby antlers no bigger than an inch or less steps out. Jonathan is shaking but he's controlling it. The deer walks straight at us, oblivious to us. What is Jonathan waiting for? The deer is now 5 yards from us and both of us yell at once. It looks at us and retreats 40 yards. Both our rifles are trained on it. I ask Jonathan if he can get a shot and am answered with a thundering roar of the 25-06. The deer goes sliding down the hill, bleeding profusely but still alive. "Shall I finish it?" I ask. "My deer. I'll take the shot," he says and lets another round fly. The deer gives up the ghost.

Unfortunately, it was a rear end shot--120 grain bullet shattered the femur and the intestines before exiting. The second shot took out the tenderloins and spine. After some congratulations, we had a chat about shot placement and respecting the animal as we butchered what was left of the back end. But now he's at two for the season and is hooked!
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/25/13 08:17 AM

Congrats on the deer you guys. Good for you, teaching him to make a good clean shot rather than a couple bad ones. Pretty soon your son will be piling up the deer and dragging your butt out to the stands.
Posted by: worldwood

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/25/13 08:50 AM

That is awesome DT, congrats to you both!!
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/25/13 04:34 PM

Any day spent with the kid(s) as "partners" is better than most.

Great story DT.

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/25/13 05:24 PM

Originally Posted By: Dogtired


Unfortunately, it was a rear end shot--120 grain bullet shattered the femur and the intestines before exiting. The second shot took out the tenderloins and spine. After some congratulations, we had a chat about shot placement and respecting the animal as we butchered what was left of the back end. But now he's at two for the season and is hooked!


LOL. We all start out a bit rough. grin

The buck fever will soon pass with experience, it's great to see you having him participate with you. Something that I didn't have as a boy.
Thanks for telling us. Ian.
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/26/13 12:15 AM

I would go fishing all summer with my dad. He's a college professor so had the summers off. I don't have the same luxury, so I try to make it count where I can. smile
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/26/13 08:43 PM

Originally Posted By: Dogtired
I would go fishing all summer with my dad. He's a college professor so had the summers off. I don't have the same luxury, so I try to make it count where I can. smile


I am of the opinion that there is enormous payback to every moment you spend with your kid(s). My kid (now 44) valued time we spent together and is paying it forward even though she is without her own child.

Time spent in simple outdoor activities has paid a dividend or two.

-carl
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/26/13 09:41 PM

Good story DT. Nice to hear about you teaching him the right way. Congrats to you.
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 12/18/13 06:03 PM

Went out again last Saturday. Turkeys EVERYWHERE (not including the 2 in our stand). I keep watching them creep closer and closer. Then they go running down the hill. Bummer. No turkey dinner for us. We wait and wait. I keep wondering how long the kid can last. 29 degrees in a snowstorm. At 1030 I nudge him. Two deer come into view on the opposite ridge. Jonathan puts his (apparently it's less and less mine) rifle to his cheek and drops the deer in its tracks. The other one ran 20 yards and stopped to see what happened. 360 grains later, it's piled up under a cedar with one shot fired from my 45-70. Two small deer, but it was his farthest shot yet at about 80-90 yards. Finishing making a batch of jerky from them now grin Jonathan-3. Me-23. Season is still young grin
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 12/19/13 03:54 PM

Sounds like you two are getting some quality time together. Congrats on the count so far.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 12/21/13 07:38 PM

Originally Posted By: Joshua R.
Sounds like you two are getting some quality time together. Congrats on the count so far.


I reckon!

That's a lot of quality eating, that's for sure.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 12/23/13 05:56 PM

Here's a local pig, taken out the back of my place.

Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 12/23/13 08:12 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
Here's a local pig, taken out the back of my place.



Smoker is still hot, and smoked pig is beyond good (my kind of sweets).

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 12/23/13 08:47 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile


Smoker is still hot, and smoked pig is beyond good (my kind of sweets).

-carl


Yep, nothing beats bacon and fried ham, add a couple or three eggs and a mess of fried tomato. a breakfast fit for a king. grin

I never did see that big bugger again that was stealing the dog biscuits of my verandah.
He would have been eighty or ninety kilos, and fattened up with large amounts of dog biscuits. grin Pity that Stan wasn't still around at the time, I'd have had him.

Add: Oh I forgot the toast. grin
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 12/23/13 09:00 PM

....I just sit in the smoker and eat smile

But I like your prescription Dr. Ian. I might try that for what ails me.

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 12/23/13 09:21 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
....I just sit in the smoker and eat smile

But I like your prescription Dr. Ian. I might try that for what ails me.

-carl


LMAO. It works for me, haven't had as much as a sniffle for years.
Though the missus reckons that it will all catch up with me in one foul swoop. grin
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 12/23/13 10:18 PM

Well, I been 5 years without a sniffle, then hit by a Bronchitis truck. On the mend, I have no idea why I got hit ....maybe too much blood in the alcohol system.

-carl
Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 12/23/13 10:24 PM

Turn your back for a minute and that truck will run you over Carl. Better stay out of the hills for a bit.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 12/23/13 10:28 PM

Originally Posted By: Drumrboy
Turn your back for a minute and that truck will run you over Carl. Better stay out of the hills for a bit.


I'm giving it two more days, then I'm taking it to the hills. Fair warning, leave or freeze. smile

-carl
Posted by: MtnRat

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 12/27/13 08:34 PM

I forgot to post this up when I shot him, but better late than never I suppose....
I Got lucky enough to draw an elusive Kaibab Deer tag this year, my 2nd one in 16 years or so.
North Rim of the Grand Canyon here in AZ.

Turned out to be a rough hunt this year... took my ol dad along this year to try to teach him the ropes, he's never been much of a hunter and now he is retired so he actually wants to learn stuff.


We ended up seeing well over a hundred deer every single day. Just nothing to shoot at! we saw little tiny bucks with their mommies, and a few little 3x3's, nothing worthy of this tag though.
Last time I got this tag I shot a 171" 3x4, he was a good buck. This year.... I almost shot a 2x2 last night just because we needed to get home and weren't seeing anything!

We searched high and low, pulled out the plugs on every trick I knew. Dad ended up learning a lot about deer hunting, and a lot about what NOT to do ha ha ha ha.

overlooking Grand Canyon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXHM2UHOYBg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS34eNQJWwc

Dad actually spotted this deer after dropping me off in a canyon to hike. I hiked about an hour or two and he called me on the radio saying he had seen this buck along side the dirt road!
I had him come find pick me up and he took me to the spot where he had seen this buck. I hopped out and started climbing... immediately saw some does bedded in a small hollow. They pinned me down for about 10 minutes... but no buck. After they spooked off I continued climbing the mountain until I spotted deer feeding out of this thicket. I knew the buck had to be there.... finally he popped out for a split second and I had no shot. They were all feeding over the absolute top of the mountain and I had about 15 seconds to make it happen... he was standing behind a small pine tree and his vitals were covered up pretty good.... I knew it was now or never, I risked the shot. Steadied my ol 35 against a tree and dropped the hammer. I had guessed the range about 300... uphill pretty severe, so I shot for about 250. Ended up either deflecting back, or just hitting him back. He spun around and I lost him in my sight.

I sprinted as best I could up the few hundred yards to where I had seen him when I shot. Found blood and two big tufts of hair! Sweet!


I found his tracks and spinouts going straight downhill.... BAM! found him laying about 60 yards straight downhill from me.
So excited! Got dad on the radio and he came up as close as he could with the truck. Good thing he's a tough old goat, we gutted it and dragged it about 200 yards to the truck.
Skinned him out and packed up and headed home. Amazing he is still in full velvet, the bucks have most all been rubbed off and hard-horned for over a month now.

Had a great time, shared a hunt with my pops, saw some of God's most beautiful country, and shot a nice enough deer.
Great way to end the hunt.

Thanks for listening.

Posted by: Drumrboy

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 12/27/13 09:48 PM

Sounds like a good hunt. Always a plus to spend time with your dad out there too.

CongRats!
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 12/28/13 08:46 AM

That is awesome. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 12/28/13 04:37 PM

WOW, that was awesome, thanks also for the great pictures.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 12/28/13 07:51 PM

MtnRat-
Good hunt, great pictures, and a great time with the old man.
That is about as good as it gets. How'd that buck eat? smile

-carl
Posted by: MtnRat

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 12/28/13 10:41 PM

Thanks guys, its always great to share hunting with family or friends.

He is a good eatin buck!...yum yum yum!
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 12/29/13 09:33 PM

Thanks for sharing the hunt and the great pictures!
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/03/14 10:01 PM

Nice story! Congrats on the hunt!
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/03/14 10:09 PM

Friday after Christmas (or was it Thursday?) I went behind the house with my dad who was visiting from NY. I put him on a trail where I had seen two bucks coming out on Christmas Eve. I went deeper into the woods to a place I never go just to see what the action was like. 20 minutes before legal hours end, three big does come in. I drew back and let the lead doe have it at about 25 yards. Both lungs. I watched her run, stop, drop, and roll. I like it when I don't have to track them. Went to fetch my dad who was starting to come out of his tree. The two bucks I could see were about 20 yards out past him. Darn buggers have gone nocturnal. Went back and butchered out the doe and darned if the two bucks didn't come over and stand 15 yards from us and watch the whole thing. Couldn't get 'em to leave. Kinda creepy. Went out one last time for the bucks tonight. Saw squirrels, a fox, a raccoon, a lady, and her dog, but no deer...until I was walking back home and saw the two bucks starting to come out of their hidey hole. Guess there's always next year grin I can still go out for antlerless until the end of March wink
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/03/14 10:09 PM

I guess that's 24 and counting....
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/03/14 10:11 PM

My oldest had his tonsils out the day after Christmas. My younger son has asked me to take him out to the stand while his brother recovers. Too small/young to shoot a deer, but I'm glad he likes heading out into the woods. Took him out three times so far. I think he's getting disillusioned that he hasn't seen any deer yet. Hope to keep his interest levels up smile
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/04/14 10:35 PM

DT-
Time in the woods with a young son are priceless. I'd not promise deer. I'd be showing him how to discover where they've been and where they might go. Worked for my kid. She learned to "see" game trails where others saw nothing ...and that led to her first deer. smile

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/05/14 04:46 PM

Good stuff, DT. Nothing like the enthusiasm shown from a young fella.

I get out when possible with young Rocky, though it's been far too hot lately.
Posted by: RPN

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/05/14 07:52 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
DT-
Time in the woods with a young son are priceless. I'd not promise deer. I'd be showing him how to discover where they've been and where they might go. Worked for my kid. She learned to "see" game trails where others saw nothing ...and that led to her first deer. smile

-carl


Here's my crew out today examining deer tracks and droppings. We were snowshoeing...my 3 yr old, 8 yr old and my better half. Much better half! grin



Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/05/14 09:21 PM

Originally Posted By: RPN
Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
DT-
Time in the woods with a young son are priceless. I'd not promise deer. I'd be showing him how to discover where they've been and where they might go. Worked for my kid. She learned to "see" game trails where others saw nothing ...and that led to her first deer. smile

-carl


Here's my crew out today examining deer tracks and droppings. We were snowshoeing...my 3 yr old, 8 yr old and my better half. Much better half! grin


RPN-

They wearing camo? Can't see them.

-carl
Posted by: RPN

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/06/14 05:48 AM

Ultra camo apparently! Strange...I had it there..

But, corrected.
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/06/14 09:11 AM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
DT-
Time in the woods with a young son are priceless. I'd not promise deer. I'd be showing him how to discover where they've been and where they might go. Worked for my kid. She learned to "see" game trails where others saw nothing ...and that led to her first deer. smile

-carl


While waiting in the stand, I share with him the lessons I've learned about patience, about how to not spook animals, about which animals make what sounds, about the phenomena that influence deer movement, and sometimes we ar just silly and enjoy some muffled laughter. Hm. Maybe that contributes to the lack of deer grin
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/06/14 09:15 AM

At the end, we always share a thermos full of hot chocolate. He also gets some practice looking for sign and interpreting what it means. His stated goal is to learn everything about hunting he can so he'll know what to do when he's allowed to hunt. My unstated goal is to make sure we have a good time and create some positive happy memories. grin
Posted by: RPN

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/06/14 03:03 PM

You're a good dad DT. smile
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/06/14 07:56 PM

DT, my hat is off to you, my friend. My old man's teaching method was trial by fire, and it has brought me many hard lessons on how I relate to my own kids. NOT that I am knocking him in any way. He taught me how to be self-sufficient and never go hungry, which he was through most of his childhood.

However, I am afraid I have passed on to them much woods knowledge with very little of the fun, something I am not necessarily proud of. Kudos to you for keeping things in perspective. :thumbup:
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/06/14 08:09 PM

Enough of that, here's a couple of 'yotes from last trip, all furred-up from the Polar Vortex smile

Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/06/14 10:17 PM

Originally Posted By: RPN
You're a good dad DT. smile


Agreed.

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/06/14 11:49 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks
Enough of that, here's a couple of 'yotes from last trip, all furred-up from the Polar Vortex smile





That's a great picture.

What caliber are you using?
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/07/14 11:24 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Originally Posted By: RPN
You're a good dad DT. smile


Agreed.

-carl


More of an aspiration than a reality.
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/07/14 11:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks
Enough of that, here's a couple of 'yotes from last trip, all furred-up from the Polar Vortex smile





Nice job! I've seen sign but never a live yote in VA--although I think I may have once caught a fleeting glimpse of one behind the house. Hear them all the time out hunting at night.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/08/14 10:31 AM

Originally Posted By: Trumby


That's a great picture.

What caliber are you using?


These were killed with a .243. I am more familiar with that cartridge than any other, but there are good arguments for .22 or even .20 caliber 'fur' guns here. smile Or even .17 wink

Solid hits with a .243 are pretty friendly, but anywhere on an edge can be ugly.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/11/14 03:31 PM

I used a 250-3000 for a spell. No longer have that gun, but it worked for antelope and coyote ...too small for desert sheep though.

-carl
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/18/14 01:39 AM

243 is a quality round. Have a single shot for the kids--doesn't shoot worth a darn. Would like to pick up a bolt action some day. 25-06 is still one of my all-time favorites. grin
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/18/14 03:02 AM

Originally Posted By: Dogtired
25-06 is still one of my all-time favorites. grin


A gun writer here once wrote that if there ever was a caliber designed for Australia, it would be the 25-06.
I used to own a Roberts 257 in a Robers rifle and that came very close to perfection here.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/18/14 09:07 PM

25-06 is an all-time great, as is it's parent case 30-06.

-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/18/14 10:57 PM

I used a borrowed .25-06 to take my first antelope after the scope on my rifle got knocked off, and it was plenty capable. As Carl said, one of the all-time great cartridges.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/19/14 05:43 PM

They say everyone should own at least one great hunting dog in his lifetime.
This one was mine.
His name was Trumby, about fifteen years old here, I used him from catching scrub bulls and pigs to sitting on Rabbit warrens catching them as they came out after putting a ferret down the warrens.

No one used to believe me, but when out Fox shooting he would sit in the truck with me and hold his breath until I fired the shot, then go find them in the lond grass, where they were hard to find at night.
If he was panting, he would rock the truck and I would yell at him. grin

A pup of his to a blue heeler was named sixteen after Trumby gave a fella sixteen stitches in his hand from trying to steal a rifle out of my truck one night in front of a country pub, he didn't know Trumby was laying on the seat. grin

He wasn't a huge dog, and weighed 100 pounds on the knocker.



This is Trumby, latched onto a big Razorback, on the wheat stubble at night. grin

Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/19/14 08:47 PM

Ian-

Agreed. Mine was an Irish Wolfhound I grew up with- we both started out as pups smile

I could never shake that dog, and he stood between me and a big cat when I was 12. I called him Shag. In winter I used to go out to the dog house to sleep amongst him, a like female, and a Blue Tick hound (my dads hunters). Dad never liked that I was so friendly with Shag, but he didn't stop it. Shag died hanging on to the paw of a bear.

They are few and far between. This is just an image I found:



-carl
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/19/14 10:31 PM

So, sleeping with three dogs BEFORE they wrote "Three Dog Night" smile Sorta makes that MY song, I think ...at least till the originator sets me straight. smile

West wall of our cabin was where my brother and I bunked. After the first freeze, chinking between logs got loose(er) and it got cold in that cabin. Doghouse was warmer as dog temps run higher than ours (101F) and I got right toasty in there. Pappy fixed that wall, but I still preferred the doghouse. smile

-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/19/14 11:05 PM

Awesome dogs gentlemen.

Here's my old friend Judy, a walker hound, and the finest hunting dog I've ever followed.



Treed on a bear



And with an old quarry caught several times over the years.

Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/20/14 09:38 PM

I've long had an affinity for the Walker, Colt and Hound equally.

-carl
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/27/14 12:17 AM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
25-06 is an all-time great, as is it's parent case 30-06.

-carl


Yup. I ended up with 2 rifles in the parent round completely by accident...
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/27/14 07:37 PM

Carl,

I used to know an old fella that lived in a shack in a place called Giants Creek.
The locals reckoned that he used to whistle in a dog or two extra on cold nights, he always had those wooley looking Border Collies, I suppose they carried a bit extra warmth. grin
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/27/14 07:39 PM

HK,
I just love those dog pictures.

There's something about hunting with dogs that make it special.
Ian.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/27/14 10:22 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
Carl,

I used to know an old fella that lived in a shack in a place called Giants Creek.
The locals reckoned that he used to whistle in a dog or two extra on cold nights, he always had those wooley looking Border Collies, I suppose they carried a bit extra warmth. grin


Smart old fella, huh? smile that is the way to stay warm when there is no other source of heat. Some would say it is better than a wife ...but I daren't go that far.

-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 01/28/14 11:37 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
HK,
I just love those dog pictures.

There's something about hunting with dogs that make it special.
Ian.


Thanks Ian. I love listening to the dogs run. Special indeed.
Dave
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 02/16/14 12:57 AM

Up to 27 deer this year. Having to take a break for a bit next week due to knee surgery. Aiming for 30 before the end of March. Need at least one more to make a batch of Italian sausage.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 02/16/14 09:51 PM

Originally Posted By: Dogtired
Up to 27 deer this year. Having to take a break for a bit next week due to knee surgery. Aiming for 30 before the end of March. Need at least one more to make a batch of Italian sausage.


No wonder you are "dogtired". smile

Good luck on that knee. Shattered my patella a while back and they built a cage around the pieces they salvaged to hold the whole mess together. Still walking.......... but the ballet suffered a mite. smile

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 08/20/14 12:35 AM

I've posted the first pic, but just found the other two taken of a pig out the back of my bottom paddock. Taken about eight or nine years ago.
The knife is a Natural Outlaw.





Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 08/20/14 10:46 AM

Love the pics Ian.

Do you still get out and enjoy hunting hogs these days.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 08/20/14 01:52 PM

Originally Posted By: Joshua R.
Love the pics Ian.

Do you still get out and enjoy hunting hogs these days.


If he is anything like me, all good hunts still come, but they come at night. Then I wake, blade drawn, wife yelling from a distance ...and the hunt is over. smile

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 08/20/14 04:55 PM

Originally Posted By: Joshua R.
Love the pics Ian.

Do you still get out and enjoy hunting hogs these days.


I do in spirit, Josh.
I have two shot knees that I'm looking into getting fixed, last checkup I was told that they may be fixed by keyhole surgery.

That doesn't keep me home though, just changes my tactics, I drive my truck out into the bush and wander off for a while, until it gets a bit painful. grin
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 08/20/14 05:06 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Originally Posted By: Joshua R.
Love the pics Ian.

Do you still get out and enjoy hunting hogs these days.


If he is anything like me, all good hunts still come, but they come at night. Then I wake, blade drawn, wife yelling from a distance ...and the hunt is over. smile

-carl


LMAO. That about sums me up as well. grin

Actually, I went hunting the other night, wife yelling at me to get out of bed and go investigate.

I couldn't just look out the window, I had to go out in the bloody rain and down into the bottom paddock only to find the dog had someones steer that had wandered in, luckily, it remembered where it got in and took off with the dog after it.

I got back muttering and cussing, then got told. "I don't know what you're whinging about, the dog found it and done all the work". grin
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 08/20/14 06:47 PM

Sounds familiar enough...

Sometimes something awakens me and I go out for a looksee ...then I gotta get back into the house without getting shot. I'm a lighter sleeper than Rose.

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 08/20/14 07:38 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Sounds familiar enough...

Sometimes something awakens me and I go out for a looksee ...then I gotta get back into the house without getting shot. I'm a lighter sleeper than Rose.

-carl


LOL. No risk of that here, I've got all of my guns locked in a safe. grin
And she who must be obeyed doesn't own one. laugh
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 08/20/14 08:02 PM

Here's an anti pigging report that was compiled by the ABC a while back.
Naturally they try to show the dark side more than the people that hunt humanly.



North West NSW pig catching, notice Kelpie's are often used for finders and balers until the heavy artillery moves in for the catching. grin

Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 08/20/14 09:07 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Sounds familiar enough...


LOL. No risk of that here, I've got all of my guns locked in a safe. grin
And she who must be obeyed doesn't own one. laugh
Originally Posted By: Trumby
[quote=Carl Theile]Sounds familiar enough...

Sometimes something awakens me and I go out for a looksee ...then I gotta get back into the house without getting shot. I'm a lighter sleeper than Rose.

-carl


LOL. No risk of that here, I've got all of my guns locked in a safe. grin
And she who must be obeyed doesn't own one. laugh


I was dumb and got her one of her own ...that one is never far from her and not locked up. Clearly you are wiser than I am smile

-carl
Posted by: PatrickKnight2

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/01/14 05:50 PM

I am hoping to take a trip back home to Texas in the next couple of months, and if I do a spot and stalk bow hunt for feral pigs will be in order. After having hunted pigs in this fashion all other forms of hunting have lost there appeal to me. I will never hunt from a blind or stand again nor will I ever use a gun again.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/01/14 06:43 PM

Never hunted from a blind myself, but it could happen if I get stove-up so much I can't hunt rough country. So far so good...

Stalking game with a bow is my idea of hunting. Doing it with a rifle is my idea of killing. The former is done more for sport, and the latter more for food.

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/01/14 08:18 PM

I also have never hunted from a blind, in fact I don't think its something that happens here in OZ.

Many times though I've perched myself on a game trail and let dogs drive them up to me, its a great thrill listening to the dogs baying and coming closer.

The worst part is collecting all of the dogs at the end of the day. grin
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/03/14 12:32 AM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
The worst part is collecting all of the dogs at the end of the day. grin



You got that right. My boy says, Dad I don't know why you work so hard to get those dogs back, you're just going to turn them loose again. smile


Had a lot of fun over the long weekend. Not much results, but a good time nonetheless.


Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/03/14 09:16 PM

Hounds do have a way of pushing the day out as far as they can. Guess I would too if I was locked-up among all of those intriguing scents. I'd run clear out of the country.

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/05/14 03:00 AM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Hounds do have a way of pushing the day out as far as they can.

-carl


LOL. My mate always reckoned that it payed to put the gun away before looking for the dogs at the end of the day.

I've seen us going back 3 days later to collect the tail end Charley's
Sore footed and poor as a crow. laugh
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/05/14 04:07 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Hounds do have a way of pushing the day out as far as they can.

-carl


LOL. My mate always reckoned that it payed to put the gun away before looking for the dogs at the end of the day.

I've seen us going back 3 days later to collect the tail end Charley's
Sore footed and poor as a crow. laugh



Ian,

Showed this to my girl. She asked me what the heck you were talking about. LOL I just told her it was an Aussie thing.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/05/14 05:58 PM

LOL. Josh, You can tell her that "poor as a crow" is Aussie bush slang for run ragged and lost a lot of weight. grin

Usually used for horses that have been turned out over a dry winter and battled to get a decent feed, loosing a lot of weight until the rains come and feed becomes plentiful and lush. laugh
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/06/14 10:49 AM

I will let her know. LOL I have looked like that after a few of my outings.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/06/14 04:17 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
LOL. Josh, You can tell her that "poor as a crow" is Aussie bush slang for run ragged and lost a lot of weight. grin

Usually used for horses that have been turned out over a dry winter and battled to get a decent feed, loosing a lot of weight until the rains come and feed becomes plentiful and lush. laugh


Our term is "rode hard and put away wet".
-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/06/14 08:11 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
[quote=Trumby]
Our term is "rode hard and put away wet".
-carl


Been there, done that. More than a few times. grin
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/06/14 09:22 PM

Sadly, me too- only to awake before dawn to do it over again. But, tell the truth, we loved it. Didn't we? smile

-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/07/14 04:35 PM

Those times make for the best memories later smile After all the bumps and bruises are healed up and haired over laugh
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/07/14 06:07 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks
Those times make for the best memories later smile After all the bumps and bruises are healed up and haired over laugh


Yeah, I guess so. grin
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/07/14 08:36 PM

Some of those times were very tough. I don't know about others, but I carry a passel of scars and long-term injuries from those times. That said, I'd do it over without much change. I knew I was alive.

How about you?

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/07/14 09:41 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Some of those times were very tough. I don't know about others, but I carry a passel of scars and long-term injuries from those times. That said, I'd do it over without much change. I knew I was alive.

How about you?

-carl


I think my most memorable story/experience was waking up on the ground where I'd fell asleep from exhaustion to find my horse leaning up against a tree with his head hung, bottom lip hanging and blood all over the ground. I had jumped him over a creek in the dark and he had landed on a stake that had driven up through a multiple cord girth strap. He started getting sluggish through the night and I'd thought he was just done in.
I checked his gums with a match and even in the dark I knew they were white and he'd almost bled out.

I removed my shirt and packed it over the wound and re-done the girth strap to hold it in place.

I then tracked through the bush the rest of the night on foot to get back to where I could get a lift home and get my truck and horse trailer, never really thinking I would get back to him and find him alive.

He wasn't just a good horse, he was my best mate.

Long story short, it was after mid day before I managed to get back to him, fully expecting him dead, a mate came back with me and between the two of us we coaxed for about four miles to where I had to leave the truck. He managed to stumble onto the trailer where I held him on the way back with my mate driving the truck, my wife had phoned ahead and arranged for a vet to meet us at the cattle station I was managing at the time.

Once home, we cleaned an area and I managed to get him down on the ground, rolled him on his back and propped him up with hay bales where the vet worked on him.
Even the vet said, if he survives this, it'd be a miracle. grin
Well, he did, and after about four years and another major operation that was performed by a veterinary professor at the Camden university, I went on to win an eighty mile endurance ride with him. (heavy weight division)

Also for many years he was my main go to cattle horse. I eventually retired him by giving him to a disabled boy, more for a pet than to ride him.
He's long dead now from old age. RIP Toby.


Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/07/14 10:12 PM

Ian-

I always loved that story. It brings to light the kinship that exists between a man and the horse he has bet his life on. It is a two-way street and you did right by him. RIP Toby.

There are several times I came to the realization that without my horse I was a dead man walkin'. The last time I was at the spring above stripped butte in Death Valley and decided to go over the Panamints, I had just filled three 1-quart canteens then dropped into Goler Wash headed for Panamint valley. At the 15 mile mark (an estimate) I realized I was still 20 miles to the nearest water at Surprise canyon ...a hard trip when the temps are 105F+... Good thing the horse did not come up lame on those rocks in the wash....

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/08/14 10:47 PM

Yep, you do depend on them, especially in remote country.

In my case, I even held lengthy one sided conversations with them. grin
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/09/14 03:46 PM

Well at least they weren't answering your questions.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/09/14 05:03 PM

Originally Posted By: Joshua R.
Well at least they weren't answering your questions.

No arguments either, they just keep on walking along nodding their heads to you. grin

The same with dogs, no matter what you say or do, it's all aces to them. laugh
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/09/14 06:00 PM

I talk to my two dogs more than I talk to most people !!!!! I also think the conversation with them is more intelligent than that with about 90% of people I deal with !!!!!
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/09/14 07:55 PM

Critters are among the most evolved when it comes to conversation...

-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/10/14 01:55 AM

Originally Posted By: Andy the Aussie
I talk to my two dogs more than I talk to most people !!!!! I also think the conversation with them is more intelligent than that with about 90% of people I deal with !!!!!



Lol. That is exactly the way I feel. Man's best friend indeed.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/10/14 07:47 PM

An old song of horses and wild country....

When the Bloom is on the Sage

For most people there's a spot that lives forever,
Deep within their fondest memories.
Tho' I have been a rover I have never
Seen anyplace that I would rather be than---

When it's roundup time in Texas and the bloom is on the sage
How I long to be in Texas just a ridin' on the range
I can smell the bacon frying, hear it sizzlin' in the pan,
Hear the breakfast horn in the early morn drinkin' coffee from a can.

Just a ridin', rockin', ropin', poundin' leather all day long,
Just a seatin', swearin', smokin', listen to a cowboy song.
Though I know I'll never go there, I would work for any wage,
To be again, be free again, where the bloom is on the sage.

When it's roundup time in Texas and the bloom is on the sage,
How I long to be in Texas just a ridin' on the range.
Those purple hills are calling, calling to me from afar,
I'm back again to the Rio Grande and the lonely Texas star.

How I long to be living where the prairie flowers grow,
I'd be willing to start walking to the place that I love so.
It beacons and I reckon I would work for any wage,
To be again, be free again, where the bloom is on the sage.

-carl
Posted by: Dogtired

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/14/14 11:59 PM

So, the preseason hunting ended. Only got six over the summer and gave two of those away. Just got the MRIs back on my knees and spine. Not sure how much hunting I'll be getting to during the regular season unfortunately--5 herniated discs, another meniscus tear, and a damaged long thorasic nerve. Just bought some good boots (5.11 ALTACS Storm) to support the ankles and picked up a 5.11 RUSH 72 pack on the exchange to better carry the meat out (better distribution of weight than the old Swiss canvas ruck). I think knee surgery is in the offing and not sure what else to expect, but seeing a new doc that is into experimental treatmets.

Every year I hunt for meat. This year I'm feeling the pressure a bit more. Lost the woods behind the house after the HOA insurance rates went up when they said "sure, go for it back there." Hopefully I can get the freezer packed in relative short order, help the kids get out and shoot a few, and enjoy some time to rest my joints. grin Not sure I'll do so much sausage production this year--probably no brats or anything stuffed. Will need to spend some time looking for another property to hunt to replace what I lost access to. frown
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/15/14 12:47 AM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
An old song of horses and wild country....

When the Bloom is on the Sage

For most people there's a spot that lives forever,
Deep within their fondest memories.
Tho' I have been a rover I have never
Seen anyplace that I would rather be than---

When it's roundup time in Texas and the bloom is on the sage
How I long to be in Texas just a ridin' on the range
I can smell the bacon frying, hear it sizzlin' in the pan,
Hear the breakfast horn in the early morn drinkin' coffee from a can.

Just a ridin', rockin', ropin', poundin' leather all day long,
Just a seatin', swearin', smokin', listen to a cowboy song.
Though I know I'll never go there, I would work for any wage,
To be again, be free again, where the bloom is on the sage.

When it's roundup time in Texas and the bloom is on the sage,
How I long to be in Texas just a ridin' on the range.
Those purple hills are calling, calling to me from afar,
I'm back again to the Rio Grande and the lonely Texas star.

How I long to be living where the prairie flowers grow,
I'd be willing to start walking to the place that I love so.
It beacons and I reckon I would work for any wage,
To be again, be free again, where the bloom is on the sage.

-carl


Just found that! it's great.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/15/14 12:48 AM

Gees DT, you are having a worse trot than me with my two shot knees. grin

I hope it all comes good for you, mate>
Posted by: elof_alv

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/15/14 06:59 AM

Same here DT. Hope you'll get some 'experimental treatment' that will help with your knees and back.
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/15/14 03:46 PM

Best of luck Dt. Hopefully the kids can make up some of the meat and you can rest.
Posted by: worldwood

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/15/14 04:26 PM

Good luck DT!!
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/16/14 09:14 PM

DT-

Best of luck on your "shop time". Those medic's better fix you up right proper or the rest of us will be hunting and it won't be deer (I wonder how doctor does in a stew).

-carl
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/18/14 01:07 PM

Bow season starts in 9 days. Finally got a chance to get out and shoot. Definitely going to need some more practice before season opens. Should only take another day or two to get the muscle memory back.

Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/18/14 03:44 PM

That looks pretty good to me. grin
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/20/14 09:32 PM

Looks like an octopus making love to a hatrack! Boy those compound bows distract the eye smile

-carl
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/20/14 10:17 PM

But on a positive note, here is a link that should be of interest to all bow-hunters:

400 FPS ??

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/21/14 05:15 PM

I've only ever had one go with a bow, a mate of mine gave me a try of his.
I must say, my first go was far from impressive. grin
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/21/14 10:06 PM

Well, I can't say I impress anyone with my skills, but 4 shots; four bucks (all elk) gets me by. Getting too old for it though. Eyesight ain't what it used to was.

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/21/14 10:54 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Well, I can't say I impress anyone with my skills, but 4 shots; four bucks (all elk) gets me by. Getting too old for it though. Eyesight ain't what it used to was.

-carl


That's bloody good, I reckon.
I've never seen an Elk, but I'd love to one day.
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/22/14 04:00 PM

They are impressive creatures. I will one day do an elk hunt. Something about hiking a few miles after an animal and then hiking the meat back out, just sounds like a great adventure.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/22/14 04:18 PM

You young pups can be amusing. If you consider 25 to 50 miles of pre-hunt (pre-season) walking, much of it quite tilted, glassing the country for elk, finding a herd, then 10 or so miles following them to choose your buck and find out where they feed and bed "a few miles" more power to you. I am getting too old for that. smile ...and we have not yet loosed one shaft.

-carl
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/22/14 04:52 PM

Elk:



-carl
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/22/14 05:19 PM

That sounds like a great weekend get-a-way. LOL I would have to do it at least once.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/22/14 07:26 PM

Weekend? Ha! Last time took me a week. Do you stalk at a full run? smile

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/22/14 08:34 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Weekend? Ha! Last time took me a week. Do you stalk at a full run? smile

-carl


LOL. It takes me a week to think about it. grin
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/22/14 08:36 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Elk:



-carl


They are a magnificent animal. cool
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/22/14 08:58 PM

Yes, they are. Picture a horse with horns. smile

-carl
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/22/14 09:18 PM

Though with an Elk, you get about 250-300 pounds of boned meat- somewhat less than with a horse. smile

-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/23/14 12:32 AM

Deer hunting is fun, elk hunting's work LOL. I love it though. grin
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/23/14 01:02 AM

A nice string of elk in their winter ground, pic taken while cougar hunting



These elk had come out of the hills and were hitting the sugar beets left after harvest in some of the fields about a mile out of town.



Here's a nice bull in my trapping area, also winter ground for big game. This picture was taken at long range, fully zoomed in with a cheapo camera, and then I think I still had to blow it up after it was downloaded, so looks pretty grainy. Doesn't do him justice, but he sure looked good up on the hill that day smile



One of my nicer bulls, taken on a general season, public ground hunt. It was great fun until the work began smile grin

Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/23/14 02:05 AM

WOW, they're great pictures, HK. cool
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/23/14 10:13 AM

Great pics. Makes me want to chase them even more.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/23/14 02:48 PM

HK-

Nice shots. Caught him quartering away from you, I hope. smile

-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/24/14 06:59 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
HK-

Nice shots. Caught him quartering away from you, I hope. smile

-carl


He was quartering away some of the time. I shot him comin' and goin', and kept shooting until he was on the ground. grin
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/24/14 08:23 PM

Yea, I get it. Looked like a lung shot from the blood on the snow. Thought maybe you got him quartering away and dropped him dead with one shot. smile

-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/25/14 12:54 AM

I've tried to play nice with those big bulls in the past. If they ever get their legs gathered up under them they can flat give you problems even with a solid hit. Any more I pound 'em until they're down unless it's very obvious that it's a done deal. Or maybe I need to pack a bigger rifle. Sometimes I think .50 cal isn't overkill for the big ones, lol.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/25/14 09:38 PM

LOL. A bit like our Buffalo, some of those old bulls take a bit of putting down.

I shot s big old loner six times with a 30-06 once before he went down onto his knees.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/26/14 12:28 AM

I can only imagine what your buffalo can take. Luckily our elk don't charge, LOL. grin
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/26/14 12:19 PM

I have watched a few videos of your buffalo taking a round right to the pump and then charging after the shooter. Then running off and taking quite a few hours to finally stop long enough for the finishing shot. Very tough indeed.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/27/14 01:55 AM

Originally Posted By: Joshua R.
I have watched a few videos of your buffalo taking a round right to the pump and then charging after the shooter. Then running off and taking quite a few hours to finally stop long enough for the finishing shot. Very tough indeed.


That's when you kneecap your mate and run like buggery. grin
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/27/14 08:21 PM

My plan exactly Ian... !!! I plan on hunting Africa next year in my Asic runners.... wink
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/27/14 09:42 PM

No doubt, some critters are a lot tougher than ya might think. Guess I've been lucky, though I do get close and really work to place my shots. You can't pound them with a bow. I do take liberties with the 45-70, but to me the stalk is the hunt, so I am able to place shots there too.

My one real risky shot was with a .338/475 at 350 yards, sighted to zero at 300 yards. But he was nice and laid right there for me. smile

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/27/14 10:40 PM

Its also the advantage of hunting from horseback, they treat you like any other livestock, and let you get close.

Also a handy getaway vehicle if it all goes assup. grin
I normally always slipped off the horse, but kept the reins in the crook of my arm, so I had control of my getaway.
A good horse will stand firm, a bad one will run backwards and leave you high and dry.
I've done it both ways. grin
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 09/28/14 10:09 PM

A real good horse would pack the meat AND you out after the kill. smile

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/19/14 11:13 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
A real good horse would pack the meat AND you out after the kill. smile

-carl


LOL. That's a given. grin

We need some more hunting pics, desperately here. I think its Josh's turn now, seeing as he's been planted up in that blind for a couple of weeks. grin
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/20/14 04:16 PM

I wish that were the case. Life keeps getting in the way. I will get some pics up here as soon as I get a chance to hang out in my stand.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/20/14 05:53 PM

Shoot, I thought someone posted something to look at, LOL.

I've got a few to share, but short on time with a man out for surgery at work. Soon, very soon, ha! smile
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/20/14 07:15 PM

Looking forward to them, HK.

I knew Josh has been busy and was just pulling his leg. grin
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 10/20/14 09:23 PM

There is no reason to delay a good hunt, Josh, get on with it..

-carl
Posted by: PatrickKnight2

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/07/14 12:36 PM

This is going to end up making year number three where I don't get to hunt!!!

However I am still finding a way to make time for some hikes if I cant hunt I will somehow find a way to be outside. This new office job of mine is driving me insane!!!
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/08/14 08:25 PM

Office jobs have a way of doing that, especially to folks who love to be outside. You will survive. God help ole Ma nature when you get a break smile

-carl
Posted by: PatrickKnight2

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/09/14 08:43 AM

Oh I make it a priority to get out and do something every weekend. I just miss the days of being a tech where I was out climbing on utility poles everyday but alas with advancement comes sacrifice and I have to do what's best for the family and not always what I want to do sometimes. Wife is happier now I am working Mon-Fri but she claims I still work six days a week because "You are gone at least 15 hours every weekend". However she doesn't get mad at me because she knows I am doing what makes me happy.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/09/14 10:10 AM

Of course, family first. Your wife is a wise lady- for some of us, being outside is life itself. I would die quickly as a caged bird.

-carl
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/10/14 04:25 PM

Well i finally got a chance to get out in the woods. This weekend was one that I have been looking forward to and dreading at the same time. I took my oldest out for his first time ( he is 8 years old). I could not have asked for a better way to introduce him to hunting. Our morning started out around 5:30am. Can you see the excitement. LOL

We headed out to my favorite spot. We got half way there and kicked a giant buck out of the creek. We were only about 15 yards away when it jumped. The buck stopped around 100 yards from us and turned to face us. It was just light enough out for him to be curious. The buck started walking towards us. I felt alright until He started looking very agitated by us being there. The whole time my boy just stared at the monster in front of him. Finally the buck decided that it wanted nothing to do with us and took off. I decided that we would just pick a spot and hunker down in hopes the buck would circle around.
Right before I took this picture a pack of coyotes let loose. The howls and barks were very loud. I guessed they were a mere 400 yards away. I made sure he was close but never let him know that even my stomach sank a little hearing it.

Here is a view of the field and tree line we were over looking.

We came across a few nice scrapes and beds.

We did a little bit of stalking, since he was rather restless after about 30 min of sitting. I didn't think he would make it that long. LOL After about two hours of hunting and walking it started to rain. We decided to head back to the truck to warm up.

He really wanted to try and call the deer one more time with my doe bleat on the way out, so we stopped in the wood line. Now I had been praying that we would at least get to see a deer in the daylight before we left. God answered that pray. We sat down on a stump about 20 yards from were we started the morning. He started to get a little call crazy, just kept flipping the can over and over. LOL Well the rain picked up and I called the hunt. As we got up and started to walk to the truck a doe jumped up 30 yards away. I watch his eyes light up and then heard him yell "why aren't you shooting it" I started laughing and told him I am not that good of a shot with a bow. All I heard on the way home was him asking when we could go back out.
This was by far one of the best outings that I have ever had.


We even got a chance to work on camouflage and cover. I think he will be just fine when he gets older. This was taken with very little coaching from me.

Yes there is a little boy sitting in that picture. LOL
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/10/14 10:38 PM

Great story and pictures, Josh. I bet that young fella is talking more about his hunt than school work, at school this week. grin
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/11/14 02:55 PM

Great stuff Josh !!!! Looks a bit cool there.... I am of course sitting at my desk in a Hawaiian !!!

I bet the boy is still excited..!!
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/11/14 03:40 PM

Yep he is still asking me when we get to go back out. LOL I think I will do a few solo hunts first.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/11/14 04:45 PM

Originally Posted By: Joshua R.
I think I will do a few solo hunts first.


Good idea, if your after one for the table. wink grin
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/12/14 01:56 PM

The freezer is getting mighty low on meat so for a while it will be solo hunts. When the freezer looks good then it will be time to teach.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/12/14 03:09 PM

Originally Posted By: Joshua R.
The freezer is getting mighty low on meat so for a while it will be solo hunts. When the freezer looks good then it will be time to teach.


Agreed. Hunting should be about hunting and teaching about teaching. Attempting both dilutes both and may accomplish neither smile

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/12/14 10:20 PM

How does it work there?

I've noticed bow hunting, black powder hunting and modern rifles. Do you have different seasons? or is it a choice of the hunter. Here some like bow hunting in preference to rifles, but it comes down to preference.

I've wondered about it for a while now.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/12/14 10:26 PM

Ian-
There are seasons, and they differ by state.
In most, bow season predates rifle and there is some overlap.
In some, black powder and bow run together, rifle to follow.
In still others all run concurrent- hunters choice.

Bow hunters tend to prefer their season apart from rifle (incl. black powder) because they tend to spend time on a stalk to get close and would prefer to avoid getting shot (some folks just shoot at movement wink ).

-carl
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/12/14 10:36 PM

For example: Hunting seasons

-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/12/14 10:54 PM

Ian, often there are benefits to the bow seasons and short-range weapons seasons (black powder, shotgun, bow or some handguns here) over the rifle seasons. For example, the bow seasons for elk run during their rutting season (most of September) and it is much easier to call one into range. Rifle season here is later and they have been hunted for about six weeks and are more wary and out of the rut mostly. Benefits to each, but as Carl said different state to state.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/12/14 11:01 PM

Also, you are mostly free to choose which season you prefer to hunt although you may need the proper certifications or permits such as bow hunter certification which is beyond the hunter's education certification.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/13/14 12:00 AM

Finally got to put a few days together and hit the woods for a deer hunt. Drew a good muledeer buck tag a few hours north in the Salmon and Snake River country.







Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/13/14 12:07 AM

Hells Canyon and Seven Devils Wilderness











Beautiful country but stay out of the devil's club!










Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/13/14 12:30 AM



A nice whitetail buck bedded at 736 yards. Dang, my tag's good for muledeer only, no stalk forthcoming on this one. A bit hard to see in this pic, his head is showing above the grass, facing left. Difficult to get a good pic on a cell phone through a spotting scope at such range, sorry!





Here he is standing





A young mulebuck with some does




Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/13/14 12:42 AM

Thanks for the info guys, we have nothing structured like that here at all. No bow seasons, in fact the only seasons here are duck season.

I just love those pics, HK. I imagine the appropriate clothing is needed going by the snow on the ground. grin: Great country too.

btw, what is the devil's club! ?
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/13/14 12:47 AM

Day Four, finally a shooter buck grin



Modded Rodent Trail worked great



Splits ribs just fine





A nice few days out. Good luck all woods and bush goers!
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/13/14 01:03 AM

Hi Ian, I think the term 'devils club' is slang. That's all I've ever heard it called, but I believe it is some kind of thistle that gets dried out and brittle late in the year. It's really not too bad if you're paying attention, but if you inadvertently come into contact with it, then it usually breaks a bunch of those little brittle spikes off in you.

On the snow, you never know about that country for weather, and it's best to go well prepared. Luckily the weatherguy said it would be clear and sunny all weekend. Thanks weatherguy!! grin

Posted by: RPN

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/13/14 07:19 PM

Like the RT Hard Knocks! You take out some of the upsweep?
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/14/14 01:27 AM

Thanks RPN. Yes I did a little grinding on the spine and then thinned out the edge. It shortened up the blade a little bit but i like it. Just a nice little slicer that still feels solid.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/14/14 04:15 PM

Great buck, HK. cool

A good sharp knife certainly makes an easier job of it.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/15/14 02:54 PM

See.... with my luck that buck would have rolled and/or slid right to the bottom, and camp would be on the high side. smile

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/15/14 04:09 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
See.... with my luck that buck would have rolled and/or slid right to the bottom, and camp would be on the high side. smile

-carl


lol. That would be my luck as well.
Again, a good horse would make light work of it. grin
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/15/14 06:45 PM

AMEN to that one, Ian, especially the breed we used to ride- had legs shorter on one side than the other so we could set proper on the steep hills. smile

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/15/14 09:17 PM

lol. Trouble is, you can only go one way. grin
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/16/14 10:35 AM

Yup-

Had to circle the mountain to go 1/4 mile behind us. wink

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/17/14 01:35 AM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Yup-

Had to circle the mountain to go 1/4 mile behind us. wink

-carl


lol. grin

Its a bit like those short fronted mountain horses, their a sweet ride up hill, but coming down you have to button up your shirt collar. When they crap, it stops it getting down the back of your shirt. grin
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/18/14 03:40 PM

LOL ....been a while since I spoke of one of these with someone who could hold his own......

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/18/14 06:32 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
LOL ....been a while since I spoke of one of these with someone who could hold his own......

-carl


lol...grin
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/18/14 08:28 PM

I recon cow-camp pranks and yarns are quickly fading into the past. Maybe it is for the best, 'cause you kinda had to be there to appreciate some of them. smile

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 11/19/14 07:36 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
I recon cow-camp pranks and yarns are quickly fading into the past.

-carl


Yes they are, sadly.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 03/15/15 12:52 AM

Raining here this afternoon, so here is a hunting story (sorry no pics)

Back in the late seventies Australia was going through a period of Brucellosis eradication in cattle.

Cattle had to be tested after each muster as it is an abortive disease, actually we were going through livestock for Tuberculosis Eradication as well.
Being out away from laboratory testing facilities, all cattle in remote areas went through a field test, a nick under the tail to draw blood then a quick field test. This only found the possible reactors and not the positive reactors like were found on the coastal properties that had the laboratory facilities.

What would have been 3 or 4 reactors out of a normal muster of two thousand, usually turned out to be 150- 180 possibles.

The government paid $110.00 for each beast, they were worth much more.
As it was the end of the muster, all branding and marking was finished, the bullocks that were to go to the coast for slaughter were trucked to a holding paddock to await being shipped by roadtrain. The rest of the cattle released.
The stock testers then stood by while I sat on the rail at the yards and shot the possibles with my .303 Jungle carbine. Only then, we signed off the paperwork for the government release of our compensation money.
I might add, I used to hate this job, it was like shooting bottles on a fence. Only as the cattle were smelling blood, you could see the real fear and confusion in them. After that, it was a race to dismantle the portable yards and move on before they started to smell.

Now comes the part that I did like. grin

We were given a box of viles, 144 from memory that had to be used for shooting pigs in the area of the muster.
I used to load up plenty of stores and tobacco grin my swag, then head off for a couple of weeks shooting pigs, in one of the station owned Toyota Landcruiser diesel flat top trucks. I usually used my scope mounted 30.06, a rifle that I prized. it was a Mauser 3000, a beautiful rifle, at the time I also had a Roberts .257 in a Roberts rifle, so I often would take it as well. Dynamite on pigs, but the 06 was the better rifle on scrub cattle or buffs. Besides that, they station supplied .303 or 30.06 free. admittedly it was military ammo, so I used to grind the tips back to allow them to open better.
The job was simple, shoot a pig, bleed it into a vial from a small nick in the neck, estimate its weight in kilos, what sex it was and the general area that it was shot.
As there were pigs everywhere you looked, it didn't take too long to shoot 144 pigs, the rest of the fortnight I'd have a cruisey little holiday swimming in the rivers. laugh Also do a little Barra fishing. And on full pay. laugh
It was a tough job, but someone had to do it. grin
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 03/16/15 10:43 AM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
It was a tough job, but someone had to do it. grin


That is the key to real happiness- find someone to pay you to do something you love, then leave you alone while you do it. smile

-carl
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 03/16/15 05:17 PM

Now that sounds like a fun little paid vacation.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 03/16/15 11:39 PM

Another little hunting story.
I’d been in the shed for the day at the main station mending punctures, about fifteen of the buggers. laugh It was a job I hated. All were 16 inch Landcruiser wheels. Plus oil changing the one I usually drove, that included gearbox, transfer case and both diffs, the gear oil in the diffs used to get so thick from continual river crossings we had to run them on blocks with diesel in them to get all of the gunk out. grin
Anyway, the bore runner turned up to tell me he’d seen a monster bull Buffalo out at A bore, knowing I was a mad shooter and would want to know about it. laugh
Just a few words about bore running.
Set out around the station wherever the distances were too far for cattle to get a drink from the rivers, there was an artesian bore sunk, a large 25 thousand gallon tank and a windmill. Besides that, a small pump house and a small single cylinder diesel pump. The bore runners job was to fill the gravity fed fuel tanks with about five gallons of diesel, gravity bleed it and hand start the motor with a crank handle, also holding the de-compression lever.
Not always that simple though, sometimes we had to change an injector of even an engine, they were sent back to base for a rebuilt the next time we had a delivery of stores. All the bores had names so as to easily identify them. This particular station was 1100 square miles in size, and the bores had names like White Hawk, A bore, as mentioned, police creek and so on.
The bore run was approximately 200 miles in distance, and each day it was alternated for the other run around the same distance. The bore runners job was seven days a week, I used to take up the slack and give him a couple of days off each week, or if he’d been on the booz, which seemed regular, I’d fill in.
I’ve got a few stories about the bore runner; his mane was Barry, so naturally he got the nick name “Barry Borerunner”

Anyhow, back to the Buffalo. He was about 40 miles out from the station, standing back from the cattle on the bore, and was a monster. We often seen big old loners that had been once top bull and eventually chased away from the herd.
I stopped the truck out a hundred yards away from the bore, grabbed some bullets out of the glove box, then keeping the small pump shed between us I quietly crept up to the pump house, that left him about forty yards out. Using my Mauser 30.06. I had a couple of 150gn sporter’s a few 180gn’s that I was too worried to use, as I had reloaded them and was having pressure issues with them, in fact they totally flattening the heads of the cartridges and causing extraction difficulty’s. Plus I had a hand full of military ammo that I’d ground the points off.
I thought I put the first one around the point of his shoulder, Smack, it hit him right where I’d aimed, only one thing wrong, he quivered, shook himself, then looked right at me. grin

I thought $hit,this isn't good, he can turn the pump house into scrap in about two seconds, the truck was about a hundred yards back away from me, so I kept firing. laugh It took about eight shots to finally put him down, it was the military ammo that dropped him in the end, he was about twenty yards off by then. I’m not sure what I wished for the most at the time, a larger caliber rifle or a new pair of under duds. laugh
I’d shot them from a horse before with my .303 Jungle Carbine, but always knew I could gallop away from them, it was a whole different feeling being on foot with nowhere to run. grin

The one I shot that day was much larger/rangier than this fella,battle scars all over him, and his horn spread was wider than the front of the Landcruiser.



A quick story about Barry Borerunner.

He came down very ill, so ill we had him laid out on the back of a Landcruiser tray top while the managers wife contacted the Flying Doctor by radio.
Because he was too ill to go into the house to talk to the Dr. I had to run back and forth from the tuck to the house with his answers to the Dr.
This went on for about a 1/4 hour or more until the Dr. decided to dispatch a plane from Mt Isa, QLD to pick him up. As it was nearly dark, we had to light up the air strip with vehicle lights for the pilot to see his way in.
All the time the big blob was moaning and groaning on the back of the LC and asking me if I would look after his dog if he doesn't make it. grin

Finally they extracted him and flew him to Mt Isa base hospital for treatment. We didn't hear anything for about three days, then the manager received a radio call from the grazing company's base, asking for me to stay on the bore run until they could find a replacement for him.
Les, the manager said, damn, did he die?

The operations manager, who was on the other end of the radio call, said no, but I bloody wish he had. I sacked him. grin

Apparently, as soon as he was settled into a hospital bed and had seen a clear getaway, he bolted out of the hospital and made for the nearest pub. laugh
I ended up having to do his job for a month while they replaced him, then another week to train the new guy, as well as being stuck with his bloody dog. laugh

Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 03/17/15 12:26 PM

Ian-

Thanks for the story.

-carl
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 03/17/15 02:29 PM

I have a kind of old story, but as I write about it I still get chills...
I was invited on a hunt to serve as a guide/tracker.
The hunt was for Elk, but there were a few in the group with bear tags. The hunt was in Nevada, in the Ruby Mountains (Schell Creek area), by permission of the NDOW (Nevada department of wildlife), in their attempt to control habitat depradation being claimed by the local ranchers).
During the hunt I got report that one of the hunters had fallen into a canyon after shooting an Elk, was slightly injured, and very near that (presumed) dead Elk. I had heard two shots and was headed that way anyway.

Arriving on the scene, I see the dead Elk in the rocks just above the hunter, the hunter busted up enough to be immobile, and the unforgettable smell of snake ...the guy had fallen into an area thick with rattlers. I kill 4 before getting to him and 2 more just after reaching him. He remained unbitten, but can't walk. And, shooting snakes in the rocks is just plan a bad idea, but I' had no choice.

Another of the hunters shown up and guts the Elk without a word to us. He is NOT one of the guys with a bear tag, and I suggest he get ready for one to show up for dinner, but he just keeps working, five or six feet from his rifle. I'm thinking I need to be elsewhere fast.

Finally some help arrives and the idiot working the Elk decides to pitch-in. Wary of snake, we get the guy to a better place and tend to his needs. While doing that, Mr. Bear shows up for dinner- a scant 200 yards from us and begins feeding on that gut pile. The hunters notice and one of them decides to take that bear- but shoots poorly wounding the bear, so now we also have that to worry about.

Then an argument ensues: Some want to chase the bear, some want to retrieve the Elk THEN chase the bear, and I just want to get outta there with the injured hunter ...and I cannot do that by myself in rough country. None of them is woodsman enough to merely find the way back to the truck.

The story ends well. Four guys make a stretcher with jackets and poles and carry the fifth to where I tell them- without the Elk and without the bear. The bear died 1000 yards down canyon, and was retrieved. intact- as was the Elk. The hunter broke a leg but enjoyed Elk while it healed. It could have ended with a snake-bit, bear mauled, lost group of "hunters".

I have since retired my Guide license. smile

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 03/17/15 04:44 PM

Yeah, you can't pick your friends when their paying you. grin
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 03/18/15 12:48 AM

Thanks for the stories gentlemen. I always enjoy reading them.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 03/18/15 02:13 AM

LOL. I prattled on a bit about a bore runners job, I know that very few Aussies would have ever heard of a bore runner, but am not sure about the USA. grin

I tried to include a day in the life of a station worker there. There were many other jobs that entailed cattle work mostly. Also it was my job to supply meat to the main station and camps.
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 03/18/15 11:32 AM

Love to hear your stories. Keep them coming.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 03/18/15 02:53 PM

On the big ranches here (back in my day) the work was similar: water, fence, predators and such. Days began before first light and ended when they ended. Meals were whatever we could get. We all had a string of horses and a bit of extra tack (shoes, nails, leather for patching, salve, etc.).

Good times, lots of solitude.

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 03/18/15 06:54 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile

Good times, lots of solitude.

-carl


Yeah, there was plenty of solitude on station work, we rarely ever worked with an offsider, most was loner work. In the cattle camps there was always five or six of us including the cook and the head stockman. But the rest, mostly would be one man. Checking fences or boundary riding was usually out for a week or more.
We had a rule, if injured, light a fire at night so as a helicopter could find you, problem was, they didn't start to look for days after you were due back. grin

I was usually a permanent on the stations, the ringers in the camps pulled out before the wet season for three or four months. In the wet, I would take holidays, relieve the manager and his wife for holidays.
We still had to kill for the station, though less as the camps were closed down.
The bore run shut down as there was water everywhere. grin
Mail and stores couldn't get through for a couple of months. No Flying doctor, as the airstrip was either flooded or a mud hole, so you had to make sure you didn't hurt yourself. laugh In the event of a very serious injury, a helicopter could be dispatched.

No phones, no electricity, no television, I used to have a battery run cassette player, but that was it for entertainment. Plenty of hunting though. laugh
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 03/21/15 01:06 AM

[quote=Trumby
No phones, no electricity, no television, I used to have a battery run cassette player, but that was it for entertainment. Plenty of hunting though. laugh [/quote]

I rigged a car generator to a water wheel and through a voltage regulator to a car battery. That ran a radio, but I only got one station: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir smile Got so's I enjoyed that a bit, but killed the radio to hear the wind or the coyote babble.

Agreed, lots of hunting. Turned Indian a bit and started making my own bows and arrows. Hunting that way became a passion (and saved ammo smile ).

Had to ride out once to see a DENTIST, but no injuries of any significance. You are right, though, you get cautious when far out and alone. Best place to find a helping hand was at the end of your arm.....

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 03/28/15 06:54 PM

Here's a pic of a typical modern day pro Roo shooter on his way to sell bodies to the freezer.

Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 03/30/15 11:17 AM

There would be a parade of PETA members following him if he were in the states. LOL
I prefer my version of PETA = People Eating Tasty Animals.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 03/30/15 03:36 PM

If so, it would seem to be valid to assume all of these PETA followers are Vegan, no?

I detest folks that buy store meat and are critical of those who harvest their own....

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 03/30/15 05:21 PM

After a google search, I found we have PETA here as well. grin They must stay in the cities, as life in the country is business as usual. laugh
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 03/30/15 06:18 PM

Likely. As one of our local politicians said: "I can get 10,000 supporters for above-ground sewer lines in less than a month" ...that was for the city of San Francisco.

State any cause, and folks will flock to it just to join something. wink

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/12/15 03:29 AM

A nice 100 kilo boar I found on my computer, shot with a 30-06

Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/12/15 10:27 AM

Nice boar. Bacon factory.

-carl
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/12/15 11:59 AM

Very nice.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/12/15 01:50 PM

Nice looking pig.
Posted by: Wheat

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/13/15 07:10 PM

Where do you want to hit pigs? I know they have a nice cartilage block behind the shoulder. We don't really have much for wild Pigs in Minnesota, But I'd love to hunt some pigs some day.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/13/15 11:08 PM

I usually go for behind the ear, if they are running, just in behind the shoulder.
Posted by: MonkeyBomb

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/13/15 11:51 PM

I usually go for right behind the shoulder. I haven't had an issue downing pigs with a 270 or a 45/70. My Hunting partner uses a low power 7 mag and a 30/30.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/14/15 12:19 AM

Not much for pigs out my way either. I hear Texas has some real problems with them in parts of the state.
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/14/15 10:55 AM

There have been some reports of pigs in Michigan. From what I have heard they are moving down the state towards us. If that happens I will be ready.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/14/15 06:50 PM

Originally Posted By: Joshua R.
There have been some reports of pigs in Michigan. From what I have heard they are moving down the state towards us. If that happens I will be ready.


Its great fun boar bustin', but the farmers ain't going to be welcoming them. grin
I remember many times driving around the paddocks checking fences and cultivation only to see vast areas rooted up like someone had been playing in them with a disc plow. laugh
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/14/15 07:59 PM

I can remember one night out near St George, Queensland. We were out spotlighting pigs for the land owner, there were three of us, we shot so many that there was no ammo left and none of us could lift their trigger arm up for days, we were so sore.

And still didn't make a dint in the pig population. laugh We were shooting off the back of my Landcruiser table top and swapping drivers we even had pigs running into the wheels of the LC, as they were running out of the long wiry grass. It was like being in a Rabbit plague, only pigs.

I was using my .303 Jungle Carbine, a mate had a .270 and the other one a Ruger .44magnum semi auto.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/14/15 10:54 PM

Ha ha ha! That would be awesome.

I've salmon fished until my arms hung down to my sides, but never shot pigs until they did. grin
Posted by: elof_alv

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/15/15 02:50 AM

Been told very similar story about shooting water buffalo up in NT. 2 guys in a Hilux driving into the heard and shooting all around them and no chance to miss...
Even seen the CB radio antenna that caught a blast from a shotgun
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/18/15 11:54 AM

This season's catch before they head to market.

Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/18/15 12:44 PM

Nice haul. What is the market for those pelts these days?

-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/18/15 01:55 PM

Bobcats are down. Anywhere from $50 to $300, but you had better have a prime quality cat to approach the top prices. Last year's $300 cat would be this year's $50 cat. And some poor quality cats are not selling at all. Warm winters in China and Russia or some such excuse.

Most of what I do is damage control work, so they get taken even in a poor market. It's good for me (and the kids' college fund) that chicken- and sheep-killers sell just fine smile

Coyotes are selling good, however, at about $50 average. I received the best price I ever got for one at $160 this year. That tied for the top price paid for any coyote in that sale of nearly 50,000 coyotes, and made me feel pretty good about my prep work.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/18/15 02:18 PM

They look well prepared, hard to really tell from picture, though. Congrats on that big sale, though.

Me Pappy used to make his living that way ....back in the late 40's and early 50's. I was his GoFer ... smile

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/18/15 05:03 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks
This season's catch before they head to market.



They look to well prepared, be interesting to me as well on what they bring.

Since all the do gooder animal activists have been shooting their mouths over furs being used for clothing, our skin market has been shot to pieces as far as price.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/18/15 05:45 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Me Pappy used to make his living that way ....back in the late 40's and early 50's. I was his GoFer ... smile

-carl


Lol, I'm still my Pop's GoFer much of the time, usually when he's stuck. smile He called me Christmas Day stuck far down south in the Owyhee's, just north of the Nevada line, truck buried up to the frame. He's 77 this year, quite the old guy. Hunting stories for as long as you can listen, even remembers one I still haven't heard when something just right reminds him of it grin


Originally Posted By: Trumby
They look to well prepared, be interesting to me as well on what they bring.

Since all the do gooder animal activists have been shooting their mouths over furs being used for clothing, our skin market has been shot to pieces as far as price.


It's the same here Ian. These are all on their way to Canada, and then off to the Asian and Russian markets. It will be a bit before these sell, and the market is so volatile you just never know until the check comes in.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/18/15 06:52 PM

Good that he has someone to call in emergencies. My kid has RESCUE stories as long as your arm ...and they are about ME! smile

-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/19/15 02:52 AM

My old man's little excursion. Merry Christmas! smile grin

Mud hole one day, drop in temp and welded to the ground the next. A 7-hour trip from my house to where his truck was, ha.









The trip wasn't a total bust, here he is with the biggest dog coyote I've personally ever seen.





Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/19/15 10:51 AM

The trips that go without event are soon forgotten. The trips that contain major SNAFU's are never forgotten. smile

Out in my 1984 CJ-7, Death Valley CA, climbing the waterfalls out of the valley Eastbound



and lost my clutch linkage. Had to get to Beatty NV that way.

The picture is borrowed, but shows the terrain.

Out in the Rock Creek drainage between Long Barn, Ca and Groveland, Ca. Ignition switch failed (key would not operate ignition). Hotwire would get it started till it warmed, then computer would shut it down. Spent hours outsmarting computer to get it to keep running and finally drove out. Lotsa fun!

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/19/15 04:04 PM

Yep, that's bogged alright. grin
I reckon the cold weather would make that 10 times worse.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/19/15 04:28 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
Yep, that's bogged alright. grin
I reckon the cold weather would make that 10 times worse.


Yeah the tires he was running are okay snow tires, very poor mud tires. That country usually freezes up solid November-January but had an uncharacteristic warm spell that put him with the wrong equipment. Dad never did let any carbon get built up in his rigs grin and before he realized he was in trouble the bottom fell out. A million acres left or right of the road bed that were solid grin grin and he could have driven right around.

Carl, that is some rough going right there. And pretty lonely around Beatty....
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/19/15 04:32 PM

Gotta love getting stuck a ways from home. Been there a few times. My mind said I could make it but the truck decided to give up. LOL
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/19/15 04:48 PM

I've been bogged to the belly for 11 days on a cattle station, fortunately it wasn't cold, but the daytime heat and mozzies weren't all that fun either. grin
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/19/15 06:19 PM

Most times I don't mind getting stuck, but I've never been immobilized for 10 days (knock on wood). The Jeep has a winch and I've buried the spare tire crosswise for a winch-point more than a few times to self-rescue. The high-lift jack, a shovel and the winch are mostly all I need.

That said, my daughter has come to my rescue more than once with her Jeep ...and the usual "what were you thinking" smile

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/19/15 07:11 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
"what were you thinking" smile

-carl


lol. I was cussing more than thinking. I had stores on the truck (everyone carried a food box, I still have mine in the shed)and a 44 gal drum of water as well.

I had no winch, none of the station vehicles did. Most of the time, it was dry, except in the wet season. laugh

Talking to your self becomes more apparent after a couple of days. grin
Very rarely we had company on the stations unless it was a definite two man job, repairing a bore.There were the exceptions. The cattle work in the camps always had about six including the cook.
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/20/15 09:23 AM

If you have not been asked " What the heck were you thinking" at least once in your life you aren't leaving.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/20/15 10:53 AM

Originally Posted By: Joshua R.
If you have not been asked " What the heck were you thinking" at least once in your life you aren't leaving.


......or living? blush

-carl
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/20/15 03:33 PM

LOL not enough coffee in the system.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/20/15 03:39 PM

Well I wasn't leaving, that;s for sure. grin

I was out putting a bit of fence back up and got caught there. Some early rain, and wild horses had knocked a section down.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/20/15 05:32 PM

Well, it coulda been worse...

I ran across a couple of fellas afoot in the desert, a good 30 miles from anywhere.
They had been in a slot canyon camping, their truck parked at the entrance to the slot.
Flash flood washed the truck away, along with all their tucker. They spent a day searching
and then got hungry.....
There is stuck, and then there is stranded....

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/01/15 10:00 PM

We never left without a food box, everyone had one. I still have mine.
But I guess leaving your truck in a causeway is looking for trouble, or shows a lack of common sense. laugh
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/22/15 12:23 AM

Got to spend a few days in the hills again this week, chasing critters, catching fish and enjoying life in general smile




The trout were biting....




And the bear were out....





Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/22/15 12:24 AM

A little bitty squirt.....






And a better red bear...




Who says there's no more big timber, lol?!

Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/22/15 12:26 AM

Sorry that some of these are so rough. I messed up and let the camera battery go dead so these are from the cell.


The red bear picked a cool tree to get in. It's one you only come upon now and again. I took some close ups of just the bark, and then the den in the upper part of the tree. This tree had been climbed many many times over the years, and you can see the scars in the bark from all the goings up and down.






A big sucker limb where it looks like maybe the top split out and left a big denning area high up. What I could see of the inside looked very black, where maybe it was fire-scarred in earlier life??? Anyway, some act of nature produced one of the really rare trees that every bear living close knows and uses at times. I feel very privileged to have seen it.



Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/22/15 01:56 AM

WOW!
There great pictures, HK. I'm glad you had a good time.
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/22/15 11:20 AM

Great pics. Would love to see something like that in person.
Posted by: Tristine

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/22/15 12:56 PM

HK, cool pics. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/22/15 07:44 PM

Originally Posted By: Joshua R.
Great pics. Would love to see something like that in person.


Man it's so much better than what I captured on camera.
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/23/15 09:34 AM

I bet. I need to get back out into nature soon. Your pics help with the long days.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/23/15 11:07 AM

Great shots, HK, never mind the camera. Takes me back a bit...

-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/23/15 07:22 PM

Glad to do it fellas. That's the way I feel when I see Andy's pics, Josh. smile
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/24/15 09:21 AM

Agreed. You guys seem to get a little more play time than I do these days.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/24/15 11:11 AM

Yeah, Josh- in your job "nose to the grindstone" carries a bit of reality does it not? smile

Here is a wish for you that there is a bit more time to play in your near future.

-carl
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/24/15 12:58 PM

Thanks Carl and my nose has hit the grind stone a few times. LOL
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/24/15 05:52 PM

They are some great pics mate !!! They really are !!!!!! Looks like a great time out in nature !!!!!
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/24/15 07:00 PM

Hunting with those dogs would make it special, its like music to the ears to listen to hounds on the hunt.

We used to have a couple around here that would get after the Wallabies out the back of my place, I'd often sit out on the veranda with a cuppa and listen to them.

Sadly, I haven't heard them around for a good while.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/24/15 07:38 PM

Thanks Andy, glad to return the favor my friend smile

I don't know what's wrong with my dogs, Ian, they've never caught me a wallaby grin
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/24/15 08:19 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks

I don't know what's wrong with my dogs, Ian, they've never caught me a wallaby grin


Its the same here, when I used to go hunting with my mate it was only Wallabies, Wallaroo's and Paddy Melons, the buggers never once treed a bear. grin

I used to have a pair of Whippets and they were fun as well, we'd spotlight a Hare and let them go, then follow the chase with the spotlight, it would sometimes take them half an hour to get onto it. Rabbits were no fun as the dogs could swoop onto them in seconds. laugh
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/24/15 10:26 PM

First, you've given me some critters to look up grin

Second, did you ever use the whippets for all the fox you have there?
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/24/15 10:38 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
Its the same here, when I used to go hunting with my mate it was only Wallabies, Wallaroo's and Paddy Melons......... grin


Wait, so these are litte kangaroos, slightly bigger kangaroos, and very small kangaroos?

I had wallabies and wombats mixed up LMBO crazy No wonder those dogs were chasing them for hours.

[insert uneducated yankee joke here] grin
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/25/15 02:55 AM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks
First, you've given me some critters to look up grin

Second, did you ever use the whippets for all the fox you have there?


No, but I did have a dog with me for finding them in the long wiry grass, even leaving the spotlight centered where the fox was shot it sometimes took quite a while to find them. The dog was able to get straight onto them.

Training the dog to hold his breath while you took the shot was a challenge though. grin
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/25/15 03:01 AM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks

Wait, so these are litte kangaroos, slightly bigger kangaroos, and very small kangaroos?

[insert uneducated yankee joke here] grin


LOL. Yes, that's pretty much how it is, unless a few Eastern Greys were in the mix. They are bigger again. grin

Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/25/15 05:41 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
Training the dog to hold his breath while you took the shot was a challenge though. grin


Ha ha, I can only imagine. We do the same thing with the light, hold that baby on the spot, and don't move it!! Nothing like looking for a down critter half the night when you could be on the road after another one grin
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/25/15 07:19 PM

I had a light mounted on the roof of my truck with a control handle in the cab, great on cold winter nights, and wouldn't move unless you turned it.

Like this one.




Roo shooting gone wrong. grin





Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/26/15 12:27 AM

Well I can see sharing a beer or cigarette with them, but for heaven's sake, don't let them man the guns!

Got any pictures of those paddy melons?
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/26/15 06:14 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks


Got any pictures of those paddy melons?


That's one, a bit like a miniature Wallaby.

Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/27/15 06:57 PM

Other end of the scale ...



http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/roger-the-ripped-kangaroo-crushes-buckets-for-kicks
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/27/15 09:11 PM

Can't tell if that's Mum or Pap.... smile
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/27/15 11:17 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Can't tell if that's Mum or Pap.... smile


He's a buck! The Does are blue in color.

Imagine going three rounds with that big bugger, be like taking on Mike Tyson, only I think Tyson would leave a healthier looking corpse. grin

LOL. Roger the kangaroo likes to play the tough guy. And at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, he's believable.

Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/28/15 10:15 AM

Thanks, Ian-

I'd hate to go toe to toe with that one. I've never seen a red with an upper body like that ...thought his workout might include photoshop or somesuch...

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/28/15 06:05 PM

There's some big buggers out there, that buck would have some age about him, and kept well looked after by the look of him. Also the residue of hand feeding is all around him.

Some of the most powerful and mean suckers are the Black Wallaroo's, I've seen one pick up a large dog and throw it against a tree.
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/28/15 06:33 PM

Yeah he was raised from a joey, so he is better fed than his wild cousins, I too though PS till I saw the rest of the pics of him !! I have seen some bloody big Reds in the wild as well !
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/29/15 12:52 AM




Holy cow, so much for cute and cuddly!!! That sucker is looking at me like I owe him money...... eek
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/29/15 04:28 PM

Almost too hot to run anything right now. Did manage to tree this one over the weekend.





Pretty nice bear. He was probably pushing the 200# mark. Got this young bull to stand still long enough to photograph.



Lots of bear sign



And the huckleberries are coming ripe. Still a lot of green ones though.



Well deserved naps after a hot day of running







Few more trout for the pan



Dang, someone needs to clean that stove! laugh
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/29/15 09:37 PM

Color me hungry for trout... I may just go fishin'

-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/30/15 01:51 AM

They've been good. Nothing big but about right for the pan.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/30/15 02:53 AM

Now that's what I call a great weekend.
Thanks for the pics, HK.
Posted by: RPN

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/30/15 06:29 AM

Boy..nature/evolution ran wild in Australia. Those animals are just amazing!

BTW- my nephew is in the marines and landed in Bunbury a few days ago. He's loving Australia...his 1st message to his mother was "Love it here and I'll be moving back after the service."

Great looking fish HK. I've had a terrible year fishing so far! I'll get out over the long weekend hopefully and do better.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/30/15 10:20 AM

Hope it picks up for you on the fishing RPN. These have been hungry! Mostly rainbows which you expect to take a fly of course, but even caught some brookies on a fly this year. What type of fish in your neck of the woods?
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/30/15 04:56 PM

Man I really need to get out on the water.
Posted by: RPN

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/30/15 05:17 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks
Hope it picks up for you on the fishing RPN. These have been hungry! Mostly rainbows which you expect to take a fly of course, but even caught some brookies on a fly this year. What type of fish in your neck of the woods?


Apparently none! lol!

I'm in CT and there's a trout stocking program...plus we go for smallmouth/largemouth bass, crappie...my 5 year old is still happy with sunfish though of course! Just been slow...the waters were cool at opening day so we took a beating the 1st couple weeks. Gotta get out and log in the time!
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 06/30/15 07:31 PM

There's good fishing around here, but I just don't seem to get around to going. frown

Several years ago they banned pro fishing (netting) in the lake, so now they've had time to really build up.
I like crabbing as well, a big feed of those fellas on fresh bread with salt and vinegar, yum. Especially if the bread is still warm from the oven. grin

RPN,
There are many thousands of American service men and women here now, they are training in the remote parts of the country with our fellas. Mostly up in the Territory.

We had a big aircraft carrier in Sydney last week, I think. Maybe the George Washington? I think that was the one. 5000 crew on board.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 07/01/15 12:43 AM

Originally Posted By: RPN
Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks
Hope it picks up for you on the fishing RPN. These have been hungry! Mostly rainbows which you expect to take a fly of course, but even caught some brookies on a fly this year. What type of fish in your neck of the woods?


Apparently none! lol!


Ha ha! I've sure felt that way before plenty of times. Here's to hoping the streak breaks soon!
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 07/09/15 01:20 AM

Got to buzz through the hills a little last weekend and snapped a few pictures. The view from the top:



My normal route across the canyon. I decided to take the cooler side of the hill for this trip.



Nasty little section of trail. That country's as steep as a cow's face.



But the mulberries were ripe in the bottom



Probably why there was more bear sign






And there were even a couple hungry channelcat to be caught while casting a spinner for smallmouth.



Looking across into Oregon. Those boys got 'em a nice road on their side, ha!



Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 07/09/15 09:22 AM

Great pics.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 07/09/15 05:13 PM

Great pictures, HK.

I'm betting you managed to get a belly full of those fat mulberries before you left, and a can full for some pies. grin

btw, what make of 4X4 is that your driving.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 07/10/15 01:39 AM

Yep the mulberry tree was a little lighter when I left, ha! That is an '86 Suzuki Samurai, slowly getting worked over as I have the time/money smile

Headed to the hills for a couple days. You guys and gals have a great weekend.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 07/10/15 06:52 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks
That is an '86 Suzuki Samurai, slowly getting worked over as I have the time/money smile


My first thoughts were Suzuki, a mate had one and its amazing where those little buggers can get off road.
His steering wheel was on the correct side though! wink grin
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 07/11/15 08:39 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
His steering wheel was on the correct side though! wink grin


I want one with steering both port and starboard. That way I can be ready to bail out left or right as needed grin
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 07/11/15 09:45 PM

Sounds like your 4X4 needs a sign for the passenger: IF I SAY JUMP AND YOU SAY WHAT YOU WILL BE TALKING TO YOURSELF.

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 07/12/15 02:51 AM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
IF I SAY JUMP AND YOU SAY WHAT YOU WILL BE TALKING TO YOURSELF.

-carl


LOL. grin

I've had a drive wheel half hanging off a bend on a steep windy track with one of my old Landcruiser tray tops, I probably sat there sweating for ten minutes before I worked up the guts to go on, that was because I had no option as far as going back. grin

I might add, the drop was about fifty meters to the bottom, it also was a time when L/H drive would have felt better as I was on the side of the drop. laugh
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 07/12/15 03:54 AM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Sounds like your 4X4 needs a sign for the passenger: IF I SAY JUMP AND YOU SAY WHAT YOU WILL BE TALKING TO YOURSELF.

-carl


Ha ha ha! That should be on a factory warning label on the passenger dash. I have been eyeing the sticker that reads 'If you can read this, turn me over.' You stick that one on upside down grin
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 07/12/15 10:31 AM

Hunting one night, no moon and lights out, we were driving a ridge unfamiliar to both of us- I was riding shotgun. For no reason I can recall, I said STOP! He did. I got out of the jeep and slid/fell about 30 near-vertical feet. That was one hell of a surprise.

HK- I like it!!

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 07/17/15 05:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Carl Theile
Hunting one night, no moon and lights out, we were driving a ridge unfamiliar to both of us- I was riding shotgun. For no reason I can recall, I said STOP! He did. I got out of the jeep and slid/fell about 30 near-vertical feet. That was one hell of a surprise.
dark
HK- I like it!!

-carl


I had that nearly happen to me one night on a horse, I was letting him find the way home as it had got very dark. All of a sudden the horse stopped, I gave him a nudge with my heels to go forward and he backed up, I had a closer inspection and in front of us was a drop like you encountered, it made me glad that one of us had some brains between us. grin
Most times a horse will be keen to hurry up on the way home, it usually means a dipper of oats, a roll in the grass, and a good nights feeding and rest.
The country I was in was very hilly with steep areas, I had been out there most of the day looking for strays.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 07/18/15 04:36 PM

Sometimes a "sixth sense" will save our butts ...even if the horse owns that sense. smile

-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/12/16 12:46 AM

Hopefully it's okay to bump this thread. It's been awhile, but I really hate to see it slip into the depths of cyberspace smile

Anybody know if I can do a title change? Maybe just make it 'Hunting Pictures and Stories' rather than just 2013?

Anyway, got to spend some time in the hills enjoying the outdoors and chasing turkeys....











Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/12/16 12:47 AM

After setting up and getting busted a couple times, success smile







I was able to get one called in for my daughter, too. We cleaned her bird with my modded RT and the Rat Mastiff.



I chose to lop the legs off with the Mastiff and finished up with the RT. Hers was a really nice gobbler and here's his beard on the Mastiff.



And my tom's beard on a GSO 10.



My wife snapped a pic of me and my girl coming off an unsuccessful stand, so that everyone could see what we look like wink



And the best part smile




Cheers!
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 - 05/12/16 07:51 AM

Congrats on the hunt. Good looking bird. Can't wait to be able to take my kiddos out hunting.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/12/16 06:02 PM

My girl just turned 17. It seems like we always have success in the woods because she is scary quiet. She's got a couple nice muley bucks now and a good tom mountain lion. I think I'm going to have to invest in a 20 gauge if I want her to shoot any more turkeys though, she's giving the 12 gauge (and me) the evil eye grin

Josh, can you drop the '2013' off the end of this thread title?
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/12/16 07:55 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks


Josh, can you drop the '2013' off the end of this thread title?


Done! grin

Those are great pictures, and to be out there enjoying it all with your daughter is a bonus.

What shot size/ loads and distance are you using on those bad boys. grin
I'm thinking 2's ??
Posted by: elof_alv

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/13/16 07:54 AM

Nice turkey HK! Compared to yours our native variety it puny... and protected frown
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/13/16 07:05 PM

Originally Posted By: elof_alv
... and protected frown
.....like snakes....I have yet to see one wearing a bullet proof vest and helmet... wink
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/13/16 07:21 PM




And using the waaaaayback machine to 1995....

Jarvan Rusa in New Caledonia




Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/14/16 09:17 PM

Great shots, and wonder of wonders: I can see all of them!

Thanks fellas
'
-carl
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/15/16 06:05 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks


Josh, can you drop the '2013' off the end of this thread title?


Done! grin


Cool! Anyway you can edit it as it shows up in the survival forum page, too, Ian? Thank you for doing that.

Originally Posted By: Trumby


Those are great pictures, and to be out there enjoying it all with your daughter is a bonus.

What shot size/ loads and distance are you using on those bad boys. grin
I'm thinking 2's ??


It's a bit of a different philosophy with the turkeys vs other heavy birds like geese. You are making head-shots on turkeys and handle the shotgun more like a rifle. I have a really tight predator choke that I leave in the 12 gauge all the time. Combined with 2 oz of copper-plated #5 shot in a 3" magnum shell I've taken them out to 45 yards, and still kept all the shot in the head and neck. You just have to keep from shooting them while they're strutting and fanned out. While effective, it makes for poor picture-taking if you do that laugh If I were using a shotgun with a more open fixed choke, I'd go with something like a #2 shot, though :thumbup:
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/15/16 06:10 PM

Originally Posted By: elof_alv
Nice turkey HK! Compared to yours our native variety it puny... and protected frown


Thanks elof. Do your turkeys look like these? Just smaller? This was a nice bird for here. I think the eastern variety get bigger here in our state, but I was happy with this gobbler. It weighed 18 pounds, that's a bit over 8 kg I think.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/15/16 06:22 PM

I've got a few pictures of an Aussie Turkey, I'll dig em up. There was one hanging around the house here a few years ago and drove my dog Stan to distraction.
It was like a game to the Turkey, he would tempt Stan to chase him then fly up above him and sit in a tree to look at him, then figure out another way to tempt him.

Stan could already taste him, but could never get close enough to really get him. grin
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/15/16 06:35 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks


Cool! Anyway you can edit it as it shows up in the survival forum page, too, Ian? Thank you for doing that.


I've made it a sticky, HK. I can't see Josh having an issue with it.
It deserves to be up the top anyways. grin
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/15/16 06:43 PM

Originally Posted By: Andy the Aussie



And using the waaaaayback machine to 1995....

Jarvan Rusa in New Caledonia






I never get tired of seeing the black fallow bucks, especially that one. Is he your best one Andy?

I had to google the javan rusa. Man those are a neat deer species, too.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/15/16 06:47 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby

I've made it a sticky, HK. I can't see Josh having an issue with it.

It deserves to be up the top anyways. grin


Since I am forced to live vicariously much of the time, I totally agree! grin

Thank you sir!!
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/15/16 06:55 PM

Here's the Turkey pics.

Stan chasing him, the Turkey has jumped up in the tree and is just above him. grin





More of the Turkey being chased around the yard





If you want a big drumstick, these Aussie chickens make you let your belt out. grin



Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/15/16 07:12 PM

That is my best Black Fallow, this year a couple of MONSTERS (mine is just better than average)came out of the same valley.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/15/16 07:31 PM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
Here's the Turkey pics....


Neat looking bird. Different than ours, and yet you can tell it's a turkey nonetheless.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/16/16 11:17 AM

Looks like a turkey to me. We have several hundred along our creek, which I consider my pantry smile

-carl
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/16/16 06:44 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks

Neat looking bird. Different than ours, and yet you can tell it's a turkey nonetheless.


HK,
That Turkey pictured had been tamed somewhat before he arrived here, We do have them wild in the bush here, but they are far more elusive than that fella.

I often hear them calling out in the bush here, but they make you work to find one.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/16/16 09:53 PM

Our true wild ones are pretty wary. The suckers definitely have the best eyes of any wild critter I've encountered.
Posted by: elof_alv

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/17/16 07:09 AM

Those buggers are really skittish, even the ones that rummage in the city parks/streets. Out bush they are like lightning, you'll hear them but seeing them is really just very short peaks.
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/17/16 09:29 AM

I have tried bow hunting ours and let me tell you they are extremely hard to get into range. They are like crows. There is always one watching to warn the others of danger. Trying to draw a bow is darn near impossible.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/17/16 10:18 AM

I've heard Turkeys are among the hardest to hunt with a bow, but I've tagged more than one with a paintball. smile

-carl
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/17/16 10:24 AM

I hunt from the ground with no blind, so yes I will say they are probably the hardest animal that I have ever hunted. I swear they have eyes in the back of there head.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/18/16 10:15 AM

I think the hardest to hunt are doves. Some folks recommend using a shotgun, but I never tried that. wink

-carl
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/22/16 12:37 PM

Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/23/16 09:36 PM

lol, Its got to beat cleaning the buggers anyway.
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/24/16 10:51 AM

On a steep hillside near our home grows a giant oak tree. They climb the hill, then fly to the tree to roost ...the whole rafter seems to be up there. At dawn, when there is just enough light to make out the front sight, they are quite easy to get. It is almost like shopping at the store.

In the bush, you can hear but rarely see them, and they steer clear of open areas where bow-hunting is possible unless you study their habits enough to get there first and hunt as if from a blind...

-carl
Posted by: MtnRat

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/30/16 11:29 AM

I was reading through this and realized i had forgotten to post my elk from late season muzzleloader!
Heres the story:

Couldn't sleep for the past week awaiting this day, opening muzzleloader season.
Got lucky and drew my first tag for muzzleloader.

Woke up like five times last night! So excited.

Finally rolled out of bed at 345... Showered, got the last of my stuff together.... Got to my friends house at 445.

Loaded up, drove 40 minutes, unloaded his big ranger. Loaded out gear and headed out.
Had a couple good bulls scouted from weeks before.
Sneaked into my spot...nothing there..... Glassed 40minutes...no elk...

Finally spotted a couple bulls over a mile away.
Walked half way there and decided one bull was good enough to pursue.

Hiked half a mile up a ridge and came in on top of him. Sat down on a huge rock bluff, ranged him at 176.... Perfect!

He was feeding with 2 other bulls....the wind swirled, one small bull put his nose in the air and took off.... I was already on the bull I wanted, but he was behind a bush...waiting for him to take 2 more steps.... Instead, he put his nose in the air... That's a bad sign, I had to shoot him now or let him go... He was about to bolt.... I breathed a slow breath and held tight... Bam! The 50cal thundered across the giant Basin! Shhhhmack! I heard the 300 grain hornady hollowpoint find its target!
The bull lurched forward, then turned and walked downhill about 20 yards. Then laid down and that was that..... Died in about 10 seconds.

I was incredibly excited! Tried to load another load, and the wind was hooking so fast, it blew about ten grains of powder out!

My buddy and I took off towards the bull.

My other friend made his way 30 minutes worth of hiking down into the basin to get his hands on the bull. magnificent creatures, these monarchs of the forest.
We snapped a few pics, then began skinning and quartering the animal out.
An hour later we began the arduous trek out of the basin. 2 hours later I got the head and one backstraps out, my friend took one hind quarter.

We rested a bit then went back for the rest of the neck, tenderloins, backstraps and other hind quarter and 2 front quarters.

I've never hiked so far with so much weight on my back through such a nasty, Rocky, thicket of bushes and trees in my life! It took everything I physically had for another 2 hours to get the rest of that elk back up to the quads. I mean literal muscle failure exhaustion for hours and hours.!! Heck it was fun!
Shot the bull at 830 am, got him finally loaded into quad at 430 for the ride out.

Thank goodness for my friend, or I'd still be out there!
I am whooped ass tired!

We got the bull to the processor, and went to my buddy's house to drink and eat some fresh elk tenderloin..... Oh brother was that well earned nutrition! Tasty, tasty nutrition!

So happy, and so exhausted....

Just thought I'd share.

Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/30/16 11:47 AM

MtnRat- Great story and NICE Bull! Thanks for sharing that.

-carl
Posted by: Joshua R.

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/30/16 02:26 PM

That is a heck of a bull and great story. I am sure you will be telling that one till the day you die. COngrats.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/30/16 06:19 PM

Congratulations MtnRat, I loved the story of your adventure, and the pictures of that bull speaks for itself.
Thanks for sharing it with us.
Ian.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 05/31/16 06:24 PM

Originally Posted By: MtnRat
I was reading through this and realized i had forgotten to post my elk from late season muzzleloader.....Just thought I'd share.


Glad you did share, that's a great hunt! And look at the whale tail on that sucker. Congrats man.
Posted by: MtnRat

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 06/01/16 12:07 AM

Thanks guys! I'm pretty proud of him, and a freezer full of tasty protein is awesome!
Posted by: Carl Theile

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 06/01/16 10:44 AM

Originally Posted By: MtnRat
Thanks guys! I'm pretty proud of him, and a freezer full of tasty protein is awesome!


That is the part that is bothering me... Almost no Elk in the freezer, and not enough wild meat overall to suit me. Guess I'll have to supplement with hog and other small game.

-carl
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 06/01/19 07:32 PM

Damn....saw Carl was the last poster but didn't look at the date...
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 06/01/19 09:48 PM

Originally Posted By: Andy the Aussie
Damn....saw Carl was the last poster but didn't look at the date...

Yeah, it got me in for a minute as well. grin 3 years of pictures and hunting stories gone. We'll have to dig up some more, I guess.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 06/08/19 01:49 AM

Originally Posted By: Andy the Aussie
Damn....saw Carl was the last poster but didn't look at the date...


frown
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 06/08/19 01:51 AM

Originally Posted By: Trumby
3 years of pictures and hunting stories gone. We'll have to dig up some more, I guess.


I got a chance to get a bunch of stuff cleaned up this winter. I don't have lots of taxidermy mounts but I got cleaned heads coming out the ying yang lol

Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 06/08/19 07:37 PM

That's an impressive line up. cool
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 06/09/19 01:15 AM

I'm happy with them, they're taken under my own sweat. If someday I take something that makes the Boone & Crockett Club Records, then that will be a bonus grin
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 06/10/19 03:14 AM

How did you get them so clean? I've left stuff on meat ants nests, but don't think they were that clean.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 06/10/19 09:05 PM

We boiled those. I think my cousin used some baking soda in the water, I'd have to check. Actually, you don't really 'boil' them, just simmer and clean. After all the gunk's off, we put a paste of concentrated hydrogen peroxide on them and wrapped some saranwrap around them to bleach them white. It was a lot of work, but came out pretty good. There's a guy here who keeps dermestid beetles to do the hard work, and that works extremely well, but is fairly expensive.
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 06/11/19 05:31 AM

Little fish cleaning heads in Africa.... laugh

Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 06/12/19 09:10 PM

From what I've seen in movies, they do a pretty quick job of it as well. smile
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 06/13/19 12:24 AM

Yes, I normally boil and clean here at home, I wish my yard ponds were stocked with these little guys and not Koi !!!!
Posted by: elof_alv

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 06/13/19 07:11 AM

Andy, there are eels in the Bicentennial Park water...
Posted by: Andy the Aussie

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 06/13/19 06:48 PM

Yes.... but can you see the headline "Man Caught With Severed Deer Head in Bicentennial Park: .... grin
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 06/13/19 08:59 PM

Originally Posted By: Andy the Aussie
Yes.... but can you see the headline "Man Caught With Severed Deer Head in Bicentennial Park: .... grin


LMAO, That's exactly what I was thinking.
Posted by: Hard Knocks

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 06/13/19 10:30 PM

Originally Posted By: Andy the Aussie
Little fish cleaning heads in Africa.... laugh



Cool! That's a new one on me.
Posted by: Trumby

Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories - 06/14/19 08:15 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks

Cool! That's a new one on me.


With those little buggers I don't think their much concerned if your dead or alive. grin