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Deer Hunting Load Out

Deer Hunting Load Out

My buddy on YouTube, John Rambo (hopefully not his real name), posted a video about his deer hunting load out. The video not only covers his load out, but also various items he may need to work on his firearms.

Something I like about the video is how John uses a Craftsman tool bag as a range bag. Why didn’t I think about that?

The video makes it sound like John will be spending several days at the deer lease.
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Living Near a Hunting Lease

Zoey and Ellis dogs

Some of you may ask, “What is a hunting lease?” It is where a group of people lease land from someone, like a timber company, for the purpose of hunting on the land.

Leasing land is nothing new. We have historical documents dating back to the medieval ages that talk about leasing land. In the book Life in a Medieval Village by Frances and Joseph Gies the authors talk about how people leased land for grazing livestock. My grandfather leased land from a local timber company back in the 1950s and 1960s to graze cattle on.

When someone leases land, they have access and use of the land for a certain amount of time. Here in Southeast Texas, a lot of land is leased from the timber companies to hunt on. Continue Reading….

Setting Deer Stand

Instead of waiting until summer to get your deer stand setup, go ahead and do it right after last years deer season.  Then you have all summer free. Here on the farm a tree limb smashed a deer stand, which was a porta potty.  The fiberglass was smashed. The old stand was pulled off and a spare on put in the frame.  Once together,  a tractor was used to upright the stand.  

Is The 30-30 Winchester Obsolete

With the innovation newer cartridges, is the 30-30 Winchester obsolete? This question arises from comments on a youtube video I made about stockpiling ammo. A John Rambo commented It’s super popular because it’s been around since 1895. It makes a good youth deer rifle. I’ve had to help a lot of people track wounded deers that they had hit with a 30-30. A 270 or 30-06 drops them rather quickly. I usually use a lever action Marlin 44mag a lot also. I respectfully disagree. I have seen first hand time and time again what the 30-30 Winchester does to whitetail deer. Continue Reading….

How to Pick a Good Skinning Knife

Armchair commandos may believe anything sharp will make a good skinning knife, this is simply not true.  Certain types of knives are much better at skinning wild game than others.  Let’s take a few minutes and talk about types of knives to stay away from and types to consider. For most applications the smaller and thinner the blade the better. The easier the knife is to clean, the better.  This should exclude multi-tools and knives with accessories, such as the Swiss Army knife. High carbon steel blade that holds an edge and is easy to sharpen. Examples that come to mind so far are the Gerber Big Rock, Gerber Profile, and Case pocket knives.  I have seen more deer skinned with a Case pocket knife Continue Reading….

Building a predator hunting AR-15

Over the past couple of years coyotes have been stealing my chickens.  I thought losses have not been “that” bad, but the time has come to take action.  A few days ago I was looking through pictures of when I bought the chicks, that is when I realized just how many of my chickens are missing.  Looking at how many chickens I currently have, and then looking at the number of chicks I had, the losses are not sustainable. I do not count my chickens every day, or even every week.  Living in a rural area with free range chickens it is normal to lose one here and there.  Hawks, bobcats, coyotes, foxes,,, all love chicken.  However, my flock is not a buffet bar.  Something Continue Reading….

New coyote call and decoy

In the past 6 – 8 months I have easily lost close to a dozen and a half chickens to a Coyote. Lets say that each chicken lays 200 eggs a year. By losing just 18 chickens the coyote has cost me around 3,600 eggs over the course of a year. It would be easy to put out some foothold traps, but what about my dogs getting into them? I could not forgive myself if someones pet got into a foothold trap. To take care of the coyote problem and prevent the accidental trapping of pets I ordered an Extreme Dimension EDMR302 remote control call and a Mojo Outdoors Critter Decoy. I bought both of them off Amazon, total price on December 26, 2015 was Continue Reading….

Checking On The Wildlife feeders

Here in southeast Texas hunting season starts in just a few weeks. Archery season starts the first Saturday in October, while regular rifle season starts the first Saturday in November. In order to get ready for deer season my dad and I went to the hunting lease to check on things.

While dad used the tractor and brush hog to clear the ATV trails I used a 4-wheeler to get from one stand and wildlife feeder to the other.

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The Price Of Hunting Leases

I knew this day would arrive, and here it is. The hunting lease my family and I have been a part of for the past 15 years has gotten so expensive I can no longer afford to be a member.

1970s – To be on a hunting lease in the 1970s you had to know someone who was a member of the lease. Then that member had to put in a good word for you. A lot of leases had a waiting list of people who wanted to be a member.Whitetail Deer looking at trail camera

2000s – Hunting leases are begging for members.

In the past 30 years we have seen a shift of people who live in rural areas, timber companies have gobbled up land, parents are not introducing their children to hunting, and most importantly, timber companies are being bought up by invest firms.

The great depression of the 1930s saw a shift of people living in rural areas to living in urban areas. The reason for this shift was simple, and that was to find a job.

As the people who were left in rural areas started to die, their property was left to the children who had moved to rural areas. The children who had moved away had no use for the land, so they did not pay the property taxes. Various counties across the nation seized the land for overdue taxes. As the land was auctioned off guess who bought it, the timber companies. Continue Reading….

Is Hunting Worth It

There used to be a time when leasing land was cheap, or at least affordable.

There used to be a time when hunters were left at their own discretion with size limits. Coyotes, wolves and mountain lions are not held to size limits, so why are human hunters held to a size limit?

Which one harms the deer population more, timber companies stripping the land, or shooting a small deer?Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

While at the deer camp this evening I was told a story of a lady who shot a deer with a 12.5 inch inside spread. She was not sure about the law, so she called the game warden. When the game warden arrived, he wrote her a $750 ticket, and the lady was charged a $750 replacement surcharge. Since when is a 1/2 inch worth $1,500? I guess when the state of Texas says so.

Take your pick:

Option A – shoot a deer that is not quit the legal limit, and risk getting a $1,500 ticket if you take it to the butcher.

Option B – shoot a deer that is not quit the legal limit, and leave it in the woods for the buzzards, maggots, other scavengers and get to keep your money.

To me, no deer is worth $1,500. But the state of Texas seems to think they are worth that much.

There is an interesting article on Fox News about excessive laws on fishing and hunting. Continue Reading….

Wild Hog Killed By Coyote Or Wild Dog

A few weeks ago a buddy of mine and I got a call saying my son-in-law and his friends needed some help getting a hog out of the woods. The dogs had chased the hogs a long ways from the boat, so far that the hunting party needed help packing the hogs out of the woods.

My buddy and I hook up with the hunting party, we then spend the next 30 minutes or so wondering through the woods to where the hogs were at. The two hogs were separated by maybe 200 yards or so.

When we arrived at one of the hogs, something had killed it, and ate part of it. The wild hog had been tied up for only around 4an hour or so.

The next week I called a local wildlife biologist and told him what happened. The wildlife biologist said with multiple bite marks on the neck, the attacker was probably either a coyote or a feral dog. Continue Reading….

Best Gun for Hunting Wild Pigs After SHTF

Hunting wild hogs in a river bottomA couple of weeks ago a couple of my buddies and I get a hog out of a local river bottom. One person of our group was carrying an AR-15, I was carrying my Remington 1911 R1.

While we were packing the hog out, I kept wondering how well the 223 Remington would do on wild hogs? I know the 223 Remington is effective, but how effective is it on hogs? Hogs have a thick fat layer, how would that fat layer affect bullet performance?

Lets say that some kind of SHTF situation happens, you and a couple of your buddies go on a hog hunt, what rifles would you pick? Would you pick a semi-auto in 223 Remington or 7.62X39, lever action or bolt action?

steveleeilikeguns goes on a wild hog hunt with a Mini-14.

The above video makes a good argument for the Ruger Mini-14 and AR-15 platform for hunting after SHTF – low recoil, fast followup shots, effective on hog and deer sized game. Continue Reading….

Hunting Wild Hogs After SHTF

Need a good source of renewable food after SHTF, look no further then the wild hog. Wild hogs have invaded all of the lower 48 states, Texas alone has an estimated 1.5 million feral hogs.

The problem is, the hogs are mean, can be difficult to trap, can injure or kill hunting dogs, and can be difficult to transport.

Trapping Wild Hogs

Hog traps are only limited by your imagination. They can include anything from a box trap to a pen trap.

The usual hog trap is made out of welded angle iron, and is 4 feet wide and 8 feet long. The door is spring loaded so that when a hog enters the trap, the door closes behind them. Some traps are rigged so that the door opens while the hog is rooting around the edge. The hog pushes the door open, the hog goes into the trap, and the door closes behind the hog.

Hog traps are not that difficult to build, all you really need is the materials, cutting torch or saw, and a welding machine.

Most people use corn to bait the traps.

In some cases hogs will not enter the trap. When that happens, wire the door open for a couple of weeks so the hogs can go in and out of the trap.

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Keeping a wild boar hog in a pen

Its post SHTF, you and your family need something to eat, so the yall head out to a local river. The dogs are let loose, a few minutes later the dogs corner up a 200 pound boar hog.

The boar hog is loaded in the boat and brought back home.

A pen is hastily assembled out of whatever materials you can find.

The boar hog is put in the hen, and the leg ties taken off. Since the pen is made out of fence, the boar hog rams the fence, breaks the wire loose, then the hog runs off.

Sounds unlikely? Well, that is what happened when my son-in-law boought a boar hog home.

In this case the dogs were waiting outside the pen in case the hog got out.

Keep in mind this is not a friendly domesticated hog, this is a wild boar hog that will use its tusk to tear flesh off the bone. Continue Reading….

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