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Old 12-20-2019, 04:35 PM
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That's my boy! Don't settle for whatever St. Nick drops off.....shoot down the sleigh and take all the toys!
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Ya have to be careful this time of year. Else you wind up on the naughty list!
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Old 12-22-2019, 02:21 PM
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Years ago R.I. fish and game used to set up a dummy deer, a stuffed deer, in a place where it was illegal to hunt/shoot. Commonly hunters driving by would stop and shoot only to be picked up by authorities for an illegal discharge of firearms -- posted land, or shooting from a highway. It worked so well that the deer got shot up so badly that they couldn't use it any more. Seeking an appropriation for replacement it was determined that mounting a whole deer cost DEM too much for a replacement.

On TV's North Woods Law New Hampshire was doing the same thing with a turkey gobbler mount. They too got a lot of hunters with this phony get up.
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Old 12-22-2019, 08:36 PM
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I've seen several videos on tv about what you talking about. They have showed them shooting from in the vehicle.
I can't believe some hunters are that dumb to think is was a live deer!
The cost of the dummy was to high to replace is ridicules. You would think the fines would cover the fee's...
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Old 12-23-2019, 03:50 PM
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No generalization can be made about hunters any more than any other forms of behavior. Hunters come from a cross section of society and can have any behavioral trait exhibited among them. Keep in mind that many hunters hold themselves to a performance level where they are expected to take game now and then. They have to show off to their buddies at the club; or their wives expect them to be successful; or their grown kids. There are pressures. So some, only some, go over the line.

And sometimes there is bitterness about game laws where a person feels justified in cheating -- shooting before or after hours, or sharing game tags. Think for a moment of all the cheating that goes on in traffic. My wife and I hunt along an Interstate where they speed limit is 55; everybody, with no exception drives at 70! Some of those scofflaws are hunters too.
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Old 12-24-2019, 12:03 PM
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Colorado has an elk decoy which occasionally raises it's head from grazing. I have seen it twice over the years, and it is very impressive. I understand that it has been shot numerous times and that the firearms and vehicle involved are seized by the DOW. That would be a difficult conversation to have with your wife!
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RobS, the guys who shoot those decoys DEFINITELY wind up on the naughty list!
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Merry christmas, y'all

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Who is that little shooter?
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Joyce and I have been mentoring a neighborhood couple for hunting for a couple of years. Last year the woman got her first deer and last week the man got his first deer. Both have shot turkeys with impunity. Know what the most important thing we have given them? Suitable, legal places to hunt where they might find game. Its a long road to get adults into a very technical activity -- shooting, finding, control of the nerves and safe hunting practices. Nothing more gratifying than successful mentoring of people into a hard and demanding activity. Just kids, they are in their low fifties.
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One of the joys in hunting is utilization of the game meat. The couple I have been mentoring is now learning how to cut and cook venison. There is a cut along the spine hunters call "back straps", which in beef is sirloin, that is really nice stuff when prepped with Montreal, rub, minced garlic. Grill black on the outside with a red/pink center. Never overcook! Just treat it like beef.

Supervisor at the casino asked my wife, Joyce, where Frank shot his ten point buck. Answer: "I would have to kill you."

Guy at the club asked the same question. Frank's answer: "in the neck".
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We eat a lot of elk, and my wife and son enjoy it a lot. Deer, on the other hand, is harder to get them to eat. My wife bought me a smoker for my birthday last year, and the smoking process masks the gamey flavour of the venison enough that we all three enjoy it.
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We have no access to elk. We never experienced gamyness in deer. One difference between our experiences might be that we don't freeze the cuts until they are at least a week or more old. "Aging" is part of the process and we never eat fresh venison. There used to be a market that offered "Aged beef" and some of the finer restaurants specialize in serving beef that has begun to turn green.
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I am sure that you are right. I am often at the ranch for just one week, and the meat must be frozen sufficiently for the long drive from NW Colorado to NE Ohio. That doesn't leave much of a window for aging the meat.
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