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Old 08-02-2018, 01:05 PM
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We don't have bears around here. There are some down near the coast but I have never seen one near here. My wife is a blueberry muffin maker.
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We could use a Bear or 2 around here.
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The table value of bears is no where near that of deer or turkeys. They say bear food value depends upon what they have been eating. Getting a bear out to the buggy, skinning and cleaning it only to find out its lousy eating is not worth the risk. There is little interest among hunters I know in bear hunting. A big part of hunting is the celebration of the kitchen.
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What I was kidding about was a few Bears to thin the heard of Deer.

I didn't know bear meat was not very good.
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What I was kidding about was a few Bears to thin the heard of Deer.

I didn't know bear meat was not very good.
Well, if a chef knows how to prepare it and the bear has not been eating fish or foraging in the town dump, some hunters like bear meat. But if you are in the habit of eating venison which is always safe why would you screw around with a risky choice?

There might be a period, early June, when fawns might be vulnerable to bear predation but it does not take long for a fawn to run very well. And the mother can kick a bear's ash with its hooves. When deer fight they stand on their hind legs and punch with their front hooves. I would put my money on the deer.
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My sixteen year old grandson is now out hunting deer under the youth season. He is using the new shotgun I bought him for his birthday. I hope he does not shoot his eye out. There is hope for the future of hunting in Mass.
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My sixteen year old grandson is now out hunting deer under the youth season. He is using the new shotgun I bought him for his birthday. I hope he does not shoot his eye out. There is hope for the future of hunting in Mass.

I hope he has fun and has good luck.
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My sixteen year old grandson is now out hunting deer under the youth season. He is using the new shotgun I bought him for his birthday. I hope he does not shoot his eye out. There is hope for the future of hunting in Mass.

He's a lucky grandson.
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Your grandson is but one of the last hope of retention of hunting in our culture. Be sure and let us know how he makes out. Getting a deer is the least of it; as long as he gets to have a good time, appreciates the total experience of the hunt so that he comes back wanting to go back so that we can keep him. Hunter numbers are down because we have too many Democrats and femin-Nazis protesting. Let us know how it goes.
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Your grandson is but one of the last hope of retention of hunting in our culture. Be sure and let us know how he makes out. Getting a deer is the least of it; as long as he gets to have a good time, appreciates the total experience of the hunt so that he comes back wanting to go back so that we can keep him. Hunter numbers are down because we have too many Democrats and femin-Nazis protesting. Let us know how it goes.
As a super plus he happened to draw a doe permit for the seasons. On the down side there few deer around here.
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A doe permit is a big plus in opportunity. I think only one deer in five is a legal buck. Also, I don't know anyone, last couple of years, who was not drawn. We never shoot deer in Mass; all our deer come from RI where you get two months of firearms with Sundays. In RI if you buy the tags you can have three does along with two bucks. No daily limit if you have the tags in your pocket. (or go to Mississippi where the limit is one deer per day, either sex.)
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We start pheasant hunting at the club Saturday. Its kind of festive where we see old friends and struggle to keep up with the dogs. Its kind of celebratory, a chance to smell freshly burnt powder and step in fresh dog poop. That for three weeks then we start muzzleloader deer November 3 which is more dramatic, more important. Would love some tracking snow, maybe later.
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It was sad Saturday to see more of the old hunting crowd unable to hunt like they used ta. One regular fell in the shower and could not get around and his dog cried all morning in the truck.

We start fall turkeys for two weeks prior to RI Deer and we do want to get in a Cast-n-Blast striper/hunt combo while the fish are around. Fall turkeys are a little like tongue kissing your aunt because there is a lot of walking and little calling but the woods are nice this time of year and foliage is coming in big time. One thing that is inexorable is that when something is enjoyable the time goes by too fast.
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Yesterday we took a ride to see if we could find a turkey flock for next week's fall turkey opener. No big deal because fall turkeys are not as fun as spring ones. Never saw a single flock on our ride but there were nine turkeys in our driveway when we got back. We don't want to shoot them in our driveway. We are not assassins and that is not hunting.
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You can have at the ones in my yard eating my grass seed.
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