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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Things to do in Ontario
« on: January 17, 2018, 10:17:40 AM »
My wife,two daughters and I may go to a softball tournament in Battle Creek, Michigan. We thought about going east or north after the softball is done and going into Canada. Is there any fun family things to do within 300 miles of Battle Creek, Michigan in Ontario Province?
When I was younger like 18 or 19 we didnít need a passport and we went across by Detroit,Michigan. I will be honest, we just went to drink and see the women that were working at establishments where they didnít wear a lot or any clothes. We also found out that we couldnít bring beer back if we were not 21. They were cool and just took the beer.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Doe hunting
« on: December 30, 2017, 11:40:32 AM »
I got me and my neighbor in my blind hoping for some does. Got my heater going. Its 10 degrees and I donít even have gloves on! 6.5-300 is what I have and he has my .257!

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Around 50 in December
« on: December 22, 2017, 11:01:29 AM »
Not suppose to be this warm. Out with the .54 today. Light drizzle to boot. Tape over the muzzle so I am good to go. Just need a doe to walk within 60 or so yards.

I was watching this channel today which I donít really do real often but do from time to time. This one guy was in Montana and in Missoula in particular and goes on a tour of a brewery. The beer that was being produced was called ďBong WaterĒ and had a big Pot leaf on the can. I donít support recreational use of drugs especially all the problems that have came with the use of drugs in my family over the years. The outdoor theme channels are suppose to be family friendly tv and I am not going to support that channel by subscribing to it. I was very surprised to see it and not pleased.

Got a couple speed loaders ready and backpack loaded up. Supposed to get some snow in the morning. Using my .54 TC Hawken and a .530 round ball under 100 grains of goex olde eynsford fffg powder. Had some decent groups with this combo. Round balls have been a challenge for a while. Something always happens like misfires, front sight getting bumped off, rushed shots or plain misses. I will get one with a round ball!
I start nights tomorrow also. Going out until noon unless I get one earlier.

Has anyone tried them out yet?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Windy doe hunt
« on: November 28, 2017, 09:22:02 AM »
Got the .450 out today. Its windy and around 60. Pretty warm for Indiana in November.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / #2 down
« on: November 19, 2017, 02:27:49 PM »
Shot a doe with the 6.5-300@4:15pm. About 100 yards. There was 7 out in the field and took the broadside one. She went about 40 yards and lots of blood again for the 127 grain Barnes Lrx.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Indiana opener
« on: November 18, 2017, 06:50:15 AM »
Nice 60 degree temps,windy and start the morning off with lightning. Saw two does so far. Using the 6.5-300!!!!

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Big Game 12í Pursuit tripod
« on: November 05, 2017, 05:56:33 PM »
Academy had them on sale for $89. I bought one for use during gun season. My loving wife endured some foul language for about an hour and a half.
For $89 I think it was a good deal. Warning to others who may buy one the seat is a pain to put on.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / 2nd vacation starts today
« on: November 03, 2017, 04:02:15 AM »
I have two rotations off from work.
Its 47 now and suppose to get up to 55. Tried not to over dress. Usually that means not enough clothes.
Sunrise is at 8:20 so I am in my truck trying to burn some time cause I donít want to get in there too early. I had three deer in the yard when coming out to the truck so I hope thats a good sign.

Archery / Another order in for arrows
« on: October 21, 2017, 05:31:15 PM »
Earlier this year I had some arrows made for one my longbows. Well they shot better in another longbow. So I contacted D&M Custom Arrows and told him to make some more arrows but this time a tad longer and with brass inserts. I told him to go crazy and make them how ever he wanted. This guy makes some sweet looking custom arrows. Anyone curious check out his website. Might have to google D&M Custom Arrows. You will be impressed.

The 140 grain SP listed, is it the same spitzer bullet loaded in the .240,.257,.270 and .300?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Idaho was a bust
« on: September 27, 2017, 09:25:11 PM »
Well, sorry say we didn't get a bear. We didn't even see one.
Our outfitter was a joke. His main vehicle broke down as we started up the mountain. Told us we using our truck for the hunt. Food was pretty rationed. They brought two cases of bottle water which isn't much for everything 4 people will need. Baits were all used up with most bears gone from our area. It was so unorganized it was crazy.
It was supposed to be spot and stalk for some days and fall back on baits that were supposed to be maintained and guaranteed to be active. Spot and stalk was pretty much not going to happen and baits were untouched.
I went to one of two baits that had five logs on bottom and one on top. My "guide" moved the top log over one spot and said it had been hit. I knew better. We left early on this hunt because of everything. I was so disappointed especially since I brought someone with me to enjoy it with.
I do have one thing that happened that I know will prolly never happen again!
On my first day I was in my blind. I heard some crashing in the woods and thought,"bears aren't suppose to be that loud?". Peeked out a slit that was opened in the blind and then saw what was making the noise. A bull moose chasing a cow moose! Reached for my phone cause I thought cool moose are going to right by me in my blind which would of been about 20-25 yards. My phone barely made it up from my back pack. All of the sudden the cow looked at my blind peeled her ears back and charged to my blind! So up with the rifle and off with the safety in one sweep. The cow has her nose up against the blind some what pushing the blind in and I have the barrel of my rifle on the bridge of her nose. I am saying please God, please God like an auctioneer at the sale barn and still don't know if I was doing out loud. Then the bull which I am guessing that was at least 40" wide was literally less than an arms reach outside of my opened widow. I held the rifle on her what seemed like minutes. I didn't know what to do. The bull is grunting and she is mad as heck. I had millions of things going thru my head and none was legality. But more was what happens if I shoot this thing what does the other one do.
Finally she backs up which still means I have them there. I reach down with my left hand and grab my radio. I radio to camp and I try to stay as calm as possible and tell them,"I have a bull and a cow moose right at my blind", The voice comes back,"Oh, that's great!" I look at the radio and thinking, well you know what I was thinking. So I get on the radio again and say, "I have a bull and a cow moose at my blind at they are feet not yards from me." Then the guide says to me,"stay calm and just take a few breaths." I tell him, thats not me, that is the moose breathing." They still wait until after dark to pick me up. Lets say though when I got out of the woods I was happy.
When I got back to camp which was being shared by an outfitter who was wrapping up hunts the group they were all jacked up too because they were hearing it on the radio too. One guy said why didn't you shoot? Told him I don't know it all happened fast and I guess was just scared what the other one would do? But I don't know what the best thing to do really. I would most likely say this, I was lucky to be alive and so was the cow moose. Things could of gone several different ways but as things ended up turned out best for me and the moose.
The second day I go to the same blind. We had some issues with a radio. My buddy miss placed his and he had mine. The guide was supposed to give me his. And go into our tent and grab the missing one. I am trying to get his attention but he wasn't noticing me. So I am left in the woods with no cell phone that works and no radio. About 45 minutes in, I hear the unmistakable sounds that I have once heard before. Bull moose grunting. I think ur, here they come again. This time I just get a glimpse of one which I can't tell you if its the same bull but this time he passed with no problems. Tense but not as tense as the day prior. Asked the guide if he forgot something and he said yeah, I knew I forgot the radio when I got back to the truck. I was a little angry but this was just one of many things that happened to us.
Totally let down especially since I have been planning for so long.
Sorry for the long read but thought some would like to know.
Staying in Gillette tonight and going to finish home tomorrow but plan to be home in the morning day after tomorrow.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Trip updates
« on: September 21, 2017, 08:31:54 AM »
We are in Sturgis right now. Stayed in Rapid City, SD. Went and saw Mt. Rushmore.

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