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Other Critters / Re: coyotes
« Last post by Gutshot on February 11, 2019, 05:41:05 AM »
Sounds like fun there, in the hills around here we are lucky to get a shot at a yote over 100 yards. Most are in the 35-50 yard range.
Management Practices & Food Plots / Re: Anyone getting a start on land projects yet?
« Last post by growalot on February 10, 2019, 08:16:22 PM »
Well guys I've been building blinds over the last few years. I did want some new stands to replace old ones, but now I'm looking into saddle hunting. One more thing to take up a ton of time searching before pulling the trigger on anything. In the mean time I have fruit trees to trim as wel!.
Management Practices & Food Plots / Re: Anyone getting a start on land projects yet?
« Last post by growalot on February 10, 2019, 08:11:26 PM »
No doubt, there are some stereo typical " used car salesman "  Amongst them. But really good guys too.
We monitored timber prices religiously before going ahead. It helps we both went to college, me for recreational land management and Mr. B for forestry. Though neither went into those fields we've kept up over the years. I figure I  was most of their worst nightmare  A owner that actually did know what I was doing. The standard contract had to be tweaked as well. Wording is everything.Lol.
I hope things work out for you. As a  neighbor, that didn't take my advise learned,  it's impossible to get them back once they have left with skidders. Leaving mess of 10" deep ruts everywhere. My guys flatten and cleaned everything plus they cut down the tops . Most home owner wood lot accidents happen when cutting unstable tree tops. Roll overs and snapbacks. Just try having someone drop a chunk of fire wood against your face, shin or foot, let alone a whole limb or trunk.
Management Practices & Food Plots / Re: Anyone getting a start on land projects yet?
« Last post by notsams on February 10, 2019, 08:05:24 PM »
   The snow is 20 inches deep in the woods. Its below zero every night too. I have 2 deer stands to work on this spring and a couple food plots to work on too.
Firearms / Re: rifle project
« Last post by notsams on February 10, 2019, 07:54:27 PM »
Sundowner     This is suppose to be my long range gun. 500 yards and up. Under 500 yards I use a .243 with 55gr Ballistic tips at 4150 fps. Its a pretty good round.
Firearms / Re: rifle project
« Last post by notsams on February 10, 2019, 07:49:48 PM »
Yari    the fur buyer is coming to my area this weekend. I've been told they are worth $30 to $50 in the round. Up to $70 if they are a real pale color. 2 of mine are shot up bad but I will bring them and see what I can get.
Firearms / Re: rifle project
« Last post by sundowner on February 10, 2019, 06:28:11 PM »
Nice work with the 6mm CM , that bullet acts like my 40gr vmax out of my encore 223 it going 3700 muzzle volatility , comes apart on inpact .   @--0--0118
Other Critters / Re: coyotes
« Last post by sundowner on February 10, 2019, 06:20:52 PM »
Good job , keep it up , he'll be happy .  @--0--0101 --09--0 @--0--0138
Management Practices & Food Plots / Re: Anyone getting a start on land projects yet?
« Last post by Madgomer on February 10, 2019, 05:49:07 PM »
Yeah, if I had any good timber on my place (which I don't), Grow's approach would be mine as well.  Have heard way too many horror stories from friends back home and around here about loggers who failed to fulfill their end of the contract, harvesting extra trees, going across creeks into areas not intended for harvest, not paying for all of the logs taken out, etc.  If you have the time and knowledge to size up the harvest properly in terms of both BF and quality, you can get a lot more from the harvest but it takes some effort for sure.
Firearms / Re: Getting close to picking up a PCP air rifle
« Last post by Madgomer on February 10, 2019, 05:36:06 PM »
Mad - Thanks for the follow-up post....have been studying the PCP ballistics and pressure curves and the muzzle FPS charts and think that the caliber and how far you shoot will dictate what caliber you choose...but like you think the 22 would be enough for around here but the 25 would be a better choice......stopping at one, you are right, no way....that I would buy another 25 caliber and maybe a 22...thanks for the info that you have shared with all of us....

Most of us can use a PCP in our yards with the Coyotes, Squirrels, Raccoons, Possums and other critter we might saw a commerical on TV about a PCP for $300 sure that is stripped down model with many other features and accessories that we will need just to shoot it....
When I first started looking into these a few years ago, the prices were atrocious.  Was hard to find one for less than ten C-notes and you could spend twice that if you wanted to.  In the last year or two though, two companies have introduced no-frills PCPs that are much more accessible financially to people yet still legitimate performers.  Umarex with their Gauntlet and Hatsan with their Flash series are the most notable ones, and Hatsan also did well with the Bullboss for a little extra coin.  The reviews on the Gauntlet and the Flash are quite strong - - yeah there are plenty of airgun snobs out there who will proclaim from the mountaintops that their $2000 Daystate is the only "real" gun out there, but like anything you need to filter through the noise & understand where the real value lies.  Benjamin makes some fine options like the Bulldog and the Marauder, but again you're talking about a few hundred bucks more than the Umarex & Hatsan offerings mentioned above.  The Bulldog only comes in .357 I believe, and although the reviews on it are consistently very good, that bigger bore consumes much more air/has fewer shots per fill so you'll either need to be an exercise freak with the hand pump or prepare to invest a bunch more on the side for a compressor, etc. People are killing deer & hogs with it, so if you need that kind of punch it's definitely one to consider. I was originally thinking I'd grab a .30 cal, but after studying up on it and thinking about how I'd use it, a .25 is going to be a really good place for me to start.  If you primarily have a rabbit/squirrel/bird problem, a .22 or .177 might be your best bet - just gotta think through how you want to use it most.  As the caliber goes up, so does your noise & your air consumption, so if you want a backyard paper puncher just stay on the small end & read up on the relative noise levels between the various models.  I've taken plenty of rabbits & squirrels with my .177 Daisy Powerline pump that I got as a teenager and my Gamo .177 break barrel that I bought about 15 years ago, but need something a bit bigger now for other critters.
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