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Fiddlesticks, I've killed my share of snags and bark bulges. I am considering taking binoculars with me from now on to help my tired, old eyes and protect innocent snags.

Yes, Rancocas, we may drive ourselves to extinction. That's the thing about driving other plants and animals to extinction; If the earth is not healthy enough for them, then it's not healthy for us. Species survival is the gauge that science uses to determine the fitness of the Earth. We're looking at dead seas, little greenery, few animals except rats, nothing to hunt, poisoned streams and landscapes, etc. Man squanders his birthright as he does his freedoms.


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Posts: 3493 | Location: Maine (by way of Georgia then Va.) | Registered: 26 January 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Fiddlesticks, your writing about the ever changing light upon the trees and branches reminds me of my "deer stump". As I sat and passed the many hours in my deer blind, the passing sun brought about many changes to my view. The monotony sometimes even made changes to my perception of that view! Seeing things take shape where just brief moments before I had identified tree trunks, branches, and stumps. Suddenly there was the gray silhouette complete with a nice set of antlers! Bringing my rifle up to bare down the sights, I held steady, waiting for the slightest movement of recognition. Then the realization that what I am seeing is just that darn old stump with a distant tree branch aligned to look just like antlers! I am seeing just what I am wanting to see! Time to get up and move around a bit. I have even given a name to my illusional condition. I call it "seeing hoint ya's"! Yep, just like back when I was a lot younger and driving those long road trips non stop. Saved a lot on hotel bills by driving straight through, but seeing pink elephants and dragons crossing the roads cured me of such foolishness.
 
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Yeah, Cranbrook, it sort of takes the smugness off a hunter's face who thinks the silly game animals are nuts for falling for camo or a decoy. They probably aren't as easily fooled as we are.


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Posts: 3493 | Location: Maine (by way of Georgia then Va.) | Registered: 26 January 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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LOL Hanshi! We not only get laughed out of the woods by all of The Good Lord's critters, but those dag gone salesmen at Gander and Cabela's are laughing all the way to the bank!
 
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Heh . . . how did we ever get any game before camo? Back when hunters first started wearing military surplus old time hunters laughed it to scorn. I hate to see how hunting has become such a million/billion/zillion dollar business. Our so called hunting allies on TV and DVDs are little but gizmo salesmen/women.

Sigh . . . In the interest of full disclosure, yup, I have camo. Got kinfolk who work in the company that sells it. Guess who gets freebies unasked for? It's not something I'd buy at all. I'll admit the pockets and such are mighty handy the way its all made. Camo patterns are the least important thing about it.

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I grew up in N.E Jersey, Hudson county.When I was in grammar school back in the 50's we ran a muskrat trap line in the swamps (read today Meadowlands)in a straight line about 4 miles from Times Square NYC. The state used to stock pheasants, and rabbits were every where. I also was fortunate enough to hunt central Jersey, Somerset and Hunterdon counties during the 50's 60's and early 70's. That was when I learned about squirrels. Times have sure changed. Now I live in the Pocono Mts. of PA where the deer and black bear out number the rabbits. Every once and a while I google a picture of a pheasantso I don't forget what they look like.
 
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Wow Bud, you mention pheasants! I just happen to live in the house where I was born and raised. Growing up, I remember my older brothers bringing back from our woods some nice ring necks. Once my brother John even had a golden in his hunting sack! A golden pheasant! What a beautiful bird! I do not think I could have shot one of those! Too darn pretty! Today, the pheasant is totally absent from my woods and area. There are a couple of specialty farms within a 2 hour drive where you can go and hunt them. The cost is comparable to a 19 hole golf outing at a posh coarse. Like golf, it just isn't my cup of tea.
 
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Say Bud, I once read a story in Fur-Fish-Game that described a trap line where you're talking about. A marvelous piece. Was that you?

Fiddlesticks


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The times and conditions change. Not always for the better.

I,too, grew up in New Jersey - south central NJ. I started going hunting with my Dad and uncles in the 1950's. Deer were scarce then, but small game was plentiful. Our main focus was rabbits, but pheasants were common too.

We always had beagles to run the rabbits, but one dog also ran pheasants. There was a different sound to his bawl when he was on a pheasant track, so I knew I had to run and keep up in order to be there for the flush.

If a property was not posted, it was considered okay to hunt there. No permission needed to be asked.

When I turned 14 I was allowed to go hunting alone, with no adult supervision. I often walked through our suburban neighborhood, going out to the surrounding fields with a double barrel shotgun over my shoulder, and my beagle on a leash. Nothing was ever said about it. No hysterical calls to the police about an armed teenager loose on the streets. Try that today, especially in a place like NJ is now.

Yeah, times change, and often not for the better! Frowner


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Ranconcas I remember getting on a bus, we all had cased shotguns, to go hunting in the next town over, Secaucus, it cost 15 cents. I'm sure the swat team would escort me off the bus today.
 
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Originally posted by Rancocas:
The forest service and some others are experimenting with blight resistant strains, and crossbreeding with Chinese chestnuts in an attempt to bring back our chestnut trees.


They've actually got it pretty well done, google Dunstan Chestnut trees. Anybody that has space should get a few to plant, it'll take decades to get them back in full force but every bit will help.

Speaking of gone small game, I miss quail. Used to have 4 coveys on the farm when I was a kid, saw and heard my last one here 6 years ago. Nobody can figure out the quail decline, dissapearing even in good habitat. Actually far more cover and good bird habitat on my place now than 30 years ago, but no Bobwhites. Frowner

Course back then we never even knew what a turkey was and very few deer, plenty of both now.
 
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