I'm hearing different sources of info on a big buck head in question. Anyone hearing anything or know of this ?
Lots of hogs to slip up on with the recurve. Looks like they been in there with a tiller.
Wayyy too early to zero in on dropping White Oaks, though I am in the area of many. One deer blew at me. Wayy too early for velvet rubbing too. But it was fun slipping around learning new area and looking at tracks on the slough edges.
Rules in the brochure obviously don't apply in there.
ANYBODY GOT A RENT INCREASE FROM BIG LAKE CAMPGROUND ?
I can't find anyone who does the camo dipping. There are some advertisements even here on the La Sptsmn, but they NEVER answer the phone, even during a work week day, and never return messages, and some have no message leaving provision.
Do they really exist ????
St Tammany Parish 1st preference, but Metairie, Gonzales if necessary.
On a Yamaha 8. The 4 bolts that hold the impeller cover had a white paste on the threads. I cleaned it off. What do I put back on the bolt threads ???
Got this buck on 12/9/12 He was heavy.
Am I hearing this correctly ?? If the 2nd Amendment thing passes, we can carry concealed without a permit ????
There seems to be a trend that is growing in the bowhunting community. When the Bowhunter ed class was mandatory, mostly by USFWS for some refuges, the older generation went through the class. One of the most important things taught was the rubber band jig test. Many rubber bands were stretched across nails in a square to simulate arteries, veins, and blood capillaries. When a ultra sharp broadhead was passed through it, almost all bands were cut and flew across the room. When a dull head was passed through it, very few bands were cut. This simulated the importance of sharp heads- to cut arteries instead of pushing them aside.
Today, all this is history. The younger generation is not exposed to it. Well meaning older folks try to pass along some good info, however Sometimes some of the younger crowd refuses to be taught. Not all, but some. Many folks think that NEW heads out of the pack are ready to hunt sharp. Most are NOT. No matter what the manufac. says or prints, most heads out of the pack are far from hunting sharp acceptable.
This is not a how to sharpen post, but rather a post in an attempt to get some of the hunters to really look at their heads, and learn how to get them ultra sharp. Pioneers knew. Fred Bear was constantly touching up that fine keen edge because he knew humidity alone in a couple days would dull it. Some Loss deer can be prevented by this. If folks could just break free of that ' do what the group does' thinking and really take a second look at how sharp their heads are, it may benefit them. Take a moment to read this very true article. I will pass along any tip I know if anyone needs help sharpening. Here's the article:
The Sharpness Factor
Text & Photography By Russell Thornberry
Many bowhunters dont understand how the sharpness factor figures into bowhunting success. First, one must realize that game animals shot with arrows die from blood loss or hemorrhaging. Arrows, unlike bullets, have relatively little foot pounds of impact on big game animals.
My 80-pound compound bow delivers a 660-grain hunting arrow, leaving the string at 245 fps, with about 88 foot pounds of energy. Compare that with a .270 Winchester, 130-grain bullet leaving the muzzle at 3,100 fps and developing well over 2,500 foot pounds of energy. When you compare 88 foot pounds to 2,500-plus foot pounds, its easy to see why the impact of a hunting arrow means virtually nothing in terms of lethal impact on big game. A firearm relies on tissue damage and hydrostatic shock created by bullet impact to dispatch an animal. There just isnt enough oomph in an arrow to do that.
In bowhunting, its all about the broadhead. It must slice cleanly with little or no bruising or tearing of the tissue. In very simplified terms, when a razor-sharp blade slices living tissue (muscle and/or organs) without bruising or tearing the tissue it has sliced, the brain fails to initiate the process which causes blood coagulation, resulting in extreme hemorrhaging.
The faster the hemorrhaging, the faster the oxygen supply (which is carried in the blood) is deprived from the brain, rendering the animal unconscious. Most animals taken with bow and arrow fall to the ground unconscious before death actually occurs. So, for bowhunters, the object is to create massive hemorrhaging with a razor-sharp broadhead. The sharper the broadhead, the quicker the animal will be dispatched.
Now, back to that original question: How sharp is sharp enough? Simply put razor-shaving sharp! Anything less is irresponsible and unethical. A broadhead should shave hair cleanly and effortlessly. If your broadheads wont do that, then sharpen them or throw them away.
This brings us to the crux of the matter: Most hunters dont know how to put that true razors edge on a broadhead, or even a knife blade for that matter. They buy pre-sharpened broadheads and assume they are sharp enough. Regardless of what it says on the package, if the blade wont melt hair cleanly off your arm, it isnt sharp enough for hunting purposes.
Ragged Edge vs. Smooth Edge
There is an ongoing argument among bowhunters about the best way to sharpen a broadhead. Some argue that a ragged edge kills quicker or better than a smooth razors edge. This argument can only exist where there is ignorance of what causes the greatest degree of hemorrhaging in the first place. The ragged edge proponents are simply wrong. A ragged edge creates minute tearing of tissue as it cuts, something like the teeth of a saw. That tearing actually helps initiate coagulation. A smooth razors edge does not.
If you have ever nicked yourself while shaving with a safety razor, you can attest to the difficulty of stopping the bleeding. This free flow of blood occurs because coagulation is not initiated, due to the fact that the tissue was not bruised or torn.
Compound that same principle by the lethal blades of a broadhead passing through internal organs and you begin to understand the massive hemorrhaging created by such a wound. The bottom line is this: The sharper your broadhead, the faster it dispatches the game through which it passes.
This morning I went to La Outdoors in Pearl River to bare shaft tune my new recurve bow. I thought I knew what i was doing, having talked to some people and watched Masters of Barebow dvd. Brad set me up and let me do my thing. We cut arrows down to stiffin the arrow spine. With my hardheaded reputation he left me alone at first. But being the bend over backwards to help someone person he is, he knew i was screwing up and came in the range room to help me. In no time, ( like 2 minutes) he identified my problem ( nock position) and identified that it was time to stop cutting the arrows. I immediately started shooting bare shafts true. This shop definitely steered me straight this morning with archery mechanics. I recommend anyone reading this to visit the store. He is very well equipped.
What would you pay for this bow ?
Bear kodiak hunter made in Grayling, Michigan. Green color, RH, #45 no sign of limb twist, very nice in appearance.
Yesterday (1/25/11) I went into an archery shop in Pearl River,LA . I chose a $139.00 QAD rest, installed. The so called tech installed it. He told me the rest ran out of adjustment to the left, and that I would have to move my sight gang to the right. I looked down the arrow and it had a severe angle to the right, through the sight window. This guy REALLY was going to let me walk out of the shop like that. Good thing I am not that stupid. I made him take it off. I left. Later, I investigated it. 2 other shops, AND the QAD tech support line ALL said the box contained an extension bracket just for that situation.
I was watching this guy too. He started allen screws with the big fold-up allen wrench set engaged, which caused him to wallow the screws like an off balance top. I just knew he was going to cross thread something.
Do these shop owners screen these so called bow mechanics ? Are they just locals that hang around long enough that the owners just let them go at it without any official training ? I tell you one thing. I will NEVER let that shop touch my stuff again. I will still buy shelf items, because the owner is a stand-up military veteran, but the mechanic HAS TO GO- Period.
Come on, post some pics, of the Tensas Lottery bucks. The nice 10 from the Crystal Rd. and the McLamore area buck.
I'm not that old, but over on the deer forums I see some terms that just confuse me as to what they mean.
What does smackdown mean ? Also, what exactly is meant by wack & stack ? I figured out the "hit me up" phrase. That means call me on the telephone.
According to NOAA Pearl River gauge at Pearl River, the river WILL reach 15.5 ft. at 12 noon today.
This WILL shut down ALL deer hunting in the Bogue Chitto NWR and likely the Pearl River WMA.
Adjust plans accordingly.
I went up Wednesday night and scouted all day half in Tendal, and half on the South end. I knew about this large bodied 8 point via scrapes and big rubs since Thanksgiving. However I was not in the lotto hunt so I prayed no one who was would venture back there. Well, I checked it Thursday and he had scrapes as big as a truck hood all over- fresh. Big rubs also.
I passed up many, many smaller fresh rubs and scrapes. You have to fight instinct and pass up the 4 point, small 6 stuff. If you're a numbers person you'll have a hard time ignoring the shovel handle sized rubs.
Anyway, I knew I was in a hot spot. I crept in with my red light early Saturday and climbed up. He came along at 6:30, pawed a scrape, and crept slowly through the thicket 15 yards away. He stopped and I had a clear window. Boom!
It was 26 degrees. I broke a spoke on both buggy wheels, though they were plastic.
I am getting him done in Semi-Sneak pose.
Among the many changes at Tensas Refuge this season, I will only list a few. I don't want to feed the fire.
1) NO trail cameras- period
2) No possession OR use of limb saws- that means your climber is all but useless.
3) Primitive season shortened to 2 days, and 45/70 allowed.
I am most pissed about #1 & 2 above. I just bought another camera yesterday, and now I have to take it back tomorrow. Good thing I did not bust the shrink wrap.
I will likely put the camp up for sale. It is NOT in the Big Lake community, but outside and very secluded. 1st class too. 8x20 with 8x8 bathroom. Full shower, toilet, vanity, insulated, sheetrocked, a/c, Crowville water, & lots more but not supposed to conduct business here so I can't list price. The refuge is downhill and sinking furthur in quality. What the hell is wrong with cameras ?
Very Important- Call your Senator
Guys, today May 5th, House Bill 172 made it through the House. This is a bill being introduced by a St Francisville Representative for a small group of old school hunters there. They want the state to open the South half of turkey season early March. This will devastate all progress made in repopulating St Tammany, Washington, Tangipahoa, St. Helena, and Livingston Parishes. Gobblers will be killed before having a chance to fertilize hen eggs. Gobblers will also be severely henned up.
It will also cause a tremendous amount of opening morning hunting pressure in North LA, such as Tensas NWR and Big Lake.
The last two years since the State opened same day, the crowds have disappeared from Tensas & Big Lake, and the later season opener in Sth LA. also has produced many more poult hatchlings. I am a summertime counter for Mr. Savage. Poults that make it to adulthood rose significantly. STOP this OLD School nonsense. Ask your senator to vote NO on HB 172. GOGGLE " STATE SENATOR _________ parish, LA. The list will come up. Phone #'s, and E Mail click on icon.
It now goes to senate. PLEASE CALL or E-Mail your State Senator and tell him/her to vote NO for HB 172
I got this one Sunday morning in the Crystal Road section. I had been following and dodging him all week, learning his habits. Almost got him opening morning but he was moving and of course those palmettos got in the way. But I learned he had a girlfriend Sat. morning, so Sunday morning, while he was going in circles around her with his tail open, I called low and only once, and his girlfriend came into the section of woods I was in,with him in tow.
I see alot of "which call" questions. Let me offer my opinion. I am NOT an expert, but I have been at this turkey stuff big time since the 80's, from the piney woods of Gillsburg, Kentwood, St. Helena Parish, Tammany, and the bottomlands of Tensas NWR. I have seen just about everything, heard many, many, many wild hens and Toms calling up close, watched and heard 2 flock fights in October in Kentwood, and have killed quite a few, including limiting out in Tensas 2 years ago. So, I have just a little to offer yall:
1) Although some experts can operate a diaphram mouth call well, most cannot, and I can i.d. them in the woods immediately. I cannot use one and do not have one.
2) DO NOT believe what you see on those hunting tapes and shows. They call much, much too much because they are trying to sell you a call and get you to buy the video, or watch the cable show for ratings. They are on an unpressured farm too.
3) Do alot of pre-opener listening in the early am. NO flashlights and full camo, headnet and all even though the season is not open yet. PAY SPECIAL attention to the time period one hour after flydown. Timing is everthing. Too early and they stay with hens ( like last year opener.) But you want to know WHERE they go AFTER flydown. You'll hear alot of gobbles from the roost, then they go quiet and fly down. About an hour later thay crank up again 100 or 200 yards away, maybe furthur. They have arrived at their favorite place to strut. THAT is what you need to know .
4) # 1 rule on public land, and leases with rude members- IF you can hear a gobble pretty good from a main road, forget it. Go hunt another one deeper in the woods. Every Joe Blow WILL move in on the vocal one from the road, and no one will get him ( reason why Big Lake has so many).
5) ALL those hens over the years I heard yelping during spring scouting, so many have one thing in common: They all sound just like a Lynch Box Call, particulary a Raspy Hen model, or Fool Proof. Also, a plain Pittman Slate sounds like them alot. Not the slate with 2 glass under it, etc. JUST a plain ol slate. Many of the hens I heard over the years, their yelps start out with a whine in front of the first yelp. You can do this with the Lynch Raspy hen box. Drag the lid litely, then drift into the yelps. SO, So real sounding- the best I have heard. Use chalk from Home Depot, the kind carpenters put in their string line. The BLUE chalk.
6) Finally, please don't try to sneak up on a gobbling bird with gun and call in hand. It won't work and another hunter who drove 4 hours and spent alot of money to be there may be just inside the woods set up on the bird. This is the lost aspect of turkey hunting I have seen over the years. When we saw another truck on the road right by the gobbling bird, common sense says that person is in there trying. Move on down the road.
To All New & Fairly New Hunters, especially WMA
Every year at Big Lake WMA, we see would-be turkey hunters try to sneak up on a gobbling bird, simutaneously calling away. They never kill the bird, and usually mess up the veteran hunter who had been working that bird all morning. The new hunter unless he has someone to show him the ropes, really has nothing else to go on, and really does not know any better. The videos out there are all BS, and these new hunters are being duped- fed the wrong info.
So, with the season quickly approaching, you new guys remember: if you see a truck parked on the road, or a bicycle on the ATV trail where a gobbler is cutting up, don't rush in and mess it up. Think ! That other guy is probably in there working that bird. Give him some room. You are NOT going to sneak up on a gobbler and kill him. And for god's sake, don't shoot at the flushing bird. I did sneak up on a big Tom in Tensas and I killed him, but I had him pegged every morning for a week straight before opening morning, and I knew EXACTLY what he did, and when, and I have been at this since the early 80's, but for the most part, you are NOT going to sneak up on a gobbling bird and kill him, so please, think for a moment; that other hunter is in there calling . Leave him alone and find another.
I firmly believe that Big Lake has so many turkeys because not very many get killed each season BECAUSE of this running on top of one another that goes on there. If a few veteran turkey hunters were turned loose in Big Lake without the newbies running around spooking everything, they could really put a hurting on the gobbler population.
Bottom line- hunters mess up other hunters, and NO turkey gets killed. I have learned how to avoid this. I of course, won't say how here, but yall new people, yall can learn. Just slow down a little, and think when that gobble goes off. Just stop for a moment and think: That truck is parked right there where he is gobbling. Has been all week. Man, think! Don't go in there and commence to calling. That other guy is in there.
We know it is public land and we know that this activity cannot be stopped, but I would hope that ethics and respect played a part in one's decision-making. Respect the other guy. Just stop and think for a moment: " I heard that gobble but that red Chevy is parked right there. " Think- that's all.