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Guys, I am looking to make ground meat out of a deer I killed this past weekend. I'd really like to try a recipe for bacon burgers. Do any of you have a recipe you'd like to share? If not, I plan to take a shot anyway and I will post the results.

Thanks in advance.

December 08, 2014 at 5:09pm

Hey guys, I am looking to plan a hunting trip somewhere up North for the 2014 hunting season and am looking for references on outfitters in Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, ext. Not set on those states just looking to get some helpful feedback from you guys. If you've ever hunted the area and would like to offer up some advice please let me know. I know someone out there has been on a trip and can offer some advice based on experience. I am not looking for a high fence, nor am I looking for a fully guided hunt. Just looking for a quality place to go where I am in the presence of good people and also have an opportunity to hunt quality deer.

February 06, 2014 at 10:03pm

Tuesday 11/19/13, 9:15 PM, Random rifle shot in Grangeville, LA. Wildlife and fisheries website unavailable so posting here. Thanks

November 19, 2013 at 9:25pm

Hey guys and gals, I am looking into booking a hunt with an outfitter this fall and am looking for references on outfitters you have used and recommend. I am looking to go Missouri, Kentucky, Kansas, ext. Not dead set on any state but I want to check around and see what your thoughts and opinions are for the options that are out there. I am not looking for a high fence hunt or a guide to point a deer out of a patch for me, I am looking for a place that I can go, be in the presence of and potential have a chance to get a shot at a true trophy. I hunt in St Helena Parish, I work hard every year, I watch does, spikes, yearlings every fall and by the end of Winter I watch them fall to the meat hunters that are known around this area. I would like to get away and have a chance at a decent hunt that is not graded by the kill but by the experience in general, though a kill would be nice. If you guys would be so kind and give me your feedback it would be greatly appreciated. PS ... I would prefer a bow hunt but I will consider a rifle hunt for the right price. Thanks in advance.

July 10, 2013 at 9:16pm

I have a quick question regarding a Browning ABolt Rifle. My rifle is a 300 WSM with a boss; I would like to have the boss taken off of the gun if possible. Is anyone aware of a reputable gunsmith that would do this? It would consist of cutting the very tip of the barrel to remove the threaded portion on the OD of the barrel and then coating the exposed metal. Have any of you ever tried to have this done and is it even legal? All I know is it is too loud with the boss and I want it gone if possible.

Thanks in advance.

November 30, 2011 at 2:18pm

Question for the guys that know a lot about bows..... I have a X-force SS (a dual cam bow) and I have been hearing a lot of stuff about cam timing and how it can negatively affect your shots if they are not timed right. The question I have is how do you tell if your cams are out of timing; is there a tale tale sign that will let you know when they need to be tuned??? And how often does it normally take before losing it's timing?? I have not had any trouble with my bow I just want to know what to look for when the time comes.

I am looking into some new accessories for it like a new drop away rest, new sight, and some vibration dampeners. From your experience in the field what are some good products out there???

Thanks, and good luck getting ready for the season

August 27, 2010 at 3:50pm

Okay guys....I know it is six weeks maybe seven for some but I am pumped up about turkey season. I have been ready to talk about something different than deer and hog hunting so lets treat this as a early season learning session. Let's talk about everything that works for you when you're trying to get that 2.5+ year old bird to talk. What tips can you offer???? Scouting,Locating, Calling, Gear, Setup, Decoys, Calls, Guns, Shells, and even general location. Anything that can spark good conversation and maybe help other hunters learn from tricks of the wise. Also, it may help the WMA hunters that always complain about that guy who is rapping off calls that could shatter glass....making the turkeys wiser and harder to kill.

I will start with me.

I will be hunting Crosby, Miss. I will start scouting in about two or three weeks and have a general idea where I want to be opening morning then about a week before the season i will be in the woods trying to listen and roosting birds. Opening morning I will be setup 30 min before daylight walking in without a light and I will not make a hoot or peacock call for at least 20 Min when daylight starts then I will try a locator call Hoot, Peacock Call and trusty Wingbone.

Once I am on him and setup I will make a soft tree yelps from my Woodhaven Cherry Classic Chrystal slate call and zip up and wait for fly down and then I will start with a few yelps of different tones to imitate several different hens in one bunch. In between I call with the my Woodhaven and Pittman diaphram, I will imitate a worry free hen with some purrs and a few putts here and there. I may even shake my squirrel call to imitate a squirrel barking at the turkeys. But my call frequency is very drawn out I may call every 25-30 minutes depending on the bird. Also my calling tone is very smooth and not very loud.

I focus on the woods early before 12 and from 12 on I focus on the fields. I do not use decoys unless nothing else works and I am in a field late in the evening hunting. Since gobblers are trying to make a hen come to them I find that once they see the decoys they hang up and try getting them to come to them.

I do not like to use blinds due to the sight restriction however; I will be geared up with Mossy Oak Obsession Leafy Suit. My gun is a Camo Charles Daly 3.5 mag with a jelly head choke and I will be shooting heavy shot turkey loads in 5 shot.

Let's hear your setup

Thanks, and good luck!!!

February 03, 2010 at 1:21pm

Okay guys I know there is someone out there that knows the answer to my problem. Question... I have a 1990 Model EFI Suzuki Samurai with the 1.3 Liter 4cyl Motor. The problem I am having is after it runs for a few minutes it starts sputtering and eventually stalls out; I can re-start it and it's like nothing was wrong for a few minutes and it does the same thing again. And if I just start it the thing will idle till every drop of gas is gone.

The Possible Malfunctions:

Fuel Injector and throttle position sensor $200
Fuel Pump $50
Fuel Pressure Regulator $50
Fuel Filter $5

Already checked/Changed:

EGR/PCV Valves
Idle Control Valve
Engine Ground
Distributor Cap and Rotor
Plugs and wires
Vacuum Lines
Cat Converter

Any ideas or opinions appreciated...Just looking for opinions before I go buying all of these parts. I will be changing the fuel filter however don't think that's the fix

December 16, 2009 at 8:55am
A comment titled: Tips in response to a report titled: Turkey season is on!!! What\'s your secret to success

I can tell you a few tips that have helped me be what I consider successful. However, I do still consider myself a newbie without a bag full of trophies, but I have found some tactics that work better than others. I started hunting the woods of St Helena seriously about 4 years ago and have learned so do's and don'ts of that area.

#1 I personally do not use crow calls or hoots to locate a turkey on the roost, and have been more successful by doing no locator calling. Instead, I have been trying very soft and subtle tree yelps right before sunrise. Normally with a glass or slate pot call that I find best to control volume.

#2 locating in the middle of the day or evening, I have had best success with a wingbone and a box call.

#3 Practicing the less is more tactic when calling, call less, and again, not as loud. If the turkey responds and is moving closer, I stop yelping altogether and go to a put or purr if any at all.

#4 Some of the products I have found to be better than others, Primos Jackpot Glass or Slate, Woodhaven Cherry Box, Preston Pittman Diaphram (blue saphire), Talkin the talk glass pot, also like the mouth calls too (swamp ghost) is my favorite.

A combination of above has had me in shooting shooting distance of a mature turkey for the last 2 years, for one reason or another I was not able to seal the deal but I have high hopes of meeting up with him again this year. Hopefully luck will be on my side and I can close the final chapter on that turkey.

What kinda go to products or tips do you have up your sleeve?

March 19, 2014 at 6:51pm
A comment titled: Agreed in response to a report titled: How to become a better hunter

I agree with the other two posters, I would even take some feed and a couple game cameras and set out now. The deer have not shed their antlers yet so you could get a good idea of whats in the area. It may allow you to knock a few spots off your list for early next year, so you have time to focus on areas that you know hold big deer. If you find where they are now you can go ahead and plan your spots. If you're going to bowhunt, you need 2 set-ups for the most common wind direction that you will be hunting. Here in the south 70% of the bowseason we will have a southeast wind so plan to enter your hunting area from the northwest (if possible). If you plan to feed, or hunt feed trees, place your stand where the wind hits you in the face for the wind you expect to hunt. I would also have a setup for a North wind, for later in October when the fronts start rolling in. Same concept, enter from the South, again try to hunt with the wind in your face. Getting set up for multiple wind directions will allow you to hunt several different weather conditions. Focus on feed trees/feed spots, with bedding areas close by. Look for transition Hardwood/pine, Harwood/Cutover, ext. If your going to do any clearing do it way before the season starts, many people for many reasons get in the woods in the middle of Sept trying to get set up for Oct 1. This is a big mistake, the deer pick up on human activity and move to the next remote location (the quality deer you are targeting at least). The absolute number one rule to remember: Do not hunt a stand with a bed wind, at all, ever. This will almost guarantee a 4 1/2 year old will not walk into your set-up. You never want your scent to blow toward bedding areas, trails, or feed locations. Always try to position yourself so the wind blows in the least likely direction for the deer to come in from. Just my ten cents, hope you get that big boy this year.

February 06, 2014 at 10:28pm
A comment titled: Thanks! in response to a report titled: Poaching

Thanks Chris, that is the information I was trying to get by posting here! Unfortunately, I am starting to hear more and more shots like this. I am always looking to the good side of people so I write it off. I heard about the tip program and I am about to start utilizing it, thanks again for the info.

November 20, 2013 at 8:19am
A comment titled: Awesome in response to a report titled: Family Tradition

Got chills reading this one, you must be very proud, heck I am proud for ya! Seems so small but something you can hold on to and be proud of.

November 12, 2013 at 2:28pm
A comment titled: St Helena LA in response to a report titled: Turkeys Gobbling?

Had 2 lighting the woods up Sat morning, sure had my blood pumping, sad I gotta wait till the 23rd to get after em.

March 11, 2013 at 4:04pm
A comment titled: Very nice!!! in response to a report titled: 1st deer

Go ahead young man, what I fine trophy!!!! Reminds me of a nine point I killed sitting on my old mans lap at nine years old. 18 years later I am still looking for another trophy! Cherish these days my friend!

November 01, 2012 at 1:14pm
A comment titled: Hmmm..... in response to a report titled: Classifieds

There has got to be something we can do to fight back..... I say we copy their e-mail address and post mock adds on craigslist for weird pets for sale? Bearded dragons, chinchillas, ext.... Or maybe something like free firewood or something.... I imagine they would get tired of e-mail asking what color chinchilla they had for sale or where they could come pick up the fire wood.

Just a thought haha.

July 03, 2012 at 6:46pm
A comment titled: 'The Law' in response to a report titled: Record deer

Your measuring tape may say it's smaller but go shoot your foot with a 22 rimfire and your other foot with a 204 centerfire and then come tell me which one is smaller..... But that's neither here nor there..... Just a gray area in the law that went the other way.

February 22, 2012 at 12:59pm
A comment titled: Hmmmm..... in response to a report titled: Let's Have Some Hunting Club Reports

The problem as I see it..... I agree that there has been a steady decline in deer harvest per attempts in the last few years (which is a goal that LDWF was trying to get to with the current law that is in place) and that is either sex can be harvested from day one to the last day of the season with some areas of the state starting mid September and going all the way to mid February in some. I see a very big problem with this strategy... and some may agree or disagree. But I certainly have seen a drastic decrease in the deer population where I hunt in St Helena (where I normally take on average 2-3 bucks and a doe every year). My reasoning behind this is because I am a firm believer that a doe should not be taken after about the 2nd week in December.... mainly because in most parts of the state she has already been bred or is very close to being bred. So that leaves about 6-8 weeks a year where does are being harvested that have already been bred. When does are killed late like that it is not just one deer taken out of the herd it's 2 possibly 3 or 4. I live on a main highway in St Helena and every Saturday and Sunday morning I see on average 6-10 deer going down the road loaded on fourwheelers 90% being does and I mean all the way to the end like yesterday for St. Helena. In about a ten square mile area I have gotten pictures of prob 15-20 bucks and I bet I don't have but about 5 or 6 does total in the 4-5 different spots that I hunt. Where it used to be about 1 to 1. Now you take 5 bucks in 1 area that are trying to breed one or two does in a couple hundred acre block what do you think will happen??? The bucks are gonna go find them a doe elswhere... at night! Because these deer have been hunted from the time the suck milk until they die. I see this being a problem with no current solution until we start letting some of these does live and re-generate the population.... Just my 2 cents

January 30, 2012 at 10:01am
A comment titled: Try this one.... in response to a report titled: First hunt

A buddy of mine took his dad to River Rouge Plantation. They have reasonable prices on non trophy deer and you also have a chance to shoot hogs too. You can check out their website just google river rouge plantation. I believe it is 250 for a doe hunt and like 500 for a cull buck. My buddy went on the doe hunt and also shot a hog. The people are very nice Christian people and he definitely will be going back.

December 23, 2011 at 7:29am
A comment titled: Why... in response to a report titled: Browning A-Bolt Question

The only reason I am considering removing it is because from the time I bought the gun I never had to tune it or anything and have always been able to touch bullet holes with it at 100yrds. I originally bought it with the boss on it thinking the gun would have more kick to it; however, after shooting it and being deafened by the sound it has shown to be a pain. So I swapped over to the BOSS CR and it helped lower the blast and I had no change in grouping whatsover so it kinda got me thinking. Do I really need it? I probably will keep the BOSS CR but I really do not like the way it looks, I was just wondering if anyone else had one removed.

Thanks for the comments guys and good luck out there.

December 01, 2011 at 9:38am
A comment titled: Hmmm in response to a report titled: Emergency action required.

Remington Model 700 - Mountain Rifle - 7mm-08, Its short and light, I killed my first deer with it at the age of 8 (200lb 9 point) and just put away my 300 mag to go back to it at age 26 (it's a lifetime gun). I shoot 140 grain hornady bullets but had very good success with 140 grain core loks. Stay away from 130 grain.

November 08, 2011 at 1:57pm
A comment titled: AGHHHH in response to a report titled: Predict the score, get a book

Well I will take any score listed here! I was going to say 35-17 but with Mathieu and Ware suspended who knows.....

October 19, 2011 at 2:39pm
A comment titled: Great post! in response to a report titled: Father's Day Reminder

It is only by the Grace of God that miracles like that happen! Great message to all fathers and sons out there! I can relate but in the exact opposite sense; I have pictures like that of me fishing with my dad and cherish those memories so dearly as this fathers day I will be going visit him at his house where he is battling lung/brain cancer at 50 years old. I can only hope and pray that one day he will again be strong enough to get out in a boat or in a blind to make a few more memories like those. Happy father day to all of the great dads out there!!!

June 17, 2011 at 7:38am
A comment titled: Frog in response to a report titled: ribbet frog suggestions

The best advice I can offer is use a very sharp hook; I prefer a Gamagatsu G-Lock Worm Hook in a 3/0 or 4/0, and I run them all the way through the frog so the point sits in the notch on the top of the frog so when you set the hook it doesnt have to go through the whole frog. Then I normally leave slack and wait till the fish takes the string 6 inches to a foot left or right before I set the hook and that increased my catches a good bit.

Keep in mind too that this time of year the bream are bedding and it could be them just hitting it to try and run it off a bed; so it may not all be misses.

June 15, 2011 at 3:22pm
A comment titled: So true in response to a report titled: Another side of Mothers Day....

Good post and a great reminder to all....I had a first hand account of this Sunday as I went to visit my mother and grandmother in the hospital where they were staying with my dad and taking care of him on the fifth floor of Our Lady of the Lake and if you haven't been on that floor it's dedicated to cancer patients. I noticed a bunch of mothers there taking care of their husbands, children, parents, ext. and I did not meet one without a smile; as me and my mom were on a walk every lady we met wished her happy mothers day with a smile and she did the same. It was a great thing to see because not very much good comes from the 5th floor unless it's a miracle. It's good to recognize others who are less fortunate in these times and I can tell you it means the world when a complete stranger offers kind words as these ladies did.....

May 09, 2011 at 8:38am
A comment titled: Deer movement in response to a report titled: St. Helena area

I hunt in the extreme southwest portion of St. Helena and have seen a good bit a deer movement in the past week. Many does and my father in law killed a nice 8 point 185Lbs and I killed a nice 6 point 180Lbs last week. This week with the moon most of the action has been at night based on the trail cams but the deer are getting started rutting where I am so it should get better for the next week, I would say Sunday-Tuesday would be prime time for some good action.

December 23, 2010 at 11:09am
A comment titled: 7mm08 in response to a report titled: Need Help

I have a Rem 700 7mm-08 and shot the core locks for years in 140 grain and they are deadly 95% of the time the deer don't leave the scene. For no reason other than wanting to try something new I swapped to the Hornady Light Magnums in 139 gr and kinda had the same problem as you; I got it shooting good but the gun still likes the core locks better for some reason. It's not my daily hunter so I am not worried about it but my next box will be core locks.

October 13, 2010 at 8:21am
A comment titled: .... in response to a report titled: squirrel hunting

Sit and wait is the best approach till it rains.... a hunter sounds like a herd of cows coming through the woods right now. Maybe walk the edge of a bayou or creek where the ground is moist if that's possible. Good Luck

October 07, 2010 at 8:15am
A comment titled: >>> in response to a report titled: Season Opener & It tastes like FRIED URINE!

I agree the best method is to let the meat sit in a cooler it is just too easy to throw it in an ice chest until your ready to fool with it. Some prefer to let it sit on ice to get the gamey taste out of it but to me that defeats the purpose. As for the aging of backstraps; they normally don't make it to the fridge or freezer. The only thing I know of that makes a bad smell and taste is their glands.

October 07, 2010 at 8:04am
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