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to start getting your gear togather
for the up comeing fall hunting seasons.
Rifles to sightin. New ammo to try.
New camo to buy. New knife?
Clean up the stuff you should have
at the end of the season last year.
Make up a list of the things that
need doing and try to do one a day.
Is the way I like to do it, that way
its not such a hard job and before
you know it,it's time to go hunting.
And all your stuff is in top shape.

Its a whole lot better than waiting
tell the night before the season
opens. :D :D :D

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Hey sid, thanks for reminding me bout practicing offhand shootin, almost forgot! I do need to practice, usually everyday I fondle my Marlin 882SS with it's Tasco 4-12x42mm, recently I have been standing up and offhand dry firing with spent shell casings but I forgot that I was practicing! LOL.
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Speaking of off hand shooting do you guy use shooting sticks when hunting. I am not sure how practical they would be for squirrel and other small game, but I started using a homemade pair this summer while hunting groundhog and I can't imagine hunting hogs without them now. It makes the medium to long shots so much better. It might work good if you were sitting and waiting for the squirrle but if you are stalking they are a bit awkward.

Anyway I'm afraid I have been ready for hunting season to open for some time know. I am so tired of being stuck here in my lab grinding away at me disseration I am really looking forward to getting out in the evenings or weekend to do some squirrel hunting. Thanks for the heads up plinker I am salivating that much more to get out in the woods. :)

Later
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Yep,it wont be long now Guys.

Sid sure hope you feel like hunting
this fall,nothing like a good hunting
trip to get you going and ready for
more.
Matt keep up the dry fire practice
it really helps.
mcb,I have used shooting sticks in one
form or other for years and like them
alot.
I shoot year round from all diff.
positions that I use hunting,some I may
never use, but give them a try anyway.
If you shoot right hand,give left hand
a try. Try out bipods,shooting sticks,
pron & sitting ,Kneeling ,and the
squirrel hunters all time best postion
leaning against a tree.
If you going to use a handgun,do it
all over again with the handgun.
Shotgun for turkey,by all means try
the off side shot sitting against a
tree if you will be calling them in.
You will need this one someday.
Shotgun for dove, crow or whatever
a little barnyard skeet wont hurt you
a bit.
Hope this gives you some ideas,anybody
have anymore, lets hear them .
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mcb,

I've been using a set of Stoney Point Steady Stix II for the last couple of years. I wouldn't hunt without them. They are not the ideal rest for high angle shots (I just use a handy tree), but have increased my percentages on the 60+ yard gray squirrel shots.

I'm a sit and wait squirrel hunter, keeping a close eye out for Mr. Bushytail with my binocular. I have one of those low seats (aluminum tubing with woven webbing) that turkey hunters use, keeps my profile low (and my butt dry).

All I have to do is wait; until October 1 :(

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JB

Know what you mean about having to
wait. Our season ,in Va. use to open
in Oct. but now comes in first of Sep.
in western counties.
Oct.is still the best time to hunt
though,esp. when the mournings start
to get cool. I use to really like
cloudy cool misting rain kind of days.
But that seems to be a thing of the
past. Bone dry around hear most all
the time anymore. Get a shower once
in a while enough to keep us going.
And the grass green ,don't grow much.
Not much of a mast crop this year
squirrels may move on,maybe down your way. :D
 

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True Plinker, True.


I am with you. I have been offline for a few days, so I was not in the hunting forum, but that is exactly what I thinking. I started scouting deer for bow season. Put up a portable stand in the yard to practice on. Got to go farm supply to buy a more camo. Got to buy arrows, got to do this go to do that.

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Plinker,

We're as dry as you folks are. The local Corps lake is down 12 feet (900 mile shoreline). My hickory nut tree in the yard is bare. I'm afraid the mast crop may not be good this year.

I love squirrel hunting in October. My local management area's deer archery season begins on the 15th, so the early squirrel season is short. It reopens in December and closes the last day of February. I didn't see another hunter last year during the entire season (squirrel).

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JB

All our seasons over lap each other.
Dang mess. Squirrel and dove start
labor day weekend Squirrel stays in
tell Jan 31. Dove is in and out a couple
of times. Then bow season starts first
sat. in Oct. Turkey the last week in
Oct. Muzzleloader over laps them,followed by reagular firearms
season.Other smallgame seasons ziz zag
in among them.
Its a tuff job just to keep up,but
I give it a good try. :D :D :D
 

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I get to lookin at my schedules and it really depresses me.

School 16 credits Mon through Fri; 9am to 1pm
Work 40 hours Thursday through Tues; Evenings and a two mornings.

I only get 3 evenings a week off :( :( :( Not enuff bow hunting time let alone grouse and duck.

Just dont know.

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JB & Dean

Never enough time when it comes to
hunting,but I have narrowed mine down
some.
Try to get in a couple of early
dove hunts,then cooler days try out
the squirrels,Plus try for a few varmints while I'm out.
Then it turkey season.
Next I take off a week for Muzzleloader
don't do a whole lot of bow hunting
anymore.
After general firearm season weather
premiting I like to get in a few,
whatever days at whatever season that
is in.
The fall is one of the best times
to hunt groundhog and crows so I
always take all my gear in the truck
so I'll be ready for anything.
Beautiful time of year to be outdoors.
 

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Plinker and Dean_311,

I make time for squirrel hunting and small stream fly fishing fishing in the fall. I like the solitude of both pursuits; hardly ever see another hunter or fisherman.

You can never get time back.

JB ;)
 

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Yep.JB time moves on

but I can recall my hunting trips in
vivid detail.
So when I am listening to some of the
blah blah blah at work or anywhere
I'm not very interested in what is going
on,I can replay them sort like a video.
Just sort of tune out the BS of the
world.
 

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Yep!

Had an engineer,that was explaneing
a problem to me a while back,stop and say alright cut it out,where you at in a tree stand somewhere. hee hee :D :D :D
Well, no I was sliping up on a squirrel cutting on an acorn, accually.
 

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plinker bet ya sid got a hold of some cabbage soup;)
plil been there done that. i was worried about keeping up with this team(search and rescue) co.9 well half way up the mountain i had guys half my age takeing breaks. ya my legs hurt but i wasnt out of breath. but now a days i get up and i can either walk or hike 50 plus acres and go to work or barly make it to the car.
in close to 50 years ive been busted up pretty good. from serverd fingers to crushed leg and yep shot one time. to metal plate and more i said more than a half dozen screws holding my left leg together. but i still seem to do it.:D
think it was my dad. or his upbringing.
btw if anybody kept up on n.h.r.a. or i.h.r.a. drag racing. my father was( THE VIRGINIA GENTLEMAN) known as the grand old man of drag racing.
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John

Running up mountains would be a good test, but you didn't mention crawling
around inside of them.Anybody going to
do that had better be in shape or could
find themselves dead.
Me I'll just stay on top by the
entrance and wait.:D :D :D
 

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dang puter acting up plinker. my post was supose to be under shaping-up:D :D :D
if you red my old profile way back i use to love cave crawling //
eiser to spell than spelonking?.
and your right going in or down is easy but ya got to get back out!. ive used rope (static line)a few times fun going down slow rapel. but hell working those accenders getting back out.
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YEP!

I seen the post figuard you were on
the sauce again,:D read one post answered another.
Anyway never was any good going up
or down ropes myself.Don't mine the walking though up or down the moutains.
Good exercise.
 
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