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Friday, August 15, 2014

Crossbow Practice

I did a little shooting yesterday with my Tenpoint Maverick crossbow.  It's the first time I have shot my crossbow since last year.  As you can see, I am shooting just a hair to the right.  The next time out I will adjust my scope and get into the black.

This was the first shot at twenty yards.
This was at 40 yards

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Plano Manta Crossbow Case

I just purchased the Manta Crossbow Case for my Tenpoint crossbow.  It looks like a great hard case with plenty of room for my xbow and accessories.  This is not going to be my everyday case, I will just use it for long trips. 
After putting it together I can say the directions were bad.  The pictures were so dark I could not see them.  This Youtube video was very helpful, I believe I could do brain surgery if I watched it a few times... 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

.243 Shooting, BMF Trigger Adapter

It's been a long time since I have shot a rifle, I am more interested in crossbow hunting. But I wanted to shoot my .243 for an upcoming hog hunt in September.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Trail Camera 2014

It's been a while since I have posted. I have been busy fishing and shooting, as well as  preparing for the upcoming seasons. Here is the first trail camera picture of the year. It looks like we have one buck in the area.  It's pictures like this that motivate me to sharpen my abilities with my crossbow.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

Ham and Bacon Shoot June 1, 2014

I was able to shoot this weekend at the Western Pa Wounded Warriors Ham and Bacon Shoot at California Hill Gun Club.  I had a fantastic day of shooting.  I won bacon on the first shoot, a ham on the second and lost the third shoot in a shootout to Shelly after we tied (15 shooters each round).

Ed designed and built a new battery operated trigger for my Air Rifle.  This was the first time I ever shot this Air Rifle.  I think I will keep it, lol.  Stay tuned for more shooting stories this summer.

Monday, May 12, 2014


I was out hunting Saturday morning and had these three hens around me for over three hours. Anywhere from 10 feet to 40 yards. If they only had beards I would be a happy man right now. They were like live decoys! Thanks Austin Young for all of your calling and hard work this morning.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

1st Day of Pa Turkey Season

I went hunting on Saturday morning.  It was the first day of the Pennsylvania spring turkey season.  I was hunting with the Western Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors in 84 pa.

Jeff and Hayes helped Phillip and me get to and into the ground blind then Hayes set up our decoys for us.  Phillip and I got our wheelchairs set up and began calling.

It was a beautiful morning and we were seeing birds right away.  The first turkey made an appearance at daybreak, it was a hen at 150 yards.  She came into about 50 yards and milled around for quite sometime.

Next, out came a nice gobbler and three hens. He was strutting at 100 yards but would not leave his hens.  It was beautiful to see.

A short time later a long beard appeared 10 yards from my ground blind just to my right. Neither Phillip nor I could turn our chairs to get a shot at him. He was a boss Tom and strutting for our decoys.  It wasn't long before a second gobbler appeared to the right. Again neither one of us could get a shot. But at least we were seeing birds.

Around 10 AM a nice gobbler started strutting 60 yards in front of me. After a while I decided it was now or never and I had to take the shot, he was not going to come in any closer. I rolled the Tom over with my shot and he was flopping around. Phillip shot and hit him at this point (I only load 1 shell) but this gobbler got up and flew down over the bank.

Hayes went to look for my turkey but was unable to find him. Turkey's are tough to kill especially at 60 yards even with 3" magnum 12 gauge #6 loads.

I am hoping to go out this Saturday and try my new box call from Thunder Mountain Game Calls.  Wish me luck!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Mobility-challenged fishing

Find it hard to get around, especially on the water? The Post-Gazette will hold a free mobility-challenged fishing event Sun., May 18 on Loyalhanna Creek in Westmoreland County. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the state will block motor traffic on the low cement Sleepy Hollow bridge connecting eastbound and westbound Route 30 west of Ligonier, one mile east of Route 217. The Fish and Boat Commission will waive license requirements and provide participants with rods, tackle and adaptive gear, and outdoors editor John Hayes and members of Forbes Road Trout Unlimited will serve as fast-water fishing coaches. Live bait, bottled water and pizza provided. Registration required at 412-263-1991 or