Monday, September 29, 2014

Fairbank Rod and Gun Club Pheasant Hunt

On Saturday September 27th Fairbank Rod and Gun Club held their 3rd annual Western Pa Wounded Warrior pheasant hunt.  I look forward to this event every year. The men and women at Fairbank are excellent host and they simply can't do enough to make sure we all have a fantastic hunt.

It was another great day in the field.  The weather was beautiful and the ringnecks were flying very well for all of us on the hill.The club put out 100 pheasants for our morning hunt.

For the 3rd year in a row I was able to take a pheasant in flight.  I feel I am becoming a better wing shooter and having the right equipment makes all the difference. The last two years I have been using my custom mount and custom bite trigger that my friend Ed Leeper made for me.  I have become a much more confident shooter using this set up.

Everyone had a great time hunting together.  We enjoy our time hunting together and giving advise and encouragement to each other.  On this hunt we had hunters with quadriplegia, blindness, amputations, paraplegia, ptsd,  heck you name it. Together we are strong and for a short while, just hunters and friends.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pheasant Hunting

I am looking forward to tomorrows 3rd annual Pheasant Hunt  at Fairbank Rod and Gun Club with the Western Pa Wounded Warriors.  The weather is going to be nice and the people at Fairbank are great to hunt with.

What loads do you use for pheasants?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Sightmark 12 Gauge and .243 Review

I recently used the Sightmark laser bore sight to pattern my 12 gauge shotgun. I  think it was very easy to use and it worked very well.  The shotgun shell used three batteries and the.243 used two, the batteries were included with each.
The left and right was spot on accurate using the sight.  I used the laser sight indoors at my home so the up and down needed tweaking at the range.  If I used the sight at the range in low light conditions I am sure it would have been more accurate.

"The Sightmark Laser Bore Sight provides the most convenient and accurate method for sighting in rifles of all types. Simply chamber the bore sight like a regular bullet and a laser dot will show exactly where the rifle is aiming; it’s easy to sight in any scope without firing a single shot. The Sightmark laser bore sight is available in several calibers and gauges for use with all the most popular rifles and shotguns. "

I plan on using the .243 when I install my new Nikon 3 x 9 x 50 scope later next week. I did try it  out with  my current Bushnell scope and it was easy to use and very accurate. Hopefully it makes installing the new scope easy.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Larger groups no longer need to fill out or post rosters.

Groups of five or more people hunting from a permanent camp traditionally have needed to fill out and post a participant roster during big-game seasons.  No more.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today voted unanimously to remove the requirement for such groups, which previously needed to fill out paper rosters in duplicate and post one copy at the camp for at least 30 days following the close of any deer, bear or elk season.

Hunting parties for deer, bear and elk would remain unchanged at a maximum of 25 hunters.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Ham & Bacon Shoot

WPA Wounded Warriors had their last ham and bacon shoot for 2014 yesterday at the California hill gun club.I was fortunate enough to win bacon on my first shoot!  I kept the bite trigger on from the pheasant hunt and it worked out great.

It was a fantastic weekend of shooting for me. Pheasants on Saturday, and bacon on Sunday! I'm looking forward to next Saturday, a pheasant hunt at Fairbank Rod and gun club.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pheasant Hunt McDonald Sportsmen

On Saturday I went pheasant hunting with the Western Pa Wounded Warriors on a hunt sponsored by the McDonald Sportsmen's Association. The hunt was at the McDonald property and it was fantastic! I had so much fun and met so many wonderful people. The weather was perfect and the club property was beautiful. I knew it was going to be a good hunt when I scored my first pheasant without firing a shot, check out this video!


I did manage to take another three pheasants on my own without too much help from Elvira, although she did point and retrieve all of the pheasants.

I was also able to shoot some trap at the club. This is a first for me since my disability. The last time I shot trap was at least 25 years ago. I did not believe I would be able to hit any of the Clay pigeons, but I was able to hit six out of 25 attempts.

After breaking the six clay pigeons everyone congratulated me and I felt like I just won the Olympic gold.  They gave me a new nickname ''the Crusher'' and everyone who volunteered at the shoot ended up signing my sweatshirt by the end of the day.

The club provided a great steak dinner after the shoot and I can't remember when I had so much fun! Everyone there was so nice, it was a perfect Saturday afternoon! I am so glad I had the opportunity to take part in it. I was able to meet some great people and be a part of this great event.  THANK YOU to everyone involved.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Alcohol Stove

How to make an easy alcohol stove from a beverage can in just a few minutes.

Opening Day 2014

Good luck to all the Pa hunters tomorrow.  Archery Doe season starts Saturday morning.  I will not be hunting deer but will be hunting pheasants with the Western Pa Wounded Warriors. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Changing Batteries in the Action Trackchair

I had to get the batteries  changed in my action trackchair yesterday. After several years they would no longer hold a charge.

I found that out the hard way, when I went on my Russian boar hunt. After unloading the chair and transferring into it I realized I had very little power.  I barely made it through the hunt.

Changing the batteries was pretty straightforward. The difficulty was the weight of the batteries in such a confined space and moving the onboard charger.We had difficulty with one bolt while removing the charger and that added a lot of time to the process. From start to finish it was about two hours.

Hopefully I am all set for archery season and the new batteries allow the trackchair to perform up to its capabilities.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Adapted Hunting You Can Do It

If you are a person with a disability and would like to try hunting, I encourage you to do so. With the right assistance and the right equipment, hunting with a disability can be very rewarding.

Prior to my injury in 1999, I was an avid bow hunter. After my spinal cord injury it took me several years before I felt strong enough to attempt hunting again. I am so glad I made the effort to return to the woods.

Look at yourself realistically and do an assessment. Concentrate on the positives you bring to the table and attempt to mitigate or lessen your weaknesses with adaptive equipment or assistance from others.

Research what resources are available close to you and take advantage of the experiences others in the community have had. Set simple goals at first and gradually increase your goals. Keeping in mind that success is not linear and as you problem solve your way to your goal, there will be setbacks.

The most important thing is safety. This includes your safety and all of those around you. Practice with your equipment and become proficient in all you do. Good luck in your endeavors, shoot straight and be safe!