Tuesday, October 28, 2014

8 Point Buck 10/27/14

Last night I went hunting again with my friends from Whitetail Handicapped Hunting and Associates. I shot this great 8 point buck with my Tenpont Maverick crossbow at 25 yards.

It was a great evening hunt, the weather was warm and hardly any wind. The landowner was so nice to talk with as we were getting ready to go.  She wished me good luck on the way in, and I needed all the luck I could get.  Glen and Rich set Beth and I up under an apple tree for the evening hunt, the set up was perfect for my wheelchair. 

I can't thank Glen and Rich enough for all their hard work and the great work their group does every year.  They sure put me on a great buck.  When we were finished hunting and my buck was recovered the landowner and her husband brought out champagne to celebrate!  Their children (6, 8 and 10) came out to see the buck and congratulate me.  It was a Fantastic night with friends enjoying archery season at it's best.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

From My Friends at Whitetail Handicapped Hunting and Associates in Allegheny County

We are a small organization of bow hunters who live and work in the community, we are passionate about people and conservation operating since 2010.

We offer whitetail deer management while providing opportunities for individuals with disabilities to enjoy bow hunting under controlled environments with the highest regard for safety.

Harvest are shared with local landowners as well as local food banks. All deer are professionally processed.  Please help us create lasting memories for individuals with disabilities while controlling our whitetail deer population.  If you are a landowner or person with a disability and would like to participate or have any questions please give us a call.

Monday, October 20, 2014

SOS Emergency Food Rations

SOS Emergency Food Ration's make a great addition to any bug out or hunting pack.  I find these bars to be much better than a candy bar and they provide better nutrition on a long hunting day in a ground blind.

US Coast Gaurd approved for 5 year shelf life under all climatic condtions
  • Each pack contains 9 fortified food bars
  • Designed to sustain life until rescue or addtional food is available
  • Compatible with drinking water restrictions
  • Coconut flavor
  • Per bar: 9 individually wrapped bars in a airtight vacum sealed bag
  • Calories: 410
  • fat: 18g, 7 sat, 3.5 trans
  • cholesterol: 0mg
  • sodium: 15mg
  • total carbs: 53g, dietary fiber 1g, sugars 31g
  • protein: 8g
  • vit A: 6% daily
  • vit C: 15% daily
  • calcium: 2%
  • Iron: 6%
  • Saturday, October 18, 2014

    PA Muzzleloader Season Opener Today

    Today starts ANTLERLESS MUZZLELOADER (Statewide): Oct. 18-25. Hunters can harvest an antlerless deer with the required antlerless license. Good luck to all the smoke pole hunters out in the woods trying to fill their doe tag today.

    Remember that hunter orange is required today!  Be safe and shoot straight.

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    My Knife

    You may remember my post about my Ka Bar knife last month.  I had the opportunity to use it on two Doe so far this year and the first thing people say is "wow, that's a big knife". The second thing they all say is "man that's razor sharp".

    This knife might be a little over kill for gutting a deer, but nobody ever accused me of doing anything halfway.  If I need a sharp knife it's in my bag, I never have to go home and get a bigger knife.  Ka Bar, it's not just for the zombie apocalypse baby.

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    Scopes Are Mounted

    Last night my brother and I mounted two scopes.  The first one, a Nikon 3x9x50 Pro Staff went on my .243 and the second scope was a Bushnell 3x9x40 Trophy Hunter, it went on my Stoeger shotgun.  The Truglo shotgun scope I was going to mount looked cheap and the eye relief was not good for the weaver 93 mount I had.

    We used medium (blue) Loctite on all the screws to keep everything locked down tight.  The Nikon used regular screws and the Bushnell used allen screws.  They were both easy to install.  We also bore sighted both scopes using the laser Sightmark.

    The next step is getting both rifle and shotgun to the range to complete the sighting in process.  I want to do this while the weather is still nice.

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    Weber Smoker

    Yesterday I fired up my new Weber smoker with charcoal and added mesquite wood to smoke several dinners.  Turkey breast, Chicken breast, Pork loin and a beef roast were all smoked on the new Smokey mountain series cooker.

    It was very easy to do and was the best bbq I have ever eaten by far.  The smoker was perfect and I can't wait to try it again soon on Pheasant, Russian boar, and Venison.

    Monday, October 13, 2014

    Reporting Your Harvest in Pa

    Reporting your deer harvest in Pa is really easy.  It can be done by snail mail (US post office) no postage necessary,  The game commission also has an APP for $9.99 as well as a free online program that allows users to complete the process in a matter of minutes. 

    I reported my two doe kills online at the game commission site for free.  Use the quick link on the right side of the home page (Report a Harvest)

    Remember to tag your deer before moving it and always report your harvest to the Game Commission.  It's up to us to manage our states wildlife resources.

    Sunday, October 12, 2014

    Mature Doe at 12 Yards

    Last night I was hunting with some friends from Whitetail handicapped hunting associates and managed to take a very nice mature Doe.  We hunted a few spots using the ground blind first. They pushed several deer my way including a nice six point but I was unable to get a shot at him.

    The next set up I just blended into my natural environment and had a few doe go bye.  I also had a few turkeys walk right in front of me at 18 yards.  The guys worked really hard getting my everyday wheelchair in and out of the woods, up some very steep hills.  It was not easy by any means.

    The last set up proved to be the best and I shot this nice doe at 12 yards, dropping her in her tracks.  It was a great hunt with great people using my crossbow.  I am really impressed with my Magnus Broadheads, they are two for two with no tracking necessary on doe's this season.

    Thanks Beth, Glen, Rich, Mark and Marty for getting me out and onto deer. I had a great night and will remember this hunt for a long time!  All of our hard work paid off and my freezer will be full of delicious venison.

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    Stoeger M3000

    This is my new Stoeger shotgun, it is a semi automatic 12 gauge. I have not had the opportunity to shoot it yet but I'm looking forward to getting it set up and taking it to the range soon. This shotgun received great reviews and comes with three chokes including a turkey choke.

    I had so much fun shooting pheasants and clay pigeons this year I thought getting a semi automatic shotgun would make things easier next year. Loading a pump shotgun in my adapted brace was difficult and I believe this semi auto will allow me to take a follow-up shot if necessary.

    I have the same scope on my Mossberg and it works out really well. I plan on mounting the scope on the new Stoeger and getting it patterned while the weather is still nice.  Having a scope on my shotgun really improves my accuracy. I can't wait to take this shotgun to the next ham and bacon shoot sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania wounded  warrior group.