Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend

I would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. As you are celebrating with your friends and family, Please remember the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Big Missouri Turkey

Congratulations Scott Hettinger (C4/5 quadriplegic) on taking this outstanding Missouri gobbler this year. Scott was able to harvest this bird with his Stoeger 12 gauge at 38 yards.  The bird had a 10 3/4'' beard and 1'' spurs.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Moment of Freedom Project

The moment of freedom project  is providing wheelchair users greater access to the outdoors in Tennessee. They are putting in wheelchair accessible ground blinds and making fishing docks more accessible for everyone, making access to the outdoors in Tennessee easier.

 Please check out their video here    And their website here

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Bushnell Banner 4 x 16 x 40mm Scope

My brother mounted a new Bushnell scope with weaver medium profile rings on my Savage A17 yesterday. We decided to use a Bushnell 4 x 16 with lighted reticle. It will light up red or green and will be great for early morning groundhogs. I have a 3 inch sun shield ordered, it will be in soon. I am not sure the scope needs a sun shield, but it will definitely look cool.

Unfortunately I do not have a bore sighter in .17 caliber. But I should be able to get the rifle zeroed in without too much difficulty. My plan is to sight the rifle in .50'' low at 25 yards, then move to 50 yards and 100 yards.

My friend Chuck recently bought the same rifle. He is very impressed with the accuracy, Chuck is easily shooting one inch groups. The Savage A17 is definitely a tack driver and I cannot wait to try it out.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Spring Turkey Success, May 2, 2015

Yesterday was the first day of spring turkey season here in Pennsylvania. Like the last several years I went hunting with the Western Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors in Eighty Four PA. Skip and I were in the DarkWoods ground blind by 6 am.

At 7 AM we had four gobblers working to my right but I was unable to turn my wheelchair for a shot. The birds were at 20 yards but all I could do was watch them and listen to them gobble.

At 8 AM this mature gobbler came from my left and circled  my ground blind. He stayed to the right for 30 minutes at 20 yards gobbling at least 50 times. Skip finally convinced him with soft calls into my decoy set in the front of the ground blind.

The Funky chicken decoy and feeding hen were not moving at all. With no wind or decoy movement, this Tom decided to walk off. I took a chance and moved my wheelchair into position for a shot. At the last second I took the shot at his head at 30 yards while he was walking away. He dropped in his tracks and I had my first spring gobbler since my injury in 1999.

We quickly called Jeff, the President of the Wounded Warriors and he came up to celebrate with us. Harvesting this turkey was absolutely a group effort and I am so thankful for everyone who made this happen.

If you are a person with a disability and would like to try hunting or get back into the woods. Please do your research, find out what is available in your area and pursue your dreams. With the right assistance everyone can enjoy the great outdoors together.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Meat Eater Podcast

I like to watch the sportsman's channel show Meat Eater. Have you ever seen it? Steve Rinella is the host and a very talented hunter, outdoors person and author. I started listening to his podcast earlier this year. You can check it out here

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sighting In My Tenpoint Crossbow

Yesterday afternoon I was sighting in my Tenpoint Crossbow with my new Defender limbs.  I was shooting the new tenpoint 20'' lighted omni nock bolts.

It only took a few shots to get the tenpoint on target.  I was shooting at 20 yards and 30 yards at Falcon Archers.  Saturday is the first day of spring turkey season and I am excited about the opportunity to go hunting again.

I plan on using my shotgun the first day. I purchased an additional Turkey tag, so if I harvest a bird with my shotgun, I can still use my crossbow for a chance at a second Spring gobbler later in the season.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Savage .17 HMR

I picked up the new Savage semi automatic .17 HMR from Field & Stream last week. I am mounting a Bushnell 4 x 16 lighted reticle scope on it.  The reviews all say this savage is a real shooter and is capable of turning in extremely tight groups.

I plan on using it this summer to take out a few varmints (groundhogs and coyotes). It's an extremely accurate flat shooting rifle with very little recoil. It's capable of hitting hard and should be perfect for this type of shooting.

This .17  HMR uses a new ammunition specifically designed for this rimfire rifle. It shoots 100 ft./s faster than any other .17 ammunition on the market.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Coyote Hunting

I had the opportunity to go coyote hunting this week near Bethel Park. The weather was a little bad, windy and at times raining. I was hunting out of my van so fortunately I was not out in the weather.

I was using my Stoeger shotgun with 3 inch Number four turkey loads. The coyotes were not responding to the squealing rabbit call. So we switched over to young coyotes hunting, with excited yelping and barking. Before long we had one howling and answering us. He was about 200 yards out.

The weather turned a little worse and the winds kicked up, so we decided to call it a night. The coyote that was responding would not come in for whatever reason. It was still a fun night, maybe next time I will get a shot.