Wednesday, October 31, 2012

i Phone Scope Wounded Warrior

I need your old i-phone if the camera works. We have a blind wounded warrior who wants to deer hunt this year. I want to add the i-phone to his scope so his buddy can direct his aim and tell him when to shoot. Please pass this on to your friends and message me if you have one, thanks!

Western Pa Wounded Warriors
139 Mitchell Road
Eighty Four Pa 15330
care of Greg

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Packing For Illinois Archery Hunt

I am in the final planning and packing stages for my up coming Illinois whitetail archery hunt.  I have always been a big list maker (OCD) and enjoy the preparation as part of the hunt.

Archery hunting has always been my passion and I am so thankful to have this opportunity to go hunting.  I hope the weather improves for my hunt, hurricane Sandy should be long gone by the time I am in my ground blind.  It could be 60 or 10 degree's so I'm packing everything!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween 2012, Bug Out Bag ready....

As hurricane Sandy ravages the east coast, I was directing the carving of my 2012 pumpkin.  I have a thing for Grim Reapers so that's always my favorite design.

I have my Bug Out Bag ready just in case it hits Pittsburgh hard.  Now where do I pack my pumpkin?


- 1 Book of matches

- 1 zippo Lighter

- 2 Carabiners

- 2 Zip Lock Bags (Cover w/ 100 mph tape)

- 50’ 550 cord

- Air force survival Knife

- Band Aids

- Canteen w/ Cup

- Catheters/kit

- Cotton Balls

- Emergency Space blanket

- Extra glasses

- Gauze

- Gerber Multi-Tool

- hand sanitizer

- Iodine

- Lip Balm (Carmex)

- Medication

- Motrin

- Neosporin

- Poncho & Poncho Liner

- Propane

- Sewing Kit

- small stove top

- SOG Tomahawk

- Surgical gloves

- Surgical Tape

- Tweezers

- USB important numbers, information

-4 glow sticks

-Backtracker GPS

-Emergency radio

-Headlamp extra batteries


-tea bags, sugar, power bar, beef jerky


Wounded Warrior's Buck Sets McAlester Army Plant Record : The Outdoor Wire

Wounded Warrior's Buck Sets McAlester Army Plant Record : The Outdoor Wire

Fantastic, I love to see our veterans harvest a big buck!  Thats great news.

Quinton Picone, 23, harvested this nine-point buck Oct. 12 at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant during a Wounded Warriors in Action hunt. Picone is undergoing rehabilitation after losing both lower legs in 2011 while serving in the Army in Afghanistan. His buck set a new base record for the heaviest deer taken on the property.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Illinois Archery Buck 2012

My outfitter just sent me a picture from the first night of archery season in Illinois this year.  I would say it's off to a big start.

Ryan from LED Outdoors still has a few spots open for this year.  I can't wait for my archery hunt to start, if you want to join me give him a call.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

FAB Defense Collapsible Stock With Magazine Well

FAB Defense Collapsible Stock With Magazine Well

I think this is a great idea but I'm not crazy about the $122.40 price tag.  I would like to see all future AR-15 manufactures make this type of buttstock standard.  It would be nice to have an extra 10 round clip so close.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pa Fall Turkey 2012, Rifle

Remember you can use a rifle this year in Pa for fall turkey season in most Mgt. Areas.  Be sure to check your area and always obey game laws. 

Either sex turkey can be harvested in the fall but be sure of your target and what's behind the turkey.  No game animal is ever worth the risk of an accidental shooting.

Even though rifle's are legal in my area, I still plan on using my crossbow for turkey.  Before my injury I used a compound bow one turkey season with success but have never taken  a bird with my crossbow.  I'm hoping to change that statistic this year...

Thursday, October 25, 2012

This Explains a Lot

Pa Turkey Season Fall 2012

It's about to start...  Fall turkey in Pa, I can't wait to take a bird with my crossbow !

SEASON OPENER: Wild Turkey, season limit 1
Oct 27-Nov 16 WMU 2B (shotgun and bow & arrow)
Oct 27-Nov 10 WMUs 1A, 1B, 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 4A, 4B and 4D
Oct 27-Nov 15 WMUs 2F, 2G, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4C and 4E
Oct 30-Nov 1 WMU 5A

*Closed to fall turkey hunting: WMUs 5B, 5C and 5D
More details on page 35 of the Digest at

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Summit Treestands Recalls Hunters' Tree Stands Due to Fall Hazard

Consumer Contact: Summit Treestands, LLC, toll free at (855)375-9808, anytime or website click on the Recall icon for more information.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Crush Series: Perch, Stoop and Ledge Treestands for hunters

Units: About 2,900

Manufacturer: Summit Treestands, LLC, of Decatur, Ala.

Hazard: The tree stand's hanging strap assembly could dislodge from the tree stand or fail to restrain or hold properly on the tree, posing a fall hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: The recalled hunters' tree stands have the following names and item numbers: Crush Series Perch, number 82069; Crush Series Stoop, number 82070; and Crush Series Ledge number 82071. The tree stands include the main stand platform and seat with a green cinch strap and a tan tree stand hanging strap assembly, which consists of one nylon strap with a hook and an adjustment portion with a metal buckle and a matching nylon tab and a hook. This hanging strap assembly has the recalled item numbers printed on the safety label attached near the buckle.

Sold at: Hunting stores and in catalogs such as Bass Pro Shops, Cabelas and others nationwide from July 2012 through August 2012 for between $70 to $100.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

I think this would make a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.... thoughts?  Send me your pumpkin pictures.

Rabbit, Quail and Pheasant Start Saturday

If you are looking to get out this weekend for archery, remember it is also the start or rabbiit and pheasant season.  Hunters maybe working their dogs so as always, "safety first."
RABBIT (Cottontail): Oct. 20-Nov. 24, Dec. 10-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 23 (4 daily, 8 possession).

PHEASANT: Male only in WMUs 2A, 2C, 4C, 4E, 5A and 5B – Oct. 20-Nov. 24. Male and female may be taken in all other WMUs – Oct. 20-Nov. 24, Dec. 10-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 2 (2 daily, 4 in possession). There is no open season for the taking of pheasants in any Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas in any WMU.

BOBWHITE QUAIL: Oct. 20-Nov. 24 (4 daily, 8 possession). (Closed in WMUs 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 5C and 5D.)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Adams County CWDS Mgt Area in Pa

The Game Commission designated a 600 mile area in Adams County as a CWDS unit.

As part of the Game Commission’s order, which is part of the response plan, Roe used emergency regulatory authority to set in place a variety of actions that will impact hunters. Namely:
1. Hunters within the DMA are prohibited from moving high-risk parts outside of the DMA. High-risk cervid parts include: the head (including brain, tonsils, eyes and any lymph nodes); spinal cord/backbone; spleen; skull plate with attached antlers, if visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; cape, if visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; upper canine teeth, if root structure or other soft tissue is present; any object or article containing visible brain or spinal cord tissue; unfinished taxidermy mounts; and brain-tanned hides. Parts not considered high-risk include: meat, without the backbone; cleaned skull plate with attached antlers, if no visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; tanned hide or raw hide with no visible brain or spinal cord tissue present; cape, if no visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; upper canine teeth, if no root structure or other soft tissue is present; and finished taxidermy mounts. To accomplish this, the agency will contract with processors to be available at the check station to serve those hunters who plan to move their harvest outside of the DMA without taking high-risk parts with them.

2. Hunters who harvest a deer within the DMA during the two-week firearms deer season (Nov. 26-Dec. 8) are required to bring their deer to a mandatory check station so that samples can be collected for CWD testing. For those participating in any other deer season prior to or after the two-week firearms deer season within the DMA, bringing harvested deer to the check station is voluntary, but encouraged. Deer harvested outside of the DMA will not be eligible for testing at the check station; however, hunters may get their deer checked by the Department of Agriculture’s Veterinary Laboratory, for a fee, by calling 717-787-8808

The check station is the Game Commission maintenance building on State Game Land 249, 1070 Lake Meade Road, East Berlin, Adams County.

The check station will begin operation from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, through Tuesday, Oct. 23, except for Sunday, when the check station will be closed. Details about check station hours for the remainder of the early archery and the regular firearms deer season, as well as the late archery and flintlock seasons, will be announced at a later date.

The benefit to the hunter is two-fold: the Game Commission will cover the cost of having the animal tested, and the hunter will be notified if the harvested deer is found to be infected with CWD. The benefit to the agency is that it will be able to test a sufficient number of deer within the DMA without having to resort to culling deer simply for testing.

3. Hunters within the DMA are prohibited from using or possessing any cervid urine-based attractants. Such attractants cause deer to congregate in certain areas and increases the likelihood that CWD could spread if it is found in the wild.

Additionally, Roe noted that the order prohibits the rehabilitation of deer within the DMA, as those deer will be euthanized and tested for CWD.

The order also prohibits the feeding of cervids, which causes deer to congregate in certain areas and increases the likelihood that CWD could spread if it is found in the wild.

Finally, those individuals with a menagerie permit from the Game Commission will be prohibited from transporting live deer into or out of the DMA, and no new menagerie permits will be issued for locations within the DMA.

The order does not impact cervid livestock operations, which are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Travel Prep

I ordered a spare 12'' trailer tire / wheel this week for my 4 x 6' trailer.  I use the trailer for my Action TrackChair.  I thought it would be a good idea for the upcoming hunt.

My van goes into the shop tomorrow for a strange rattle.  I think it's the muffler but I can't tell.  I also need to get 4 new tires for the trip, I may run into snow in Illinois.  I am really trying to be prepared for this trip.  I think it will be my last western whitetail hunt.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Ground Blinds Sent

Today I sent two of my ground blinds out to my outfitter in IL. to get put into place for my November hunt.  Deer do not like ground blinds as a general rule, so it's important to set the blinds out a few weeks early and let the deer become familiar with the ground blind.

I am also rounding up all my gear for the trip and getting the van/trailer ready.  There is so much preparation that goes into a travel hunt.  What are your tips, plans for a big hunt?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

“The John E. Phillips Sampler: Hunting, Fishing and More”

In this new ebook, award-winning author John E. Phillips gives you an opportunity to look inside eight of his newest outdoor books. In:

Chapter 1, you’ll meet deer hunter Michael Ahlfeldt, who teaches you how to find and take the buck of a lifetime with your bow;

Chapter 2, you’ll not only read bass pro Kevin VanDam’s secrets for consistency in bass fishing, you’ll actually get to click on a video to see and hear him talk about how he consistently wins bass tournaments year after year;

Chapter 3, Greg Miller, one of the nation’s best-known whitetail hunters, will tell you how he hunts and takes PhD whitetails – some of the smartest hunter-dodgers in the world;

Chapter 4, Wayne Carlton, one of the nation’s best-known elk hunters and elk callers, will teach you how to find a big bull elk;

Chapter 5 you’ll learn how to hand-grab catfish and see videos of guys and girls catching big flatheads in Mississippi;

Chapter 6, you’ll not only learn how to set-up on gobblers, but be able to view videos with Harold Knight, co-founder of Knight and Hale Game Calls and a man who’s spent his entire life hunting turkeys;

Chapter 7, you’ll learn tactics for catching speckled trout from public reefs anywhere;

Chapter 8, Scot Hollonbeck will show you the true meaning of courage – how to find it, and what to do once you’ve gained it.


This sampler enables you to take a brief look into the outdoor world of John E. Phillips and some of the celebrities and top-notch outdoorsmen he’s met, interviewed, learned from and written about for more than 40 years. This sampler tells their stories to help you have more success in hunting, fishing and the world of the outdoors.


To get “The John E. Phillips Sampler: Hunting, Fishing and More” by John E. Phillips, go to . Or, go to, type in the name of the book, and download it to your Kindle and/or download a Kindle app for your iPad, SmartPhone or computer.  


Friday, October 12, 2012

Deer Recipes

If you are looking for some great recipes for your deer this year, check out this great book on kindle by John E Phillips,  Deer & Fixings

He has some great ideas in this book and believe me, my tailgating will improve as soon as I can harvest a deer this year!  My favorite is the Chestnut Meatballs, they are delicious!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

A Clean Miss

Yesterday was a beautiful day in the ground blind. I love the weather in early October and everything about archery season.

Watching squirrels, groundhogs and of course turkeys while waiting for a mature deer to walk by is how I love to spend my early fall days.

I had the opportunity to harvest a mature Doe last night and missed completely, shooting underneath her. She was at my extreme right as far as visibility and mobility from my ground blind goes. I thought the deer was at 22 yards, turns out she was at 30.

It was a rookie mistake not to range that area over to my far right. I was just not expecting a shot there. Every year I learn something new about archery hunting. Now if I can only remember everything for next time....

Saturday, October 6, 2012

John's 2012 Archery Buck

Last night my brother harvested this nice eight point whitetail buck with his Parker Buckbuster 175 crossbow.  He was using Rage 100 grain, two blade broadheads.
The buck was shot from his tree stand quartering away at 18 yards and was quickly recovered.  Congratulations John on a nice Pa buck! Now you need a turkey and a few Doe to fill the freezer for 2012.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Sightmark Releases Boresight for Crossbows

Sightmark Releases Boresight for Crossbows

Ok, I'm a gadget freak.  I freely admit that and regularly attend meetings for my addiction.  But come on, do we really need a bore sight for our crossbows?  Is it that difficult to sight in a crossbow?  I think I will keep my $36.00 and buy broadheads or more about you?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pa Early Firearms Season 2012

To participate in the early muzzleloader season (Oct. 13-20), hunters must have a general hunting license, muzzleloader stamp and a valid antlerless deer license or Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) antlerless deer permit. Hunters may use in-line, percussion and flintlock muzzleloaders during the early muzzleloader season. They also may use scopes, peep-sights and other lawful sighting devices on muzzleloaders during the October hunt.

To participate in the special firearms antlerless season (Oct. 18-20), hunters must have a general hunting license and a valid antlerless deer license, and qualify in one of the following license categories: resident junior or senior license holders; nonresident junior license holder; nonresident adult license holders age 65 or older; hold a disabled person permit to use a vehicle as a blind; be residents who are serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces; or qualify for license and fee exceptions under section 2706. Sporting arms permitted include: manually-operated center-fire rifles, handguns and shotguns; 44-caliber or larger muzzleloading long guns; 50-caliber or larger muzzleloading handguns; long, recurve or compound bows; and crossbows.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

SOG Tomahawk

I am not sure I will ever need this Sog Tactical Tomahawk but I bought one anyway.  I rarely fight zombies these days or breach doors and I'm reasonable sure I will never need to chop my way out of a building, but now I'm ready.

The next step is mounting the tomahawk on the action trackchair.  Yes, you will notice me if we run into each other out bow hunting this year, say hello...

Monday, October 1, 2012

Deer Ticks in Pa

PSU has a great article about ticks in Pa that every hunter or outdoors person should read. 

As a Hunter with a disability (paralysis) I am unable to feel from the chest down. This can present many dangerous situations (frostbite, burns, injury, etc.) including tick bites.

It's very important that after every hunting excursion or day in the field someone thoroughly checks my skin for any damage or bites. A tick can easily attach itself anywhere on my body and I would not be able to feel it.

If you are a Hunter with a disability don't forget to have someone check you over when the day is done. Lyme disease is no joke and ticks are everywhere in Pennsylvania!