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.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pro Elite Carbon Bolts

This year I will be shooting the 20 inch Carbon Pro Elite Bolt with Omni-Bright Lighted Nocks from Tenpoint.  They turn off much easier than the Burt Coyote bolts I used the last several years. I picked up a dozen bolts from the factory this week.

The Pro Elite 20-inch 22/64ths diameter Easton® carbon fiber arrow is fletched slightly offset with AAE EP-40 Elite Plastifletch 3 7/8" vanes. It is fitted with a 68-grain brass insert and TenPoint’s neon yellow Superbrite Omni-Nock or Omni-Brite lighted nock. Precision engineered by Easton®, Pro Elite shafts are inspected for straightness to within .003 and hand-sorted for weight tolerance to within two grains per dozen.
*Standard-weight / 425-grains
I was able to get blue and white vanes (Penn State). I am looking forward to sending one into a turkey next month!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Second PA Spring Gobbler Tag

I realize this is probably a huge mistake, but I bought a second Spring Gobbler tag from the game commission today. Hunters have the opportunity to purchase a second Spring gobbler tag before the season opens on May 2.

I enjoy hunting turkeys as much as I enjoy deer hunting. I would love to have the chance to take a spring gobbler with my shotgun and crossbow this year. I plan on starting off with my shotgun and if I am successful, then I can use my Tenpoint crossbow for an opportunity at a second gobbler.

How many of you are buying a second tag this year?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Crossbow Maintenance

Its important to check your crossbow for any cracks on the limbs or defects every year. Routine maintenance includes making sure everything is tight and properly lubricated. Tenpoint found a crack in my limb yesterday at the factory and replaced it all under warranty. 

The pro staff at Tenpoint were extremely friendly and made the whole process very easy. It was my first trip to the factory in Ohio but it will not be the last. I plan on taking my crossbow in for inspection and routine maintenance every year.  Check out their tune up special offer HERE

If you are planning to archery hunt turkeys this year, please get your bow or crossbow inspected. Good luck and be safe.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fairbank Rod and Gun Club

Today was the second turkey and bacon shoot at Fairbank rod and gun club.  I managed to win some great bacon. I shot at 40 yards against six able bodied shooters in each round.  It's always good to get out and shoot with friends.  I think this is excellent practice for spring turkey season. I may not be as fast as I used to be, but at least I'm still on target.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Thermacell and Turkey Hunting

Spring turkey season is about to begin here in Pennsylvania. The only negative thing about hunting here in the spring is bugs and mosquitoes.  I have been hearing really great things about Thermacell and decided to give it a try this year.

My friends who have used them say they work great. I only wish I had a  Thermacell on my Spring bear hunt in Canada in the 1990s. Those blackflies could literally carry off small children.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

2015 Pa Spring Turkey Tags

Statewide Spring Gobbler Season: May 2-30, 2015

A second turkey license can be purchased BEFORE the start of the regular spring turkey season (by May 1, 2015) from any issuing agent or online:

See page 32 of the Hunting & Trapping Digest for details:

Monday, April 6, 2015

Black Dagger Military Hunt Club

What is the most rewarding part of our Adaptive Sports Program? When we meet a veteran that has been told they will never be able to accomplish something they loved to do because of an injury. We feel if they have the will to Never Give Up - neither will we! Seeing Fernando shoot again after 10 years, yes that was a great day!
Semper Fi Devil Dog!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Knives of Alaska

Field & Stream had a great deal yesterday on several knives including this one.  It's a camp knife from Knives of Alaska. It was hard to pass up at 40% off. I prefer a fixed blade knife with a full tang, they are practically indestructible.

The Bush Camp Knife is a large 10-1/2" long, full-tang, .14" thick knife with a 6" drop-point blade. The handle is our black rubberized Suregrip. The knife is designed for rugged bush camp field-dressing and cook shack duties.
Special Features
Simple straight-forward design provides user with a practical knife large enough for any outdoor camp and field-dressing task. The blade steel features our "hunter's non-glare matte finish".
Category:The "Bush Camp"
Item Number:00014FG
Rockwell Hardness:59-61
Bevel:18 - 20°
Knife Length:10-1/2"
Blade Length:6"
Weight:8.3 oz

Friday, April 3, 2015


The Pennsylvania Game Commission has launched its new GoHuntPA Toolkit, a features-loaded, free app available through the website.

The app is designed to be handy for hunters, whether they’re viewing it at home in preparation for a hunt, or putting it to the test in the field.

The GoHuntPA Toolkit is the simplest way yet to find huntable tracts of state game lands, learn more about the habitat and wildlife there, and even view maps showing where the parking lots are located. Using augmented reality, the app allows users simply to hold their mobile devices in front of them to see the locations of nearby game lands. And by clicking on the flags that pop up to mark these sites, users can learn more about the tracts. Selecting the “route” option will activate your device’s GPS function and give you turn-by-turn directions to the parking lot of your choice.

Maps available through the app provide a more-detailed look at terrain and access points at game lands statewide. The app also allows users to check weather and daylight conditions, view hunting regulations, seasons and bag limits, and post pictures through Instagram of their days afield. There’s also a tracking feature that allows members of the same hunting party see the locations of others, and mark the sites where they parked or set up camp, to make sure they make it back. Meanwhile, an SOS safety feature allows users to notify friends and family of their exact GPS coordinates in the event of an emergency.

To download the GoHuntPA Toolkit, visit, or simply visit your device’s app store and search for the toolkit by name. The app might not be compatible with older devices or software.Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough said the GoHuntPA Toolkit aims to make hunting in Pennsylvania even more enjoyable, and more importantly, safer. And he urged hunters to download the free app before their next trip afield.

“The GoHuntPA Toolkit places useful and easy-to-access information directly into the palms of hunters’ hands, and makes it available to them wherever they go,” Hough said. “Aside from your license and other essential gear, about the only thing else you’ll need to bring along is a pair of fingerless gloves.”