Kansas Muzzleloader Success

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As usual, my dad pulled the trigger first and downed a nice Kansas buck the first evening.  We’re now in day 4 of 5 and I’ve yet to see anything I’d like to shoot.  The weather has been decent, but the deer movement has been less than stellar.  Rather than move stands, I’m going to sit still and wait it out.  Patience is not only a virtue, it also kills deer.

Kansas Kickoff

kanasssWith hunters already in the deer woods in Kentucky, it is official, deer season is on us again.  With just under 4 days left, I head to Kansas this weekend for the early muzzleloader season.  It will be my 4th year doing this hunt and it is shaping up to be one of the best.

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Importance of the Cold Bore Shot

Shooting my bow in the evenings is one of my favorite thing to do this time of year.  It helps get the cobwebs out and puts me in the mind to bow hunt.  It also could go without saying that the practice time is irreplaceable when a shot in the field presents itself.  But am I doing all I can do to maximize my efforts? [Read more…]

Deer Management’s Dark Side

Back in 2011, Bill Winke from Midwest Whitetail wrote a very interesting piece called The Dark Side of Deer Management.  I recently discovered it and found myself nodding my head in agreement almost the whole way through it.  I’ve been a skeptic of new age hunting practices about as long as they’ve been coming out with them and this article makes me feel somewhat vindicated.  A more thorough response the piece has prompted will be forthcoming.  LINK

Shooting the Benjamin Marauder

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It’s been a while since I got my Marauder finished up and I’ve been jonesin’ to get it out and shoot it.  The weather hasn’t been good for anything other than building an arc lately so I had to wait for the right day.  I was lucky enough to get a day with no rain and more importantly, no significant wind, so I took full advantage of it.  I know what the Marauder can do up close, so it was time to stretch it out a little bit.   [Read more…]

Followup: Burris Speedbead and Fastfire III

speedbead3While I’ve railed against the use of shotgun optics for a long time, I’ve come to realize they do serve a valid purpose in certain situations.  For instance, when patterning different loads, you might find a particular shell patterns very well but the point of impact is not where the bead is being held.  If you’re just using the bead on the barrel, you’re forced to find another load that has a truer point of impact.  The other nice part of having a sight like the FastFire III is your cheek can creep off the stock and you will still hit what you’re holding on.  So ok, I’ll eat my words.  Shotgun optics do have a purpose. [Read more…]

First look: Burris Speedbead With Fastfire III

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After thinking about it for some time, my dad has decided to add an optic to his turkey gun.  I’ve seen just about everything stuck to the top of a shotgun receiver.  I even saw a guy with a Trijicon ACOG mounted on his turkey gun.  This Burris unit is a little more slick than most.

Let’s start with the mount.  A lot of shotguns are drilled and tapped for scope mounts.  I know most of the Benelli turkey guns are.  This allows the traditional mount point on top of the receiver via a standard scope base or picatinny rail.  The Browning Maxus comes with no mounting holes.  You’re also not able to drill and tap it because it is made of an aluminum alloy.  Enter the Speedbead from Burris.  It is sandwiched between the receiver and stock and doesn’t require any permanent modifications.  The mount also lets the sight ride a little lower than if it was mounted on the receiver so in theory, you could sight through it down the barrel if the batteries in the sight died.

At first look, the Burris Speedbead looks to be a solid alternative to a traditional optic mount.  Once we get the gun zeroed, I’ll further review the actual sight and cover any issues that might pop up with the mount.  So far, though, so good.


Anti-Hunter Gets Shot in the Face

This is what happens stupidity gets the best of people.  You wade through a slough trying to “save” crippled ducks, you get what you deserve.  I hope this brand of stupidity stays in Australia.

Gear Test: Mountain Khakis Original Mountain Pants

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Khaki pants are part of my work uniform and I’m not talking about a pressed pair of Dockers, either.  A good portion of my job includes working on a sporting clays range loading, moving, and servicing the trap machines.  Battery acid holes and grease stains are the norm.  If there’s one thing I’m qualified to tear apart, it’s a good pair of khaki pants.

These pants come in two fits, relaxed and broadway.  I have both and the broadway fits much better.  The relaxed are too baggy.  Maybe for a bigger person they would be ok, but they hang off of me.  They might not be bad in the winter with base layers but on their own, they’re like M.C. Hammer pants.  The broadway fit is where it’s at.

The material is heavy but not heavy enough to be restrictive or uncomfortable.  I have lots of Carhartt stuff but the canvas is just a little to heavy for everyday use, or wearing it without base layers.  The Mountain Khaki fabric is a little softer and a little thinner, but every bit as rugged.  It is a quality item.  The stitching is heavy and after three months of hard use, there are no real signs of wear other than some minor fading.

mk3  One of my favorite thing about the Mountain Khakis is the dual pocket on the right side.  The flat spot on the outer pocket holds a knife clip perfectly and keeps you from scratching the top of your hand every time you dig into your front pocket.  It’s pretty well thought out.

I’ve destroyed just about every pair of khaki pants I’ve worn to work over the past 4 years but so far the Mountain Khakis are holding strong.  They’re comfortable, fit well, and are durable.  While they started as my uniform pants, they’re slowly creeping into my everyday wardrobe.  5 out of 5 stars.  Mountain Khakis are legit.  $84.95 mountainkhakis.com



Fly Fishing Underground

It’s summer, so there’s nothing to hunt.  The weather has been windy and rainy for almost a week so shooting anything is out of the question.  The fishing, however, has never been better.  We’ve got plenty of water, the bugs are doing their thing, and most importantly, the trout are cooperating.  Big smiles from happy clients are the norm right now.  Times are good.

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