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Episode-1577- Gun and Hunting Wisdom of our Fathers

Thirty Years, Three Thousand Miles, Three Hundred Thousand Rounds, Still Knocks a Dime out at 30 Yards.

75 Bucks when it was Brand New – 30 Years, 3,000 Miles, 300,000 Rounds, Still Knocks a Dime out at 30 Yards, What Else Could You Ask For?

I want to talk about guns today, but a bit differently then you might expect from a “survival podcast” to do.  No ARs, no concealed carry and no ninja like accessories.

No today I want to tell you about the gun wisdom I learned at the hands of my grandfather and father as a young man.  The stories, lessons and realities that made me love guns as the tools they truly are.

You may be shocked to learn I didn’t grow up hearing much about the 2nd amendment or gun rights.  Where I grew up boys hunted squirrels with pellet guns for the table until they hit 12, at that time they could get a hunting license and were handed a 22 or a old single shot Sears brand 20 gauge and told to bring back more now that they had a better gun.

The concept that anyone would ever seek to take a gun away from a man who had never harmed a person with it, was so foreign as to not even be discussed.  While there is a lesson in that alone, we shall save it for another day.  Today I want to take you back to the 1980s in a small town with only two main roads, called RD1 and you guessed it RD2.  The two is Joenstown, the boy is still called John, the squirrels are fat, the deer are plentiful and the year is 1986.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • My first lessons were in how to clean a gun
  • Guns sat in a cabinet, it wasn’t locked, nothing bad ever happened
  • If your rifle has killed a deer every year for a long time, you don’t want a new one
  • The 35 Remington is something special, almost no one knows that
  • Your dad’s 30-06 is an “elephant gun” but it is good for deer too
  • Don’t close one eye, you have two eyes for a reason boy
  • You have natural talent, it will be great when you develop skill to go with it
  • If someone hands you the exact same model of gun but it isn’t yours, you should know it
  • You can’t eat the horns, but it is certainly okay to have some pride in them
  • Hearts are great fried in butter and onions but no one here eats brains
  • Any man or boy for that matter can kill a deer, the skill is in butchering
  • Your shot gun and 22 will often feed your more than your rifle
  • A handgun is mostly for when a rifle isn’t practical
  • Always trust the dog, he is never wrong, even when you are sure of it
  • Never shoot anything in front of your dog that you don’t want him to hunt
  • Pack a lunch and let the yokels do the work
  • If you drop one duck of a pair, be patient and wait for the second to set its wings
  • Trust yourself, the gun will respond correctly if you do
  • See the target not the sites
  • Keep your head down on that shotgun and keep the gun moving
  • If you wound it, you find it, if you fail to find it, you learn from it
  • Bullets are cheap, if it doesn’t go down, shoot it again
  • Every trip into the woods is a scouting trip and a time to learn
  • The true value of a gun is in the hands of the man holding it
  • The guys that go home early, don’t eat well
  • When you start to see what others miss, you are figuring it out
  • Enjoy the experience, it is special, most won’t ever understand that
  • One day you will understand what we are trying to teach you

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Episode-1417- The Amazing NEF/H&R Handi Rifle

265 Pound Boar Taken with a NEF Handi Rifle in 45-70

265 Pound Boar Taken in 2002 with a NEF Handi Rifle in 45-70

On Friday I answered a question about the Rossi Combo guns and steered the caller toward the NEF/H&R Handi Rifle mostly due to the options with the Barrel Accessory Program, that would allow his kids a lot of options as they got older.

Personally I have been an NEF fan for a long time.  In fact I have been a member of the NEF/H&R Yahoo email list since 2001.  That list is a treasure trove of information on the Handi Rifle.  It isn’t very active anymore but that is mostly because you can find an answer to almost any question in its archives.

I decided to dedicate today’s show to the NEF Handi Rifle and the huge number of options that are available in it.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • The basics on the handi rifle
    • Cost
    • Action
    • Advantages
    • Disadvantages
  • How the barrel accessory program works
  • Some of my favorite rifle options available
    • 22 Hornet
    • 223 Remington
    • 243 Winchester
    • 7mm-08 Remington
    • 30-30 Winchester
    • 30-06 Springfield
    • 35 Whelen
    • 357 Magnum
    • 44 Magnum
    • 45-70 Govt
  • Some Cool Shot Gun Options
    • 24″ 12 Gauge with 3.5 inch chamber and screw in chokes
    • 12 Ga 24” Fully Rifled, Rifled Sights
    • 20 Ga 24” Fully-Rifled, w/Scope Rail
    • 20 Ga 26” Mod
    • 28 Ga 22″ and 26″
    • 410 bore 22″ and 26″
  • My thoughts on the Ultimate Combo Kit
    • 22 Hornet
    • 7mm-08
    • 35 Whelen
    • 357 Mag 22”
    • 12 Ga 28” Mod
    • 20 Ga 26” Mod
  • Final Thoughts

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Episode-1356- Scott Jackson from the N.H. Outdoor Learning Center

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Scott Jackson is an established licensed guide in NH & ME. He has spent many years as a bush pilot, trapper, hunter & fisherman in America’s greatest frontier called Alaska. After relocating to New Hampshire, Scott and his wife Barb together have built the New Hampshire Outdoor Learning Center which focuses on teaching outdoorsman/women a variety of outdoor classes not offered anywhere else. Scott’s passion for the outdoors compliments his extensive experience and is demonstrated in every class he teaches.

Scott joins us today to discuss his school and how you learn more about hunting, fishing, camping, wilderness survival, archery, firearms boating and everything outdoors. The New Hampshire Outdoor learning center is an organization dedicated to advanced skillset training that will allow you to master the outdoors and enhance your experiences and success in the woods and on the waters.

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Episode-1289- Learning to Hunt Without a Gun Part 2

I could have called this series learning to hunt without a gun or a bow or a trap or anything but that title would be too long.  Today’s show is part two of a series so you may really wish to listen to part one first if you have not done so already.

This series began as an extension of a listener question I answered two weeks ago about learning to hunt when you had no one to teach you.  No family, no friends, no mentors, no one.  In part one we focused on the following,

  • The primary hurtles to entry
    • Land access
    • Time
    • Knowledge
  • Hunting with a camera, the limits of reality
  • Keeping a game log
  • Understanding game patterns
    • Whitetail deer
      • reading the wind
      • runs, rubs, scrapes, droppings and tracks
      • feeding patterns
      • bedding
      • seasonal effects
      • the rut
      • peak movement times
      • pattern disruption

Again I am assuming today that you have already listened to part one and have the above as background information about our topic today.  I’ll do a VERY brief review in the intro but it will be brief indeed.

Today we continue with the extension of those concepts and cover the following

  • Squirrel Hunting Patterns
    • Seasonal Food
    • Nesting
    • Breeding
    • Predator Response
  • Hunting Tactics
    • Spot and stalk
    • Still hunting
    • Stand/ambush hunting
  • Why this method will make you a great hunter
    • Allows for a faster experience growth curve
    • Focuses on what you can do now
    • Will teach you game behavior
    • Learn from you mistakes when they don’t matter
  • Getting land access for real hunting
    • Public hunting
    • Guided hunting
    • Lease access
    • Private land with permission

     

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Episode-1284- Learning to Hunt Without a Gun – Part One

I should have called it without a gun or a bow or a trap or anything but that title would be too long.  Today’s show is an extension of a listener question I answered last week about learning to hunt when you had no one to teach you.  No family, no friends, no mentors, no one.

My first advice is try to find a mentor of some level and make some hunting friends but even that has limits.  I will tell you why some people seem unhelpful today as part of this show.  It certainly isn’t personal!

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • The primary hurtles to entry
    • Land access
    • Time
    • Knowledge
  • Hunting with a camera, the limits of reality
  • Keeping a game log
  • Understanding game patterns
    • Whitetail deer
      • reading the wind
      • runs, rubs, scrapes, droppings and tracks
      • feeding patterns
      • bedding
      • seasonal effects
      • the rut
      • peak movement times
      • pattern disruption

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-844 – Thoughts on “Take Down” Guns for The Modern Survivalist

One of the many suggestions made for “suggest a show day” was one on take down guns.  A take down gun is exactly what it sounds like, a gun made to be “taken down” so that it becomes smaller, takes up less space and packs easier.   Another advantage is that when it “taken down” form it will be less likely to set off, “hey that bag looks like the guy might have a gun in it alarms”.

The take down gun is often seen in spy or assassin type movies.  Yet it has many other practical applications.  For some people carrying a handgun is out of the question due to laws and regulations.  However in some states you can always carry a rifle if not loaded.  PLEASE CHECK your local regs as in some states an unloaded gun, locked in a trunk can even get you in trouble.

When back packing a small take down rifle or shot gun packs easily and is a better game getter then any handgun.  If you ever were to end up in crisis situation during some sort of mass shooting a rifle is a better tool for the job. Remember that in the Bell Tower shootings in Austin a private citizen with a rifle assisted the officer who stopped the shooter.  Not to mention other armed citizens returned fire and pinned him down.

So the take down gun indeed has many advantages.  As I own a few and have shot a few others I though this would be a great topic to cover.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Take down styles
    • Single shots
    • Double and combo guns
    • Semi auto barrel removal
    • Bolt action barrel removal
    • The AR is a “take down” platform
    • The lever action take down
    • The foldable platforms
    • Pump and semi auto shot guns
  • Thoughts on various models
    • The AR7 (22 LR)
    • Springfield M6 (22LR and 410)
    • The Marlin Papoose (22 LR)
    • The NEF/H&R/Rossi Style Single Shots (mufti caliber and gauge)
    • The KelTec SUB-2000
    • The KelTec SU 16 and 22 Series
    • Browning, Winchester, Savage and Marlin Lever Action Take Downs (various calibers)
    • Pumps like the Remington 870, Mossberg 500 etc.
    • Semi Autos like the Remington 1100
    • All double shot guns and break action combo guns
  • Misunderstandings
    • The 22 is only good for small game
    • Take down guns are only for people that want to “hide a gun”
    • Take down guns are not good for SHTF scenarios
    • Take down guns are more prone to failure
    • Take down guns are not accurate

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Episode-768-Craig Cole from The Outdoor Podcast

Craig Cole from The Outdoor Podcast

Craig Cole from The Outdoor Podcast

Craig Cole is an avid outdoorsman and hunter who decided to start The Outdoor Podcast as a method of sharing his passion for the outdoors with other people.

Craig’s passions range from hunting to canoeing to wilderness self-reliance skills and just about anything and everything outdoors.

He is currently a student of Dave Canterbury’s Phase 1 Course and was published in Issue #3 of Self-Reliance Magazine.  He joins us today to discuss ways we can all find more adventure in our lives and add a sense of realism to our self reliance skills training.

Talking to Craig was great, sort of like chatting to an old friend you had never actually met, I think this will be a great podcast to kick off a fall weekend.

Craig Joins Us Today to Discuss…

  • Adding realism to self reliance
  • Finding Adventure in your life
  • The law of the lowest common denominator
  • Canoes vs. kayaks
  • Skills over stuff
  • Real scenarios that are the most likely to require self reliance skills
  • Practicing skills within your daily activities
  • EDC and day kits
  • Butchering big game
  • Finding an outdoors mentor
  • Small game hunting

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Game Camera Activity 7-19 & 7-20

Only one buck who seems to be the 8-Point from the last video showed up on 7-19 then on 7-20 we had a lot more activity. In total four bucks are seen two large 8-Points I now call “the brothers” a smaller 8-point and a 6-point.

In addition to the raccoons you may also notice a rabbit as it begins to get lighter tward the end of the photos. He starts under the feeder and then ends up off to the right as the deer come back to the feeder. Life is tough for mountain rabbits they are never as big or as fat as field rabbits, may be this little guy will fatten up a bit on the corn?

The game camera is a Bushnell 8MP Trail Camera with Built In Color Viewer I got it at WalMart and here it is on their website.   http://bit.ly/ppp1FJ

I can’t find it anywhere else so I am not sure if this model is perhaps made for WalMart by Bushnell or something to that effect, it isn’t even on Bushnell’s own site. I can tell you based on my experience thus far I think any of the Bushnell cameras are a good investment. Make sure you budget in money for the memory card though.

I just love the way the one big 8 sort of ghosts away at the end. The music playing is “Born Country” by Alabama. I figured that this would make a better youtube video than just a bunch of stills. I run the camera on stills on occasion because it doesn’t provide time stamps when set to video.

New Video Series “Game Camera Footage”

I did a video in the past of the Moultrie Deer Feeder that I have on my property.  Many people liked it but a few made what I consider stereotypical comments about how feeders are akin to shooting fish in a barrel.

As I post videos from the feeder I hope to dispel some of these myths.  Feeders in and off themselves don’t turn deer into highly conditioned trained pets.

That said Deer can become highly conditioned to feeders if…

  • The land owner controls large tracts of land
  • The land owner feeds heavily year round and
  • The land owner maintains a deer density beyond what the land can support with out feeding

In such situations I have seen deer literally run in like dogs to a can opener when the feeder goes off.  In my situation I have 5 acres and only about 3 is dense woodland.  There are thousands of acres of private land around me and I only have access to a neighbors adjoining 5.  My feeder in this environment is nothing but an additional feed source among many others.

In the following video you will see one large buck, this is the only deer that visited the feeder (which has been in operation for months now) in a 24 hour period, he was there in the pitch dark at around 3:15 AM.  Feeders can be effective, but they are not magic and only a tool.  This deer will likely remain largely nocturnal, especially the moment he feels any hunting pressure.

Hopefully this series will be both educational and entertaining.  Who knows what we will see as the series progresses.  I also wonder if the raccoon in this episode knows how fond I am of raccoon stew?

Episode-652- Bow Hunting Deer Part Two

Today we finish our two part series on bow hunting deer.  Today we go into locating and hunting deer based on patterns and behaviors and understanding what drives deer to move during different seasons.   We also examine how to find property to hunt on and role effective scouting plays for the archery hunter.

Join Me Today as We Discuss…

  • Patterns and behaviors
    • Pre rut
    • Rut
    • Feeding and bedding
    • Travel routes – “runs” and “trails”
    • “Home range”
    • Hiding in plain site
    • The effect of pressure
  • Finding game and hunting areas
    • Getting permission on private land
    • State game lands and other public lands
    • Land that is not posted – be careful
    • Leases
    • Buying your own place
  • Scouting
    • After the season
    • Spring
    • Summer
    • Pre Season
    • Game Cameras
  • Things only bow hunters feel, see and know

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