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112188 No. 112188 ID: bd9939
Anybody else on OPchan kind of outdoorsy? Hunting? Fishing? Bushcraft? Picking berries? even hiking?
Want to be, but don't know how?
Any good or bad stories? Have you done anything recently or not so recently? What do you hunt with?

I've always hunted, if mostly casually. Lately though I've been getting back into it as hard as I can. Last fall I ended up with an average mule deer buck and two does as well as an antelope buck from my solo 5 day trip to eastern Montana. The deer were all quick and easyish besides retrieval but I spent 4+ hours crawling hundreds of yards through open country over prickly pear cactus and sagebrush to get close enough to the herd of 20 or so for a shot at one of the bucks while they grazed. I ended up making my longest hunting shot of just 275 yards with a model 70 .30-06 I had to borrow from my dad right before I left because my .308 Tikka had taken a dump and was giving me light strikes. Angle was a bit off and it ended up breaking the far shoulder and ruining a bit of meat on the passthrough, but that's just how it goes.

This trip made me realize that I much prefer the stupid old Nosler partitions that my dad loaded for years to my fancy accubonds. I have had some extremely mediocre results in the field with accubonds out of my .308 win whereas every single thing I shot at was dead within seconds with significant wound channels and full pass through resulting in faster blood loss (and easier tracking had it been necessary).
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>> No. 112189 ID: bd9939
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I shot my first bear a couple of weeks ago here in western Montana. It was kind of an unplanned encounter, but he stood on his hind legs and we stared at each other 50 yards apart for a moment while I figured the logistics of getting him out in time in my head. When he popped back down and started shuffling off into the dark timber I made up my mind and put a 160 grain .280 AI round behind his shoulder and knocked him off his feet, moments later he expired. I had him skinned and boned via headlamp by 3 AM and was at work after a raced shower by 7 AM with the hide and skull in a cooler for fish wildlife and park inspection on my lunch break.

My father in law hunts bear extensively in Minnesota over bait sites he concocts himself using everything from aged catfish leftovers to day old donuts from the grocery store. In Montana it is illegal to bait bears, so you have to go out and glass clearings in the mountains as they tend to feed down them in the morning and evening. Typically it's a glassing game to find them. While I suppose the long walk thing may be a bit more sporty, I have no problem with baiting. Having visited Minnesota finally, I don't any other way is feasible.

Some notes on bear. I had never eaten the meat before personally. I had always heard that it's very greasy. In my experience of one, this has not been the case. The meat was very lean with little fat. It's kind of a stringy texture and actually is better than venison in my opinion which surprised even me. Most people make it into sausage and whatnot, but I have just done impromptu roasts and steaks. Now in Montana at least there are two bear seasons, one in the spring and one in the fall. Being a spring bear, I suspect maybe he was still lean from hibernating all winter.

I don't have a picture of my bear, but this is from one of the times I was exclusively out bear hunting this spring. I didn't even find any sign on that 12+ mile loop, but I did glass and get into some elk and countless deer of both the mule and white tail variety.
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This was the very end of April and this raghorn still had his antlers. I was a few months too late (or early) for this game though.
>> No. 112191 ID: bd9939
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This is actually the first time I've seen elk in this area. I'd like to see them make a come back.

The botched reintroduction of wolves in Montana took a major toll on elk populations, but mountain lions and poor management in the 80's and 90's are probably more to blame in this particular region.

While they are a significant factor, wolves have become the go-to boogeyman in Montana for all piss poor management consequences. While I buy a tag every year, and actively keep an eye out for a shot I think the dumbest fucking bumper sticker I've ever seen is the stupid common "smoke a pack a day" that the squishy heads around here put on their lifted trucks.

Never mind the fact that you can now go blast a pregnant cow elk in february in bull/cow ratio critical areas thanks to special interest "ranchers".
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I really like foxes, but I was visiting my parent's house when this guy came around to close to my old kitties...
>> No. 112193 ID: bd9939
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This is from last year, but I've pulled out identical or bigger stacks of panfish from my super secret ponds by the railroad tracks the past couple weeks. I've really been trying to switch over to eating as much fish and animals I hunt as possible. I live in an apartment now so a garden isn't really doable. I'll likely never get 100%, but it's definitely helped me lose a bunch of weight...again in a pseudo keto diet I've been doing. I've never been stronger or more fit.

Just have to maintain this time.
>> No. 112194 ID: bd9939
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Have you ever been ice fishing son? It's fucking exhilarating.
>> No. 112195 ID: bd9939
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and sometimes kind of cold
>> No. 112196 ID: bd9939
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Doesn't always have to be about killing stuff though.

Now I am not one of those losers that's always "hurr durr I don't care if I'm not catching anything".

I get bored pretty quickly, if I can't catch anything I'm going home and playing Fallout or looking at guns or something, especially if it's really fucking cold.
>> No. 112197 ID: bd9939
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Anybody do the shed hunting thing?

I found this moose paddle a couple years ago, and I pick up sheds when I find them but I just can't get into this racing around looking for antlers like it's a competition thing. I have nowhere to put the fucking things. Especially deer. You see one deer antler, you've seen them all.

I wouldn't mind finding a nice elk shed or something I guess, but that's only going to happen if I find one spring bear hunting or something.

That's my old Tikka that shit the bed. Made me sad. I ended up getting a super mega deal on a Kimber subalpine in .280 AI which is basically my favorite gun ever.

Now I'm not a Fudd, I've got nice AR's, body armor etc and am a glock guy, I just appreciate all aspects of the hobby.
>> No. 112198 ID: bd9939
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If you can get past the new age fuddoflage, these things are tits for their purpose. Control round feed, three position safety, slightly over 5 pounds, sub moa guaranteed. Look I've hated on Kimber for as long as I can remember, but their rifles are a whole other animal. I am always on the lookout for a super deal on a Montana or fancier level 84m in .308 win as a common ammo backup/dedicated deer gun. I've got a couple hundred pieces of (mostly sorted) lapua brass I can't bring myself to get rid of, and hundreds of bullets. I'm hoping I can prove my previous observation wrong about my 165 grain Nosler Accubonds.

My big game hunting rifle plan is my .280 AI for errything and main rifle, .308 as backup or brushy close up gun and a .35 whelen or .338-06 for "hey buddy, I wounded a bear and he ran into that brush pile" gun. Or future Alaska trips or something.

I bought a no shit SEARS J.C Higgins model 50 built on an FN mauser action cheap the other month in .270 win as my future .35 whelen rebore, but I think I screwed up and the barrel profile is too thin for JES to redrill. No biggie though, it's a long term project anyway as it's really not all that necessary as much as it is fun. I was going to fit and bed it in a fiberglass stock and all that goodness, but I've got too many irons in the fire as it is.
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I started taking my wife up to a couple mountain lakes to go huckleberry picking. I can't really eat them on my diet any more, but they are super good in muffins and stuff. We pick them by the backpack load here without making a dent.

It's only about a mile hike, but it is a hell of a drive. This lake is filled with cutthroat trout.
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Now these morel mushrooms I can eat within reason. With huge fires burning last year these things are going nuts in the burn areas. I picked my limit today off the charred mountainsides but I could have kept going almost indefinitely. Word has gotten out and there were wayyy more people up there than I normally can deal with but everyone was pretty courteous and gave plenty of space. It was a pretty huge fire after all.

I've never actually picked morels before. I guess these are kind of small, but that's alright.
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I can't find a picture of our car tent right now, but here's an old defunct shack I found while elk hunting. I have a couple one man ultralight shelters, but honestly they are not that fun.

I did a gear testing demo with a big agnes 2 person tent with my waifu last spring. I forget which model, but it's the one with only one door. Yeah, no thanks. Way too cramped for family style camping.

Now for elk spike camps and stuff I'm probably going to get one of their 2 man shelters for just myself to replace my current stuff, but with TWO doors.
>> No. 112207 ID: 51b35f
I miss hunting, so I picked up a bow recently and have been practicing a lot.

I've been learning how to make bows and arrows to support this cheaply and I'm discovering a relaxing hobby in turn.

My hunting goal is simple but hard. I want to hunt long horn sheep and buffalo and make composite bows from their horns. Then hunt the next quarry with that bow. And so on.
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I bought a nice Damon Howatt recurve on clearance through work a few years ago with grand plans that never materialized. Fancy easton carbon arrows with original wood look wraps and feathers, really heavy Grizzly single bevel broadheads, old school leather quiver etc. Work was stupid busy and I never got time to practice, and by the time I thought about it hunting season was too close to become proficient enough for ethical shots on an elk and whatnot.

Last Christmas I picked up a basic, but serviceable Bowtech Fuel package compound on clearance again for pennies with grand, but more realistic plans this time. Obviously it still requires lots of practice, but I figured it would be easier to get started on a compound with sights and stuff.

Unfortunately I finally restarted and am just about through the enlistment process for da army after 9 years of fuckery and am probably going to miss this season.

I'm in button down mode for discounted stuff I could use from work before I leave. Planning on a Big Agness Tiger Wall UL3 to replace my itty bitty Six Moon Designs Skyscape so my dumb little spike camps are actually like...useable. I really wanted to take a week or two off in September when zee elkies are talking and pop into the Bob Marshall wilderness or something cool and work from a little camp.
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Say hello to Frankenbow. A Ben Pearson aluminum compound riser from '70s and Samick Sage 40# recurve limbs. It currently measures at 45# at 28", the length of the riser seems to add 5lbs to any limbs I add.

I'll take a better picture eventually.

I also have an old PSE compound that Cable gave me. I call it Trash Bow (lovingly) because he pulled it out of a dumpster some 14 years ago. It's pretty fun too
>> No. 112253 ID: c9fe43
I'm currently farming pineapples. It's damn easy. Just cut the tops off and throw them in the yard.
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