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    VFL got a reaction from hendryhill in Brand New Bow Hunter Shoots His 1st Buck (Pics)   
    That’s what it’s all about! Congrats!
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    VFL reacted to hendryhill in Brand New Bow Hunter Shoots His 1st Buck (Pics)   
    I'd like to think that Chris Jr. and I did a great job mentoring one of his good buddies Stephen who showed an interest in hunting. He shot a doe on opening day and then shot this beautiful 4 or 5 year old buck tonight w/ his compound bow that weighed about 180 pounds!
    Not a bad first week of your hunting career…
    September 18th, 2021
    Somerset County
    A HUGE thank you goes out to my buddy Lee from NJW&W who provided the young man with a free compound bow to get him started!

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    VFL reacted to Nomad in Buck Down   
    Thank you for all the nice comments on the other thread, thought I would post the story if anyone has interest.
    Totally screwed up a few days ago.  Had a bigger buck than this come in to 14 yards in fading light and I shot just under his heart.  Then he ran to 20 yards and I shot in the same place again.  I was totally disgusted, I think I did the old short draw and did not pick a spot.
    Back to the drawing board.   Did a lot of shooting and mental preparation.    Pick a spot, full draw.  Filed my Bear heads to a ragged, sharp edge.
    Today I went to a ladder stand where I had some smaller bucks come by 2 days ago.  I had 5 bucks come out, none to big and they were feeding on Japanese Hop vines.  I hear some scuffling behind me and see the bucks that were eating all looking in my direction.  I look behind me, see some movement,  very thick, and then there is the subject buck standing at the base of my tree, sniffing.  When he momentarily looked back, I stood up, my bow was already on my lap with arrow nocked.  He stood there for 10 minutes sniffing and looking around.  What a gorgeous animal, I was thinking.   Then he started eating leaves off a branch that I trimmed when I got in my stand!   He feed for a long time!  It was really wearing on me standing at the ready for so long and not moving.   lol  I couldn't move though.  Finally, he turned and started slowly walking away, but out from behind the tree.  I raised my bow and he turned just enough so I had his whole side at probably 5 yard.  I drew to full draw and hit him right where I was looking.  He ran in an all out run for about 100 yards before going down.  Pretty sweet after the screw up a few days ago.   Thanks for reading.

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    VFL reacted to bushden in 1st Deer down for 10YO Grandson last night.   
    Grandson Jake and he Father bushnlo went out yesterday afternoon while I was cutting fields and call me Last night that Jake took his 1st Deer a nice mature Doe. Now I got to get him on a buck as soon as I finish cutting fields.

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    VFL reacted to TheBuckStopsHere in Big 8 Down.   
    Was able to connect on this big 8 (2 add’l stickers making him really a 10) Sunday. Grossed 149-2/8”  25” and 27” beams. 22” Spread.  Deer this caliber deserves some respect and appreciation. Complete Jersey Giant!    Thanks for looking.

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    VFL reacted to nb6624 in 14 point Sussex buck   
    I've been watching this buck for the past few years and this year he made a real good jump. He was a just a ten last year scoring 130. This year he is a 14 that probably goes 155. Ill tape him later. But was able to slip into his area and knew he was close from cell cam pics. He came in real early and gave me a 30 yard shot. He went about 40 yards and piled. As I waited to climb down, I had 2 different bears trying to drag him away. 
    This buck was highly visible from the road and the amount of spotlights and road gawkers had me nervous he was doomed to outlaws. But I got a cell pic that the guys shooting from the road missed him and I was back in the game.

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    VFL reacted to Deer Tracker Darren in Deer Tracking Darren   
    Thank you everyone for the warm welcome. Seeing how I've introduced myself, it's only fitting that introduce the real stars of the show, my hounds.I have 4 Wire-haired  Dachshunds and a Bavarian Mountain Hound. Oldest to youngest my veteran Theo 9.5, Nikka 5.5, Axel 3.5, Callie2.5 and the and newest member to the pack Rita 1.5.

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    VFL reacted to Deer Tracker Darren in Deer Tracking Darren   
    Hello Everyone
    My name is Darren Doran and I'm new to N J Woods and Water. I'd like to introduce myself to those who don't know me. I'm a deer tracker and I handle Theo, Nikka,Axel,Callie, and Rita the hounds of New Jersey Deer Recovery. As someone that loves tracking , I think now a little bit more than hunting I've been waiting for this day since the close of last season. Theirs  something about great dog work and the feeling I get when my dogs recover a deer and change what was a hunters worst nightmare into the back slapping, high five-ing  celebration hunting should be.
    If a you make a bad shot or run into any problems or would like to discuss a hit call me or Text me at 908 331 2041. I be more than happy to talk with you and help you develop a strategy to recover your deer.
    Hunt safe, shoot straight and enjoy your time in the outdoors
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    VFL reacted to JerseyJaysTaxidermy in Tonight's deer hunt with my 3yr old   
    Decided to skip the morning and head out for the last hour with my daughter.
    Last year she was 2 and we got a few deer with the compound- this year she's 3, and although I didn't have to carry as much stuff as when she was 2, she was extra chatty at 3 lol.
    I wanted to try to get my eab with my new black widdow recurve..but that challenge seemed impossible tonight. Mature does stayed st the 25-30 yard mark before smelling her cotton candy lollipop and hearing her spinning in circles on her chair lol.
    Successful hunts aren't always measured in deer on the ground! We made some great memories today.

    Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
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    VFL reacted to optowalt in A Marine Friend sent me this.   
    You never know when the moment will choose you.....
    Mary and I were seated in the 1A&B bulkhead seats for our flight to Salt Lake City (connecting to SEATAC) as the plane loaded in Philly.  Just a regular flight like any other.  Mary and I were talking and over her shoulder I noticed a guy in line, coyote brown day pack with a MARPAT poncho liner rolled up and lashed to the side, khaki vertx cargo pants, crocks and a 2/5 Marines T-shirt.  What stood out to me was that he was carrying a folded American Flag.  My blood turned cold.  "Mary", and I gestured towards him as he moved down the isle somewhere in the rear of the plane.  She turned around and then she looked back at my face and she knew too. "You think"? Asked Mary
    "Philly is the closest airport to Dover AFB", I replied.
    Mary and I sat in silence staring at each other for a few seconds and then she said "I'm going to take his seat and send him up here, he needs YOU, Chuck".
    Before I could even reply she was out of her seat and moving to the rear.  A couple minutes later this Marine is standing next to me and he says "I was told to report to the bulkhead".
    "Hey man, I'm Chuck have a seat". We shook hands.
    Long story short, this Marine was a Company Gunny in 2-1 Marines and had just escorted 10 of his men to Dover AFB.  He was on his way to Pendleton after being relieved by other escorts to take his fallen Marines to their various places of internment.  
    We talked and I listened.  This was his 6th deployment and he had worked Abby gate with his Marines for the past couple weeks. The things he saw at that gate are indescribable.  He called it playing God, as they plucked At Risk Afghans out of the crowd.
    He was the Marine captured in a meme giving children drinks of his bottled water.  He was still in shock, his hands were still stained from the MASCAL.  The weight of that flag in his lap was almost overwhelming to me as I sat next to him.  I struggled with my own emotions as I got him fed and a cold beer and some water.  And then I let him rest, he was so impossibly tired.  Misha and I looked after him while he slept.  After we had been flying for a couple of hours he woke up to go to the bathroom. He got up still clutching the flag, then he turned and looked back at his seat and then at me.... questioning.  I nodded that it was safe for him to leave it.  He set the flag on his seat and went to the bathroom.  Now I was alone with the flag that had been over a coffin in a C17 hours earlier.  This symbol of it all, the whole damn 20 years sat there next to me and I couldn't hold the tears back anymore.  I texted my Marines, Jake, and Paul others and told them that fate had made me a Ranger Buddy of Marines tonight.
    My thoughts were with the Gunny, it hadn't hit him yet.  Mary and I could see it in his eyes, he was running on auto pilot. Where do we find such men????
    I checked with Delta to see if there was a late flight from San Diego to Seattle but the last flight of the night had gone, so going the rest of the way to San Diego so he wouldn't be alone was out of the question as I would be stuck there until tomorrow.  I made sure that his unit had transportation waiting for him when he arrived there, and we parted company in Salt Lake to head to our connecting flights.
    I'm writing this not to virtue signal but to remind everyone that outside of their life and its problems, there are men holding the line, doing what must be done no matter what.  While my family stands down a hurricane and there is nothing I can do to help them tonight, God put me on a plane with a lone Marine carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, and Mary Pressburg made sure that for at least a couple of hours of his journey, that he wouldn't have to bear the weight of that flag alone, and I love her for it.
    Sitting in 1A wasn't the mission I deserved, but it was the mission that I needed tonight.
    Semper Fidelis
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    VFL reacted to RPK0620 in A LITTLE HUMOR FOR US OLDER MEMBERS !   

    Recently, I went to McDonald's and I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken McNuggets.
    I asked for a half dozen nuggets.
    'We don't have half dozen nuggets,' said the teenager at the counter.
    'You don't?' I replied.
    'We only have six, nine, or twelve,' was the reply.
    'So I can't order a half dozen nuggets, but I can order six?'
    'That's right.'
    So I shook my head and ordered six McNuggets
    (Unbelievable but sadly true...)
    (Must have been the same one I asked for sweetener and she said they didn't have any, only       Splenda and sugar.)
    (   And they think they are worth $15.00 per hour   )

    I was checking out at the local Wal-Mart with just a few items and the lady behind me put her things       on the belt close to mine. I picked up one of those dividers that they keep by the cash register and placed it between our things so they wouldn't get mixed. After the girl had scanned all of my items, she picked up the divider, looking it all over for the bar code so she could scan it.
    Not finding the bar code, she said to me, 'Do you know how much this is?' (I hope this was her first day on the job!)
    I said to her 'I've changed my mind; I don't think I'll buy that today.'
    She said 'OK,' and I paid her for the things and left.
    She had no clue to what had just happened.
    (But the lady behind me had a big smirk on her face as I left)

    A woman at work was seen putting a credit card into her DVD drive and pulling it out very quickly.
    When I inquired as to what she was doing, she said she was shopping on the Internet and they kept
    asking for a credit card number, so she was using the ATM thingy.
    (Keep shuddering!!)

    I recently saw a distraught young lady weeping beside her car.
    'Do you need some help?' I asked.
    She replied, 'I knew I should have replaced the battery to this remote door un-locker. Now I can't get       into my car.. Do you think they (pointing to a distant convenience store) would have a battery to fit this?'
    Hmm, I don't know. Do you have an alarm, too?' I asked.
    'No, just this remote thingy,' she answered, handing it and the car keys to me.
    As I took the key and manually unlocked the door, I replied, 'Why don't you drive over there and check       about the batteries. It's a long walk....'
    PLEASE just lay down before you hurt yourself !!!

    Several years ago, we had an Intern who was none too swift. One day she was typing and turned       to a secretary and said, 'I'm almost out of typing paper. What do I do?' 'Just use paper from the photocopier', the secretary told her. With that, the intern took her last remaining blank piece of paper, put it on the photocopier and proceeded to make five blank copies.
    A    Brunette, by the way!!

    A mother calls 911 very worried asking the dispatcher if she needs to take her kid to the emergency       room, the kid had eaten ants.
    The dispatcher tells her to give the kid some Benadryl and he should be fine, the mother says,       'I just gave him some ant killer......'
    Dispatcher: 'Rush him in to emergency right now!'
    Life is tough. It's even tougher if you're stupid!!!!
    Someone had to remind me, so I'm reminding you too. Don't laugh....it is all true...

    Perks of reaching 60 or being over 70 and heading towards 80!
    1.       Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
    2.       In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.
    3.       No one expects you to run--anywhere.
    4.       People call at 8 PM       and ask, "Did I wake you?"
    5.       People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
    6.       There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
    7.       Things you buy now won't wear out.
    8.       You can eat supper at 5 PM       .
    9.       You can live without sex but not your glasses.
    10.       Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.
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    VFL reacted to FRANKIED in WOW   

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    VFL reacted to vdep217 in Aiders   
    35 still going strong but working smarter not harder any more.  Will only use ball of my boot to put in aider I'm gonna test them tomorrow 
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    VFL reacted to JerseyJaysTaxidermy in 1st "hard horn" of the season!   
    It's getting close!
    Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
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    VFL got a reaction from BowhunterNJ in Aiders   
    I haven’t used one but if/when I do, I think it’ll only be on the first step so if I do go down, it’s close(r) to the ground. 
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    VFL reacted to vdep217 in Aiders   
    Ordered aiders from https://customamsteelproducts.com/collections/custom-stick-aiders got in 4 days easy to install but must take 1 step off.  I thought about making them but for 15 dollars each it wasn't worth it to me.  They make them for each type of stick I ordered the ones for the heluiums.

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    VFL reacted to 20a in FOR SALE - Hunting Equipment & Clothes   
    Where in Bergen county? 
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    VFL reacted to LPJR in Who remembers?   
    Easy if you grew up in the 70's.....
    Post up what brings you back when you were a kid....

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    VFL reacted to ub1243 in muck boot problems   
    Muck sold to Honeywell a few years ago. They chopped all the engineers and support staff. Their products went downhill when they started cutting corners. 
    Those engineers started Dryshod. 
    They are a great boot. Best knee high waterproof boots i ever owned. I have four different pair. 
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    VFL reacted to FRANKIED in Nice young 10 point buck just now   
    in New Jersey

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    VFL reacted to heavybergara in FOR SALE - Hunting Equipment & Clothes   
    Pm sent
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    VFL reacted to BowhunterNJ in Brand New Muddy Pro Sticks   
    Just an FYI, the burnt orange rope series (pictured) were recalled.  Looks like a product picture you may have grabbed to list, just double check to be sure
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    VFL got a reaction from BowhunterNJ in August 2021 Giveaway #1: 50 Post Minimum Member's Choice of $50 prize!   
    I’m in. Thanks for this!
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    VFL reacted to not on the rug in Review of Grim Reaper Whitetail Special   
    Magnus definitely stands behind their products, and for such a reasonable price point,  I'm very happy with the quality. 
    Bishop does make unbelievably high quality products.   I can't justify spending the money on them either, but was thrilled to win them a few years back
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    VFL reacted to not on the rug in Review of Grim Reaper Whitetail Special   
    Beat up in any way.  If you damage it, they'll replace it.  Doesn't matter how it happened.  Pretty solid warranty for something that sells for $45 for a 3 pack.
    I have some single bevel Bishop Archery heads that I love as well.  They have a lifetime warranty also, but they are made out of S7 tool steel and run about $150 each.  I won them in a contest on Archerytalk.   Literally the highest quality heads you could imagine.  
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