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  1. Mowing clover? Brush hog?

    I use a tractor mounted bushhog as a mower all the time on my property. It does a fine job as long as I take the time to touch up the blades. I use an angle grinder to put an edge on and have been using the same setup for 15 years. The unit is fairly heavy duty and has the ability to cut through small saplings, which is a huge bonus. I actually use a beveled edge on the blade because the single edge gets dulled and nicked up relatively quickly. If I under cut the long bevel by grinding a short, high angle bevel on the bottom side of the blade, they stays sharper a lot longer because the edge is much stronger and just a hair away from the bottom of the blade. RayG
  2. Where to live with a city commute.

    I would get an old fashioned paper map of NJ and a large compass, or a pencil tied to a string. Find out how many miles per inch the map is scaled to. Then I would put one end of the string on my current work location and measure off 60 miles and then 90 miles. I would look within that zone for WMA's, state forests, state and county parks where hunting is permitted to focus my home search. The reason I say 60 mi. is twofold. first, there is little in the way of open hunting land in North Jersey which is also close to NY city and even if there was...the price would be astronomical and the number of anti hunters non hunters and police in the area would make it darn near impossible to do anything outdoors that resembles hunting without getting harassed, even on your own property. Whittingham WMA area comes to mind as an affordable housing area option if you are interested in deer and turkey. There are two major east/west roads that can extend your "reach". I-80 and I-78. Also there is I-287 which runs mostly Northeast/Southwest in that area. Any of these roads get congested in spots during rush hour, but even with that, they will get you out there faster than the local roads. 287 through Morristown is a cluster---- during rush hour and the 80/287 junction is similarly a mess. 78, in by Newark and out by Somerville gets pretty gnarly during rush hour also. Good luck on your search. RayG
  3. cewoz560 First let me say welcome to the wonderful, wacky world for bird doggers. Since your prospective bird dog is still "in the oven" I suggest that instead of focusing on acquiring "stuff" that you get involved with a training group such as NAVHDA or, if you want to focus more on retrieving, NAHRA. I know there is at least one Navhda group in NJ , may be more. If you go to training sessions to watch and learn...you will know what you need and what will work for you, your dog and your situation. You will also meet a whole bunch of folks that share the same bird dog affliction, and you just never know where that can lead. Gun Dog Supply and Lion Country are two quality suppliers. I have used both of them multiple times in the past. I also use Dogs Unlimited for some things(I like their bird bags the best). All have several levels of equipment depending on your training goals, the breed and type of dog and your level of involvement. If you are going to use a training tool extensively for the next decade...buy the best. If you are going to use it for a few weeks or months on one dog... something serviceable but not the very highest quality or price might be a better value for you. I train pointers and the two tools I use a great deal are a 20' stiff check cord and a Wonder lead. I actually use a $7 pigging string instead of a $20 Wonder lead, but I am a cheapskate. RayG PS - Keep your eyes open for a used medium sized dog crate. The largest one that has a handle on top. I bought one used, made a raised floor for it out of a sheet of luan, 3/4 X 1" stringers and 1/2" hardware cloth. I cut a hole in the back of the crate large enough to put a1 Qt. bird feeder and a 1 Qt waterer and covered the hole with a piece of luan that I fastened to one end with a screw, nut and washers so I coud swing it open and closed. It will hold a dozen quail easily, or a half dozen pigeons or chucker. This way you can keep training birds in your garage or shed for several days or more and no one has to know. I have kept a dozen quail in such a crate for over 2 weeks and they flew just fine.
  4. Folks =- It is really quite simple. The ONLY way to create value added goods is to take something and make it into something else that has a higher value. If you have iron ore and make it into steel... you have added value. If you take that steel and fabricate it into a shape that can be used to make something else, you have added value. And so on. The only two sectors of the US economy that are actually reasonably healthy and growing are health care and education. That means that, really there is only one healthy sector of the economy that is capable of adding value. Also, it is fact that a LARGE portion of the much touted "job growth" in recent months and years is actually relatively low wage, mostly part time employment with no benefits. Dare I say: " Want fries with that?" That helps...but not very much. Education, for the most part, is funded by taxation, so it is a MASSIVE net drain on the economy. I am NOT saying an increase in the education level of the citizenry does not add value...it absolutely does. However, the fact that it is funded via taxation means that it starts out as a losing proposition, since taxation and subsequent distribution by government is an incredibly inefficient way to fund just about anything. Much of the educational establishment in this country...certainly all of it up to and including the secondary school level, is very much a self- licking ice cream cone for the educators who are the administration. My first job was at a shipping company that was Teamster. I loaded shipping vans with furniture(that was made in the USA) to be shipped overseas. Subsequently, I worked for a can manufacturer whose members were United Steelworkers. I actually ran machines that took steel sheets(from US made steel that had been formed into coils of sheet steel, cut the sheets up into can sized rectangles and and fabricated them into beverage containers. And then I worked as a Oil, Chemical and Atomic Worker Union member as an analytical chemist, tested the company's products for quality and eventually a company supervisor of those same OCAW union employees at a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant. I actually made stuff. Assembling automobiles in the US is adding value, for sure, but actually producing the steel, producing the sheet goods, then fabricating the doors, hoods and quarter panels adds value at each step. AND it employs folks at each step, who can then get off unemployment and welfare and actually PAY taxes instead of consuming them. When you take a piece of land, till it, fertilize it and seed it, then grow a crop of grain, you are actually making something and adding value. When you take that grain and make it into flour, you are adding value. When you take that flour and bake it into bread, you are adding value. And all along the way you are employing people who can now support themselves and pay taxes. We have been exporting real manufacturing jobs for nearly forty years. The only PRODUCT most folks "manufacture" these days is to take a piece of paper, write something on it and call it a product. then they send that piece of paper to someone else, they write some more on it, or change it...and call it a product. It is called FINANCE and INSURANCE and stock markets and puts and calls, and so on, and it is virtually a complete house of cards with no real substance. It is all just "paper". THAT is why many of the wall street types are against tariffs. They will impact their ability to float "paper" and make profits without doing anything economically significant. Rant over. RayG
  5. I don't know the exact regulations...but... Typically...a commercial shooting preserve is open to the general public, a semi-wild preserve, typically, is not. Typically... a commercial shooting preserve will have one day licenses available for sale. I suspect one day licenses are not available for semi-wild. I certainly have never seen them at one. Typically... guides and dogs and even shotguns are available "for rent" at commercial shooting preserves and there is ammo for sale. Semi- wild... typically not. I believe the previous poster had it pretty much right when they said commercial preserves were a for profit business and semi-wild preserves were more of a club situation. The principal draw for folks to go to a semi-wild status is( I think) the ability to bird hunt on Sunday, on private property and the extended season. RayG
  6. Scotch/Scotch Blend Recommendations?

    I am not much of a scotch connoisseur(I think I spelled that right??), but I do like Glenmorangie, the original version. I have tried a bunch and do not like the heavy peaty ones like Royal salute or Laphroaig. Dewars white label or Ballantines(especially if you can find the 12 Yr. old) are very drinkable blends that won't break the bank, as is Famous Grouse. I tried a couple that were aged in sherry casks and they were nice also. they were in the $50 ballpark. A friend did me a service and I gave him a bottle of The Macallan . He drinks the 18 yr. old which is right near where your price point is. However, if you want to try something a bit different, there is a Remy Martin XO cognac, for about $150 which is out of this world. A pony in a snifter and I will inhale it until it evaporates with a tiny sip every so often. Soooo smooth....sooooo deliciously fragrant. RayG
  7. I use the Garmin 430 unit with either the T5 mini or the standard T5(I have both). It is a straight up GPS only system. I do field trials and e-collars are not allowed during competitions, so the Alpha is not an option. The collars are virtually the same size and weight, , but the receiver is different. Honestly, I can't tell any difference between the T5 and the T5 mini as far as functionality is concerned, but both my units have the long antennas. Never used a sport tek and I do not know a single field trailer that does, if that means anything to you. If you are only interested in GPS...check out a used Garmin 320 with a DC 40 collar. Might save you a few hundred dollars and give you all the functionality you need. For training purposes, I very much prefer a separate e-collar because I don't have to take my eyes off the dog to look at a screen and figure out which button to push. RayG
  8. Acceptible Gun Controls

    There are many folks whose primary function is to teach or administrate teaching facilities. Tens of thousands of folks. I am simply stating that there are already some members of that group who currently have the training and skills to be effective in a shooter situation. Combat veterans, retired or former law enforcement and other trained military personnel have become teachers or administrators in schools. I am also saying that there are many other folks who, WITH THE PROPER TRAINING, could be absolutely effective in a shooter or other crisis situation. Anyone who would willingly offer their bodies to protect their students obviously has what it takes to respond in a crisis lastly I AM saying that student safety and security IS the DIRECT responsibility of the school principal ad vice principal(s). It is an integral part of their job. If not...it darn sure should be. how they choose to discharge that responsibility may vary...but it IS a part of their job to keep our children safe. RayG BTW, my use of the word idiot was in NO way meant to infer anything or to respond to anyone's discussion. It was only meant for emphasis. No offense was meant or was taken.
  9. New Hunter, What should I start with?

    Welcome aboard. I echo the sentiments of others. Get outdoors as often as you can this spring and summer. Go off into the woods, but when you do carry a compass a phone and some water(especially in hot weather) for safety's sake. In warmer weather, use DEET religiously. Ticks and skeeters can lay you low with what they carry. When you are afield and off the beaten track, go slowly and stop often. Tune your eyes and ears and, yes even your nose into what is around you. Look around you and look hard. Listen for the sounds of the forest. Learn what is making those sounds. Then look again, both up close and far away. Learn what tracks are made by what animals. Carry a book with examples if you need to. Look for the beauty and the amazing variety of life. Watch and learn how it all flows together. The ants, the spiders and the denizens of the forest floor have a story to tell, just as the deer, bear and turkey, coyote and raccoon do. So also do the trees and ferns and grasses. it is all part of a larger whole. You will be a part of it fairly soon if you look and learn. If you strive to become an outdoorsman first...the rest will follow and you will be both satisfied and successful. You will know how to hunt and where to hunt, because you have observed and learned. As previously stated, there are any number of ways to enjoy the outdoors as a hunting sportsman. Deer with bow and gun, turkey, squirrel, upland game, waterfowl, the list goes on and on. Find what you enjoy and what you can do within your budget and time constraints. There are so many beautiful places in NJ that it is hard to imagine...Once you get away from the crowds and the houses. State parks, State forests, county parks, WMA's ...the list goes on. Look, discover, learn and enjoy. RayG
  10. Acceptible Gun Controls

    \ If carrying a sidearm or taser and knowing when and how to use it became a part of the principal's job description, then we would get folks in leadership positions with the ability. There are plenty of honorably discharged vets who have the requisite experience. Some of them are teachers. Call me an idiot, but I feel pretty strongly that, if you teach someone how to react in an emergency situation, give that person the tools to control the situation, then test and challenge that training in regularly scheduled exercises, a person so trained will react properly when and if the time comes. Ask a Marine grunt how they learned their trade. They learned by doing. As far as hiding under their desks... I ask you to review the actions of two of the teachers who were killed in the last shooting. Both of those teachers put themselves in front of their students and shielded them with their bodies, dying in the process. I strongly suspect that if either of those teachers had a firearm or a taser...they would not have had to search for the shooter. He would have been lying there face down. You are correct, though. It would never happen. The candya$$ folks in charge don't want solutions that actually work. They only want to blame an inanimate object for their own shortcomings and failures. That is the new American way... NOT MY JOB...NOT MY FAULT...NOT MY RESPPONSIBILTY. Find someone or something to blame as long as it ain't me. Sometimes, I am glad that the folks of "the greatest generation" who ran to recruiting stations to sign up and fight the Axis in WWII, are mostly all gone now. They won't have to see what has happened to the country they risked their lives to defend. RayG
  11. Acceptible Gun Controls

    My suggestion to minimize the potential for harm in schools is twofold and is based on a cursory analysis of several mass shootings... My first suggestion relates to first responder timeframes. The average response time for a police presence is something like four to eight minutes after the 911 call. That is far, far too long of a time. How many 10 round magazines can you empty in four minutes? The solution is to have first responders in the school at all times. The principal, the assistant principal(s), guidance counselors and any other non-dedicated teaching staff should be trained in tactics, certified in the use of both lethal firearms and non-lethal options like tasers, be authorized to carry either concealed or open on school grounds. Some combination of these would reduce first responder time to seconds. In a scenario where seconds can mean lives saved... I want a trained, armed presence IN the facility and ready to respond instantly. If a principal or assistant principal does not wish to get certified to carry and protect their students, they can either be replaced by someone who will...or the cost of hiring someone to take their place can come(at least partly) out of their compensation. The second suggestion relates to accessibility to the interior of the school. All students need to enter the school through a common causeway that is isolatable and securable which is under continuous scrutiny by security personnel during entry times. At all other times, entry to the school must be through a secure portal, which is, again under continuous surveillance by armed personnel. My last suggestion is to HAMMER the government agencies who are charged with protecting us until they start doing their jobs. The FBI, state and local law enforcement needs to work together to identify and neutralize threats in a timely manner, which is BEFORE the event. In several of the more recent mass shootings, there have been warning signs that were overlooked. It appears that the database of potentially deeply disturbed persons is NOT being added to the database of persons who should not be allowed to purchase firearms. It was noted AFTER an incident that the person who perpetrated the crime had been dishonorably discharged, but the DOD had not forwarded that information to the NICS database. As I recall, they uploaded something like 4,000 names of such person, AFTER it was discovered that they had failed to do their jobs in this regard. The government agencies, put simply, have to do a better job of protecting us. To put it bluntly, they need to get their SH!T together and work with each other in a cooperative, constructive way. We have the resources to do all of these things. Nothing will totally prevent deranged individuals from venting their frustrations with life and their situation in a violent manner. BUT we can make it harder and harder for those who would practice terror in our schools, to accomplish that goal. We, as a country, need to demonstrate the WILL to do what is really necessary. That means we have to hold our elected representatives, and our law enforcement community accountable. We need to have both of those entities smash the entrenched bureaucracies and force them to serve the public instead of their own fiefdoms. RayG
  12. Hello All

    Upland hunter getting a bird dog. Does it get better than that?? I don't think so, unless perhaps it is TWO dogs. Welcome aboard and have fun with that new hunting partner. RayG
  13. guided pheasant hunt

    A pheasant stamp is only required if you wish to hunt state stocked game lands. It is not required on a private preserve. At least it was not last season. I haven't hunted on a preserve in NJ this season...yet. Call the preserve to verify what you need. RayG
  14. Bird training for GSP

    I hate to say this...but you are really looking for trouble. A one to two year old, untrained dog is probably not something you want to mess with...unless you know a whole lot more about training bird dogs that it appears. It is admirable to want to adopt a dog, but adopted dogs may not make serviceable hunting dogs. There is a reason that hunting dogs are out for adoption. Get a well bred puppy from a reputable breeder. You will have a pup with the potential to becomea good hunting partnerand a breeder that has a vested interest in helping you both to get there. RayG
  15. ECollar training

    Fowlhooked- I train pointers, not retrievers, but what you want to do is pretty much the same for both. The dog may be "over reacting" to the stim, probably because it was already sensitized , but that doesn't really matter. I would start the heel work using a Smith "wonder lead". It is a much lower pressure tool and the dog will quickly learn how to turn the pressure off. If you do not know how to use this "wonder lead" ... there should be videos out there, or get someone to show you. Once the dog is heeling well with the wonder lead, you can overlay and then substitute the e-collar. The wonder lead will have conditioned the dog to accept the neck as a point of contact, and to understand how to turn off the pressure... making the transition fairly smooth. RayG