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  1. cewoz No need for plans. Here's how I did it. You need to make a raised grate for the birds to walk on and poop through. This needs to be able to come in and out of the crate to be cleaned. Measure the base of the vari- Kennel...the very bottom which is about 3/4" below the rest. Then take a piece of Luan plywood and cut it to that size minus 1/4". You can also use thin marine grade plywood, but that stuff is quite expensive. Test the luan piece for fit by sliding it in through the front opening. It should slide in if you put it in at an angle and drop down into the very bottom of the crate. Remember, ou need to be able to take the Then get some solid wood, about 1/2" thick by 1/2 or 3/4" wide. Cut the wood into strips. the same length as the short side of the luan. Screw the luan onto the strips with one strip on each end and the remaining strips about 6" apart. Test fit again and trim if needed. Then get some 1/2" hardware cloth, enough to cover the base you just made and nail it on using small staples. Now go to the back of the crate and cut out a piece of the crate opposite from the door. Cut it big enough to put a waterer and feeder through the opening...probably abo9ut 6-7" high by 7-9" wide. Don't cut all the way down to the lip that joins the top and bottom as doing so would weaken the whole thing. Make a door out of luan, to cover the opening with an inch or two extra length. Position the luan door so that it covers the hole and still can slide up and out of the way. You will have to round off the one corner to allow the door to rotate up. Drill a hole and do a 1/4" nut and bolt with fender washer on both sides. Done. If you want to be cute you can install a plywood, L shaped stop for the closed luan door to rest on. RayG
  2. birddogger

    Weed Killer

    If you want to prevent growth for long term you can do what the Romans did to Carthage. Spread salt. lots of salt. Nothing will grow. Honestly, the fear of consumer use herbicides is pretty misplaced and certainly overblown. This is especially true if you are applying them once or twice a year to places like driveways or fencerows. If you use common sense precautions spraying with Glyphosate based herbicides is no more dangerous than filling up your gas tank or using a can of spray anything. Yeah, yeah, I know... Common sense ain't all that common. I get that. I plead guilty also, as I smoked for about 20-25 years. If you are using a concentrate and diluting it into a tank sprayer...USE NEOPRENE gloves and do it in a well ventilated area. They are clumsy, but virtually nothing organic will penetrate them in the time it will take to prepare the solutions. Cheap, thin household type gloves give a small amount of protection but they are easily permeated by many chemicals, so they fool you into a thinking you are protected when you may not be. Be careful when filling the tank sprayer and don't overfill. If you are concerned, you can set up a fan behind you and have it blow any vapors away from you. When spraying...make sure you stay UPWIND of the spray. Wear a hat. Use a coarse spray rather than a fine mist as the coarser the spray, the less it will migrate. If the spray does not get on you ... it cannot do very much harm. If you feel you must... use an organic vapor mask. Paper masks of any type are totally useless and ineffective against organic vapors. When you are done, go in, strip down and take a shower with soap. Then wash those clothes separately. Done. I have a small place(10 acres) with a number of fence lines. Probably between a half mile and a mile of fence lines delineating pastures. I also have 500 ft. of gravel driveway. When I first moved here, I did the string trimmer thing on the fencerows. It took me about 10 hours of humping work to string trim it all and it grew back in under three weeks. The string did not fare well when hitting a metal fencepost, even though it was 0.095 diameter. Winding new string on the spool was fun too. That deal got real old...real fast. I now hit the fencerows with a glyphosate and imazapyr(spelling??) product and there is zero growth for nearly three months. Same with the gravel driveways. I do the spraying on calm days, taking care to try always to be upwind. I am not super anal about getting a little overspray on me because I have dealt with far more dangerous chemicals for many years in a laboratory setting. Some of the stuff I messed with in the lab over the years WOULD indeed kill you or anyone around you... if you messed up. I am not sensitive to Glyphosate...but I still take reasonable care. I hit the pastures with a 2,4 D product once a year, in early summer, to knock down the majority of the weedy growth. The product is labeled as safe for horses to graze on immediately after spraying but I take extra precautions anyway. I try to spray the pastures when there will be rain in the next 24-48 hours and put the horses in a separate pasture until their main space gets rained on. For 2,4 D resistant weeds or woody growth, I will either hit them with a shot of Glyphosate...right on the weed or cut the stem or root and then hit it with Glyphosate. If there is a lot of resistant growth, rathere than subject the animals to the nastier herbicides, I will kill it, till it, and re-plant grass. Like I said...common sense precautions and you should be fine. RayG
  3. birddogger

    Discharging a firearm to scare a bear-legal?

    I know they are illegal, but I would bet that bear would be headed for parts unknown if you launched a small bottle rocket at it. Seriously- find someone you know that is into training dogs. A blank starter's pistol, even a 22 starter pistol with some black powder crimp loads makes a heckuva racket and many starter pistols hold 9 rounds. They also make .32 starter pistols that fire a .32 blank. It is LOUD. There are also blank guns which fire 209 shotgun primers which are almost as loud as the .32's. 32 blanks are expensive. 209 primers are cheap. The beauty of using a starter's pistol is that it is NOT a firearm, by definition ... and that is according to the ATF. Therefore it does not come under any of the laws governing discharge of firearms. If it has a solid barrel, it cannot fire a projectile and cannot be considered a firearm. RayG
  4. birddogger

    Where to live with a city commute.

    I guess my definition of "close" differs from other's. To me, a 90 minute commute is NOT close. A 60 minute commute is not close either... not to me anyway. To me...close is a half hour or less. Even on I -80, the open areas in western NJ are(to me) a loooong way from NYC, and that is without any politically motivated "construction related delays" on the GW bridge. RayG
  5. birddogger

    Nobelle kennels

    Bones - Most shorthairs available in this area have plenty of drive and endurance. Left to their own devices they will hunt wider, rather than closer. As far as there being pointer mixed in...all I will say is that it ain't just the white ones, IMO. Most of the shorthairs in this area are from field trial lines. It really depends on what YOU want the dog to do. The most highly bred all age field trial bred dog can be trained to hunt for the gun. It might not be the easiest path, but it CAN be done, with time, patience and persistence. Alternatively, you can look for lines or breeds that are bred to hunt more closely and less independently. Such dogs may be easir for the average hunter to train to a level that is satisfactory for their needs, because the dog has less of a desire to range out. If you get a knucklehead or a renegade, it does not matter what the dog came out of. You are going to have your hands full. If however, you get a youngster that wants to be with you, wants to please you and likes being around you...it really also does not matter where that dog came out of because that dog will be much easier to train to the level you need. Just so you know, I have English pointers and they are field trial bred and can run in front of a horse for an hour or more. They are competitive with anything out there and have placed in their share of competitions. They will also hunt to the gun just fine on a 40 acre preserve field, or on a NJ WMA when I am walking, carrying a gun because they know the difference. It does take some work, but if I can do it...anyone can. There is an old saying in field trial circles. It goes like this... " You can win a field trial with just about any kind of dog. The only kind of dog you can NEVER win with...is a LOST dog." No matter how fast and far they go... they have to stay with you and come back for you, to be competitive. That means they have to WANT to stay with you. Winning dogs do that. They also tend to produce puppies that do that. I am a member of the English Setter Club of America, in Medford, NJ. Several members have very high quality German shorthairs. I spoke to one of those folks a couple weeks ago and she asked me if I knew anyone that was looking for a shorthair. I think it was puppies she was referring to, but I'm not sure. As I said, there are folks there that have some of the very nicest shorthairs you could hope to see. If you want some names and numbers , PM me. RayG BTW - The letters DK stand for Deutsch Kurshaar, which is German for "German Shorthair". Same breed...different breeding. I would expect to see no "American" shorthairs in a DK's pedigree and would want to see titles on some of the foundation dogs from the German testing system, either from the States or directly from Germany.
  6. birddogger

    Guess The NFL Eagles got The Message

    There is a time and there is a place. Freedom of speech does not include license to disrespect the flag or our national anthem, IMHO. I was fortunate to have not been drafted during the Vietnam conflict, and I sure as he!! didn't want to go over there, but that does not mean I do not have anything but respect for those who did. I disagreed with the war as much as anyone else, but if I were to have been drafted...I would have reported for duty. The way the Vietnam veterans were received in this country upon their return from service was and IMO still is is a continuing national disgrace. Giving aid and comfort to the enemy encourages them to continue to resist and that ultimately costs American servicemen and women's lives. to me that is treason and murder. To me she will always be Hanoi Jane. Whether or not you agree with the politics of a particular administration, or the actions of some members of the government, or society in general, that does not give one license. Actors should act, players should play. When they are on the stages for which they are being paid to perform, they should do so...no more...no less. If they wish to demonstrate or protest, they are entitled to do so...at a time and on a stage that is appropriate for such a demonstration or protest. RayG
  7. birddogger

    looking to buy a good fillet knife

    For me it depends on just what I'm filleting, or de-boning. For some things I prefer a long Rapala. It is a substantial knife balde with very little flex and is very good for de-boning meat and for filleting large fish, like pike, where you may have to slice through some small bones. It takes a wicked sharp edge and holds it pretty well. Good quality stainless steel. For other things I like the Dexter Russell knives. I have both the Stainless with the white handle and the carbon steel wood handle versions. The stainless is more flexible and a bit thinner, so if I were to be shaving smoked salmon...that would be my choice. For most fish filleting, and for filleting out pheasant and chucker breasts, the wood handled DR version seems to work best for me. Whichever knife you choose, invest I a good sharpening system, or if you have good physical control, a set of oil or water stones. The sharpening system will give you a good edge...not a fantastic edge, but a good one. If you want to do things like shave salmon, water stones with a blade guide are probably the way to go, but getting a fine, shave quality edge does take practice and does take time. Having a good quality steel, and knowing how to use it...will also go a long way toward keeping the blade shaving sharp. Someone mentioned having a single sided edge. For filleting, having a single bevel is, in theory, the best choice, since that single edge can be ground and honed to an extremely fine edge. However, in practice, such and edge is VERY fragile and prone to tiny chipping, which immediately makes the edge dull and uneven and subject to little pulls and such. In my opinion, you will spend more time re-sharpening such an edge than it is worth. Many paring knives have a single bevel edge, shich is good for peeling fruit and such, but these knives are typically not sharpened to the razor level, but rather given a quick pull or two through a carbide or diamond sharpener. RayG
  8. birddogger

    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
  9. birddogger

    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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. birddogger

    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
  14. 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
  15. birddogger

    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.