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  1. I put down grub killer granules around the outside of my fenced-in back yard. There are kennels inside the fence for the dogs. Two passes give me about 5-6 ft of barrier. On both the outside and the inside bottom foot or so of the wooden fence I spray permethrin. I get VERY few ticks, or for that matter any kind of bugs into the yard. I also do sulfur and mothballs to keep the snakes out. We have tons of black snakes hereabouts and I do not need the dogs getting into it with them. I find 5 and 6 ft. long skins all the time. RayG
  2. We live in an unincorporated area west of Dover. Post office is Hartly. There seem to be some rabbits around, but I have bird dogs, so don't hunt for them and don't know how plentiful they are. I have not had much contact with local farmers regarding hunting simply because I am into bird dogs and there are essentially no quail to be had locally. If I found some, I would certainly ask to use them for training as they are far more valuable to me for that purpose. There are some spots on the MD and VA eastern shore that hold wild birds, but they are a looong ways from me and I probably wouldn't shoot since they are so few and far between. There seems to be a fair amount of WMA and state forest land to hunt in DE and more in MD on the eastern shore if you are in to deer. I'm not real big on deer hunting anymore and, coming from NJ, have absolutely no desire to deer hunt on public land. Been there, did that ...don't care to do it anymore. I'd rather chase bird dogs around. There is one upland preserve in DE that is pretty nice(and fairly close to me) and several in MD on the eastern shore that are good as well. There is also a public access dog training area relatively close to me that I use fairly often. I sometimes wish I had a bit more property, so that I could set up a deer stand or two(I LOVE venison) and have more room to work the dogs, but that was what I could afford so I work with what I got and I'm fine with it. My comments on turkey hunting reflect conversations with hunters here who do pursue them....I do not. My understanding is that the success rate is pretty low. BTW - Delaware, below the C & D canal is dead flat and only a few feet above sea level. If there was not a system of drainage ditches to move the water, much of central DE would be a swamp. Anyone looking for properety down here has to be aware that if you see a bunch of trees...it is probably wet in there(or it would have been put into farmland). Also, there are scads and scads of chicken houses in the state. Being downwind of six to eight 600 ft. chicken houses can get pretty aromatic, especially in the summer, so before you buy...drive around with the windows open. Hope some of this helps. RayG
  3. I guess you could call my relocation/retirement a success. I do. Back in 2001 my plant closed and my job went with it. I had 30+ years with the company, but was too young to retire(53). After about a year of trying to find something in NJ, my wife and I decided to search for a relocation/retirement home. We looked south and west, down as far as central NC and out to Pennsy(Gettysburg area). Delaware kept hitting the right buttons so we focused our search there. We found a place in central DE(Kent county). About the same time, I found a good job in New Castle county. We essentially traded our 2000 sq . ft. bilevel in central NJ, which was on 100X125 in a working man's town for an 1800 sq. ft. cape on 10 acres with a 30X50 barn and had enough left over to buy a brand new 30hp Kubota tractor and implements. The weather is a little warmer on average than in central NJ, but we still get all four seasons. It gets below freezing in the winter and we have had some significant snows, but certainly no worse than central NJ. The summer heat is pretty much on par with that of central NJ, but since we are out in farmland, and away from the asphalt, it doesn't hit me that hard. Property taxes went from about $6500 a year in NJ to under $1000 in DE. No sales tax in DE. The biggest hit came when we re-registered our vehicles in DE. They have a transfer tax. I retired from the DE company the following year when I turned 55 and was able to flip my previous retirement (which I took as a lump sum)and begin accessing it. Took social security early and ain't worked for pay since I turned 55. Oh yeah, almost forgot.... When one of us turned 62(I think...maybe it was 65??) we got a reduction in our property taxes so at present, they are still under $1000 a year. There is no upland hunting in DE to speak of and the turkey hunting is (from what I gather)...kind of a joke, but there is deer hunting and MD eastern shore deer hunting is quite good. PA, VA, NC, NJ and western MD are all within a few hours drive, so there are plenty of hunting options and since we sit in between the Delaware bay and the Chesapeake, the fishing and boating opportunities are amazing. We live in a rural setting, west of Dover, but there is a legitimate full sized hospital less than 15 minutes away. There is also pretty much any kind of shopping you want, 15 to 30 minutes away on US 13, in and around Dover, DE. We are (kinda) on the way to Washington DC and (kinda) on the way from north to south via I-95, but just far enough out of the way so that folks don't just "drop by" on their way. We are about an hour and a half from Philadelphia, Baltimore and DC so plenty to go see. we are also about an hour and a half from Lewes, Rehoboth and the DE beaches. Works for us. RayG
  4. As I said, the deer population in Maryland's eastern shore is healthy. I don't deer hunt any longer so most of my info is second hand. The upland game situation is spotty to poor but as I said, there are a few spots with sparse populations of wild quail and the occasional non-migratory woodcock . At least that is how it was in the past few years. It has been so wet for so long this year that I haven't even been out on the MD state lands this season. RayG
  5. We moved from NJ to Delaware about 15 years ago. One of my better financial decisions. Traded a bilevel on 100X125 in central Jersey for a slightly smaller cape on 10 acrtes , with a 30X50 pole barn and had enough left over for a new mid sized tractor and a couple of implements. Property taxes went from $6500 to under a thousand. Just checked and the price of ag land in Sussex county is about 5K for smaller parcels(20 acres or so) and about 3K for bigger chunks. I can tell you that the property taxes in DE are still a SMALL fraction of what they are in NJ and if one of the resident owners is over 62(I think) there is a rebate. Also there is NO sales tax. I suspect Eastern shore of MD and VA ag lands are similarly priced. The hunting in DE is pretty much a non- event, but there are plenty of deer in MD. There are plenty of opportunities for Waterfowl and, in MD there are still some areas with quail. If you are into salt water fishing, obviously there is plenty to offer given the proximity of the Delaware bay, the Chesapeake bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The weather is pretty moderate and You can go north south or west fairly easily for other hunting opportunities. I am in Kent county DE and can be in Philly in about an hour and NYC in about 3 hours. Not a bad place to retire to. RayG
  6. Guys - I was born and raised in NJ and did fine with a decent paying job, the fishing, hunting and other recreational opportunities. Having New York City and Philadelphia within an hour was huge for the entertainment opportunities. The food choices are endless and some of the very best of the best is within easy reach. The educational opportunities are also topnotch and widely varied. New Jersey is a great state to live in, when you are working. Not so much when you are out of a job. Back in 2001 my company closed its plant and punched my ticket. We looked around , as far south as northern North Carolina and as far west as Gettysburg, PA. I cannot stand Florida. it is far too hot and sticky for far too long and there are far too many retirees down there waiting to croak. Georgia and SC have the same problem with hot weather and I didn't have enough money for two places. I got a job in northern DE in 2002 and we found a place in central DE in 2003. I traded a 2000 sq. ft. Bilevel on 100'X 125' in central NJ for an 1800 Sq. Ft. colonial cape on 10 acres, with a 30'X50' pole barn, and a brand new Kubota tractor with three implements in central DE. My taxes went from $6500 a year to under $1000 per year. There is no sales tax in DE. Since I was boarding out my horse in NJ and was able to move the horse onto my own property, that saved me at least and additional $2000 a year. FWIW, since we qualify for an age related reduction to our property taxes, our tax bill is still under $100/year and there still is no sales tax. I have since retired. DE does not have the sporting opportunities that neighboring states have, but I can still drive to them and now I have the money to do it with. Short of having a place in GA for the winter and a place in the north or north central part of the US for summer, the Delmarva works pretty well for us. RayG
  7. birddogger

    My Dog Passes On

    They are never with us long enough. I know. Your girl had a good life. You gave that to her. She got to do what God and the breeder created her for and she shared herself with a loving home. She could not have asked for more...and you did that too. You also did the very best you could for her, all the way to the end of it...even though it hurt. The hurt will pass and you will remember, and cherish...the good times because a good dog finds a place in our hearts and lives on there. She will be there, in your heart. RayG
  8. I haven't deer hunted in NJ for a very long time. Just not worth the hassle to me. Too many hunters. But that is just me. I can remember going bowhunting on any given Saturday in October at Clinton WMA and not seeing another soul in the woods...all day. Them days are gone. However, I do chuckle when I think of all the things that used to be ILLEGAL or UNETHICAL back when I was hunting...that are now perfectly legal and acceptable . I particularly laugh about the current regulations which permit muzzleloaders and slugs today, because...forty years ago they were banned because the state was too populated and they were a safety hazard. Somehow I don't think there are less folks living in NJ than there were 40 years ago, but what do I know? FWIW, if it is legal, it is fine by me. Go for it. RayG
  9. What do you want to do with the dog? Hunt only, hunt and AKC hunt test, Hunt and Navhda or hunt and field trial? What kind of range do you want your dog to operate within? Depending on what you want to do with the dog, I might have some contacts for you. You can PM , if you wish. RayG
  10. birddogger

    Medicare ?

    Contact a law firm that has a well oiled eldercare and estate planning group. Sit down with them and find out what your Mom's legal options for preservation of capital are. If that firm also has the services of a CPA who specializes in this kind of situation...so much the better. It might cost you a few hundred dollars to get the best legal and financial advise, but it will be well, well worth it going forward. You need to keep in mind the fact that the deck is stacked against older folks who own their own homes. It is in the government's best interest to siphon away all of that accumulated wealth, if they can. As far as nursing home and assisted care facility staff is concerned, they will, of course, tell you what is required under the law. Some may be very helpful and knowledgeable. Some may not be. What they are under no obligation to tell you...is how to work the system so that your mom and her heirs get to keep as much of her hard earned assets as possible. Always remember whom the folks at the Medicare office and at the nursing home facility work for. They DO NOT work for you but rather, they work for the govern,ment or for the corporation managing the care facility. As far as that goes, lawyers and CPA's work for themselves, not you or me...but for themselves.... Get the very best information you can, put it together and make a plan that your Mom can live and be happy with. RayG
  11. There is absolutely no question in my mind that these "bombs" are a publicity stunt. It is obvious that they were never intended to detonate... or at least one of them absolutely would have by now. The question is: "BY WHOM?" I personally would not put anything past the radical fringe element on EITHER side of the equation, because both are desperate, just for different reasons. I could honestly see either side doing something like this. Radical is radical, right or left. I do expect this to escalate before the mid-terms, especially if the publicity stunt does not have the intended effect of the perpetrators, in the polling and the media. It already has seemed that the liberal press and leading democrats have attempted to use this to condemn and silence dissent from the right. We will see if the FBI, ATF, NSA and whomever else...will be allowed to get to the bottom of this. It does indeed make one wonder. Maybe the Russians ARE coming! Unfortunately, the next level of "incivility" may well have victims. RayG
  12. I have had two diesel P/U's. Bought both used. First was a 2001 F-250 with a 6.0. Got about 17-18mpg empty and about 11 towing a 3 horse Bumper pull trailer with two horses, water and gear. It was pre DEF. My second was a 2014 F-350 with a 6.7. I get about 18mpg over the road empty and in the mid 12's to 13 towing the same rig mentioned above. Both had plenty of power. If you didn't look in the rear view, you wouldn't know you were towing anything most of the time. The 6.7 can get up to highway speeds as quickly as most cars... with the trailer attached. I think both had a 3.73 ratio but not sure. RayG
  13. Well let's see... I bought a 3" 20 ga. Browning A -5 with a 26" barrel choked Improved Cyl. around 1971 or '72. Shot all kinds of pheasants and quail, a few woodcock and a few grouse and some chuckar. Back then I bird hunted four or five days a week throughout the entire stocking season. Shot a couple of deer with it when they made slugs legal. Can't recall it ever failing to cycle if I put the rings in correctly...well maybe once or twice. I cleaned it at the end of hunting season every single year... Honest! You had to change the rings around when shooting dove and quail loads instead of high base 6's for pheasant, so when I did that, I would wipe down the tube and hit it with a drop of oil. That's about it. Used this gun pretty much exclusively until about 1990 whenI bought a Citori O/U, also in 20 ga. and have been using the Citori ever since, but my hunting is much less often now than it was. I still have the old humpback and have a set of clamp on sights if I ever need to use it for deer. It'll put a foster style slug in a pie plate at 60 yards every time...resting on a fencepost or tree. That's all I need out of a shotgun. RayG
  14. Lightweight slip on rubber boots. Lacrosse are pretty sturdy, but Muck Boots or Bogs(a little less expensive) fit my foot better and have more cushioning. For upland I have to say I prefer a leather lace up with a NON-aggressive sole. When it is wet and soggy, I don't want to be lifting an extra half pound of mud every time I pick my foot up. Some of these hiking type boots have deep lugs that can trap and hold a ton of mud. Since I am walking, if the boots leak a bit either through the lacing or over the top. and my feet get damp, it is no big deal. When I get back to the vehicle, a towel, fresh pair of socks and slipping into Muck shoes takes care of that. As others have said, walking in to a stand for deer is one thing and walking for three hours in the fields is another. back when I deer hunted in North jersey, I would wear a pair of lace ups into the stand area(which was usually uphill over rocky, icy terrain) and then change into a pair of heavily insulated rubber boots for the stand. Back then it actually got cold in NJ every once in a while during firearm deer, especially in Stokes Pequannock or up on the Appalachian trail. RayG
  15. I just read that this "accuser" now wants to tell the Senate judiciary committee how they should proceed. Apparently she is insisting that the FBI conduct an investigation...on a 30 year old "crime", that was apparently never reported to any authority until this past July. For the lawyers out there... Just what is the statute of limitations on assault? Is it normal process for the FBI to investigate assaults? I think not but my name is not followed by an Esq.. Is a sexual assault even a Federal crime. Again, I think not. I should think that would be the local or state that has the jurisdiction and the responsibility. Is it just me, or is it just a tad presumptuous for an ordinary citizen to start making demands on the United States Senate? I personally hope that the committee has their scheduled meeting on Monday to interview both Mr. K and his accuser. If only Mr. K shows up, then I believe they should thank him for his attendance, cancel the testimony portion and immediately vote the nomination out of committee with a recommendation to approve to the full senate. Once that is done, I believe the full senate should have a roll call vote as soon as it is possible to bring the matter to the floor. The only productive way to deal constructively with delay and misdirection and refusal to deal in good faith... is to steamroll it. If the Democrats insist on playing dirty... I say stick the bat...well you know.... RayG
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