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  1. So, let's talk grills

    I have a Weber 6 burner for grilling that I bought in 2002 and it is still going strong. Customer service and warranty replacements have been outstanding. Prior to that, I had a big box grill which lasted all of three seasons. The Weber was pricey at the time, but it owes me nothing now. (BTW. I do take care of it. Yearly cleaning and keep it covered in the winter. If you just buy a grill, stick it in the back yard and let it sit without any TLC... any brand grill will ultimately fall apart) For smoking I have a Johnson Custom 2D patio. My business partner has a big green egg and loves it.... but if a weber strikes you as a budget buster, the green egg is also probably out. My personal preference is to get something that does one thing really well (and maybe another on occasion). Ie. my weber gasser is great for partys and has plenty of grill space for big cooks. On occasion I would use the smoker box to do some BBQ smoking. But once I got serious into BBQ and smoking, I got the dedicated smoker. And while I can put charcoal trays in my smoker to grill.... I rarely do as it just doesn't grill as well as my grill. IF you want something that does grilling and smoking on a budget, my two suggestions are either a Weber Kettle or an Upright Drum Smoker (UDS).. no gas option on those though. I've seen a fair amount of OK Joe chatter both positive and negative on the BBQ forums, so may want to check some of them out. One thing to distinguish on reviews is pre-Charbroil buyout vs. post. The general consensus is that you can't compare units (reviews) from before Charbroil bought OK Joe to the units built after the buyout (early 2000s? I believe) Either way, guys turnout great food on all kinds of stuff. It's just a matter of knowing your equipment. Good Luck.
  2. Thanks for the all the nice comments everybody
  3. Ha! Thanks for pointing that out. I actually hadn't even noticed. That small fish is really dwarfed by those massive talons. I'll have to update the tags in my lightroom collection. I do like pics of birds with fish, although it's usually easier to see them with Ospreys :-)
  4. I had been trying this winter to get some decent Bald Eagle shots, but it never worked out. Well I was out with the camera and Bald Eagles weren't even on my radar.... but then this guy shows up. Seems like when you're trying to get them it just never works out, and then one day you get a pleasant surprise. Never can get enough of looking at these guys.
  5. Thanks, These were taken with a Nikon D500 and Nikkor 200-500 f5.6
  6. Thanks for the nice comments and Likes everyone
  7. Didn't feel like chasing geese yesterday and figured I'd just as well leave the marsh alone for the kids that were hopefully taking advantage of youth day duck. So I decided to chase some ducks with the camera in some non-shootable spots and the tide and sun were on my side. Got my best shots to-date of these guys... so I thought I'd post
  8. First week of January I'm making my yearly pilgrimage to hunt at my buddy's duck club in Mississippi. Can't wait !
  9. Migration

    Went out this morning and saw a lot of (what I perceive to be) new Geese and Ducks to the area. The area I was hunting has been somewhat weak these past few weeks, and last Thursday there was nothing at all anywhere near there. We managed to bag a few Ducks and Geese, all in all it was a pretty good morning with relatively steady action.
  10. advice on backpacking

    I second the Campmor recommendation. Sometimes they can be a little "more outdoors than thou", but they do know their stuff. They are also pretty good at giving you options for your budget as they carry a wide range of stuff (check them for tents too). As far as tents, if your budget allows I can wholeheartedly recommend MSR. But it's like anything else, the good (expensive stuff) is just better, but it's a trade off. I've been camping for a while and have been a scout master for 5 years now, I've seen them all and nothing is worse than a tent that leaks or that is a total PITA to put up. For easing into small trips, no need to go all the way up to the Catskills. Just head to Bear Mountain, park at one of the lots along the AT and head out for the night (maybe to one of the shelters) and then come back the next day. Plenty of spots to camp along the trail. I assume you already are aware of the NYNJ trail conference . But if not, it may be worth a trip to their HQ/store in Mahwah for some guidance. Good luck and happy trails
  11. QDM encouragement

    Interesting. I'm not really much of a deer hunter, but I was interested to see your post and what was up with QDM as a few properties near my parents in NYS have fancy "QDM" signs up next to their posted signs. QDM in theory sounds pretty good, but as far as I can tell QDM means you let the small ones grow into big ones on your property.. then trespass a few properties over and shoot the small ones there to fill your freezer. Like most things, the theory is great but something seems to get lost in the implementation.
  12. Hawk ID ?

    Thanks for all the replies guys! I know differentiating between the two can be tough, it wasn't my intent to stir up a temptest in a teapot As I was going through the various identification elements, I was continuously going back and forth from Sharp Shinned to Coopers. I think I came to rest on Coopers from the 'rounded' tail shape and white tips. In case this offers more clues to those in the know, here is another photo of that bird (not a great photo, but shows a little more of the puzzle)
  13. Hawk ID ?

    Got this pic of a hawk with a freshly killed small squirrel today. I'm thinking it is a Cooper's Hawk but am not completely sure. Can anyone positively ID this hawk? Thanks
  14. Didn't get too much opportunity to get out in the North Zone last week, but there were shots fired and birds flying.... in that order . But a motor issue and work kept me mostly out of the marsh. However I was able to get out after the close, on Sunday, with the camera. Noticed a lot more mallards around, noticeably more wigeon and started to see some pintails. Was able to get some nice shots of these guys. Spent a fair amount of time at the trap range this week, but I still seem to have better luck with the camera than with the shotgun.
  15. waterfowl lease

    Funny, I've been noticing more birds this year. Maybe just because I notice more now. Last week got some Pics of a large flock of Green Wing Teal (pics would suggest 50+) in addition to a bunch of woodies, black ducks, gadwall and some wigeon. Also been noticing more 'skittish' mallards, ie. not the ones that come running up to you looking for bread. Prior weeks I spied a handful of shovelers and had been seeing blue wing teal (although not lately, I think they are already on their way to south jersey). Full disclosure.. I saw many of these in non-huntable spots. But they seem to be trickling in. At least in North Jersey Guess the true test will be tomorrow and next week. Good luck to all