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  1. mazzgolf

    your still-hunting methods?

    All this talk about how people like to hunt and favorite hunting methods, I see some saying still-hunting. I might want to try still-hunting more myself. Staring at the same trees for days and days does get boring after a while - I wouldn't mind moving around to different locations. But how do you do it? What are the methods so you don't spook the deer but you can cover some ground?
  2. Can't remember where I got this recipe - might have been here for all I know. I love horseradish, and this recipe had flavors that is very different from most venison recipes I've seen, so I decided to try it. This came out pretty good! Venison with a Mushroom-Horseradish-Mustard Sauce over bed of pasta. The original recipe called for frying up venison steaks cut in strips - but I bet this is good with anything - cutlets, chops, etc. I actually used ground venison - I put the venison in a bowl, added salt, pepper, onion flakes, oregano, and a little bread crumbs, mixed it all together and made patties. I ended up with four patties for the amount of meat I had. Whatever venison you have, fry it up to your liking/doneness in about 2 tablespoons of butter. Takes about 15-20 minutes. While you are cooking that, cook some pasta. The recipe actually called for egg noodles, but I just boiled up some linguine - you can use fettuccine or just plain spaghetti, too, I suppose. For the sauce, get a small sauce pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and add a cup of mushrooms. Cook until tender. Then add 2 tablespoons horseradish sauce, 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard, one cup of water and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch (mix the corn starch in the water first, then pour that into the saucepan). Bring to a boil, then lower heat - cook 'til thick. The recipe called for "prepared horseradish", but I used "horseradish sauce" (like horseradish mayo) - I love that stuff. If you really like horseradish you can add a little more, but of course its horseradish so watch out Once everything is done, put the pasta in a bowl, place the meat on top, and pour the sauce over top everything. Like I say, this has very different flavors from most of the venison recipes I've seen - it's different, but I thought it was very good. Still get the venison flavor to come through, but the horseradish sauce really pops out taste.
  3. mazzgolf

    Fuel spills Delaware river

    We had a massive fuel leak down here at the NJ Transit garage in Washington Township (the one in south Jersey, 08012) back in 2012. To compare - this train derailment leaked 4,000 ga of diesel. This spill back in 2012 leaked 26,000 gallons of diesel! That's over 6 times the amount of this trail derailment spill. The leak spilled into Grenloch Lake, Timber Creek, Blackwood Lake . It was really bad when it happened - reading everything, I got the impression there was a chance we'd never get some of those lakes back. When it happened: https://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2012/01/diesel_fuel_spill_fouls_grenlo.html 1 year later: https://www.nj.com/washington-township-times/index.ssf/2012/12/nj_transit_nonprofit_reflects.html 2 years later: https://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2014/09/grenloch_lake_oil_spill_new_report_shows_impact_on_insects_crustaceans_two_years_later.html I fished Grenloch last year - I never caught much in that place anyway but we did catch fish there. From my layman's eyes, just looking at the lake, it didn't seem worse for wear. I'm sure there is still lingering effects, but it seems to have rebounded OK. Point is, it looks devastating when it first happens, and the clean up needs to be done properly, but Mother Nature has a way of bouncing back. Might not be as pristine as before, but chances are it should get back to some sense of normalcy.
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    For all you DICK'S lovers

    Yup. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-03/dick-s-sporting-goods-ramps-up-gun-control-push-hires-lobbyist I no longer shop there for anything - I won't even buy a pair of socks from them anymore. I urge everyone interested in keeping their 2A rights to completely boycott Dick's. Pay the extra dollar or two to your local mom-n-pop shops instead. That's what I do now.
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    New Hunter - No experience!

    You don't want to ask me what my methods are - I'm still a noob, still don't know what I'm doing half the time, and only have the one deer to my name I normally hunt from a climber (for public land) or a tree stand. I did hunt from a pop-up ground blind last year, but that was private land so I wasn't too worried that my blind would get stolen - I just left it out there (alternative is just make yourself a natural blind). As for that one and only deer I got, I got from hunting on the ground - all I did was get in pre-dawn, brought a small folding stool and my bow with me, and sat down next to large fallen tree next to a water hole where I saw deer tracks from past scouting trips. I don't think it was 6:45am when a small 6pt buck came walking right on the water's edge, just like my scouting suggested would happen ... got my first deer and I don't think I was sitting more than a hour. It never works out for me like that - that was like a bolt of lightning from heaven I find myself more and more wanting to hunt other things than deer - squirrel, waterfowl, upland game, crow, predator - it's all fun to me.
  6. mazzgolf

    New Hunter - No experience!

    No reason why you can't enjoy yourself and be successful on public land. I started hunting just about 4 or 5 years or so ago - started late in life. I have a mix of private and public land I can hunt. I have a few friends from church that own some private land they let me hunt - so I lucked out there. My first year hunting, got my first spring turkey on one of those properties. When I started goose hunting, one of those friends let me hunt their farm and I've been having a great time doing that. So, if you can get access to your girlfriend's family farm, don't overlook that - even if it's for something other than deer (groundhog hunting anyone?! your girlfriend's dad would probably love you if you took some of them off his farm! That and yotes!). That said, I really enjoy hunting public land only because its so much larger than the private land I have access too (thousands of acres versus tens of acres ) and the terrain can be different depending on where I go (and if you are up north, you have the mountains to play in!). I personally don't like hunting the same spot over and over again. Staring at the same trees time after time gets boring. I hunt because I like being outdoors, and going to a variety of places makes it fun and less mundane. The downside is, yes, certain spots will have other hunters you run into. That's either a good or bad thing - depending how you approach it. I've actually met some very nice hunters while on public land. One guy I regularly hunt with now. We met while goose hunting on a WMA, and now we do that regularly at the spot we met at. Last year, he took me to a new spot I wasn't aware of and we hunted there one morning, and I took him out a couple times last crow season to do some of that. Another guy I met just last year - he pulls up next to me in the parking area while I was getting ready to pheasant hunt by myself, and before I can get much more than a "hello" out of my mouth, he asks me, "Do you want to hunt with me and my two dogs?" Uh... YEAH! I had a great time that day!! So, yes, you will run into other people. But take it as an opportunity to meet other hunters, you never know how it will work out. That said, you will get the negative side of things on public land - like last deer season, after I had scouted a spot all summer in Wharton, put up a stand, baited, hunted it September and October, only to have a guy come and set up a stand about 50 yards away. That was annoying. I took my stand down and left. Silver lining is I put a note on his stand, and he called me back and told me he didn't know I was there and that he felt bad I left and that he wasn't even able to hunt much there. Oh well. Silver lining #2 - I moved to hunting on the ground in a spot about a mile or two away - and I ended up getting my first deer about 2 weeks later When life gives you lemons .... As for thieves, don't leave anything out in the woods (trail cams, stands, etc) that you aren't willing to lose. Funny thing is, almost all the stuff I've ever had stolen was on private land! So private isn't a panacea to avoiding thieves. Sorry - this post was longer than I thought it would be when I started :} In short, public land is fine. Go have fun!
  7. mazzgolf

    WHY????

    Funny you mention this. I had to email DFW a couple days ago confirming crow season starts this Monday because I didn't have the digest to confirm. I said. "There's no digest yet, so I can't confirm with it; you do have the migratory bird info out, but it says it isn't finalized." I got an answer back - he confirmed the date but then said, "The Digest will not be available until later this month, unfortunately. " Doesn't sound like they are happy about the delay either. (BTW, I have to say, I may not like all the answers, but DFW always answers my emails, sometimes within an hour, but usually by end of same day - quick turnaround that I appreciate)
  8. Took the day off to take my daughter out crabbing before I send her away for her first year of college next week. I've been taking her down to Beaver Dam every year for crabbing for I don't know how long - since she was 10 or 11 maybe? It's something I did a few times when I was a kid and can still remember those days, so I wanted to take my kids. She's the last one that hasn't bailed on me - first couple years, I took the wife and the other daughter, too... first it was the wife that started not going, then the other daughter stopped wanting to go. My oldest has hung in there with me every year. We ended up with about 2 dozen crabs in 4 hours. Not great, but not bad either. Especially considering that I spent some of my time fishing for striper letting her tend to the handlines and traps. She probably caught 75% of the crabs herself - she's pretty good with a handline now, able to bring 'em up and net them all by herself now. I caught a real nice fighting striper. Just put some of the bunker we use for crab bait on a hook and let it float down with the tide and BANG! The stripers were aggressive. I was watching them jump at the bait fish pretty much all morning. I had another HUGE striper on the line... I can't believe how strong this fish was. I'd get it close to the boat and then he'd run pulling my drag out zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz taking out almost the whole spool... in the end my line snapped and I lost it. Never saw how big it was, but it had to be easily a keeper size considering the fight this thing was giving me. Next time I won't bring a silly little freshwater rod/reel I really wasn't expecting to run into such a huge fish. Anyway - that was exciting, and going on a weekday is great because it was just us and another boat out on the water - quiet and peaceful with great weather. Aside from the stupid turtles, was a great day.
  9. mazzgolf

    Turkey Defys Science & Turkey One OH Ome

    Cats are evil, it's the obvious choice.
  10. mazzgolf

    Turkey Defys Science & Turkey One OH Ome

    I was going to say yesterday to watch out for hawks. Though would one hawk take all 8 so quickly? Seems odd. I'd also be concerned about yotes and foxes. I doubt a human would just up and wack 8 chicks, unless you have a psychopath living nearby :} My first guess? Neighborhood cat.
  11. Here's Part 1 of that video - he talks about the history of that work the University of Georgia has done:
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    Turkey Defys Science & Turkey One OH Ome

    Just be careful and look twice when mowing your lawn in the coming weeks!!! And I agree - this is a great thread! Looking forward to seeing how big they get and what that yellow one looks like as it get older! Hopefully, they stick around for a while.
  13. mazzgolf

    pack of yotes on trail cam!

    I just sent in my coyote sighting report to the DFW. Video is neat, yes, but really - this just sucks. lol. I don't know what this yote pack is going to do to the deer herd - kill them? push them out? who knows. I don't even have a plan B for my deer hunting this year - I was planning on hunting deer just at this spot for a bit before I moved on to small game, waterfowl, and upland later in the winter, so I didn't even scout other spots like I have in past years. Looks like I'm gonna have to incorporate predator hunting in my schedule And yeah, I may have to block off a trapping education weekend and attend that to get my trapping license. *sigh* I assume trapping is as expensive and time-consuming as hunting is. I can't believe this state doesn't let us hunt yotes year-round with the amount of yotes we seem to have (this isn't the only spot where I know there is a resident pack of yotes). Mind you, this video is from *Camden County*. It's not like I'm deep in the pines or out in the Gap!
  14. mazzgolf

    pack of yotes on trail cam!

    I have a trail cam on a trail that I know deer are usually regularly (on a buddy's private property). Been a few weeks since I pulled the videos (I have it on video mode), so I went out today and got the latest batch. I see a few deer - nothing worth posting. Just a couple of doe, a fawn, and a spike that regularly cruise by. But then I came across this. If you remember, I told my story from this past spring turkey season when I had a black yote attack one of my hen decoys - well, here you go... there are actually TWO black ones. I count a pack of 6 on camera - who knows how many more there are. And I can't really tell, but I think some of these are pups. This is the pack I heard ALL the time when I was hunting here last year. The town's fire siren goes off, or a police car is near by, these dogs start their howling. But now at least I have pictures of the pack - I knew there was more than a couple. I did not know there were multiple blackies.
  15. He talks about that in the video - deer are dichromatic - they see blue (hence, don't wear blue jeans ) and greenish-yellow - they can't see into the reds... see the 1m 55s mark.