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  1. I don't have an exact gun I'm looking for. I'm just looking at the different manufacturers to see what they have right now in bolt-actions. That's what started all this. I'm like, "Let me look at Browning and see what they have..." I kept looking and looking.. "oh, here's a nice one... nope, right-handed only... oh, here's a nice one... nope, right handed only.... rinse, repeat..." I'm just researching right now. I have no idea what I want - I just want to find out what's out there. Right now, I'm leaning towards Tikka T3x Lite. Browning is out - they only offer wood stocks in left-handed anything (their whopping 3 left-handed bolt-action models).
  2. If that's the reality then that probably will make me change my mind. There was a Tikka that I had my eye on but it didn't come in a 30-06 version (for left-handers) only 308 (the t3x superlite with fluted stainless steel barrel) - maybe I'll put that back on the list.
  3. That's why I'm still not quite 100% sure on my decision for 30-06... cost of 308 ammo might help tilt the scales in its favor. If I find that 308 is easier to find than 30-06 then I'll probably change my mind - but I'm thinking 30-06 is easier to find in days like these (am I wrong? )
  4. (watching this thread) I'm in the same boat - I am likely going with .30-06 though (but .308 is my close second choice). If you are right-handed, then the world is your oyster Plenty to choose from. In addition to what you already named, take a look at Tikka bolt-actions. I hear very good things about them. (FWIW: I have a .223 Savage 110 bolt action - it's nice, but I'm looking for something "nicer" )
  5. here's the form I use: https://www.njfishandwildlife.org/contactform.htm
  6. Yeah - check my earlier post on that - I did point out that I found two Tikka versions I'm looking at now: As for Weatherby, again - check the specs. Just the first page of the spec book - I count 54 versions of the Mark V - only 15 are left-handed. Some (Mark V Hunter , Vanguard Badlands, Deluxe, Weathermark, others) don't even come in any left-handed options -- in fact, now that I look, NONE of the versions/models of the Vanguard line come in left-handed. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ So yeah, they have them, but not with the same variety and selection. (oh, and - now that I'm looking --- Weatherby are WAY out of my price range anyway ) Ruger American is another one I couldn't find any information on lefty models. I don't think they have many either.
  7. Wow, I had no idea NY didn't have an orange requirement until this year (I don't hunt up there, but I assumed that is a given in any state!). For what its worth, its 250 inches or a hat - I looked it up and found it here: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8305.html#Fluorescent
  8. 35 years old LOL... I can say that whatever you buy today won't have the same quality and won't last you another 35 FWIW: I bought a Cabelas parka several years ago (the kind with the jacket-inside-a-coat thing where you can unzip the liner and use it as a lighter jacket) and it's still going strong. Cost me like $300 though.
  9. that ship has sailed. I don't think they will ever go back to raising anything but rainbows.... I guess it will happen when they can figure out how to keep that disease out of the hatchery, but no one knows how to effectively do it. So its gonna be rainbows only from here on out from what I heard.
  10. I've complained for awhile now that I can't find a good squirrel recipe. I've tried many - fried, pressure cooker, slow cooker, etc. I could never get it right - always came out like I was eating a pencil eraser. I've since relegated all the squirrel in my freezer to crab bait (which works very well, btw!). Recently, a friend of mine promised me the recipe he gave me would come out good. He wasn't sure exactly the recipe - it was his mother's recipe when he was a kid - but he gave me a spark to work with. So, not deterred, I tried it. I went out with my air rifle last week and took a single squirrel out of the woods with me. One squirrel would be enough as this was only going to be an experiment to see if the new recipe was as good as advertised. Surprised to say, it was good!! You can tweek it (change up the marinade, for example), but this came out tasting sweet and the meat was fall-off-the-bone tender (no chewy eraser texture!! ). You could even serve it with pasta. No pics - I didn't think it would come out good so I didn't bother === Squirrel in Spaghetti Sauce INGREDIENTS: -- Squirrel, quartered (the more squirrel you have, the more marinade you need to make) -- Brine: 4 parts water, 1 part salt, optionally add some pepper -- Marinade (you will probably have to double this if you have a good amount of squirrel you are cooking): * 1/2 cup soy sauce or teriyaki sauce * 1/2 cup white wine * 2 Tbsp olive oil * 1 Tbsp sugar * 1 Tbsp honey * 1 tsp pepper * Use water to fill up the container the rest of the way to ensure you cover all the meat -- Spaghetti Sauce (the Italian in me is embarrassed to say I used jarred sauce for this experiment, but homemade sauce is preferred) DIRECTIONS: 1. Brine squirrel in 4-to-1 water-to-salt solution for 4 hours 2. Marinate squirrel for 24 hours (I actually went over 24 hours in my experiment but I think 24 hours should be good enough) 3. Remove the squirrel from the marinade, then rinse off and pat dry. 4. Sear the squirrel in a very hot cast iron pan in butter. You aren’t cooking it; just sear it. 5. Put squirrel in spaghetti sauce and cook low and slow all day - 6 hours at least.
  11. Right - here's a prime example of what I'm talking about. Browning. Go to their Browning website for current models of bolt actions (X-Bolt and T-Bolt) - of all the rifles, count how many are available in left-handed: https://www.browning.com/products/firearms/rifles/x-bolt/current.html https://www.browning.com/products/firearms/rifles/t-bolt/current.html I count 33 models, of which only **3** are available left-handed. Wood stock only. No synthetic options. No stainless options. It's like it was an afterthought ... "oh, yeah, we should make a left-handed model, just to say we have one".
  12. I heard no shots from the river, and one shot that sounded like it came from the north impoundments.
  13. My 870 has a cross-bolt safety behind the trigger ... it makes a big difference to me. I once lost a good opportunity at a coyote while turkey hunting because I couldn't get my thumb over to flip off the safety fast enough before the yote took off. I got home that day and ordered one of these which is now on my 870
  14. I don't think you need a dog for any of these blind locations (well, caveat is #6 - see below for that). All the water around the blinds are shallow - you can wade out to put out dekes and retrieve birds. Everywhere you need waders. But as for needing a boat? The only one that you REALLY need a boat is blind #1 (that's the one we were at). But most of the way there the water was shin-to-knee deep. But there are some deep pockets you need to get over, and you really need a boat for those spots. Blind #2 - no boat needed. Blind #3 and #4 - the only time you need a boat is just to get over a little creek right at the parking area. You wouldn't know it by its look, but it was mucky and deep - I swear you only need a small kayak to shuttle people across the creek which is only about 10 or 15 yards wide - then you can walk the rest of the way. You MIGHT be able to wade across the creek, but when I scouted it, I didn't feel like I could. I stopped before I got too deep. There might be a way to cross the creek by foot further down in another spot, but I didn't walk the creek bed to see. I am hoping DFW can do something like put a small crossing bridge of some kind there - because really that's the only place you need a boat for blinds #3 and #4 (of course, once these impoundments get more water in them, that might not be true... but as of right now, that's what I saw when I scouted). Blind #5 - no boat needed. Blind #6 - who knows. That blind got away in a flood and it's who-knows-where in that south tip of the impoundments. If I were to hunt there, I would use a boat to cross the water and hunt from on the small islands that are in there. That's the one area I did not get to put boots on the ground, so I can't say for sure how to hunt that spot, but just scanning from the road, those little islands look like a good spot to sit. If I was assigned blind #6 on the morning of, I would ask "the DFW guy" how to hunt that spot to get some tips and to see if hunting away from the blind would be better.
  15. Hunted this morning with a friend (and his son) who got awarded a lottery blind for this morning. Here's the good and the bad. 1. It was smooth during the morning check-in. Arrived on time and DFW folks were already there in the lottery shed. We signed in by just showing our hunting license (all members of the hunting party need to show their hunting license - not just the lottery winner). A quick briefing is presented, giving out basic information (what time shooting time is, when you need to leave, please carry-in/carry-out, etc, etc). Each lottery winner picks a numbered shotshell (nice touch ). Numbers are then randomly chosen - when your number is picked, you get to pick the blind you want. Numbers are continually chosen until all lottery winners pick their blind. So you are not assigned blinds - you get to pick the blind you want (one reason scouting the blind locations before the season started was a good idea). But numbers are randomly chosen to determine who gets to pick a blind first. You can look at the big board to see the map of the impoundments and where parking/blinds are and you can ask questions about your specific blind location if you need help. As soon as your blind assignment is given, you can leave and head over to the blind and set up. 2. We only had 3 groups this morning. So half the blinds went unused. I have heard this is not uncommon - some lottery winners are not showing up to hunt so some blinds are going empty. 3. I had previously scouted all the blind locations in between seasons, so my experience won't be the same as most. I honestly don't know how someone is going to find some of these blinds in the dark if they have never scouted their locations ahead of time. But, that said, because I knew where the blind was that we picked, getting there was a breeze. We needed the boat to get to our blind -- we parked, launched, and set up easily. The other two hunting parties seemed to have found their blinds pretty quickly too - didn't seem like they had any problems. I believe it was blinds #1, #2, and #3 were taken this morning. 4. DFW guy drove by in his truck checking in and making sure no one was having problems finding or getting to their blinds. As I say, didn't seem like anyone needed help getting to their blinds, but he was there just in case. 5. The best part of the day were the blinds. They are really nice. Benches and gun racks. Grassed nicely. Both front and back walls have their tops that are on hinges that fold up and down for better concealment. You can easily push them down to get your guns up and shoot. These blinds give you the ability to shoot 360 degrees. So you can shoot behind you and to the sides if need be. 6. And now the bad - where are the birds? We heard very little shooting. There was a couple volleys very early - soon after shooting time. We heard one bird was taken in a nearby blind. I don't know the total for the morning. Our blind? We never pulled the trigger. We had one small group of birds fly and go behind us. We probably should have shot at those since these blinds give you the ability to shoot behind you. I guess I was hoping they would have circled around. Oh well. I don't think we heard a gunshot after 8am (and that includes the river and the Corbin City impoundments to the north). You can hunt to noon; I left at 9am, my buddy started packing up an hour later. I don't think the hunting would have gotten any better even staying to noon. 7. Finally, they ask all the hunting party members to fill out a survey after your hunt is over. There is a QR code at the lottery shed you can scan on your phone to do it online, or they have paper surveys for those that are more technically challenged Overall, I think it was a nice setup - the birds just didn't cooperate. If the birds are there, I have to believe it would be a ton of fun hunting these lottery days.
  16. Hmm... these two look nice... https://choose.tikka.fi/global/code/TFRT31LL113 "T3x LITE STAINLESS" https://choose.tikka.fi/global/code/TFST31LL213 "T3x LITE"
  17. I never have a problem with that - I never see the shells ejecting. I do, however, always reverse the safety on my shotguns (or I buy an aftermarket safety that is reversible - the 870's factory safety isn't reversible, but I bought an aftermarket one that does work left-handed). Any shotgun I buy now must have a reversible safety - that's non-negotiable for me. If they are newer guns and have the shim kits, you can change the shims for that. I changed the shims in my shotguns so the stock is properly cast for left-handers - was easy to do without needing a gunsmith. I'm looking again. I see more Tikka 30-06 in left-handed than I saw before. The one that I did see before came in wood stock only (I want synthetic; I want to beat up my guns and not worry about a wood stock). But I see some T3x Lite 30-06 that come left-handed with synthetic stock (ooo, and I see a stainless steel model too...)
  18. When I see that, I consider it huntable unless there is a reason to think otherwise (i.e. it is posted with "no hunting" signs). It's public land. And DEP is the parent org of DFW so... unless I'm told otherwise about a piece, I hunt it.
  19. It's more than "I can't find Cabelas selling me rifles"... look at all the manufacturers - its like left-handed people don't exist. All their models come right-handed and very few come also in left-handed versions. It's not like I can say, "Oh, I like this Tikka model, I'll just order it in left-handed version" --- nope... they don't make them! There isn't any to buy because there isn't any to sell!
  20. But if you were told about a spot by a knowledgeable person, and that person says you can hunt there if you want, you can return to that place (just give him a heads up in case he wants to join you in the fun).
  21. When I went thru hunters Ed (this was almost 10 years now) I remember them telling us this. No logos at all. Solid orange required. They were very specific when they taught this.
  22. If you are talking about property in NJ, grouse season is closed statewide year round... not allowed to grouse hunt in NJ right now. BTW: Page 60 of the NJ Digest asks that people that have sightings of grouse provide a brief report:
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