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About Bmelvin

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  • Birthday 06/12/1985

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  1. Bmelvin

    Yote pups by my house

    Jersey she is there every year and then she heads to the Park up the hill. There is a really big one over by the mall I saw last week. Had to sixty pounds and it had its summer coat. Seeing that thing in the winter it’s going. To look massive
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    Night vision/thermal scope ???

    Thermal hand held scanner and NV gun mount is the ticket if you hunt in any areas that may farm dogs or pets around. If you hunt where that is unlikely then it is hard to beat thermal all the way around. We use a variety of different setups for different states and areas. But just like when using a red light the IR will alert dogs once In a while so it is better to have the center pointed at the feet of your target and have the halo lighting up your reticle. Just picked up the new pulsar f155 clip on. Sweet little setup if you hunt in an area that allows rifle at night. Using thermals and NV on a shotgun isn’t recommended By of the manufactures that i know. They state the recoil is just to much for the equipment to handle. Things are changing fast in that world so i wouldn’t be surprised if they figure it out soon and ofsome thing up.
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    New Jersey Predator Hunters - North Meeting

    Everyone is allowed to their opinion but right now you can shoot a rim fire up into the air at night. All we want to be able to do is shoot at the GROUND.
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    (3) Field & Stream stands

    I have 6 of these and you can't beat them for the price. Great deal
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    FOXPRO Fusion Giveaway

    After reading the rules posted I have a couple questions: Can a single person also be entered into the combined weight prize? Right now as it is written that is only eligible to teams of two which should not be the case. And if that person also has the heaviest fox or yote can that animal be used for the individual prize? If you remember we had this problem last year and wasn't exactly made clear.
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    .17 HMR strong enough for coyote?

    Head shots will do the trick. But body shots you are going to do some tracking if you even kill it.
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    Parlin Buck Club 24 hour predator Hunt

    Was a great time. Looking forward to this years. Sure looks like i got a pole shoved up my a@@ in the second picture.
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    Hard Mouth

    If you have never force fetched a dog do not try it alone. You can ruin a dog if you don't know what you are doing. It is not a black and white process and you need to know when to apply more pressure and when to back off. Do yourself a favor and find someone that has broke atleast a half doz dogs at a minimum. And be prepared if you were ever to get bit it will be during force fetch.
  9. It's a great time guys. The club puts a great spread out at the weigh in and you get to meet some good people. Last year was all fox and no yotes. If you have never done a 24 hour hunt you better prep for it bc it is no joke.
  10. Unless your vet is versed in iliopsoas injuries most can not determine a sprain from a tear. This can become an acute injury if not dealt with properly the first time. Take it from someone that spend close to 6k getting his hunting lab back from a iliopsoas tear. Do yourself a favor and contact Kristine Conway at Aqua Dog in Flanders. It isn't cheap but setup atleast one visit and by the end of the session you will have more information then you could possibly need. I believe a session is about $100. I was taking my guy there 2-3 times a week for a year and she got him back to 100% when other vets told me he would never hunt again at the age of 4. He is now 10 and still hunts like a machine. Kristine is a full time Vet and is the co owner of Aqua Dog. She is the only field bet i trust my dogs to. She competes with her dogs so she isn't just a text book vet and really knows her shit. You will thank me later.
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    Predator Rifle calibers for NJ

    .204 but bullet choice is just as important as caliber. Anything to light you will get a lot of splash with the speed of the .204 on foxes. And lastly stay the hell away from the shoulder on the fox with a .204 if you care about fur damage. Best of luck
  12. Red forget green. And if you are going to use a scan light make sure it has adjustable objective. You scan with the bottom of the halo for eyes. To many guys use the center of the beam and way to much light. You need to condition the animal so you can use a kill light.
  13. Any 12 gauge will do the trick. Ammo and pattern is the important part. I use the dead coyote T shot and can cleanly kill out to 50. I would not recommend an optic for shotgun hunting as the close range and the darkness aren't a good combo for FOV. Now lights ... this subject could have its own thread. If i am shotgun hunting i personally like using a head lamp and a gun mounted kill light with a pressure switch. Preda torch makes a great light for shotgun hunting. Now little tip for calling with a shotgun. Due to the range limit you need to get the critters to cut your wind tight to your location. Try putting the call behind you 40-50 with the wind at your back and a clear opening infront of you to see them try and square off the wind. Canines like to square off approaches so use the terrain to dictate where they might decide to do so. Best of luck
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    Buck down

    Congrats bud. Great buck
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    Nice cat

    Wait till breeding season. They are very easy to call then. I call in about a half a doz every year in NY and prob the same in NJ but that's with distress calls since we can't target them here. Very cool animal