12/15/2016 @ 09:44 AM Contributed by: jimney Views:: 157
I have for sale a Savage, Model 10, 22-250. It does not have the drop out magazine, and does not have an adjustable trigger. Gun has synthetic stock and has been taken care of. I will be keeping the scope that is on it currently, but will throw in the old scope, which is an NC Star 6-24-50, if you would like it. Great gun for coyotes and has done its job well over the years, but I am ready for a new toy, and would like to switch over to my natural hand, a lefty. This one is right handed, bolt action. $250 firm. Would be an awesome first coyote gun for your kid and Christmas! Please call or text for pictures or with questions. 641-745-5595 Jim
08/04/2016 @ 10:38 AM Contributed by: JCG79 Views:: 165
I have 60 polyurethane panels with windows for sale. I was going to make hunting blinds out of them to sell and use, but I do not have the time so I'm deciding to sell them. They are sturdy enough to stand alone if connected to another panel. The blinds I was going to make would fold and fit in the back of a truck or side-by-side. There are two different size panels. The black panels measure 33"x63" asking $40/panel. The gray panels measure 45"x68" asking $50/panel. Thanks for looking.
02/07/2016 @ 08:46 AM Contributed by: tdaubee Views:: 309
Enjoy the Winter months
February 6, 2016
January and February can be two of the most brutally cold and boring months, stuck in the dead of winter sometimes it is hard to avoid the winter blues. One way that I have learned to subdue the symptoms of the winter blues is to get out the house and enjoy nature. Yes, you can enjoy nature in the winter season as well and I dont mean on a snowmobile or snow skiing. I am actively involved in the outdoors and deer hunting activities during the fall and I know that white-tailed deer naturally drop their antlers during the Iowa's harsh winters. I've read the literature from the experts about why and when bucks supposedly drop their antlers but the truth is, it all depends on the farm and numerous external influences.
Shed hunting has become a very popular past time for hunters and non-hunters alike in more recent years. My first few years shed hunting, I found a couple of antlers many of them half-chewed by squirrels and in less than perfect shape. Every antler that I found, I was more than tickled with and kept them in a special place as a prize possession. Through the years, I have picked up more and more antlers. I have learned that certain farms have bucks that drop early and others that hold their antlers until March. I have learned that stress of finding food, water or shelter can cause stress which in return may cause the antlers to drop. Other stimulants to the environment such as late season hunters and loggers can influence deer to move out of the areas and find new places to winter.
To me, Shed Hunting isn't about finding a dropped antler, it is about enjoying the time spent in nature. Nothing beats being deep in the woods, surrounded by not a moment of the busy city and no stress from the office and smelling the moisture in the air with the occasional aroma of cedar trees. My favorite time to take a walk is just as the sun is coming up or going down; there is something so beautiful yet inspiring about the various colors reflecting themselves in the blanket of white snow. I love grabbing my shed hunting buddy and hitting the woods during those twilight hours because there is a greater chance of seeing wildlife during these hours of the day which is an added bonus. Sometimes I wonder how the deer, squirrels, rabbits and other species seem to survive a winter so graciously.
Just a few weeks ago, during a sunset walk in the hills of Allamakee County, I photographed a doe - she looked healthy and plump. A good sign that winter is treating her well; a promising sign that she may deliver a healthy offspring come spring and an indication that even in the depths of January, there is hope for another plentiful harvest this fall.
Another sunrise gives me another day to take another walk and find more fallen antlers. In the month of January alone, my boyfriend and I have picked up 28 antlers including 9 matched sets off of one farm. In all of our years of shed hunting, we have never been this remarkably successful in January alone. We have picked up both sides of deer that we have been watching on trail cameras all year long. One of the most beautiful things about picking up these antlers is watching them develop their new rack the following summer. I spend months anticipating the growth they could put on and dreaming about the what-ifs and wishful thinking of a harvest the upcoming fall. This year, I picked up my first matched set off of a deer we have been watching grow since he was a youthful one-year old. Now a mature three and a half-year old, this deer that we dubbed "Little Timer", will produce his most mature rack in the next two years and may make his way to the top of our "hit list".
I believe in building a history with an animal, respecting the conditions upon which they live and the life they endure. I believe in harvesting animals to eat and to put food on the table. I believe in enjoying the very life that God put in front of us to enjoy, regardless of the season. Lastly, I believe that every person should enjoy the beauty of every sunset and sunrise and respect every single antler.
Read it on my blog: http://www.fluggeoutdoors.com/#!Enjoy-the-Winter-months/c1q8z/56b62e500cf2b4e0b61debd3
11/19/2014 @ 10:15 AM Contributed by: xdm Views:: 704
I have a Thompson Center Encore Endeavor in 209x50 muzzleloader in black composite stock and stainless barrel. Bought it brand new in June of 2013. Shot 2 deer with it last year and AMAZING gun. Haven't fired it yet in 2014. On top of the muzzy I have a Swarovski Z3 3x10x42mm scope in the Plex reticle. This combo is flat out awesome. I shot a mule deer at last light and could see him clear as day. I have taken VERY good care of this gun and scope. I babied it hardcore. I love this rig but I am going to Grad school and I will need money for that.
I am selling this gun as a whole package. You will get the gun, scope, rings/base, a nice hardsided Bass Pro lockable case and I will even throw in the powder and bullets I have found to shoot excellent groups with, if you are interested. The total of this all was very close to $2000. I am wanting $1500 for it FIRM and absolutely no trades! Not wanting to split anything up right now but if I am having troubles selling it I will sell just gun or scope. I have lots of pictures so call me or text me and I can either email or send pic texts to you. Located in Council Bluffs and willing to meet just about anywhere. Number is 712-309-6133, name is Jeremy. Thanks
09/10/2014 @ 10:49 AM Contributed by: staywarmguy Views:: 718
It’s surprising how committed deer hunters are when you consider the percentage of time we actually see deer. When you take the average number of hours available to hunt in a day and compare that to the times we see deer, there’s a very big difference.
Here are some of the numbers and assumptions:
Total number of times you see a deer in the woods: two times per hunting day, 5 minutes each (1.8 hours)
Total number of days a “typical” hunter will spend in the woods during a season: 11 days (124 hours)
Resulting percentage of time seeing deer vs total time in the woods: 1.5%
Obviously these numbers vary widely depending on the location, the hunter, the weather and many other factors. But, let’s say the number is higher than 1.5%. Would it be 3%, or 8%, or ??? The point is that we see deer very little compared to the time we spend in the woods. So, what are the other factors that compel us to spend our money, take time from our busy schedules and go out into nature in the name of deer hunting?
Maybe it’s the feeling we get when we first walk into the woods. Some call it the “rhythm of the outdoors”. We see the leaves moving to the breeze and how they seem to be in slow motion (unless it happens to be a Quaking Aspen). All the while we’re beginning to adjust from the 60 MPH pace to the 2 – 3 MPH tempo of walking to the stand. Once in the stand our minds still race until we begin to linger on a particular branch or object that resembles a deer’s leg. Before long the slow, swaying of the branches matches our breathing and we begin to realize the calm that results.
After awhile, the woods begin to “come back alive” and that’s when the fun starts. Most of the activity is pretty standard for stand hunting. Squirrels rustle the leaves and get our heart racing until we begin to know the difference between them and a deer approaching. We start to analyze objects that might be deer but turn into mirages after watching them stay motionless for more than five minutes. Then there are the less common occurrences like a red fox pouncing on a field mouse, or the hawk that soars down, seizes a rabbit and flies off to its tree. These are the unusual but exciting moments that keep us looking for the next event.
Finally, there is the moment of seeing the animal we’ve come to hunt – the deer. Somehow it appears out of nowhere and then it becomes a battle of the mind and body as we force ourself into “predator” mode. The first thing we do is slowly move our eyes to see if there any other eyes staring at us since deer are usually in a group. Then we decide a hundred things in the next few minutes, all while staying rock still: Is it the one to shoot? Is it quartering away from me for a clean kill? If not, will it be in a good position at some point? Is there an open shooting lane? What is the distance? Will it walk behind a tree so I can draw my bow? Can I still buy another deer tag if I use this one?
So, whether the average deer sighting ratio is 1.5% or 20%, there are many other reasons why we choose to enter the woods year in and year out. Mother Nature has a way of relaxing us and entertaining us when spend extended time with her. And, when we do see deer, that moment in time is jam-packed full of emotion, decisions, mind/body control and hopefully, a future meal on the dinner table.