Have you been practicing with your bow anon?
>>2464622I didn't draw a tag this year. Rabbits will pay.
>>2464622>>2464700>>2465081>imagine using a bow in 2022
>>2464622Already spent a couple weekends out, yet to see any deer, just some very old deer shit. Lots of bear poop, a small cub, and a giant cow elk. Seen some nice grouse but never when I had my shotgun. On an island in the PNW, everyone bitches about how hard it is to hunt deer here and I'm starting to see why. Super mountainous, ferns up to your armpits if you're not in the slash. Logging companies blocking access to crown land. Ah well, got a lot of time off work to hunt this season, determined to get my first deer or bear.
>>2465086>thing in current yearpreposterous
Never hunted, haven't got the licence and all of that, but I've done a year of internship in the hunting lodge, so I'm not scared of blood, killing, gutting and skinning, pretty much casual with it at this point. Also I know the habits of local hunters. I've got a 44# bow and some blackpowder muzzleloaders I feel comfortable enough to hunt with. I know where the animals are — mostly hogs and roe deer but also birds. Has anyone here ever done poaching? My hunting fields are mostly flat fields, flat woodlands and mountains up to 4500 ft of elevation. How to avoid getting caught? Should I start with birds and small game, I figure it would be easier to hide, just put it in my bag and keep walking? Any tips? I'd rather stalk or utilise blinds and stands, than use bait or traps.Fuck this commie government, fuck their licences and closed clubs, fuck elitism, and fuck their jewery of every kind of natural resource and activity.
Never hunted, haven't got the licence and all of that, but I've done a year of internship in the hunting lodge, so I'm not scared of blood, killing, gutting and skinning, pretty much casual with it at this point. Also I know the habits of local hunters. I've got a 44# bow and some blackpowder muzzleloaders I feel comfortable enough to hunt with. I know where the animals are — mostly hogs and roe deer but also birds. Has anyone here ever done poaching? My hunting fields are mostly flat fields, flat woodlands and mountains up to 4500 ft of elevation. How to avoid getting caught? Should I start with birds and small game, I figure it would be easier to hide, just put it in my bag and keep walking? Any tips? I'd rather stalk or utilise blinds and stands, than use bait or traps.Fuck this commie government, fuck their licences and closed clubs, fuck elitism, and fuck their jewery of every kind of natural resource and activity. And fuck captcha
>>2465445>>2465452Cuck material. Get a license. Money from licenses and tags go towards resource and game conservation and management. You’re not buying into a multimillion dollar country club, you’re not buying into elitism, you’re buying into keeping the wilderness open for public use and upkeeping sustainability from our activities.
>>2464622Went out to check my traps and someone stole my biggest one. Went to grab my cameras in another area and found a lot of deer. Finally got my license and know where to hunt at least. Fucking $80 trap
>>2465573>you’re buying into keeping the wilderness open for public useNot that guy, but good. Fuck the public.They can absolutely fuck off.>and upkeeping sustainability from our activitiesBullshit. The spamball men and air conditioning-addicted women in forest and wildlife management services these days are as useless as tits on an eagle. Case in point: The fish-stocking trucks in my state used to drive to several dozen locations over the course of several days to stock trout. Now they dump them all in one place and fuck off to McDonald's ASAP.They also dump them as close as possible to the most easily accessible areas so that morbidly obese trailer trash can roll right up and fish them all out during the week when people who aren't jobless and on welfare are working.What exactly do they do to conserve big game species? Unless they're out there guiding whitetail cocks into doe's cunts, I don't believe they're doing a damned thing. You didn't even cite anything specific that they do, only "upkeeping sustainability" (it's because they don't do shit except collect fees and hire meth addicts to clear trails, as you well know).The joke's on you anyway, cuck. I'm friends with guys in my country who own acres of private land that Ranger Rick can't even set foot on. I buy my tags still, for now, but I might stop just to spite you.
>get hunting license few years back>contact local club to ask if I can come hunting with them>leader of club is a old guy who's been hunting all his life>immediately takes me under his wing>takes me to the range to see how good I can shoot>invites to to hunt and let my borrow his gun>let's me stay with him the entire hunt>holds his shot and let's me shoot my first deer>takes picture of my holding the deer>takes me home with him and shows me how to skin and butcher>shows me his pictures and trophies>take all the meat with me home and he tells me how to cook it>go hunting every weekend with club and I stick by his side all the time>never manage to shoot anything but fun anyway>kinda feels like he's the dad I never had>skip a hunting trip because I'm sick>meet up next time>old man not there>ask the others where he is>guy tells me he died last hunting trip>they found him just laying there with his gun in his hands all peaceful>spend that hunt alone with no partner just feeling weird>if I didn't skip last hunt maybe I could have been there and helped him if he had a heart attack or something>ff2 years>try to get into hunting again>nobody in the club seems to care>I think everyone just hunts by themselves now>club in shambles with no real leadership anymore>I've spend close to $5k on guns and equipment and barely gotten anything from itHow do I get back into this? I can't even get a hold of the range anymore so I can try out the rifle I just boughtI don't know where to start or what do even do. I don't know anyone who goes hunting and the people I do know don't seem to wanna bring me along
>>2466001If you enjoy the shooting aspect as well look into any local PRS(precision rifle shooting) competitions. Hone the skill, probably learn about reloading, and probably find some overlap with the opening line "Bought this for hunting but my buddy passed away. Haven't been out since. "
>>2466001Teach some kid how to hunt
>shooting animals while hiding 100 yards away is... LE MANLY
>>2466212No, I hunt deer with shotgun which means I can look them straight in the eyes as the life fades away from them
>>2466001Where are you and what do you want to hunt?
Anyone know how long after killing a bull elk in a given area, a new bull will take over his territory?
I went hunting with my dad a few times, but I never got into it. I've seen a lot of people over hunt and figured it wouldn't be worth adding to that. But now I'm a 30 year old boomer with a child on the way, and I have this sudden urge to club a wooly mammoth and bring the meat back to my cave. It probably doesn't help that good meat is so expensive now.
I've never hunted in my life but I'd like to. What's the process between then and driving a dead deer somewhere to make it all into meat? How much does it cost to have your deer turned into shrink-wrapped meat anyway? Surely it's less than the grocery stores for that amount of volume.
>>2466247yrop, hunting deer as it's most common but I also want to try bigger game
>>2467031Unless the deer is near your vehicle and you have help, generally you'll dress (butcher) the deer in the field, package the venison with wax paper, cordage, and/or heavy storage bags, secure the meat into a hauling backpack, then leave the carcass for scavengers (away from water).If you're able to get the deer to your main vehicle intact via carrying, dragging (lashed to a tarp or whatever), sledding, sledging, or via ATV, then you just rig it securely to your vehicle.
>>2467041Sounds like I'll need to find someone to go along with probably. I could manage the lower cavity and maybe rinsing/wiping out all the guts but skinning and fileting sounds hard without irl guidance
I have come to the realization that hunting is easy mode to becoming a valuable person.If you have fucked everything up in your life, you can't get a good job, you don't have skills or opportunity, and you need a quick way to become valuable to your family or your community, become a hunter, feed your family and dole out exess meat to your neighbors and friends. Not saying that to put hunting down, rather, what a great thing hunting is.
>>2466001Damn you can really see the fear in this poor piggers eyes.RIP lil nigga
>>2466212No but providing meat for your family is and also its fun>>2467031>>2467055It isn't hard at all. Go on youtube and watch videos on it. I've been butchering my own deer since I was about 17. Its probably a 2-3 hour proccess though and then you have to make the grind and need a grinder>>2467065I think you've been smoking too much ganja dude. I enjoy killing animals and eating them
>>2467088>I think you've been smoking too much ganja dude. I enjoy killing animals and eating themOk? Did you misunderstand what I wrote or did you respond to the wrong post?
>>2467031The hardest part about hunting is finding out what you're allowed to do and not, where you can hunt etc. All the laws and paperwork. Once that's out of the way it's easy peasy,
>>2465631>What exactly do they do to conserve big game species? They enforce hunting laws so that ignorant low iq retards like you don't hunt everything to near extinction again. And you will get caught eventually. Wildlife conservation officers have more legal power than police and they don't fuck around. The wildly successful reintroduction of wild Turkey to Ontario is proof enough for me they the small yearly fees I pay are worthwhile >>2467106I've found the hardest part about hunting is finding good hunting locations for the specific thing you're hunting. Sucks living in southern Ontario, day hunting trips are out of the question unless you know someone with land.
>>2467065The non-edible parts would make God-tier compost as well
>>2467088>It isn't hard at all. Go on youtube and watch videos on it. I've been butchering my own deer since I was about 17. Its probably a 2-3 hour proccess though and then you have to make the grind and need a grinderOne of my dad's friends is an ex-navy handyman that hunts I think, gonna ask him soon
>>2467040I think the best way to get what you are looking for is to try other hunting clubs and ask for help.As far as the hunting goes: people spend way too much time and money on gear. If you are rifle hunting, then make sure that you shoot enough to know that you can hit what you aim at out to around 100m. Don’t worry about shooting farther, or. Calls, or scents or camouflage.The most important thing about hunting is being where the deer are. Look for deer wherever you are allowed to hunt in person. Check your hunting regulations for maps and look for maps from any organization that keeps records of the biggest ones.Make sure that you can shoot.Keep looking until you find them.Keep trying new things until you are successful.
Anyone have any tips of drying meat? I tried drying a leg of lamb some months back, found some instructions online and it said to hang it in a "dry and cool place", so I let it soak in salt water for a week and hung it in my basement. After some months it started growing green white and black mold, but it said online just to scrape it off, so I did but it kept coming back. It then started smelling kinda rotten so I threw it out. Last year I did the same with a deer heart but it turned out great, however it was colder then and the heart was smaller than the leg so it dried faster.If I get a deer this year I was thinking about drying the legs but I'm scared it might end up like the lamb leg.I there anything I can do to my basement to make it more suitable for drying meat? Should I put a dehumidifier or a fan or something? How did they do this back in the day before they had electricity? Should I try to build a small smokehouse instead?
>>2467552>How did they do this back in the day before they had electricitySmoke, literal barrels of salt, and/or extremely cold and dry places
>>2467103Why are you wasting fletching and potentially arrows shooting into the same target? You got five targets and 5 arrows.
>>2467579I know smoking but that's different from just drying, or what I'm actually talking about when I say drying is curing. What would a "cool dry" place be?
>>2467590>What would a "cool dry" place be0% humidity and slightly above freezing
>>2467590>>2467593Also most places didn't cure huge pieces of meat. That's a pretty novel concept. Cured meat was cut into smaller more easily dryable pieces. Stuff that was larger, like jamon iberico, was cured in a literal barrel of salt.
>>2467588Anon might've been testing his sights
>>2467588Because I'm not poor like you
>>2467552Your basement isn't climate controlled and probably gets damp. Something like a root cellar is good for storing veggies, but not so much meat (at least not long term)Smoking, salting, and drying are the best options for preserving meat without electricity. Canning with a pressure canner can work, too. Do a lot of research about canning and curing meats, winging it is a good way to die of botulism.
>>2467655I don't give a fuck how rich you are, arrows are not cheap
>>2467880>Rich people get rich by making a habit of pissing their money away.A peasant's take on the affluent.
>>2467937>I'll be the next Elon Musk if I can save an arrow! stay coping poorfag
>>2464622So I went squirrel hunting as I normally do and ended up also getting a corrontail rabbit. What's weird is that it jumped out in front of me, and hid in a bush but didn't continue to run. I poked around in thick brush because I didn't hear it run off so I figured it had to be there and after 5 minutes I saw it standing still looking at me. It was really weird to me because he was super still, absolutely not moving. I backed up like 10 yards and got him with my 20ga. I was a bit excited, I tried to hit him with the edge of the shot pattern but I pretty much destroyed the head and upper torso.I'm confused and inexperienced with rabbits, is that normal behavior? I thought they take off at the first sign of trouble. Also how prevalent is tularemia? Sources online say it's rare but some people I know say it's really nasty and they don't bother hunting rabbits to avoid that, but it looks like any small mammal that is prone to tickborne issues can get it so why is it associated with rabbits?pic was some random internet search.
>>2468780Freezing is pretty common in rabbits. Yes, they are disease vectors as all rodents are and tularemia isn't even the worst thing rabbits carry. I'm sure you can find all of that online.
unlike the majestic north american cow, I can't subsist on grass alone. I'm going to need to hunt for food if I want to live, and I do.
>>2467588You understand how grouping works?
>>2469198Yes and anon is horrible at it which is surprising for a compound user. This isn't Olympic archery where grouping actually matters, this is hunting. If you can consistently hit a tea saucer from 40 yards from a variety of angles and stances, you're good. It's pointless to potentially waste the fletching and arrows, especially once you move to practice broadheads.
>>2469353>anon is horrible at itIt's why I'm practicing, dipshit. And that pic was about a month ago
>>2469366>It's why I'm practicing, dipshitAnd I'm telling you that you're fucking doing it wrong while potentially wasting material to which your only response was >durr poorfag
>>2468923Well, if you don't want to stay in the stone age animal husbandry is a lot more sure and manageable than hunting.
If you catch someone stealing your traps or messing with your camp, what is the proper response?
>>2469497turn the other cheek anon- invite them to church. look them in the eyes. it kills them with kindness almost 100% of the time
>>2469373They're field tips you fucking retard
>>2469793Which will still shave a fletching and fuck up an arrow. Holy shit you are dumb. Were you one of those kids that shot your .22 at your friends because >lol it's just a 22
>>2469826bro stop being poor lmao
>>2469353Wow. You are a complete idiot.
>>2469826More of an idiot than I could imagine. Wow.
>>2466212>ignores the entire tracking processYou have to find the animal first.
Did you guys see this shit
>>2470335It's a husky, obviously. People are pissed at her, the retarded boyfriend:
>>2470337>i dont care>grown man throws a tantrum on facebookevery fucking time. wouldnt be surprised if they end up having a hunting accident one of these days.
>>2470335>>2470337>A pig is a domesticated wild boar>A feral pig is indistinct from a wild boar within a month>A dog is merely a domesticated wolf.>Thus, a feral dog is indistinct from a wolf.>Following this, the hunters did nothing wrongQED
I am just starting out hunting and had a question for you all. I want to get a hunting pack setup that will allow me to haul as much meat as possible. It looks like the good equipment is pretty pricey (between $400 - $600). Is it worth it or is there a cheaper way?
>>2470809Just get an eberlestock mainframe
>>2467552Sounds like smoking would just work better.I've built a primitive smoker of just green leaves and sticks that worked perfectly fineOnly thing is you kinda have to watch it for 10+ hours. Still, hanging our around the fire on the weekend, maybe drinking a few beers, it's not so bad
>>2468780I startle rabbits pretty often with my NODS while out at night. They do this a lot. Then again, I've had deer do it too. It's just natural for something to stop and pause when something loud freezes and goes silent.
>>2470809Cabelas sells meathauler packs for cheap, and then there are the gucci tier kuiu/stone glacier/outdoorsmans/seek outside packs
>>2464622No, bow hunting is illegal here :'(
>>2470335>>2470337Hell, I don't blame her, if it was feral, who gives a shit.If it was someone's pet, they would probably have heard by now.Honestly, I just find it amusing, especially the husband "not caring", lol.
>>2470809I'd just get a packframe, like >>2470822 suggested.Then fit it with whatever bag you need, HPG has some nice solutions for this, but quite pricey.You can easily just use some cheap china drysacks, nothing wrong with that either.That will get you started for a decent price, you can always tailor it more for your use case in the future.
>>2471042>I don't blame herYou should always know what you are shooting at anon. That's one of the basics of being a responsible hunter.
>>2470335Woman moment>>2470337They're made for each other
>>2471053Well, duh.That's of course the basics of gun safety, but it was still a legit target.She does deserve criticism, not because she shot some wild dog, but for not knowing what she shot.
>>2471050>>2470822>>2470914Thanks for the advice guys. It looks like getting a decent frame and strapping a cheaper pack to it looks like the way to go.
>>2471060Maybe its a regional thing but where I am from you wouldn't consider a domesticated dog to be a legitimate target. Mainly because we don't have "wild dogs" where I am from as a rule. Unless you live in some Latin shithole, or some remote native reservation, it's more likely that that's someone's pet that escaped temporarily and some poor kid is pinning up missing posters for it. Even if we did have wild dogs you don't KNOW if it's wild or a misplaced pet, so yeah, you probably shouldn't shoot it.
>>2471060>but it was still a legit target.Tell me in which state it's legal to hunt domesticated dogs?
>>2467939>It's okay, bro. I can throw money away. I'm totally rich. Ask anyone on 4chan.I'm an Indigent High School Sophomore: The Post.
>>2471765Most of them if they're not collared and are on federal land. In all honesty, on federal land it is legal to shoot stray dogs so long as it isn't a big game hunting season. During season, only game wardens can shoot stray dogs on federal land.
>>2464622Just got my falconry license. I trapped a kestrel but my falconry sponsor accidentally misled me into thinking it was a juvenile when really it's an adult (virtually untrainable). I'm releasing it and getting a red-tailed hawk very soon, probably within a week or two. While kestrels are hard to distinguish the age of, juvenile red tails are unmistakable because they have stripey tails while adults have red tails so hopefully I won't make the same mistake again. Will post pics as soon as I've trapped it. A couple weeks of training thereafter and I ought to be regularly providing slips on bunnies, quail, and pheasant for death on wings. Pic related, ANGEREY haggard kestrel (very mad).
>>2465086Unless you use copper you get some lead in your meat, even if you cut out the entry point. The lead microscopically fragments and it shoots out "infecting" most of the body with its presence. This is an undisputable fact, if you regularly eat hunted meat I'd get your lead levels checked. It seems to be in good fashion to ignore this and pretends it doesn't exist.
Opening day was gud bros
>>2470809Horn Hunter Full Curl frame only is what I use and it’s under $200.
>>2466410I know exactly how you feel. I also have a baby on the way and I am filled with cave man desires. I feel like it's the male equivalent to the nesting instinct in women.
I did it, bro'sFirst hunt in 2 years
>>2468780That's the strategy. Walk 10yds, pause 10 seconds, scan, repeat. If they don't flush when you walk past them they usually do when you pause/scan because they think the reason you stopped is because you saw them. It's weird. Also helps if you bring a stick and smack/stab bushes you pass by. Drop it when you flush and fire. Usually rabbits won't stay still as long as yours did after you've looked directly at it, maybe that one had some doubt that you actually saw it. It's usually a snap shooting event as with upland birds.
>>2471788>Another seething poorfagYou'd have spending money if you didn't rely on welfare checks
>>2472774Anon please keep us updated.
>>2472910Did you aim at the neck?