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General Elk Hunting / Elk and bears - friends in New Mexico?
« on: March 28, 2019, 08:56:29 AM »
Just saw this online and thought others might enjoy seeing it.

Would hate to see their feed bill!

Campfire / Garden 2019
« on: February 25, 2019, 06:59:43 AM »
Can't believe it's time to get the garden started here in Oklahoma.  Going with the same area as last year - 8' x 40' but due to a new addition to the family, had to build a 2 wire fence this weekend.  He's not real happy!

Got everything rototilled before the weekend then did the fence and raked out a spot for the early crops.

Planted a row of shallots, yellow onions, kale/arugula, romaine/buttercrunch and spinach.  Will plant another row of spinach in 2 weeks to try and extend the harvest.

Next up will be carrots, potatoes, beets and asparagus.  Planted some asparagus last year and will be filling in the remainder this year.  It takes a few seasons before producing good quality and enough to cut and eat.

Hope others have gardens and want to share some tips and pictures through the year.

General Elk Hunting / What caused the scratches on rack?
« on: November 08, 2018, 06:51:14 AM »
Never seen these kind of scratches on a rack before and thought I'd ask the experts.  It's only on one side.  Was he sparring and another bull had a kicker point or something?
Noticed when I was finishing up the Euro mount.

Other Big Game Hunting / OK white-tailed deer timeline
« on: October 24, 2018, 01:57:09 PM »
Not sure how many others from Oklahoma are on this site but regardless I think you'd enjoy this article from the ODWC website.

Fallow deer in Oklahoma?  Check first archery buck taken during a regulated season in 1949!

Yeah, my day is shot thinking about getting out this weekend for the first time since elk season and with my bow instead of rifle.

Campfire / Flying deer almost hits bicyclist
« on: October 09, 2018, 07:53:19 AM »
Warning:  This video has a couple of swear words, Holy S&*#, and shows a deer being hit by a car so please don't click on the link if either offends you.

This is just insane!  Boom, sell your bike!!

Campfire / Batten down the hatches DTP!
« on: October 09, 2018, 07:48:21 AM »
Dan, I see that Hurricane Michael is headed for the FL panhandle.  You all be safe including others who are in the path of the storm.  Hopefully it will downgrade to a Cat 2 when it reaches landfall.

P.S.  Hope you got your trailer wheels chocked a little better this time!

Scouting / Trail Cameras / Anchorage moose tactics
« on: August 09, 2018, 02:33:03 PM »
I bet some wish they had a GPS tracker to put on this guy until season opens!

Campfire / Is it hot where you're at?
« on: July 19, 2018, 10:53:46 AM »
OMG!  I knew when moving it was going to be hot in OK and last year didn't disappoint but this week kinda puts it to shame.  Today is supposed to be 105 or 106 with a heat index well over 110.  It's like I got transported to Arizona somewhere along the way!

When we bought our home, it had a 4' above ground pool.  When the water temp gets to 90, it's not that refreshing!!

Anyone else baking?  Glad I don't have to work outside anymore.

Other Big Game Hunting / OK controlled hunts - DTP
« on: July 03, 2018, 08:10:33 AM »
Dan, did you draw the deer ML tag?  I just looked online and it shows I drew a deer rifle tag for a WMA closer to my home but didn't draw the antelope or elk tags.  The deer tag shows me as a Non Resident so emailing ODWC since I have my OK lifetime hunting license.

Campfire / Gobble gobble
« on: March 06, 2018, 03:39:23 PM »
Spring turkey season opens here 4/9 so seemed early to me for toms to be gobbling and strutting.  Granted, I don't hunt turkeys very often - more like if one walks under my treestand in the fall then an arrow is going that direction!

Was going to outdoor show with a buddy and had to slow down in the road to let 4-5 hens cross.  Glanced to my left and there were 4 toms just gobbling and strutting away!  I couldn't tell what length beards but they aren't jakes.  Neighborhood has about 30 birds that go back and forth between acreages.

May need to go get my double bull blind setup!

Campfire / Snack sticks
« on: February 27, 2018, 10:02:03 AM »
Not sure who else likes to make their own snack sticks but I do!  Made 10 lbs this weekend and just finished vacuum sealing.

7 lbs ground whitetail
3 lbs ground pork
Add spices and cure from the spicy snack stick box plus add additional black pepper, chipotle, aleppo and guajillo chiles.

Cased in 21mm collagen casings.

Used pecan wood and smoked for 2 hours around 200 degrees then another 2 1/2 hours with no smoke.  Turned out excellent!!

Campfire / Anyone been to Spain?
« on: February 08, 2018, 03:37:46 PM »
Planning a trip before summer(May-June timeframe) for 2 weeks and thought I'd just see if anyone here has been and has any recommendations.

Hunting isn't on the list of things to do but may take a day trip fishing off coast of Barcelona or Valencia.

Right now plans are to fly into Madrid, stay 3 nights, high speed train to Barcelona for 4 nights, rail train to Valencia for 3 nights then high speed train back to Madrid for 3-4 nights.  Will be doing excursions and city tours along with hanging out on the beach.

My wife and I are taking a "big" trip every other year for 2 weeks until we can retire and travel more and Spain got the vote for 2018!

Campfire / Getting the gardens ready
« on: February 05, 2018, 09:36:44 AM »
Wasn't sure if anyone else here gets obsessed with a garden.  Having lived in CO for the last 25 years, the growing season where we lived was virtually non-existent for vegetables.  Now that we're back in Oklahoma, I'm getting back in the groove and started some raised beds.

I'm going with 6" x 6" x 8' pressure treated landscaping timbers for the sides(2 high) with our fence being the other side(s).  After cutting up the sod, I rototilled it all up and raked out what I could of the grass and leaves.  Then staple up 4 mil black plastic to the expected soil height.  I use 3/8" rebar to help hold the timbers in place plus 10" spikes on the ends.

I've got a small 8' x 8' bed for a couple of blueberry and raspberry bushes.  There are a ton of wild blackberries here so can just go pick when ripe on lots of places.  I got the first row of timbers laid and leveled then drilled 3/8" holes and drove in 2' long rebar.  I put on the second row and drilled and put in rebar.  Stapled up the 4 mil black plastic and ready for soil.

Soil is a sandy loam rich mix blend with compost and manure added.

More pics to come.....

Hunting Gear / Anyone buy from Grab A Gun?
« on: January 18, 2018, 01:14:55 PM »
I'm looking at a conceal carry but prefer a double stack since my hands are kinda big and the fit is better.

At Academy Sports buying ammo and handled the Springfield XD Mod2 in .40 S&W.  Very nice feel.  Their price is $469 for all black and $499 for the tan/black.  Cabelas is $519 and $569 I believe.

So, I was just doing a google search and found Grab A Gun.  Definitely hesitant given the name but they've got the same tan/black pistol brand new with 2 clips etc.. for $379!  Most all of their reviews are good but about 3 hours from home so would have to go when headed that way.

Any input is appreciated.


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