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    Kosher Assassin Stoneman's Avatar
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    Hunting 2017


    How many hunters do we have around here? Bow, muzzleloader, shotgun, rifle, whatever?

    Anyone else getting pumped for the opening of muzzleloader? Not exactly old school, but still somewhat primitive. Percussion and I shoot Maxi Balls, but still. The only true left-handed rifle I own...

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    Re: Hunting 2017

    I hunt bow and rifle, although I may stick with just bow for the rest of the season.

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    Re: Hunting 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    ...whatever?
    Mountain Howitzer? MT. HOWITZER

    But in all seriousness, I don't hunt. Just the occasional varmint extermination (I hate red squirrels).

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    Re: Hunting 2017

    Living in eastern MA my options are fairly limited. Most of my old woods are either developed or packed with mountain bikers so I stick to ducks in salt marshes. Haven't been in a few years because of kids' sports, etc but would love to get back out there.

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    Re: Hunting 2017

    Last year was a bust so I'm hopeful this year is fruitful. I've never done bow or muzzleloader; rifle/shotty only.

    A friend just bought 54 acres out by Palmer and said I can hunt that too, but I haven't scouted it at all so I don't think that will happen this year.

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    I miss being out there... grew up building/shooting/hunting contemporary flintlocks. I'll get back into it one of these days, but unfortunately it won't be this season. That said, a buddy got a 6 pointer the other day and dropped off 30lbs or so of meat at my house over the weekend, with a few more tags in their group... so no shortage of venison haha. Made for a great dinner last night.

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    Going to get out there one way or another.............

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    I usually do bow, shotty/rifle, then muzzle. We don't get an early muzzle loader over here unless you got north unfortunately.

    Last year I got a 3 on opening day.. was bummed, thought it was gonna be a 6 or 8 but had a lot of sunrise in my scope. Just saw a basket and went for it. Basket was empty.. lol. I also got a decent 6 during muzzle loader.

    Bow has been open since the 1st over here, but I haven't made it out yet. I probably won't at this point. I'll wait for rifle.

    Got skunked in colorado for elk last month too. Expensive camping trip.

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    Been out with the bow a few times however neither the cameras (or I) have seen anything other than at night. Took the week of muzzleloader off to hunt and work on a woodshed I'm ridiculously behind schedule on.

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    Re: Hunting 2017

    haven't made up my mind, been nearly 40 years since the last time I went deer hunting, mostly cause it was discouraging not even seeing sign of deer while working in the field, but past few years, that has changed, NH F&G is doing a much better job managing the herd than they did 40 years ago. I have found a couple spots with good activity, one on a F&G easement near my house, the other on a survey project I am now working on

    I do really want to get out and shoot some yotes, maybe some night hunting when the night season opens, and next year try my hand at turkeys

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    Re: Hunting 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by sveesix View Post
    I hunt bow and rifle, although I may stick with just bow for the rest of the season.
    More & more people are going strictly bow lately it seems...


    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcrew View Post
    I usually do bow, shotty/rifle, then muzzle. We don't get an early muzzle loader over here unless you got north unfortunately.

    Last year I got a 3 on opening day.. was bummed, thought it was gonna be a 6 or 8 but had a lot of sunrise in my scope. Just saw a basket and went for it. Basket was empty.. lol. I also got a decent 6 during muzzle loader.

    Bow has been open since the 1st over here, but I haven't made it out yet. I probably won't at this point. I'll wait for rifle.

    Got skunked in colorado for elk last month too. Expensive camping trip.
    A buddy recently took one such expensive camping trip to Ohio.


    Quote Originally Posted by Fitz View Post
    Been out with the bow a few times however neither the cameras (or I) have seen anything other than at night. Took the week of muzzleloader off to hunt and work on a woodshed I'm ridiculously behind schedule on.

    Fitz
    You've got some GREAT areas out in New Boston. If you can get up near the tracking station and that corner of Bedford/New Boston, hit it. It's been 25 or so years since I hunted that area, but I'm still hearing good things. The area up in the woods way behind New Boston Town Hall was always a sweet spot too...


    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    haven't made up my mind, been nearly 40 years since the last time I went deer hunting, mostly cause it was discouraging not even seeing sign of deer while working in the field, but past few years, that has changed, NH F&G is doing a much better job managing the herd than they did 40 years ago. I have found a couple spots with good activity, one on a F&G easement near my house, the other on a survey project I am now working on

    I do really want to get out and shoot some yotes, maybe some night hunting when the night season opens, and next year try my hand at turkeys
    I'm ready to go with ya, Randy. Day hunting coyotes once we have steady frost is pretty easy. They're still allusive as fuck, but they're easier to find. Jan 1 - March 31 is night hunting, I believe...

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    Re: Hunting 2017

    I would like to, but due to the lack of "legal" locations around me there are more and more people squishing into the spots where we can go. There are so many stands around mine now that I don't feel like going out, sucks but it feels too crowded. When I go bow hunting I want to feel like I am somewhat alone and have some space, never mind shotgun or muzzle loader season.

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    Re: Hunting 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    You've got some GREAT areas out in New Boston. If you can get up near the tracking station and that corner of Bedford/New Boston, hit it. It's been 25 or so years since I hunted that area, but I'm still hearing good things. The area up in the woods way behind New Boston Town Hall was always a sweet spot too...
    That's my back yard. Literally.

    Had some luck in Merrimack on Nov 1st. Small doe.

    Was itching to get out this morning as we had a little over an inch of snow up on the hill however Brazil is in house auditing us at work so no luck. Next week perhaps...

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    Saturday is opening day here. Really looking forward to it, even with the rain and ice we're supposed to get.

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    Well, the weather was decent Saturday. Didn't see much of anything really. Just one doe that was in range. Some runners out about 500 yards. That's it.

    Sunday we quit around 9am, weather was terrible.

    How did everyone else do?

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    Meh, I haven't gotten out nearly as much as usual. Although I was able to take my 11-year old boy out 3 or 4 times. And I gotta tell ya, it was every bit as rewarding as whacking a big ol' buck...

    I was hoping my 17-year old daughter was going to get her Apprentice License, but she had too much going on to waste that one time privilege on a shortened season...

    I'll be hitting it hard the next couple weekends though. I know a couple of us will be taking the boys out for a full-day hunt again. But I'll be trying to get out on my own plenty too...

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    Good luck man. I might get out for an afternoon watch sometime tomorrow. I gotta work a half day then make some pie crust but while that's chilling in the fridge I am going to try to sneak out. We're doing a few drives Thursday morning as well. Friday.. maybe. This weekend I'll do a full day saturday and probably a half a day on sunday.

    Hoping things improve from my slow start.

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    Re: Hunting 2017

    Canaan's grouping at 25 yards. Second time shooting their new .243...

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    Tovah's FIRST time shooting their new .243, also at 25 yards...

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    Re: Hunting 2017

    I've been out one day of actual hunting, last Thursday in the rain, sat for about 6 hours, didn't see anything. I'm gonna try a few 12ga slugs @50yds, If I can keep em in a 4" circle, I may use my coach gun on rainy days instead of my 30-06

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    I've been out one day of actual hunting, last Thursday in the rain, sat for about 6 hours, didn't see anything. I'm gonna try a few 12ga slugs @50yds, If I can keep em in a 4" circle, I may use my coach gun on rainy days instead of my 30-06
    Why?

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    For us non-hunters, when are the MA legal seasons?
    Bow?
    Shotgun?
    Primitive?
    I have quite a few workers out of work next week, so I am guessing that shotgun begins on Monday, 11/27/17... and runs the full week?

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    Archery Oct. 16 – Nov. 25
    Shotgun Nov. 27 – Dec. 9
    Primitive Firearms Dec. 11 – Dec. 30

    Looks like you might be close to right. My buddy told his employer he was hunting opening day and if they didn't give him the time he was quitting haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    Why?
    Because Randy, that's why...

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