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  1. Smokey

    Turkey N Noodles on the Menu!

    Went out to my farm the third day of turkey season, the first two were stormy, and bagged a nice big Tom.. I had put 2 new decoys in a tent blind the evening before and planned to sit and call from it. However the day didn't go as planned. First I get out of my truck about 200 yards from the...
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    Cheap N Easy Project for kids!

    Thought you chaps might like to have an idea for those long days trapped inside with the kids! My 2 grandsons, 8 & 10, come to stay with us about once a month because they want to - main reason is we keep them engaged in projects as much as possible... These Tin Can Men are our latest...
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    First Bobcat !

    Caught a really big male coyote the next day in a set that was about 10 feet from the cat trap - is it the one in the pic with the cat - Maybe?
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    First Bobcat !

    Well Brian and Bushwack there is a story for sure on this! I wanted to be clear on the laws before I dispatched the kitty - at first it seemed all I had to do was buy a $5.00 pelt permit within 48 hours of the kill - peachy. But, thankfully I contacted a retired CPO and he said no I had to have...
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    First Bobcat !

    IL just opened its first bobcat season and lucky me I caught a big male right in front of a trail camera! Had two coyotes come in during night and pester the cat but did not attack it? Momma wants a full mount done! OK by me...
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    Horrible fur prices...

    Little dog had big eyes and was in no hurry to get down!
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    Horrible fur prices...

    Had a super start to 2017! Sorry to add pics here but Moderator moves my posts to Out and About section and thought you boys would miss this! Had a trail cam on a set and caught this action! Big Male bobcat, my first and first anywhere near me in central IL! They just opened our season for the...
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    Coyote Triple!

    Had 11 days off for Christmas and my yellow lab kept looking at me when we went for a ride to our farm like why aren't we catching critters? So, I set 4 coyote traps yesterday and today we scored! First set was ruined by a opossum which the dogs enjoyed giving it heck! It has rained and been...
  9. Smokey

    Well here I go again...another 358 Vinchester

    Ruger did make 2 runs of 358W Hawkeyes this year... 50 of one and 150 of another series... One you can buy ( if you can find ) under $900 and 1200 respectively.. .
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    Do I need a .35 Whelen and a .375 H&H?

    Ruger Hawkeye SS in 358Win spanking a 250 gn NP at about 2350 if memory serves me today? I have a batch of 250 gr RN bullets that perform amazingly well on targets for both accuracy and penetration, and they look like little elephant loads! EKC, I lurk in the shadows more than you know my...
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    BBD - Tagged a big Old Toad Sunday eve!

    Not sure where to put this but I know several of my forum friends shared best wishes for little Kaidy that we have supported through her battle with Neuroblastoma cancer... The news is GOOD at this time, she has been clean on her scans for over a year now and is a typical fiery red headed...
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    BBD - Tagged a big Old Toad Sunday eve!

    Oh, did I mention I like to fish too! :)
  13. Smokey

    BBD - Tagged a big Old Toad Sunday eve!

    Living room is a bit crowded - and bed room and a 30 x 60 clubhouse I built on our farm :)
  14. Smokey

    BBD - Tagged a big Old Toad Sunday eve!

    Cod, I have loved to hunt just about everything, that's been one of my downfalls, I have spent a lifetime running to the next adventure leaving a trail of clutter! From water fowling equipment to bears to deer to rabbits to trapping I have a very bad addiction! :) I am slowing down considerably...
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    BBD - Tagged a big Old Toad Sunday eve!

    It was the 23rd day of our IL archery season and I had not sat in my favorite stand once! The hot weather has been a big factor but the rut time is approaching and I needed to hang a trail cam to see whats in the neighborhood! So, dressed in a T shirt and light pants I hung the cam and sat...
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    Off to an early start in IL!

    Here they are together in one pic... We also are rebuilding an elevated stand ....
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    Off to an early start in IL!

    My son took a 9 pointer Oct 1st - archery season opener and I followed suit on Friday eve.... We had both of these bucks on a trail cam several times before season... Earliest either of us has let an arrow fly...
  18. Smokey

    Jolly Rogers Treehouse!

    I hate to see the kids glued to their phones, I Pads etc - so to motivate them to get outside more I built our two grandsons a treehouse last week! Butt is dragging but when the oldest said with a smile, "Papa, this treehose is EPIC " it was worth it and they played for hours! I made a couple...

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