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I got a nice black phase rattler yesterday 51 inches and 11 rattlers can anybody reccomend a good taxidermist in the eastern half of the state?
Took my two boys out today. They had a good time and came home with supper.
The 'Dog Photographer Of The Year' Contest Announced Its Winners, And They're Amazing
Jun 21 2017, 4:20 PM

The "Dog Photographer Of The Year" competition, an annual contest organized by the UK-based animal welfare organization the Kennel Club, has announced its winners, and unsurprisingly the winning photos are chock full of very good dogs.

We know why you're here, so without further ado, here are the winners.

Maria Davison Ramos won the Man's Best Friend category — and took first prize overall — with this photo of Yzma the rescue.

Maria Davison Ramos

Sarah Caldecott took home first place in the Dogs at Work category for this awesome shot of Rita the pointer.

Sarah Caldecott

Kaylee Greer and Petey the Wheaten Terrier won the Dogs at Play category.

Kaylee Greer

Anastasia Vetkovskaya won the Dog Portrait category with this pic of a big, beautiful Afghan Hound.

Anastasia Vetkovskaya

Dylan Jenkins won the Young Pup Photographer category (a youth category for doggo/photo enthusiasts ages 10 and younger) for "Mosey loves cake," a delightful snapshot of Mosey the Bloodhound.

Dylan Jenkins

Julian Gottfried won the second youth category (for ages 11 to 17) with this photo of Pippin the Terrier mix....
I am new to Lexington, KY and this will be my first year deer hunting here. I have some private land that I have access to in Breathitt Co. and also a farm near Danville that I can occasionally hunt, but want to get some info on the public land in DBNF. Does anyone on the forum that hunts there have any info they can give a noob to the area? I heard it's pretty rough terrain but that doesn't bother me. Any decent area within an hour or so drive from Lex? Will be hunting with firearm only as I do not have a bow. Anyone doing any scouting this summer that wouldn't mind someone tagging along? I will get lunch Feel free to PM me if you'd like. Thank you.
i cant seem to be able to load pics anymore,im using rca tablet.could some of my settings gotten changed or outta whack?it now wants url info and im not familar with that.anyone have any info?
I'm a Winchester model 70 fan, in case you missed that. Anyone heard or have any reviews of the model 70 since the company moved? Am planning to buy a new 7 mag. Probably going to be a model 70. Thanks
Anyone have any trailcam pics of bucks antler growth right now? I was going to put out cameras next week and was wondering how much growth to expect for now.
hey was wanting to here some ideas on making apple blocks or apple candy for deer what kind of homemade recipes you guys got thanks.
Just got back from a two day prairie dog hunt in South Dakota. Absolutely fantastic. Shot from 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM Never ran out of targets. There were three of us and we each shot around 600 rounds total. Shortest shot was 188 yards longest shot taken was 650 yards. longest kill was 400 yards. 15 MPH wind humbled us until we got the hang of it. If interested send me an E-Mail and I will give the details on the outfitter. 5 star lodging and food to go along with the hunt.
I was looking through my hickory axe handle staves for no particular reason the other day and came across one that just inspired me. I generally keep some good air-dried hickory on hand for handles because perfect axe handles can't be bought these days. Besides that, they're made from kiln dried wood which destroys the inherent properties of hickory.

Anyways.. the stave inspired me mainly because it was ugly, and I wanted to use it to get rid of it. It had some wavey grain, a slight bow, and a little strip of brash wood near the heartwood side of the stave. So, I decided to hew the bow off of it to see if I thought I could get a double bit handle out of it before I cut it in half for shorter hatchet handle blanks. Here's a few pictures, and a short video of how the project went.

A 3 1/2 lb. Collins era, Sager Double Bit axe head(1950-1955)I picked up a few years ago at a pawn shop for $5. After getting down to the brass tacks, I can see that the stave is BARELY wide enough to even think about hanging this head.
I'm thinking maybe I can pull it off at this point.

It's gonna work, but the shoulder is going to be a little narrower than I like on a double bit axe.
It's shaping up after a few minutes of hewing with the hatchet.
Making the tongue, and fitting it to the eye. Also starting to cut some facets with the rasp to ensure I keep the handle straight, and inline with the tongue and shoulder.
Working on the shelf, and facets....
I have the opportunity to hunt hogs in Georgia for a couple of days. I have a couple of .223s and a .243. Thinking the .243 will be fine, what do the pros think?
Has anyone heard about the proposed changes they were talking about in the fall?
hi guys,
So hunting season is coming up again and I started off the season by buying 2 new rifles. A Henry golden boy .22 for squirrels and a big boy (deer) both are identical besides caliber.
Anyway I bought a used Henry a while back and loved it.
My issue is this, I usually use a scope and have never used buckhorn sights. But I don't like the look of a scope on these rifles and want to learn to hunt with iron sights.
So my question is this how different are semi buckhorn sights from regular iron sights and are they as good when it comes to hunting.
The Incredible Flyboard Air

Franky Zapata is demonstrating the incredible flying capabilities of the 'Flyboard Air' in Naples, Florida.

Franky Zapata rides the 'Flyboard Air' in Naples, Florida, doing impressive maneuvers like spins and slalom, including an amazing breaking in front of the crowd. The innovative Flyboard® Air represents 4 years of hard work, resulting in an Independent Propulsion Unit that can achieven autonomous flight up to 10,000 feet, a top speed of 150km/h (93 mph) and delivers a range of up to 25 km (15 miles). Flyboard Air is still in the prototype phase and will not be available for purchase until 2017. Note: This is NOT a computer simulation or edited video. It is 100% real.
need a good book to read on deer or turkey hunting or both. I don't read much except magazines that I subscribe to like deer and deer hunting and turkey and turkey hunting. Is there something out there I can read that you guys enjoyed? Thanks.
gdb had already posted this on the Senior disabled license thread but I thought it deserved its own.

The Comision is is voting on these increases on June 2nd in Frankfort at The Game Farm.

I want to point out that the Sportsmens license is not on the list of increasing.

Also they are not raising nonresident fees.

I for one think if they are going to raise resident fees it should go accross the board to include nonresidents.

We need to reach out to the Comishoners and voice our feelings on this matter before they meet and vote on this.
Ya'll been froggin? Dad and I went last night. Ponds so high, but we still managed to get 24. He's 80, but still going strong. After not going last year due to my surgery, our ponds were full of croakers this year. Can't wait for the water to go down. Gonna cleanup in a few weeks.
Got the hog scalded and ice down yesterday. Was going for butterflied, but hog dressed out 225 + so we split him. Weather is killing us we may break him down some more. Light the hickory at 3 pm. Inject him and dry rub 4 pm. Hopefully on smoker by 5 pm Friday.
Here in Ky there's a lot of Old Kentucky Families like mine we've lost kin in every war the USA has been involved with. May God Bless the families of those who have sacrificed all for America. This holiday let us remember those who have passed on before. To all the graduates cinch that bull rope down tight and hang on, life is as fast as 8 seconds. Good Luck.
I hope everyone has a safe one.
Shout out to Capttrea, if you have that boat docked around Maysville Saturday holler at me. I got a shot of woodford double oak and pig pickins waitin on ya.
Went 4wheeling last sat here in Harlan Co. on black mountain to try to spot some bears and did I ever. In one short stretch of no more than a mile I saw 11 bears. Mom & 2 cubs, then Mom & 2 cubs, then a loner, then a Mom and 3 cubs. Conditions were perfect and I figure it was a rare day, them probably picking fresh grass on the strip roads, but I see them in these same areas plus others all the time in often in numbers.
But it just goes to show how many we really have. Far more than they claim. The rifle season here is a joke as far as timing, almost mid December. The bow season is a good time, I believe late oct, but the gun season needs to be changed. Who even wants to hunt then. Bear in my garbage 2wice just in last couple weeks.
just my opinion..i believe kentucky should allow the disabled (like me) (have medical records to prove it) (and the elderly) who are not able to use a regular compound bow to use a crossbow all deer season due to our disabilities...not doing so would hinder our chances of getting in the woods and enjoying this might rub some of you the wrong way and i do apologize but i think the dept of fish and game should allow it as long as you have medical records to back up your claim..i really hope they pass a law like this..when i lived in kentucky i was exempt from using a regular bow and i strictly hunted with a crossbow because as i said before i was "exempt" and had a disabled if they dont pass that law this year i guess i will have to suffer and take a chance on tearing my shoulder or screwing up more discs in my back by having to draw a regular compound bow..i dislocated my left shoulder and then 3 months later had a car wreck (hit 2 two deer) and fractured that same shoulder. and also i suffer from a disease that degenerates the discs in my back(thus the reason i am on disability)
so i think it would be a fair law..but you will have "those" guys crying "thats not fair"..well for those guys, who can work, who have a good job, make good money and own thier own house, at least they can walk, at least they don"t have to wake up every morning with thier legs and feet feeling like they have been set on fire and at least they dont lose feeling in thier lower extremities and pray to god that he dont let them wake up one morning numb from the waist down with "NO" feeling and have to wonder if this is the last time they will ever be able to take another step in the great outdoors without the aid of a wheelchair...think on what i have just really is food for thought!
This Monster Buck was taken this past Archery season by Mr Terry Isaacs of McKee, KY It Gross scored 181 7/8. I just mounted it today so it's not finished yet.

I drug out the rear tine Husky tiller yesterday afternoon and tilled for about an hour or so. I noticed the motor starting to really struggle and I shut it down. When I went to restart it, the pull rope wouldn't budge an inch. I meant to change out the oil from last year, but just topped it off and it is still full. I wonder if the engine is toast or if there is a way to unseize it. I also wonder how much damage it took, like a bent rod. Any suggestions or am I screwed. I realize it is awfully hard to diagnose something like this over the internet, but all I really want is some input here. Thanks in advance.
On the side of the road at the beginning of the eastbound lanes of the Cumberland Pkwy, south of Park City. He's squashed and quite dead, so it's not going anywhere. I knew they were in the western part of the state, but that's getting pretty central when you figure right outside of Glasgow......
I had posted awhile back regarding hunting in the Independence area and recently just went to the Curtis Gates Lloyd WMA this weekend to see the layout. I was pleasantly surprised with the acreage, as well as the set up. I was wondering if anyone on here knew how much pressure it tends to get? I missed getting there for Turkey season but am interested in other upcoming seasons. Any information would be greatly appreciated!
Can you shoot this Rabbit from 282 Yards out?

What you are about to witness is an amazing feat of shooting with a .17 HMR as a rabbit at 282 yards away goes down with no problem.
We know that the .17 HMR was made to shoot accurately at long distances, but because the bullet is so small, it’s hard for most people to hit longer shots. But if you really know what you are doing, and know the science of long range shooting, hitting something like this 282 Yard shot on a rabbit is no problem. Most people won’t even be able to spot the rabbit from that far away, much less actually pull off this amazing shot.

It’s absolutely amazing how when a person knows exactly what the conditions are and how to account for them you are able to hit such a difficult shot with such ease. If you can hit a shot like this, well done on you; if not, it looks like you need to spend a little more time out on the range practicing your technique.

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Ok, that’s 282 yards away, I’ve got an 8-mile an hour wind going from left to right (the wind at ground level is less), and I’ve got 42 clicks left and 40 clicks up. I’ll just show you what that looks like.

That’s a long way. [chuckles] Ok, I’ll be eating that later, it won’t go to waste. And to all you people who don’t like seeing these sorts of videos, either don’t watch them, or just learn that that’s the way things happen.

And as always, once you’ve adjusted for elevation, always make sure that you take it back off again. Ok. So we’re now gonna wind it back down.

Some of the kit I’m using to pull off a shot like that is the Kestral 1000 wind gauge, with the HMR, it’s absolutely critical that those sorts of distances, that you get the wind bang on. Ok, at those sorts of distances, one mile an hour...
Any one use a Pellet gun for small game ,I'm thinking of getting one to try for squirrels been looking at the steel eagle 22. any of you have experience with one .
This doe was taken by a very young fellow in Perry Co. Just mounted up and will need some adjustments over the next couple days. Very unique deer.
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When people would ask me (usually from some grocery clerk I was buying a hunting mag from) why I deer hunted, I used to say jokingly "because they're evil flesh eaters and would eat you if they caught you".

Looks like I was right after all!


Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds—Wait, Why Do Deer Eat Birds?
Esther Inglis-Arkell

3/04/15 3:40pm
Filed to: animals

Deer aren’t the slim, graceful vegans we thought they were. Scientists using field cameras have caught deer preying on nestling song birds. And it’s not just deer. Herbivores the world over may be supplementing their diets.

When researchers in North Dakota set up “nest cams” over the nests of song birds, they expected to see a lot of nestlings and eggs get taken by ground squirrels, foxes, and badgers. Squirrels hit thirteen nests, but other meat-eaters made a poor showing. Foxes and weasels only took one nest each. Know what fearsome animal out-did either of those two sleek, resourceful predators?

White-tailed deer.

These supposed herbivores placidly ate living nestlings right out of the nest. And if you’re thinking that it must be a...
I remember reading the diaries of Lewis and Clark, as they pushed further west, an Indian tribe (can't remember which tribe) warned them of 'Great Bears'. They pretty much blew this off thinking the Indians were basically "joking around and just trying to scare them". They found out soon enough this was no joke.


Grizzly Bear Attack
May1, 2017 jhines Leave a comment

There are many ghost stories to hear about but for this Montana hiker, you’d have live a lifetime of scary tales in a single, death-defying day. Todd Orr survived, but barely and he had a firearm that he chose not to use in respect for the bear. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be attacked by a bear, here’s the story in vivid detail as posted on his Facebook:


Hello everyone.

Thought I should share yesterday morning’s Grizzly incident.

I took an early morning hike in the Madison valley to scout for elk. Knowing that bears are common throughout southwest Montana, I hollered out “hey bear” about every 30 seconds so as to not surprise any bears along the trail.

About three miles in, I stepped out into an open meadow and hollered again. A few more steps and I spotted a sow Grizzly bear with cubs on the trail at the upper end of the meadow. The sow saw me right away and they ran a short distance up the trail. But suddenly she turned and charged straight my way. I yelled a number of times so she knew I was human and would hopefully turn back. No such luck. Within a couple seconds, she was nearly on me. I gave her a full charge of bear spray at about 25 feet. Her momentum carried her right through the orange mist and on...
Any ideas on States that want hunters to help thin the herd?
Bought some Property back in 2014 and hoping to start building soon . Would like to see some nice HAMMERS that people have gotten . Heard there are some good ones around but haven't seen any HAMMERS on trail camera
Put this together for my wifes Christmas present. Found some old pecky cypress and got to work. She liked it!!

Disabled hunter looking for a place to hunt deer and turkey in Boyd County Kentucky. Greenup county would be acceptable also. Thank you.
Delta Waterfowl is looking to rejuvinate some older chapters as well as start some new ones. If you are a passionate outdoorsman or woman then consider volunteering with a chapter. We all need to give back to the sport we love and secure the future of waterfowl hunting for generations to come.
Delta offers a great program that gives the chapter the ability to use a portion of their proceeds locally.

If you are interested in finding out more about Delta and what we do please give me a shout.
Call or text 662-420-0902 or email at
Looking for a guide service for some flying carp bow fishing. All info appreciated. Thanks
His face says it all! I have been hunting close to twenty years and this was the best hunt I have ever been on. My dad was with us too...
For the guys that have this gun does the reducer help that much, can you even tell a difference. im shooting 3 1/2 shells
Just wanted to see if anybody harvested a bird on the quota hunt?
I was left alone for the weekend with no adult supervision, so I had to fend for myself.

Trout rubbed with olive oil, sprinkled with lemon pepper seasoning, with lemon slices on a red hot grill. With steamed veggies, instant rice and ginger ale...

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IMG_0192.JPG IMG_0193.JPG Grandson killed a nice one 25 lbs double beard 10 inch and 6 inch had 3/4 inch spurs
Awesome weekend! Both of my boys laid the hammer down on some fine birds! My oldest boy was hunting with my brother opening morning and he killed a great bird. 21lb, 10" beard, 1-5/16 and 1-1/4" spurs. The boys were able to pull off a double yesterday morning. We never heard a single gobble on the roost. At about 8am, a jake gobbled not 30 yards from the blind. Then the rest of the gang showed up. Every decoy we had was getting bred. It was a crazy situation there for a few minutes. Both of their birds were shot off of a decoys back. One was a 16lb Jake and the other was a 23lb, 9.5" beard and 1-1/4 and 1-3/16 spurs. There were a lot of questions after that hunt! LOL!
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we roosted a bird Friday evening that i thought was by himself but yesterday morning i had him come to the other side of the hill about 70 yards away but before he got up enough to see the decoys we had some hens move in and take him off. we stayed in the blind till 10:30 and decided to run out a grab a bite to eat. after eating he wanted to go back out so we headed back out, after not striking anything we moved up on top of a ridge and i cutt a few times and 1 starts gobbleing like crazy across a big holler up on the other ridge. connor looks at me and says can we go after him and i told him if you want to so we made a big circle going through a thicket and a swamp. we get about where i thought we needed to be and set up but nothing happened. so after making it back to the truck he said lets go get a snack and head back out. we get the blind set up about 4:30.around 6 that evening, 3 hens flew down into the holler where we are, i could some hear more up behind us and 1 drumming. all of a sudden about 15 fly off the hill landing right at the decoys, the looked them over before moving off but i could hear the drumming getting closer. then i hear 1 start doing a fighting purr and here comes a tom to the decoys. connor starts getting the gun up and the tom catches a little movement and streches his head and i told connor you better be getting on him. he takes his time and busted him at 15 yards. he weighted 23 pounds even had an 11 in bear and 1 1/16 curved hooks. so last night he said i really want to go in the morning but i dont care if i fill my tag so we decided to go to a farm i hadnt scouted this year and i figured if nothing else we should hear some birds and he could spend some time in the woods. right as we are setting up 1 gobbles probably 65 yards over the hill. i called to him a little and then shut up. i hear him fly down below us, then i see him heading away from us so i called and he turned and started up the ridge. the bird finally decides to come...
Since I take care of all things computer for my dad, I handle the online purchase of his hunting license. I received a survey from KDFWR regarding these licenses, which are currently $5/year.

My understanding is that KDFWR receives federal funds based on sales and its really the only reason that mom and dad purchase theirs since they hunt only on their own land.

It appears that they are planning to increase these fees to $47.50/year.

Does anyone know if and how much federal funding they receive based on sales? I'm just wondering if they'll be shooting themselves in the foot with this change. I know not everyone has the choice of not buying at all but I suspect there will be many that choose to not buy if they hike rates. There will be three in my family alone that will not be buying licenses if this goes through.

Hog Hunting Goes Wrong

Things don’t always go as planned on a hog hunt. These hunters captured awesome and hilarious footage of hog hunting gone wrong.
Feral hogs are intelligent animals.

Couple this intelligence with their size, speed, and strength, and a hog can quickly turn the tables on an unprepared hunter.

As these hunters demonstrated, you always need to be on your toes when hunting feral hogs, especially when they are at close range. A hog is not as dangerous as an angry big trophy like a buffalo or elephant, but a charging hog can quickly turn an ordinary hunt into a dangerous situation. There are some hunters have had their day ruined by a very angry feral hog.