Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
|Garth longbow from 60 yards|
Very important: IN NEVADA ANY VIOLATION OF THIS PART OF THE NRS IS A FELONY.
Obvious rules, you can't shoot anything in any way for which you do not have a tag. No such a thing as an accident, if you do, it is a felony. This is probably why poaching is less of a problem in Nevada than in other states!
There were of course some funny stories. The guy that showed up with the largest doe mule deer ever. Unfortunately, it was a donkey, not a doe mule deer. But think about it, the big ears on the mule deer?
Processing the game, I've always gutted first. They recommend skinning first, then gutting, then quartering. Of course, fastest cool down possible is how to go. They also recommended cleaning the meat as good as possible, cold water and a wash rag etc.... then when you put it on ice, keep the ice separate, maybe in a jug or bag, so that the meat stays dry. Most important though is to keep it cold.
Most interesting thing I learned is that a pronghorn is not an antelope at all, it is a completely separate species and contrary to popular believe, they do shed the sheath off the horns every year. It's basically made of hair so it deteriorates very fast and you'll probably never see one on the ground.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Garth and I are headed to the Clark County complex for more practice on Wednesday as well as a meet and greet to try to figure out how to shoot an antelope with a longbow! My hope is to just drive by and see one, we'll see. 2 weeks from this Saturday, we'll be in and around the Steptoe Valley not only stalking antelope, but making a note of where the deer and elk are roaming.
I've had a few comments about pushing the nosler partition so much, for example, it sure doesn't look special. True, many make super fancy LOOKING rounds, but, "if you want the best bullet for your next elk hunt, get a Partition."
Click here for the Chuck Hawks article on the partition
Friday, July 11, 2014
I have been wanting to make a new post from my end of the world. It is tough trying to keep up with 2 blogs, but here I go.
Alan is doing a great job thinking this all through. Nice work. Thanks for checking the moon phases. That will be some helpful knowledge.
Gman is going to be rocking the .308 SCAR 17S on this outing. It's not the most powerful cartridge, but given a close range, within 400yards, I should be OK. If not, I am planning on a running second attempt since it is open desert and the animal won't be able to hide. Well, hopefully. If all else fails, I can always unclip a grenade and throw it in the general direction of the elk. All portions will be ground meat and no steaks.
My Ax. FNH SCAR17S 7.62x39 (.308)
I also have a bipod made by Vltor which is light and quick to pop out. I will need to practice with that at the range, but will also consider using the monopod in case the brush is too high.
As soon as we get back from Europe, which is August 10th there will be range time planned for the 16th and 17th. Ideally, we can hit the desert during the week before since school will not have started yet.
That's not much, but I like to hear about all the technical stuff. So, Alan.... Post some info on these home loads that you will be using. I will do a full range report when we get back as well.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Garth and I are headed to Ely after work on Friday, August 1, returning Sunday August 4 for the longbow Antelope adventure!
I finally ordered my pack. I went with the Eberlestock Gunrunner in Coyote Brown along with the 3 litre hydration bladder.