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    What is on your list of things to do to get ready for small game ?

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    Just wait for the calendar pages to turn, and pray that October isn't 70-80 degrees this year. Hunting doesn't feel right without some chill in the air.

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      Squirrels have been in since Memorial Day. They are just starting to cut hickories. I'll let them feast on them till I get a cooler morning. Doves could be considered small game. I don't know any of the logistics yet, it was a wet, late planting season this year. Everything is behind schedule. Will probably be a "know the night before" type of year. My shotguns and rimfires stay ready.

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        I usually machete some trails through the goldenrod, honeysuckle, multiflora rose, and other crap, too. As I've mentioned before, a good bit of our property is thickets, meadows, and swamp. I was thinking of doing that today so we can get to the blackberry patches easier this weekend. Everything is head-high this year, not great for keeping off the ticks, and not great when you go out on a nice sunny morning and then get soaked from the dew. I usually do a full day of machete work at various sites across the property. Handy for small-game hunting the thickets, and also staying somewhat hidden as you head to a stand during deer season.

        Plus the deer start using the trails, too. Not like it's planned out, but it does make for new places to trail-watch come November.

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        • #5
          MattM37: No way to bush hog or run a finish blade instead of hand whacking? Sounds like a job for a crew

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            Originally posted by MattM37 View Post
            I usually machete some trails through the goldenrod, honeysuckle, multiflora rose, and other crap, too. As I've mentioned before, a good bit of our property is thickets, meadows, and swamp. I was thinking of doing that today so we can get to the blackberry patches easier this weekend. Everything is head-high this year, not great for keeping off the ticks, and not great when you go out on a nice sunny morning and then get soaked from the dew. I usually do a full day of machete work at various sites across the property. Handy for small-game hunting the thickets, and also staying somewhat hidden as you head to a stand during deer season.

            Plus the deer start using the trails, too. Not like it's planned out, but it does make for new places to trail-watch come November.
            Are the rabbits o.k. to eat ? When I was a kid we stopped hunting them because of the green liver.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dewman View Post
              Squirrels have been in since Memorial Day. They are just starting to cut hickories. I'll let them feast on them till I get a cooler morning. Doves could be considered small game. I don't know any of the logistics yet, it was a wet, late planting season this year. Everything is behind schedule. Will probably be a "know the night before" type of year. My shotguns and rimfires stay ready.
              We always wound up catching the County Clerk for a license the night before then staying up to sew our back tags on our parka. cir. 1958. When they invented plastic then the back tag holders became available.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post

                Are the rabbits o.k. to eat ? When I was a kid we stopped hunting them because of the green liver.
                Never seen green livers. Everything inside has always looked healthy and the meat tastes good. One season in the '90s, I did get one with kind of a mottled look to its liver, and I'd read some stuff about tularemia. I took the rabbit to the DEC offices in Cortland, NY, and they said it was all fine, and just reminded me to always cook thoroughly.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dewman View Post
                  MattM37: No way to bush hog or run a finish blade instead of hand whacking? Sounds like a job for a crew
                  One of my cousins does get the brush hog up there, too, and we use that for the long trails up and down the gas-line right-of-way and up and down the powerline (the gas-line and powerline make an X right across our property). The trails I cut are more just short avenues through the thickets in the actual woods and the really swampy areas. And I'm only talking shoulder-width footpaths. So far, I'm still enjoying the chore every year, it's good upper-body exercise.

                  Last edited by MattM37; 08-16-2019, 01:08 PM.

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                  • #10
                    I need to run my dogs some to get them stretched out a bit. They keep relatively fit but it's tough to get them out as much as I should between the kid's schedule and the heat.

                    Not sure how much I'll get out of my older Britt this year, she still has the drive but I think that may work against her as she'll pay the price if I let her over do it. On vacation this summer I brushed out the dogs on the tailgate of my truck, when the old girl went to jump off she face planted in the dirt. I think it hurt me worse than her but there's no doubt she's past her prime, she'll be 12 in March.

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                    • #11
                      I need range time to verify the scopes are still sighted in for the rimfires.
                      > Winchester 74 semi-auto in .22lr
                      > Ruger American Rimfire bolt-action in .22lr (suppressed)
                      > Henry lever-action in .22 mag

                      Will renew the annual hunting license online, September 1.

                      Also on September 1st, I'll download the maps/permits for the three WMA's I plan to hunt.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by fitch270 View Post
                        I need to run my dogs some to get them stretched out a bit. They keep relatively fit but it's tough to get them out as much as I should between the kid's schedule and the heat.

                        Not sure how much I'll get out of my older Britt this year, she still has the drive but I think that may work against her as she'll pay the price if I let her over do it. On vacation this summer I brushed out the dogs on the tailgate of my truck, when the old girl went to jump off she face planted in the dirt. I think it hurt me worse than her but there's no doubt she's past her prime, she'll be 12 in March.
                        I was watching Dr. Pol on TV and a dog cam in that normally is jumping all over the place and all he wanted to do is lay down. Nothing found by the Dr. Finally after more questions and the room mate chiming in, it was determined the dog got into the stash and ate the whole thing. Dr. laughed and said take him home and let him sleep it off.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MattM37 View Post
                          I usually machete some trails through the goldenrod, honeysuckle, multiflora rose, Bluestacks Lucky Patcher Kodi and other crap, too. As I've mentioned before, a good bit of our property is thickets, meadows, and swamp. I was thinking of doing that today so we can get to the blackberry patches easier this weekend. Everything is head-high this year, not great for keeping off the ticks, and not great when you go out on a nice sunny morning and then get soaked from the dew. I usually do a full day of machete work at various sites across the property. Handy for small-game hunting the thickets, and also staying somewhat hidden as you head to a stand during deer season.

                          Plus the deer start using the trails, too. Not like it's planned out, but it does make for new places to trail-watch come November.
                          They are just starting to cut hickories. I'll let them feast on them till I get a cooler morning. Doves could be considered small game.
                          Last edited by DENIMKATY; 08-25-2019, 03:25 PM.

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