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#11562833 - 11/08/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
maddog Offline
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Got out again yesterday. Beautiful day in the woods. Saw 3-4 running on the ground, but couldn't get a shot. Hunted for two hrs., and headed for the truck. Got within 100yds. of the truck, and found two different squirrels in two separate trees. Head shot both with my H&R Sportster single shot .22.



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#11570347 - 11/09/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
Ella Offline
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I’m glad some of you are getting it done.

Here’s the sum total of my last three squirrel hunts:



Where are the fat languorous squirrels of yesteryear?

The squirrel-hunting-deer-pistol came in handy. I’ve seen more deer around the acorn woods than squirrel. Don’t know what’s going on.



Holy cow, MD, that pup looks like a porcupine!

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#11575714 - 11/11/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
maddog Offline
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Well, prolly done squirrel hunting for awhile. Firearm deer season opens, here in Indiana, tomorrow. Gonna try to put one in the freezer, for me and mama, then back to the limb chickens! grin

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#11576571 - 11/11/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
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I am motivated to make my first hunt in the morning; a long drive for a short hunt but gas is cheap! I will take an early model 17 Remington, and a Revelation .410 bolt action and try to get each one it's first kill under my ownership!

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#11585257 - 11/15/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
maddog Offline
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Well, finished up the deer hunting yesterday. All I wanted was one fat doe, for the freezer. Nailed this ole girl, with one shot from my CVA Scout .44 mag. Dropped her on the spot. She weighed 94 lbs., field dressed, which woulda made her about 120 lbs. live weight. Me and mama will eat good.





Now, back to the limb chickens! grin


Edited by maddog (11/15/16)

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#11585515 - 11/15/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
Ella Offline
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Nice work. You have the right priorities IMHO.

How does the CVA compare to the H&R? I have three barrels for my H&R but I like the single shot break opens and thought about getting a CVA since H&R closed shop. Are the triggers better?

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#11585757 - 11/15/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
maddog Offline
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Ella, I love that CVA scout. It has a faster barrel twist than either the handi rifle or the Marlin in that caliber[.44 Rem mag]. I shoot the Hornady FTX 225 gr. load for deer hunting.

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#11586198 - 11/15/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
Ella Offline
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Interesting. Is the trigger better than on the H&R? I had my H&R's cleaned up at the factory but it's still heavier than I like.

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#11587053 - 11/15/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
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I like the trigger. On my H&R Sportster that I squirrel hunt with, I used some liquid graphite, on the trigger. I would cock the trigger, and hold the hammer back, then squeeze the trigger. I did this 30-40 times, and it dropped the trigger pull from 4 1/2 lbs, to a little under 3 lbs., with less creep. You might give it a try.

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#11589354 - 11/16/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
Ella Offline
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I'll try that MD.

Went 1-9! on a short hunt this morning. And the one was a missed headshot that went in the throat and out the ribs. I need to cut back on the coffee or something.

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#11602403 - 11/21/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
Ella Offline
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Got out for a couple of hours this morning. Beautiful day, hardly any wind. Went 2-4, both of them gave me a second shot. First hour or two, I couldn’t get one to hold still. Here’s the second one. It was calling, even after I missed the first time. Standing offhand, shot at what felt like fifty yards.:) Happy Thanksgiving to the ‘Fire.


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#11612757 - 11/26/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
Ella Offline
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Beautiful morning yesterday. Went 4-5 on squirrel (and 0-1 on does with the squirrel-hunting-deer-pistol). One shot got into a shoulder, but the rest were clean headshots. I think we're in that sweet part of the season when the leaves are down and limb chickens haven't gone into "hibernation."

Forgot to take pics I was enjoying myself so much.

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#11614373 - 11/27/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
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Only squirrel seen so far this week.

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#11623978 - 12/01/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
Ella Offline
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Well, at least you got him, PN.

I got busy at work and won't get out again until early next week. Too bad, this morning it's clearing and cooling after a couple of days of rain. It'd be a good morning to be in the woods.

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#11665403 - 12/17/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
Ella Offline
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Quiet days in small game land....

Got out for a few hours before sundown yesterday. It was cold and overcast. Didn’t think there’d be much action. Sat for about 10 minutes and saw one sneaking away through the tree tops. Got him when he paused. Moved to a new spot and after about 15 minutes one poked its head out of a tree hole. I watched him for a while as I didn’t want to hit him and have him fall back inside the tree. Finally, he came out and I got him just as he emerged. I missed a couple more and started hiking back to the truck. The last one was on the ground scampering around in a bunch of fallen sticks. He finally cleared the cover and I shot him off a fallen log and was out of the woods just as night was falling. Fun little hunt.



Hope everybody’s staying warm.

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#11667676 - 12/18/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: Ella]
Phillip_Nesmith Offline
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We've had rainy weather, blasting wind etc.,the last few days, and I haven't gotten to hunt much. Got to get back after those little rats very soon.

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#11668191 - 12/18/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
Ella Offline
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I hear you, PN. It's been wet and windy here too. Was hoping to get out tomorrow afternoon but there's rain and 10 mph winds forecast. Not my favorite squirreling weather.

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#11674565 - 12/20/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
Ella Offline
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Got out for a few hours this afternoon. At this point, I was 2 for 2:




But #2 was odd. It fell like a stone but this was the only mark on it:




Ended up 3 for 6.

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#11679204 - 12/22/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
Ella Offline
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smile

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#11686477 - 12/26/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: Ella]
Phillip_Nesmith Offline
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I've hunted a couple different locations for several hours on multiple occasions since the last posting I'd made and seen NOTHING. This is the worst hunting season that I can remember in many years. The woods are just devoid of life. It's been a huge disappointment for me; I'm disabled and cannot do a whole bunch of long walks or afford trips to distant hunting grounds and small game hunting is something that I look forward to every year. Last year I was bringing home 4-6 squirrels at a time from a half day hunt, now I'm not even seeing anything to try a shot at. It might have been the drought we had this summer forced all of the small critters to where they could find water, or they didn't survive, just speculating about that. Got an old friend of mine who has a few acres that I haven't been through in a while, might try there next week or so. In the meantime all I can do is some target shooting and wishful thinking.

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#11696501 - 12/30/16 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
Ella Offline
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Hate to hear it, PN. The season here started slow but picked up the last couple weeks. I think the weather cooling off brought them out. Hope things improve.

Went 4-6 this morning, but accidentally deleted my pic. smile

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#11722413 - 01/09/17 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: Ella]
Phillip_Nesmith Offline
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Got out yesterday afternoon for a little hunting at the inlaws place. Only saw this one, but one's better than none I guess.

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#11722956 - 01/09/17 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
maddog Offline
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Indiana season ends on the 31st of this month. due to dry eyes and shoulder pain, I haven't been out since Nov. Would like to get out once or twice, before the end of the month. Sure been a slow season for me.

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#11727839 - 01/11/17 Re: Maddog's 2016 limb chicken thread. [Re: maddog]
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Mine has also been a bust, seems like poor mast crop where I hunt and windy weather were forces to contend with the few times I got out.

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