aeronutMemberFebruary 1, 2019 at 12:17 pmPost count: 155
Made some 5/16″ Hickory arrows for hunting coyotes and coons. They will be tough enough to stand up to the floppin’ and raking through the brush if I manage to poke one though a critter. If I miss I might be able to find them under all the leaf litter. I’ve got one that is AWOL from a shot last weekend.
Ahhhhh, the aroma of burnt feathers.
aeronutMemberFebruary 2, 2019 at 8:29 amPost count: 155
Fur prices are really low and the buyers around here aren’t taking any raccoon right now. The coon population is exploding here. I have shot two in the past that were showing serious signs of canine distemper. Notified F&G about them and they said dispatch them. I called in four last Sunday in about a five minute period and could have easily shot them all with a .22.
Coyotes are thick around here too since the dog men quit running them (old age main factor there). I have them on security cameras trotting through my yard in the mid afternoon. Time to cull the herd.
Stephen GrafMemberFebruary 3, 2019 at 6:30 amPost count: 2275
Raccoons can be a little too friendly around here too. I’ve had many opportunities to shoot them with an arrow, but I’ve been reluctant to do it because of rabies. Raccoons are a rabies vector species. I don’t think I want to pick up an arrow covered with Raccoon blood.
That said, ground hogs are supposed to be a vector species too, and I’ve picked up many arrows covered in their blood with no ill effect. Oh well, gotta go. I keep drooling on the keyboard (crazy eyes emoji)
aeronutMemberFebruary 3, 2019 at 8:43 amPost count: 155
I have six flu-flu arrows that I made over ten years ago. I used 11/32 Chundoo (Lodgepole pine) shafts with a .38 special blunt. These have been shot hundreds of times in hunting camp and have bounced off of a lot of things over the years. I finally broke the blunt off of one last summer shooting at my swinging targets in my yard. The arrow hit a glancing blow and then hit the tree root at an angle.
I make the blunts by pressing an 11/32 field point into a ,38 special casing. They are tough and stand up to a beating. These have been shot into a railroad tie fence post without breaking.
My swinging targets are 20 oz plastic soda bottles hanging from tree limbs around my yard.
RalphMemberFebruary 5, 2019 at 8:02 amPost count: 2455
When I started chopping feathers years ago I could now and then get two 5″ feathers out of one full length, usually a 5″ and a 4″ for sure. Nowadays I get a 5″, sometimes a couple of 4″ers, sometime either a 5″ or 4″ and a flu flu feather.
I’m getting quite a supply of flu flu feathers…..
I guess I’ll need to check next fall and see if bow/arrow legal for dove hunting….
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Bet I need more flu flus than I can carry to score a bird in flight?
richard roopMemberFebruary 5, 2019 at 8:10 amPost count: 38
When I was shooting wood I used to buy the shafts in lots of 100. Would go thru them and straighten, weigh and group them #1, #2 or #3. The #1s were the good stuff. The #3s…….. lets just say that just because the ground squirrel was sitting on a rock didn’t mean that he was safe.
When I used .38 casings for blunts, I used to put a couple of .22 lead pellets on the vice and flatten them with a hammer, then drop them into the case with a spot of glue to bring the weight up the same as field points. They shot surprisingly accurate for throw-aways.
#6 lead shot & a spot of glue works well, also.
aeronutMemberFebruary 5, 2019 at 8:43 amPost count: 155
Ralph, look up videos like this to make some bird points. I’ll bet you can hit a flying target a lot easier than you think. Just takes some practice and someone willing to throw targets up for you.
Richard, I have used lead shot in the casings but the casings were a bit loose on 11/32 shafts and I got tired of wrapping a shim around them or shaving down 23/64 shafts for them to fit tight enough to suit me.
RalphMemberFebruary 5, 2019 at 10:47 amPost count: 2455
Lawful Hunting Methods
Shotguns, archery equipment including crossbows, falconry, dogs, artificial decoys, and manual or mouth-operated bird calls are lawful.
Legal in Tx. I’ve hunted pheasants with my bow with some success………..Doves, with no success.
They be a whole different breed of cat when airborne………..They learn while still in the egg how to fly fast, never in a straight line, and how to change direction of flight in a heartbeat.
If (and when, confidence speaking) I take one down in mid-flight, everyone I know will know…. :-))
That’s pure bragging rights there!!!!!!!!!!!
Ummmmmmmmm?????????? A .38 shell casing blunt with lead and lead laws and migratory game bird hunting??????
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