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    I’m not sure about Mormon Trail, but county conservation stocked them in both Greenfield and Nodaway lakes, and I’ve heard there have been guys bucket stocking them in other area lakes. There are eaters and trophy’s in both lakes, and I released a 27″ during summer of 2014 on Greenfield. My daughter caught her first cigar in Greenfield, and I’ve kept a couple others <20" for the pan out of Nodaway.

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    Meadow, Greenfield, and Nodaway all have healthy populations of black crappies and bluegills. It will take some sorting on each, but we regularly catch gills up to 9″ and crappies up to 11″ on these smaller lakes. On Meadow, 10″ gills and 12-14″ white crappies are not uncommon if you can find them. You also have the following within 30-40 minutes:

    3 Mile
    12 Mile
    Green Valley
    Mormon Trail

    All of these lakes are worth a look, and Mormon Trail had a huge population of 8-9″ crappies this season. I am sure you can pick up some larger fish if you are willing to sort.

    Good luck!

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    Hey Dawson- one thing to try on the hammer issue…

    The blackhorn QRBP has a notch in it and a tool to help seat it in the breech. In the installation instructions, it mentions attempting to loosen and then re-tightening the QRBP if a guy has issues with the hammer igniting the primer. Not sure if that is your specific issue, but it may be something to try.

    Good luck!

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    I actually contacted the manufacturer about the difference between the Optima and Accura due to the similarity of features and difference in price. The only difference between the models is the barrel, and with the Accura they perform additional lapping and polish to the Bergara bore; improving accuracy and maybe most importantly reducing fouling. In my 15 years of muzzleloading, the one thing that still annoys me is the tedious cleaning. I bought the nitride Accura to mitigate “physical” fouling and corrosion and to maximize accurracy (lifetime corrosion guarantee). I am using Blackhorn powder and bought the CVA blackhorn QRBP to mitigate “chemical” fouling and maximize performance.

    I am losing the convenience and shot to shot consistency inherent to Triple 7 pellets, but IMO the cleaner shooting and moisture resistance make Blackhorn the obvious choice.

    Anybody that has ever left a cold muzzleloader with a Triple 7 load in the barrel in a warm vehicle or machine shed overnight will understand how quickly the change in humidity can turn Triple 7 pellets into soup in your bore. I know a guy can corkscrew sabots out, use CO2 tools to push loads out the barrel, or simply fire them before storing overnight. However, these are all solutions to the same avoidable problem and all of them are a pain in the butt.

    Best of luck to all in the woods this fall!

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    Congrtulations on the successful hunt and the opportunity to continue an annual tradition. I hope you and your crew get to enjoy the pilgrimige for years to come.

    I totally agree with the comments on the CO too. I got checked on opening day with my daughter, and he was very friendly. It may not hurt that he lives a mile straight south of me across the section, lol!

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    Cabelas Christmas sale starts tomorrow and today and tomorrow only you can also get $15 off and free shipping on orders over $100.

    For the Christmas sale they have the CVA Accura combo with 3-9×40 illuminated reticle scope, sling, and case for $549. That is $100 off their retail, and pretty competitive with other sites. I ordered the same gun with the thumbhole stock from Bud’s Gun Shop on 11/26 for $561, and it is finally shipping to my FFL today. Hoping to get it by early next week and sighted in for late muzzy season.

    As a FYI, I did pretty detailed research on loads, and the consensus i gathered from both gun writers and actual sportsmen is that a 300 grain Barnes Expander MZ on top of 120 grains of Blackhorn is an ideal combination for these guns. If you go this route, don’t opt for the aero tips, rather go with the standard extreme hollow point version. With practice and a good rest, this load is a legitimate 150-200 yard option.

    Good luck!

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    They were pheasant hunting during the week before deer season last week.

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    Definitely a class move if the guys are on here, and I’m glad that you guys got to see some action bro! Hopefully big E gets his first bird this season!

    Joe

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    The groups around here that hunt Carroll and Guthrie counties had mixed results. The fog locked things down until late morning Sunday, but most groups that I talked to still managed to tag out. No reports of any monsters shot, but a few 150’s and lots of eater bucks and does.

    Good luck!

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    I believe there is a locker in Stratford that has a good reputation as well.

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    As a sidenote, there were 3 MI hunters all cited for early/late shooting hours violations in this neck of the woods last week.

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    Wow! Those are some awesome results, and I am gonna look you up when I can afford a .460! 🙂

    I can’t imagine the buck of 45 grains of H110… I was shooting 21 grains behind 325gr cast bullets out of my .45LC and thought it was a stout load! Holy hell man!

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    Wow, that is a great picutre. Is that a Wire Haired Pointing Griffon or a German Wire Haired Pointer? I am looking at getting a Griffon for my next gun dog. My Golden Retriever turns 5 this month and I will need to get another dog started soon.

    Thank you for sharing!

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    Agree with what the other guys have said.

    Regarding stands with cushion seats, make sure you bring them in and take them out. Squirrels *WILL* destroy them overnight in some cases. In that same vein, although very comfortable, shy away from stands with sling seats only as once the squirrels ruin them you will need to find replacement or jerry rig something with a towel and duck tape.

    I hunt private property exclusively, and prefer portable stands over ladders. I look for those with larger foot platforms, and if you can find one with a foot rest or bent platform that is reasonable I recommend them. Having somewhere to put your feet up is a nice creature comfort that also keeps better circulation. I’ve never bought one of the new portables with adjustable seat and platform for tree angle, but they always looked very cool. You may not find a tree in your spot with a straight trunk…

    I have never used a climber so I can’t help you there, but I have never looked at them seriously since where i hunt there are very few straight trees without limbs to navigate.

    Good luck!

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    Me and a buddy shot 4 by 9:20a on public ground in Greene County Saturday morning. The word is definitely out that bird numbers are up as the access was covered up with hunters and safety was an issue, so we bugged out after running an abbreviated hunt.

    There was a ton of shooting and we saw lots of roosters that escaped the vollies. We hunt birds throughout the season with my golden retriever and his yellow lab, and we look forward to opening day being over and things calming down.

    Good luck!

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    Are you hunting from a stand? If so, are you practicing 50 yard shots from the ground *AND* from your elevated stand? Angles are different from an elevated position, and sight picture and point of impact need to be considered.

    I can tell you that the years that I have lost deer bow hunting were always those where I didn’t spend enough time shooting practice broadheads from an elevated stand at varied distances and angles (quartering away, quartering to, broadside, steep angle (under your stand), moderate angle (most shots), etc… Every deer I have lost was either shot in or above the shoulder *OR* in the brisket.

    It is critical that you practice at home in the same real-world scenarios. You should wear your hunting coat, practice broaheads, hat, quiver/no quiver, etc… That is the only way that you will be 100% confident when the time comes to pull back the string.

    Good luck.

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    That really sux man, and I hear you on running over the last piece. That is my luck over and over again. One thing to consider is the heavy cable locks rather than chain or simply a padlock. I’ve heard that short of a cutting torch they are very hard to cut and resist bolt cutters. Trespassing and theft are the scourge of the sportsman, and I hope that you can locate the party and “resolve” the situation. Hopefully just a misunderstanding on property lines, permission, etc…, and if you haven’t already I would contact the adjacent landowners to report the issue if this happened on private ground.

    Good luck!

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    As expected, I received a ton of very insightful and helpful advice from you guys. I really appreciate the nostalgia and recommendations around the single shot .410. My brothers and i all started with the same case hardened, break-action, HR, and we graduated from squirrels, to rabbits, to phesants. Afterwards we moved on to 20’s and now we all have various 12’s and 20’s in our safes.

    After reading through your comments and doing additional research online, I have decided on a 3-prong approach with her current shotgun.

    1. Adding a slip on Pachmyr Decelerator recoil pad to the bantam stock- If this makes her LOP too long I will remove the factory recoil pad for a better fit
    2. Adding a Accu-riser 1/4″ thick neoprene cheek pad to ease the buck on her cheek bone, but still guarantee a good weld
    3. Purchasing some of the reduced recoil loads that were recommended by you guys

    Unfortunately, .410 ammo is cost prohibitive and consistent patterns on roosters even at close range are very difficult to achieve.

    The 28 gauge is a darling to many people, but again, the ammo cost is prohibitive, youth firearms chambered for it are in short supply, and investment in a new gun would be very costly. That being said, with loads of 7 1/2, the 28 has around 263 pellets- more than enough to consistently smash targets and roosters at short to moderate range.

    We will ease into the 20; making sure she is still having fun and looking forward to the day she bags her first bird. 🙂

    Thank you again to all for the sage advice and recommendations. I love this site!

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    Thank you very much, and I will check it out!

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    Maxx,

    Your recommendation is interesting re: moving sight vs. rest. With fieldpoints I am able to consistently shoot sub-2″ groups at 20 yards. Without moving my sight I can shoot the same size groups with Muzzy 4-blade heads, but the group POI is typically 4-5″ high and left. Can you please help me understand the benefit of moving my rest, and also provide any tips on broadhead tuning with a 4-blade head and NAP Quick Fletch/Quick Spin vanes? I shoot a whisker biscuit rest.

    Always looking to learn!

    Thanks!

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