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Viking_hunterParticipantFebruary 7, 2017 at 4:11 amPost count: 637Viking_hunterParticipantFebruary 4, 2017 at 2:02 amPost count: 637Viking_hunterParticipantFebruary 3, 2017 at 4:02 amPost count: 637Viking_hunterParticipantJanuary 31, 2017 at 6:52 pmPost count: 637
I was considering the same thing that you are. A buddy and I were talking about building our own AR’s, but his budget went away and after some consideration, I decided to buy rather than build.
The tools will run you a couple hundred dollars alone.
Dick’s sporting goods often runs a sale on DPMS Oracles for around $550. I ended up buying one for that price from a small town gun shop and I am very pleased with it. It’s very good quality for the money. The one I have has performed flawlessly and is very accurate.
One caveat though is that the trigger sucked big time! It had to be around a 12 lb. pull with horrible creep. I put a JARD sportsman in it and WOW!! what a difference! AR’s are like 10/22’s also. You will find yourself changing things and spending money on accessories.
I replaced the butt stock with a Magpul MOE SL. The one that comes with the Oracle is the same stock that comes with every budget priced AR. It works, but it’s a little loose and wobbly and pretty cheap. I also replaced the grip with a Hogue grip.
I didn’t want the 30 round magazine sticking out for coyote hunting so I bought two10 round P-Mags.
Lots of You Tube reviews on everything. I spent hours pouring over reviews before I bought anything and I am happy with all of it.
I bought this rifle last fall and borrowed a scope off of my big game rifle until I was able to save for a different one. So for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, I bought a Vortex Diamondback HP 4-16X42. I am very happy with it.
Haven’t had a chance to get out calling yet, but hope to this weekend.Viking_hunterParticipantJanuary 21, 2017 at 4:07 amPost count: 637Viking_hunterParticipantJanuary 9, 2017 at 5:48 pmPost count: 637
Boil some water, add a cup of white vinegar to make a 50/50 water to vinegar ratio, add a table spoon of salt and pour it in the thermos.
Let it sit for 24 hours, then using a coffee pot scrubber (they are a brush that looks like a big pipe cleaner) scrub the thing out good.
That should get rid of anything that was left in there.Viking_hunterParticipantDecember 12, 2016 at 5:43 pmPost count: 637
Ron Spomer wrote an article for Outdoor Life once, called “He’s a woods bird now”. I found that to be very true. Every piece of timber won’t hold birds, however. You need to find the ones that are adjacent to food and water.
Another good place to look this time of year is south facing sandbars on rivers. The weedier, the better. They like the snarly overhead cover to keep the hawks and eagles off of them. It also breaks the wind. On a cold, but sunny afternoon, you can often find them loafing there.Viking_hunterParticipantDecember 2, 2016 at 2:08 amPost count: 637Viking_hunterParticipantDecember 1, 2016 at 6:46 pmPost count: 637
Definitely stay out of the timber!
Give any other hunters you see a wide berth.
If you hear shots, make sure that there isn’t a deer running in your direction.
If there is, you may have to hit the deck.
Just because you are wearing orange, doesn’t mean that they will see you.
Sometimes deer hunters can get tunnel vision and only see the deer.
I have had several experiences where I was hunting public ground and deer hunters started shooting in my direction. Once you hear the “whir” of a slug, you won’t forget it!
Nowadays, I stick to areas that I know deer hunters don’t frequent.
I prefer the wide open areas where I can see a long distance. That way I know if other hunters are using the same area.
Just use common sense.
Don’t be scared off, but be careful.Viking_hunterParticipantSeptember 24, 2016 at 1:01 amPost count: 637Viking_hunterParticipantSeptember 21, 2016 at 5:03 pmPost count: 637Viking_hunterParticipantSeptember 14, 2016 at 5:14 pmPost count: 637
Back in high school, a buddy of mine had a similar problem. His gun shot to one side, but I don’t recall which it was?
He and his dad went to a gunsmith and he fitted him to the shotgun. It turned out that they changed the cast on the stock. Again, I don’t remember which way, but it made all the difference in the world.
I would check the gun to see if there are any shims in between the receiver and stock. If I remember correctly some of the Benelli’s had shims that you could change to fit to your style of shooting.
Mount the gun and try looking down the rib. If you are seeing one side of the rib more than the other, that may be a clue.
If you are seeing more of the left side of the rib, then you are holding the gun to shoot left. Just like if you see too much of the top of the rib, it’s going to shoot high.Viking_hunterParticipantSeptember 14, 2016 at 5:06 pmPost count: 637
I will take quality over quantity any day.
The early Teal season, at least around here, isn’t working out very well.
Sure you get extra days on the water, but I could cruise around all summer in my duck boat if I just want to be on the water.
I’m not saying that there weren’t teal harvested, but what I am saying, is that by the time the regular duck season opens, the local ducks are all educated and call and decoy shy. The Teal season lasts two weekends, then there’s one week off, then the youth duck season the weekend before the regular duck opener. It’s like waiting until a month into the regular duck season before going hunting.
I liked it better the way it was before they implemented the early Teal season.
Plenty of Teal were taken then too. A third to half of our bag was usually Teal. But we also were able to bag Wooducks and other ducks.
I for one, am hoping that they go back to the way it was.
This is merely my opinion, but if it were up for a vote, my vote would be to do away with the Teal only season.Viking_hunterParticipantJuly 20, 2016 at 6:35 amPost count: 637Viking_hunterParticipantJuly 14, 2016 at 6:39 amPost count: 637Viking_hunterParticipantJuly 13, 2016 at 6:28 amPost count: 637Viking_hunterParticipantJuly 13, 2016 at 6:21 amPost count: 637
Get out early and late.
Be on the water at or before sunrise. Then again an hour before sunset.
Troll the weed edges.
Troll at a fairly brisk pace, 2.5 mph.
Use a crankbait with alot of vibration and experiment with colors.
I like either purple or a clown pattern but the fish ultimately decide.
You have to check your line often for weeds.
I watch the rod tip to tell if the vibration changes which usually indicates fouling.
I Catch Walleye, pike and musky, trolling.
Leech and a lighted slip bobber around points at night for walleye.
Cast twister tail and hair jigs around points and the old foot bridge area for smallmouth.
Spinners like a Mepps works too, but weeds will be a challenge.
Large bucktail spinners or spoons in and around the reeds in Anglers Bay for pike.
Crankbaits like a Husky Jerk around rock piles along Marble Beach and along Templar point for Pike.Viking_hunterParticipantJuly 11, 2016 at 3:47 pmPost count: 637
Why not float the Big Sioux River?
There’s a ramp at Klondike.
You can float down to Oak Grove Park and take out at the ramp there.
There is also camping and cabin rentals available at either Oak Grove Park or Lake Pahoja, which is just two Miles east of Klondike.
It’s a short drive from Sioux Falls.Viking_hunterParticipantJune 20, 2016 at 4:37 pmPost count: 637
They always want to take the short route.
It’s easier to reduce it down to the gun being the problem, rather than address the real issue, which is more complex and tougher to deal with.
Banning guns can be done on paper. The politicians that want a gun ban know that it won’t solve the real problem, but they think that it will look like they are doing something without having to really do any work.
A lot of the populous is convinced that “guns” are a problem now.
The real problem is much bigger and harder to resolve. It would also mean alienating certain potential voters.
This country is divided like I have never seen it before and it’s not by accident.
The old divide and conquer tactic is at play here.Viking_hunterParticipantMay 23, 2016 at 3:46 pmPost count: 637