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    Rush, NY
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    Besides hunting and fishing? Volleyball, rod building and sci-fi/fantasy. Oh, and I do a little science on the side...
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  1. Gator

    Legacy- 2018 Deer Season

    Nice buck, Matt! And all others who've posted. That stud from Batavia is a beautiful animal. I dropped my head off with a guy who lives over there and he told me it's been a crap year for them. They're covered up in dogs, but can't find deer. They have 200 acres and some nice swamp, too. One other note of interest. He also told me that my buck had been shot previously...in the rack! There's a small dent in one of the antler bases, with a clear "X" from the broadhead around it. I think that somebody was focused on the headgear when they shot.
  2. Gator

    All done with Rage broadheads

    Are we done now, boys? Because I've been up for three hours now, and I think it's taken my two of those to get through this mess of a thread. It's almost time to go hunting. The well-documented advantages/disadvantages of mechanical versus fixed blades are amplified in an X-bow. I'm hunting with my compound because I'm more comfortable with it in a tree than I am my X-bow, but I shoot Slick Tricks. I killed a few with Rage, then lost a few and moved on. I'll probably stick with these until I lose one, then I'll start looking again. It's all about what you have faith in. I have faith that it's going to be a roller coaster ride in the tree this morning.
  3. Gator

    Legacy- 2018 Deer Season

    That sucks not to recover him. It sounds like he's dead. It's tough to impossible tracking even a great shot in this kind of crappy weather.
  4. Gator

    Legacy- 2018 Deer Season

    I had multiple small bucks and doe this morning, all creeping around quietly. Something, not me, spooked one of the doe nearly out of her skin. My guess is there’s a big guy locked up with a doe nearby. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. Gator

    Legacy- 2018 Deer Season

    Way to go, Bill!
  6. I don't know, I think that the discussion on this thread is reasonable relative to some of the name-calling I've seen. Heck, it even sounds like a "purple" fishing date is in the making. I love arguments that are intended to build consensus or that end in agreeing to disagree. I hate arguments where the loudest person wins. It's one thing to try to convince someone else that your point of view is correct, and it's another entirely to impose your will on them. There's too much of the later in America today. We forget that we're all on the same team.
  7. Gator

    Legacy- 2018 Deer Season

    That deer owes you one now. I hope you get a crack at him! There's nothing worse that seeing a buck you've followed get hit by a car. We lost three of the four monster bucks that I knew of last year to collisions. The fourth was shot on a neighboring property but not recovered until after the season. I guess that's worse...
  8. Gator

    Legacy- 2018 Deer Season

    For those waiting on the name of the processor, I'm not going to throw shade on the guy without clear evidence. As for details of gutting, my method is generally to slice through the trachea and diaphragm, then pull the whole insides out backwards. Then I split the pelvis and carve out the anus. I have a butt-out tool, but generally don't bother since I've never had an issue previously. I honestly don't recall if the bladder had been ruptured (ie, by the broadhead) when I pulled it out, but I'm always careful when splitting the pelvis not to hit it. I've also carved the anus out prior to splitting the pelvis on previous occasions. Six of one, half a dozen of the other. I've gutted lots of deer and I even have a video of my doing it for a buddy on Sunday night, so that he could learn and do his own next time (it was his second deer ever). I live by the banner saying on the processor's wall: you leave the a-hole in, you get the a-hole back. Maybe there was an existing injury; that's not an idea that I'd considered. Regardless, it's done. Time to get back to hunting.
  9. Gator

    Legacy- 2018 Deer Season

    Here's the follow up. I made a call to the processor and voiced my concern. He was very responsive and checked with his employee who'd processed the deer. He conveyed to me that there needed to be a bunch of trimming done because neither the rectum nor the bladder had been removed during field dressing, which resulted in the lowered yield and may have contributed to the "smelly" pieces. I don't see how he'd benefit from not telling the truth, and I'm not arrogant enough to believe that I can't make mistakes, but I'm still somewhat skeptical. The broadhead was broken off in the deer and I was being very careful to get everything out while not cutting myself. I used a bone saw to split the pelvis. Pequod and I even had a conversation about relative merits of different ways to remove the anus. Most importantly, we both agree that the deer didn't smell bad when we dropped it off. However, there was lots of blood from the liver shot. It's possible that I missed something? Maybe the broadhead nicked the bladder while I was removing the intestine? Would that contaminate it so much? I know the stomach and gut were intact. I guess overall I'm unconvinced, since even if the bladder and anus (which I know contained no feces, because I squeezed it all out) were still in the deer, I can't imagine I'd lose twenty pounds of meat. The processor did say that the deer was a giant and his employee was "stunned" that such a poor job had been done in field dressing. As you can likely tell, I'm confused. The bottom line is that the processor provided a plausible explanation, even if I have trouble believing it based on my own experience, and he offered to process the next deer "on him". I feel like that's a stand-up thing to do. In the end though, I don't think that I'm going to be able to take any more deer to him, but I recognize that reaction may be without merit. Nevertheless...
  10. Gator

    Legacy- 2018 Deer Season

    Here's a question for you guys. How much meat would you expect to get from a large buck? I picked my meat up from the processor today to take to Costanza's, and I was less than impressed. The tally was 48 lbs of boneless venison in total: 28 lbs of chunks to make into sausage; loin and tenderloin left whole; and 12 lbs of ground (which includes pork). However, the tenderloin and one of the loins smelled...bad. My buck was not gut-shot (the broadhead macerated the liver). I've got to wonder if there was a mix-up. The head was left intact for a Euro mount. This was easily the largest body buck I've ever shot, and I expected more. I know that processors are going to be less thorough than doing it yourself, and it seems like everybody gripes about getting too little meat back from their deer, but you can look back at the picture from yesterday. 48 lbs of meat, including some pork. Thoughts?
  11. My Dad used to tell me believe none of what you hear and half of what you see and you'll be right half the time. Words to live by.
  12. Gator

    2018-2019 Ice Season

    You guys are way too analytical for me. I just want it to get cold and catch some fish.
  13. She appears to know nothing about the ad in the video, but simply states what's been clearly articulated here, that you can't claim residency in two separate states. I agree that this approach is intended to incite divisiveness. I wouldn't be surprised if it were funded by an external agency with an agenda. Listen to what the candidates say and do, based on their records, not what people tell you to think. I personally will be voting Republican, for the most part, but because I've researched the candidates positions and politics. But I'm not voting down the party line. There's a few candidates from "other" parties that I think will do a better job, period. Just not in places that assure King Andrew unbalanced power...
  14. Gator

    2018-2019 Ice Season

    I'm going to call wishful thinking on this, but even if it's a pipe dream, I'm there with you.
  15. Gator

    Iowa buck