I didn't want to hijack the show us yours thread anymore but wanted to get back with you . You had ask how the Nikon ML scope was at low light . Let me Give you a little more info . First I have RP that makes me night blind . A Nikon prostaff scope and anything better gets me to the last few min off legal deer hunting light at a open field not in the woods . . But even the best scopes don't get me past that . The cheap Tasco ,Simmons and such go to crap long before that for me . But for people with normal eyesight the Nikon ML scope and a prostaff can get them long past 1/2 hr after sunset . My buddy Bill shot a black hog in a very dark spot last year 55 mins after sunset using a Nikon 3x9x40 prostaff and he didn't use his spotlight to do it. My daughter shot the hog in front of her in the pic 45 mins before sunrise with a Nikon Omega Ml scope It's the 1.65x5x36 . I can tell you when...
Last Years Grand Prize winner, Goshengrunter- and his entry!!!!
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2016-2017 OS Deer Hunting Contest Sign up!!
It’s that time of the year to sign up for the 2016-2017 Ohio Sportsman Deer Hunting Contest. If you want “in” this year, you need to “sign in” in this thread and you need to have at least 20 posts in the Ohio Sportsman Forum by the deadline date to be eligible(Get Busy and get 20 posts before the deadline if you don’t have 20 yet). The deadline to sign up this year is September 5, 2016!! Don't wait until the last minute and miss the chance to be in!!!
Make sure to check back shortly after the September 5, 2016 sign up deadline to check in with your team once we post them.
If you don’t check in with your team by the due date in September- we will replace you with an alternate, so make sure you check periodically in early...
This season I shot my thirteenth wild turkey. Seems appropriate that it was a jake and that I had not shot a jake since 2003, thirteen years ago.
The first time I ever shot a wild turkey was in 2000. My husband and I had started hunting turkeys a couple years earlier and had been quite unsuccessful. My boss is an avid turkey hunter and took mercy on us. I think he was just getting tired of hearing about my failed efforts at turkey hunting. One fine spring morning, he took my husband and me turkey hunting to show us the ropes. My husband shot a nice mature gobbler that morning. An hour later I found myself seated precariously next to a brushy hedgerow as first two hens and then a jake filed past not 5-10 yards away. That jake became the first wild game animal I ever shot.
That hunt broke the turkey hunting ice. Well sort...
I've been wanting to do this for awhile. Back before I started the blog, I would share my hunting tales within the Ohio Sportsman forum itself. It is getting harder and harder for me to find those posts from years back and there are a few that hold special meaning for me. So I thought I would transfer some of those tales over to my blog. While I'm impatiently waiting for the 2016 turkey season to begin, it seems appropriate to start with a turkey story. The first one is one of my favorite turkey hunts to remember. The hunt took place on the last day of the 2008 season and I was determined to get a turkey. I sat through pouring rain under a port-a-roof umbrella for 3 1/2 hours until the rain stopped, the sun came out and well, I'll let you read the story.
The story has been copied and pasted into this blog with no changes or editions. From May 18, 2008:
There was a reason why I titled my blog “How Did This Happen to a City Girl?” and it had nothing to do with groundhogs. It had more to do with marrying a farm boy and learning about life on a farm. It was about adjusting to living in a house where chicken feathers mixed in with the dust bunnies. It was about touching a gun for the first time while in my mid-thirties and then nursing the bruise caused by shooting a shotgun for the first time. But most of all it was because of my decision to start hunting for food and groundhogs were not food.
My first 10 years of hunting were pretty normal. I only hunted things that most everyone else around these parts hunted like deer and turkey and rabbit. But if you trace my family tree back a few generations, you’ll run into a line of Appalachian hill folk. I think somewhere deep...
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