Hundreds of Deer Poached

Fleming and Mason Counties are just a stone’s throw away from our deer camp. Two brothers were arrested with over a hundred counts of taking deer illegally. Here’s the report from Channel 18 in Lexington . Fleming Co. Brothers Face Over 100 Counts Of Poaching FLEMING COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) Two Fleming County brothers face more than 100 counts of poaching in a case that State Division of Fish and Wildlife says could have gone on for years. Conservation officers say that they discovered dozens upon dozens of deer antlers in a shed on a plot of land. They said that the deer were hunted illegally by 69-year-old Larry Fryman and his 63-year-old brother, Danny. Officers say that some of these deer may have been dead and mounted for years. The investigation began on November 7 in Mason County when authorities say they discovered Larry illegally hunting. After an investigation, the officers went onto the Fryman’s family farm and discovered the antlers. Neighbors say that the family owns a lot of property around the small community between Ewing and Flemingsburg. Each brother faces 114 counts of illegally taking and pursuing deer. Larry reportedly told the conservation officer, “If you come … Continue reading

KY Muzzleloader Season Come and Gone

I only write this to mark the passing of KY’s Early Muzzleloader Season. It’s over; that is about all you need to know. All in all, it was not as lousy as it could have been. It was not the hottest, although we had temperatures in the mid-80’s. It was windy, but it was not as bad as some years. We heard a few shots. Everyone got out safe. It was pretty. If you’re going to bitch about it Shaman, why even go out? That’s a good question. I can tell you there are good reasons, especially now. For starters, Early Muzzleloader Season has become a practice run for the real thing. It comes exactly a month before Rifle Season starts. If we use it as a dress rehearsal, all the big issues are fairly well addressed before The Opener. Besides my Hawken, I try to have all my deer rifles properly sighted-in. The skirts are on the treestands. Most of the clothes are prepped and ready. This year was perfect in that regard because the weather was so warm I did not touch The Big Orange Clown Suit, except it bring it out briefly for a final examination. Getting … Continue reading

Smokepole Season Shake Down

This past weekend, I got my Hawken checked out for deer season. Not much had changed from the previous year. However, I had a wee bit of Hodgdon Triple-7 left over from 2013.  The previous week, I had used it in my .54 Hawken and found that it had gotten much hotter than previous years.  I suspect that having so little in the bottom of the 1 lb jug caused it to happen.   I brought a 3/4 full jug from 2006 and it performed perfectly. The other problem I encountered was a bad case of hard balls.  Muzzleloader bullets for a traditional gun need to be made of dead soft lead.  I don’t know when I had cast this batch of balls, but they had grown ridiculously hard.  I recast them as well as cast some fresh ones out of pure lead.  I shoot balls cast from a Lee Precision .53 R.E.A.L mold. Normally I quench in a bucket of water, but this time I dropped the balls onto a wet towel.  The result was the softest bullets I have ever achieved.  The BHN was below 8. Whereas the problem bullets required a mallet to start, these new balls could … Continue reading

Shortest Recovery?

From the 24HourCampfire: jr1968 Offline Member   Loc: Bolivar,NY I know each White tail is different. Under 200 yard shot trough the lungs, what cal. and bullet grain has been the shortest recovery? Just wondering. Thanks, jr1968.   Dear jr1968: One of the nice things about whitetails is that they are not hard to kill. As a result, you can throw just about anything at them, and they’ll die. It also means that folks have a tendency to witness their first DRT/Bang Flop/Laser Beam/Pole Ax event and announce they’ve found the ultimate deer chambering. For the one-day-a-year average schmo, it’s like getting religion. You will undoubtedly find folks responding to this with suggestions of everything from a 223 Rem up to 45-70. All of it is going to be true. If I were a believer, I would have to say that 30-06 with a 165 grain Hornady have knocked over the most whitetails at our camp. The most lost deer have come from 30-30 WIN. The most 50-yard and over runners have come from 35 Whelen with 200 grainers. Not being a believer in DRT hooey, I will also tell you that all but a very few of the many … Continue reading

Eight weeks and Counting

I just watched the countdown timer cross the 8-week mark. It’s now exactly 2 months to the start of Kentucky’s Modern Weapons Season.  I stayed home from the farm overnight. It was going to be hot and muggy and thunderstorms have been moving through since sundown Friday. I’ve been busy down in the shamanic reloading cave all week, replenishing the larder. 25-06:  117 gr Hornady SPBT over H4831sc 30-06:  Lots of 150 and 165 grainers over H4895. 30-30:  170-grain cast lead over H4895 — more green powder coated stuff 308 Win: 165 Grain Hornady SPBT over H4895 357 Mag:  125-grain cast lead over Universal. This has become my standard carry load at the farm. Generally speaking, I load up a year or two’s worth as needed.  This year I had more time to take on a few extra projects. 25-06 Grafs was selling 100 grain Prvi Partisan bullets on the cheap, and I picked up a batch.  O.T. had told me his Mauser shot 100’s and 120’s about the same.  I tried the 100-grain bullets and O.T.’s Mauser just didn’t like them at all. I switched back to the 117’s. This is the third year I have had my buddy’s … Continue reading