Tag: hunting

Shotgun Shopping

We want to get a semi-auto 12 gauge shotgun for hunting waterfowl (and maybe deer). I like the box mags, so there are a couple of options we’re considering:

TriStar KRX — cheap gun available at Cabelas. Fixed stock.

Panzer KMR — A little more expensive. Can replace stock, but not telescoping.

UTAS looks like they’ve got a gun with an adjustable stock in the 500 dollar range

Remington 870 DM looks great too

Rechargeable batteries in the game camera

We tried using rechargeable batteries in our game cameras — eight batteries per camera, and we have three cameras … so it’d be nice not to throw out two dozen double-a batteries. The question, though, was how long they’d last. (Well, the first question is if they’d work at all … nuance of battery chemistry and electric production … the cheap rechargeable AA’s are lower voltage than throw away ones. But we quickly proved that the cameras would run on these batteries). We put the cameras out on October 3, and the cameras are still operational today. That’s over two weeks on a charge. We’ll see when the last videos record, but they’ve already proven to be functional for our purpose.

The first batteries to discharge stopped recording overnight 11/6 to 11/7 … 34 days on a charge. One set was still working, but we pulled them all to discharge / charge them.

Braised Rabbit Marinade


  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp ground mustard seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Sunny Paris seasoning
  • 1 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • salt

Don’t add all of the water — mix everything else together, then add water until you get the consistency you want. Pour into bag, add rabbit, freeze. Once solid, seal bag. It’ll marinade when it defrosts. Then cook at about 300F for 1.5 – 2 hrs.

This marinade made a wonderful dressing too — I mixed up another batch later that night. Thinly sliced cucumbers and onions coated in the yogurt dressing.

ORC Hunting – Message to State Rep

Quick message to my new state rep trying to get airgun hunting legalized here for large game:


Good Afternoon!
Congratulations on taking office yesterday.

ORC presently does not allow for hunting deer with air guns. With smaller air guns, that makes sense from an ethical hunting standpoint (same reason, I assume, a minimum draw weight is defined for archery). But there are rather powerful air guns available — and I’d love to be able to hunt deer with something like an 50-cal AirForce Texan CF. There are other states that permit hunting big game with an air gun — and I’d encourage you to see about getting similar legislation enacted in Ohio.

Thank you for your time,

Food Plot Ideas

I want to plant some food plots around our property this upcoming year. Chufa looks like a cool, unique plant to add. Something we can eat too — and it can attract both deer and turkeys. https://gamekeepersclub.com/p-245-turkey-gold-chufa.aspx (25 lbs)

There are two heirloom dent corns I’d like to grow — https://www.southernexposure.com/products/hickory-cane-dent-corn/ and https://www.victoryseeds.com/corn_pencil-cob.html. A few patches of hull-less oats would be cool, and maybe some alfalfa.