Trapping season ended yesterday. I had a fairly slow season due to a very reduced trap line mainly because of college work. I ended the season with only one possum, but I still had a good season. There is nothing quite like taking a walk every day through the snow in single digit temperatures.
I did have something new happen to trapping in my area this year though. I had my first few run ins with coyotes. One hay set earlier in the season caught a coyote with promptly pulled out of the #1 1/2 duke trap. Then Yesterday, the final day, I found another hay set with both #1 1/2 dukes set off and a jaw ripped out; with coyote tracks running away. I will need to buy some coyote sized traps for next year.
Today I did some target shooting with my muzzleloader. I am still trying to work up the best load for a round ball with my gun, but this is one of the better groups I shot today. This five shot group was shot at 50 yards using a .490 Cast Round Ball, square cut pillow ticking lubed in crisco, and 50 grains of 2F black powder.
For comparison this is another 5 shot group I shot the other day using the same load combination except for only 30 grains of 2F black powder.
And here is what happened when I increased that 30 grain load to a 40 grain load. As you can see the group opened up a lot (the fifth shot is all the way on the left).
The targets I used were from mytargets.com where they offer free targets. The target used here was their Bullseye Target With 1″ Line Spacing.
According to an article on United Press International’s website a California duck hunter was shot in the back. The dog accidentally discharged the shotgun while the hunter went to retrieve some duck decoys. The No. 2 shot traveled 15 feet striking the hunter in the upper left back. The Merced County Sheriff’s office said that the hunter has been treated and released from the Los Banos Memorial Hospital.
This is funny to think about that the dog would some how randomly fire the guy’s shotgun when it just happened to be pointing at the hunter, but I think there is a very important safety lesson to be learned here. That is to treat any gun as if it might go off at any time. On a forum where I first heard about this many of the users on there were telling about other occurrences where a hunting dog had accidentally fired a loaded gun that was put on the ground. So, I think it would be wise to be extra cautious when handling guns around dogs.
It started snow pretty good late this afternoon and it was still snow last time I looked. The weather says we are supposed to have about a foot of snow by sometime tomorrow. It will be fun finding my traps in the snow tomorrow.
I shot a very small possum the other night trying to get at our chickens. Thankfully I got him before he did any damage (not sure though if a possum that small could have actually grabbed a chicken).
Well, Google’s blogger is no longer going to support FTP blogs. So, I have switched over to wordpress and am so far quite impressed with it. All my old posts and user submitted comments were transferred to this new blog so everything that used to be on this site is still here you just have to look for it.
Republican State Senator Pat Browne of Lehigh County is sponsoring a bill to make The Long Rifle the official state firearm. If the bill becomes low Pennsylvania would become the first state in the United States to have an official firearm.
From the above linked article:
“If you have to have a state gun, I believe it’s the most logical choice,” said Randy Hackenburg of Boiling Springs, a retiree who served as firearms curator at the U.S. Army Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks.
The Pennsylvania Rifle was developed by craftsmen in the mid-18th century. Using native iron and woods, the earliest versions could take upward of 200 hours to build.
The long-barreled rifles developed in Pennsylvania were renowned for their leaps forward in accuracy and range, their durability, and — with their unique color combinations, carvings and engraved brasswork — they also have become appreciated as a prime example of early American art.
“It served, truly, to help win the battles that established our independence … and to open up the frontier as the nation moved west,” Hackenburg said.