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Outdoors / Re: Hunting Ethics?
« Last post by Alte Schule on Today at 07:56:23 PM »
In my opinion, humble that it is, canned or "high fence" hunts, no matter what type of animal, except feral pigs, is not hunting. I read an article the other day where someone paid a large amount of money to travel to Africa and legally kill a lion. He found his lion, sleeping, and filled out his tag. Legal? Yes. Ethical? In my opinion no.
One of the reasons the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department was created was to protect state wildlife, their habitat and enforce gaming laws. You may not agree with all the laws enacted by this state (I don't) but the law is, quite frankly, the law. I drive a vehicle that has 450 horse power. Every time I get on the highway or interstate it's 5-10 miles over the speed limit. Ethical. No. Fun? Yes. The thing is I may get a $200 fine but my vehicle won't be impounded. But i'm willing to take that chance and haven't had a speeding ticket in over twenty years. With a violation of a gaming law, depending on circumstances, the state can make you forfeit, on the spot, your firearm(s), vehicle and any other tool you used to commit the violation. Plus you have the fun of paying a steep fine usually beginning at $3,000. You don't get your confiscated property returned.
That being said it sure would be tempting to nail a big buck that presents itself on your property out of season. That circumstance has never presenter itself to me although I did nail a nice buck with my '67 Buick but that doesn't count.
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General Gun Discussion / Re: Hearing Protection.
« Last post by 308nato on Today at 06:48:26 PM »
WHAT???  SPEAK UP!!!!


Yes sir, kinda like brushing your teeth.  Take the precautions or pay for it later.
With Boomer, I wear plugs plus hear ear muffs.

At first you'll start getting tinnitus for short periods of time, then comes the start of permanent hearing loss and permanent tinnitus.

You gonna have to talk louder TXAZ!  :wave1:
I'm deaf in one ear, and can't hear too well with the other one!  :P


Yep with out my hearing aids I am deaf as a door and just finished paying off my new ones.
When I shoot indoors I also wear plugs and muffs, outdoors just muffs.
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Outdoors / Re: Hunting Ethics?
« Last post by TXAZ on Today at 05:46:54 PM »
Aren't the exotic ranches with African animals that have private exotic hunts exempt from state hunting licenses?

I don't have a problem with that.
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Outdoors / Re: Gardening?
« Last post by TXAZ on Today at 05:44:21 PM »
I'm planting additional sprinklers this year.  Does that count?
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Outdoors / Hunting Ethics?
« Last post by Axxe55 on Today at 05:23:07 PM »
Reading a thread on another forum, the topic of the thread was about whether it was proper and ethical to take game animals on your own land, out of season, and without a permit or tag. I was just kind of floored at how many people condoned such practices, and their reasoning or logic was, that if it was on their land, it belonged to them.

Now from the way I was brought up, that is poaching, and last I remember, poaching is against the law. Some even went as far to say, what the game wardens don't know, won't hurt them. Several even stated, just don't get caught.

Some even used the excuse it was used as meat to feed their families. Seriously? In the year 2019, a person is trying to justify poaching, by trying to pass off an excuse to feed their family? Sorry, but that ain't exactly a convincing excuse in my book.

Am I alone in thinking the way I do about this?
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General Gun Discussion / Re: Hearing Protection.
« Last post by Axxe55 on Today at 05:15:16 PM »
WHAT???  SPEAK UP!!!!


Yes sir, kinda like brushing your teeth.  Take the precautions or pay for it later.
With Boomer, I wear plugs plus hear ear muffs.

At first you'll start getting tinnitus for short periods of time, then comes the start of permanent hearing loss and permanent tinnitus.

You gonna have to talk louder TXAZ!  :wave1:
I'm deaf in one ear, and can't hear too well with the other one!  :P
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Rifles & Shotguns / Re: K.I.S.S. Home Defense Shotguns.
« Last post by Axxe55 on Today at 05:13:23 PM »
My ideas for a home defense shotgun are simply my own impressions of what I think are ideal and best suited for my circumstances. What works well or is best for me, might not be the best, or right choice for others. Each person has to assess what is best suited for their specific needs or circumstances.

Like at the back door, I keep one pump 12 ga. near it, loaded with #6 bird-shot. Now the reasoning for that is, we are more likely to have to deal with a four legged, or slithering creature that needs to be dealt with than a two legged variety. Also part of the reason that a 12 ga. pump is kept on the golf cart, along with one of my AR rifles. To deal with snakes and coyotes on the farm.
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Off Topic Discussion (NON FIREARM RELATED) / Re: Southern Cuisine!
« Last post by Axxe55 on Today at 05:06:41 PM »
i use cast iron of some kind pretty much every day
if there's something to be cooked.

i will say i'm not as anal about my cast cookware as a
bunch of folks these days. i use it and enjoy it and
clean it up ready for the next time.
many these days must be afraid their cast cookware
might explode if they handled it too rough. i'd bet
my old granny would roll on the floor and laugh  :th_thicon_funny:
if she could see the way some of these folks treat their
cast cookware as if it were fragile like glass.
a guy told me one time he was afraid his cast pan would
crack if he got it too hot.  :th_thicon_lol:

That's what I love about cast iron cookware. You can't tear it up, or break it!  :th_thicon_idea:

I suppose you could break it, but I suspect it would take quite a bit of abuse to do so.

The wife is going to use my smaller dutch oven to make a beef stew later on this week. I'm going to use my cast iron skillet to make cornbread to go with it.
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Outdoors / Re: Gardening?
« Last post by Alte Schule on Today at 03:12:49 PM »
Between September and mid March this year I've had almost 70 inches of rain. 40-45 inches an annual norm. My place is on a slight slope and all that water has washed away most of the St. Augustine on my lot. Last Thursday, with no rain for six days, I was able to walk around and assess the damage w/o sinking two or three inches in mud.. Besides the grass the water washed away the foundation of our flat stone patio, just off the deck, so that will have to be rebuilt. Water got under the foundation in the SW corner of the house. We installed a drain there a few years ago so I'm hoping it did it's job. Had a lot of runoff there but can't really tell if there is any damage to the slab. Needs to dry out a little more.
Going to get truck load of dirt and a s*** load of grass pallets next week. Still need a few more days w/o rain.
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Rifles & Shotguns / Re: K.I.S.S. Home Defense Shotguns.
« Last post by Alte Schule on Today at 02:39:59 PM »
Stoeger coach gun in the corner and my FN 5.7 on the night stand. In the living room I have my EDC, Colt Detective Special, in a sliding door of an end table where i usually sit and a inherited Glock 33 .357 Sig by the front door. Not paranoid just cautious.  :icon_wink:
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