Up this week to reply your questions is F&S looking editor, Will Brantley, and also you’ve finished a high quality job of placing him on the spot—about his blind hatred for the 6.5 Creedmoor, how he feels about naming bucks, deep-fried mountain lion, and parental recommendation. To not point out just a few sensible looking questions. Listed below are his solutions.
Q: The thought of noodling catfish form of freaks me out. What’s probably the most harmful a part of it? —Mac Jones, through e mail
A: Everybody assumes they’ll get whacked by a snake, turtle, or beaver. However the reality is, whenever you’re neck-deep in a lake, it’s the drunk yuppies on jet skis that pose the largest hazard.
Q: I’m having hassle discovering public-land spots to hunt. What ought to I do? —Justin Chesnut, through Instagram
A: You need to leap on an web looking discussion board—I like to recommend The Duck Hunter’s Refuge—and simply ask for GPS coordinates to some favourite honey holes. Not solely is it the best solution to discover spots, however it’s additionally an effective way to make new associates.
Okay, critically, one of the simplest ways to search out good public spots is simply put within the work: pore over maps or use mapping software program to search out locations different hunters will hesitate to go, name state company biologists for any information they will present, after which go stroll and stroll.
Q: Is there something that doesn’t style good deep-fried? —Kerry Callahan, through e mail
A: I’m nonetheless testing that. I deep-fried a mountain lion backstrap one time, and though it tasted type of like lean pork, it additionally tasted type of like an enormous cat, with hints of litterbox. I wouldn’t go as far as to name it good. However it was rattling positive higher than if I hadn’t deep-fried it.
Q: How can I take my duck calling and decoy placement to a sophisticated degree? —Tate Miller, through Instagram
A: One fast drill is to go exterior, do some calling, and document the audio. Enjoying it again would possibly embarrass the hell out of you, however it can inform you what wants apply. Past that, watch and hearken to actual geese. They by no means shut up or sit nonetheless. You’ll hear as many whistles and peeps as quacks and comebacks, and also you’ll see the true worth of motion in a decoy unfold, be it from a jerk string or spinner or each. And remember that decoy cash is best spent on fewer, high quality fakes than on a large unfold that appears like a bunch of light plastic geese.
Q: Why is it that hunters, most of whom eschew elevated and overreaching authorities rules and taxes, appear to succeed in for the “authorities button” every time they need their looking preferences pressured on different hunters? —Silence Dogooder, through Instagram
A: I feel it’s as a result of funds for looking and fishing don’t usually come from revenue taxes or different “authorities buttons,” however from the licenses and equipment we purchase and have taxed voluntarily within the identify of retaining critters round. That provides us all a say, and we’re sure to disagree on a few of it. So I’ll level out that crossbows belong in crossbow season, and also you’ll go to Hell for taking pictures turkeys with rifles.
Q: Turkeys or whitetails, in the event you had to decide on? —Stanley Finneran, through e mail
Q: What’s the greatest muzzleloader bullet for enlargement, penetration, and killing capability? — James T Schmitz, through Fb
A: The most effective I’ve used is Federal’s B.O.R. Lock MZ 270-grain copper bullet. I’ve used them to kill who is aware of what number of whitetails, in addition to some massive hogs and a bull elk. They examine all of the packing containers you listing above, plus they normally shoot nice.
Q: Is camo over-hyped? —Jarod L, through Instagram
A: I think each Invoice Jordan and Toxey Haas would inform you that sitting nonetheless in a great spot is extra essential. However camouflage does certainly work.
Q: What land and water options ought to I search for when scouting diving geese? —Alex P, through Instagram
A: Feeding areas are the most effective. Diving geese of all types are drawn to shell beds, and a few of the greatest goldeneye shoots I’ve ever had have been over shad kills. Usually, diving geese don’t like to complete to a decoy unfold if they will see the underside and so they don’t prefer to fly over dry floor. If I’m establishing in a brand new space, I’ll begin on an enormous, rocky level that protrudes properly out into pretty deep open water.
Q: What’s the largest deer you’ve ever shot? —Reid T, through Instagram
A: I’ve by no means had a deer formally scored, however I shot one in Missouri years in the past, with an enormous drop-tine, that we measured in camp at 162. By antler dimension, he’s the largest. I take into account my private greatest whitetail to be a 137-inch 6-pointer that I shot on the household farm in 2016. I hunted that buck for years, he was outdated as Methuselah, and I nonetheless get chills serious about him strolling into bow vary.
Q: Critically, bro, what’s your downside with the 6.5 Creedmoor? —Ben S, through e mail
A: I now personal three of them and have most likely spent extra time looking massive sport with that caliber than another through the previous 5 years. It is a wonderful looking spherical with gentle recoil, and it’s extremely correct. Nonetheless, I take a look at it with pure disdain. I don’t actually know why.
Q: I see your son is admittedly into looking? At what age ought to I begin my children? —Rodger T, through e mail
A: Parenting recommendation is hard, and I’m reluctant to share any in any respect. When to let your child hunt is your name, however I don’t suppose they’re ever too little to no less than go along with you. My son, Anse, was accompanying me on squirrel and turkey hunts when he was 3. He scared plenty of shit off, however he discovered to be quiet surprisingly shortly too. He began taking pictures weapons when he was 4 and killed his first squirrel and deer when he was 6. He’s by no means recognized any completely different, and he does like it. However he’s solely 8 proper now, and he loves Pokémon, too. Ask me the identical query in 10 or 12 years, and possibly then I can inform you if my manner was the suitable manner, or if I screwed all of it up.
Q: What’s the worst identify for a deer you’ve ever heard? —Fred Balkus, through e mail
A: It is a ploy to get me to sentence the naming of dollars. I received’t fall for it as a result of some bucks simply deserve a reputation. One gun season, my father-in-law shot an 8-pointer with a large scrotum; I imply a bag of balls so massive that you simply couldn’t assist however collect across the truck mattress to touch upon it. This was earlier than path cameras have been frequent, however think about the enjoyable we may’ve had naming that buck. I’d have known as him Squirrel.
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