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  1. 13 points
    JohnP

    Grandpas ol' hand me down.

    Get a little sentimental this time of year during rifle season. Although I never had the pleasure of getting to hunt with my grandfather in person I know hes with me in spirit. After his funeral years ago my father called me back to grandpas bedroom and handed me a old faux leather hard case said said my grandfather wanted me to have it. I opened the case and inside was his hunting rifle, a J.C. Higgins Model 50 30-.06 bolt action rifle with the original Weaver 3x9 scope. Attached to the side was and still is his name that he made with a label maker and will remain as long as I have the gun in my possession. Although I havent killed many deer with it, dad said grandpa has killed 50 plus white tails and at least 2 elk from California to Colorado with it, I'm still using it and so far everything I have shot with it has dropped since I've owned it, 4 whitetails, 4 coyotes, and 2 bobcats. Nothing pretty to look at and may not be a tack driver but reliable and goes bang everytime I pull trigger (when loaded).
  2. 7 points
    Quillback

    Coming to a water near you

    Isn't there a convoy with a couple of thousand Honduran bow fishermen headed our way?
  3. 6 points
    Phil Lilley

    Quick Report

    This is my favorite time of year to fish Taneycomo... hardly anyone fishing, the bigger trout just seem to come out from hiding, spawning browns and rainbows... but it's COLD! Just have to push through and bear it. Got out yesterday afternoon with a couple of friends from OK. No water running, we boated up past the Narrows about 500 yards and started there. The wind was blowing pretty good out of the north so good chop and fish were very active. Midges were coming off and they were hammering them on the surface. But I wanted to throw scuds. I tied up a half dozen #12 mink scuds, 3769 hook with 8 wraps of .015 lead. That's what has been working and they liked them still. The takes were not light, they'd take off with it. By the time we worked down to the top of the Narrows, the wind had died some - the sun was dropping behind the trees on the west bank. But the rainbows were being even more aggressive. Me and John were using our fly rods but Steve still had his spin cast rigged with a big carrot float and a sculpin jig/orange head about 3 feet deep. But under that, he tied a mink scud about 2 feet from the jig and winged it out to the far side of the channel. I'd been lecturing John about not casting too far out so that he could see the light bite... too far and you couldn't see it. But Steve's was way out there - but it didn't matter. Those fish were yanking the float under and he was catching some big trout!! We had 2 nice ones in a row - a 18- then a 19-inch rainbow, both in dark spawning colors. Most of the rainbows we caught were far from stockers... chunky and good colors. And fought very hard. So we are looking forward to this winter, off season on Taneycomo. Hopefully we'll move out of the deep freeze so it'll be alittle more bearable to get out and fish.
  4. 6 points
    I'd rather work on trailer lights than sit in a hot tub on a cold day. Dang those things can be a PIA. I need a beer.
  5. 6 points
    No deer for me but it wasn't for the lack of opportunity just havent see the "One" yet. Highlight of the weekend for me was being there for and helping a buddy when he shot his buck Saturday monring. Oh and the hot tea and "crumpets" oatmeal snack cake was pretty good too ;).
  6. 4 points
    fishinwrench

    Secrets are no fun!

    There's not a post office within my 5 county area that I would trust with these. More precious than diamonds 🤗 So you'll have to meet me on the stream bank and make me a sandwich.
  7. 4 points
    People get far too careless with firearms. It blows my mind. Heck, I got mad at myself when my rifle slid on my back a bit and pointed towards my buddy for a split second as we were getting ready to get down out of the blind. The gun was unloaded and the safety was on, but the #1 rule is always point the muzzle in a safe direction. Even if the gun goes off, you won't hit anybody if it isn't pointing towards anything that can be hurt in the first place.
  8. 3 points
    BilletHead

    What's Cooking?

    Pot pie, Squirrel pot pie that is . Ozarks anglers is an outdoor site. Some of us grocery shop in the outdoors. Quite a place to share this meal. @fishinwrench He had mentioned his aunt used to make squirrel pot pie but the recipe had been lost. Wrench then found one and posted up. So when we got our Missouri Ruralist magazine there was the recipe. Called for three cups of meat so we got the slow cooker on low with some chicken broth heating up. Not knowing how much squirrel would equal three cups I used four. A bit of S&P and in the slow cooker it went, Three hours later I began to pick meat while the Mrs. Prepared other parts of the meal, filling and pie dough, I added three cups packed picked meat to the vegetables and thickened mixture. I figure it takes at least three BIG squirrels to make three cups. I am glad I used four, A bit of pie dough and mixture left to make a small one to go with the 9 inch pie. I think a 10 inch pie would be perfect. Ready to hit the 375 degree oven, 45 minutes later, Hot Dang the plating and feasting commenced, Yea baby good eats right here fellows. It is Mr. and Mrs. BilletHead approved! BilletHead
  9. 3 points
    The 3 Doty brothers got together for 6 days of fun and games in the woods and on the water. It is a given that when 2 or more of us get together, someone ends up bleeding. We just never know who it’s gonna be. Thursday morning I took a small forked horn with the crossbow and brother Jason caught his first walleye that afternoon. Friday morning brother Dave saw one doe at a distance and Brother Jason missed a shot at a turkey. I ended up being the one to bleed Friday evening, punching a hook through the end o my finger. That tickled real good. We saw nothing in shooting range Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. Good to have all three brothers together.
  10. 3 points
    JohnP

    Grandpas ol' hand me down.

    It will never sell as long as I have it and now that my son is expecting their first child theres hope that the tradition will continue ;).
  11. 2 points
    Dewayne French

    Monday for a few hours

    I got to get out for a few hours Monday before the rain hit. Only got 3 all on a crank bait; the trifecta though Lmb, Smb, & a spot. Water was a brownish color mid-lake area and 58 degrees . Had to get the boat put back up before it got to wet 😁😀🚫. Be out again Saturday if all goes to plan..
  12. 2 points
    Johnsfolly

    What's Cooking?

    That looks great buddy! Has me salivating just looking at that pot pie!
  13. 2 points
    snagged in outlet 3

    Bennett C&R Monday?

    First trip there was in my mom's belly. LOVE that place. I strictly fly fished but saw an old guy hammering fish with an ultra light. I wanted one so bad. We called the guy Ole Dubber and he lent me one and showed me how to fish jigs. I went home and ordered everything to make an ultra light and tie jogs. My dad just shook his head when he saw it. I still have that rod.
  14. 2 points
    fishinwrench

    Bennett C&R Monday?

    The old days of Bennett are among my best memories. I learned short-line nymphing from Mike Alred who was a friend of Ed and Kay's at Spring View. Learned sight fishing from crankyass ol' Jack B. back when he was way more friendly and less of a prick. Learned dry fly techniques from an old dude with the last name of Kramer (can't recall his first name but he was originally from my home town). Back then, as a young kid, you just had to pester someone until they finally took a liking to you....then they'd share all kinds of good stuff with ya. 😎
  15. 2 points
    fishinwrench

    C’mon over to the Darkside

    Interesting how a thread about clicker counters turns into a 6 page long thread about lure retriever's. This is why you can't pass up reading EVERY thread on the entire forum in its entirety. If you don't your gonna miss something really good. 🙃
  16. 2 points
    These new vehicles are amazing with all the crap they have on them. Buddy of mine was backing out a new Dodge pickup and he opened the door to look and see if he was gona miss something and the truck automatically slammed into park and beat his head on the door post. Those modules for controlling everything arn't cheap and cause a bunch of problems when they go bad.
  17. 2 points
    BilletHead

    Grandpas ol' hand me down.

    That is so cool John! I know that feeling and it is special. Our sons will feel it too when it is time. I have my grandpa's 30/30 and a colt peacemaker that belonged to him. Thanks for sharing, BilletHead
  18. 2 points
    BilletHead

    Coming to a water near you

    Dang, I was doing a fine job staying out of this thread but now there is a caravan of bow fisherman from Honduras heading for the border. Build a fence, send troops to stop them. There are carp in Texas that need protecting . BilletHead
  19. 2 points
    Johnsfolly

    Grandpas ol' hand me down.

    JohnP - great story. I have my dad's old Mossberg 22 and hope to pass that one down to a child or grandchild when the time comes. I hope that they will have the kind of memories that you have with your grandfather's gun
  20. 2 points
    Flysmallie

    Secrets are no fun!

    I’d enjoy it more if you would just send me a dozen.
  21. 2 points
    The Thill that FW mentioned works well on still water. The ones that Seth mentioned work well on moving or still water and lots use them for float & fly jig fishing.
  22. 2 points
    Replace your lights with LED versions and replace any of those quick splice connectors with some good waterproof butt connectors and then coat the connectors with some liquid electrical tape after they cool down and you shouldn't have any lighting issues for a long while. Also, make sure your ground wire is mounted to the solid frame of the trailer and not the swing away tongue, if your trailer has one. I did this to my new boat trailer shortly after I got it in the summer of 2014 and the only issues I've had was I had to replace a couple running lights once the bulbs burned out. They are also LED now so I should be good for VERY long time as long as I don't beat them on anything to break them.
  23. 2 points
    Would get a new harness and some sealed LED lights if your boat trailer has wiring issues. Only took an hour or so to replace the old lights & wiring when I did mine this summer.
  24. 2 points
    Wife deflated a nice 8 on opening morning, then a nice spike Sunday evening. Gutted it and got it checked at CWD station, decided to let it hang from tractor bucket until Monday A.M., so I got to skin and quarter it while watching it snow. I went down to wifes stand sat evening, and saw a nice younger 8, but didn't shoot him. Came home from wor this evening and saw a deer out in front of house, which quickly became a doe, with a very very nice 8 pt dogging her, and a smaller 4 or 6 I guess watching to learn the ropes and a 4th deer I couldn't get a good look at. Opted not to execute any of them. On the down side I have read of 3 separate fatal hunting accidents in MO over the weekend and one in AR, bad stuff, be careful out there.
  25. 2 points
    snagged in outlet 3

    Coming to a water near you

    I fixed this one too. You're welcome. The guy in the next office is going nuts hearing me do that all day. Buhahahahahah
  26. 2 points
    snagged in outlet 3

    Coming to a water near you

    Fixed it for ya....
  27. 2 points
    I love Bull Shoals. My deep affection for Bull blinds me to the quality of Norfork. I am trying to work on this flaw. I have gradually come to realize that certain areas of Norfork warm quicker in Spring than my spots on Bull and cool quicker in the fall than BSL. Yesterday, Bret and I had the run of the place. Today was crowded. Mostly striper fishermen and Crappie fishermen I think, but lots and lots of boats. 😕 I got a late start today. I wasn’t really fishing until about 11:00. I ran around hunting and pecking. Learning and looking. I wasn’t catching much, but I was having fun. I went north. Way north. I idled way up. I caught a small White Bass and while I was fighting him in a big Largemouth came up and hit him. I stayed in the area and my little rod loaded. I think the same LMB that hit the fish ate my swimbait. Nice fighting fish. I found a stretch of bluff that was loaded with smaller fish and sore mouthed a bunch with the Ned. A few keeper Spots, but not many. I tried to find some Crappie to no avail. I ran to a few spots I knew and they were covered up with boats. So I ran way up the other creek and then I idled further until it got too shallow to idle. Shallow dirty water and Shad ! Wind had come up and I tied on a spinnerbait and started burning. I missed a few bites, but I started connecting. Hard Strikes! I think my arms are longer now. Most were good chunks, but only a few keepers. I burned thru the fish that would eat a blade, but stumbled into another group that WANTED a square bill. I throughly worked a small area and caught 16 bass in a very short period of time. Final count was 51 fish in 5 3/4 hours of fishing. Likely the best SB and square bill bite I have ever experienced. I had a long slow idle out and then a fast run to the ramp to beat darkness. Awesome Day.
  28. 1 point
    Ham

    C’mon over to the Darkside

    I’ll make honest fishermen out of you all.
  29. 1 point
    Ok, hypothetically going to mess around with light biting crappie. I have in the past used a slip bobber with light jig. I have NOT really liked any of the slip bobbers. Foam is cheap and no great loss with line breakage in trees. With the light bite, some types seem better but can be overcome with attention. 1/16-1/32 heads, standard crappie plastics. Usually less than 5’. Fluoro leader on braid (though straight braid would be fine if it would thread and slip thru!). Whats the rule on types and sizes? Why one versus another? Looking for opinions and experience.
  30. 1 point
    Johnsfolly

    Coming to a water near you

    Didn't expect anything lees from this crowd. BRUHAHAHA
  31. 1 point
    This got weird.
  32. 1 point
    Thanks for at least taking picture.
  33. 1 point
    There are rimes when a float and light jig are the deadliest crappie bait ever. Depth control for finicky spawning crappie for examole, other times they want it moving. I live for the tap or line twitch but if it requires a float or is too windy to control a light jig, out comes the float.
  34. 1 point
    Travis Swift

    Quick Report

    do you fish them on the bottom or just really close to the bottom? coming down Saturday, can't wait!
  35. 1 point
    Phil Lilley

    Quick Report

    Mink Scuds - I bought some cheap mink pelts on Ebay and cut the fur off them, mixed it with brown antron in the blender. That's the dubbing.
  36. 1 point
    snagged in outlet 3

    Grandpas ol' hand me down.

    That's very cool. I'm getting ready to start going through all the fly rods my dad left me. I haven't looked at them at all and he died 6 years ago.
  37. 1 point
    I have one, was unsuccessful using it from the bank in a creek. Seen a few lures retrieved from a boat though. I think being above the snag helps.
  38. 1 point
    laker67

    Grandpas ol' hand me down.

    That model 50 sells for a pretty penny on gunbroker. Nice gun.
  39. 1 point
    So far my favorite slip cork is the Thill Stealth. It will work down to 1/24 oz. I use straight mono (sensitivity is not a huge deal with bobber fishing), and also tie a stop with mono. I prefer freelining, but some days a float works better, and it brings back a lot of fond memories.
  40. 1 point
    Never tried it in a river but it works welll to retrieve $25+ musky lures😁.
  41. 1 point
    Does that thing really work? Or you just funnin us. Looks like $13 bucks lost at the same time as the lure on a flowing river. That being said, I have a device I purchased many years ago that looks like a little boomerang with a nub and a string. You put the nub on the tip eyelet and hook the boomerang over the limb that fly is stuck on. Yank the string and pull the fly off or the limb down to take it off. Works pretty slick. Longer the fly rod, the more reach you have into the trees. I have used it to retrieve others lures left behind in trout parks and streams also. Paid for itself many times over and helped me find some new local patterns to tye.
  42. 1 point
  43. 1 point
    Dang it, Honduras now that is a worrisome thing right there.
  44. 1 point
    I have a small utility trailer that gets loaned out a lot. Seems like I spend more time working on the lights, stand, woring, re-weldling the flooring etc. Than I do using it.
  45. 1 point
  46. 1 point
    Neat reports guys and well done to the new hunter. You never forget your first. Bummer DJ for the gun issue . Yep it happens. The BilletHead's pretty much just watched deer out the window both evenings. Our little food plot out back and cut soybeans to the south. The does come out and Saturday three little bucks. Soon a nice one gets into the mix and round and round they all go. Last Evening just the big one showed up checking out the mixed seven slick heads in the field. The bigger buck is a solid wide thick six point for sure but cannot see any eye guards/brow tines at that distance out the window. I have three nice sixes on trail cam that are missing the needed points. Genetics I suppose. It is a shame to have five year old deer that this is all they are going to do and they need taken out but we are still in the 4 pt. or better part of the state. With three archery deer in the freezer do not need to shoot another. BilletHead Jr. has plans on being here to hunt Saturday. I am hoping he has one of the big ones go by his favorite stand. If he wants just shoot an eater that will work too, BilletHead
  47. 1 point
    Christened a new deer hunter this weekend. Took my younger brother to Mark Twain Sunday morning, heard about some big deer but we only crossed paths with does that didn't present a shot but this 4 pointer that did. Came in on a string to a rattle bag...drag out wasn't fun....next time we go there we will take packs or a packout cart.
  48. 1 point
    Thank You! I love my boat. It’s paid for and very functional.
  49. 1 point
    lmt out

    Big and Small We Like 'Em All!

    Killed 3 limits out of it today. So it works. Lol
  50. 1 point
    Quillback

    C’mon over to the Darkside

    Well if we're going to go beads and sliders, might as well screw one of these down on the front deck.
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