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  1. Stumpkiller

    Out for a walk today

    Took my smoothbore out for a walk today to poke around the woods and look for shed antlers. Just a nice day to be out. At one point I did find something, and although shed related it wasnt from a deer. It did make a good target of opportunity. So I propped it up, backed up 50 yards and let...
  2. Stumpkiller

    New Horn

    Just opened a box tonight and Rick Froehlich (Horner75) outdid himself in making me a day horn for hunting. I asked for a deer, grouse or bunny: something hunting related. Well he did a deer, grouse AND bunny! Holy Smokes, this is a much better horn than I am a photographer...
  3. Stumpkiller

    Fowler bag

    Swampy went and did me up just the sweetest bag to team up with my new fowler. 8"W x 6"T with a 1" gusset. Just right for a day of upland hunting. The strap attachment is copied from an original he had copied for himself and I thought that was a fine looking bag. Has a divider inside but...
  4. Stumpkiller

    New Brooks Fowling Piece

    I am the proud owner of Mike Brooks No. 308 - a walnut stocked fowling piece in 16 gauge with a 42" Colerain Griffin barrel and Chambers Early Virginia lock. I asked Mike to build light for grouse shooting and work an archery motif in but otherwise dealer's choice. Just shy of seven pounds...
  5. Stumpkiller

    Damascus Roach Belly Knife

    I just bought one of these from Track of the Wolf (I see Crazy Crow has the identical knife as well). When it arrived it was the rustiest knife I have ever seen - including some I have dug when metal detecting! I swear it came over from India on the deck of a ship. The knife was in a plastic...
  6. Stumpkiller

    Well, I'm dead (lost flint & steel)

    Just discovered, in wanting to start a fire last night, that my tinderbox with flint and steel is missing. Cannot find it in any of my bags or gear locations. Rats. Possibly left it beside a firepit or dropped it in the woods. Now I have to get a replacement for this - which I have carried...
  7. Stumpkiller

    General Altoid's Snuff Boxes

    I was burning the paint off a couple Altoids tins and the fumes got me in a silly frame of mind. Thinking where a hunter of the 1790's may have come up with similar items - the thought of a man who had served in the Revolution and had an opportunity to ransack a supply cart sending items from...
  8. Stumpkiller

    Redistribution of Blackpowder

    On August 6th I sent the following query to BATF. Today I received this reply. I was informed here after mentioning that I had requested info that I should have specified I would be collecting the cash ahead of time and thereby acting as an agent for the various final users. But the above...
  9. Stumpkiller

    What Fowls for Fowlers?

    I was reading Rabble in Arms by Kenneth Roberts and the following passage brought a lightbulb . . . We forget that 230 years ago carrier passenger pigeons were common in gigantic flocks and that peppering a tree or flock would bring down several. In another passage of the same book...
  10. Stumpkiller

    School demo

    Here's a video I did originally as a "proof of concept" to assist my schoolteacher wife in a unit on the Revolutionary War (some kind of consolidated lesson that included music, history and art). Since the school was zero tolerance on firearms and knives I did this as demo of what I could not...
  11. Stumpkiller

    Five in a tin

    Took Cherry for a walk in the woods today. Nothing too exciting - but it was a good session none the less. I pulled together some stumps and branches earlier this spring to make a new ground blind and today went back to clear some of the saplings in the area. This will be a bow and m/l blind...
  12. Stumpkiller

    Stumpy's Flintlock Movie

    Something I recorded last fall - two shots at gallon milk jugs starting with an unloaded flintlock from 50 and 85 yards bBZsbLUF4Wg
  13. Stumpkiller

    "Poof" goes the season.

    Against a tree, did Stumpy lean. The doe came close to see him. Up came his gun with cock pulled back. “Poof! ” goes the season. The charge was stale and nine days old. T’was winter and cold freezin’. T’was also the last day to muzzle load. “Poof! ” goes the season. Deer had been few and...
  14. Stumpkiller

    Round balls in jug choke

    Took my 12 bore T/C New Englander shotgun out for a walk yesterday and I stopped to top-off my powder flask. In digging out a funnel I came across a half dozen 0.690" cast balls I'd forgotten I had. For shots-and-giggles I dropped three in my pocket along with a small roll of lubed 0.018"...
  15. Stumpkiller

    NY goes bezerk with licenses

    In these depressed times it's good to know that NY consider's sportsman's wallets fat and happy. Big/Small Game license - up 53% Muzzleloading stamp - up 31% Fishing - up 31% All told my Super Sportsman's license & managament permit (antlerless) went from $68 last year to $98 this year - up...
  16. Stumpkiller

    2nd day doe

    Opening day was a "toad strangler" hereabouts and I sloshed home at noon after seeing nothing. Today was windy and variable (wind shifts of 90 to 180º - I hate that) and, after kicking one out in the morning and seeing only a glimpse of tail, I had this lady walk at me at 3:30PM. I was...
  17. Stumpkiller

    Bunny and/or Grouse Hunt in a Can

    No, not a canned hunt. :nono: Years ago I saw a small but very curved horn that had a half-circular ball bag that nestled in the curve for a very small "just a hunt" outfit. I wanted to apply the same concept to my 12 bore percussion shotgun. As Thoreau said: "Simplify, simplify." Here...
  18. Stumpkiller

    Cooperator?

    For the past five years I've been participating in a project with NYS game biologists for a ruffed grouse census and harvest survey. I have to log hours afield, grouse flushed & killed and some other data. As recognition this year my package came with a patch. . . . but "Cooperator?" Couldn't...
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    Original J.W. Hawksley flask

    I was looking for an adjustable shot measure at Track of the Wolf and my search pulled up this 7-1/2" beauty. An original J.W. Hawksley powder flask. It was only $15 more than the $49.99 reproductions they offer, which I'd been debating buying, so now it's home and going to be joining me on my...
  20. Stumpkiller

    Tiny caltrops?

    I'm skeptical and vocal about it on a metal detecting forum I belong to regarding the above. I'm sure these are going to turn up on ebaY as "Authentic Civil War Caltrops". The finder came across them in a display case in an antique store labeled as children's jacks and is convinced they are...
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