Hot Gear: Portable Shooting Bench Perfect for the Range.
Deer hunters who prefer crossbows darn sure need to make certain their scope is grouping arrows at different yardages.
Some folks fire five or six shots with Ol’ Trusty at 100 yardsor a few arrows with the crossbow at 30 or 40 yards and call it good.
Others, especially with a new scope, ammo or other gear, may spend several hours.
MTM Case-Gard has a super new portable shooting table that may be just what you need for your range time.
Here’s a press release from MTM about the High-Low Shooting Table: Since 1968, MTM has continued to design and produce products for the shooting enthusiast.
MTM has designed an ultra-adjustable bench rest style shooting table for left and right handed shooters.
The High-Low Shooting Table can stand 55 inches at the highest setting or 18 inches at the lowest setting.
The High-Low Shooting Table was designed for field use or uneven ground, as well as angled areas such as a hillside.
Features of the MTM High-Low Shooting Table: — Extreme, high and low adjustability with three legged stability — Designed for field use or uneven ground, even the side of a hill — Roomy 17” x 33” table surface, large enough to hold rifle and handgun rests, ammo and tools — Table adjusts from a low 18” all the way up to a standing 55” — Ridged polypropylene top with engineering-grade, tripod bottom — Color: Dark Earth
Quebec has record turkey hunting season.
Quebec’s annual wild turkey hunt continues to grow in popularity with this season’s version breaking all the old records.
Not only were there eight times more hunters licensed to partake in the spring ritual — 16,565 in all — they bagged 29 per cent more compared with the 2016 season.
The total hunt for the 2017 season was 7,565 wild turkeys compared with 5,882 in 2016.
“The game is more abundant and the hunters have refined their techniques,” said François Lebel, the biologist at Quebec’s Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs, who oversees the event.
“It has been a very big hunting season.” Quebec created the hunt of the wild turkey — Meleagris gallopavo silvestris — in 2008 after re-introducing the species to southern Quebec in 2000.
Quebec’s unusually mild winters have helped boost the population to the point there are plenty of birds and today the hunt represents about $5 million to the provincial economy.
In 2016, their success rate was about 30 per cent.
But 2017 was a record breaker in other ways, Lebel said.
Not only did more than one-third (34 per cent) of hunters bag a bird, 12 per cent managed to hunt a second in the same season, which is allowed in the regions where they are most plentiful.
3 Wild Plants You Definitely Don’t Want to Touch.
There are many wonderful, wild edible plants scattered across this continent.
This plant can reach heights up to 14 feet tall, and hairy stalks and white flower clusters closely resemble the wild carrot (also known as Queen Anne’s lace).
Giant hogweed is surprisingly dangerous, as it is covered in a compound that causes a severe light-sensitive skin reaction.
Within 48 hours of contact, the plant causes dark, painful blisters that form after exposure to sunlight.
Contact with any plant part from this species will cause a severe rash on most people.
For your best chance to stay out of this plants reach, remember the old saying “leaves of three, let them be.” Stinging Nettle Unlike giant hogweed and poison ivy, stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) will hurt you right away, rather than causing a problem hours or days later.
These plants can reach heights of several feet and grow in thick clumps or as solitary plants.
This herbaceous perennial is found throughout the Northern Hemisphere, and touching the stalks or leaves can be very painful.
Oddly enough, stinging nettle isn’t all bad.
Decoys can be extremely effective for dove hunting, but plastic mourners have always presented one huge problem: where to put them so they can be seen.
Gray fakes against the grayish soil of a sunflower field all but disappear, rendering their drawing power almost, well, powerless.
The answer to this is the dove pole.
By placing your decoys atop a 20-foot post, you create an avian magnet few birds can resist.
Materials • 3 feet of ¾-inch metal conduit • Two 10-foot sections of ½-inch conduit • ½-inch butt-end connector • 2- to 4-foot lengths of thin dead branches Assemble at the hunting site.
First, drive the ¾-inch conduit into the ground until sturdy.
Tighten securely and wrap joint with duct tape.
Clip the decoys to branches at natural intervals.
Secure with duct tape if needed.
The dove pole can be supplemented by spinning-wing decoys ($15; cabelas.com) at ground level.