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Old 08-22-2019, 06:25 AM
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Frank congrats on the new ride..
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Is it painted in camo colors or just flat black which comes with a shaker can of patch paint?

Hint: Do not loose the owner's manual !
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We are taking delivery on a new Toyota 4-Runner buggy that has the off-road package -- better clearance and a whole bunch of features which require a 9 credit course to learn. As usual, we will scratch the sheet out of it the first season plowing down brush and bounding over big rocks to get deer out or to get in where only the coyotes go. Our trade in had the salesman puking and saying, JC, where da phuck did yuz take this thing?

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We picked it up today. It is so technical, with so many features that you need a coarse when taking it over, Freaking thing does everything but scratch your back.

One mistake we made with the last 4-Runner was that we kept it too long. It still runs beautifully but the corrosion got the best of it over eleven years. It broke my heart to trade it in. We have done so much hunting and fishing with it, it had become an old friend. I fought the tears thinking about the many days and nights in the field it had served us. And, silly I know, I was proud of the scratches and blood all over the tailgate.
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Is it painted in camo colors or just flat black which comes with a shaker can of patch paint? !
We had been looking for black but this one is dark metallic gray which is really a nicer color than black. A think people forget when choosing an off-road vehicle is CLEARANCE. The risk is not getting stuck; rather, the risk is in bottoming out. Tote roads often have wash outs where the soft stuff gets washed away leaving high rocks. Not that we intentionally go in dangerous places, but at least once per year we have to drive in to get a deer out. And at 82 I don't drag and tote like I used to. I have a ton of age related issues which I have to respond to.
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We had been looking for black but this one is dark metallic gray which is really a nicer color than black. A think people forget when choosing an off-road vehicle is CLEARANCE. The risk is not getting stuck; rather, the risk is in bottoming out. Tote roads often have wash outs where the soft stuff gets washed away leaving high rocks. Not that we intentionally go in dangerous places, but at least once per year we have to drive in to get a deer out. And at 82 I don't drag and tote like I used to. I have a ton of age related issues which I have to respond to.
Let my give the master a hint, stock shields on trucks suck big time. By shields I am refering to those cookie thin shields over the trans. You need shields that are rear thicker steel. When you have a choice crawl over the rock and not stratial it.
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All these situations generate more fear than actual damage. We have always gotten out of any pickle that came along without a bad outcome. Keep in mind that I have 60 years of off road living behind the wheel. I have gotten a lot of people out of trouble over the years. Guys driving 4-wheelers that didn't know to get into 4wd; people who didn't know about "airing out"; others who never thought about actual pushing with their bodies; winches; jacking and board placement. I have been hugged 50 times by grown men with tears in their eyes. I have been a buggy whisperer for a long time. But when I go into the wilds, I want to be in control. When a sportsman gets in, he should be capable of getting out.
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Brown bears, which are larger and more aggressive, are known to be dangerous. Black bears, indigenous to our northeast, are supposed to be docile and harmless. However, a black bear just killed a woman in Canada and was put down by wardens while standing over the woman's body. I would never trust any bear -- brown or black. Inasmuch as there is little interest in hunting bears, their numbers are on the increase. I wouldn't hunt them if you paid me. I just have no interest.
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Regarding turkey, I have read about fall turkey, the breaking up of the flock etc, and it sounds pretty boring and ifie. My question do the birds respond to our normal spring calling?
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We have a bird that's been hanging around a intersection near me that has been chasing cars or blocking them as they stop for the stop sign for the past 2 weeks.
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Turkey gobblers have a reputation for being aggressive. If they see their reflection on the paint of a car, they will fight it. They chase kids at school bus stops, wait for the mailman to go after him. I wish one would phuck with me during turkey season. I would show them who can be tough what with a 2 ounce charge of number sixes.
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Regarding turkey, I have read about fall turkey, the breaking up of the flock etc, and it sounds pretty boring and ifie. My question do the birds respond to our normal spring calling?
Fall turkeys are no where near as fun as spring hunting for gobblers. When you break up a flock, which is comprised largely of young-of-the-year poults, you are shooting five pound babies; a far cry from 20 pound grandfather gobbers. Fall birds are no big deal. Also, we learned years ago that you can burn yourself out with fall turkeys and not have the stamina for two months of deer hunting. Especially if you are 80 and I'm 82

More to answer, the babies are crying for their Mommas because they can't stand being alone. When you break up a flock, then call they come back to the hen assembly call. Just wait 15 minutes and they will come back to your call. The challenge is to find a flock for the break up.
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Here is our new buggy. It has GPS but I don't know how to use it
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I put out a Deer block sat afternoon, this morning there digging at the ground for the remains.
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Were I to do that where I hunt and got caught, they would yank my hunting license.

We start pheasant hunting this weekend at the club. Its sort of canned but festive inasmuch as it marks the start of the season. We will see old friends, find out who passed on during the year and eat a warm breakfast, the dogs all howling to get started. The birds are surprisingly hard to hunt and they seem to know we will be after them. Its fun and we get some trigger time. For us it is the whole month of October. November 2 we start RI muzzleloader for the entire month, with Sundays. There is no Sunday hunting here in the People's Republic of Mogadishu.
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