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About Topside2

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    fishing, hunting, maple sugaring, kayaking, shotgun sports
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    Orr's Island, ME & Lancaster, NH
  1. Don't know, but this on was taken waaaay up north in zone 3. If pfas are there, then we're all doomed.
  2. Yes. I am 63. Maybe you meant the moose? We think he was 2.5. 36" spread with 13 points.
  3. Here's a really big bodied deer from my September hunt. With freezers full, I am being selective on the deer and hunting mostly with a bow.
  4. Two points: 1. In my book, when someone shoots a cow, they aren't a hunter. They are a much lower form of life. 2. I am a hunter ed instructor and disagree with your assessment that it's a joke. We don't pass anyone who's can't demonstrate their competency. Furthermore, the research shows that hunter education courses are responsible for a dramatic decrease in hunting accidents. It's not perfect, but it sure has had a positive impact on safety.
  5. There's no denying that these are sad and tragic events. They are also astronomically rare. I don't know why it happens in Maine 3 times in 30 years. Most states have not experienced any such events. I am a firm believer in education as opposed to legislation. The requirement that all new hunters must pass a hunter education course has lead to a drastic decrease in the number of hunting accidents over the past 40 years. Passing a law requiring permission to hunt on private land will likely accomplish little more than making it more difficult for hunters to find a place to hunt. If you don't want people hunting on your land, then post it. I am also a believer in holding people accountable for their actions. Any idiot who fires randomly without positively identifying the target should face the full force of the law.
  6. That's terrific. I find hunting very rewarding for a host of reasons. Near the top of the list is filling the freezer with delicious, organic, free-range, low fat, sustainably sourced meat. I killed a bull moose in Maine's September season and have two freezers full of garden vegetables and moose meat. There's still room for a deer and I am working on it. I butcher my own game animals so I can customize to my likes. In terms of safety, it's dramatically safer to hunt than many other recreational pursuits - including fishing. As a hunter education instructor, I can tell you that in New Hampshire (numbers are similar in Maine), hunting accidents have decreased from the 1970's by 76%. Most accidents are due to careless handling of firearms. Pick your hunting partners carefully, wear hunter orange, and use common sense. Have fun.
  7. Correct you are, but I had to hit him twice. One shot through the heart and the other blew up his lungs.
  8. Now that's funny! Actually, this photo makes him look smaller than he was.
  9. Yes, Thompson Center Encore manufactured in Rochester, New Hampshire with a Win 308 barrel. 228 yard shot across a potato field.
  10. I pulled my boat early because I had a busy September and have been disappointed to miss the great striper action. I feel better now. This was earlier in the week in Van Buren, ME.
  11. I like to use my vacuum sealer to pack them up...pretty much bullet proof.
  12. I hauled my boat yesterday. I hated to do it because things are really heating up. However, I have a busy September which will crescendo with a moose hunt in zone 3 at the end of the month. I'll live vicariously through the posts on this site. Good luck out there and here's to a strong fall run...
  13. It pleases me greatly that so many people flock to OOB as it keeps our neighborhood a bit quieter. If that's your Maine coast experience, then go for it. I understand lots of Canadians love it there. I've never been.
  14. I fished yesterday afternoon and the wind was from the northwest. I fished the same ledges tonight and caught 5 and broke one off in about half the time that I fished on Thursday. Tonight the wind was from the southeast...onshore. I think I need to do more research.