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Fishers, porcupines, otters in WV

Uploaded on January 07, 2011

I heard from a well informed friend that there were 3 fishers tagged in Hardy county, WV this season. I didn't know we had them but saw online that they were reintroduced in 1969. Anybody seen one or heard reports of them in WV? There were also several documented porcupine sightings (several killed) in the region in the last year or so. Anything to share on this? I also understand that the state has re-introduced otters into the state and they are now present in Hampshire and Hardy counties. Again, any sightings, reports, etc? Interesting stuff. Regards, all!

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

We have had fishers on Dolly Sods since the sixties. The guys with dogs tree one once in a while. Also someone traps one every so often. Their fur is beautiful and is valuable. They were introduced on Dolly Sods in the mid 60's. The otters were introduced in the Cacapon River in the 70's I think. Don't hold me to the years. I was working but I'm not sure of the year. I think that they have done well in that river. As far as the porpucines I don't have a clue and the biologists don't either. The retired biologist used to think that one that was found about 7 or 8 years ago might have come in on a load of timber from up north. The Dept. DIDN'T I repeat DIDN'T turn any porcupines loose. The otters would make a good money making furbearer to have in our rivers. I love to water trap.

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

Porcupine sighting are regular in the N.Central part of PA where i hunt. Fishers and otters are rare, but seen occasionally.

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from wildquilter wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

Porcupines did not fall off a truck. I have been getting photos of them for years on my mountain property which is west of Winchester, VA on Great North Mountain. I even got of photo of a porcupine nursing it's young this past spring. It was verified by the state wildlife biologist. If you would like photos, just let me know & I would be glad to email them to you.

Janet Trout

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from 007 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

Ms. Trout, some of the local bear hunters' dogs caught up with a porcupine last year in the Wardensville, WV area. I saw those pictures. There was also one killed in the Seneca Rocks/Harman, WV area in 2009, I think. A fellow in our community, who has a very good reputation, said for years he was seeing one from time to time and we all laughed but nobody's laughing now. I heard some time back that there were documented moose sightings in Northern Pa. a year or so ago so who knows what's migrating into the region?

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

007,
I surprised that the hound hunters haven't run into a porcupine yet in our area. As much as they are out( 365 nights a year) you would think that they would run into one. My buddy is a hound hunter and I'm sure I would hear about it.

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

in pa this past weekend i saw several dead porcupines on the road. i often see live ones in the woods and have had several encounters with one in a particular treestand which always freaks me out in the dark. I am surprised to hear they are rare in WV.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

Hi Sarge! Ditto, surprised we don't hear more, but thankful too, I hear that makes for a pretty stiff vet bill sometimes. Got everything lined in and loaded for deer season? We're lined in but got a lot of loading to do.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

I have everything sighted in , but still doing some loading for my Grandson. He likes to shoot too well. My only problem now is I saw that Cabelas sale paper with that Lasermark Vanguard in it. I had a Vanguard Deluxe in .257 Weatherby and it shot great but I traded it for something I thought I wanted more but it was a mistake. I can't get that Lasermark out of my mind.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

I'm going thru the same thing with a .454 Casull in a display case not too far from my office. I'm afraid if I show up with it at home, my wife will beat me with it.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

My wife told me today that if I wanted it to buy it. I knew there was a reason that I married that women. However on the Vanguard site they have a comparison chart with other firearms one of them being the Tikka T3. I can't believe they do it because the T3 beats it in every item listed including the price. I am leaning now to the T3 Hunter with the walnut stock in 270WSM. I have the dies and a good bit of brass. Since I gave my Grandson a Tikka T3 there is room for a Tikka T3 in my safe. If you look at the Vanguard and then the laser mark they are charging you about $450 for the stock. I'm not sure it is worth that.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

I want the darned thing but I've got some other more important irons in the fire that need attention and $$$ so I wouldn't feel right buying it and neglecting those things. HOWEVER, if it were still lying around in the near future, who knows??? It's a pretty good deal, I know the guy who traded it in and why, so just maybe....................

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

I think that I will hold off right now, but if it dosen't have Sako or Tikka on it I won't buy it. I have had too much success with those two.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

I may have to buy another .308 or .243 . Momma has decided since She retired that She would like to go deer hunting with me. She used to like to shoot .22's on the range but She has never hunted. I ticked to death. I glad she is showing a interest to hunt. She loves deer meat so She needs to do her part.

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from JamesD wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

We have fishers here in the upper peninsula of Michigan. They're a large member of the weasel family. They prey on rabbits, snowshoe hares and other small animals. One of their main prey species are porcupines. They attack them from the underside to avoid getting skewered by the quills.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Sarge, I was in the gun shop again Friday, the Casull is still there and I could have sworn it winked at me when I looked to see if it was still there. I need help apparently.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I have shrugged off the initial urge and now I am just looking and comparing different calibers. It looks like you have the gun virus. The only way to cure it is to buy the Casull. I buy myself Christmas presents sometimes and you could do the same for yourself.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

007,
I went to my gunsmith today,which is also my gun dealer, and blacked out and when I got home I had a Weatherby Vangard Deluxe 257 Mag in my possession. It was the one I traded off some time earlier and regretted it. I was lucky he still had it and he said he was sure that I would be back after it so he didn't try real hard to sell it. It is still as beautiful as it was before. Trip to the range tomorrow. Momma already knows that she is getting a new dining room set for Christmas and is elated about that. We have Christmas taken care of for each other. Have you been back to look at the Casull ?

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from 007 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

No, and probably a good thing. Car is on life support, talking to our friends at Markwood about new wheels. That's a little more pushing right now. Glad you came thru that blackout spell in good shape. haha. How'd you do last week?

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

We did pretty well at the camp. 2 bucks that will be mounted, 1 ten point and 1 eight point. Mine didn't make it except for steak and loin. We had 8 hunters and killed 7 bucks and 2 does. Weather couldn't have been any worse. Couldn't see 10 feet away Tuesday for the fog.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Look at my profile pics, that's the one I've been watching since late August. Took him to the local taxidermist too. Not the biggest I ever got but not too bad with a lot of history attached in the form of trail camera pics. Weather was nasty, wasn't it? You did have a good week. We had about 12 hunters and took two bucks and two does. Would have been better but the missing was pretty bad this year. Had we been collecting shirt tails we'd have a good start on a quilt top.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Addendum - neighbor kid got a 35# male coyote. Pretty thing, about the color of a collie. One less fawn killer there.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

007,
I'm heading back to deer camp tomorrow. There are plusses to being retired. It looks like this week will be perfect deer hunting weather. Low 20's in the morning and in the 40's in the afternoon and no rain or fog. Maybe I will get another chance at that 8 point that I been looking for. I think that I will try out the 257 Weatherby. I had it to the range today and it shot like a dream. All I have to do now is to do my part.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Good hunting, enjoy the new toy. You know what I'll be doing most of next week.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

The ground was covered with snow and the wind was blowing 30 to 40 mph. I am commuting this week instead of staying. I saw 12 deer today and I am sure this evening there was a buck back in the brush but he wouldn't come out. With my binocs I could pick up his body every now and then in the brush but couldn't get a look at his head. I will be back in my stand about an hour before daylight in the morning.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I hear Canaan had about 2" on the ground today. I said you know what I'll be doing most of next week, that is unless Markwood calls me. I'll check in with you soon so we can trade yarns. Remind me to tell you about my doe last Saturday.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I was back on the mountain this morning at 6AM . It was 21 degrees and beautiful. No wind today and plenty of sunshine. Deer were moving some and saw 2 small bucks and plenty of turkeys. I'll be back in my stand at 6AM in the morning. Are you looking at a new ride for the wife? She may get an early Christmas present. After the first of the year and all of the seasons are over you will have to come over to the house some Sat. morning and we will trade yarns over coffee.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I'd like to drop by very much. Nothing new as far as a vehicle, hoping for a good used sport ute.

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from chuckles wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

007, I know it wasn't technically WV but I saw one in the Shenandoah this summer. We weren't that far from WV so maybe they swam over.
we were staying just upriver from the town of Shenandoah.
Sounds like you and Sarge are having fun in the woods, cheers to you both.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Hi Chuckles,
I think from what I hear that they are spreading their territory. Where did you say you were from again? As to Sarge, he is one of those folks that seems to enjoy himself whatever he's doing. He was a big help to me in getting going teaching hunter safety. Cheers and merry Christmas to you and yours.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

007,
I was back on the mountain this morning at 6AM. 34 degrees this morning. Saw 19 does and about 50 turkeys but no bucks. One more day to try. Are you going tomorrow. It is suppose to be a beautiful day. Mon. and Tue. we are going to have our physically challenged anterless hunt at Jennings Randolph Lake. We have 8 hunters this year. 7 in wheelchairs and 1 on chrutches. Wish you would be able to get off and go with us to help. It is a very rewarding experience. Volunteer Hunter Education Instructors are required to be in the blind with the hunters to make sure they are safe when shooting.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Sarge, we made two or three drives this morning, kicked out a buck or two but no shots. I've already got plans for Monday, wish I could help you. Keep in touch.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Spent from 6AM till 3PM in stand today. Saw only 3 deer and no bucks. Have to eat extra buck tag again this year. Heard very few shots today for it being last day and doe season being in.

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from chuckles wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

007, I live in Minnesota right now, I have been fortunate to live in lots of places both here and overseas. I did spend much of my youth in Baltimore and lived the longest in Colorado where my heart still resides.
I was in VA this summer visiting my family who live outside of DC and you were kind enough to steer us to some good fishing around Shenandoah. Twas much appreciated.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I remembered the fishing consultation, just not your locale. Glad you appreciate our little slice of Heaven. If you get back in our area again, let me know and maybe we can say hello. Shenandoah isn't that far from us. Always glad to play travel consultant for folks.

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from chuckles wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Hey 007, that's mighty kind of you. I will most likely be out in the spring and will give a heads up if I head that way.
You are right about the slice of heaven part, that is some pretty country. If I had to live east of the Mississippi again I would go to great lengths to make some part of the Appalachians my home.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

If you have time, a side trip to WV would take you an extra hour or so from Shenandoah to see some of the Creator's better work. I would caution you though, the Shenadoah Valley is starting to develop some big city problems with gangs and crime, including the Skyline Drive. Locked doors and open eyes are a good idea.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I should have known where you will be Monday. Good hunting and kill a big one. I have a stamp and may go out to the camp on Thur. and Fri. Sometimes they run one thru there. This is the last stamp I have to buy. I don't have to buy a license next year. I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

You're aging like fine wine, don't worry about it. When I hit the big 5-0 I told my horse's a** cousin that and he said that in my case, it was more like cider hardening. haha. Honestly not too bothered about pulling the trigger, as long as my dogs do well and there are no vet bills involved, I get some good pictures and a little meat, I'll be happy. Guess that's maturity speaking, it's not all about the trigger pull anymore. Take care.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

007,
Did you run anything today? I woke and couldn't talk so I couldn't go back to the challenged hunt. I went to the Dr. and got a shot and some meds. Hopefully it will get better soon.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I worked Tuesday and had to stay close to the house today (Wednesday) to help mom out with some things so I spent the day making deer bologna. The way it poured I wasn't too upset about it. Was planning to hunt tomorrow but due to the snow in the forecast I got called back to work tomorrow. Taking mom to a dr. appt. Friday so it will be Saturday till I get back on the mt. Family comes first.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

We went to Clarksburg today for my Wife's Aunt's funeral . The streams are getting high. I had to run in 4-wheel drive from Elkins to Seneca this evening. 2 or 3 inches of snow with ice under it. I'm feeling somewhat better this evening. I probably won't get into the woods again until next week in muzzleloading season. Taking wife to Winchester to Dr. on Mon.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

Thoughts and prayers for a good report. Poured the rain all day here then turned to snow around dark. We get bear season, Christmas, and butchering out of the way I'm ready for spring. I've long said I really like snow.........on Christmas cards, on a TV football game, on the mountains in the distance, just not where I might need to drive in it.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

I went muzzleloading this morning and killed a big doe. It was 16 degrees and we had 2 inches of snow on the ground. Are you running any bear ? I had to update my profile picture and put an official looking photo up.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

I'm having trouble with my new profile picture.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

My wife is the one who knows what is going on with my computer. I am about as dumb as a box of rocks when it comes to working on a computer. My thing is guns and catching crimnals. She is the one who got my profile picture straightened out.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

007,
I don't have any deer tags left and it is going to be 55 degrees and sunny tomorrow so my first cousin from Franklin is coming down and we are playing golf at Valley View. Probably the last time this year. I had given it up for the year but he called and was wanting to go and with no more deer tags might as well.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

We're finding some now, the first week was pretty thin.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Sarge, the d**** coyotes are apparently back in town. Sounded like a bunch of wild indians in an old western movie Wednesday night.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

We are going to have to get into the coyote calling business. The Police Chief of Romney is the man to talk to. Over the past 10 or 15 years he has probably called in 35 to 50. That may not sound like many but for our area that is quite a few.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I'd very much like to learn how, both for the sport of it and to thin them out. I saw one back in late summer/early fall that was tall enough that the top of it's head stuck up out of knee high hay. One of my sheep growing pals killed one out of his flock, literally, that probably weighed 50# +.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

One of the guys that lives at the bottom of the mountain where we hunt killed about 6 last summer and fall in the fields in front of his house. He has a 50 acre hay field and they mouse in it in the early morning and he shoots out of his garage, He has a shooting bench set up and shoots out the window. He uses a .204 and the last one he killed about 3 weeks ago was 437 yards away. The Police Chief uses a tall ladder stand(25 feet) and a remote caller and motorized furry thing and sets his caller and furry thing about 75 yards away from him. He uses a .22 Hornet.

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

Porcupine sighting are regular in the N.Central part of PA where i hunt. Fishers and otters are rare, but seen occasionally.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

I may have to buy another .308 or .243 . Momma has decided since She retired that She would like to go deer hunting with me. She used to like to shoot .22's on the range but She has never hunted. I ticked to death. I glad she is showing a interest to hunt. She loves deer meat so She needs to do her part.

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

We have had fishers on Dolly Sods since the sixties. The guys with dogs tree one once in a while. Also someone traps one every so often. Their fur is beautiful and is valuable. They were introduced on Dolly Sods in the mid 60's. The otters were introduced in the Cacapon River in the 70's I think. Don't hold me to the years. I was working but I'm not sure of the year. I think that they have done well in that river. As far as the porpucines I don't have a clue and the biologists don't either. The retired biologist used to think that one that was found about 7 or 8 years ago might have come in on a load of timber from up north. The Dept. DIDN'T I repeat DIDN'T turn any porcupines loose. The otters would make a good money making furbearer to have in our rivers. I love to water trap.

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from wildquilter wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

Porcupines did not fall off a truck. I have been getting photos of them for years on my mountain property which is west of Winchester, VA on Great North Mountain. I even got of photo of a porcupine nursing it's young this past spring. It was verified by the state wildlife biologist. If you would like photos, just let me know & I would be glad to email them to you.

Janet Trout

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from 007 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

Ms. Trout, some of the local bear hunters' dogs caught up with a porcupine last year in the Wardensville, WV area. I saw those pictures. There was also one killed in the Seneca Rocks/Harman, WV area in 2009, I think. A fellow in our community, who has a very good reputation, said for years he was seeing one from time to time and we all laughed but nobody's laughing now. I heard some time back that there were documented moose sightings in Northern Pa. a year or so ago so who knows what's migrating into the region?

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

007,
I surprised that the hound hunters haven't run into a porcupine yet in our area. As much as they are out( 365 nights a year) you would think that they would run into one. My buddy is a hound hunter and I'm sure I would hear about it.

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

in pa this past weekend i saw several dead porcupines on the road. i often see live ones in the woods and have had several encounters with one in a particular treestand which always freaks me out in the dark. I am surprised to hear they are rare in WV.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

Hi Sarge! Ditto, surprised we don't hear more, but thankful too, I hear that makes for a pretty stiff vet bill sometimes. Got everything lined in and loaded for deer season? We're lined in but got a lot of loading to do.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

I have everything sighted in , but still doing some loading for my Grandson. He likes to shoot too well. My only problem now is I saw that Cabelas sale paper with that Lasermark Vanguard in it. I had a Vanguard Deluxe in .257 Weatherby and it shot great but I traded it for something I thought I wanted more but it was a mistake. I can't get that Lasermark out of my mind.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

I'm going thru the same thing with a .454 Casull in a display case not too far from my office. I'm afraid if I show up with it at home, my wife will beat me with it.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

My wife told me today that if I wanted it to buy it. I knew there was a reason that I married that women. However on the Vanguard site they have a comparison chart with other firearms one of them being the Tikka T3. I can't believe they do it because the T3 beats it in every item listed including the price. I am leaning now to the T3 Hunter with the walnut stock in 270WSM. I have the dies and a good bit of brass. Since I gave my Grandson a Tikka T3 there is room for a Tikka T3 in my safe. If you look at the Vanguard and then the laser mark they are charging you about $450 for the stock. I'm not sure it is worth that.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

I want the darned thing but I've got some other more important irons in the fire that need attention and $$$ so I wouldn't feel right buying it and neglecting those things. HOWEVER, if it were still lying around in the near future, who knows??? It's a pretty good deal, I know the guy who traded it in and why, so just maybe....................

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

I think that I will hold off right now, but if it dosen't have Sako or Tikka on it I won't buy it. I have had too much success with those two.

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from JamesD wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

We have fishers here in the upper peninsula of Michigan. They're a large member of the weasel family. They prey on rabbits, snowshoe hares and other small animals. One of their main prey species are porcupines. They attack them from the underside to avoid getting skewered by the quills.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Sarge, I was in the gun shop again Friday, the Casull is still there and I could have sworn it winked at me when I looked to see if it was still there. I need help apparently.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I have shrugged off the initial urge and now I am just looking and comparing different calibers. It looks like you have the gun virus. The only way to cure it is to buy the Casull. I buy myself Christmas presents sometimes and you could do the same for yourself.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

007,
I went to my gunsmith today,which is also my gun dealer, and blacked out and when I got home I had a Weatherby Vangard Deluxe 257 Mag in my possession. It was the one I traded off some time earlier and regretted it. I was lucky he still had it and he said he was sure that I would be back after it so he didn't try real hard to sell it. It is still as beautiful as it was before. Trip to the range tomorrow. Momma already knows that she is getting a new dining room set for Christmas and is elated about that. We have Christmas taken care of for each other. Have you been back to look at the Casull ?

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from 007 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

No, and probably a good thing. Car is on life support, talking to our friends at Markwood about new wheels. That's a little more pushing right now. Glad you came thru that blackout spell in good shape. haha. How'd you do last week?

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

We did pretty well at the camp. 2 bucks that will be mounted, 1 ten point and 1 eight point. Mine didn't make it except for steak and loin. We had 8 hunters and killed 7 bucks and 2 does. Weather couldn't have been any worse. Couldn't see 10 feet away Tuesday for the fog.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Look at my profile pics, that's the one I've been watching since late August. Took him to the local taxidermist too. Not the biggest I ever got but not too bad with a lot of history attached in the form of trail camera pics. Weather was nasty, wasn't it? You did have a good week. We had about 12 hunters and took two bucks and two does. Would have been better but the missing was pretty bad this year. Had we been collecting shirt tails we'd have a good start on a quilt top.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Addendum - neighbor kid got a 35# male coyote. Pretty thing, about the color of a collie. One less fawn killer there.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

007,
I'm heading back to deer camp tomorrow. There are plusses to being retired. It looks like this week will be perfect deer hunting weather. Low 20's in the morning and in the 40's in the afternoon and no rain or fog. Maybe I will get another chance at that 8 point that I been looking for. I think that I will try out the 257 Weatherby. I had it to the range today and it shot like a dream. All I have to do now is to do my part.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Good hunting, enjoy the new toy. You know what I'll be doing most of next week.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

The ground was covered with snow and the wind was blowing 30 to 40 mph. I am commuting this week instead of staying. I saw 12 deer today and I am sure this evening there was a buck back in the brush but he wouldn't come out. With my binocs I could pick up his body every now and then in the brush but couldn't get a look at his head. I will be back in my stand about an hour before daylight in the morning.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I hear Canaan had about 2" on the ground today. I said you know what I'll be doing most of next week, that is unless Markwood calls me. I'll check in with you soon so we can trade yarns. Remind me to tell you about my doe last Saturday.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I was back on the mountain this morning at 6AM . It was 21 degrees and beautiful. No wind today and plenty of sunshine. Deer were moving some and saw 2 small bucks and plenty of turkeys. I'll be back in my stand at 6AM in the morning. Are you looking at a new ride for the wife? She may get an early Christmas present. After the first of the year and all of the seasons are over you will have to come over to the house some Sat. morning and we will trade yarns over coffee.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I'd like to drop by very much. Nothing new as far as a vehicle, hoping for a good used sport ute.

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from chuckles wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

007, I know it wasn't technically WV but I saw one in the Shenandoah this summer. We weren't that far from WV so maybe they swam over.
we were staying just upriver from the town of Shenandoah.
Sounds like you and Sarge are having fun in the woods, cheers to you both.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Hi Chuckles,
I think from what I hear that they are spreading their territory. Where did you say you were from again? As to Sarge, he is one of those folks that seems to enjoy himself whatever he's doing. He was a big help to me in getting going teaching hunter safety. Cheers and merry Christmas to you and yours.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

007,
I was back on the mountain this morning at 6AM. 34 degrees this morning. Saw 19 does and about 50 turkeys but no bucks. One more day to try. Are you going tomorrow. It is suppose to be a beautiful day. Mon. and Tue. we are going to have our physically challenged anterless hunt at Jennings Randolph Lake. We have 8 hunters this year. 7 in wheelchairs and 1 on chrutches. Wish you would be able to get off and go with us to help. It is a very rewarding experience. Volunteer Hunter Education Instructors are required to be in the blind with the hunters to make sure they are safe when shooting.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Sarge, we made two or three drives this morning, kicked out a buck or two but no shots. I've already got plans for Monday, wish I could help you. Keep in touch.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Spent from 6AM till 3PM in stand today. Saw only 3 deer and no bucks. Have to eat extra buck tag again this year. Heard very few shots today for it being last day and doe season being in.

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from chuckles wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

007, I live in Minnesota right now, I have been fortunate to live in lots of places both here and overseas. I did spend much of my youth in Baltimore and lived the longest in Colorado where my heart still resides.
I was in VA this summer visiting my family who live outside of DC and you were kind enough to steer us to some good fishing around Shenandoah. Twas much appreciated.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I remembered the fishing consultation, just not your locale. Glad you appreciate our little slice of Heaven. If you get back in our area again, let me know and maybe we can say hello. Shenandoah isn't that far from us. Always glad to play travel consultant for folks.

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from chuckles wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Hey 007, that's mighty kind of you. I will most likely be out in the spring and will give a heads up if I head that way.
You are right about the slice of heaven part, that is some pretty country. If I had to live east of the Mississippi again I would go to great lengths to make some part of the Appalachians my home.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

If you have time, a side trip to WV would take you an extra hour or so from Shenandoah to see some of the Creator's better work. I would caution you though, the Shenadoah Valley is starting to develop some big city problems with gangs and crime, including the Skyline Drive. Locked doors and open eyes are a good idea.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I should have known where you will be Monday. Good hunting and kill a big one. I have a stamp and may go out to the camp on Thur. and Fri. Sometimes they run one thru there. This is the last stamp I have to buy. I don't have to buy a license next year. I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

You're aging like fine wine, don't worry about it. When I hit the big 5-0 I told my horse's a** cousin that and he said that in my case, it was more like cider hardening. haha. Honestly not too bothered about pulling the trigger, as long as my dogs do well and there are no vet bills involved, I get some good pictures and a little meat, I'll be happy. Guess that's maturity speaking, it's not all about the trigger pull anymore. Take care.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

007,
Did you run anything today? I woke and couldn't talk so I couldn't go back to the challenged hunt. I went to the Dr. and got a shot and some meds. Hopefully it will get better soon.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I worked Tuesday and had to stay close to the house today (Wednesday) to help mom out with some things so I spent the day making deer bologna. The way it poured I wasn't too upset about it. Was planning to hunt tomorrow but due to the snow in the forecast I got called back to work tomorrow. Taking mom to a dr. appt. Friday so it will be Saturday till I get back on the mt. Family comes first.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

We went to Clarksburg today for my Wife's Aunt's funeral . The streams are getting high. I had to run in 4-wheel drive from Elkins to Seneca this evening. 2 or 3 inches of snow with ice under it. I'm feeling somewhat better this evening. I probably won't get into the woods again until next week in muzzleloading season. Taking wife to Winchester to Dr. on Mon.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

Thoughts and prayers for a good report. Poured the rain all day here then turned to snow around dark. We get bear season, Christmas, and butchering out of the way I'm ready for spring. I've long said I really like snow.........on Christmas cards, on a TV football game, on the mountains in the distance, just not where I might need to drive in it.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

I went muzzleloading this morning and killed a big doe. It was 16 degrees and we had 2 inches of snow on the ground. Are you running any bear ? I had to update my profile picture and put an official looking photo up.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

I'm having trouble with my new profile picture.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

My wife is the one who knows what is going on with my computer. I am about as dumb as a box of rocks when it comes to working on a computer. My thing is guns and catching crimnals. She is the one who got my profile picture straightened out.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

007,
I don't have any deer tags left and it is going to be 55 degrees and sunny tomorrow so my first cousin from Franklin is coming down and we are playing golf at Valley View. Probably the last time this year. I had given it up for the year but he called and was wanting to go and with no more deer tags might as well.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

We're finding some now, the first week was pretty thin.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Sarge, the d**** coyotes are apparently back in town. Sounded like a bunch of wild indians in an old western movie Wednesday night.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

We are going to have to get into the coyote calling business. The Police Chief of Romney is the man to talk to. Over the past 10 or 15 years he has probably called in 35 to 50. That may not sound like many but for our area that is quite a few.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I'd very much like to learn how, both for the sport of it and to thin them out. I saw one back in late summer/early fall that was tall enough that the top of it's head stuck up out of knee high hay. One of my sheep growing pals killed one out of his flock, literally, that probably weighed 50# +.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

One of the guys that lives at the bottom of the mountain where we hunt killed about 6 last summer and fall in the fields in front of his house. He has a 50 acre hay field and they mouse in it in the early morning and he shoots out of his garage, He has a shooting bench set up and shoots out the window. He uses a .204 and the last one he killed about 3 weeks ago was 437 yards away. The Police Chief uses a tall ladder stand(25 feet) and a remote caller and motorized furry thing and sets his caller and furry thing about 75 yards away from him. He uses a .22 Hornet.

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