Here it is. The day (and night) that the ghouls come out, the ghosts make their rounds and witches and warlocks everywhere dance around fires late into the night casting spells. It is also the day that many big bucks begin to hit the ground across the United States. The rut is getting ready to bust loose in many states and those big boys are on their feet. A quick look over the forums at NC Hunt and Fish confirm this as multiple 8's, 9's and 10's have been harvested just the past few days. Unfortunately for our team of 2 (plus a certain someone named Chris who needs to get un-busy with school and write a blog entry while I take care of newlywed things....) hasn't been able to get out much this month. Well, make that hardly at all. I've been on two hunts and that's been it. Nothing was seen but squirrels and turkeys. But alas, that is what happens when you get married and go on a honeymoon. And have a company cookout to go to. And are in the process of trying to get everything taken care of so you can build a house on the Catawba River. Yes, things have been quite busy for myself. Throw in the fact that work has been crazy for both Paul and I, as well as the traveling Paul has done on the weekends this month, and what you get is no time to enjoy the October woods. Not to fear though, November will lead to more time to hit the woods and more time to write entries and recap our hunts. We hope we didn't lose your interest this month and plan to be back in a big way once our lives slow down enough for us to clear the cobwebs from our little blogging minds. Maybe we should look at doing this full-time....
I purchased a Browning BPS a couple of years ago and have been pretty happy with it thus far. I decided on the 3" camo model with a cantilever barrel. I then mounted a 2-7 power Nikon ProStaff scope on it with some dura sight mounts. I've taken a couple of deer so far with this and it has performed well for me.
- I'm a left handed shooter and this is a good ambidextrous shotgun. The BPS has a top tang safety as well as bottom-load and bottom-eject. This is one of the few shotguns that actually has a bottom-load, bottom-eject setup; for those of you who remember the old Ithica shotguns, this is very similar.
- Fully rifled 22-inch barrel, with a 1-in-28 twist, shoots a very accurate sabot slug.
- Reasonable weight at 7lb-10oz.
- Smooth trigger pull
-Price. I got mine for about $650 which is pretty reasonable for a slug gun! There are also many after market accessories available including additional barrels.
- The Dura Touch coating leaves something to be desired. After only two years of use I have a lot of wear on the coating and the area around the muzzle of the barrel is starting to peel away.
- I had some cycling trouble where a shell would drop out of the mag while pumping a round into the mag. I fixed this with a good oil job and I have not had this problem again but it's worth mentioning.
Overall the BPS has made a good addition to my collection and I can't wait to get it out in the field again this year. As a note I do shoot the 3-inch Light Field slugs that I reviewed here , for hunting deer.
Hey everyone just wanted to let you know that NC Wildlife has redesigned it's webpage. (They rolled it out back at the end of September/beginning of October but unfortunately we didn't have the time to give a quick shout out then) The new design makes it easy for hunters to purchase licenses, report a harvest and look up regulations. The old website was a bit of a mess when it came to finding information quickly. I really like this new layout especially since the most looked for information seems to have easy links now!
Take a look!
I am now married! After the Jamaican honeymoon, I will get back to writing up hunting trip recaps as well as some processing and recovering game blog posts (If Paul doesn't write some while I am away!). Until then, be safe out on the lake and in the woods!
A little late getting this out, so I apologize for the tardiness. It is time once again to pick a winner for the monthly contest as well as announce October's prize. We had 17 entries for the month of September and hope you guys continue to leave comments on our blog posts, the more the merrier! So now someone cue the drum roll please. *Drum roll* Thank you, now, as I was saying, this month's winner of the $20 Cabela's gift card is...
Number 11! And number 11 this month is Scott Woody. Congratulations Scott! Now on to October's prize. For October, and the details still need to be worked out, the prize will be a surprise! At least for now because of those pesky details. One hint if we are able to do what we would like to: This can be put to use on your dining room table come the holidays. So that's it for now, back to the grind for Paul and I. Oh, and my wedding this Sunday along with the Jamaican honeymoon.
A day late, and, well, just a day later than I wanted to get this posted (though I am a few dollars short since payday is still a week away!). It's the beginning of a new month and you know what that means: Wildlife calendar time! Again, forum member Crash on NC Hunt and Fish has posted up the monthly calendar put out by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation and here is is for everyone to enjoy.
Oct. 1: Eastern Muzzleloader deer season opens
Oct. 1: Sea duck season opens
Oct. 1: Controlled hunting preserves open
Oct. 1: Delayed-Harvest Trout Waters Open.
Oct. 2: Last loggerhead sea turtle nests are hatching.
Oct. 3: Western Muzzleloader deer season begins
Oct. 3: Chimney swifts are leaving.
Oct. 4: Peak surface activity for hognose snakes.
Oct. 5-8: Duck, Merganser and Coot season is open.
Oct. 5-15: Dark Goose season open
Oct. 10: Tail end of migration peak for many shorebird species.
Oct. 10-16: National Wildlife Refuge Week.
Oct. 11: Ruby-throated hummingbirds are leaving for Central and South America. Leave your feeders up for potential sightings of unusual winter birds.
Oct. 15: Eastern Gun deer season begins
Oct. 15: Mud turtles and chicken turtles begin hibernation. Unlike most aquatic turtles, these species usually leave their ponds to hibernate on land.
Oct. 16: Red bats are mating.
Oct. 17: Western Bear season opens
Oct. 17: Bobcat, Squirrel, Ruffed Grouse, Raccoon and Opossum seasons begins.
Oct. 19: Light Goose season open
Oct. 23: Acorns are mature for most oak species.
Oct. 25: Persimmons are ripe.
Oct. 29: Central Deer Muzzleloader season begins
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