Preparing for 2017 season
Posted 10 June 2017 - 10:49 AM
Done any scouting?
Set any cameras?
Cut any trails?
Bought new gear?
Posted 10 June 2017 - 01:31 PM
got license and applied for draw tag . cant scout till you know if you get tag and that wont be till july .
and in the area i hunt , no scouting needed unless looking for a different camp site cause of new forest rules on camping.
up there , nothing has changed for decades . bucks hide in same unaccessable spots and run thru when it rains or snows and run back when it clears
and the occasional stray bucks get busted .
the roads to hunt areas never change except the new dead trees that fell over and the hiking trails never change
Posted 10 June 2017 - 06:18 PM
I'm into killing fish right now .... but mid August will be here before you know it ... thinking of how much freeze dried meals we need and getting those ordered.
Posted 12 June 2017 - 10:18 AM
that was quick this year for results , i like it
book said results be out june 17 so this is nice
got my C tag
Posted 12 June 2017 - 12:35 PM
Posted 12 June 2017 - 12:51 PM
Can anyone recommend a good low cost muzzle loader for a woman?
Maybe a link to a good instructional video?
What regulations are there for ca?
Scopes ok? Open site only?
School us please!!'
Posted 12 June 2017 - 01:45 PM
open sights only , NO SCOPES
.40 cal or larger
black powder or equivelant ( kant spel ) thought i saw on F&W site full muzzleloader regs all by them self but cant find now
for gun sites , cabelas , cheaper than dirt
and dont forget to check local gun dealer . the shops i go to have them instock and know the regs
other than that , most places wont ship guns to calif. no mo
and i've never hunted black powder
Posted 12 June 2017 - 02:08 PM
a. Only legal muzzleloaders allowed in muzzleloading seasons.
b. In-line muzzleloaders are legal.
c. Must be single-barrel that fires a single round-ball or conical projectile.
d. To hunt deer, pronghorn or bear, they must be minimum of a .40 caliber.
e. To hunt elk or moose, they must be minimum of a .50 caliber.
f. From a .40 caliber to a .50 caliber, bullets must weigh minimum 170 grains.
g. If greater than a .50 caliber, bullets must weigh minimum 210 grains.
h. Shotshell primers are legal.
i. Pelletized powder systems prohibited in muzzleloading seasons.
j. Cannot be loaded from the breech in muzzleloading seasons.
k. Only open or iron sights allowed in muzzleloading seasons. Fiber optics and fluorescent paint incorporated into or on open or iron sights are legal. Scopes or any sighting device using artificial light, batteries and electronic gear are prohibited during muzzleloading seasons.
l. Sabots are legal in muzzleloading seasons.
m. Smokeless powder prohibited in muzzleloading seasons. Black powder and black-powder substitutes are legal.
n. Electronic or battery-powered devices cannot be incorporated into or attached to muzzleloader during muzzleloading seasons. ***Muzzleloading projectiles must be certified California legal. This includes Barnes T-EZ & T-MZ, Hornady SST, and Thor bullets.***
Posted 12 June 2017 - 03:09 PM
remember , no scopes allowed during muzzleloader season , but that dont mean you cant buy one with a scope if it fits budget and it has open sights also
and there are lots of extras that go with BP shooting . basspro has lots and so does cabelas
i will try to find videos on using them . i watched lots . or just google "muzzle loading basics "
and my edit ;
dont forget all the extras needed for BP shooting , just the basics ,combined , cost about the same as a mid range rifle .
Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:18 PM
simple boring video but it shows most of the extras
and now its kill puter time and i need shower
tomorrow morn i be on the road to shasta for camp fishing trip
hope other smoke polers get on to explain more
be back on 22nd or so
Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:26 PM
Posted 13 June 2017 - 09:35 AM
Congrats on the draw. That's awesome. I've put in for M11 a couple of times myself. A few years back I thought I really wanted to build points to do one of the premium muzzleloader hunts. Of course, I always got impatient and blew points on something else. Anyhow, when I first thought of doing this, I went to Sportsmans and bought a CVA Optima muzzleloader. It was pretty basic and I honestly didn't know the first thing about them. I did just as you are now. Watched you tube and googled a bunch. Where I learned the most was just actually going out and testing it out myself. It was actually a lot of fun messing around with them and trying different things. It seemed a lot more intimidating to me than it actually turned out. I think I paid 275 bucks or so for the gun. I believe they are still right around that price for the model that I got.
Good luck on the hunt. Should be a blast.
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