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Offline Osprey

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Ol' Black Shaggy
« on: October 22, 2021, 09:04:07 PM »
Early muzzleloader season here in Maryland this weekend, having some success on the sika!  Killed the first stag off my new home place, pretty sure he's the one that's been messing with me the last week of bowhunting, bugling just up the branch from me morning and evening but not showing himself.  Today he bugled between me and the road - with me between him and his bedding area.  I knew he slipped up then!  50 yard shot, plenty of daylight, all on high ground for a change.  First stag I haven't had to get wet and muddy out in the marshes to bring home.  Normally have to kayak to the places I hunt, nice to have a 5  minute walk out the door on dry ground and sit in an old growth beech tree.   ;D ;D






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Offline madmtmike

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Re: Ol' Black Shaggy
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2021, 09:21:31 PM »
Well done. His bugling days are over & you have meat in the freezer!

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Re: Ol' Black Shaggy
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2021, 10:51:08 PM »
Good job Osprey, nice daggers and nice gun.  :)

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Re: Ol' Black Shaggy
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2021, 01:34:18 AM »
I have to say the .58 is probably overkill for sika, but it's nice when they drop in a pile on the spot!   ;)
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Offline Daryl

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Re: Ol' Black Shaggy
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2021, 01:59:51 AM »
Looks like a miniature Sambar to me. Nice. Well done.
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Re: Ol' Black Shaggy
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2021, 02:10:04 AM »
Just finished watching Meateater episodes on Sika Deer and then logged in and saw this. Awesome hunt congratulations that is a hunt I would love to do some day.

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Re: Ol' Black Shaggy
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2021, 06:54:44 AM »
Congratulations on a successful hunt. Good eating ahead.

By the by, how is that .66 caliber rifle coming along?

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Re: Ol' Black Shaggy
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2021, 01:09:03 PM »
Afraid to build that .66 at the rate it'll use powder with Goex closing.   :o

Don't get me started on Meateater.  This area has gone completely nuts the last few years with everybody suddenly coming down to hunt sika.  10-12 trucks at every public parking lot this weekend.  Guys in every other tree blowing calls that sound like badly tuned kazoos.  Prices for land and leases have gone thru the roof.  Between shows like that, Youtube and Facebook it's a zoo.  Same with snakehead fishing all summer now around here.  Too much pressure and spotlight on a good thing.
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Re: Ol' Black Shaggy
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2021, 02:58:28 PM »
Hate to hear that has happened leases in my area are unobtainable. One of the new realty brokers claims every cornfield with a tree line attached is a buck haven. Has caused problems with guys buying acreage and assuming they can put stands in trees overlooking the field and realizing the trees are on the other side of the fence. Explain the snakehead fishing to me are they good to eat?

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Re: Ol' Black Shaggy
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2021, 03:19:43 PM »
Nice Stag..that taught him  that staying up too late was bad for him LOL. Enjoy seeing a successful hunt picture.

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Re: Ol' Black Shaggy
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2021, 03:56:15 PM »
 Beautiful animal, I don't think I have ever seen one before. What did it weigh?

   Tim

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Re: Ol' Black Shaggy
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2021, 04:02:17 PM »
Tim he field dressed 100lbs on the scale, pretty good size body for a sika.  I've got lots of ag land around me, so they eat well all year in my locale.  Biggest I've shot was 125 gutted, but I've seen really pretty, mature stags only go 60lbs.  Hinds (doe) average 45, but I've seen a few go 80lbs dressed.  Generally, sika on or near uplands get bigger bodies, those that live their whole life out on the salt marshes run smaller bodied.   But you can never be sure, wide range 

The snakeheads?  Great tasting fish, incredible fight, fun to fish for, ugly and slimy as sin, invasive and the DNR encourages you to kill every one you catch.  Only been here for 20 years or so and have taken over all the smaller, brackish waters around the Chesapeake.  Go to Youtube and search for Maryland or Blackwater Snakehead fishing, you'll find tons of info and vids and advice.  But again, every little bridge,  ditch and pipe culvert around here now has folks shoulder to shoulder fishing any warm day from March to November.
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Re: Ol' Black Shaggy
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2021, 04:03:44 PM »
Oh, and as a bonus, sika taste wayyyy better than whitetail.  Mmmm.  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Ol' Black Shaggy
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2021, 04:51:55 PM »
Congratulations on a very nice stag. Nice looking rifle too.

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Re: Ol' Black Shaggy
« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2021, 05:54:33 PM »
Thanks for the info on the snakeheads Ill look that up.

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Re: Ol' Black Shaggy
« Reply #15 on: October 24, 2021, 12:33:15 AM »
Beauty - love the Sika bulls

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Re: Ol' Black Shaggy
« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2021, 03:08:10 AM »
Congrats!  And very well done pictures.