Friday, June 19, 2015

Maintenance on a CVA Wolf

This is a very important part of cleaning a CVA Wolf that I almost forgot about. I learn this the hard way a few years ago on a Wolf that I had owned. It is very important to periodically clean the firing pin assembly because as I learned if you don't black powder residue could and does freeze up the firing pin which will make the gun unfireable.

You can get a replacement firing pin assembly directly from CVA by just contacting their awesome customer service department which their staff is knowledgeable and very helpful.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New but Used Wolf for Deer Season

Sadly last year was a tough year for us and unfortunately had to sell my hunting guns but, I recently was able to purchase this slightly used CVA Wolf at a very affordable price.

I've had a lot of muzzleloader through the years. As a matter of the my first inline was a CVA Wolf which I always had a fondness for so I'm real happy to get another Wolf. I still have all my FFg powder and quite a supply of different type bullets so the only things I need to get is a scope mount & scope. After that other than picking a load and bullet it just matter of waiting for deer season.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Drive through the Mountain Laurel Sactuary

My wife and I took a nice ride through the Mountain Laurel sanctuary which is only a couple miles from our house in the town of Union, Connecticut.

Mountain Laurel
Connecticut designated mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) as the official state flower in 1907. Mountain laurel is also called ivybush, calico bush, sheep laurel, lambkill, clamoun, and spoonwood (native Americans used to make spoons from the wood). The mountain laurel is one of the most beautiful of native American shrubs. The fragrant star-shaped white and pink flowers have attracted travelers since early colonial days (first recorded in America in 1624). Mountain laurel is an evergreen shrub native to the eastern United States (from southern Maine to northern Florida and west to Indiana and Louisiana).

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Friday, June 12, 2015

June 14th. Is Flag Day

Seeing as this coming Sunday is flag day I thought it would be a good idea to post some flag history and mention a bit of flag etiquette.

The United States Flag Code stipulates that as the symbol of a living country, the flag is considered in itself a living thing and should be properly displayed and cared for. The code outlines the proper ways to display the American flag.

  • Raise the flag briskly. Lower it ceremoniously. 
  • Never allow the flag to touch the ground or floor. 
  • Do not fly the flag in bad weather, unless it is an all-weather flag. 
  • The flag can only be flown at night if properly illuminated. Otherwise, it should only be flown from sunrise to sunset. 
  • The flag should always be allowed to fall free. 
  • The flag should never be used to carry, store, or deliver anything. 
  • Never fly the flag upside down except to signal an emergency.
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History of the Flag:
The United States Flag is the third oldest of the National Standards of the world; older than the Union Jack of Britain or the Tricolor of France.
The flag was first authorized by Congress June 14, 1777. This date is now observed as Flag Day throughout America. The flag was first flown from Fort Stanwix, on the site of the present city of Rome, New York, on August 3, 1777.
It was first decreed that there should be a star and a stripe for each state, making thirteen of both; for the states at the time had just been erected from the original thirteen colonies.
The colors of the Flag may be thus explained: The red is for valor, zeal and fervency; the white for hope purity, cleanliness of life, and rectitude of conduct; the blue, the color of heaven, for reverence to God, loyalty, sincerity, justice and truth.

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Snapper at the Bus Stop

Down at the bus stop this morning with my son Tyler and what do I see heading for the lake across the street was a Snapping Turtle.
I have seen a lot of these this year.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

How many Eggs does a Wild Turkey lay in a Season?

The reason for this post is because of the previous video that I posted this morning. My wife and I were amazed at how many poults we saw with two hens. Being curious we wondered how many eggs a wild turkey will lay, incubate and hatch in one season.

Being from Connecticut I tried researching my question from the Connecticut DEEP site which in my opinion is not user friendly so I opted to go to a neighboring state Pennsylvania.

When do turkeys in PA breed, nest and hatch? Breeding can begin as early as the end of March, when winter flocks disperse. This is the time when hens seek a nesting area and gobblers begin gobbling in earnest. A hen can be bred by the gobbler daily, but the sperm is held in the hen's oviduct for up to four weeks. One successful breeding is sufficient to fertilize the eggs for an entire clutch (sometimes two clutches, if the hen loses her first nest and successively re-nests).

A hen turkey lays an egg nearly every day until her nest contains 8-15 (average of 12; younger birds produce smaller clutches). She will begin incubating constantly after all eggs are laid. The average Pennsylvania incubation date from a ten-year study, 1953-1963, was April 28. The date was determined by field personnel who aged all broods they saw throughout the summer months. More recently during a radio-telemetry study in southcentral Pennsylvania, the average incubation date was May 15, after a cold and snowy winter (1999), and, after a normal winter (2000), was May 8 (for adult hens) and May 13 (for juvenile hens; first year of nesting). Juvenile hens often breed later than adults.

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