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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Long Ridge Early Summer Things

It has been a wet summer so far on the farm this year. Not much boating time at all, but I did manage to get in two food plots and one way up on the East Ridge. Of course the day after I seeded it we had torrential rains, so I'll wait a bit and re-seed if I have too. Below is me, doing my almost favorite thing...retrieving camera cards.

 I never had daisies like this until I planted a food plot here two years ago. After it was eaten off and died, this is what replaced it. They're beautiful and the deer love to bed in them. 
 This young guy visits behind the kitchen every day, and for the last week has been bringing his lady friend with him. She has no poults so must have lost them to the wet conditions. Perhaps she is attempting to re-clutch. I hope so!

 This is a Dunstan Chestnut tree. It is screened to protect it from deer. I planted three, and have high hopes for these blight resistant trees to produce nuts within five years.
 Galloping into the East Plot.
 Covering my back trail...
 Antlers in close!
 Another young bear.
 Nice profile and face shots of a handsome buck.

 No chicks with this lady either...
 Little and looks a bit thin to me.
 This is a strange camera malfunction, but a beautiful profile shot of a deer! I do not know how the pink got in there! 
As it's July, I am late in setting up my bow target. If it dries out this week, I'll get to it and try to sharpen my eye. Bow season is two months away!

Comments and inquiries welcome!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Middle Spring at LRDC

Things have been quiet and wet on the farm this spring. Lots of babies, and lots of rain. The turkey's nestings got blown out by weather, but most managed to re-nest and re-lay, and by late June finally I was seeing tea cup sized babes. Fawns are everywhere, I drive my tractor to the log landings, I jump fawns. I drive near my fields I jump fawns. I cannot walk the dogs past camp or we jump fawns and turkey babes. I love it. I have planted two food plots in the Far Field, and will fertilize them this week. Next week I will plant a summer crop on the East Ridge. The rest is maintenance. Next job I
have to do (six months late) is to loosen all tree stands so the trees can grow, and bring in the seats, those which the squirrels have not already ruined...and now - summer is here, and haying is upon us, along with boating and summer sports! Enjoy!

This is one of two coyotes I have filmed in six months. They are simply rare around the farm these days...

A bear clearly tore this stump of an old hemlock. I hope he found the grubs and bugs he was looking for...

Below, I am not so sure of. At first glance it appears to be the work of a moose. But the rip was from the top down, which would speak against that. Also, it was about five feet from the hemlock shown above. Tell me what you think!

A spring bear, and I am guessing that he is about two years old, Mom has booted him (because of new cubs) and he is wandering. Am I wrong?

A preggy Mom...

A left over eyes in the headlights winter picture...

Our guy again...or gal.

Concord gun show...had a great time, met some interesting folks, and some uninteresting folks.

 Let me know what YOU are doing, and hope you enjoy the pictures!
Comments are welcome.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

2017 LRDC Last Winter Blast

I have tons of winter pictures left to post, and will post this so that I can send on some interesting shots. This, as you know is my census station behind the Christmas tree plantation.  I ,love flying bird shots and these crows are surprisingly graceful.

This fast approach below obviously makes this Gray nervous, and for good reason. An owl parks near here often, and takes Reds and Grays with regularity.

This only thing about this early morning winter shot is the fantastic colors. Not sure how I got this...

See the little guy on the left? His coat on both sides is rubbed almost completely off, down to bare pi9nk skin. I forwarded this to the local F&G turkey biologist and he forwarded it to the deer biologists in Concord. He called me to say they believe it is mange. Does not particularly debilitate deer, but is stressful. I never knew that deer contacted mange...

Below, we call this social submission...

The next four shots are two different family groups that are co-existing for half an hour or so, then go on their separate ways.

Same little guy again..

Below will mean trubs for the chickens, come spring...

The rest of these shots just show how very healthy the deer are because of a second very mild winter. I expect fawn recruitment to be high again this year.

I hope you enjoyed these shots, I be sending along some more. Comments or questions welcomed!

Friday, February 24, 2017

M&P 9 and Glock 31 (357.Sig.) Runoff

The real reason for this blog post is that while LRDC is primarily a deer camp, and hunting blog, this time of year gets wearisome in it's repetitiveness. I gather roughly 3500 pictures a week on my cameras, and almost all are of deer. They are repetitive and boring after the first 500, so I try to save only the exceptional ones. In the meantime, I fill in with such things as farm issues, and firearm issues, and have done quite a few gun
reviews over the years. As a veteran L.E./SWAT/Instructor guy, I obviously have my favorites. We all do! In any case, if you follow this blog, you know that I dumped the 1911 platform for the striker fired platform after carrying both for long periods of time. In fact, our PD was one of the very first in the N.E. to issue the Glock pistol for duty. I was an instructor and armorer for some 27 years. To me, this pistol was the end all in handheld fighting weapons. Between competition, Academy instruction, and SWAT training, I put some 45000 rounds through my issue Glock 17 before I had a single malfunction  (the slide lock broke, and I replaced it in less than a minute) . What could be better?
About two years ago, I was shooting on the local range (my duty model 31 Glock in 357 Sig) when a fellow asked me what I was shooting for rounds. I explained, and he wanted to try my 357. I said sure, and of course he offered me a full magazine of his gun, a 9 mm S&W M&P9. . I accepted. My life changed. In short, I shot his, immediately bought one, and have never looked back.
I love the Glocks, they are rugged, and utterly reliable. They are safe. They are reasonably priced. They clean up easily, and once you learn their weaknesses, they are nearly flawless. They are reasonably accurate and fully combat accurate. There is nothing wrong with them. If you have and carry one, keep it.
That said, I shot that M&P 9, and bought one that evening. THAT is what a difference in ergonomics meant to me. I was unfamiliar with the M&P line, so totally open to what it had to offer. Now, some 7500 rounds into the M&P, I want to do an objective comparison with the Glock family. I took my duty Glock 31 and my M&P 9 to the range for a shoot off. By that, I mean a subjective comparison.
Both, by the way are two tiers superior to the 1911 platform. (I welcome hate mail!)

Above and below you can see the basic field stripped weapons. Twins. Now, the S&W touts that it is not necessary to pull the trigger to complete disassembly as is required of the Glock. BUT, you must use a tool on the M&P to lower the sear de-activation lever before disassembly - or, you can simply pull the trigger as on a Glock (after double checking the empty chamber, thank you) and the weapons come apart like one another.
Below is a side by side comparison., Glock on right, M&P on the left. They are nearly identical in thinckness. ( Glock 1 1/8th and M&P 1 1/4)
Not much in difference here although the grip angle WILL rise it's head...
Seemingly twins below...Fully loaded these beasts are almost identical in weight...Glock at 2 lbs. 2.6 oz. and M&P at 2 lbs. 4.6 ozs.
Below, we get to shooting these masterpieces. The first target is rapid fire from the Glock at 15 yards. Now, I have to admit I haven't fired this beast for three years, so the addition oomph did toss me a bit left. Perfectly correctable.
 The rapid fire group from the M&P. I admit, I have fired a lot of rounds from this piece.

 Rapid fire group from low ready, head shots at ten yards with the Glock. Very decent group. (Don't worry about the left sided group, that is correctible and easy!
 Rapid fire group form the M&P and you see they are right in there. But then, I shoot this gun often...
 A magazine each from both guns. 10 yards, as fast as I can fire and hold the sights. It is impossible to determine which gun hit where. But does it matter?
 It does. Let me explain. First I have to say that the 9mm and .357 Sig rounds below have radically different recoil postures. Comparatively, the 9mm is easy to shoot. The .357 you hold onto, with meaning, if you want fast follow up shots. For general law enforcement work, I don't believe there is a better round than the .357 SIG. It is superior in every way to the 9, 40, and 45. (I love hate mail)
But. Here is my take. Forget the caliber issue. With modern bullets design and proper placement, both these calibers are generating stellar records in the field. As far as which gun is better, I choose (breaking my own heart) the S&W M&P. Both guns are twins in size. In any comparison they are virtually the same except in one. The grip angle. The Smith sports an 18 degree grip angle, and it makes all the difference. It is so much more instinctive than the Glock, that I was swayed the first 15 rounds I ever fired through it. Secondly, in every training session I have ever been in that required more than 200 rounds, I got a sore on my middle finger mid knuckle from the Glock, and also on the lower part of my trigger finger. (now, I realize that my duty Glock is a 3rd gen so has no grip adjustments)
But this M& is flawless. It hasn't had a single malfunction in some 7800 rounds, (nor, if I can recall, has my Glock 31 in about the same number) and it is as easy to shoot, and as fast back on target as any gun I have ever picked up. For me, a 30 year Glock/Amoroer/SWAT/DyedinthewoolGlockDude to jump ship like this has got to mean something.
I don't own stock in S&W, but I should. Because of this experience, I bought a Shield. Same thing. Shootability I hadn't experienced before. They are Wow!
As I always say, try both, and takes your pick! I took mine!

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