Animal parts usage

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by kyle44mag, Jan 26, 2008.

  1. kyle44mag

    kyle44mag Well-Known Member

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    I was just wondering if besides the meat and trophy you do andthing with the animals you kill.

    Here's what I do:

    Make clothes/blankets from the skin/fur, and I tan it myself



    make soap from the fat



    Make as many of the bones as I can into knife handles, because I am also an amateaur blacksmith



    anybody got anything else?

    Thank you,

    Kyle
     
  2. kyle44mag

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    And one time I had some canadian goose down left over from a hunt so I used it to insulate a pair of rabbit fur mittens. Better than any pair of commercial mittens I have ever tried on or worn.

    Thank you,

    Kyle
     

  3. lotsip81

    lotsip81 Well-Known Member

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    I've heard that the old fashioned rabbit mittens are reallly warm. Did your father teach you all of that stuff or where did you pick it up from?
     
  4. kyle44mag

    kyle44mag Well-Known Member

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    My father doesn't like guns hunting or fur. No I am self taught. I learn from websites and there are tons of books you can but and I found A lot in my library system. I cheched out stuff on tanning hides, preserving hides, making them into clothing, and general hand sewing techniques. And yes the are very very warm.

    Thank you,

    Kyle
     
  5. lotsip81

    lotsip81 Well-Known Member

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    There is nothing wrong with being a self taught man. Better to be self taught than to not be taught at all. Good luck to you in your ventures.
     
  6. beltbuckle

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    Where do you actually go hunting at there? I'm actually familiar with the area and didnt realize there are many places to hunt unless you head a bit west or south onto private property.



    I went to school in Glendale Heights.
     
  7. kyle44mag

    kyle44mag Well-Known Member

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    I hunt rabbits in Lake or Will counties. For ducks I take a trip way down south to marshall county.I hunt whitetails solely in wisconsin cause I have lots of relatives with farms up there so they let me hunt on private land with no hunting pressure for free. Squirrels I go to lee. Same for pheasants. Thank you,

    Kyle
     
  8. beltbuckle

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    Looks like you have plenty of places to go. I was just curious because it didnt seem like there were many places to go. About the only hunting I did while I was there was for geese on a co-workers friends farm out in Geneva.
     
  9. kyle44mag

    kyle44mag Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I don't have anywhere real close by.

    Thank you,

    Kyle
     
  10. kyle44mag

    kyle44mag Well-Known Member

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    After I caught a particularly large snapping turtle I bleached the shell and my snake now uses it as a house.

    Kyle
     
  11. lotsip81

    lotsip81 Well-Known Member

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    kyle44mag, you still running around the forums? Do you learn how to make any new things to make out of you hunting expeditions?
     
  12. kyle44mag

    kyle44mag Well-Known Member

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    Yes Im here. I just havent been posting in a while. I am drying out some turkey feet to make into coat habgers as per Field & Stream's instructions.

    Thank you

    Kyle
     
  13. agonist

    agonist Well-Known Member

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    I took my first whitetail last saturday. Yummy!
     
  14. beltbuckle

    beltbuckle Well-Known Member

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    I'm late but Congrats! Buck or doe? I'm assuming a doe since you didnt give a point and spread.......



    What did ya take it with?

    Shot placement?



    Details man, details...
     
  15. agonist

    agonist Well-Known Member

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    A doe. Youngish but okay size. I felt I had to take what I could get this year. My partner and I got permission to hunt some private land from one of our customers. 86 hardwood acres along a ridge with a good size stream running down into 2 good size ponds. We weren't able to do much scouting first and had already missed rifle season and were now into muzzleloader.

    We went into the woods around 5:30 with shooting time being 7:20. We had a full moon that night and it was bright enough to see through the scope on the CVA Wolf I was carrying.

    We worked our way in low and about halfway up the slope I found a low boulder to back up to that gave me a pretty good view so I settled in. My partner went about 200 yds further up into a little boulder garden he had found.

    I sat silent, seeing and hearing nothing but a coule of frisky squrrels until around 9:15. It was cold as hell and as sometimes I have trouble with my hands and feet my partner radioed down to me to ask how I was doing. I said I was alright and that I thought I had heard a few noises and I wanted to wait a bit longer before moving at all.

    About 15 minutes later I realized my toes were numb and I was pretty freakin' cold most likely due to that thought being put in my head. So I radioed back that I figured I had better stretch my legs and get my circulation going.

    I stood up and set my rifle against a tree so I could take a leak. Just as the last drop hits the ground I hear a twig snap and see movement off to my left and there was a healthy looking doe with a good sized skipper in tow about 20 yds away. I froze as they made their way past, quartering up the hill now directly behind me. In a fluid motion I reached for my rifle and continued to turn around. I put her in my crosshairs as she walked on and when she made a clear spot I said "HEY"! She stoppped and I fired from 40 yds entering her left front shoulder, hitting the heart and exiting her right shoulder breaking both. She took 2 leaps and went down unable to move as the skipper ran off. I quickly reloaded my rifle and radioed my friend. I took several steps closer then fired a finishing shot at her raised head entering the inside corner of her right eye.



    Then I buttoned up my pants.





    All in all a fullfilling experience and I couldn't be more pleased.

    The CVA Wolf turned out to be a great rifle and I used a 265gr. saboted bullet with 100gr. American Pioneer powder charge which performed excellently.