Next to woodcock, doves are the best eating gamebird. When cleaning a dove, a lot of guys like to simply take the breast and Rip It Out, but personally, I think the best way to go is to pluck doves.
I thoroughly enjoy caring for my leather products, especially my Schnee’s pac boots. It’s one of my favorite Fall activities. Rubbing these boots down with Montana Pitch Blend makes me feel like I’m Dancing With Myself.
Schnee’s of Bozeman Montana builds and sells their famous pac boots and Montana Pitch Blend, which is my favorite leather dressing. Paul Brunner used to sell it from his Screaming Eagle catalog and I think it was Paul’s brother that actually started Montana Pitch Blend. Anyway, I buy it in 52 once tubs for a mere 87 cents per ounce, but it’s also available in a 4 once size for those that like to pay more ($2.48/ounce), or if you just want to give the stuff a try.
Montana Pitch blend is purported to be an all natural leather loving concoction that won’t spook game. It contains a proprietary mix of bee’s wax, mink oil, pine pitch and other stuffs. Screaming Eagle claimed to have done “tests” to prove it to be so. I don’t know about that, but it sure works good to condition leather and it smells good, too.
As shown in the video, I run both Schnee’s guide boots and Filson Uplander. Both are great boots and I’ve had more than one pair of each. I like the Uplander, but for overall use I find myself donning the Schnee’s more often, if for no other reason, they are virtually waterproof and the terrain I hunt most often in central Pennsylvania demands it. They’re lighter, too. (See Schnees Pac Boot Review.)
I often wear the rubber bottomed pac boots while bowhunting. The more I think about it, the rubber bottomed/leather upper boots are probably not any more scent free than the Filson boots, but they’re more quiet in the woods for sure. I would have to think that the leather uppers would lay down a pretty good layer scent molecules on the way to my treestand, especially when it’s saturated with Pitch Blend, whether it spooks game, or not. Still, I’ve killed more than one deer with an arrow while wearing leather upper pacs so I guess it’s okay.
I love training my dogs on migrating woodcock in the spring almost as much as actual hunting in the fall. The pressure is off. There is no obligation or objective to harvest game. Also, not having to carry a 45″ long 6-pound gun through the thick cover is a pleasant reprieve. Continue reading Woodcock Spring Training
This is, in fact, the worst rabbit hunting video on the web. The best thing about this video is KISS Cold Gin rocking in the background. Watch as I errantly spray #7 1/2’s into the earth. Cringe as I flounder a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to double on cotton tails.
*This movie was shot on New Year’s Eve 2014 on a highly productive and top secret rabbit hunting grounds.