I routinely find lawnmowers at the curb in the spring, and snowblowers at the curb after the first snowfall.
Most of the time it's because folks store them with unstabilized gas and the carbs are gummed up and they won't run well or won't run at all.
I obtained my current mower and snowblower this way. Both were fixed within 30 minutes with a can of carb cleaner spray. Next door neighbor put the snowblower out, said Santa had brought him a new one. I improved it by adding rubber tabs to the impeller. It throws snow better than his new blower.
I pluck mine. I usually have them iced in a cooker, so the bird is cold. They don't pluck well cold. Get a big pot of hot (say 160-180 degrees, don't need it boiling) water and give them a good dunk for 30 seconds or so and go to plucking. It doesn't make a mess this way as the feathers clump together. Takes just a few minutes to pluck the whole bird clean.
Fresh wild turkey will tend to be a little tough. Letting it sit in the fridge for a couple days prior to cooking will help. The of course, don't overcook it.
I typically pluck and brine my birds 24 hours, then smoke them whole. The basic brine is 1 cup sugar and 1 cup salt to one gallon of water. From there you can add pickling spice, garlic, hot peppers, lemons, whatever flavor profile you want.
Once the bird has cooled I take the meat off the carcass. I freeze the drumsticks and use them to flavor a soup or chili. I pick the thighs and combine with a little breast to make turkey salad. The remainder of the breast I slice for sandwiches or use to make individual serving pot pies that I freeze. Just a basic gravy with onions, carrots, peas and the turkey in a foil pan covered with puff pastry. Dang I might have to get one out for tomorrow night.
I'm with schall53 on the license, but I'm not certain on the tag / transportation tag. If you're hunting on the same land you live on, probably don't need a tag? But what about hunting on your own land that you must travel to? Anyone?
Last Edit: Apr 18, 2018 14:00:12 GMT -5 by oldhoyt
As long as you have a place to sit near the property line you can call birds over from the 30 acres you can't hunt on. They just need to hear your calls and 35 acres isn't so big that they won't hear you.
With my gun I suppose it is possible to save the powder, but it wouldn't be all that convenient.
Other designs may allow for dumping the powder out without it getting all over the place or contaminated by breech plug grease, etc.
Another good thing about BH 209, you don't need to grease the breech plug. I like to use a wrap of pink teflon tape at the forward end of the plug, just to seal it completely and keep the threads dirt free.
Last Edit: Mar 29, 2018 15:46:25 GMT -5 by oldhoyt
Now that Indiana allows basically any deer rifle (on private land at least), what is the rifle you want but don't have?
Mine is a Remington Model 14 or 141 in 35 Winchester. I'm a big fan of the designer, and there's just something about the feel of a gun from that era of US firearms manufacturing that you don't experience when you pick up a new gun.
If anyone has hunted with one of these guns, I'd like to hear about your experiences.