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Posted by Paul Melching (Member # 885) on March 16, 2018, 04:16 AM:
As the new moderator of the night hunting forum , and having never hunted at night feel free to ask me anything! LOL

We actually have some experts here ! I'm sure they will step up.....
Posted by Kokopelli (Member # 633) on March 16, 2018, 06:35 AM:
What time does it get dark ???
Posted by Leonard (Member # 2) on March 16, 2018, 11:56 AM:
Just realize that you are only playing with half the deck.
Posted by Kokopelli (Member # 633) on March 16, 2018, 02:01 PM:
Playing with half the deck 'cause I got the other half up my sleeve, in my boots & under my hat.
Ante up .......... Jacks or better to open !!!!

Hey, we don't mess with the clocks here in the Promised Land so what time it gets dark is a relevant question. [Big Grin]
Posted by Paul Melching (Member # 885) on March 17, 2018, 04:36 AM:
To answer your question KOKO it gets dark at night !One for One on the questions so far !

[Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin]
Posted by Leonard (Member # 2) on March 17, 2018, 05:53 AM:
Astute appointment, Leonard!

You are to be commended!

Also, that "sage adviser" is really clicking!

I otter be in government!
Posted by Kokopelli (Member # 633) on March 17, 2018, 06:55 AM:
Ha !!!!

[Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin]
Posted by Paul Melching (Member # 885) on April 12, 2018, 02:34 AM:
Hey KoKo how is night hunting with a trad bow can you legally , ethically use night vision? just need to know if I'm going to run this forum.
Posted by NVWalt (Member # 375) on April 12, 2018, 02:44 AM:
No night vision for a traditional bow. Candle light to be proper.
Posted by Kokopelli (Member # 633) on April 12, 2018, 07:15 AM:
I don't claim to know squat about night hunting. I'm waiting for Leonard to write a book on the subject to get all knowed up on it.
First problem that I can see would be shooting a bow (any bow) with the device on one's head. Anchor point, string clearance, dominate eye, depth perception, etc.
However, Walt might be on to something with a very low candle-power light.
Again, I'm just thinking out loud with little actual experience but setting a deke up next to a light that doesn't burn the fur off of the coyote might pull one all of the way in for a shot without any other light.
I do know that with a bow the shot would need to be close and that judging distance in the dark is a whole different world.
I would also suggest that anyone who tries it with night vision or regular lights put some reflective tape on the arrow if you want any hope of ever finding it again.
Posted by Paul Melching (Member # 885) on April 12, 2018, 07:32 AM:
Luminock !
Posted by Leonard (Member # 2) on April 12, 2018, 08:40 AM:
ko ko, you are talking about a very difficult proposition. In the first place, you won't get them close enough before they head downwind, but out of range. Consider those arrows as throwaways, BTW.

There is so much to comment on. Where to start?

Good hunting. El Bee
Posted by Kokopelli (Member # 633) on April 12, 2018, 12:22 PM:
Yeah, the whole 'very difficult proposition' is what makes a coyote with a bow a Hell of a trophy.
Posted by Leonard (Member # 2) on April 12, 2018, 03:32 PM:
I can see you are a man that appreciates a challenge. Do it blindfolded. That should be a hell of a trophy!

We had one guy who took quite a few coyotes and grays with a bow.

Moe, might even know him, I think he was once in Pasadena chapter? Swede Swenson.

Good hunting. El Bee
Posted by Moe (Member # 4494) on April 24, 2018, 07:25 AM:
I remember the name but I never knew the guy.

Since a lot of the members of the Pasadena chapter hung out at the Kittridge Bow Hut quite a few of them hunted with bows. I even tried it once.

I bought a Bear Polar model and practiced in the basement of an archery shop in Whittier. The first time I took it to the field I called in a bobcat to about 25 yards. I let an arrow fly and it glanced off the back of the cat without removing a hair. A few more failures and I was back on my Sako.
Posted by Leonard (Member # 2) on April 24, 2018, 07:45 AM:
All of Swede's pins had the moon colored in orange if taken with a bow. I've never seen anybody else with those modified pins?

But, I'm like you, day after day, flinging arrows at moving coyotes, a bobcat would be child's play. The real hunt starts when you retrieve those arrows.

Oh, in reviewing Swede's kill reports, most of them stated the location as Whitewater! Must have been Swedish humor?

Good hunting. El Bee
Posted by Eddie (Member # 4324) on May 02, 2018, 03:02 PM:
Back when I was younger, me and my hunting buddy would hunt squirrels with flu flu arrows and a old bear whitetail bow. We took turns hunting arrows while the other did the shooting. I had a rat terrier that would tree them, then the hunt was on. Back then we would hunt anything with bows. First coyote I shot with a bow I climb up a tree and called it in for a shot. Armadillos were the hardest thing on arrows, they could take a four blade broadhead dead center and still run 30 yards.
Posted by Semp (Member # 3074) on May 29, 2018, 07:38 AM:
I don't night hunt but we do have night hunting in Kaintuckee, shotgun only and no lights (except Feb 1-May31). We also have people advocating the use of center fire rifles. Center fire and moonlight, what could possibly go wrong?
Posted by Leonard (Member # 2) on May 30, 2018, 09:15 AM:
That attitude stems from being unfamiliar with the whole concept.

In point of fact, hunting at night, with a light, with a partner is safer than day stands.

First of all, there is nobody around. Second, you see every house and vehicle and you know where everything is. I know that's a hard concept to understand unless you have done it. For a lot of people, it defies logic and they refuse to believe it. Nevertheless, it's true.

Hunting in the dark sounds so scary that people opposed to it don't need justification. And, believe me, it aint easy! The skill involved is way beyond day stands, where anybody can play. But, to hunt at night requires skill and planning and knowledge.

I know I'm wasting my breath because everybody knows it's cheating, and dangerous, easy and unsporting, etc. Yeah, that's what you think.

Good hunting. El Bee
Posted by Semp (Member # 3074) on May 30, 2018, 10:09 AM:
If I implied I was against night hunting, that wasn't my intention. I voted for night hunting when KDFWR was asking for input. We can use shotguns only, no lights or night vision scopes except between Feb-May. The rest of the time it is hunting by moonlight only.

My objection was to the use of centerfire rifles for the moonlight phase. In Kentucky, we don't have the wide open spaces of the west. Woodlands, hills and hollows with lots of houses is the norm. Some have also argued that deer poaching will be harder to curtail when centerfires are legal at night. Whether that would be true or not I don't know.
Posted by Leonard (Member # 2) on May 31, 2018, 05:56 AM:
I'm sorry, didn't mean to imply that you were doing that stuff, it's me that's a little overly sensitive.

You just brought up another excuse that the regulators aways bring up, we can't allow spotlighting because it will encourage poaching. The poachers will be there anyway. I get a little peeved at the people that give in and then want to tie one arm behind your back. I think it would be good if they relaxed the rules for dealing with depredation, but that's wishful thinking.

Good hunting. El Bee

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