Pemi Valley 1000 yards?

Yes is the answer I wrote in April 2013!  A new member to Pemi wrote me today April 29, 2015. My interest in 1000 yard/meter ranges is to broaden the long-range skills of New Hampshire Rifleman by making this range accessible to the public via sportsmen. The nearest 1000 meter/yard Rifle Ranges are in New York State and Pennsylvania. Today’s rifle manufacturing technology has improved barrel and stock quality technology to such a degree that many new rifles today are capable of off the shelf sub-minute-of Angle groups. That being said a rifle that shoots a 1/2 inch group at 100 yards can group 5 inches at 1000 yards. My Ruger rifle is capable of 1/2 inch groups, the Savage Model 110 I am testing is capable of 1/2 inch groups at 100 yards as are many other rifles today. My sons, Savage Model 110 in .308 can shoot 1/4 inch groups at 100 yards consecutively off a bench rest.  But we will never realize the proven capability of these rifles, and the many bullets and ballistic profiles/coefficients, scopes and rangfinders unless New Hampshire shooters go out of state or pay a private company to shoot on their property.

It is sportsmen and their children that provide the early life marksmen skills that cleanly kill deer, turkey, bear, moose, ducks geese for the dining table such as those animals brought to the table by World War I hero Sergeant Alvin C. York. As a hunter his skills were honed out of a necessity to feed the family.

It later came in handy when he was drafted into WW I. It was the hunters skills and those of 1775 Minute Men Militia’s that saved America in all of the Wars undertaken by the USA since its birth. A place to practice is needed!!

Pemi- Valley Tried to get 1000 yard range approved.

The folks at Pemi-Valley tried to get a 1000 yard range approved and it fell short in town a few years back. I think a renewed effort should get underway with the support of organizations such as the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the National Rifle Association. Further that NH Clubs should consider financially supporting such an endeavor for both sportsmen and shooters and to exercise our ability under the Second Amendment to Keep and Bear Arms. What good is keeping a bearing arms if you can only shoot/practice at 100 yards or so?

Why have a 1000 range is like asking why have a 300 or 600 yard range?  A 1000 yard range offers an ability to provide long-range skills to shooters, hunters and marksmen. Ballistics and ranging skills among New Hampshire shooters and hunters is lacking, I suggest due to insufficient long-range public facilities.

I believe that Pemi-Valley has the best chance to get a 1000 meter/yard range approved.

What stands in the way? Those that think guns are bad stand in the way.  Do you really want to let them win that argument?  In 2012 Rick Olson Jr. wrote an article

The Anti-Gun Cadre Levels Its Sights On Pemigewasset Valley Fish & Game Club

Here is the link to that article:

I have emailed a few folks that were working on the Range but it is still in Limbo.

Shooting sports are undergoing great resurgence. Lets get this or another 1000 range built and staff it with trained Range Officers and Skilled Shooters.

Talk it up Folks or let the Left take over your God given rights! I will talk with Pemi- Valley and report back.


Reloading Heaven

reloading table

If you are an avid rifle, pistol, shotgun shooter, then you are very likely a reloader. Reloading your own ammo can be such great fun too. The value in reloading under today’s here today, gone tomorrow boxes of ready to shoot ammo is quite obvious. Retail shelves are dry from a wide range of ammunition leaving you to look at your beautiful rifle or pistol just sitting there.  Today, your local gun shop or sporting store can’t get your ammo when you want it, with custom bullets or in some cases, for an acceptable price. Reloading your own ammo really comes of age as a form of survival.

Over the many years I have always been a do-it-yourself kind of guy. It has paid off handsomely in reloading many ways. See my other articles on reloading too. Pictured above is my single stage press from RCBS that crunches out all of my loads. Perhaps I will get a progressive multistage press at some point in the near future.(Note: I am not fond of the word “progressive” for other reasons) I like the high quality I get from my single stage albeit a bit slower. I’m in “reloader heaven” because I was always saving brass and heads etc., prepared for the days of scarce ammo. I learned that lesson from my father who saved many things for the day that he needed it. A lesson he learned from the days of the Depression Era.  Pictured above is my press when I loaded for African Safari with my son Jason (Jason has at least 2 presses for his reloading).

in the mid 1970’s, I began reloading for the .270 Winchester and 45 ACP and 45 Long Colt Today I can clean and reload brass from my hard to find .375 Ruger by reusing the shot brass several times maybe even 10 times but I never kept count. I just kept inspecting my brass closely before loading and trimming the case to the correct length and always has good luck.

But if you are not a hands on person, stick to buying your ammo. You must pay attention when reloading.

After years of shooting the .375 Hornady brass I have decides to use the 50 cases I started with, for reduced loads only. In my brass pantry, I have several cartridges and calibers of brass from which to choose, and powders well sealed and cared for, so that when it comes time to go shoot I can reload what I need. Bullet choice is critical when deciding what you want the bullet to do when it arrives at the target or the game you are hunting. Keep a stock supply of key bullets and powders on hand in a safe dry Child proof location (under lock) as well as primers and you are good-to-go. Hornady, Nosler, Sierra, Speer, Barnes and all sell reloading manuals that teach you the basics. There are many on-line free sites that can teach you to reload as well. Good Shooting! You can go to my “LINKS” page and see the companies that offer reloading supplies. Today my 6.5 Creedmoor brass just arrived from Hornady. The case neck has been annealed or softened so my brass case looks a bit funny but it is normal. With some polish it will clean up fine but it is not needed to polish it away. So get out there and do your homework. You can anneal your existing brass for other cartridge brass but that is an article for another day. Good Shooting! © 2015

My Nikon Scope Repair – Follow-up

Last evening a package was left by a mail carrier that confirmed that this was the scope repair package. Upon opening the package I found a brand new scope instead. It is a 2×7 32mm and estimate its value at around $130 to $150 retail. It is what I purchased years ago.DSC_0165


The scope has been updated with hand adjusted 1/4 moa adjustments

Thank you Nikon!

Tricks for keeping your mouth from drying out while hunting

Yes, it is that time of year. The Pussy Wiilow’s then the tree pollen. I take some over the counter remedies that address both the allergy and the nasal drip. I have constant issues where my vocal cords need to be cleared so I want to cough to clear them or emit a guttural tone to move the congested material away. Doing that while hunting does not bode well for noises that wild game can hear in the woods, that is,  if you ever see any game with such noises of constantly clearing your throat.

Sucking on lozenges can help but some tart lozenges can put an odor in the air that may alert game. Be sure to bring liquids to drink but the best thing I have found to keep from coughing is to bring tart apples with you, like a granny Smith but any apple will do in a pinch. Take a bite and tuck it in your cheeks like chewing tobacco.The tart pectin will bath your vocal cords and thin out any salivary congestion.  Slice some and put it in a baggie or just keep the whole apple and bite a hunk off every now and again.

So what if you do not have an apple?

You can chew green white pine needles or fresh fir tips, I have and it works and you get some vitamin c too (spit out the chewed needles). You can also chew tea-berry leaves and tea-berries as I called them as a boy, you find here in NH called Wintergreen.


Note: Wintergreen is said to have medicinal properties like aspirin. I often chew and suck on the leaves which have a mint taste. Little did I know that I was tasting wild medicine.

Once you study up on wild edible things that the forest offers you will be a better woodsman and hunter. I have eaten “common clover” which has a lemon taste and can aid in soothing your throat. See the web site below for plant Identification.

To Bowkill a Whitetail Deer

Oct 2004 Deer

A little basket rack from my back yard some years back.

To make a killing shot on a whitetail deer with a bow and arrow requires lots of skill and practice and lots of patience. As a former International Bowhunter Education instructor I have had many students that shoot 3D archery and say that they kill deer at 40 and 50 yards all the time on the 3D course. So why not when it is real? First and foremost, a 3D target is not a real live living thing that moves and breaths. Second, the angle is often not ideal in 3D for an anatomically correct shot. And third, if you think a deer is going to wait for you to kill it, think again. Deer can, and have, ducked an arrow if its senses know that danger is at hand. It is the unaware deer that is easier to kill. Having said that, 3D archery is about as close as you are going to come to the real thing and brings  you half way. Judging distance and angles a vegetation are great aids in the learning process. So keep going to 3D shoots and practice knowing that without the fight/flight mechanism you are partly there in this skill set to bowkill a whitetail deer. What is missing is the coming of dawn, climbing into a tree in the darkness, hearing your heartbeat,  little noise from you or your banging and clanging as you get in a real tree stand, real deer, adrenaline, razor sharp broadheads and a bow that has been tuned with broadheads. Or the onset of darkness having to do it all in reverse.

As a human that is about to launch an arrow at a living thing, something different happens to us that has intensity that cannot be felt elsewhere unless death is upon us. And that does not happen with an inanimate object like a 3D target. Our fight or flight mechanism kicks in with a load of adrenaline, breathing can become labored and in many cases the “shakes” take over your body uncontrollably, especially in new bow hunters that have little experience with an actual kill. In some cases the shakes are so violent that early hunters have fallen from tree stands before the advent of safety harnesses.  In some cases hunters will vomit in a post shot environment due to the intensity of the situation, I have experienced this many years ago with too  much adrenaline where an 8 point buck was walking towards me at 20 yard and closing the gap with intent to kill me. I had a Muzzle Loader and killed him instead. Most of us move through that phase, still shake a bit, but with control practice, can still make the shot. Hunting where there is game aplenty will give you this experience. If there was no adrenaline, the hunter would not hunt except to provide food. It is the intensity of the moment with the adrenaline that for most, keeps hunters coming back whether with gun or bow. Some believe more so with bow because often you can see the deer, its eyes, ears and hear your heart beat all at the same time you draw your bowstring to send a razor sharp arrow toward its vitals. As my friend Peter Hathaway Capstick ( Death in the Long Grass) elucidates from his heavenly perch; Something is going to die! In Peter’s case as a dangerous game  hunter, the hunter could die if he or she did not do its job correctly.

Shot placement is key to a quick and humane kill so I have found a website that has an interactive site that aids in shot placement. Two of the scenarios, one at a running deer and the other, a frontal shot are to be avoided at all costs unless the deer is wounded. Without further adieu give this website a try:

If you want to experience this in a real simulated situation, run 200 yards and while huffing and puffing to simulate adrenaline, then take the test. I did not run, but scored 95 out of 100. How bout you? Can you beat my score?



Wild Turkey Chili


Southwestern Chipotle-Molasses Wild Turkey Chili – By Ed Hale




Oh my “G” so delicious! This is a recipe that makes use of a hunters lean Wild Turkey and chipotle chili powder adds a southwestern flair and less of the hot cayenne pepper. The chipotle chili is roasted and has a smoky roasted flavor already.

3 strips of smoked bacon, chopped (I used hickory smoked)

2 pounds of ground turkey

1 tsp fresh-ground black pepper (pepper mill)

½ tsp kosher salt

2 large sweet onions, chopped

1 large green bell pepper, chopped

6 cloves of garlic, minced

1½ tbsp. chili powder

3/4 tsp chipotle chili powder

1 tbsp. whole cumin seed

2 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dry Coleman’s mustard

½ tsp cayenne pepper

1 28 oz. can crushed plum tomatoes in puree

1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp. molasses

2 16 oz. can drained light red kidney beans the other can use dark red kidney beans


To begin use a large pot capable of holding 4 quarts.  Cook the chopped bacon so that the fat begins to render.


Add the ground turkey to the pot and add salt and pepper and the vegetables.


Cook, stir and break clumps of the turkey for 12 minutes till the turkey is no longer pink.  Add the spices; I add them to a small bowl ahead of time so I can pour into the pot when ready.


Add the tomatoes, Worchester sauce, and molasses with three cups water. Bring to a fast boil and simmer, covered for 1 hour.


Add the beans and continue to simmer uncovered for 30 minutes or so.


This is ready to serve but I believe it tastes best if it rests for a few hours or overnight. Adjust the liquid and chili spices for heat and salt. This recipe freezes very well too. I would have the chipotle chili powder on the table along with salt pepper and cayenne for those that want it really spicy. I found out that the spices tend to intensify.



Serve hot with shredded cheddar cheese, a dollop of Sour Cream and garnish with fresh Cilantro or your favorite garnish. Serves 8.


ENJOY! © 2015




A Friend in State Line Guns… Plaistow, NH

I have been a friend of Gene Rochette and the folks at State Line Guns, Ammo and Archery for many years. State Line is my local friendly firearms FFL dealer who is my source for receiving and testing products for New Hampshire Rifleman Magazine and they are expert at assisting gun enthusiasts and folks looking to protect their home with a broad range of firearms from Pistols to Rifles and all the accessories you need for either hunting or protection. See their website below. Tell Gene, I sent you!

Ed Hale (127)

Scouting for Tom Turkey

Today after a morning rain the sun came out and brought a delicious taste of spring with it. My new used hunting truck (a 2001 F150 Lariat) had some more work done to fix the rust-out of my radiator frame, now all new (yea it cost me but it was worth it)  so I took it on a Turkey scouting trip and went a little off-road with it. Nice and solid when off road. Nice!


Just like in deer hunting you look for food sources, mating areas, and in the case of Turkeys you look for roosting areas. I carried my .243 Win in case a coyote was spotted.


I struck pay dirt and found great turkey sign. I was able to leave my jacket in the truck. The peepers in every swamp puddle was going bananas making that wonderful springtime noise. The NHFG department believes there are approximately 40,000 turkeys now in New Hampshire. Opening day is May 3 thru 31st for Gobbler season. Be sure to pattern your shotgun and load. Ok this paper turkey is dead as the head and spine are engulfed in shot at 30 yards.


I located a few trees to sit against and where the turkeys appeared to be moving.

Get ready and be sure to spray your clothes with Permethrin to ward off ticks and let them fully dry before wearing them. I have a friend that has been so bitten that he is afraid to go out, but he did not use Permethrin. I swear by it! It works! You still need to do a tick check!



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Letter from Senator Ayotte on M855 Green Tip Ammo

From: Senator Kelly Ayotte []

Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2015 4:09 PM
Subject: Reply from Senator Ayotte


April 8, 2015

Dear Mr. Hale:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’  recent publication, titled “ATF Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are ‘Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes’ Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(c).”  I appreciate hearing from you.

As you know, the ATF recently issued guidance on the sale of M855/SS109 “green tip” ammunition, used in the AR-15 rifle.  The Gun Control Act of 1986 currently prohibits the importation of ammunition with the ability to pierce armor, unless it is used by the government or for testing purposes.  The M855 has a lead core with a steel tip.  It is not listed on ATF’s list of armor piercing classified rounds, and has previously fallen under an exemption because it is “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes.”  However, the publication that ATF released on February 13, 2015, proposed to narrow the legal definition of sporting preferences to two smaller categories, which would exclude the previously-exempt M855 ammunition.

I share the concerns of many Granite Staters that the ATF’s proposed rule would effectively ban the sale of M855 ammunition and render the AR-15 rifle unusable.  That is why I joined my Senate colleagues to send a letter to ATF Director Todd Jones voicing strong objection to ATF’s framework.  As New Hampshire’s former Attorney General, I worked closely with the state’s law enforcement community, whose safety during their daily jobs is of utmost concern.  Yet, ATF’s proposal would have created arbitrary parameters for determining ammunition that qualifies for the sporting purposes exemption in the 1986 law.

On March 10, 2015, ATF announced its decision not to implement a ban on M855 ammunition due to overwhelming opposition the proposal received from 52 Senators, 238 House Members, and over 80,000 public comments.  A formal decision is expected from the Justice Department, as well, once all comments have been processed.

As a strong supporter of the individual right to keep and bear arms for law-abiding citizens, please be assured that I will continue to support Granite Staters’ Second Amendment rights.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me.  It is important for me to hear from you regarding the current issues affecting New Hampshire and our nation. Please do not hesitate to be in touch again if I may be of further assistance.


Kelly A. Ayotte
U. S. Senator





Basically she said she signed the letter to ATF voicing strong objection to the M855 ban. Very Good! What she did not say was that this is still a slipery slope and Loretta Lynch could support the ban as new head of the Justice Department. Did you call your Senator? The argument presented by ATF could be filled by most big game ammo, thus leaving you and I to throw rocks and say baaaaaa.