Countdown to my Russian Boar Hunt in Maine by Ed Hale

Just a week away from the Super Bowl and the next day begins the short journey to the deep woods of Maine with a friend to hunt the prehistoric Russian Boar on a hunt park with long razor sharp tusks to eat or kill whatever it desires for food. It is one mean looking, some say ugly, tusked animal that widely roamed Europe since the Pleistocene Period of over 2 million years ago along with the Wooly Mammoth. The Alpha male of the species can grow to unheard of sizes far in excess of 600 – 800 lbs and grow tusks over 6 inches long. Below is an image (courtesy of Images) of a mature Russian Boar. He looks to tip the scales of over 300 pounds.

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Lots of ham and sausage here but may be too big for better eating. I may want a smaller tastier boar but I will wait till my animal is down with my TC Pro Hunter 30-06 Springfield single shot using 168 grain Nosler E-Tips ( see my articles on E-Tips). I am also thinking of taking my Hoyt Compound Bow too for perhaps other game but we shall see.

The key here is a respectable representative of the Russian Boar that is good eating as I will be butchering this animal at home over the remainder of the week if I get one. Look for my series of articles on the hunt and the food prep end like hams and sausage and burger and ribs for the “barbecue”.  If this hunt is as fun as I think then I will be back next year.

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TC Pro Hunter- Excellent Trigger Job by 1GUNSHOP.COM by Ed Hale

Formerly now  who deals now in a wide array of technical gunsmithing, firearms, archery and so much more outdoor gear. A veritable Trading Post On-Line.  The lowest prices anywhere says Kurt Bellm the owner.  Now to the Trigger Job.

As I said in an earlier article, I was having difficulty installing the new lighter Trigger Spring so I sent the core frame (without barrel and stock) to Kurt Bellm in Colorado, owner of Note: The frame is serialized and must be sent via FFL.

Not only did he set the new Trigger spring but added a better custom firing pin and drilled the trigger guard, installing a trigger over-travel screw.  I asked that set the trigger spring at between 3 lb  and 3.5 lbs. My tests show it now at a perfect 3lbs. 5 oz.  I went to the range today to see how the trigger, firing pin and trigger over-travel screw worked and was elated at the crisp trigger, The dimple of the firing pin on the primer was perfect. Oh and for a few dollars more he recommended the 1x Over size Hinge Pin which is 0.0005 more than the current stock pin and will increase accuracy.

Honestly, If I could have installed the new spring, there was no assurance to hit my set goal either, it would have been approximate. It may have even been in the 2. 5 lb. category for all I know and too sensitive for hunting. So sending it back was a more a blessing in disguise. I called him on the phone more than a few times and he was very helpful.

Further that he works on so many T/C’s that he has not only more knowledge on T/C frames than anyone outside of the company but customizes indestructible firing pins, and creates a trigger over travel stop screw besides having the best of all the T/C springs and created the Over Size Hinge Pin to tighten the often looser hinge action. Loose side to side movement is eliminated with the new pin and accordingly improves accuracy from shot to shot.

Thanks so much Kurt!  If you need some TLC on your T/C see 1GUNSHOP for the solution and check out the Website and all that they offer.

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A Good Hunter Can Butcher Too!

In the cycle of Hunting, you get your hunting skills, rifle or bow and kill a game animal… and then turn around and send it to a meat cutter? Ok there are times when sending your game to be butchered by a trusted source is the smart thing to do, but can you do it if there were no butcher around? Secondly, has your meat cutter done the job you expect? There are lesser meat cutters that pool meat, not necessarily of your deer and give you packages. Yes, there are some very good ones but the best meat cutter is you the hunter. Why? Because you handled every piece that you are going to eat and you know where it came from and how it was handled.

I have used “meat cutter” folks and find them on the whole to be acceptable but the hunt, in my book, is best when you do the job from beginning to end “if” possible. The end part is that you butchered it and served it on a platter to your family and friends. In the case of deer, you find them, shoot one, butcher it, grind it etc., then package it for freezing. The best packaging is to vacuum seal your meat. With this method some meats can store for years. I am a believer in FoodSaver Vacuum Sealers. Below is the V2244. Check it out on the internet.

The advent of the Internet allows us to become students of butchering your own game. Once you find a video to your liking, study it. Here is a few examples:

A new trick I learned is to drain off as much blood as possible by icing your meat in a cooler and letting it melt over the meat and it will drain that blood out. It is blood that often carries gamey flavors. You can fast forward as you need to see some steps you already know.

Cooking tip: Never cook game meat well done. Medium or medium rare is what I do for deer steaks and chops.

Pressure cooking can create the most tender meat from cuts that are naturally more tough such as front leg meat. Grinding meat that is off the front legs and neck is a another way to create better eating for chili or sausage. For most deer, the fat should be trimmed away as it is not very flavorful. Below is a video How to Butcher a Wild Boar.

I found a video of Boar Sausage making that you may like as much as I do.

See you soon! I am getting hungry! Aren’t you?







Hunting is Adventure and Independence by Ed Hale

Hunting for me has always been a synonym for the spirit of high adventure of wits and cunning against wild game that has a huge advantage over humans who have sought them for food, clothing, and trophies over the last millennia.

Hunting: An honorable survival skill and means by which we provide for ourselves instead of going to the butcher shop or grocery store. Today American hunters bring home “millions” of pounds of wild game meat by their own hand as skilled marksmen AND women with a rifle, shotgun, or bow and arrow. This game meat, if cared for,  is the finest of organic meat on the planet! No additives, no steroids, nothing but what God and nature has made. And I like to cook too!


A place of honor grew for those hunters who could kill the biggest buck, largest elk with antlers, biggest most ornery bear because they were the most elusive of game. Stories are told of those hunter that were best shots and most game taken such as Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett who could feed neighbors and friends too.



Many of these hunters found that these skills aided in winning wars such as those of Roosevelt himself in the Battle of San Juan Hill as Rough Rider and Medal of Honor winner, or General Daniel Morgan, an oft unsung Revolutionary War hero who was a crack shot with a Pennsylvania rifle and revered by General George Washington. It was Morgan and his hunting and survivalist Mountain men that turned the tide with the first Pennsylvania Rifle at the Battle of Saratoga and the Battle of the Cowpens, or todays Rob O’Neill of Seal Team 6, or Marcus Lutrell of Lone Survivor book fame, both hunters.

There are literally dozens of other famous names of hunters I could cite but those who were in some danger heightened my like for their prowess and skill as a hunter and as a writer and as a man’s man to emulate and look up to.

My most memorable of skilled writer-hunters with rifle is Jack O’connor of .270 Winchester fame who began as a journalist, and Associate Professor of English and love of hunting and shooting, later comes Peter Hathaway Capstick (now hunting in Heaven) a former stock broker turned Professional Hunter and Master Story teller.

You just couldn’t help but love Peter because of his unique writing skill and love of hunting and adventure, often placing himself in harms way in Africa and kept himself in one piece the whole while.  Once “Death in the Long Grass” first published in 1977, a lion was on the makeshift roof of his dwelling while he was inside, intent on eating a few of his scouts, the lion gave away his position above. Capstick fired his double rifle overhead with both barrels and the lion fell dead off the roof, thus saving those who would be the lions dinner.  A “punctured pussy” as I recall he said. Upon emerging from the camp dwelling, his men elected him President of whatever he wanted at the  moment…


Hunting connects us to the beauty of the Earth and its wildness and how nature, especially in a northern New Hampshire hunting camp in November is unbending where we conform or suffer its wrath. And what it is to have warmth, food,water, and use it judiciously. These are young life lessons that are largess in a young boy or girls life.

I recall hunts in a deer camp where everyone had a job to do.  My dad made breakfast of bacon, eggs, toast and coffee. My brother and I, age 15 and up brought in wood for the wood stove. chopped kindling, fetched a bucket of fresh water, cleaned dishes for the next meal, packed a lunch and drink,  sharpened knives cleaned and cared for our rifle and ammunition, created mental checklists before heading out the door. I must admit, there were days when I forgot toilet paper, but did not forget my knife, gun, ammo, compass, license and matches for a fire. Then when nature called I realized how important it was to not forget the ubiquitous TP too.  That was the advent of my written checklist!


It was an experience as a budding young man to go to the outhouse for a nature call shivering in the pitch black of night in late November with the howling wind that can sometimes feel like a razor, and new fallen snow were the temperature was often hovering around 6 degrees near the “13 Mile Woods”.

As a 15 year old, I  was thinking of the unseen wild animals lurking in the darkness should I risk going to the bathroom. Of course I said to myself, there is no giant black bear that is going to eat you but I carried my knife and a flash light to that frozen outhouse anyhow. Snow would fall off a limb and on the outhouse roof giving your imagination thoughts of a wild creature above.

In daylight, the pungent smells of spruce and oak, and a rhythm of nature that is so much slower than our lives in today’s society, overtake my senses. The deer hunter at least here in New Hampshire is an observer of nature for most all of the time afield where 99.9% of it is observing nature.  In fact given a few days, your heart rate and blood pressure are more calm, your brain can catch up on its processing functions more easily.  And when it is time to go back to the world…you are refreshed and ready.


Nature is such a good teacher of life’s lessons yet it can be a good provider and a timeless constant like the constellation Orion “The Hunter” I would see in the Northern night sky as I left to hunt deer. In fact, my father said one night as we observed the stars above in the “Big Dipper” (Ursa Major or Big Bear as it is known) he said, “Can you see any other stars around that one in the middle of the handle? Yes, I said, “I see another star beside it.” “Good for you, It is said, seeing the companion star was a test for young native American Indian boys to see that extra star next to Mizar that star in the handle.”

I thought this was about hunting? It is! There is more to  hunting than meets the eye! It is about becoming a responsible and maturing adult who understands where food comes from and survival in the absence of the local grocery store as our ancestors did.

Nothing has changed, we must kill living things to survive and providing for one’s self and family is a proud tradition I hope to pass on a while enjoying our natural world.

Good Hunting!!

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Nosler Expansion -Tip Bullet – All Gilding Copper – Kills Fast – Fragment Resistant

I have been a fan of Nosler Rifle Products for Hunters from the get-go. In particular the Nosler E-Tip (Expansion Tip) bullet I write about time and time again. It is not like the pure copper bullets that can smear copper in some barrels.  The E-Tip is solid gilding copper like a harder copper alloy bullet jacket. It has a hollow cavity that expands (controlled Expansion) like the petals of a banana into a perfect mushroom below. I know the words E-Tip aren’t glamorous like “Hammer” or such but in fact you can say that it is like a hammer that gets created upon touching skin and tissue. It plows through the toughest tissue and bone and stays together. It creates large wound channels for vital blood to flow rapidly and kills quickly for fast recovery of downed game. I have seen it.

If you are like me, I like to eat all of my wild game, not cut hunks of meat that are likely fragmented with bullet pieces from my big game meat. If you haven’t used the E-Tip you are missing something big. Nosler sells them loaded up in your caliber or as heads to reload.

Give them a try you will be glad you did!


Prep for Boar Sausage Buscuits and Wild Game Sausage and More

Here below these Cabela’s hunter/chef’s are making wild boar camp biscuits and gravy, a hunters breakfast, with these sausage seasoning kits as well as other cures and seasonings to make breakfast sausage patties or links.



Below is breakfast sausage from Elk meat with pork shoulder for the fat from an online vendor. I just received 5 lbs of Elk from close friend to make sausage with so I will mix with my boar meat and  more fatty pork. Wow!


More Elk or Venison Sausage.



New BELLM Trigger for TC Pro Hunter -update

UPDATE : I had trouble installing the new spring for the trigger so I am sending the frame to BELLM to do the work.

As  most of you know, I tested the TC Pro Hunter 50 cal. Muzzleloader/30-06 Springfield Rifle Combo this summer and fall…and I bought it! The cheek rest and ammo pouch is an add on of mine.

I love the combination as I can now buy barrels for shotgun and other calibers for it. The only thing that can be significantly improved upon is the trigger. So I ordered the G2 kit below from the new website.

G2 Trigger Job and Spring Kits

I want the trigger pull in the 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 pound range so Kurt from the 1gunshop set me up for it. The kit should be here soon so I can install and test it before my Russian Boar Hunt.

In addition I will test the trigger with Nosler’s 30-06 Springfield 168 grain E-Tip that Zach Waterman of Nosler is sending me.

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along with Leupold’s VX-6 zoom scope. It has a lighted crosshair too…

Good Hunting!

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Nosler E-Tip and AccuBond Bullet – Best in Class! by Ed Hale

We all enjoy eating our wild game don’t we! I have shot Nosler E-Tips in my game and into media (fir planks) and find that the bullet flairs into petals for the E-Tip and stays together. It is a gilding copper bullet that will leave less copper in your barrel rifling than other bullet manufacturers.

In a deer hunt in 2015, I killed a spike buck at 300 yards with my test gun, a Savage 11/111 in 7mm Remington Magnum’Leupold VX-6 combo, loaded with 140grain Nosler E-Tips. Below is the exit wound.


I shot once a bit high and got full penetration, the deer fell like lighting but stood up moments later. The second shot was 4 inches lower through the lower ribs and shoulder and exited. The deer fell in its tracks for good!  No trace of either bullet was found and I liked the fact that there was no chance of lead fragmentation from a bone strike that I have seen in my non bonded cheaper bullets of other manufacture. In bone strikes of early deer kills, I had to cut a large chunk of meat around the bullet path as lead and copper fragments were seen.

AccuBond Bullets are designed where the lead is bonded to the copper and stays together BIGLY, while other bullets come apart.  The AccuBond keeps the lead together much more so, thus I believe it is also best in Class.

The AccuBond has been produced as an “all range” bullet, for near and far. Below is a 800 lb Bison I took with a 260 grain AccuBond with my Ruger M77 African Rifle and VX-3 Leupold Scope at 100 yards quartering away. The bullet entered the last rib and angled forward through the heart and lungs and exited after busting the opposite shoulder. The buffalo dropped in its tracks! No fragments found around the bullet path or wound site.

Another AccuBond Kill was a nice Moose with the same rifle and load.


For those who are shooting beyond 500 yards there is the Long Range AccuBond which has one of the highest Ballistic Coefficients for its bonded design as a hunting bullet. See the video below.

I have not had an opportunity to shoot this LRAB as I have no immediate need to hunt that long a range at this time, but if I do, you know I will use this bullet.

In closing, I have had more meat, and less fragment damage with the E-Tip and AccuBond than any hunting bullet EVER!.

UPDATE – My good friend Zach Waterman at Nosler is sending me Nosler gilding copper E-Tips to use on my upcoming Russian Boar Hunt so we can again see how a shoulder hit on a big game animal can still be accomplished with little or no fragmentation and no lead in the meat.

Good Hunting!

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Winter Hunting in Snow? Get some Winter Camo!

For those hunter souls that want to stalk game in the dead of winter long after deer season, it is important to know that smell, sound of footsteps in snow, and movement that has contrast (dark against a light background are still the biggest give-a-ways.



This is a big one that you can equalize by wearing Snow Camo that blends your silhouette with a snowy backdrop. I intend to hunt Russian Boar in February and am giving lots of thought to my preparation.

I just purchase Seclusion 3D winter camo from Cabela’s. It is on Sale. I purchased a jacket that can go over my hunt jacket and a head mask. I expect that it will help to minimize my taller contrast in the snow. I also bought snow camo insulated gloves from eBay. I could have purchased pants or bib overalls but it was too much for my budget to add for now.

Check it out!

Good Hunting!