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About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.

CVA Optima Muzzle Loading “Pistol”

OK, I know a “pistol” is properly a semi-auto, but CVA markets this single shot muzzle loader as such, so who am I to differ? When trying to get a deer this season with my Mossberg 500 pump muzzle loader … Continue reading

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Muzzle Loader Cleaning Aids

Muzzle loaders – even in line versions using pelletized powder – have “special” cleaning needs. The pre-saturated cleaning patches from Thompson Center are MUCH easier to use than trying to attach a dry patch to your cleaning rod and then … Continue reading

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Nude Bee’s Hive?

This bee hive is on a tree branch, with no protection for the comb. I’ve seen bees swarming around a queen on a tree branch or on a beam extending from the side of a house, even – but never … Continue reading

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Extend-A-Truck 2-In-1 Load Support

One of my regrets in trading my one ton dually truck in on a half-ton was going from an 8′ bed to a 5’5″ bed, thus loosing carry ability. One solution is simply to lower the tailgate and let the … Continue reading

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Dodge 3.0 Liter “Eco Diesel”

The half-ton Eco-diesel by Dodge powers a 4WD “light truck” with a fuel efficient V6 diesel engine that puts out 240 hp at 3600 RPM, and 420 ft lbs of torque at only 2000 RPM. The engine is a 24 … Continue reading

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Taking Stock Of An H&R Handi-Rifle

The Handi-Rifle series of break open single shot guns produced by Harrington-Richards/New England Firearms offers versatility that AMOST rivals the Thompson Center Contenders and Encore guns. Both are break open single shots that can be had with barrels in several … Continue reading

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GW Universal Gravity Feed Tube

Many – if not most – barrel-type corn “deer” feeders use a battery-powered spinner to “throw” corn some distance from the feeder, in a circular pattern. Most of these have timers that can be set to varying times of day, … Continue reading

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Another old gun given new life!

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, my family moved from Pasadena, Texas, to the wilds of Newton County on the Texas-Lousiana border. I had just turned 13 at the time, and was torn between getting to live “in … Continue reading

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Majestic Arms Ruger .22 Slide Racker

Many semi-auto hand guns are difficult for some shooters to “rack” the action for loading a first round into the chamber, checking actual load status, or even opening the slide for cleaning the action. This can be a problem on … Continue reading

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PREESENT ARMS!

When I recently bought my Ruger Blackhawk, “50 Years of the .44 Magnum” anniversary edition revolver, I began thinking a fancy wooden “presentation” case would be just what this revolver needs, rather than the red plastic case it came in. … Continue reading

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