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Other Outdoor Gear / Re: powder horn stopper
« Last post by wsdstan on Today at 05:28:58 PM »
Most originals I have seen are not lashed to the horn but it isn't a bad idea. 
Other Outdoor Gear / Re: powder horn stopper
« Last post by randyt on Today at 05:26:06 PM »
thanks for teh info, are the stoppers usually lashed on with a lanyard?
Other Outdoor Gear / Re: powder horn stopper
« Last post by wsdstan on Today at 05:15:56 PM »
I have seen everything from a whittled wooden peg to what look like turned masterpieces.  I have found that a piano tuning peg works really well and will usually be too large so it is easy to sand it down and get a good fit.

The stoppers of higher quality horns usually were the same wood as the other end.  My reproduction horn was made by Jack Brooks and is a copy of a 18th Century horn.  It is curly maple.  I did see one original that was made from the tip of a deer antler and very well shaped in the same style as the ones in my photo.  I think the easiest thing to do is find a dowel you can fit to the horns opening and then glue a handle like those in the photo to the dowel.

The top stopper is an old piano tuning peg and the lower one is from my reproduction horn.  I have one other horn that has the same style stopper as well.  It is 19th Century we think and came from an Indian Reservation. 

Other Outdoor Gear / powder horn stopper
« Last post by randyt on Today at 04:34:12 PM »
Getting some gear together and have a horn that needs a stopper plug. Pretty sure any old wood will do as a stopper but is there anything that was traditionally used for a stopper?
General Discussion / Re: Jeez.
« Last post by wolfy on Yesterday at 11:32:23 AM »
The slough I was referring to in an earlier post is a reopened oxbow of the Missouri River near Ponca State Park.....part of a project to restore habitat for the endangered pallid sturgeon, piping plover & least tern.  Lots of frogs in that area, too.  I have heard reports of high mercury contamination in some fish species that reside in several small farm ponds, so I don't normally fish in them, but Sioux City and Omaha both get their drinking water from the Missouri.....after treatment, of course.
General Discussion / Re: Jeez.
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 07:57:09 AM »
Before all the Bass were killed off in my reservoir when it flooded full of silt a year and half ago you seldom saw a frog.  They don't do well in Bass ponds.  We have toads though.
General Discussion / Re: Jeez.
« Last post by Pete Bog on Yesterday at 02:18:40 AM »
     I'm concerned about the pesticide runoff into the ponds too. So I take my clues from the frog population. If there is plenty of evening croaking going on to indicate a robust and healthy frog population in the pond, I'll give it an OK to use grade. If there are very few or no frogs, I stay away.
     We have a railroad track on the section of land I live on. (a section is one mile by one mile and contains 640 acres.) Through coincidence and circumstance, the South side is actively farmed with much fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides. The North side is partially WMA (Federal Wildlife Management Area) and partially enrolled in a CRP program. This is Conservation Reserve Program and the landowner is paid a small fee to let the land grow up in grasses, providing habitat for wildlife. On occasion, the fields can be cut for hay. But only after the normal nesting season is over. In the past 30 years, the land North of the railroad tracks has had no chemicals applied and the Frog population is great. On the South side, frogs are scarce or nonexistent.
    I'll eat things from the North side of the tracks, but the South side ponds are only suitable for Ice Racing practice and sail boating in my opinion. I can't even take my dog down there in the summer because the green algae (poisonous) starts early. I suspect from the nutrients in the runoff fertilizer contributes to that.

     One of the things that took up residence in the North pond, a few years back, was a family of beaver. They started helping themselves to the trees protecting the farmstead from the winter storms. They had to go. Long story short, I had heard that beaver tail was a very tasty treat. So, I cut off the tail, impaled it on a stick and roasted it over a campfire. The hide was supposed to puff up like popcorn and make it easy to skin. It did and worked great. Once the hide was off the tail, what I found was a tailbone running down the center, a few (very few) blood vessels and the rest was pure unadulterated fat. Translucent, not like hog fat or beef tallow. That took me by surprise. I thought I'd find some muscle in there that would fry up real nice, but no. Just fat.
    Now if times were tough and energy was needed, I'd fry that up, render it out and eat the cracklins. But I wasn't that cold or hungry or adventurous. The dog and cats thought it was pretty tasty though. In hindsight, I should have tried a little Morton's Sugar Cure and tried to salt cure it like bacon.
    As a side note, a couple years later, beaver moved into a different pond and started on the trees over there. I had been given some "Dave's Insanity Hot Sauce" as a gift, but it was way above my spicy hot tolerance. So I sprinkled it on the bark of the trees in jeopardy.  End of the beaver problem. They packed up and left the next night and have never been back. Hope that tidbit of information helps someone with a beaver problem one day.
General Discussion / Re: Jeez.
« Last post by randyt on January 15, 2021, 08:20:03 PM »
General Discussion / Re: Jeez.
« Last post by wolfy on January 15, 2021, 08:05:11 PM »
Yeah, that would probably alleviate all the fears people have by 'nutrialising' the toxins. :shrug:
General Discussion / Re: Jeez.
« Last post by randyt on January 15, 2021, 07:58:20 PM »
I was thinking Max may want to cycle his cat tails through a nutria....
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