Hit the Woods

In The Woods With The Prostaff

It was a tough Saturday around western New York if you were a squirrel.  With the season ending on February 29, many hunters were hitting the woods as relatively mild temperatures and a welcome break from snow made for a nice outing.  Prostaffers (above, LtoR) Mark Deboard, Steve Upham and Jason Douglas grabbed their Benjamin Marauders and made for the hardwoods in search of grays, reds and even made time for a little crow hunting.

Mark and Jason were shooting the .25 caliber version, with Jason’s gun sporting a custom stock in Realtree™ camo.  Steve’s go-to gun is the Marauder .22 and has wrapped it in camo tape for a low profile in the woods.

Looks like they have plenty of game for a few squirrel recipes!

Don’t Shoot The Momma

Professional hunter and Benjamin prostaffer Jim Shockey travels to Texas for his first extended hunt with the new Rogue .357 air rifle.

Shockey Featured In New TV Spot

Jim Shockey is back, this time promoting the Marauder PCP air rifle from Benjamin. This spot will debut next week during the 2012 SHOT Show.

Airguns For Serious Hunters

There’s no adventure in long range.

Hunting is about getting close.

About earning the reward.

That’s who shoots a Benjamin.

Airguns For Serious Hunters.

You remember what it was like. Shooting that old pellet gun with your best friend in the backyard, longing to go beyond the hedgerow, past the brushline and into the dark timber. Every tin can and paper target was one step closer to that adventure of a lifetime.

But that was practice.  This is The Show. This is no place for folks who don’t want to get down in the briars, wade through the swamp, or push through the mesquite. When you hunt with a Benjamin airgun the words you’ll hear are “you got THAT with an AIR gun?”

It’s time to get back to hunting.  To the adrenaline rush.  Shooting hogs at 200-some yards ain’t hunting, that’s target practice.  That’s not a story for the campfire. It’s about sneaking up on a pig with choppers sharper’n a Ginsu and can smell a bead of sweat through three layers of carbon-infused camo .  That’s who hunts with a Benjamin airgun: folks who like to HUNT.

Benjamin has a lineup of rifles that will return you to the thing you enjoy most about hunting:  the experience.  That’s the thing you see, it’s the HUNT that’s remembered and retold time and time again.  Hunting with an airgun from Benjamin will bring back those memories of why you wanted to hunt in the first place…and rekindle the fire for close pursuit adventure.

Every trophy has a story.  Benjamin Airguns is about the story of the hunt. And today those hunts include a lot more thanks to revolutionary technology from Benjamin. Break barrels powered by a high performance nitrogen-filled piston instead of a steel spring. Pneumatic airguns pressurized to 3,000psi. The ground breaking powerplants are complimented with the finest triggers, barrels and feature sets in the industry, providing you with a hunting tool that simply oozes performance and confidence.

If you want to have the most exciting story in camp, go hunting with an airgun from Benjamin.

Squirrel Hunting Tips And Recipes

Winter is squirrel season in a lot of places and there’s no more fun tool for the job than a Benjamin airgun.  Our prostaff has some great suggestions for being successful chasing bushytails…..

Use shooting sticks or get a good rest on the side of a tree, shooting off hand is tough at a small target. If you tree a squirrel but can’t find him in the branches don’t give up.  They can blend in and disappear in the branches.  Be patient and wait them out.

- Mark Deboard

Being able to slip around in the woods quietly is obviously key with any hunting situation and it’s no different with squirrel hunting.  This time of year, squirrels hang tight to their den trees and only come out for a short period for chow and play.  Warmer days could also encourage them to stir more but I think the best thing is to find those den trees and be patient for the right shot. Hunting with an airgun provides a unique challenge so being able to pick your way through the woods undetected is the key to getting a great shot.  A good dog could also help!

- Jason Douglas

The best days to hunt are when the sun is shining and there is low wind, with 8-11 a.m. being the best times.  Don’t forget to throw on some camo, or white camo when snow is on the ground. Binoculars are a must as squirrels hide very well in the gray limbs at 50-75 feet from the ground.  I look for bushy tails rather than whole bodies;  they can hide tight to a tree, but the tail always gives them away. Move very slowly through the woods, watching 50-100 yards out ahead of you.  When entering a new area, sit for ten minutes before moving. Look for sign like broken nuts at the base of trees, or trees with holes that appear to be being used, such as fresh scratches in the bark.

- Steve Upham

Hunting gray squirrels with a friend or family member can be a lot of fun and Steve has some suggestions on teaming up squirrels. “If a gray sees you, he will go to the other side of the tree, keeping ahead of you follow him.  Have one person be the ‘decoy’ and push the squirrel around the tree while the shooter does not move.  He’ll get the shot,” says Upham.   “If a gray comes down the tree fast, he is almost always wounded and is going for the ground to run, ” he adds.
“Red squirrels are a bit different,” says Upham, “if they go out of sight or around the tree, just hold your position and wait. Ninety percent of the time they get curious and within a minute or so he will come back to peek and see if you have moved or left the area. That is the time stick one in their ear!”
In the Kitchen

A recent squirrel recipe contest on Crosman’s Facebook page resulted in some outstanding ideas for what to do with with your bag once you’ve tagged out.  Here are some of the best……

Tyler Uhlenkott, “Southern Style Squirrel”

~ 2 – 3 squirrels, cleaned and cut into serving size pieces

~ creole or soule food seasoning

~ flour

~ salt and pepper

Place the squirrel pieces in a crock pot and cover with water.

Cook on low for 2 – 3 hours.

Remove the meat and allow to cool enough to handle it.

Season some flour to taste with salt and pepper.

Heat some oil in cast-iron skillet.

Lightly cover the squirrel pieces with the creole seasoning.

Roll the squirrel in the flour and add to oil.

Cook over medium heat until golden brown on both sides.

Use the drippings to make gravy if desired.

Serve with your favorite side dishes and enjoy.


Andrew Trochuck

‎3 squirrels, cut into serving pieces


salt and pepper

2 eggs, beaten

3 – 4 pieces bacon, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 soup can milk

Season the flour to taste with salt and pepper. Place in a bowl. Beat the eggs in another bowl.

Heat some oil in a large skillet.

Dip the squirrel pieces in the egg and then the flour. Repeat if you want. Add to hot oil.

Fry until golden brown. Remove and drain fat. Return to skillet.

Cover with the bacon and onion.

Mix the soup and milk together and pour over meat.

Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours.

Serve with mashed potatoes and dinner rolls.

My favorite Fried Squirrel with mushroom gravy sooooo good!


Belk McDill

‎~ squirrels,cut into serving pieces, amount depends upon how many you can eat

~ olive oil

~ 1 large onion

~ 1 large green bell pepper

~ 2 cloves garlic

~ Cajun spice (Tony Chachere’s recommended)

~ 2 tbsp Tabasco sauce

~ 4 tbsp ketchup

~ 1 tbsp Gumbo File seasoning

~ cooked rice

In a deep pot or dutch oven, heat some olive oil.

Season the squirrel on all sides with the Cajun seasoning. Add to the hot oil and turn to brown on all sides. Continue to cook until done.

Place the onion, bell pepper and garlic in a blender. Cover with water and chop. Add to the pot when squirrel is done.

Sprinkle the added vegetables with Cajun seasoning.

Add the Tabasco sauce, ketchup and the Gumbo File. Stir to mix well.

Serve over the cooked rice.


courtesy of backwoodsbound.com


Stephen Willis, “Slow Cooker Barbecued Rabbit or Squirrel”

3-4 squirrels or 2 rabbits, cut into serving size pieces


1 pkg. instant chicken broth

1/4 c. molasses

1/4 c. ketchup

1/4 c. vinegar

1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 tsp. instant minced onion

Salt rabbit or squirrel pieces and place in slow cooker. Dissolve instant chicken broth in small bowl with 6 ounces of water. Add other ingredients to broth and mix well. Pour over meat. Cover and cook on low 7 to 8 hours.


Larry Trepanier

‎2 squirrels – skinned, gutted, and cut into pieces

1 pound carrots, chopped

4 large potatoes, quartered

1 green bell pepper, chopped

4 onions, sliced

2 cups water

1/4 medium head cabbage

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper (denietely add this!)

Place the squirrel meat, potatoes, carrots, green bell pepper, onions, water, cabbage, salt and ground black pepper in a slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low setting for 8 hours. Make sure you do it for about 8 hours, it will be very tender.


Myron G. Dellinger

pre heat oven to 350. cut up 3 or 4 small squirrels. coat pieces with oil and rub with your favorite rub (i like my chipotle rub). lay pieces in single layer in baking pan. Bake for 30 min. Mix 2cups bbq sauce, 3 garlic cloves, 1 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil and salt/pepper. Liberally baste meat and bake an addition 30 to 60 min until tender and pulling from bone. Baste with additional BBq sauce to your taste. Last step can be done on charcoal fire to give that last BBq sauce some real cooked flavor.


William Aittaniemi

Put the squirrel in a smoker, smoke with hickory till it’s cooked fully, the toss it in barbecue sauce or home made buffalo sauce, put it on the grill on low for about 5 mins or until it’s blackened to your liking. The result is the most tender fall off the bone squirrel you’ve ever tasted. Enjoy.

Home made buffalo sauce is made with my own blend of habaneros, jalapeños, diced onions, fresh garlic, and tomato all blended together, with a dash of white pepper, red pepper, and black pepper, as well as a seasalt and garlic seasoning.


Scott Meno, “Hardwood Apple Squirrel”

4 squirrels diced – 2 apples – bottle of apple cider ok this recipe is easy, and great which is why i love it! Very simple all you do is…… cut up the apples, and combine apples, cider and squirell in a pot cook at 450 for 25 to 30 minutes….

Thats it! soo simple and tastes great. Its easy for people to make even if they cant cook (like me)


Matthew Wells, “Squirrel Pot Pie”

2 dressed squirrels (2 – 2 1/2 lbs.)

2 cups water or chicken stock

2 celery stalks

8 small carrots

1 chopped onion

1 1/2 tsp. Salt

2 tbsp. butter

Dash of black pepper

Rolled dumplings


This is an excellent way to cook old squirrels which are too tough for frying. Wipe thoroughly with a damp cloth and remove all hair. Remove any shot and scent glands. Wash well inside and out with warm water. Cut into serving pieces. Put squirrel into a kettle; add vegetables, oregano, water or stock, salt, pepper and butter; heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer until very tender (2-3 hours depending on age of animal). The meat should be almost ready to fall from the bones. Add water as needed. Remove and blend vegetables on high. Return to pot. Increase the heat until liquid boils. Lay the rolled dumplings over the top of squirrel; cover tightly and cook for 12-15 minutes. Do not lift cover during cooking. Place squirrel in a hot serving dish and arrange dumplings around the edge. Cooking the dumplings in the liquid should thicken the gravy to just the right consistency. Pour gravy over squirrel and dumplings. Add quartered apples or other fresh fruit for decoration.


Billy Fondakowski ‎

~ 4 – 6 squirrels

~ water

~ 1 – 2 lbs smoked or Polish sausage, diced

~ carrots, chopped

~ celery, chopped

~ rice

Place the squirrels in a large pot or crock pot. Add water to just cover. Be sure to measure the water as you will be using the broth for your rice.

Cook until the meat comes off the bone. Remove the squirrel and finish de-boning them.

Brown the sausage if you are not using the ready to eat kind.

Add the squirrel meat and sausage to the broth.

Add carrots, celery and rice. Experiment adding different vegetables if desired.

Cook until “boggy” or to any texture you like and the rice is cooked.

Win A Marauder .25 in Realtree APG®

Prostaffer Jason Douglas recently hit the woods with the Benjamin Marauder .25, proclaiming it his “new favorite squirrel gun!”  One of the most sought-after air rifles available, this .25 caliber rifle by Benjamin has quickly developed a reputation as a go-to critter getter with documented hunts on hogs and coyotes plus it’s a handy bushytail gun accurate to the tops of the tallest hardwoods.

Benjamin has packaged this one-of-a-kind Marauder with a camouflage stock featuring Realtree APG®, a CenterPoint Power Class 3-9x44mm scope and mounts, ammunition and High Pressure Hand Pump for one lucky shooter.  Follow Crosman on Facebook to qualify and you may be featured here as the winner when a name is drawn in February 2012.

“We have a vibrant, friendly community on Facebook and our goal with this promotion is to make more folks aware that it is available for sharing experiences, answering questions and getting official feedback straight from the company,” said Chip Hunnicutt, Web and Social Marketing Manager for Crosman.

For those not into Facebook or are not liking their odds of winning, there are a handful of these Realtree stocks available at Crosman.com.


Inside Outdoors TV Bags The Bacon

It didn’t take long for Dave Poteat and the team at Inside Outdoors Television to hit the woods with the Benjamin Marauder .25.  ”The rifle arrived and it was shooting tight groups right out of the box,” said the host.

The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based show airs on The Outdoor Channel, Tuesdays at 9:30pm EST.

While the Marauder made short work of this big pig, the hunt was well into its eighth hour of 20-degree weather. After spotting and stalking to a vantage point that would give him a good chance at a clean shot, Dave set up.

“He stepped out of the woods and with a couple squeaks I was able to stop him.  He presented a perfect forehead shot and I put it right between the lookers! That one pellet dropped him in his tracks,” said Poteat.

The full hunt will air on Inside Outdoors Television, keep up with them on Facebook or their website for air dates.

Happy Thanksgiving From Benjamin

Bill Karr of Western Outdoor News shot this turkey with the Benjamin Trail XL 1100.  Look for the full article in the December 9th edition.

To our friends and customers celebrating Thanksgiving, enjoy the company of family and friends.  If Thanksgiving is not on your calendar, have a great weekend and take a child shooting.

First Coyote With The Benjamin Rogue .357

Benjamin Prostaffer and predator expert Barry Stewart knew it was only a matter of time before he would bag a desert coyote with the Rogue .357. “It wasn’t the coyote that was hard, it was waiting for the rifle,” said Stewart, who finally had one delivered in October to his doorstep in west Texas.  The popular new hunting rifle has been in high demand and we were anxious to get one to him.  Here’s the story of his hunt.

As always with hunting coyotes with airguns, I like to call a small open area with the whole area surrounding my calling spot being thick brush. This place was no exception, and I quickly placed the call about 25 yards in front of me to the South. Wind direction is out of the East at 5-7 mph.

Buster, my coyote dog was sitting looking towards the clearing about 3 feet in in front of me and slightly to my left.

I started calling using cottontail sounds on the FoxPro fury. I start out very quiet with my calling and gradually increase the volume as the stand progresses. I’ll also switch sounds to entice the coyotes by protraying a scenario that is believeable in the outdoor setting I am calling in.

About 5-6 minutes into the stand, I hear a coyote running into the stand from behind me. I had taken my standing position with a ghillie jacket, and backed up against a 15′ bushy mesquite tree.

The coyote was coming hard I could tell, and turned to look to my left just as he blasted around the mesquite I was standing in front of and nearly collided with my dog, Buster!

Of course Buster engaged the coyote and let out a loud growl as I was positioning the Rogue in the coyote’s direction, as it rested on my standing shooting sticks. Luckily, because of the thick brush and close quarters of the area I was calling, I had scaled down the power on the CenterPoint 3-12×44 to 4 power. (I usually call with it on 6 power).

Upon Buster engaging the coyote, it turned to get a better look at Buster, and hesitated, but didn’t stop, just as the crosshairs aligned on him. I touched off the shot and the coyote went down so quickly that I did not even see it through the scope. Buster’s actions of getting on the coyote told me the coyote was anchored right there, though. Distance?  The coyote fell 12 yards from my standing position! I could have easily kicked the coyote as he rounded the mesquite when I first saw him. He was literally less than 3 feet from me!

When I walked up to the coyote I first notice his size. He was a “biggun”! Tripping the scales at 43 pounds, I had only killed one coyote that was bigger in the desert terrain I like to hunt. Aside from his size, I noticed the 145 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip took the coyote in the neck just front of the shoulder. It was very clear the shot had broken his neck, and killed him instantly. Now that’s impressive for my first coyote with the Rogue!

The conditions on the ranch were dusty throughout my time there, and the dust never phased the Rogue in the least, and it performed reliably the whole time. The morning I called the coyote up, the skies had clouded up, and a light rain or mist was falling. Again, no issues with the Rogue whatsoever! I think I’m really gonna like hunting predators with this rifle!

Sam Wood Bags Black Raccoon

Sam Wood is back with with another memorable hunt with the Benjamin Marauder .25.

Opening weekend of this year’s Wisconsin raccoon season was bitter, but oh so sweet. It opened Friday night at midnight, but the high winds were going to be a huge factor against me.  As midnight approached I released my Bluetick hound, Betty Lou. The winds were gusting in the 40mph range, and if it were not for my Garmin GPS tracking system the hunt would have been impossible. At five minutes after midnight the tracking unit notified me that Betty Lou was treed.  I made the 500 yard walk until I was standing under a large white pine.  I shone my flashlight beam searching the branches for the glowing blue eyes of a raccoon.  After five minutes of searching with no luck, I disappointedly leashed up Betty Lou and headed for the truck to call it a night.

The next night was nothing more than high winds and rain, so I decided to pass on hunting.  Sunday night came with more wind, but the rain had passed and I was itching to get back out.  I decided to head to a small wooded lot that was along a cornfield.  This location was obviously a good decision because it only took minutes for Betty Lou to strike a track.  Soon her choppy bark let me know she had a raccoon treed.  I had high hopes as I walked toward her because the woodlot was mostly oak trees and the last few days of high winds had knocked a lot of the leaves off; it was not only easy to find the raccoons hiding in the branches, but it was ideal conditions to harvest my first raccoon with my .25 cal Marauder PCP airgun. I arrived at the tree and shone my flashlight into the branches.  There he was, his two glowing eyes looking right back at me.

I lined up the crosshairs between the raccoon’s eyes and squeezed the trigger. The shot knocked the raccoon out of the tree stone cold dead.   I could tell he was a very dark colored raccoon as I was walking toward him, but it wasn’t until I was standing over him that I realized that he was completely black. I couldn’t believe my luck! My first pellet gun raccoon turned out to be an even more unique trophy than what I had set out to get.  My Marauder is becoming my favorite small game and pest control gun.

Trophy Bushytails With Doug Trumpowsky

Doug Trumpowsky is back with a report on his first squirrel hunt with the Marauder PCP air rifle.  He’s had much success with his break barrel guns as reported here and here, so we’re anxious to see how the .25 caliber M-rod ups his game.

Last spring I bought a Benjamin Marauder in .25 caliber and topped it off with a scope from CenterPoint Power Class series in 3 – 12 x 44mm (Model# CP312AOC).  I am shooting the Benjamin Domed Pellets with a velocity of 835 fps. With this setup I am shooting 1 ¼ “groups at 50 yards. When I first started shooting the Marauder I had it out at the gun club I belong to, it got a lot of attention, even out-shooting a Ruger Mini-14 at 50 yards.

Last year here in New York was the first time we could use air rifles to hunt small game. I hunted a lot with the Remington NPS Break Barrel and it’s a lot of fun, so this year I want to go to the next level.

I had some time finally to take my Marauder out for the first hunt of the year. Late last year I and my son had hunted a large hilly wood lot and happened to see a black squirrel but we never got a shot off at him. I decided this year to go back to that area and see if that squirrel was still around. It was a really sunny day not a lot of wind not to hot mid 60’s and I just took my time going to the top of the wood lot. I found a nice spot to sit by some Hickory trees and a small creek. As I sat there I don’t think it was 10 minutes I saw something come out of the creek and started to climb up one of the nut trees and I had to look twice because 21 yards in front of me is that black squirrel. I had the gun up already resting on my leg and had placed my shooting stick on my left side, leaving no way to move them so I opted to use my legs as a rest. I moved the cross hairs on his head, pushed the safety to off and pressed that trigger. Well the rest is history: that squirrel didn’t know what hit him and now he is on his way to the taxidermist.

After taking the shot the woods were still active. The gun is so quiet that I shot two red squirrels back to back and everyone knows about how they bark at anything and everything. The rifle didn’t spook them one bit.

I don’t think that the .25 cal Marauder is too much gun. I always use a hollow point bullet in .22 caliber rimfire, those squirrels are tuff little animals, and when the bullet expands it will be around .250” diameter.  Another tip is to use shooting sticks and go out and shoot some field targets, because like what happened with me he came in a different direction and I had to us my legs to shoot from.

Putting The Sneak On

When trouble comes to the ranch, it’s time to suit up.

So there I was:  the wind was right, the camouflage was right, the scent was out then I heard some branchs snap. Oh my it was him!  I only have one shot and it has to be inside of 35 yards. I wished I had a rangefinder…. I tightened up my safety harness (you have to have one if you hunt on the ranch) and aimed my Benjamin Discovery and shot! He’s gone do I need to get the cougar dogs? I got down to look for blood and there he was!

Thanks to Josh for this report from the field. Have your own story? Send it to us!

Headshots Are Key For Hunting Success

Prostaffer Chip Hunnicutt was invited to hunt the opener of the South Carolina deer season with The Outdoor Channel’s “Hunting the World Southern Style” using the new Benjamin Rogue .357 air rifle. Show host Ken Cobb secured permission from the SC Department of Wildlife for the use of the airgun and Cypress Creek Hunting Lodge owner Danny Harrell was confident that he could put us on a buck within 50 yards.  On the last sit of a three-day hunt with fifteen minutes of light remaining, this 10-point velvet buck entered the bean field.  It grossed 132 Boone & Crockett and weighed 190 pounds.

Airguns are experiencing a renaissance not unlike archery hunters have seen with compound bows or muzzleloaders and their advancements in ignition systems. New technology such as the Crosman Nitro Piston-powered break barrel riflesand Benjamin pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) rifles have made it possible for hunters to take airguns beyond the backyard and pursue game as large as hogs and coyotes.  Airgun hunting is not a new concept, however just as with a bow, centerfire or muzzleloader, there are considerations to be made in order to be successful.

Because airguns do not produce the velocity of a firearm, it is important to be aware that shorter effective ranges are tobeexpected. The ammunition does not have the cutting diameter of a broadhead, making head shots the most effective target.  Head shots are not reserved solely for big game. This technique applies equally to woodchucks, squirrels and pests such as rats.  The heart/lung shot is ingrained in shooters at an early age because it is the largest target area and the animal will surely die.  With airguns the distance between a chest impact and “will surely die” could be significant.  Coupled with no exit wound, the hunter is faced with a difficult track, and likely a lost animal.

Experienced firearm hunters often opt for a neck shot to put an animal down quickly.  The buck in the photo above was taken with the Benjamin Rogue .357 with a single head shot at 43 yards. The entry was the size of a dime and there was no exit.  No meat was ruined, the trophy was intact and no tracking was necessary.  The same result on a 180 pound hog at 50 yards and a prairie dog at 135 yards left no doubt that a properly placed head shot is the most effective method of dispatch with an airgun.

Professional airgun hunter and writer Jim Chapman approved of taking a deer with the Rogue and reflecting on his own whitetail deer experiences, wrote,  “it’s not a matter of power but exact shot placement, and for that reason my personal guideline is to keep my shots inside of 40-50 yards” (Whitetail Hunt at Michigan’s Deer Tracks Ranch, 2009).

Crosman offers an Airgun Hunting Capabilities Guide to assist consumers in determining what Crosman or Benjamin airgun best fits their needs.  The guide was developed with input from several veteran outdoorsmen with experience in multiple hunting disciplines.  Suitable hunting airguns, from .177 caliber up to the ground-breaking Benjamin Rogue .357, are included along with suggested pellets and expected velocities and foot-pounds of energy (fpe). The guide lists a variety of popular small, medium and larger game and recommended maximum distances for shooting each species, all with a headshot being the recommended kill zone. There are species such as deer and exotics that, with practice and proper discipline, these guns are perfectly appropriate to use but are not included in the chart.

Hunting with an airgun offers the exciting challenge of close pursuit across a wide variety of  species if taken with a head shot. Ultimately, success will be determined by ballistics and the accuracy of the shooter, so above all know your distance and know your capabilities.

Ready to hunt? We encourage you to check your local regulations then visit us online to find the perfect hunting airgunto fit your needs.

See Crosman’s Chip Hunnicutt use the Benjamin Rogue .357 on a deer hunt next season on The Outdoor Channel’s “Hunting the World Southern Style”.

Armadillo By Morning

Sam Wood has been busy pursuing all manner of game with his new Benjamin Marauder .25.  He recently sent in this report:

I love to take advantage of unique hunting opportunities and while on a bowfishing trip to Texas one presented itself. Most of the bowfishing I was doing while in Texas was at night so I had some free time during the day to do some scouting. Since the weather was so hot we knew there was a chance that we could run into a hog or two cooling off in the river so we grabbed the rifles. I also grabbed my Benjamin Marauder .25 caliber airgun just in case I come across an armadillo. Being from Wisconsin I was really hoping to get an armadillo and cross it off my bucket list.

While slowly going up the river I spotted him:  a big armadillo and yes I was pretty excited!  I grabbed my Marauder, bailed out of the boat and headed up the river bank. Once I crested the top of the bank I spotted him again and started my stalk. Soon I was within 20 yards so I used a small tree as a brace and waited fro the armadillo to present an ear shot. This is where patience is a must since armadillos are always moving.  After what seemed like five minutes the armadillo found a grub or something that occupied him for just enough time to line up the crosshairs and make a perfect headshot. It was over in a flash and once again I had a unique trophy with a unique weapon.  I have a few other critters on the bucket list and I look forward to taking them with my Crosman airguns.

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Big Chuck Down

A special guest post from JD

It was gonna be an early start Saturday morning for me provided that Mother Nature was on her best behavior.  But it was ok either way if she wasn’t cuz I thought of everythang!  Read all the magazines (Chasing Big Chucks, Chuckmasters, Real Chuckin, Chuckin on a Budget, DIY Chucks), stands and camera’s were in perfect position for uh southeast wind (Few camera shots attached).  All my clothes had been washed and stowed in scent free bags from my socks all the way to ya undies.  Ya know….like when your deer hunting.  Muck boots eagerly waiting by the door.  I’m ready to go, it’s here, the time is now.  This year is all about the Hawg!

Anyway, It was getting late Friday night and I  was so excited that the time was here and I could hardly sleep.  Wired up, kinda like uh 15 year old boy after his first kiss.  Tingly feeling!

I had already seen him several days earlier grazing early to mid morning and again in the evenings.  I would sit up in my house and glass for hours….I’d say probably 60 yards or so…..spotting scope and all trying to get an age, was he old enough or should I let him walk, where he’s coming out, going back in, bedding areas.  Anywho, bout fifteen minutes before my alarm went off I woke up, jumped out of bed and went outside to check the weather….kinda like ya do when your turkey hunting, should I go, shouldn’t I go….those type scenarios running through my head.  Then I start second guessing myself, have I made the right decision or not.  Was this morning, THE morning??? Ya never know.   Surprisingly it was really cold, bout 65-70 degrees so I decided to let it warm up a bit and then go out around mid morning.   Let the dew dry!  They seem to move better when the grass isn’t real wet.

After deciding to go back to bed I woke up a few hours later and looked out the window, still laying in the bed.  There he is!  Bout to be ON nah!  It’s time for this HAWG to drink the .25 Cal Marauder KOOL-AID!  Served up with a 4/16/56mm Centerpoint scope.  I slipped out the door and up behind a pine tree, now I gotta wait till he gets turned and hope the wind don’t shift.  It was a strong wind, bout 4-5 mph straight up in my face.  Here we go!  I laid down, propped up and waited for him to turn.  Kinda like when you have that big buck in your sights, heart’s racing, knees shaking.  Notha good feeling!  Few moments later he turned and was facing me so I laid the crosshairs between his eyes and squeezed the trigger.  Lights out!  BCD!  For those of you who don’t know what that means I’ll explain…..BIG CHUCK DOWN!

That’s my story….What’s yours?

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