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Other than hunting and fishing, what hobbies do you participate in?

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I like riding atv’s, doing light machining on the lathes, welding and recently got into metal detecting and lapidary work.
While in Arizona over the winter I built stone handles for 6 steak knives and a chef’s knife from rocks. The blanks were bought at Woodcrafters.
Here is how it starts. Slabs are cut from raw rock. The pattern traced and cut to rough shape with a tile saw and glued to the knife.
Then on to the polishing wheels that go from coarse 30 grit for stock removal to the final polish with 50,000 grit

Art paint Paint Material property Violet Font

the finished product:

Wood Garden tool Gas Kitchen utensil Tints and shades

Wood Rectangle Line Metal Hardwood

Started into metal detecting recently as well.
First serious hunt was in the back yard yesterday. Found what most would expect around a home. Screws, coins, nails, etc.
Can’t wait to prospect around some old homesteads.

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What’s yours?
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Besides hunting & fishing I'm a Trapper.

Between seasons my wife and I travel to Washington Ok to visit our daughter SIL and grandkids for a few weeks.

I'm also a Hunter Trapper Education Instructor here in Pa for the past 26 years.

I also work on Conservation Issues at the capital in Harrisburgh, Pa.
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Several trappers on this forum too. What specie do you target?
Around here I mainly go for the Racoons and possums. After the first of the year, buddy and I will try for some bobcats when the hides get prime.
Fur prices around here suck, but we trap to help the ground nesting birds like quail, turkey and pheasant. The racoons decimate the ground nesting bird nests and are creating issues with the overall population since nobody traps for them since there is no money in it.
I go after yotes starting about Thanksgiving.

Mid December I'm hammering beavers till the end of March and February I go after an otter we're only allowed one.

Around December 17 I pursue Bobcats and we're only allowed one of them.
Just after Xmas we have a cable restraint season so I go after the yotes with them.

And about December 17 we have a fisher season.

The second and third week of November I deer hunt in Maine and do some trapping to.
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It's not bad.

Just sit by the bogs or the beechnut ridges and sooner or later a dandy buck will come along.
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