Carroll outdoors: What's wrong with 100,000 rounds?

Have you heard about a Southern California man who was put under 72-hour psychiatric observation when it was found he owned 100 guns and allegedly had 100,000 rounds of ammunition stored in his home? The house also featured a secret escape tunnel. By Southern California standards, someone owning 100,000 rounds is considered “mentally unstable."

In Arizona, I’m told he would be called “an avid gun collector."

In Arkansas, he’d be called a “novice gun collector."

Then, I learned that in Utah, he’d be called “moderately well prepared," but they’d probably reserve judgment until they made sure that he had a corresponding quantity of stored food.

In Kansas he’d be “A guy down the road you would want to have for a friend.”

In Montana he’d be called “The neighborhood ‘Go-To Guy."

In Alabama he’d be called “a likely gubernatorial canadidate.”

In Georgia, he’d be called “an eligible bachelor.”

In North Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and South Carolina he would be called “a deer hunting buddy.”

But, in North Dakota they’d realize it’s June and he’s spent the last seven or eight months of winter reloading!”

Now, I ask, what do they do to government workers whose employer buys their division a billion rounds? Then does it again in about a year?

“That’s exactly why”, says George Geld, “many of us in Colorada don’t like to see so many from California moving here with their liberal ideas. They’ve already shut down our trapping, tried and ran through some anti-gun crap last session. Then two were recalled, another resigned rather than face a recall vote. It’s time we 'gunnys' start taking the laws back, and running the anti’s out of office!”

At first I didn’t see a problem, Now I understand, he only has 1,000 rounds for each weapon!


Play the wind and thermal

Once you have your general area selected, pay heed to the wind and thermal current. You want to remain downwind or crosswind of where you think the deer will be. This is the most important tip.

Place your stand high

Every situation is different, but, in most cases, you’re best to place your stand as high as you can go without limiting your shot opportunities. If you’re uncomfortable with heights, go as high as you dare. Getting up the tree higher usually lets you see farther, makes it harder for the deer to see you, and most importantly, your scent isn’t as concentrated at their "nose level."

Use available cover

This kind of goes hand-in-hand with treestand height — in a bald tree you’re more likely to go higher than in a tree with good cover. Look for trees that lose their foliage late, clusters of trees, or trees with a good 'Y' for concealment.

Use the sun

Determine where the sun will be when you want to hunt the site.

Lonny Weaver is a Times outdoors writer. His column appears every other Sunday. Reach him at 410-857-7896 orsports@carrollcountytimes.com.¿