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Backyard Hunting for Deer, Squirrels and Geese, Dec. 5, 2011

November 28, 2011

Ruger Old Army .44-caliber percussion revolver with deer and squirrel taken with the same load on the same hunt.

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  The ability to take a variety of game animals close to home is highlighted in this show which features Cabela’s .44-caliber Buffalo revolver that is made in Italy by Pietta, Ruger’s Old Army revolver, Knight’s Rolling Block .50-caliber in-line rifle and Thompson/Center Arms’ Mountain Magnum 12-gauge percussion side-lock shotgun. These more traditional guns are in contrast with the CVA Electra, the electric-fired ,50-caliber muzzleloading rifle used by Hunter Deen to take his deer in a previous episode.

  Following the successful deer-squirrel hunt with the Old Army using a new 240-grain bullet designed by Kaido Ojamaa, I attempted a hunt a few days later with a percussion revolver, in-line rifle and cap-lock shotgun to see if I could take more than one species of game the same day. Although this was the day after Thanksgiving and the woods were full of hunters, almost no shots were fired by anyone. I found nothing to shoot at and the only game seen was a very distant flight of geese than flew over the other end of the food plot where I had my decoys.

Buffalo revolver with loading components.

Notwithstanding, I discuss the guns and the loads. The Old Army is loaded with 35 grains of  FFFg Triple Seven powder, Ojamaa’s 240-grain bullet,  Ox-Yoke’s wax Revolver Wonder Seals and Remington no. 10 caps. This is a potent load fired from this pistol. It penetrated the shoulder joint, made a good wound channel and exited the deer after passing through about 12-inches of animal.  The charge for the Knight rifle is two of  Hodgdon’s Magnum Triple Seven 50-grain Pellets  and CVA’s AeroLite 300-grain bullets.

  Ojamaa has both 240 and 255-grain versions of these flat-nosed bullets which he designed for percussion revolvers. He sells these cast bullets as well as 6-cavity molds for making your own.  For more information contact him at

  For the Mountain Magnum shotgun I employed 90 grains of Hodgdon’s Triple Seven powder a heavy card over-powder 12-gauge wad, 40-grains of Cream of Wheat and a red Winchester plastic wad for 1 1/4-ounce of shot that as filled with no. 4 HeviShot and capped by two thin 12-gauge over-shot cards. Nothing appeared before the gun the day before I had to record this show. I have taken small game, geese, turkey and swan with this gun before, and I see no reason why the gun should not perform well again.

Thompson/Center Arms Mountain Magnum Shotgun with Osceola turkey and shooting components.

 Osceola turkey taken with Thompson/Center Arms’ Mountain Magnum 12-gauge shotgun and components.  

Ads on this show include pickled calf’s and hog’s eye-balls for an attention-getting holiday soup from Old Home Products and a new self-cooking turkey from SIN, Inc. (Synthetic Industrial Non-Nutritives, Inc.). Gift suggestions from Hovey include his outdoor books (Backyard Deer Hunting, Crossbow Hunting, Practical Bowfishing and X-Treme Muzzleloading), Backyard Deer Hunting T-Shirts and donations to finance his delivering a paper or poster at the 9th INTECOL Wetlands Conference sponsored by the University of Florida in June where he will present a long-term plan for the preservation of the Mississippi River Delta.

In the cooking section I discuss making  “Perlow with Green Balls” from the shredded meat derived from a boiled deer neck roast, two medium-sized ducks and Brussels sprouts. The recipe for this dish is given below:

 Perlows are rice-based dishes often done with chicken and/or wild meats to which peppers are added to make a spicy after-hunt meal. These are free-form creations, but most commonly have some fowl, any wild game meat, sausage, peppers and more or less vegetables as they are available. Traditionally they would be cooked in a cast-iron pot over campfire coals or on a wood stove.

This was cooked, as I often do,  in a pressure cooker. For those who don’t know about these efficient and fast cooking devices I have a YouTube video up at: that will show you some old and modern pressure cookers.  Many of  my cooking videos at the wmhoveysmith Channel also feature these useful pressurized cooking pots.  

This particular one was constructed with:

Perlow with Green Balls.

2 medium boiled ducks with meat stripped from bones

1 deer neck roast boiled and meat removed and shredded

12 Brussels Sprouts

6 small mushrooms

1 cup brown rice

2 cans tomatoes

1 small can tomato paste

1 pound frozen butter beans

1 chipped large Spanish onion

1/4 chopped bell pepper

1 small diced very hot red pepper

1 medium hot round red pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Pressure cook and shred all meat. Retain  broth. Add all ingredients to pot and boil until Brussels sprouts are tender. As rice cooks and absorbs broth (start with 4 cups of broth to one cup of rice), adjust liquid content as needed to keep from sticking. The dish, as shown here, is a very thick soup; but could be served dryer if desired.  The rice should be slightly firm and not cooked completely soft.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. BP Pistol Hunter permalink
    November 29, 2011 12:07 am

    Very well documented and informative series. I was glad you were able to take deer with both the Buffalo revolver and the Ruger Old Army. I have been taking deer and wild hogs in Florida for over a decade with my stainless Pietta Buffalo. The 777 loads are really powerful and will do anything a 357, 41 or 44 mag will do within 50 yards. Nice job with the T/C shotgun! Don’t stop here do a hog hunting special with both of the revolvers, you will like the results, knocks them dead all the time. Great looking dish you are making me hungry!

    Keep up the good work!


  2. OutdoorPro permalink
    December 19, 2011 3:48 pm

    In most situations hunting deer from a tree stand will offer the bow hunter the greatest chance of success. Unlike hunting deer with a weapon that is capable of taking a deer up to a couple hundred yards a bow hunter is looking for that shot of 40 yards or less. This means the bow hunter needs to position themselves very close to an area deer are using without being detected. Being elevated in a tree a stand helps the hunter reduce the chance of being seen or smelled by the keen senses of a whitetail. However, successful bow hunting involves much more than simply hanging a stand in any randomly picked tree.

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