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What is www.bghi.us?

This site documents my hunting and shooting hobbies and experiences. I have some information on hand reloading ammunition for 38 Special and 357 Magnum and 44 Magnum. In addition I also have hunting pictures of mine and family and friends, targets to print out and even the design for a reloading bench for the DIYer (that anyone can build on a pauper's budget). There is an area where I have some gun owner manuals, hunting gear I use, hunting safety tips and even a mini review on the digital camera I use to take my hunting and shooting photos.

What Kind of Hunting?

My hunting includes squirrel hunting with rifle and Whitetail Deer hunting with compound bow, shotgun, handgun and muzzleloader. Bow hunting is definitely what I enjoy the most with muzzleloader hunting coming in a close second. One has to fool the accute senses of Whitetail, which is not an easy thing to do. I dont hunt to get trophies or just to kill something, I hunt to get a supply of meat to make homemade jerky, snack-stix, steaks and ground mince (which is superb in chili). A roast deer shoulder is fine eating also, especially from a younger yearling deer. In addition to squirrel and deer hunting I also hunt rabbits, pheasant and quail when in season with shotgun.


2 years, 112 days, 6 hours, 50 minutes, and 4 seconds into season

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What Kind of Shooting?

I shoot for fun and relaxation and I am continually trying to improve my performances. I shoot 25 yard pistol falling plate with .22, 9mm automatic and 38 special and 357 Magnum and 44 Magnum handguns. When not hunting season I shoot smallbore benchrest at 25 and 50 yards. When weather does not permit a range trip I practice at home with my IZH-46M match air pistol. I also shoot blackpowder cap and ball, a Uberti Colt 1860 Old Army and a Remington 1858 New Army, both in .44, to be precise. In addition I also shoot a Lyman .54 caliber Great Plains Rifle, a percussion muzzleloader with which I target shoot and of course I will be hunting with, open sight, come the 2007 Illinois Muzzleloader Season. Blackpowder offers a great source of shooting enjoyment as I find it very relaxing and slower due in part to the loading times involved. In fact I am finding myself shooting more and more black powder and less centerfire. And make no mistake, blackpowder pistols and rifles are very, very accurate with the correct load and in the right hands and their accuracy can be right up there with many modern firearms. Why do I like shooting black powder firearms? It must be all the smoke and smell from ye olde smoke poles getting up my nostrils and reminding me of days long past ... or it may just be that I am getting older and slower myself ... most probably a combination of the two ...

What Kind of Hand Reloading?

During the year I reload handgun ammunition. You got to like doing this as it is quite repetitous. On the other hand it is quite relaxing and fun to try to achieve the most accurate loads you can make. I have spent many an hour sitting at my reloading bench. At present I hand reload 38 Special target loads and 357 Magnum and 44 Magnum hunting loads for deer hunting.

Trail Cams?

I use trail cameras as a scouting tool for hunting and just to get pics of the different critters in the woods. My primary trail cams are a Moultrie I-40 and a Leaf River IR-3BU, both infrared models with a resolution of 4.0 mega-pixels. My secondary cam, which I move around to where there is new deer action, is a Stealth Cam I230 (STC-WD2) flash camera with a 2.0 mega-pixel resolution. Trail cams have to be one of the most addictive hobby's I have ever stumbled upon. Great for outside of the state hunting dates and they get you out in the woods all year round.

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