I’m no Expert, but I’m working on it . . .

Like most people who grew up rural, I was introduced and subsequently hooked on hunting and fishing almost from birth.  Some of my earliest memories are of accompanying my father on ruffed grouse hunts or fishing trips to the local pond or trout stream.  I received my first .22 rifle on my eighth birthday and my first hunting license at age ten.  I have now been fishing for 25 years and hunting for 18.  One would assume that with so many years of experience behind me, I would be an expert outdoorsman who regularly bags a trophy buck or lands a monster trout.  Unfortunately, this is far from the truth.  In reality my luck is sporadic at best.  I’ve caught a few decent fish and bagged a fair amount of small game, but whitetail deer have consistently evaded me and most days I come home with nothing more than a few scrapes, cuts, and bruises to show for my trouble.  Naturally, my less than stellar level of success has left me asking, “what am I doing wrong?”  The investigations and experiments presented on this site will hopefully answer this question and not only increase my own success in the woods or on the water, but yours as well.   What bait catches the most trout through the ice?  How does weather affect fishing?  How much do various bullets expand when they hit a soft target at 100 yards?  I hope to shed a little light on these and many other questions.

What this site will not do

While it may fly in the face of the scientific method, I’m going to refrain from drawing any definite conclusions from my investigations.  As hunters and anglers, we are in pursuit of living organisms and living organisms are highly unpredictable and present almost innumerable variables. For instance, using rainbow smelt as ice fishing bait during Vermont’s 2008 ice fishing season may land me more fish than I know what to do with, but the same bait may leave the angler in Maine or Minnesota skunked.  Instead, what I will do is take careful notes, crunch some numbers, and present the data I collect in an easy to read format.  I will leave it up to the reader to draw his or her own conclusions.

The viewer may also notice that this site is presented in a very simple format without a lot of bells and whistles.  There are three reasons for this:

1. This is my first attempt at website creation
2. I would much rather spend my limited disposable income on hunting and fishing gear rather than expensive editing software
3. I would rather spend my precious and limited free time out conducting my investigations than in front of a computer messing around with formats and color schemes

I hope you find the contents of this site informative, or at the very least entertaining.  Check back often for updates and feel free to email me with questions or comments at jason@diyballistics.com.

One Response to “ About ”

  1. Claire on June 8, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Great job on the new layout!

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