best color hogue stock for middle GA deer?


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NOLAEMT
July 27, 2010, 12:15 AM
I am looking at getting a howa ranchland compact rifle in .308 for hunting deer this fall/winter, as a budget/ starter deer rifle. I have a mosin 91/30 with a scout mounted scope but I've had difficulty with it holding zero, and it is long for what can be pretty tightly wooded areas.

The land I have for hunting is a mix of woods and a couple largish grass pastures. the rifle comes with the hogue overmolded rifle stock in either black, green, or sand. which do you think would be best?

http://www.legacysports.com/products/howa/howa_ranchlandcompact.html

The colors on the website aren't great, so anyone who has seen these stocks in person please chime in. I am leaning toward the "Sand" as it looks brown and I think it would blend in well to many environments

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ThePunisher'sArmory
July 27, 2010, 12:26 AM
If its for fall/winter get the sand as it will match the surroundings of dormant trees and undergrowth better. But that really does not matter if you have to wear a bright orange vest! :D

NOLAEMT
July 27, 2010, 12:33 AM
Thats true... but its private property, so I don't believe I need to wear anything special.

(my father in law has about 100 acres 20 minutes away from my house that I have blanket permission to use. I hunted with one of his rifles last year, but now I want my own).

kdstrick
July 27, 2010, 02:18 AM
Any will do fine. The deer seeing your rifle is a very minor issue.

Controlling your smell should be your primary concern.

chas08
July 27, 2010, 08:02 AM
Which ever You like best. The deer don't care. Shiny walnut and rich blue works as well as any I've ever owned. But of the choices you listed I think I like the Sand the best.

MCgunner
July 27, 2010, 08:47 AM
For deer hunting, hell, it can be bright red. I just don't see anything wrong with black, myself. But, I'm a conservative kinda guy. :D I love the Hogue stocks, though, have one on a 10/22.

MCgunner
July 27, 2010, 08:50 AM
(my father in law has about 100 acres 20 minutes away from my house that I have blanket permission to use.

Yeah, I have a SIL like that. :D

millertyme
July 27, 2010, 04:54 PM
I wasn't aware deer cared what color stock is on the rifle aimed at them.

ArmedBear
July 27, 2010, 05:40 PM
One color looks like you've been eating beans, then threw up. The other color looks like you've been eating peas, then threw up.

I'd get black.:D

Or "sand". It's not bad.

At least around here, if you wear khaki pants, you generally blend in with the dirt well enough. In parts of Ohio where I've been, charcoal gray might have been better. Remember: deer see movement, not color.

GooseGestapo
July 28, 2010, 10:49 AM
Georgia law requires that the flourescent orange be worn at all times by hunters hunting deer or bear and anyone accompanying them. No exception for private property, height of the stand, enclosed, ect.

I wrote many citations for hunters w/o orange on private property. It gets the officers attention quickly. If no orange, what else is the hunter doing wrong.....over bait, no license, illegal weapon/caliber/ammo, ect.,ect..........
btw, we did and do use aircraft for enforcment. You'd be amazed at how easy it is to spot hunters from the air.......

Movement and scent are how deer detect you.

Hunt from an enclosed stand, but wear the orange. You never know who else is on your property with you! If still hunting consider the wind, and move sloooooooowly.

Most of my deer are taken still hunting, or from the new "pop-up" type stands. And I usually have two vests with me in case I need to use one to mark a spot tracking a deer. I prefer the lightweight mesh type.

Georgia does allow the use of the camo-orange if the orange meets the 500sq/in. requirement.

re: Stock color. My only Hogue stock is black, but if given a choice (they didn't offer "colors" at the time), I'd get the Tan. I do paint my other black plastic stocks. I use a "paprika" color tan, and streak it with dk green and brown, and speckle it with dk brown. Looks something like a "speckled ducks egg" pattern. Dark gray/brown works good in late fall and winter, green/tan in early fall.

Good luck, and don't let the "boogy man" (Rangers) get ya !

NOLAEMT
July 28, 2010, 05:40 PM
good to know about the orange... Like I said I've been invited by my father in law, but I haven't looked into it myself, I couldn't go last year as I lived out of town, now I am wondering what else I need to know.

Do I need a hunting license to hunt on family owned land? I know my FIL says that he doesn't, but do I?

shaggy430
July 28, 2010, 05:53 PM
Sounds like you should really read the regulations before you go hunting.

http://www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations

NOLAEMT
July 28, 2010, 05:56 PM
definitely the link i was looking for... thanks!

oneounceload
July 28, 2010, 07:50 PM
Deer do not see color, they see movement - had to wear orange in CO - didn't make a wit of difference to the deer

ColeK
July 29, 2010, 07:42 PM
The color of the stock doesn't matter. Deer can't see color. Hunter Orange would be a good color.

dakotasin
July 29, 2010, 09:05 PM
hunters spend a lot of money on stuff they don't need to - at least in my estimation. get the rifle color/stock that pleases you (says the guy that will be hunting w/ a red and black striped stock this year).

ArmedBear
July 29, 2010, 09:36 PM
hunters spend a lot of money on stuff they don't need to - at least in my estimation.

Yeah, if you see me out during deer season with a camo parka on, it's because it's snowing, that parka is the warmest, best-coverage Gore-Tex thing I own, I bought it on sale and I planned to use it for waterfowl, too. If I'd bought it just for deer, it'd be orange. Getting shot sucks, and at least with a lot of orange on, you can win a lawsuit more easily (it's not required here, for most hunting, but it's "strongly encouraged" by IDFG).

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