Great News About Hunting Opportunities Across the US

 

President Teddy Roosevelt

My Hero - Teddy!

 

If you recall, I’ve shared my concern about the loss of conservation dollars because there are fewer hunters  and anglers in America.

{For more info, refer to these articles:  Where Have All the Hunters Gone? (Part 1) and Where Have All the Hunters Gone? (Part 2)}

Our Problem Today

In these articles, I’ve mentioned that hunters and anglers pay the lion’s share of the money used for conservation projects, through their fees, licenses, tags and permits. All states rely on this money to pay for wildlife and hunting land management. It also pays the salaries of wildlife rangers, marine biologists, etc., to maintain and improve hunting and fishing opportunities.

One of the main reasons for this drop has been the urbanization of America; they just aren’t making any more woods, streams and habitats for game and fish. As the ‘huntable and fishable’ lands disappear, so do the anglers and hunters. H & A’s (hunters and anglers) spend $78 billion each year. When their spending drops 10% in 10 years, states and organizations sit up and take notice.

The Rumbling Heard ‘Round the US

Obviously, there’s been enough rumbling that it has been noticed by the White House. I’m delighted to tell you that the White House Conference on North American Wildlife Policy recently closed with a plan for helping H & A’s access hunting and fishing lands.

This is the first conference on wildlife conservation called by a sitting president in one hundred years (I’m sure Teddy Roosevelt was the last, in ~ 1908).

According to the press release of Jodi Stemler, “Over 500 participants, representing wildlife and hunting conservation organizations, the outdoor industry, landowners, and local, state, tribal and federal resource managers, discussed what is necessary to ensure sustainable wildlife populations and promote our nation’s hunting heritage.”

The 10 Year Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan

It looks like they called in all parties and ACTUALLY came up with some viable solutions.

Landowners who are enrolled in CRP will now be eligible for a $3 per acre incentive if they sign on to their state’s hunting access program; the incentive is expected to open an additional 7 million acres of quality wildlife habitat for hunting.”

Groups issued a series of white papers that became the foundation of the ten-year Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan. This is only the third time America has considered a national wildlife policy!

What is Left to Do?

Please read these words carefully: “We believe this has been an inclusive process and that the action plan is something that will carry forward through the next decade and beyond, no matter who is in the White House or controlling Congress or state houses,” (my emphasis) remarked Jeff Crane, Vice Chairman of the Sporting Conservation Council and President of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.

How You Can Help

In order to  get the money to implement this 10 year plan,  Vice President Cheney called on Congress to reauthorize the SCC (Sporting Conservation Council) for a ten year term. It’s interesting to note that Jeff Crane obliquely reminds us that Congress and state houses rarely have the vision of Teddy Roosevelt, regarding conservation.

You can help by encouraging your local politicians to pass the SCC. I know I’m cynical, but so little works in Washington, it looks like we should support the few things that actually make a difference.

I wonder if any of them would care to run for Congress? I can think of 435 seats + 100 other seats I’d like to fill with folks who can work together.

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PS: This article is in reference to the following posting of the National Shooting Sports Foundation:  http://www.nssf.org/news/PR_idx.cfm?PRloc=share/PR/&PR=100308-AWCP.cfm&CFID=2735709&CFTOKEN=b1f4d7a3ac87aa22-508E1C53-E744-8F8E-4440B9E6E444BCF1&jsessionid=f030bc6b82429d4ca9da457f743937172351

FYI: The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the the trade association for the firearms, hunting and recreational shooting industry.

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What do You Know About Knife Blades & the Rockwell Scale?

Naturally, knife makers want to gauge the hardness of their knife blades. Therefore, the Rockwell C Scale was developed.  The range is between 50 and 60, with 60 being the hardest.

Don’t get your knickers bunched if the info offered with a knife says nothing about this scale. Of course, you are more likely to hear the scale value (of a knife blade) if the number is 60!

How the Knife is Rated

The hardest surface, a diamond point, is pressed into the blade with a lighter weight, then with a heavier weight and finally with a lower weight again. What is being measured is the depth of the indentations, and their difference. After calculations, this is compared to the Rockwell C Scale, to determine the blade’s hardness.

Who Cares?

There are reasons for wanting to know the scale of some weapons. First, if you are making your own blade, and your own knife, you would want to know – possibly as a point of pride. Therefore, you would find someone who could do the test for you and give you the score.

For certain tasks, you might need the hardest blade you could find, thus you would want to know the Rockwell C Scale.

How do I Find the Score?

Generally, the sales person does not know the score. It’s just not critical to the general knife-buying public. However, if the score is critical to know for something you plan to do, email or phone the knife producer for this info.

BTW, it may take them some time to find this info! Probably the only person who needed to know the Rockwell number was the craftsman who created the tool!

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** As usual, I forgot something. The reason you might want to know the hardness of your blade is that a harder blade keeps its edge better.

Also, some steels are too soft to measure. For instance, you wouldn’t care to measure the hardness of angle iron; it’s soft. Also, you wouldn’t use it as a tool (such as a knife blade).

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Why Are Knives Made of Such Weird Sounding Stuff? (1 of 3)

Previous Article: Why Can’t Guys Just Have One Knife for Everything? (Intro and knives made of non-ferrous materials)

Part II – Knives Made of Metals and Alloys

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I’m going to skip the history of metal in knives and jump to the info on current metal/metal alloys available to the average “Joe” or “Josie.”   But, first, a word from our trivia sponsors!

Interesting Knife Trivia

Originally, knives made of metals had serious corrosiontn_j0405970 problems. When knife materials were created that helped reduce rusting, they named these knives “stain less” steel. The emphasis was on “less.”  Today, we refer to knives that don’t seem to corrode as “stainless,” with the emphasis on the “stain.”

Actually, ‘stain-less’ (emphasis on ‘less’) is more accurate. The 2 things that keep knives ‘stainless’ – are regular use and maintenance. Even stainless steel knives can develop rust; I’d rather you didn’t ask me how I know this!

Four Main Steel Types of Knife Blades

There are an almost infinite number of steel combinations, which makes for lots of confusion. However, there are 4 main, modern steels used for knife-making: carbon steels, compound steels, stainless steels and Damascus steels.

Carbon Steels

Also known as ‘high carbon steels,’ these blades are a combination of iron and carbon.

Advantages: Excellent sharpness values, holds its edge well and is easy to resharpen.

Disadvantages: Easy to rust, easy to stain.

Compound Steels

Other elements have been added to carbon steels, to make Compound Steels. They always have less than 13% chromium (added to reduce corrosion). In general, these are strong steel blades with a good edge. They retain their edges well and are easy to resharpen.

A-2: Has fair corrosion resistance; used in some military knives.

D-2: Has high chromium, so more resistant to rusting (but not stainless). Can be hard to sharpen.

M-2: Not used as much as A-2 or D-2. Maintenance is necessary to avoid rust.

Next Subject: Stainless Steels

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Why are Knives Made of Such Strange-Sounding ‘Stuff?’ (2 of 3)

Stainless Steels

As a group, these are the most common blade materials used by manufacturers. Because they do not need as much maintenance, the most innovation is occurring in this category (note there are at least 12 combos).

ATS-34 and 154-CM: Currently considered to be the best stainless steel for blades.  The only downside seems to be the fact that it takes more patience and work to resharpen these blades.

ATS-55: This steel is manufactured without molybdenum, which makes it less expensive than the ATS-34. It seems to have the same hardness as the ATS-34; and has an excellent edge.

BG-42: One of the newer alloys; lots of knife makers are starting to use it. Said to be as good as ATS-34.

440C (also AUS-10): Although this combo has been surpassed by ATS-34, it is still the fave material for most knife makers. This surgical steel quality blade gets and keeps a good edge, plus it is easy to sharpen.

440A and 440B: These have qualities similar to the 440C. The differences are: slightly less hard steel, but with better corrosion resistance than the 440C’s. (high chrome content, less carbon content in A & B)

420: This is an average grade of steel with excellent stainless qualities. Its edge-retaining qualities are average. You find knives with this # in economy lines, plus diving knives and presentation knives.

Next Time: New Alloys Tied to a Knife Maker

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Why are Knives Made of Such Strange-Sounding ‘Stuff?’ (3 of 3)

New Alloys Tied to a Knife Maker

As new combinations have arrived on the scene, certain knife makers have adopted them as “their” blade of choice.  So, the remaining 6 alloys are mostly used by a particular manufacturer, rather than being seen in the display case of various craftsmen.

Of these, the CPM‘s are the most interesting. Through Crucible Particle Metallurgy (CPM), the components are reduced to a powder, combined and compressed, before returning the blade to its solid state.

CPM 440V AND CPM 420V: Spyderco has adopted this alloy. Advantages: good corrosion resistance and holds an edge well. Disadvantages: Considered to be harder to sharpen.

CPMS30V: Custom knife craftsman, Chris Reeve, likes and uses this alloy. It is a “tough” steel and very rust resistant.

RWL-34: An upgraded ATS-34, with better edge strength and better at keeping its edge. More likely to be used by a custom knife maker.

The next alloy comes in a variety of names: AUS-6, AUS-8, 425-M, Sandvik 12CV-27. KA-BAR uses this in some applications; it’s a great choice. Similar to the 440-A and 440-B. It’s high carbon, high chrome, and offers good rust resistence.

G-2 or GIN-1: Very similar to ATS-34, Spyderco used it for some of their knives and tools.

VG-10: Another of the newer alloys. This one has more molybdenum and more cobalt than the others. These additions increase the knife’s hardness, without making it brittle. Its layers of steel have better rust resistance than most. Used by: Spyderco, some Japanese craftsmen and Fallkniven. In “Only Knives,” they call this “’super steel’ because it’s so ridiculously hard and holds a sharp edge for a long, long time.”

Damascus Steel

Prepare yourself to be dazzled by the beauty of these knives.  They are not as corrosion resistant as the stainless steels above, but they make up for much with their outstanding looks. They also don’t come cheap. These knives are a combo of two steels that are pattern-welded.

The knife on the left is about $500; while the one on the right is about $800. If you’d like to drool too, head over to:   http://purvisknives.com/gallery.html.


As you can see, the variety of material for knife blades is amazing, and improvements are emerging all the time.

Since you know what you want your knife to be able to do, check the advantages and disadvantages carefully to find the blade(s) that will serve you best.

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Answers to Questions from Recent Articles

 

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RE:  Redneck Tube Top

The Redneck Tube Top photos don’t seem to come up in Internet Explorer. The photos are fine in Opera, Firefox, etc.  Therefore, try another browser.

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RE:  Bird Cleaning 101 for Hunters

Why don’t taxidermists want to mount a duck with lots of pinfeathers?

Taxidermists are in the business of making you happy. They know that when you come to get your duck and you see a mounting with lots of ugly, scraggly feathers, you won’t be happy.

Note the photo in What Do Pin Feathers on a Duck Look Like? (click on underlined words, then scroll {to nearly the bottom} on that page for correct photo and article).  That’s why teal are rarely mounted in September — they are still molting.

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RE: Hunting News:  Why You Just Might Not Get a Deer or Turkey this Year

RE:  A Few More Facts About Deer Hunting

If you have new hunting clothes – that have not been washed yet – then use borax from day 1. Do not use fabric softener, do not use dryer sheets.

Borax in a large load – use 2/3 to 3/4 cup in load; medium sized load = use 1/2 cup; and small load = use 1/3 to 1/4 cup borax.

All US detergents have UV brighteners in them which, according to the two articles above, add these brighteners to your clothing. You do not want this. So never wash your hunting clothes in general detergents from the store.

In another article, I list the names of the grocery store detergents that are safe for your hunting clothes — UV Brighteners, We’ve Got the News.

If you have hunting garments you’ve had for awhile, you’ve put UV brighteners into the clothes by using detergents. I’m working on a test to see if the brighteners subdue over time, by washing in borax. I’ll report as soon as I’ve finished the study. Stay tuned.

Have you ever started the clothes washer and bubbles start forming around the clothes? That is soap/detergent left in your clothing from previous washes. That’s why I stated that most people use too much detergent/soap.

If you are washing in cold water (because of the residue of blood stains in the clothing), pour the correct amount of borax in a large cup or bowl and add very warm, or hot water, and stir. This will dissolve the borax; then add to the load after the water line comes up over the clothing. Wash as usual.

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Why Can’t Guys Just Have One Knife for Everything?

 

We'll Be Talking About Knife Functions

Looking @ Knife Form & Function

 

Trust me, this is ONE question you never want to pose to a sportsman!  My ears are still ringing from MDH’s* sermon on the importance of a knife collection. (eye roll)  He considers them to be “necessary tools a guy needs and uses.” (double eye roll)

I’ve come to the conclusion that knives are a guy’s answer to women’s shoes. Just as we can’t have just one pair of shoes, most hunters and anglers need a variety of knives!

Let’s Get Started

If you are new to the sport of hunting or fishing, you might have some questions about the best knife for your needs.  Why are there so many styles and types of knives?  That’s easy.  There are so many jobs for knives to do.

According to You-Know-Who 😉 , before buying one of these sharp weapons, know what you want to do with a knife.  A rabbit-skinning knife is a very different choice than one you would use to fillet fish.  In other words: Form follows function.

There are some important points to consider before buying any knife. The blade seems, to me, to be the most important subject after knowing the use of the knife.  When you are staring at an almost limitless variety, it is good to know the advantages and problems with each blade material. Today, I’m going to discuss non-metal weapon materials; next time, it will be the larger group of metal and metal alloy knives.

Knife Blade OptionsNon-Metals (** error; should be Non-Ferrous)

Using ceramic for knives has been a recent innovation.  Although there is no metal in the knife, it is harder than steel, corrosion and stain-free, plus it holds its edge for a long time. However, don’t rush out to buy one. There are several problems.  First, ceramic is brittle and fragile; ‘you drop it, you break it.’ If the blade is exposed when you drop it or you use the point to lever something, generally this knife is history.

You will find ceramic knives in kitchen ware; but the US government has discouraged the use of ceramic in hunting or tactical knives. Because there’s no metal, they do not register on a metal detector.  New alloys have some metal — to satisfy the security industry.

Other Problems:  When their edge wears, they cannot be honed as other knives.  Wikipedia states they must be “sharpened with industrial grade diamond sharpeners.” This is geek-speak for “it costs a lot.”

Titanium is fascinating AND expensive. Because it is stronger than steel, light in weight and corrosion resistant, the US Navy SEALS have adopted weapons of this material for their special operations.  This is a difficult material to work with and it is difficult to take an edge. The new alloys  have reduced these problems. However, you will only find them at the high end of the pricing range.

Stellite is the brand name of an alloy of carbon (strength), chromium (resistant to corrosion) and tungsten (stability). It is almost completely rust-free. However, you will rarely find stellite  – it is only seen in some diver’s knives and custom work.

Talonite is another alloy that is still rare. It will take a good edge, is rust-resistant and the blade is very slick. It is also very expensive.

Plastic is not something that goes together with ‘lethal’ in my mind. Generally, they are mixed with nylon and glass fibers and are mainly found in two areas:  box cutters and ‘self defense’ daggers.

By watching the sales of these daggers, I see the looks of these ’emergency weapons’ seem to be highly marketable!   However, if it’s all the same to you, I’d rather not have a plastic dagger guarding my life!  Thanks anyway.

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Eat Your Heart Out: Amazing New MS State Archery Record!

Info from MDH, Richard:

 

Wow!

Wow!

 

 

Double Wow!

Double Wow!

Possible New MS State Archery Record Killed on Sat. , 11 OCT 08. This buck was killed somewhere in the MS delta near Rodney, MS on Sat p.m. He is 26 ”  wide, and they are saying he should go around 180 #  -190 # . That is one heck of a Deer.  No Young and Pope score.

I’m not at a location in which I can really research this. However, I found a site with the full story.

Hope to be back with you soon!

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Guess What I Found? Duck Cleaning Video Online

 

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These are More Fun to Shoot Than to Clean!

 

Probably the most popular (single) article I’ve written has been about duck cleaning.  It’s surprising how many people want to learn this important skill.

Perhaps more hunters are coming to the same conclusion: After paying so much money for the hunt, it seems a shame to give the meat away. Remember:  It is absolutely critical to get your game on ice ASAP.

I plan to go back and rewrite my duck cleaning article, with more information — soon.  However, last night, while trolling the Net I found a bonanza!  Rob Olson demonstrates how to clean ducks. Incredible! He makes it look SO easy! Please click on this. It’s a series of 5 short videos.  Take a look!  🙂

  • Plucking Ducks I
  • Plucking Ducks II
  • Breasting Ducks
  • Wing Attached for Transport
  • Don’t Forget the Goose and Duck Legs!

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Words of Wisdom & A Bit of Humor

 

**Scroll to the bottom for the “PS” — it’s more info about borax for hunters’ clothes!

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There’s a rumor going around that even macho-types in ghillie suits and knives have a softer side! The following offers ‘words to live by’ in a humorous way. Enjoy !

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Always try to help a friend in need

 

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Believe in Yourself

Believe in Yourself

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Be Brave...But it's OK to be Afraid Sometimes

Be Brave...But it's OK to be Afraid Sometimes!

 

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Study Hard

Study Hard

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Give Lots of Kisses!

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Laugh Often!

 

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Don’t be Overly Concerned with Your Weight; It’s Just a Number!

(Go tell that to my doctor!)

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Meet New People; Even if they Look Different to You!

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Remain Calm, Even When it Seems Hopeless!

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Take Lots of Naps...

Take Lots of Naps...

 

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Be Weird Whenever You Have the Chance!

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Love Your Friends, No Matter Who They Are!

Love Your Friends, No Matter Who They Are!

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Always Try to See the Glass Half Full!

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Don't Waste Food!

Don't Waste Food!

 

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RELAX!

RELAX!

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Take an Occasional Risk!

Take an Occasional Risk!

 

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Try to Have a Little Fun Each Day. ...It's Important!

Try to Have a Little Fun Each Day. ...It's Important!

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Work Together as a Team!

Work Together as a Team!

 

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Share a Joke with Friends!

Share a Joke with Friends!

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Fall in love with someone…

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...And Say 'I Love You' Often!

...And Say 'I Love You' Often!

 

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Express Yourself Creatively!

Express Yourself Creatively!

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Be Conscious of Your Appearance!

Be Conscious of Your Appearance!

 

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Always Be Up for Surprises!

Always Be Up for Surprises!

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Love Someone With All Your Heart!

Love Someone With All of Your Heart!

 

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Share With Friends!

Share With Friends!

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Watch Your Step!

Watch Your Step!

 

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It Will Get Better!

Things Will Get Better!

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There is Always Someone Who Loves You More Than You Know!

There is Always Someone Who Loves You More Than You Know!

 

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Exercise to Keep Fit!

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Live Up to Your Name!

 

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Seize the Moment!

Seize the Moment!

 

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Hold on to Good Friends; They are Few and Far Between!

Hold on to Good Friends; They are Few and Far Between!

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Indulge in the Things You Truly Love!

Indulge in the Things You Truly Love!

 

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Cherish Every Sunday!

Cherish Every Sunday!

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At the End of the Day... PRAY

At the End of the Day... PRAY

 

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Close Your Eyes!

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And Smile at Least Once a Day!

And Smile at Least Once a Day!

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‘Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t, and believe that everything happens for a reason.’

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Many, many ‘Thanks’ to Dorothy139

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PS: I’m getting questions about the amount of borax to use for hunting clothes.

  • I use:  2/3 to 3/4 cup in a large (full) load of clothes,
  • 1/2 cup for a medium and
  • 1/4 cup borax for a small load of clothing.
  • Many people use too much detergent.

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