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  • Well with all the raucous of the regulations changes behind us, I figured I'd change the subject some and share few couple of my 2010 hog kills. Thinkin maybe I'll go after them again this weekend.

    July 15, 2010 at 9:44am

    Well the weekend started like any other weekend around our household, getting ready to head to the hunting club. We prepped everything and loaded the red sled thursday evening and got up at 5am and loaded the 4-wheelers on hooked up the trailer. I was supposed to work til noon on friday but my desktop had crashed and with nothing left to do (it's my story) I would have found any reason as I had a plan for this big 8 I had been hunting and I was chomping at the bit to put that plan into action. Buckshotjr was riding into to work with me so we could save time, he had a dentist appointment in Charlotte at 8:30am, while I 'worked' he took my truck to the appointment, so by the time he would be done I would be about ready to roll around noon. Well he got back to my office around 10am and I said let's roll. We got down early, showered and headed to the stand around 1:30pm, I was planning on hunting where I had hope to intersept the Big 8. Let me save you guys some time here, the Big 8 plan didn't work out or at least for this weekend. After starting the season so hot and on deer almost every hunt I had become baffled that I had went 5 or 6 sittings without even seeing a deer. Skip to saturday evenings hunt and I was scratching my head trying to figure out where to hunt that evening. I started to go hunt a big food plot with the crossgun where I could see a little more terrain and boost my confidence with a couple of sightings and look at some different trees for a hunt or 2. But I decided that I'd just be lazy and take a climber to the 'highway stand' which is only 50 yards off the NC52. This spot was also out of the wind that was blowing that evening. Up in the tree and settled in by 3pm, it only took a few minutes before I started getting a catnap or two in. I decide to play with my phone, Brickbreaker was even more boring so I surf a while and I start hearing some movement up the ravine around 4:15pm. This spot had already been a producer earlier in the season when we took 3 does on our first three sittings here. So figured the does were getting up and about a little early. By 4:45pm I hear deer to my right and behind me, I decide not to move for fear I be pegged by a slick ole nanny. Around 4:50pm I hear the first deer coming in and immediately notice that he is a shooter, a basket 10 pointer that I had photos of on the trail cams the day before. I get turned around and into position for a shot but he's facing me the whole time, that and I had climbed a little higher since some of my leaf cover had already fallen so I was trying to out of the line of sight. I then hear the deer that had been behind me walking, I let this deer walk out to get a look and immediately decide this is the one I wanna shoot. He was a solid 10 with some junk. He too is now quartering hard to me, so I'm waiting for a broadside shot. I know the cross gun is dead on at 20 yards, I sited it in inside my trailer the week before at midnight one night that I couldn't sleep at the club. I now have a dead couch as well . Well at 18 yards I'm licking my chops waiting for him to turn, but good ole me lets him get to where he's only slight quartering to me and I decide to let it fly. In slow motion I see the bolt enter dead-on target in the front left shoulder and it exits behind his ribs on his right side. he whirls and runs out of sight, I hear him stop, then the sound we all listen for, THE FLOP. I know he down. There were a few misty rain droplets so I wait the customary 2-3 minutes and shuffle down the tree to get on the blood, just in case I didn't hear what I thought was a for sure dead buck go down. A short blood trail later and I'm thanking GOD for a blessed afternoon in the Carolina deer woods. I start sending text messages and making phone calls. The greatest part of this entire hunt was that I was able to share it with both of my sons. This buck was no monster by any means and he not the largest that have I taken but he is my best during archery season. He'll fit just fine on my wall. We green scored him as an 11 at 121 6/8' gross. He weighed 176 lbs on the hoof. He also has a sticker point off each base that are about 7/8' each, so we call him 13-point by redneck count. We've nicknamed this one Kyle Petty since is archery #45 for me.

    October 21, 2009 at 8:16am

    Taken on the last hour on the last day of season. I wanted to break this to everyone when my brother called me at 5:45pm on Monday evening, but I wanted to see the picts for myself before bragging. My brother hunted this buck almost everyday for 6-weeks while and had plenty of time on his hands. The short version is that after the rain let up late on Monday, he decided to give the buck one last try. Went to his stand on the edge of a cut corn field, now planted in wheat, at around 4:10pm. After being a ghost all season that only the neighbors kept telling him they had seen, the Ghost stepped out of the woods. Also, the buck was taken about 300 yards from his house. Proof that it ain't over until it's over......Persistance pays off!!!!! Taxidermist has green scored him in the mid-140's. Buck weighed 195 lbs, imagine his weight before going through 2 ruts.

    January 04, 2006 at 7:50am

    Got another good buck on the trail camera last week. Hopefully he'll still be around come ML season or opening week of rifle. Good luck everybody!

    October 27, 2005 at 1:20pm

    Things will pick in here soon enough Spence. The weather is getting right and the deer will be on the move this weekend. Posts will start to get better. And before you know it the trash talk will start. Trip! Sambow! Where ya'll at???

    September 30, 2005 at 7:25am

    Missed a nice 7-point on opening day. Took a healthy 4-point this past saturday. Meats in the cooler and now I can wait out something better or a couple of fat does and maybe a pig or two if they show up. Found a large scrape a couple of weeks ago and put a camera on it. To my surprise I got pictures of 6 different bucks that visited the scrape in less than a week. Four were 8's are better and most of them visited several times. As soon as things cool off a little, this is were I'll be spending some quality time in the woods. I'm trying to upload one for everyone to see but I've never tried it. Hopefully, it'll go through.

    September 21, 2005 at 12:24pm

    Just thought I'd drop a note to see if anyone else is starting to see feral hogs in their hunting areas. We used to get the occasional kill every few years, but the pigs have received a helping hand in recent years from some of my neighbors (transplanting). I didn't think too much about when I found out about it until I seen first hand what they can do to a food plot. Does anyone know how to go about getting deprediation permits to shoot them anytime of the year? I've heard that the pigs can be killed year round if they weren't native to the area. And if you can prove that they are causing damage. I can prove the damage very easily.

    Lloyd
    Anson County, NC

    July 28, 2005 at 12:33pm
    A comment titled: Busted in response to a report titled: Requesting information

    Probalby just got busted, no telling what the deers identity might be, every deer is sneaky when they choose to be. Could have been a lsick head or mr big. Not every deer will blow, some will simply sneak off, some will bolt, some will blow you outta the tree. Might wanna wash your butt real good next time so they don't smell ya....

    September 17, 2010 at 7:44am
    A comment titled: couldnt have siad it better in response to a report titled: My euros that had ground shrinkage lol

    good post, thats whats it's all about. And there's nothing wrong with those bucks....

    August 12, 2010 at 6:22am
    A comment titled: I disagree Guys... in response to a report titled: deer photos

    I'm not trying to pick a fuss here but while I do not support the shooting of small bucks I will not condemn those that do so, to each his own. I haven't taken a deer smaller than a 14-15' 8-point in 7-8 years, most are much larger than that, but I have nothing against folks that do so. It would be differnt if his club or property was supposed to be managed but not everyone does, I do but don't expect anyone else too. If it's a trophy to you, then more power to ya. None of us know what his story is, maybe he hunts with a brown it's down dog outfit, no matter, so long as they're all legal. Few of us 'hunter' started out practicing QDM but rather we grew into it. Let the young folks have their growing period. We start putting thyem donw and many will not change and continue their practices out of spite. Congrats to you young man, carry on.

    August 11, 2010 at 10:35am
    A comment titled: Good deal in response to a report titled: 2010 has been the year of the Bacon!

    Good deal Heavy Chevy....I hate hogs and hunt them every chance I get. We've killed 23 this year and really have only hunted them sparingly. Keep up the good work. I've about to swithc gears and concentrate on big bucks soon.

    August 04, 2010 at 9:45am
    A comment titled: pigs in response to a report titled: pigs

    yeap there are quite a few pigs in Anson county, there are also a few in the Polkton area, just depends on where you're at. Some areas are eat up, other areas just have some that pass thru.

    July 30, 2010 at 6:28am
    A comment titled: Yes & No in response to a report titled: Crossbows, Sunday hunting, new seasons ADOPTED

    'they havent upped the limit of deer you can kill just 6 in one day if ya want'

    Yes they did, the entire eastern section is now maximum doe, no limits so long as you purchase bonus tags. You can kill as many as you possess tags for in a day. I hunt in the central zone in Anson, we have Maximum doe season. If I choose to shoot my 2 bucks in one sitting, I'm good. Go get back in stand a knock down 4 does, I'm still good. I go to wally world and buy bonus tags, however many I'm willing to pay for, lets says 4, I can get back on stand and shoot 4 more if the oportunity was to arise. You can kill as many does as you can buy tags for.

    No, bucks limits remian as they were statewide for each respective zone.

    No, I wouldn't take that type of an advandage of the no daily limit ruling. No use for all that meat and I like to hunt more than I like to drag and clean them.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:30pm
    A comment titled: House & Senate Bills in response to a report titled: NCBA

    Don't worry yet that fat lady ain't singing. The NCBA's bills passed the first reading but they are now in committee. They'll probably die there.

    June 15, 2010 at 4:28pm
    A comment titled: no longer a rumor in response to a report titled: Deer in Wayne County

    they aren't rumors anymore! The young mans kin has posted a public apology over on NChunt&fish (see thread 'possible state record' )and the young man has been charged. Such a shame! May the fellow get all the punishment he has coming to him and prayers sent to the family & friends that stood by him while he was lying to them the whole time. There is also an accomplice in this case.

    December 03, 2009 at 4:18pm
    A comment titled: confession & confiscation in response to a report titled: Jealousy????

    I believe the confession and confiscation probably sealed the deal on the 'truth' about this buck. The rumors ahd been flying around ever since the story surfaced. The phase 'where there's smoke there's Fire' comes to mind! It a real shame that such a awesome buck meet such a terrible end.

    December 03, 2009 at 7:50am
    A comment titled: too bad! in response to a report titled: wayne county buck

    well that's not all that's gonna get taken away concerning this one. It's a shame the buck will never get the recognition it deserves.

    December 03, 2009 at 7:46am
    A comment titled: public land in response to a report titled: Need Advice

    Another reason to spend the money to lease or own private property and get away from idiots. You'll probably see that vehicle again maybe you should leave hima note of your own. Remind him it is public land and that you've notified the GW of his threat. Me, I'd wait for him the next time I find his truck.

    October 21, 2009 at 9:08am
    A comment titled: Bogus! in response to a report titled: A Ginormous Eastern Diamondback

    This email has been circulating for a while now. Truely a large snake but not 95 lbs or that 125 lb old man is one stout fellow. Example ***hold a 2 lb bass out in front of you as far as you can, makes it look much larger.*** This fellow is holding a 5-6' snake at arms length and on a 3-4' grapper. The mind is a terrible thing!!!

    January 24, 2006 at 7:13am
    A comment titled: Feral Hogs in response to a report titled: feral pigs

    Yes it is legal to shoot Feral pigs year round. The NCWRC does not regulate the feral pigs and they do not fall under their juristriction. Therefore, no regulations, no seasons, no limits, & no time of day limits. This info came directly from Raleigh. They need to find a way to address it in the regulation booklet and explain it to everyone. Good luck.

    January 24, 2006 at 7:06am
    A comment titled: oop's!! in response to a report titled: Buck Fever

    Was trying to edit the comments and accidently posted several times. Sorry about that!

    September 01, 2005 at 11:24am
    A comment titled: Shedding Velvet in response to a report titled: Buck Fever

    Viperx4,

    From all indications your buck is still around or at least it might be another good buck. Velvet shedding is still in progress and most of the bigger bucks usually shed theirs first. I have taken several small bucks by bow the first and even second week of bow season that still had velvet on them. Bucks, especially the bigger ones will thrash around in the bushes to get the fresh velvet off and they do bleed during the process and they also usually eat the velvet membrane after removal. Some folks say that is to remove the fresh smell of blood so that predators cannot locate them, but I think they are just trying to take make use of the minerals that store up in the velvet membrane and not waste it. Some buck get quite aggreviated during this phase as the velvet can hang in their face, thus drawing the flies and bugs to them more than they would at other times. Good luck and hope you find that buck and can zero in on him.

    September 01, 2005 at 11:18am
    A comment titled: Shedding Velvet in response to a report titled: Buck Fever

    Viperx4,

    From all indications your buck is still around or at least it might be another good buck. Velvet shedding is still in progress and most of the bigger bucks usually shed theirs first. I have taken several small bucks by bow the first and even second week of bow season that still had velvet on them. Bucks, especially the bigger ones will thrash around in the bushes to get the fresh velvet off and they do bleed during the process and they also usually eat the velvet membrane after removal. Some folks say that is to remove the fresh smell of blood so that predators cannot locate them, but I think they are just trying to take make use of the minerals that store up in the velvet membrane and not waste it. Some buck get quite aggreviated during this phase as the velvet can hang in their face, thus drawing the flies and bugs to them more than they would at other times. Good luck and hope you find that buck and can zero in on him.

    September 01, 2005 at 11:17am
    A comment titled: Shedding Velvet in response to a report titled: Buck Fever

    Viperx4,

    From all indications your buck is still around or at least it might be another good buck. Velvet shedding is still in progress and most of the bigger bucks usually shed theirs first. I have taken several small bucks by bow the first and even second week of bow season that still had velvet on them. Bucks, especially the bigger ones will thrash around in the bushes to get the fresh velvet off and they do bleed during the process and they also usually eat the velvet membrane after removal. Some folks say that is to remove the fresh smell of blood so that predators cannot locte them, but i think they are just trying to take make use of the minerals that store up in the velvet membrane and not waste it. Some buck get quite aggreviated during this phase as the velvet can hang in their face, thus drawing the flies and bugs to them more than they would at other times. Good luck and hope you find that buck and can zero in on him.

    September 01, 2005 at 11:16am
    A comment titled: Peanut butter in response to a report titled: itchin to stick em

    Dustyn,

    It's great that you are an avid bowhunter at your age. It would be nice to more of our younger generation take up the sport. One comment on you peanut butter trick, I can almost guarantee that 90% of the sign you are seeing is from Raccoons, thus the reason the entire jars are disappearing. Me and my brother tried this trick a few years ago and just like you described, the jars were being emptied in a couple of days. I told my brother that the sign appeared to be from the coons. He didn't believe me so I set up a trail camera, and after taking 3 rolls of film of the coons he was convinced. I'm sure that some deer will use it if they get to it before the coons. Good luck, seasons just around the corner.

    August 29, 2005 at 9:46am
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